I am so thrilled to begin my another year as the gifted and talented specialist at Timber Creek Elementary!  Throughout our journey this year, I look forward to getting to know my new students as well as welcoming back my returning students.  My goal is to make sure my students are given every opportunity to succeed and to me, that means that they have the space to experiment, fail, try again and figure things out. I want a learning environment that fosters creativity and innovation where my students think of themselves as problem solvers and find ways to make something from nothing.  Every activity I do will help students focus on at least one of the 4 C's: Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity. 


Email: pinkyyuskiewicz@tomballisd.net

Phone: (281) 357- 3060 ext. 4671


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Parent Engagement Opportunity February 2020

There will be a parent information night about social & emotional needs of the gifted students.  This event will provide information and resources about gifted mindset, the gift of failure and why smart kids worry/when smart kids don't have all of the answer.  Professional educators from Conroe, Magnolia, Montgomery, Tomball and Willis ISD will be presenting at the workshop.​

TISD January 2020 Parent Engagement Night

Gifted and Talented Services
Information Night
Thursday, January 23, 2020
6:00 pm-7:00 pm
TISD Staff Development Center
1302 Keefer Street
Tomball, TX 77375

If your child is not currently receiving GT services, and you have
any of these questions, plan to come and learn more!
  • What are Gifted and Talented services in TISD?
  • What is the recommendation for assessment process?
  • When do students begin receiving GT services?

Tomball ISD 2019 GT Kids Conference Turkeys can Fly

GT Kids Conference is designed to provide Tomball ISD students in grades 1 - 6 and participating in Gifted & Talented services programming with creative thinking and problem solving throughout their experiences.

Tomball ISD GT Kids Conference 2019

Turkeys CAN Fly!

Date: Saturday, 11/2/19

Time: 9:00 am -12:00 pm

Location: Tomball Intermediate School

                723 West Main Street, Tomball, TX  77375

Registration: www.numindsenrichment.com/TOMBALLTURKEYS

                 *Register and Pay online: $15 a student

                 +Conference t-shirt available by choice during registration

Destination Imagination (DI)

DI Auditions

Thursday, October 3, 2019

4:00-5:30 pm

If your child is interested in auditioning for the 2019-2020 TCES DI Team, please click on the link provided and complete the audition information form.  We will hold auditions on Thursday, October 3rd from 4:00-5:30.  For their audition, students will be given an instant challenge to complete with a group. In addition, students will write an original skit and perform it. There will be two DI teams with 7 members on each team.

By completing and submitting the form, you are committing your child to audition AFTER SCHOOL on Thursday, October 3rd.  This form will be accepting submissions from Thursday, September 19th through Thursday, September 26th. In order to stay after school and be eligible to audition, all interested students MUST have a change of transportation note sent in on Thursday, October 3rd to stay after school with an alternative pick up waiting at 5:30 pm. 

An email will be sent informing parents to let them know if their child did or did not qualify for the DI team.

Competition day is Saturday, February 22, 2020 in Klein.  Students must be free on this day in order to be a part of the team.  For additional information, check the website at www.idodi.org or www.texasdi.org/.  You can view information about the 2019-2020 challenges along with videos at http://www.destinationimagination.org/challenge-program/2019-20-challenge-previews/


High Achiever vs. Gifted Learner vs. Creative Thinker

High Achiever, Gifted Learner, Creative Thinker - Bertie Kingore, Ph.D.

A High Achiever...

A Gifted Learner...

A Creative Thinker...

Remembers the answers.

Poses unforeseen questions.

Sees exceptions.

Is interested.

Is curious.


Is attentive.

Is selectively mentally engaged.

Daydreams; may seem off task.

Generates advanced ideas.

Generates complex, abstract ideas.

Overflows with ideas, many of which will never be developed.

Works hard to achieve.

Knows without working hard.

Plays with ideas and concepts.

Answer the questions in detail.

Ponders with depth and multiple perspectives.

Injects new possibilities.

Performs at the top of the group.

Is beyond the group.

Is in own group.

Responds with interest and opinions.

Exhibits feelings and opinions from multiple perspectives.

Shares bizarre, sometimes conflicting opinions.

Learns with ease.

Already knows.

Questions: What if...

Needs 6 to 8 repetitions to master.

Needs 1 to 3 repetitions to master.

Questions the need for mastery.

Comprehends at a high level.

Comprehends in-depth, complex ideas.

Overflows with ideas--many of which will never be developed.

Enjoys the company of age peers.

Prefers the company of intellectual peers.

Prefers the company of creative peers but often works alone.

Understands complex, abstract humor.

Creates complex, abstract humor.

Relishes wild, off-the-wall humor.

Grasps the meaning.

Infers and connects concepts.

Makes mental leaps: Aha!

Completes assignments on time.

Initiates projects and extensions of assignments.

Initiates more projects than will ever be completed.

Is receptive.

Is intense.

Is independent and unconventional.

Is accurate and complete.

Is original and continually developing.

Is original and continually developing.

Enjoys school often.

Enjoys self-directed learning.

Enjoys creating.

Absorbs information.

Manipulates information.


Is a technician with expertise in a field.

Is an expert who abstracts beyond the field.

Is an inventor and idea generator.

Memorizes well.

Guesses and infers well.

Creates and brainstorms well.

Is highly alert and observant.

Anticipates and relates observations.

Is intuitive.

Is pleased with own learning.

Is self-critical.

Is never finished with possibilities.

Gets A's.

May not be motivated by grades.

May not be motivated by grades.

Is able.

Is intellectual.

Is idiosyncratic.

Spring GT Testing

Current TISD Students Grades 1-5:

March 8, 2019 is the deadline to nominate students for Gifted and Talented testing. Nominations will not be accepted following the deadline. Parents or teacher may nominate a student for testing. Results will be reported to parents after May 10th, 2019.  If you would like to nominate your child for GT testing, and your child has not received either Ability or Achievement testing within the last 9 months, then you must complete a Permission to Test/GT Nomination and Parent Inventory form that can be received from me, then submit them to your child's homeroom teacher.

Requests can be made anytime during the year. A student will only be tested once in any given 12-month period.  All testing data is valid for 2 years. All spring requests must be made by March 8th. Results will be available late May.


To qualify for Gifted and Talented services a student must score at least a 128 or above on a GT ability test. In addition, they must score at least a 95% or higher on the IOWA Achievement test for at least one area - reading, math, science or social sciences.

This year our students who will be competing in the UIL competition on Saturday, February 2, 2019 have the opportunity to order a t-shirt to represent Timber Creek Elementary.  Please go to the Bluewave Apparel link below to order and pay for the t-shirt. The store will be open until Friday, December 21, 2018. All orders will be delivered to the school on January 14th, 2019.



Doerre Competition Parent Letter

TMSCA elementary math and science tournament will be on Saturday, November 10th at Doerre Intermediate. All TMSCA students in 3rd, 4th and 5th are invited. Permission form is attached and will be sent home next week. Please send permission form back to school by Friday, October 26th.


Come and join us for our GT open house to learn about the GT program at Timber Creek Elementary.  Mrs. Yuskiewicz will host an information session for all parents who have children in the GT program on Wednesday, October 3rd from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm in the TCES library.