Gifted programs at McGuire

National History Day

Seventh grade honors communications students are delving into historical research with the 45th annual National History Day Contest. This project-based contest provides students an opportunity to develop critical thinking and source analysis skills while gaining historical perspective. Participants spend months researching a topic of their choice before presenting their work in one of five categories: documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, and website.

Guided by an annual theme, students are encouraged to choose a topic that matches their personal interests. The 2019 theme is Triumph & Tragedy in History. Students enter their projects in local level contests, with top entries advancing to regional and state/affiliate contests. Along the way, students receive honors, awards, and scholarships. The top two entries from every category will be invited to the National Contest held June 2019 at the University of Maryland at College Park.

“The National History Day Contest inspires students to challenge themselves. The projects require extensive research and helps students develop critical thinking and writing skills as well as the confidence needed to present their research,” said NHD Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “Students become deeply invested in their projects and spend countless hours researching, creating, and revising. The work they produce is often astounding and the skills they gain will benefit them far into the future.”

McGuire will host a History Day Exhibit Fair on January 11th in the media center. Everyone is invited to view students’ projects and interact with the students to learn more about their research. More information about the exhibit fair will be shared closer to the date.

NASA’s Stardust Mission: Bringing Comet Wild 2 to Earth

Young Scientist Roundtable – November 13, 2018 


  • Speaker: Dr. Russell Palma Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • Tuesday, November 13, 2018 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Central Middle School Auditorium 305 Vicksburg Lane North, Plymouth
  • Roundtable Part 2  from 8:10 – 8:40 p.m.
    Students are invited to meet with the speaker after the presentation to discuss the topic in more depth.




Speaker Janet Carlson from Twin Cities Japanese American Citizens League speaks to MMS students.

On September 20th the seventh grade honors communications students were fortunate to have Janet Carlson from the Twin Cities Japanese American Citizens League come and speak to them. Students were able to make many connections between the memoir they just read, “Farewell to Manzanar”, and Ms. Carlson’s family’s story. During World War II, her paternal grandfather and his family, including her father, were forcibly removed from Seattle to internment camps in Puyallup, WA and then Hunt, Idaho (Minidoka).  She 
shared what she had learned from her father and the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

The National Archives houses all of the documents generated during WWII and interactions of government officials with Japanese Americans. Ms. Carlson has taught about this topic for several years at Macalester College and Hamline University.
After the presentation, students wrote thank you letters to Ms. Carlson to show their appreciation.

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