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    Welcome to a new school year! I am so excited to take this next step in gifted education with you and your child. As Cascade transitions to an International Baccalaureate (IB) School with the Primary Years Program, gifted students are served through collaboration. Differentiated enrichment resources and instruction are provided for your child during the English Language Arts and Mathematics lessons. These lessons provide opportunities for your child to utilize advanced communication and research skills, critical and creative thinking, and problem solving skills. These skills complement the IB Program which focuses on the development of the whole child. As IB learners, we strive to become inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective. Through rigorous and relevant instruction, students develop independence and take responsibility for their own learning. They gain understanding of the world and their place as internationally-minded change makers. Let’s make this another great year of thinking “out of the box.”