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We are currently engaged in the 2019-19 school year. The REACH and PEP programs provide an exceptional opportunity for students here at Defino. It's within these walls where students discover their excellence and work collaboratively on various projects. The children work diligently to meet obtainable goals while growing socially, emotionally, and academically. During the year, students will be developing skills to help them become sophisticated problem solvers as well as communicators of information through various mediums. Projects are continually accessed through the Google platform, and we are actively utilizing the new technology offered within the district. Classroom assignments, homework, and projects can be accessed through our Google Classroom page. 
*~ A look inside our  PEP & REACH classroom*~
Our classroom promotes individuality as well as team building experiences. In this nurturing environment where children feel very comfortable working through authentic lessons and having organic conversations among their peers, tremendous strides can be made. Gifted learners need experiences that are rich, and this classroom is geared to suit their needs. Learning experiences that are organized by key concepts and discipline rather than facts, are essential to successful gifted instruction. These students look forward to entering a classroom that is respectful to them and one that provides structure and choice. The goal is to help these learners achieve more than they initially thought they could. Throughout the year, collectively, we are going to expand our minds through various disciplines and provoke intelligent and insightful conversations. We will hone in on many of the students' advanced talents and design curriculum that compliments their natural abilities to think outside the box. 
 *~Active Readers~*  
Becoming a reader and writer takes dedication and perseverance. When children learn how to communicate their ideas through different genres and mediums, they begin to discover how powerful writing can be. I enjoy teaching the fundamental skills that help children become successful readers and writers. These two subjects go hand in hand in helping us all better understand ourselves. When we discover who we are and what we are passionate about, we can begin to find careers and develop ways to make a difference in the world and in the lives of others. Advancing our reading and writing skills will build our confidence on how we communicate with the world. Most importantly, it allows the process of reflection to unfold naturally, and that is when children begin to discover who they are and what they connect with. A print-rich environment is essential in promoting literary skills. The reading instruction that takes place during Active Reading is enriching, core comprehensive, and encompasses the right skills to help children read for understanding. Throughout the course of the year, children will generate questions that will help them gain a deeper understanding of the text. 
At Defino, we are privileged to have the opportunity to stream live news on a daily basis. This initiative is something that we are very proud of because it teaches the students valuable life skills that they can carry with them through the years. We encourage you to tune in to DDN every morning to watch your children take on leadership roles and develop a sense of school pride! If you are inquiring how to access the network, please email me at the address below.  
 *~Mrs. Young~* 
My name is Mrs. Young, and I teach the Gifted & Talented program at Defino Central. In previous years, I have taught grades one through five in the surrounding area. This will be my seventh year as an elementary school teacher, and more specifically my fourth year teaching at Defino. 
I obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in history from the University at Albany. Subsequently, I furthered my education with a Master’s degree in Elementary Education at Monmouth University. Additionally, in 2013, I completed Georgian Court University’s certification program to teach students with disabilities. I welcome the opportunity to communicate with you throughout the school year, and I'll be available to answer any questions that may arise.  If you need to contact me, please feel free to email me at: