The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 9, 2001 · Page 19
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The Salina Journal , Monday, April 9,2001 AnneScuitte closes the books a Gifted career By MICHAEL STRAND The Salina Journal Last week, Anne Scuitte took down the "wallpaper" , in her office — news clippings, photos and other mementos of students she'd taught over the past several years at Salina South High School. "38 days" she replies when asked how much longer she has before retiring. "I have to start distancing myself from this. It'll be easier that way." She's been teaching for 38 years, first in BrookviUe and for the past 31 in Salina schools. Scuitte runs South's program for gifted students, and many of the clippings tell of exclusive scholarships or announce graduations from top schools such as Stanford, MIT, the University of Chicago and Cornell. She can relate story after story of students who learned to read at 2 or 3, or taught themselves calculus in seventh grade; but she's also quick to stress that those "brilliant" young people can't do it alone and that support both at school and at horne can still make all the difference. For example, she tells of one student who transferred from Great Bend as a seventh-grader. Because he'd missed some 90 days of school, coimselors put him into the basic math class. A teacher noticed him basically doodling high-level math theorems and one day put a theorem on the board and asked him to solve it. Before long, he was tested at Kansas Wesleyan where he scored in the high 90s on tests for college students. While still in high school, he took classes at Wesleyan and then correspondence classes from the University of Kansas. Despite his obvious ability, Scuitte said, "There were gaps in his knowledge, and those gaps needed to be filled. It's our job to help him learn at his performance level," and that's the school's job whether the student is gifted, slow or in-between. In fact, Scuitte considers the programs for gifted students to be part of special education. See GIFTED, Page 8 After nearly 40 years, Salina teacher Anne Scuitte will shake the chalk dust from her hands for the last time. TOM DORSEY / The Salina Journal

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