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Mount Vernon Schools Set Parent Meetings On ATLAS Program

Evelyn Collins, director of the Mount Vernon school district's ATLAS program, says each child's gifts and talents can be manifested in many ways from the intellectual and the arts to sports and leadership.
Evelyn Collins, director of the Mount Vernon school district's ATLAS program, says each child's gifts and talents can be manifested in many ways from the intellectual and the arts to sports and leadership. Photo Credit: Facebook

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- The Mount Vernon school district’s gifted and talented program will be holding meetings with parents on Wednesday, Jan. 13.

According to director Evelyn Collins, school representatives will meet with the parents of first- and second-graders at 6 p.m. at the Mount Vernon High School’s Little Theatre. The meeting for parents of third- and fourth-graders is set for 7 p.m. in the same place.

The school district also announced that the OLSAT results are in, and that one-third of the district’s eligible students have met the criteria for acceptance into the ATLAS (Academy of Talents, Leadership and Scholars) program.

OLSAT, which stands for the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test, is published by Pearson NNC and is a multiple-choice test commonly used to identify gifted children.

Parents of third- and fourth-graders will be notified of the OLSAT results through the mail and a letter will also be sent home with their children, Collins said.

The ATLAS program will begin in late February, she said.

According to the school district, gifted students are characterized by their faster pace of learning, ability to retain information quickly, and ability to think in abstract and more complex ways than their peers.

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