~ SCROLL DOWN FOR ANNOUNCEMENTS ~Instructor: Mr. TrottaWelcome! This site is for all 6th-8th grade gifted students at Rodney E. Thompson Middle School and their parents. Please look for my emails 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 opportunities for all identified gifted students as well as students who have been referred for the "Focus" (Gifted) Services.
IDENTIFICATION AND SERVICES FOR GIFTED STUDENTS IN STAFFORD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
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 ( firstname.lastname@example.org ), the resource teacher for gifted education at RTMS.