HAL - Mrs. Debbie Miller

Welcome to the High Ability Learners classroom! My name is Debbie Miller, and this year marks my 19th year at SVdP. I have been the High Ability Learners teacher for the last 16 years and previously taught 6th grade for 3 years. I earned a bachelor's degree in Intermediate Education from UNO and a master's degree from UNK in Gifted Education. My goal as a teacher is to help every student become an independent, critical thinker while using his/her talents to help others.

Class Info
The HAL classroom provides students additional challenge in math and reading/writing. Students are evaluated each spring using multiple pieces of criteria including standardized tests, grade-level achievement tests, classroom performance, and teacher referrals. The HAL Math program begins in 4th grade with the students working one grade level ahead of their classmates. The students will continue to work a grade level ahead, and by 8th grade they will be taking an Algebra 2 course. The HAL Reading/Literature program starts in 5th grade and focuses on discussion of literary topics and writing while creating connections to real life. Writing is an integral part of the program in addition to a student's reading ability, so a student should also possess strong writing skills in addition to a love for reading.
HAL placement is always provisional, and HAL students are re-evaluated at every grading period for continuation in the program. Each program is fluid to meet the changing academic or emotional needs of a student, so changes may sometimes occur during the school year. Most importantly, communication between home and school is essential to having the best outcome for all.

Helpful Links:
Math Policies
Reading Policies
*All links to student resources can be found on Google Classroom pages or on the Quick Links for students on SVdP homepage.

Email: millerd@svdpomaha.org
School Office: 402-492-2111
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