• Talented & Gifted Program

        Talented & Gifted Magnet Center

    Beth Novick-TAG Coordinator bnovick@pgcps.org 

     

    Link to KMS TAG Site

     

    Hello and Welcome to the Talented and Gifted Magnet Center. The mission of the Magnet Program for Talented and Gifted students at Kenmoor Middle School is to respond to the needs of students who excel in specific academic areas, exhibit high performance capability in intellectual, creativity and leadership skills, or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with other students of similar age, experience or environment. TAG students come from all social-economic, demographic and ethnic groups.

    The TAG program offers full-day instruction under the guidance and supervision of highly trained teachers. The curriculum is accelerated and enriched with experiences to meet the unique and specialized needs of high achievers. Program features include flexible instructional pacing, foreign language and computer labs designed to enhance the educational experience for all students in the school, as well as those who are specifically part of the TAG classes.

    Programmatic Features

    William and Mary Language Arts Curriculum for High Ability Learners

    Reading List for Advanced Readers

    The goals of the Language Arts units are to develop students' skills in literary analysis and interpretation, persuasive writing, linguistic competency, and oral communication, as well as to strengthen students' reasoning skills and understanding of the concept of change. The units engage students in exploring carefully selected, challenging works of literature from various times, cultures, and genres, and they encourage students to reflect on their readings through writing and discussion. The units also provide numerous opportunities for students to explore interdisciplinary connections to the language arts and to conduct research around issues relevant to their own lives. A guide to using the curriculum is also available.

    Jr. Great Books is a continuing program of interpretive reading and discussion for students from second grade through high school. The main purpose is to improve the students' ability to comprehend hat they read and to think for themselves about the meaning of the author's words. This program of higher literacy gives the students many opportunities to interact with thought-provoking stories as they develop their reading, writing, oral communication and critical thinking skills.

    WRITE-A-BOOK is an activity that allows students to combine the elements of plot, characters and action to develop original stories. The activity is an integral part of the total curriculum and highlights students' ability to express personal ideas through informative and persuasive writing. Write-a-book is supported by the MSA (Maryland School Assessment).

    Gifted Students with Special Learning Needs Program (GSLN) provides opportunities for students to participate in educational activities that emphasize students' strengths. While addressing special learning needs, this program helps students work toward their highest academic potential through a variety of strategies. Middle school students receiving GSLN services must have an Individualized Education Plan. Students with 504 Accommodation Plans do not receive services as GSLN students.