SCPS High School Gifted Education

December 2020

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The Most Precious Gift...the Gift of Time

"Does thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of."

-Benjamin Franklin

"My favorite things in life don't cost any money. It's really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time." -Steve Jobs

"We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right." -Nelson Mandela

Philosophers, theologians, pioneers, and others throughout history have understood the value of time. Time is consistent, time is patterned, but it doesn't always feel that way. Some days seem to go quickly, yet others seem to go on forever.

The most precious gift we can give to ourselves and to others is the gift of time. For ourselves, the gift of time may look like enjoying a hobby, researching a topic of interest, or taking a much-needed break. The gift of time to others may include sharing a meal, exercising, or playing a game together.

In this newsletter, we are presenting gifts to you. Our gifts include ideas about how to make constructive use of time. You will find articles, books, courses, time management tools, and more.

Beginning now, and into the new year, make every moment of time matter. Time is, after all, the most precious gift.

Happy Holidays!

~the SCPS High School Gifted Instructional Team

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Fun Facts about Time

Arrows of Time is a project published in Quantamagazine. This project is presented in a timeline format to show how humans' understanding of time has evolved throughout history.

Gifts to Ourselves

Recommended Reading

Free Courses


If your child is looking for internships to explore potential career paths, you may want to have them check out the Chegg Internships website. There are many virtual internship possibilities for students to explore!

Publications from NAGC

The National Association for Gifted Children publishes information for parents of gifted children. Resources include topics such as motivation, social and emotional considerations, and helping children succeed. Click on the link below to access the NAGC parent resource page.

Time Management Tool

Kanban Board

A Kanban Board is a simple organizing system that provides a visual for students to see which assignments they have turned in and which ones they have not. Click on the link below for a FREE editable Kanban board that can be copied into Google Drive and shared with students.

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Gifts to Others


Click on the link below to find out more about opportunities in the Fredericksburg area.

100 Games for Gifted Kids

This blog lists card games, classic games, logic games and more. Click on the link below to access the blog.

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High School Gifted Instructional Team

Kevin Bouffard (BPHS)

Feli Cardenas (NSHS)

Susan Easter (CFHS)

Kali Hamill (MVHS)

Helga Purnell (SHS)

Stephenie Fellinger (SCPS Gifted Facilitator)