•  2022-2023 4th/5th Grade Quest 

     Hi parents! Mr. Jones here! I want to take the opportunity to welcome your child to 4th/ 5th grade Quest at Pearl Upper. I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to be a part of your child's learning experience and help them reach their gifted educational goals. I hope to make this school year one of your child's most memorable ones.  

    Your child will receive gifted services once a week for five hours. Your child will come to my class with other gifted students that are in their pod. 

    FYI:Did you know that the Gifted Education Program in Mississippi defines intellectually gifted children as those children and youth who are found to have an exceptional high degree of intelligence? Simply speaking, gifted learners, which includes your child, think differently!

     The district's gifted program goal is to respond to the diverse needs of students by providing differentiated curriculum and instruction of significant depth and complexity. In addition, students participate in challenges and methods appropriate to their ability.  Instruction is differentiated based on knowledge of students. At the beginning of the year, student interest surveys, learning style inventories, expression style inventories, and parent questionnaires are conducted to drive instruction. 

    The data is used to design units, make modificiations/adaptations within lessons, and to explore the various interests of students throughout the school year. Units/Lessons are based on gifted outcomes:  thinking skills, creativity, information literacy, success skills, affective skills, and communication skills. 

    As the school year progresses, you can periodically check my website for photos of team challenges and what's going on in Quest- our monthly newsletter that lets you know about activities that we are completing in class.  I'm looking forward to another great year!