The Maryland State Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) recently named Milton M. Somers Middle School as one of nine Maryland schools selected for a 2013 Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education (EGATE) school award. The recognition program honors elementary, middle and high schools that offer gifted and talented programs that model excellence and focus on improving levels of student achievement.
The awards program was launched in 2010 by MSDE and the State Advisory Council on Gifted and Talented Education. To be considered for the program, schools submit a comprehensive application that includes documentation that demonstrates their program is aligned with criteria outlined in the Maryland Criteria for Excellence: Gifted and Talented Program Guidelines. All public elementary, middle and high schools in Maryland are eligible to apply.
Criteria are focused on each of the four Maryland EGATE objectives and corresponding criteria, which include: student identification; curriculum and instruction, including a focus on content, instructional strategies, products and the learning environment; professional qualified teachers and professional development; and program management and evaluation.
Somers is Charles County’s fourth school to receive the award recognition and will be honored at a state reception Feb. 27. As an EGATE recipient, Somers will also receive a Governor’s citation, EGATE school banner and plaque. Additionally, Somers will serve as a model EGATE school and must reapply every five years in order to maintain their EGATE status.
Other Charles County EGATE schools are Dr. James Craik, T.C. Martin and William B. Wade elementary schools. Details on the program and supporting criteria, as well as the application to apply for the 2014 awards program, are located on MSDE’s website at http://www.msde.maryland.gov/MSDE/programs/giftedtalented/docs/EGATE_Application2014.pdf.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Connie W. Armstead, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, central office building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 20646. 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.