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Huntington UFSD SEARCH students won earned recognition in Toshiba's ExploraVision technology contest

H-ton SEARCH Students Capture Contest Honors

March 24, 2021

Huntington UFSD SEARCH program participants shined in this year’s Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision contest, which drew entries from K-12 students across the United States and Canada.

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Huntington UFSD SEARCH Program in its Fifth Decade

January 19, 2021

A commitment to meet the educational needs of everyone student led the Huntington School District to develop the SEARCH program more than 40 years ago. Since then it has touched the lives of thousands of youngsters and continues to do so today.

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  • The National Research Center on Gifted and Talented (NRC/GT), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, investigates, develops, and disseminates new methods for identifying and teaching gifted students. The NRC/GT, located at the University of Connecticut, is run collaboratively with the University of Virginia and Yale University, and works in conjunction with more than 300 public school district research study sites.
  • The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) is an organization of parents, educators, other professionals and community leaders to address the unique needs of children and youth. Membership includes a subscription to Parenting for High Potential, a magazine with articles geared to the development of talent.
  • You can search State Resources for Gifted Education and Individual State Gifted Organizations on the NAGC website by clicking on the heading "Gifted By State."
    The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted.

  • The Association for the Gifted (TAG) organized in 1958 by The Council for Exceptional Children, helps professionals and parents work with gifted children.

  • The Association for the Education of Gifted Underachieving Students (AEGUS) provides a forum for ideas and interventions aimed at helping twice-exceptional students reach their full potential.

  • The Davidson Institute for Talent Development has extensive resources for highly gifted students (and their parents). You can access articles by selecting "Browse by Topic" or "Search GT-Cybersource" from the "Resources" header in the pull-down top bar menu bar.

    Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) focuses primarily on the adults (parents, educators, etc) in the lives of gifted children. SENG provides information on identification, guidance, and effective ways to live and work with gifted individuals.

  • Hoagies' Gifted Education Page is a resource guide for the education of gifted children with links to many gifted education resources available on the Internet.

  • Resources for Discovering and Encouraging Interests:

  • Filamentality "Learning Web":

  • The Academy of Achievement:

  • Advocacy for Gifted and Talented Education (AGATE)
    c/o Mary-Ellen Seitelman, President
    10 Sandalwood Drive
    Clifton Park, NY 12065

  • Science sites:








  • The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth


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HUFSD SEARCH Program Project

SEARCH was authorized by the Huntington School Board following a 1980 request from community members for a stimulating and challenging program designed specifically for students who had been identified as academically talented. 

Parents wanted this program of study to take place during the child’s regular school day in order to offer an increased level of challenge not provided in regular classrooms due to the diverse set of academic abilities found there.

The differentiated SEARCH curriculum is geared to the top three to five percent of the group, using hands on, interactive experiences.

The Huntington School Board and community were involved in selecting the methods used in the identification of these children, and decided to accept the top ten percent of each grade’s population into the SEARCH (Scholastic Enrichment And Resource For Children In Huntington).

The purpose and goal of the SEARCH program was, and still is, to provide hands-on group instruction to those students achieving in the top ten percent of their grade’s population. The program continues to challenge, stimulate and provide students with a differentiated curriculum of study, involving all aspects of Bloom’s taxonomy of learning, with self-actualization being the ultimate goal.

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Jessica Risalvato, SEARCH Teacher

Jessica Risalvato has been the Huntington School District’s SEARCH and Math Olympiad program teacher since August 2017.

Ms. Risalvato obtained undergraduate (sociology) and graduate (childhood special education) degrees at Fordham University in 2007 and 2008, respectively. She earned an advanced graduate certificate in gifted education at SUNY Buffalo in 2015.

Prior to her appointment in Huntington, Ms. Risalvato had been working as an elementary grade level gifted program teacher in New York City since September 2013. She earlier spent a year working as an elementary teacher at Our World Neighborhood Charter School and five years as an elementary grade teacher at Bronx Charter School for Excellence.