Hamilton MS Vanguard/Magnet Students reflect these characteristics:
Hamilton MS Vanguard/Magnet follows these guidelines:
- Gifted and talented
- Above-average knowledge of basic skills
- Ability to concentrate and work independently or cooperatively
- Demonstrates unique or unusual creative approaches
- Needs or is comfortable in accelerated class environment
- Displays leadership
The Texas Performance Standards Project, TPSP, to deliver instruction on research and the research process. All Vanguard/Magnet students learn what excellent research is, an essential skill necessary for higher education.
- Personal Interest survey
- Introduction to research basics
- Use of latest technological resources
- Public speaking and presentation
- Cornell Notes and organization techniques and skills
- Whole class and large group for team research
- Research analysis
- Classroom to world connections
Skills learned in sixth grade are sharpened
Research analysis is at a higher level and includes more scientific and mathematical data
Students work in smaller groups or in pairs to conduct research
Students begin to think about the larger, individual project they will conduct in their 8th grade year
Eighth grade students work more independently along with a mentor in their field of study.
Major goal is to reach a level 3 product by changing the world in some manner through their research
All 8th grade Vanguard students present their research to their classmates and at the Hamilton Research Academy TPSP Expo held at the end of the year.
Hamilton's FLEX period offers students the opportunity to sharpen learned skills and ignite a passion for something new and exciting. Students who excel rotate through a series of grade-level determined learning experiences every six weeks. Those who may be struggling in a specific area are assigned to a specific course intervention until mastery is attained.Faculty:The faculty at Hamilton MS is an enthusiastic and nurturing group of teaching professionals with a range of skills and experience.