Ooltewah Middle School


Kelly Treece


8th grade Voyagers Team
Jedi Master of Writing

*Team Leader

 I am a freak of nature, often seen dancing to the beat of my own drum and laughing hysterically for no reason.  I am a force to be reckoned with and I am your worst nightmare.  I duck, I bob for apples, I weave intricate baskets.
 I have been known to refurbish vintage furniture and give it away to homeless cats so they have a place to sleep.  I have kayaked in Alaska in the midst of a killer whale feeding frenzy, swam alongside Spinner dolphins, and fed Great White sharks bare-handed. 
 I won a gold medal in the Olympics - my archery skills were so phenomenally intimidating that all other competitors forfeited.  I lived amongst the Blue-Footed Boobies on the Galapagos Islands, and I once traveled around the world five times in 180 days. 
 Sometimes I awaken in the middle of the night, meander out to the woods behind my house, perch in a tree, and hoot like a Great-Horned owl.  I have also accompanied the neighborhood cat on a nocturnal hunt for random objects our neighbors neglected to bring in off their porch. 
 I compete in ukulele duels on the sixth Saturday of each month and have a fuchsia belt in combat hula-hooping.  I thrive on stealing hugs from helpless lemurs and maintain my innocence on Tatooine.  My other car is the Millennium Falcon.  Yoda is my homeboy.
 I have been a garden gnome bounty hunter, a heavy metal accordionist, an artist who sculpts exclusively with marshmallow Peeps, and I single-handedly transformed the lives of a gaggle of wild geese while traveling through Opelika.
 I can knit 5011 scarves in 45 minutes while reciting the alphabet in Klingon and dribbling a soccer ball while blindfolded.  In my spare time I grapple large snipes, set traps for Bigfoot, and crochet delicate shawls for elderly gorillas.  I bake red velvet brownies on the 7th Wednesday of each month, I have competed in extreme ice sculpting, I am so organized I confuse myself and the nineteen squirrels who call me "Mom". 
 I have my very own House Elf; her name is Gertrude and she adores me so much she absolutely refuses to accept any clothing and claim her freedom.  I once owned the elements of the Deathly Hallows, but I loaned them to Dumbledore so that Harry Potter could save the world.  Snape is my idol.  I always turn to page 394.
 I taught Dr. Seuss how to rhyme, I own Anne's Green Gables, and I don't live in a house - I live in a hobbit-hole in the Shire, and Treebeard resides in the woods behind my house.  I once commandeered the Black Pearl and I taught Daryl Dixon how to use a crossbow.
 I created an 8th day, but was too overwhelmed by the extra time.  I once read Gone With the WindBeowulf, and The Princess Bride in one hour.  I have a Sonic icemaker in my car, and I am an adoptive mother to an albino frog named Lemmy.
 I am Ozzy Osbourne's personal translator and Slash hits me up for guitar riff advice.  TobyMac consults me before he even thinks about droppin' a beat.  I have played for the Braves, kicked a game-winning field goal for the Falcons, and had dinner with Peyton Manning. 
 I wander, I wonder, I nap, and my bones snap, crackle, and pop. But I have not yet had the privilege of teaching your child and preparing them for their next big adventure:  high school.  I look forward to helping your child become the very best version of themselves.

Welcome to the Voyagers team...GO OWLS!



Class Schedule

Locker Time: Gather materials for Related Arts. 7:15 - 8:00            Related Arts A 8:05 - 8:50            Related Arts B Locker Time: Gather materials for all five (5) Core Classes. Students must have permission from a teacher or administrator to go to their locker after scheduled locker time. 8:55 - 9:50           3rd Period 9:55 - 10:50          4th Period Lunch     11:00 - 11:20 10:55 - 12:10          5th Period 12:15 - 1:10            6th Period 1:15 - 2:15            7th Period Locker Time: Gather materials to go home.

