Gifted Education

Gifted at Jefferson Forest High School

This is where you can find information catered to those identified as academically gifted. News for the gifted students will no longer be posted in the Cavalier Connection, but rather, on this site.

For more information please contact Alison Witt at

*Any students interested in Engineering, Programming, or Robotics, can now join the JF Robotics Club.  An organizational meeting will be held this Wednesday after school in Mr. Santore's class, room 3027 on B hall.  See Mr. Santore if you have any questions.


Randolph College Science/Math Poetry Contest:

All K-12 students in Lynchburg and surrounding counties are invited to submit science- or mathbased poems. Requirements: The theme of the poem must focus on science or math topic. Any poetry genre may be used, e.g. Haiku, limerick, free form, etc. Poems may be illustrated, but only the text will be judged. Poems may be handwritten or typed. All poems must be the original work of the student. Only one poem per student. Poems may be submitted by mail or electronically, and as an individual or as a class. Instructions below. Qualified participants: All K-12 students are invited to submit a poem. Students or teachers may submit entries. We encourage teachers to have their entire class write and submit poems. Poems will be judged in four categories: primary, elementary, middle, and high school. Submissions may be made any time between now and midnight, February 16, 2018. Submissions by mail must be postmarked by Friday, February 16, 2018. Typed, scanned and e-mailed submissions are also due by the end of February 16, 2018. Submissions should be sent to, or Randolph College Science Festival, Randolph College, 2500 Rivermont Avenue, Lynchburg, VA 24503. For all submissions, be sure to include: First and last name, grade, and school of the student, address (street, city, state, postal code), telephone number, and e-mail address for a contact for Inspiring, Guiding, and Supporting Learning in our Schools the entry (student, teacher, or guardian). If completed in class, be sure to include the teacher and school principal names and emails. Please include a poem title. If we do not have a valid e-mail, logistics may be such that we will not be able to notify you of receipt or of finalists. There is a form attached and online at (fillable PDF needs to be saved and printed or emailed, or simply print it and write in the form fields) to help us collect all pertinent information that should be submitted with each poem, or be sure to include all pertinent information on the poem. Judging: A panel of college judges will select finalists (52 poems: 13 from each grade category). Certificates will be awarded to poetry finalists. From the 52 poetry finalists, three top prizes will be awarded in the four grade level categories: primary, elementary, middle, and high school ($100, $50, $25 for each grade level). Award Ceremony: Finalists will be invited to read their poems, and the poems will be published in a book available free to all finalists. Parents and teachers will receive an invitation to this event, and the event is free and open to the public. If the winning poem is completed in class and submitted by the classroom teacher, the teacher will receive the same prize as the student. Top prize is a $100 gift card! Finalists will be announced March 16, 2018. The Poetry Reading will occur at an awards ceremony held Friday, March 23 6:00-7:30 pm Wimberly Recital Hall, Presser Building, Randolph College For more information about this and additional Science Festival Events:

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