Governor’s School for the Arts Virtual Information Night

Governor’s School for the Arts

The virtual information night for the Governor’s School for the Arts is Tuesday, October 27 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Scholars must register to attend at 

Scholars in grades nine through 12 are eligible to attend the Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk, Virginia. Scholars must complete an application and audition for the intensive programs in dance, music, musical theatre, theatre and visual arts. The applications are available from the school all year and the adjudication process takes place in January.


Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year

Welcome to

Lynnhaven Middle School


Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year at Lynnhaven Middle School! My name is Tina Cerja and I am the gifted resource teacher (GRT). This year begins my 28 year as a middle school educator and my fourth year serving our Bluefish school community as GRT.

Gifted scholars at Lynnhaven Middle School are provided instruction via a differentiated curriculum that is responsive to the academic and social and emotional needs of the student utilizing the resource-cluster model. The resource-cluster model promotes optimum understanding of the needs of gifted scholars without creating an isolated learning environment. Gifted scholars interact with myself, cluster teachers, and classmates in a heterogeneous grouping while benefiting from the modification of content, process, product, and learning environment. The pace in these classes is rapid and scholars explore subjects in greater depth and with additional intensity. 

LHMS Gifted Bluefish are very active on social media to promote gifted awareness & communication between gifted scholars, parents, and staff. You can follow us on Twitter at @tinacerja_grt and @LMSGifted. Also follow us on our blog LMS Gifted Bluefish.

My office hours are on Mondays from 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. and my email address is Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.  Questions can also be answered by contacting Martha Palmer by email  or call 757.263.6870.

Again, welcome to LMS and have a fantastic 2020-2021 school year!

Mrs. Cerja’s Office Hours

Lynnhaven Middle scholars, parents, and staff my office hours are Monday and Wednesday from 11:00-12:30, but I’m always just an email or Remind away. You can reach me at  Take care of yourselves Bluefish scholars and families!



ODS Gifted Dance Update


Gifted Dance Education (Addendum)

3rd Quarter, Week 3 – February 17th – February 21st

  • Due to the delayed arrival schedule today and the cancelled dance classes, the Love and Freedom Concert has been rescheduled to Friday, February 28th for our Friday dancers. (10:50 – 11:50 a.m.)

Contact (Email) Information:

Kimbra Cowan – Department Chair –

MaryAnn Laverty –

Allexis Smith –

Pamella Washburn –


ODS Website:   Twitter: @BrickellAcademy

How To Raise A Child Who Cares

How To Raise A Child Who Cares

Being able to practice empathy is one of the most important skills you can learn. In a world that spends so much time picking at flaws and igniting fear and anger in people, empathy can be a balm to that fear and anger.
Click on the picture below to view a TED.Com article entitled, “How To Raise A Child Who Cares” and a TEdTalk by one of the articles co-authors, Daniel J. Siegel, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, the founding co-director of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, and executive director of the Mindsight Institute. He is also a graduate of Harvard Medical School.


Tips on Raising Gifted Scholars

Here is a list of some do’s and don’ts for raising gifted scholars from SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted. SENG is a nonprofit organization that empowers families and communities to guide gifted and talented individuals to reach their goals: intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.

Do give compliments to your child for his abilities and efforts.

Gifted children need recognition for their abilities from people whose opinions matter most to them just as much as anyone else. Try to be particularly aware of when your child really has put a great deal of effort or thought into something and needs encouragement or positive feedback.

Don’t over-schedule your gifted child; that is not the same as providing challenge.

Don’t judge the value of your child’s choices during the free and down times (except for safety and health issues). Give your child exposure to many different skills and activities that may uncover talent and passion in the child. Give your child the freedom and opportunity to make choices regarding clubs, activities, and extra-curriculars.

Do demonstrate how to prioritize, schedule, and let go.

Gifted individuals discover early that they have many interests and can get more done—wear more hats—than most other people. Sometimes they get over-involved and can’t decide how to lower their stress and their commitments. Help them learn to recognize the difference between their own goals and someone else’s. Help them learn that some goals are necessary “hoops.”

For more information on do’s and don’ts: