8th Grade Weekly Note

Dear Eighth Grade Parents, 

We had a wonderful trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Tuesday to study Modern and Contemporary American art. Discussions centered on how contemporary artists are often social and artistic critics. We are so thankful to Ah-Young Kim, Manager of School Visits and former TPS parent, for facilitating this program for us each year.

We were delighted to see many of you at the Winter Concert on Wednesday. It was certainly a terrific musical experience and our official start to winter break.

Many thanks to all of you for your holiday wishes and the generous gift cards. Please know how much we appreciate your thoughtfulness and rest assured we put those cards to good use over the holidays and throughout the year.

Language arts classes continued a first read-through of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Students completed a survey that helped Ashley and Emily cast both plays and organize production groups to meet during art and music times on Mondays and Thursdays (props and scenery, costumes and makeup, lighting technology and program, and music and dance) at the end of January. Students learned which roles they were assigned this afternoon, and we trust that our actors will master their lines in Act 1 over winter break.

Everyone should have a good book to read over the holidays, and there are a variety of ways to respond to that reading (due on January 3). In addition, students should be thinking about the cultural studies research project that will begin when we get back. The topic needs to be about some aspect of the Bill of Rights (issues, people, institutions). If your child needs to get or to renew his or her library card, winter break is a great time to get that done.

On Tuesday, January 3, we will spend the morning at the National Constitution Center as a kick-off to our research projects. We will be going to the Central Library on Thursday or Friday of that week to work with their resources, so students with cards will be able to take books out. The card also allows access to the variety of databases for research the library system affords. In addition, students will need a three-hole binder with eight dividers to hold their research materials and drafts. White index cards, a few colored index cards, and a box or accordion folder to hold them will be needed for note-taking, as well.

Have a wonderful vacation!  

Emily, Ashley, Ethan, and Wendy