Gifted and Talented Education

Hello VPE Parents,

We are opening up nominations for academic Gifted and Talented identification of students Nov.11-Dec.1st. If you are noticing that your child is showing traits of a gifted learner contact your child’s teacher. Below is a support to help differentiate between a high-achieving student and gifted learner. Thank you for your support and if you have questions please contact Shanna O’Dell or Serena Taylor. 

Areas of Giftedness:

  • General or specific intellectual ability
  • Specific academic aptitude
  • Creative or productive thinking
  • Leadership abilities
  • Talent: Visual arts, performing arts, musical or psychomotor abilities (Please contact explore teachers if you would like to nominate in a talent area)

Generally, a high-achieving student is one who works hard to succeed; is attentive in class; learns with ease; memorizes facts; correctly answers questions, and earns good grades. In comparison, a student who might be considered gifted in a particular content area is performing at an outstanding level of accomplishment compared to grade level peers; generates complex, abstract ideas; comprehends complex ideas; infers and connects concepts; is self-directed in learning; and can answer content-related questions but also asks complex questions (Kingore, 2014). Please go to the Aurora Public School Gifted and Talented website for more information on Gifted and Talented students.


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VP Pictures and Yearbook

To the families of Vista PEAK Exploratory,

School picture day proofs are now available for viewing online. To view a proof of your student, please visit and select the School Portrait Proof link at the bottom of the page. When prompted please enter the Web Passcode that was provided to your student on picture day. If you do not have your web password, please contact DR Photo directly to receive your password. You can email DR Photo at to request your Web Password, do not contact the school. Proofs are available for everyone and does not reflect if you ordered or not on picture day. To place an order selct the Order School Portraits link at and enter the school ordering passcode: VPEXFALL17

Also, please see the Link below to be able to order your yearbooks online! Student Leadership is working hard on the 2017-2018 yearbooks for VPE and want to share ways to log on.  Order yours today at a discounted price. For the entire month of October, yearbooks will be $15.00 for soft cover and $25.00 for hardcover. Starting November 1st, yearbooks will increase by $1.00 each month with a final purchase price of $20.00 for a softcover and $2.00 each month with final price of $30.00 for hardcover.  Pre-order deadline is March 15th. Please contact Tiffany Luster @ with any questions regarding yearbook information.  So get your yearbook today, for there will be very few extras by the end of the year.


Thank you

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Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

In a world of darkness we are called to shine lights of hope, love, peace, and unity. 
My heart cries for those impacted by the senseless and heartbreaking tragedy in Las Vegas last night. We know such events can be most unsettling for adults and children, and so I want to equip you parents with a resource to support you with your students.

We are Bison strong and truly connected to see each other through the storms of life.

In love and service, 
Principal Greer

Please click for more information on Talking to Children About Violence

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YMCA of Metropolitan Denver 2017-18 Before/After School Daycare Provider for VPE


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