The TMFMS Center for Gifted Studies was founded in 2009/10 with an inaugural 6th grade class of approximately 130 students. Each year a grade level was added with a full 6-8th grade program in place in 2011/12. TMFMS is one of three gifted middle school magnets in Pinellas County and the only one combined with a fundamental school.
The program is designed to meet the unique academic and social/emotional needs of adolescent gifted students. A challenging and rigorous, interdisciplinary curriculum is delivered through instructional strategies that promote creative, critical and complex thinking. Personal strengths and weaknesses are developed through differentiated instruction, independent research, and extracurricular activities. Classwork and homework include both individual and group assignments.
TMFMS is on a block schedule and middle school students take 8 classes. The gifted program in 6th grade offers 6 accelerated classes in Math, Language Arts, Social Studies (US History), Science, Literature, and Independent Research. Additionally, students take PE/Health and one elective – Band/Orchestra, Art, Drama, Chorus, or World Languages. TM Gifted Students have the opportunity to spend time with traditional fundamental students in PE/Health, electives, and at lunch.
Combined with the fundamental school guidelines, the TM Gifted Center offers a unique program in academics, student discipline and responsibility, and parental involvement. Requirements include student behavior standards, homework with parent signatures, and mandatory parent attendance at PTA/Gifted meetings.
A variety of after school activities and clubs are offered at school and in the gifted program (subject to change). Examples include STEM Girls (Math, Science and Technology Club for girls), Gifted Science Club, Chess Club, Multi-cultural Club, Student Council, Golf team @Twin Brooks, and more.
The program’s Gifted Magnet Coordinator is Ms. Katie Slikfin. For more information, please contact Ms. Slifkin at SlifkinK@pcsb.org 552-1737. Entry into the gifted program requires a Gifted Education Plan.
GIFTED CENTER STAFF
Teachers in the gifted program are certified gifted teachers or must become so within 2 years.