History of the Rockwood Gifted Program
Kathy Peckron is appointed to the newly created position of “Talented & Gifted Resource Teacher.” She is responsible for developing and implementing the district’s gifted program.
Key objectives for the 1985-1986 school year are establishing a Gifted Resource Center at each elementary school and providing staff development about the special needs of gifted students.
A total of 174 Rockwood students in grades 4-6 are identified as gifted and are served by the Talented & Gifted Program.
The first Parent Handbook is produced to welcome families to the gifted program and to provide information about the program’s mission, procedures, curriculum, and instructional focus.
A proposal to start a junior high and senior high gifted program is submitted to the superintendent. The proposal is approved and students begin receiving services in the 1990-1991 school year.
A proposal to start an elementary “Center” is submitted to the superintendent. The proposal is approved for the 1990-1991 school year. The “Center for Creative Learning” opens in a wing of Ridge Meadows Elementary School and serves students in grades 1-6.
The first edition of the program newsletter, “TAG Times,” is produced. Ten years later, the CCL newsletter gets a new look and a new name. It is called “Center Piece” and its first issue is September 2000.
The program’s gifted population consists of a total of 499 students: 414 students from Rockwood’s sixteen elementary schools and 85 students from its four junior high schools.
The gifted program moves to its current location on Old State Road and occupies the east wing of the building. The campus is called the “Sullivan Campus” and is rented by the Rockwood School District. The property is owned by the Special School District.
During this period of time, five new components are added to the overall offerings of the gifted program: Math Component, Art Component, Connections, TREASURES , and Summer Enrichment. Ten years later, a Kindergarten Component and Exceptionally Gifted Resource Component are added to the program.
Ownership of the Center for Creative Learning is officially transferred from the Special School District to the Rockwood School District.
The CCL-PTO is formed. At its first official meeting on January 7, pro-tem officers were elected: Sam Maraldo, President; Linda Hardin, Vice-President; Tammy Donelson, Secretary; LeeAnn Clement, Treasurer. The teacher liaison was Kathleen Hager.
The CCL’s first hardcover yearbook is published. This student-produced yearbook, entitled “Our Wheels are Spinning,” contains an accompanying CD.
Linda Smith is appointed Coordinator of Gifted Programs for the Rockwood School District.
The Dr. Kathy Peckron Art Gallery is dedicated. This dedication is part of the year-long activities celebrating the gifted program’s 15th anniversary and the Center’s 10th anniversary.
Center for Creative Learning students produce the program’s first literary magazine. It is entitled, “TAG, You’re It!”
In its accreditation report, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education commends the Rockwood School District for serving gifted students in an exemplary manner.
The Rockwood community votes in favor of the district’s 2001 bond issue. The Board of Education approves a bid to construct a new wing with six classrooms at the Center for Creative Learning.
The gifted program’s new Kindergarten Component welcomes its first group of kindergarten students for the second semester of the school year.
The program expands to a second location and opens the “CCL Primary Campus.” This campus serves first and second grade students and is located at the former Ellisville Kindergarten Center. The Old State Road campus becomes the “CCL Intermediate Campus.”
The gifted program celebrates the 25th Anniversary of its founding and the 20th Anniversary of the CCL. A public art sculpture is created at the CCL to mark the occasion.