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Gifted Services

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The Centennial School District recognizes that gifted learners are a population with special educational needs. These learners are capable of high performance when compared to others of similar age, experience, and environment, and represent the diverse populations of our communities. These learners have potential that requires differentiated and challenging educational programming beyond those provided in the general school program.

Centennial School District Levels of Service model provides four levels of programming to address the needs of students.

Gifted Education Programming will:

  • Serve students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 through a continuum of educational opportunities and supports based on students’ identified needs

  • Use equitable and inclusive assessments to identify students’ educational needs 

  • Meet academic and intellectual needs through rigor, pacing, and depth of the curriculum

  • Address unique intellectual, social and emotional needs of gifted learners

  • Be inclusive and partner with the regular education program to support differentiated, enriched, or extended learning opportunities for students demonstrating an educational need

  • Provide opportunities for students to interact with intellectual peers through clustering gifted learners for learning experiences inside or outside the classroom, specialized learning experiences in the resource classroom, or Level 4 full-time self-contained classrooms

  • Participate in the approved curriculum review cycle for each curricular area to ensure that the needs of gifted learners are considered

  • Provide programming through knowledgeable educators with skills and resources based on instructional best practices and proven research

  • Advocate for staff development training for all staff specific to instructional strategies, curriculum, and social/emotional needs of gifted students

At the middle school level, we partner with the families of students who qualify for potential advanced and, when appropriate, double advanced placements for math in grades 6, 7 & 8. For Language Arts, we offer an advanced option for grades 6, 7, 8.

At the high school level, students can participate in advanced opportunities:

  • Honor courses
  • AP courses
  • Project Lead the Way courses
  • Honor Options in select courses
  • College in the Schools (CIS) courses
  • PSEO


Cheryl Dettmer 
Gifted Services Resource Teacher (CTE/CVE)
Phone: 763-792-5871

Carolyn Ruhnow
Gifted Services Coordinator, MSU TOSA (Elementary), & Mentor
Phone: 763-792-6150

Kelly Marciano
Gifted Services Resource Teacher (BHE)
Phone: 763-792-6231

Casey Molitor
Gifted Services Resource Teacher (GLE/RLE)
Phone: 763-792-5787 

Gina Mullozzi
Gifted Services Resource Teacher (BHE)
Phone: 763-792-6239