Daily Rotating Schedule

Monday: 3rd4th5th6th, 7th 

    Tuesday: 4th5th, 6th, 7th, 3rd   Wednesday: 5th, 6th7th, 3rd, 4th 

    Thursday: 6th7th3rd, 4th, 5th

    Friday 7th3rd4th5th, 6th

*This schedule may be modified as needed.

Voyagers Team Discipline Plan
8th Grade ~ Ooltewah Middle School ~ 2018/19

Students will be rewarded in a variety of ways for good behavior, such as treats, praise, academic bonus coupons, notes sent home, dress-down days on designated Fridays, social events, team activities, selection as teacher helpers/mentors, and field trip attendance.

When students are unable to adhere to classroom and school rules, the following consequences may occur:

Teacher/Team Consequences
⸋ Correction by teacher
⸋ Preferential seating
⸋ Lunch detention
⸋ Student Behavior Reflection Sheet completed by student and returned; signed by parent/guardian
⸋ Note, telephone call, email to parents/guardians
⸋ Loss of privileges
⸋ Team write-up of behavioral event preventing potential Friday dress down
⸋ Intervention by Inclusion teachers, school psychologist, Guidance counselor, 504 teacher as 
    indicated in IEP or on 504 documentation
⸋ Student meeting with team teachers and student advocate(s)
⸋ Parent conference with team teachers

Administrative Consequences
An office referral to Rodney Johnson, Assistant Principal in charge of 8th grade discipline, will result in parent notification by him along with any consequences he deems appropriate for the student and/or situation.

Educational Career History: Tyner High School, 1995

Chattanooga State Technical Community College, 1999

*A.S. in English

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 2001

*B.S. in English Education, grades 7-12

Cumberland University, 2007

*M.A. in Education


Professional Career History:

Chattanooga Middle School, 2001-2002

Ooltewah Middle School, 2002-2009

East Hamilton Middle School, 2010- Spring 2013

Ooltewah Middle School, Fall 2013-current


We will explore a variety of techniques and skills to strengthen our writing. 
We will do this through mini lessons, identifying and showcasing craft moves, increasing writing stamina, analyzing our writing at each stage of the writing process, participating in peer partnerships, and personal reflection.

Download the Remind app and sign up using your name for the class text alerts for updates on assignments and other important Voyagers team info!
Text @k8496e to # 81010.
Parents may sign up for the Remind updates as well.  After texting or emailing k8496e, you will receive a reply asking for your name.  Please reply with both your name and your child's name.
EX: Kelly Treece (K. Treece's mom)

Please allow our team of teachers a 24-hour turn-around for gathering work incurred from absences.
Email Mrs. Treece to request work from an extended absence of 3 or more days.

Grading Policy:
Daily/Classwork: 40%
Essay/Test: 50%
Homework: 10%

Late Work Policy:
The OMS Late Work Policy will be followed.  All tasks will be given an established due date.

-Food, gum, candy, and drinks of any kind are NOT allowed in  classrooms.



-Make sure you are checking Google Classroom for all current assignments and due dates!

-Any work that is submitted late will be scored and entered into PowerSchool AFTER all current and on time assignments are updated.

Required daily classroom supplies:
-Two non-spiral composition
notebooks (must have at least 100 sheets/200 pages
1=Sacred Writing Time notebook
2=Writer's Workshop notebook
-Sticky notes
-Ink pens (blue or black)
-Loose-leaf notebook paper

First ten (10) minutes of class
Last ten (10) minutes of class
During class at teacher discretion

Unhappy with a grade on a graded/returned task? Want an opportunity to redo for partial points? 
Complete the following steps:
1) Complete your redo on notebook paper
2) Staple to original page
3) Submit to 'Finished' bin within three (3) days.
**Late work CANNOT be redone.**

Do you have questions? Concerns? Would you like to set up a meeting with the Voyagers team of teachers?

Please contact Mrs. Treece via email to schedule a team conference.

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