TPMS Magnet Program

Februray 5 2023 Update

Hello Magnet Families!  Sorry we missed last week's update.  It is a busy time here in the magnet office as new families were invited to join the program next year.  The whole school has been an exciting place.  We had our winter concert (see highlights above), the 7th grade went to Medieval Times where Ms. Wells was named Queen, and we are kicking off Black History Month with a school-wide competetion highlighting the achievements of Black and African American people throughout history despite having to resist historic and ongoing oppression.  Check the table below to learn about a cool summer camp and all the exciting upcoming events!

Special Request:

Magnet families, this is the time of year when students in 8th grade find out which high schools and programs they did, and did not, get accepted into.  For some, it is a thrilling time, for other, it is heartbreaking.  Students are curious about others and/or want to show off their accomplishments, but they aren't always aware of how that feels to, and how that harms, other students. 

When teachers hear these conversations in their classes, they are quick to shut them down, but we are asking all our magnet families to please TALK to your kids, and remind them that high school selection is PERSONAL and sometimes painful, and they should refrain from discussing it with other students at school.



June 12th to August 17th 2023

Application due Feb 14th

The Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS) program at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) offers middle and high school students an exciting platform to engage in hands-on STEM activities that are designed to stimulate inquiry-based thinking, scientific skills, and interest in STEM careers. Rising 7th – 12th graders will have the opportunity to explore STEM in a sophisticated laboratory setting and learn about STEM careers under the guidance of college-level mentors called Near-Peer Mentors (NPMs).


Information for Students

GEMS is free to all applicants.

GEMS levels (Fall 2023 grade levels)
Beginning (7th and 8th grades)
Intermediate (9th and 10th grades)
Advanced (11th and 12th grades)



For more information and to apply, go to:

USAEOP website

Upcoming Events:

Scholastic Book Fair: Monday through Friday-2/6 to 2/9

Students can buy books and cool book-related items in the media center all week.  

Magnet Information Night-Wednesday, 2/8. Virtual

 For future magnet students only. Not for current magnet students. Invited families received a zoom link via email

Feburary 10th: Staff/Student Basketball Game

See details at right 

Feburary 20th: No School

Presidents' Day

Feburary 22nd: Minority Scholars Black History Month Event @ 3:15

Details TBA!

Feburary 21st: Black History Poetry Night 

6pm at TPMS!

Feburary 24th: Frosty Formal Dance

7 to 9pm






Books and Basketball

Books and Basketball - Friday and Saturday, February 10-11, 2023

The PTSA is thrilled to be bringing back BOOKS AND BASKETBALL, a two-day community and fundraising event at TPMS combining a teachers vs. students basketball game on Friday with a book sale on Saturday. Come for the fun, stay for amazing books for your family!


  • Basketball Game will be Friday, 2/10 from 6:00-9:00 pm. There will be lots of fun activities, and pizza and other treats for sale. Tickets for the game will be $3.00 each with one adult per party getting free admission. Note that all students will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult due to security issues. :


  • Book Sale will be in the cafeteria on Friday during the game and on Saturday 2/11 from 10:00am-2:00pm. There will be a bake sale and fun activites for the kids.


  • Silent Auction as per a prior email from Jamie Iwugo, we are collecting items (Nats jerseys or tickets to shows) or services (massages, haircuts, etc) or gift cards or anything cool you think people might bid on (can be small or big). If you can line up any items by late January, please email Jamie: