8th Grade Weekly Note

Dear Eighth Grade Parents,

Although this was a short week, we were able to cover a lot of ground academically. On Thursday and today, we engaged in a simulation of a meeting of the Athenian Boule to debate the issue of slavery (whether or not it should be abolished) and women’s rights (whether or not women should be granted the rights of citizenship). Many of our speakers came in costume, earning extra points for their side. Ask your child about the final vote!

In mathematics class, students sat for their first unit test on Thursday and began a linear modeling project today. In science, students produced some elegant element posters as part of their study of chemistry and the periodic table. In language arts, students are putting their knowledge of mythology to work as they construct pediments for the god they hope will be honored along with Athena on Athen’s acropolis. They also showed their Latin acuity on a quiz this morning.

We were happy to have admission representatives from St. Joe’s Prep and Springside/Chestnut Hill Academy this week. Next week Friends Select will visit on Thursday, October 20. Parents are cordially invited to attend these lunch-time presentations (12:05 to 1:05 p.m.).

We are hosting an Alumni Panel on Monday, October 17 at 7:15 p.m. in the Middle School for students and parents. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear from TPS alumni about their high school choices, what the transition is like moving from TPS to larger and different settings, and what is unique about their experiences.

For the past year we have been involved in a school-wide self study as part of a ten-year reaccreditation process. The final piece of that work is a visit from a team of educators to evaluate our work and make recommendations for further work. The PAIS team (the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools) visits October 23 through 26. Parents are invited to meet informally with members of the team on Monday from 8:30 to 9:30 in the music room on the second floor of the Garage. Members of the team will also attend the TPSA Coffee focused on talking to children about the presidential elections on Tuesday morning from 8:15 to 9:15 in the Garage. The PAIS team will be visiting classrooms; meeting with the various teams of faculty, staff, and board members who worked on the self-study; and talking with students. Please help us welcome these visitors.

We hope that your children are signed up to take the SSATs or ISEEs this month or next. Please let us know the results of the tests. Public school online applications need to be completed by November 15, and we need to send the student data forms to public schools by that date. If students need help with their essays for schools like Central and Palumbo, please encourage them to write them sooner rather than later so we can edit them and include them in our mailing with the student data forms. Please make sure to copy us on your public school admission form so we know where to send the data forms. Those applying to Science Leadership Academy should be polishing their presentations and be ready to perform for their advisory groups in the next two or three weeks.

Next week at The Schuylkill Center, as part of our all-school theme work on survival strategies in the out-of-doors, we have invited first aid trainers who specialize in treating injuries in the woods. You can now relax when going camping with the family!

Have a wonderful, sunny weekend!

Emily, Ashley, Ethan, and Wendy