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Gifted Parent Advisory Committee

Mars Area School District has established a Gifted Parent Advisory Committee, comprised of two (2) gifted parents from each school buildings as well as two (2) gifted teachers, a school psychologist and Travis Mineard, Director of Special Education. 


The vision of the Gifted Parent Advisory Committee is to promote and advocate for an exemplary gifted program at all levels (in accordance with Chapter 16 regulations) providing a learning environment, in which divergent strengths and higher level thinking skills are enriched through collaboration, systemic problem-solving and communication so that students reach their fullest potential.


  • To develop programs to challenge and prepare gifted students to become lifelong scholars and contributing responsible citizens
  • Provide enrichment, acceleration, direction, time, encouragement,and a broad spectrum of resources to gifted students
  • Maximize educational opportunities for gifted students
  • Encourage gifted students to develop self-discipline and independent learning skills to assist them in reaching their fullest potential
  • Create a supportive, respectful, and creative learning environment focusing on the students’ strengths

New Member Application

Mars Area School District’s Special Education Department is seeking parents interested in serving on the District's Gifted Education Parent Advisory Committee for the 2021-2022 School Year. To apply, click on the following:

Meeting Minutes

The following are minutes from Mars Area School District’s Gifted Education Parent Advisory Committee

Parent Trainings
The following are summaries of parent training sessions and other presentations offered by Mars Area School District’s Special Education Department:

MASD Gifted Quarterly Newsletter
The following are available issues of the Gifted Parent Advisory Committee's quarterly eNewsletter, the MASD Gifted Quarterly: