8th Grade Weekly Note

Dear Families,

It seems impossible that it has just been a week since the elections. Many thanks to you for your kind notes of support in talking about this difficult national transition. On Tuesday, we were delighted to welcome Adam Bonin, attorney and TPS parent, who shared his insights about the election process, the function of the Electoral College, and how we can be active in making our opinions heard by our representatives.

Our visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Tuesday was a wonderful exploration of themes met in cultural studies; through the study of paintings, furniture, and other decorative arts we were able to see the influence of ancient Greece and Egypt on design in the post-Revolutionary period and to understand how art helps tell the story of life at the time of the Constitution’s creation. In December we look forward to exploring modern and contemporary American art as expressions of American values and concerns.

Eighth grade teachers are now focusing on material for the independent high schools. Progress reports are being written; letters of recommendation are being finalized. Please remember that schools requiring a “graded” assignment need to be sent that document by you. We are happy to work with students to select that piece of writing, but it must come from you. Terri O’Connor will be sending out our parts of the application the week of December 12. We can’t thank you enough for getting those forms to us over the last month; it made our work so much more manageable.

Thanksgiving Feast preparations are in full force. The Primary Unit is baking cornbread, the Junior Unit is working on brownies on Monday, and the Middle School will be making lasagnas on Monday, as well. Please remind your child to bring in the cooking item that s/he promised to contribute to this work (a pot, 1 cup measure, ladle, can opener, etc.). Remember to put your name on each item so we can make sure it gets back to you.

Members of the JU Chorus, the Mixed Choir, and the Sandra Dean String Ensemble will perform at the Winter Concert on Wednesday, December 14, at 9:00 a.m. in the Garage (concert length is approximately one hour). If your child is performing that day, s/he will need to come to school with his or her instrument. Concert attire is solid red on top and solid black on the bottom. Red dresses are great. TPS T-shirts are okay. No sweatshirts or graphics, please.

At the request of our students, several short math test prep videos have been posted on Edmodo. Here is a sample!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Emily, Ethan, Ashley, and Wendy