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PACE is the gifted and talented program at the middle school lead by Mrs. (Reed) Brenner.
The mission of this program is to provide our district's identified gifted youth with an environment that inspires learning, fosters creativity, models respectful community and encourages self-reflection.
Gifted children demonstrate the following:
· High intelligence
· Verbal or mathematical acuity
· Exceptional talent and skill in the fine arts
The PACE program provides identified gifted youth with an environment that inspires learning, fosters creativity, models respectful community and encourages self-reflection. Students who have been accepted into the program possess outstanding academic potential, understand process, apply learning quickly, and want to use their talents to address interests, issues, and concerns of substance. While in PACE, students research, develop, and present individual and group projects based on personal interests. They also have the opportunity to demonstrate exceptional abilities in addressing real world issues and problems.
A PACE student at Hackettstown Middle School:
understands that their intelligence is not fixed;
has a mindset that their knowledge can grow through effort and learning;
is intrinsically motivated;
has no fear of failure or trying;
recognizes that failure is an integral part of learning;
does not view learning as more work rather, views it as more opportunity;
becomes totally immersed in and absorbed by learning opportunities;
flourishes in self directed environments;
requires a setting to pursue learning beyond the restrictions of curricula; and
sees learning as a reward for effort.