Newsletter to LTMS Parents

Dear Voyager Parents:


I wanted to let you know when and where you can find me during conference times next week. Since I am serving LT and MC this year, I am going to spend one evening and part of Thursday (day) in each building. If you would like to see or talk to me, but I am not available when you are, please send me an email and we will try to find another time to talk.


LTMS Conference times (I will be in the gym)

Wednesday evening from 3:30 to 7:30pm

Thursday from 9:30 to 11:00 am



MCMS Conference times (I will be in 407)

Thursday 12:00-4:30 pm; 5:15-8:00 pm

Coming Up!

First Quarter Seminar—Friday, October 3rd at LTMS

The first quarter seminar, called “Whodunnit?” will be held on Friday, October 3rd , at LTMS. The Special Education department will cover the cost of bussing the Mill Creek Voyagers to LT for the day. They will be picked up at 8:10 am and be returned by 2:40 in time to catch the students’ busses or rides home. Students will work in grade level groups with LT students to solve a crime. They will be using analysis skills and scientific inquiry to sort through a variety of types of crime evidence (fingerprints, DNA analysis, lab reports, transcripts of witness interviews, etc.) By the end of the day, the groups will have to write a scenario of what they believe occurred, who their major suspect is and why. They will discuss their findings with other grade level groups. We will have several brain breaks with games and other short activities.


· Lunch: Students may either choose to bring their lunch or to buy it at LTMS. They only need their code.

8th grade Voyagers

After spending the first few weeks learning more about themselves as gifted learners, the eighth graders are now working on refining speech skills in order to build confidence and improve elocution. Students have done extemporaneous speeches and they are now working on analyzing one of the Great Speeches in history. They will have to determine the theme and look for rhetorical devices used in strong presentations. The students will be giving their own presentations about their chosen speech. After those are done, the eighth graders will begin to work on a debate unit. I hope to encourage them to take the class in high school.

7th grade Voyagers

Voyagers have spent the first few weeks finding out about themselves—their strengths and weaknesses as gifted learners, what type of learner they are, what are their strongest “intelligences” are, and what type of personality they have. The Voyagers have enjoyed seeing how they compare to each other as well. For the next few weeks, since several of the seventh grade Voyagers have critical and creative thinking or problem solving IEP goals, they are going to take on a real-world problem that is of interest to them and is currently getting a good deal of press—the issue of what to do about college athletics. The students are currently learning about the creative problem solving process which they will use to come up with solutions to this problem. They will gather data (through research) about the current situation and then develop and evaluate possible solutions. They will finish small groups creating action plans for how those solutions would work and defend their ideas.

6th grade Voyagers

Sixth grade Voyagers have spent the first few weeks finding out about themselves—their strengths and weaknesses as gifted learners, what type of learner they are, what are their strongest “intelligences” are, and what type of personality they have. The Voyagers have enjoyed seeing how they compare to each other as well. Now they are writing IEP goals and planning projects or activities related to those IEP skills that they are working on right now.