TAG - Talented and Gifted Program
TAG Program OverviewTrinity’s Talented and Gifted (TAG) program is designed to provide differentiated instruction for the needs of the exceptional learner. Instruction may include modifications resulting in compacting academic information into more differentiated interdisciplinary curriculum, as well as enrichment activities for them to participate in during study hall times. This coordination is a result of collaboration between the TAG instructor, the child’s classroom teacher(s), and the child. Students are evaluated for eligibility in Trinity’s TAG program based on a variety of criteria including, but not limited to: (2 or more) standardized test scores, teacher observations, grades (all A’s/B’s), interest checklists, and an interview with the TAG teacher, Principal, and occasionally other professional staff. There is additional cost involved in being a part of this program - $100 per school year. No costs incur until the child is approved and willing to participate in TAG. This charge is added to the parent’s account through the TADS online payment program. If you have a child who is exceptional in their learning abilities, please contact the school office for initiating further investigation into participation in our TAG program. For more information about the TAG program, please contact Mrs. Deborah Wesenberg at email@example.com.
FUTURE CITY COMPETITION
A team of Trinity’s 6-8th grade TAG (Talented and Gifted) students participated in a national, project–based learning activity sponsored by the Detroit Engineering Society. The students researched, designed, and built a city of the future. This year’s Future City topic was Waste Not, Want Not. They spent the past 4 months creating a city that could exist 100+ years into the future. The SIM City computer game was one part of their planning process; power point slides highlighting the results of the game’s city were submitted on Dec. 3rd. Additionally, a narrative explaining the various sections of their city model and its operations was submitted on Dec. 18th. The team completed the model in January for its first showing on Jan. 24th at Trinity’s Annual Open House. From there it was then taken to the Future City Competition held at the Suburban Showplace in Novi, on Jan. 25th. The 6-8 grade team presenters, led by Noah Zielinski (project manager), Harmony Vermeulen, and Katie Hajduk, had to be there early (7:30 AM) to set up, so their families spent the night at the Hyatt Regency Hotel – connected to theSuburban Showcase Convention Center. The remainder of Trinity’s TAG students attended in support of the Future City Team participants. Both breakfast and lunch were provided along with various hands-on science activities provided by Detroit’s Science Center. The day ended at 3:00 PM with a ceremony crediting the achievements of all schools participating in the competition sponsored by the Detroit Engineering Society. Trinity won 3 special awards: Best City for People with Disabilities given by the Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America, Best Use of Green Principles given by the U.S. Green Building Council – Detroit Regional Chapter – Green Schools Committee, and the highly prestigious People’s Choice Award given out by the Ford Motor Company. We are proud of the accomplishments of these students and their determination to make tomorrow a better future for all! Click here for the Future City 2016 Winners
SCRAP ROBOT COMPETITIONOne of the TAG students, Merina, read the book and entered the contest for building a Scrapper Robot. The book is over 300 pages and the contest was purely her choice to do. She did an awesome job. Merina is 5th in the nation with her Scrap Robot. This contest was open to all 4-6th graders and she made it into the top 5. We are still waiting to hear about the final results. The book is available in our school library (worth 12 AR points) and there are 4 more copies (in TAG) so it could be read by other TAG students in the future. Please click here to watch the video.
Additional LinksArticle about the contestContest rules
Website link to finalists
Each quarter, the children in the Talented and Gifted Program produce a newspaper to showcase students' writing. We hope you enjoy reading through the issues for this school year.
Quarter One 2016 Newspaper
Quarter Two 2017 Newspaper
Quarter Three 2017 Newspaper