Gifted programs at McGuire

February Young Scientist Roundtable: Beneficial Insects

Young Scientist Roundtable is a program designed for all students in kindergarten through 12th grade and their families.

Date: February 3, 2020 

Time: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. 

Place: Wayzata Central Middle School Auditorium 

Speaker: Dr. Leonard Ferrington Jr., Professor in the Department of Entomology at the U. of Minnesota

Roundtable Part 2 Time: 8:10 – 8:40 p.m. Students are invited to meet with the speaker after the event to discuss topic more in depth.

Beneficial Insects

Many insects provide valuable goods and services to humans. Some of these services are used in very diverse fields including the garment industry, sport fishing, subjects for the study of aging and longevity, genetics, acoustics, and the physics of flight. In this presentation Dr. Ferrington will provide a series of short examples of ways in which insects can be beneficial, including examples from the state of Minnesota. He will also bring in samples which will be looked at in small groups following the main presentation.

**The event will be recorded and posted on the Wayzata Public Schools YouTube channel a few days after the event.

National History Day Exhibit Fair


The 7th grade honors communications students shared their History Day projects on January 16th. Parents, school board members, students, teachers and administration were able to attend and view the projects. Students were able to choose a topic of their choice from history that corresponds to the theme “breaking barriers”. Students created exhibit boards, documentaries, websites, papers, and performances to display their knowledge. Thank you to all who attended the exhibit fair!


Patriot’s Pen

The 7th grade honors communications students participated in the Patriot’s Pen essay contest this fall. This VFW-sponsored essay contest is conducted nationwide. It gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on an annual patriotic theme. The theme this year was “What Makes America Great”.

McGuire’s Molly Ruhland won 3rd place and will advance to the district level competition!

December Young Scientist Roundtable

Young Scientist Roundtable is a program designed for all students in kindergarten through 12th grade and their families.

  • Presenter: Dr. Ann Parr – Board Certified Neurosurgeon & U of MN Neuroscience and Stem Cell Institute faculty member
  • When: Monday, December 9, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Roundtable Part 2: 8:10-8:40 p.m.  Students are invited to meet with the speaker after the presentation to discuss the topic in more depth.
  • Where: Wayzata Central Middle School, 305 Vicksburg Lane N, Plymouth, MN 55447

This month’s topic is New Treatments for Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injury is devastating. There are many exciting advancements being made in the treatment of spinal cord injuries. Current thinking is that there is not one single cure, but likely a combination of potential therapies that can be used. Dr. Ann Parr, Board Certified Neurosurgeon and faculty member in the Graduate Program in Neuroscience and the Stem Cell Institute, will share how her laboratory is using a combination of stem cells, scaffolding and electrical stimulation as potential therapies.


Twin Cities Japanese American Citizens League Speaker

On September 19th the seventh grade honors communications students were fortunate to have Janet Carlson from the Twin Cities Japanese American Citizens League,, come and speak with 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. She has taught about this topic for several years at Macalester College and Hamline University.

Letters about Literature writing contest

The MN Center for the Book is thrilled to announce the new season of the Letters About Literature Fall 2019 Writing Contest .  Letters About Literature is a statewide writing contest for students in grades 4-12. The program invites students to read a book of their choice, reflect on it, and write a personal letter to the author explaining how the book changed their views of the world and/or themselves.


  • Submittable is the preferred platform for submission, but entries can be mailed to The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, 1080 Montreal Avenue, Suite 2, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55116.
  • Entries submitted by mail must be postmarked by the state’s deadline.
  • All mailed entries must also have a completed 2019-20 entry coupon to be eligible.
  • Instructions for online submissions can be found on our website under “For teachers.”

Parental Consent

  • Students under the age of 13 must obtain and upload a signed permission form from their parent/legal guardian to be eligible for entry. Whether you are submitting online or by mail, this form will need to be signed for all students under the age of 13.

Word Count

  • Entries must use no fewer than 400 words and no more than 800 words. Each letter must also include a date, greeting, body of the letter, closing, and name/signature. These elements will be included in the entry’s word count.
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