Welcome to Haymarket SIGNET!

Dear families and students,
Thank you all for your patience and participation our online virtual learning.  SIGNET online optional enrichment activities are posted on our class Microsoft TEAMS pages that we accessed during class this year.  Students may access TEAMS
 online by logging in through Clever at Technology@HMES. Weekly new assignments are added Friday evenings in the student 4th or 5th grade TEAMS pages under General>FILES>Classroom Materials folder and the corresponding weekly folder.  Weekly updates are automatically emailed to students via MS Outlook 365. SIGNET students are encouraged to check their school, email for student direct communication with Mrs. Phillips for all activities, distance learning optional activities and all questions.  
I'm just an email away if you need assistance.  PHILLILL@pwcs.edu
Thank you, 
Mrs. Phillips
 

Office Hours: 

***Available by appt. via TEAMS or email: PHILLILL@pwcs.edu***

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: 3/24/20
Gifted Identification Update

With the closure of Prince William County Schools due to COVID-19, the timeline for gifted identification has been affected. The division-level Gifted Identification/Placement Committees will meet to review cases and make decisions regarding eligibility as soon as possible when PWCS reopens. We will continue to keep you updated as the situation evolves. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the gifted resource teacher Mrs. Phillips, PHILLILL@pwcs.edu.


Schools Involved in Gifted Needs in Education Today
Purpose:  The SIGNET program at Haymarket Elementary offers gifted education services for students in grades four and five who have been determined eligible in either general intellectual aptitude or specific academic aptitude. The curriculum is designed to expand and extend the classroom curriculum while encouraging exploration in areas of interest. The students attend SIGNET class one day per week. Additionally, the gifted resource teacher collaborates with the regular classroom teacher to plan strategies for differentiation of instruction.

The SIGNET class is broken into several learning periods, each with a specific set of goals:
Independent Choice Time/Learning Centers: Choice time allows students to develop their independent learning skills by studying a self-selected topic. They are guided in their learning through center contracts or online assignments.  There are many topics for students to choose from, and many centers have three or more levels of complexity for students to explore, depending on their level of interest in the topic. 

T.A.G. Unit (Techniques for Achieving Goals)TAG, (Techniques Achieving Goals) units are designed to extend and enrich student learning in the content areas.  Whole group sessions provide opportunity for instruction, small group activities enhance learning, and culminating projects give students the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the topic and their creativity. 

Daily Reflections: Self-reflection and planning is always a regular part of each SIGNET day. At the conclusion of center time each day, students are asked to reflect upon their work. They are asked to record the work they completed, set a goal for next session and offer insight into the thinking skills they used that day in SIGNET.  SIGNET students also receive enrichment and extension daily in their regular classroom instruction.