What a wonderful year we have had and I can not believe it is almost over. We have all learned a lot this year and yes I did mean WE. Some say that an educator’s biggest job is to promote life long learning in our students and the only way I know how to do that is to model it. Honestly, your children have inspired me on a daily basis to explore, to question, to discover and push my boundaries just a little bit further, which I truly thank them for. This spring I began using this quote to sum up the general philosophy for Oneco’s Gifted Program We are a laboratory, NOT a factory. Let me explain, laboratories are places of exploration, questioning, discovery and the focus is on the learning process. In factories the focus is usually about the outcome or products. Those in factories are taught to do something one way and never expected to ask why or to try to find a better way of completing the task. With those principles in mind, we do what we can to construct projects in such a way that a multitude of cross curriculum skills are covered. These skills include: Grade Level Sunshine State Standards, The State of Florida’s Framework for the K-12 Gifted Learners and National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for Students. I have done what I can to include the standards covered with most of our projects we have placed on the website, but in the future if you have any questions please just let me know. Again, it has been a wonderful year, and your children continue to amaze me. They have been a true joy, and I would like to thank you for sharing them with me. It is my hope that each family has a wonderful and safe summer.