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Gifted Studies


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 (Ancient Civilizations), 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 Megan Barnitz. For more information and upcoming opportunities to visit the school, please contact Mrs. Barnitz atbarnitzm@pcsb.org or 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.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

NATIONAL HISTORY DAY (NHD)
* The Gifted Center team is seeking volunteers and donations for our National History Day event. We are in need of the following:
 

1. Volunteers to help us clean up and get organized after on NHD parent event.

2. Donations of food (lunch items) and coffee that can be shared with the wonderful judges who are giving of their time all day at the school based NHD competition.

If you would like more information or if you would like to volunteer, please contact Ms. Gibson at gibsonla@pcsb.org or at 727-552-1737.

 

GIFTED RESOURCES

Noodle Tools (Research Tools)
Each user must create a "personal folder" (i.e., select a personal ID and password) by clicking the "Create a Personal ID" button on the login screen. Access to our subscription is currently enabled via username/password only. Students will be prompted to log in to the subscription when they click "Create a Personal ID" on the login screen. Please see your teacher or Mrs. Pendergraft for more information, including username and password.

 
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. How can I check my student's progress?
All students can log-in to PCS Focus and check up to date information about their current progress in each of their classes. Keep in mind that this information may not be updated on a daily basis as teachers only have a planning period every other day.

2. How can I reach my student's teachers?
The quickest way is through the email listed in Focus. But if you would like to contact them by phone, it is 727-552-1737 Please leave a message with your name, the best number to reach you and what the call is concerning. This helps the teacher to better meet your needs. Also please be patient, a teacher may not got a message until the end of a work day. The standard time for a return call is 48 hours, unless its a call left before the start of a weekend or holiday break.

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