Instructor: Mr. Trotta   
    Welcome! This site is for all 6th-8th grade gifted students at Rodney E. Thompson Middle School and their parents. Please check the site often to stay informed about upcoming events and classes. As the Focus Resource teacher, I provide guidance for teachers to reach our students, as well as services and programs for all identified gifted students as well as students who have been referred for the Focus program.


    Gifted students are those whose potential for achievement is such that they require services beyond those provided in the regular classroom to meet their educational needs. 

    In Stafford County Public Schools, differentiated services are provided for students in elementary through high school who have been identified as gifted in general intellectual aptitude; for students in grades 3 through 12, services are provided in gifted education for a specific academic aptitude, verbal-linguistic or logical-mathematical; and for students in grades 6 through 12, gifted services may be provided for visual arts. Criteria used for identification include student work, a parent survey, teacher evaluations, and,  in the academic programs, ability and achievement test scores (generally above 95%). The identification procedure begins with a referral from a teacher, specialist, parent, or peer. Self-nominations are also accepted. 

    If you believe that your child has exceptional ability in one of the above areas, or you would like more information, please contact Mr. Trotta ( trottajs@staffordschools.net ), the resource teacher for gifted education at RTMS.



  • Summer Governor's School Applications

    Thank you for your interest in the FRGS program... Advanced Summer Governor's School Applications are attached to MrT's most recent email with the subject "FRGS Summer Gov. School Applications".

    There will be an open meeting for all Focus students to address any questions regarding the application process DURING HOMEROOM (8:00 a.m.) on Wednesday, February 12, in room 106.  Please fill out the google form below as part of the and see Mr. Trotta if you do not have a printer.



    The Summer Regional Governor's School program is a summer program that is offered to identified students and includes students from King George, Caroline, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, and Stafford. It is a day camp that runs from 9am-3pm for one week in the summer.

    PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ONLINE FORM LINKED ABOVE MUST BE FILLED OUT TO ENSURE ACCURACY OF STUDENT' INFORMATION!  If your child wishes to apply, please get teacher recommendations out ASAP as the deadline for applications to be turned in is March 12.  If students have any questions, please come to the meeting DURING HOMEROOM (8:00 a.m.) on Wednesday, February 12 to help answer them.  Otherwise, students may drop by my office any time!

    I hope to see your application - remember, you miss 100% of the chances that you do NOT take!







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