• Tuesday, January 22, 2019 — PGCPS — Code Orange: PGCPS schools and offices will open with a two-hour delay.

    EMERGENCY PERSONNEL must report to work on time and are not eligible for liberal leave.

    • There will be no work-study transportation. (Those students should not report to school.)
    • There will be no half-day Early Childhood Center (ECC), half-day Special Education Programs, or half-day PreK.
    • Any other school program requiring transportation prior to 12 noon will NOT have transportation, including Howard B. Owens Science Center, JA Finance Park, and William S. Schmidt Center (Camp Schmidt)
    • All field trips will be cancelled.
    • Food Services will offer breakfast.
    We will re-evaluate at 6:30 a.m.

    Martes, el 22 de enero — PGCPS— Código naranja: Las escuelas comenzarán dos horas después del horario normal.

    El personal de emergencia no es eligible para tomar licencia liberal, y debe presentarse a trabajar puntualmente.

    • No habrá transporte para el programa Work-Study. (Esos estudiantes no deben reportarse a la escuela).
    • No habrán programas de medio día, ni en los Centros de Educación Temprana (ECC), o ni los Programas de Educación Especial. Programas del día completo empezaran dos horas demoradas.
    • Todo programa escolar que requiera transporte antes del mediodía NO lo tendrá, incluido el Centro de Ciencias Howard B. Owens, el JA Finance Park y el Centro William S. Schmidt (Campamento Schmidt)..
    • Todos los viajes fuera de las escuelas (field trips) serán cancelados.
    • Se ofrecerá el desayuno
    Revaluaremos a las 6:30 de la mañana.
  • TAG


     About Our Program

      Overview: Barack Obama Elementary is a TAG (Talented and Gifted) in the Regular Classroom school. TAG identified students in grades 2-5 are matched with a teacher trained in teaching gifted learners and receive specialized instruction within their general classroom setting. We are devoted to ensuring that our children receive the appropriate educational experiences, including accelerated learning and enrichment opportunities. We look forward to another successful year at Barack Obama Elementary. As always, if you would like further information on our TAG program, please contact Mrs. Baines at 301-574-4020.



      Instructional Opportunities: Throughout the school year, students will have access to a variety of specialized instructional opportunities. In language arts, this includes access to high levels of text, including literature discussion circles, Junior Great Books, and Jacob’s Ladder materials. In mathematics, students participate in an accelerated curriculum, with a focus on project-based learning opportunities. Our STEM curriculum includes multiple opportunities for inquiry-based discovery and exploration. Additionally, students will participate in independent studies, as well as enrichment opportunities on Fridays through a pull out session with Mrs. Tinnin.


     TAG Identification Process: Students may be identified for the TAG program in grades 1-5 at the elementary level. All students in first and third grade will be tested. Students who score in the upper percentile on these assessments will begin the screening process. Students in grades 2, 4, and 5 may also participate in the screening process. Teachers or parents may request screening of any child who exhibits behaviors related to a gifted learner. The screening process includes a review of standardized test scores, report card grades, and observations by the parents and teachers. The deadline for parent requests for screening is December 15, 2014. The results will be available in March of 2015.


     Additional information about the TAG program in PGCPS can be found here


    Gifted Students with Special Learning Needs

    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/Twice Exceptional services must have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Students with 504 Accommodation Plans do not receive services as a GSLN/Twice Exceptional student.

    Gifted Students with Special Learning Needs/

    Twice Exceptional Resources  


    Smart Kids with Learning Difficulties by Richard Weinfeld, Linda Barnes-Robinson, Sue Jeweler, and Betty Roffman Shevitz 

    To Be Gifted and Learning Disabled by Susan Baum and Steven V. Owen 

    Helping Gifted Children Soar: A Practical Guide for Parents and Teachers by Carol A. Strip and Gretchen Hirsch 


    Professional Organizations 

    Council for Exceptional Children 


    Association for the Education of Gifted Underachieving Students 


    SENG – Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted Students 


    Maryland Summer Centers for Gifted and Talented Students