RENO — The Washoe County School District’s Gifted and Talented Education program will be providing a series of informational sessions for families of gifted and talented students in the fifth, sixth and seventh grades. The four informational sessions for parents will provide an overview of the new GT magnet middle school program and curriculum. Parents will have an opportunity to ask questions about the program.
There will be two sessions, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. today and Tuesday. Today’s will be at Swope Middle School, 901 Keele Dr., in Reno. Tuesday’s session will be at Pine Middle School, 4800 Neil Road, Reno
The WCSD last week announced enhancements to the current middle school gifted program. Instituting a magnet program at the middle school level will provide gifted students a more successful transition from elementary to middle school, give them an accelerated math curriculum and ensure services are equitable at all middle schools with GT courses in all core subjects.
Four local National Merit scholars named
RENO — Four Washoe County students are the recipients of the prestigious college-sponsored National Merit Scholarship for 2011. These exceptional scholars represent the top 1 percent of students in Nevada and were chosen from 16,000 semifinalists in the nation.
The WCSD winners include:
• Lisa Bryant, Reno High School, who will attend the University of Nevada, Reno
• Brin Smith, Wooster High School, who will attend the University of Arizona
• Michelle Duggan, Spanish Springs High School, who will attend the University of Nevada, Reno
• Steven Strozza, Spanish Springs High School, who will attend the University of Southern California
“We are very proud of these students’ success,” Superintendent Heath Morrison said. “These scholarships are proof of their hard work in the classroom. We expect great things from them as they prepare to embark upon the next chapter in their lives after graduation.”
More than 2,900 winners of college-sponsored National Merit scholarships will be able to attend their institution of choice. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 each year for up to four years of undergraduate work at the college or university at which the student will attend. In 2011, 198 higher education institutions are sponsoring these awards through the National Merit Scholarship program.
Approximately 1.5 million juniors in about 22,000 high schools were entered in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship program when they took the 2009 Preliminary Scholarship Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. During fall 2010, 16,000 semifinalists were named for scoring the highest among entrants in each state, representing less than 1 percent of a state’s seniors.
Galena senior awards night held at Atlantis
RENO — Galena High School’s senior awards night was on May 31 at Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. Since Galena High School’s inception, the Atlantis has sponsored two annual scholarship donations of $1,000 for deserving Galena High School seniors.
“Atlantis has not only sponsored two scholarships a year for our top 10 students, but they also provide the venue and refreshments for the senior awards night,” said Mandy Campbell, Galena scholarship director.
In 2011, the Atlantis’ scholarship winners were Eric Johnson and Tawni Johnston.
First graduation to be held at Alpine charter
SPARKS — Alpine Academy Charter High School, located at 605 Boxington Way Suite 112 and now in its second year of operation, will hold its first graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday. The valedictorian is Harpinder Singh and salutatorian is Deanna Scott.
The graduating class will have 15 students: Shelby Brown, Jacqueline Carlos, Seth Chapman, Evan Encoe, Dylan Ernst, Tanner Frano, Jessica Johnson, Karisa Johnson, Kristina Laursen, Paige Minor, Jagger Monterastelli, Ryan Sand, Dakota Schliessmann, Deanna Scott and Harpinder Singh. The ceremony’s guest speaker will be state Assemblyman Ira Hansen.
Summer camps abound at UNR
RENO — Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno presents another fun-filled summer for boys and girls of all ages, with KIDS University, Lake Tahoe Music Camp and Wolf Pack Sports Camps, scheduled during June through August. Registration for camp sessions is now available online or by phone, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about all camp sessions, fees and registration, visit http://www.extendedstudies.unr.edu/youth.htm or call the university’s Extended Studies office at 784-4046 or 800-233-8928.