Don't change Ocean Springs Upper Elementary Connections for the 2018-2019 school year!

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Connections is a program developed to maximize the development of the intellectually gifted learner. Among other things the program works to challenge each student at the appropriate level, helps them develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, assists them in enhancing positive self-concept and tolerance and allows students to experience topics in a greater depth and complexity. Connections has always been provided to students one day a week for that entire school day. Next year they want to take this opportunity away and implement Connections as an elective, where students go for only one hour each day. Not much can be done in only one hour. Due to this change Connections teachers will no longer be able to teach their amazing and in depth lessons such as robotics. My child has been in connections since he was young and this was the one place he always felt comfortable and accepted. This class has helped develop my very shy and sensitive son into a strong and self confident young man. Many parents, teachers and students are very concerned that these changes may undermine the integrity of the existing program. These students require not only the intellectual challenge of the gifted program, but also the social & emotional support it provides.Please help petition for Connections at Ocean Springs Upper Elementary to remain the same next year!

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