8th Grade Weekly Note

Dear Eighth Grade Parents, 

February has snuck up on us once again! This is always an event-packed month, filled with high school announcements, sports and academic tournaments, play rehearsals, and research presentations! To help you sort through myriad details, we offer this overview of the month:

Saturday, February 4: Boys basketball tournament at TPS; MathCounts Competition at Temple University

Sunday, February 5: Tiger Wrestling tournament at TPS

Monday, February 6: Work begins on the first draft of the research report.

Friday, February 10:  First draft of research report is due.

Sunday, February 12: Midsummer rehearsal in Garage from 9:00 to noon; Caesar from noon to 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 14:  Student Council sponsored Talent Show; tech rehearsal for A Midsummer Night’s Dream (no absences, please)

Thursday, February 16:  Research presentation proposal due; tech rehearsal for Julius Caesar (no absences, please)

Tuesday, February 21: Shakespeare Festival final rehearsals (no absences, please)

Wednesday though Friday, February 22-24:  Shakespeare Festival (no absences, please)

Monday, February 27/Wednesday, March  1: Second draft of research paper due; handed to adult reviewer

Tuesday, February 28:  Field trip to NYC to see Cuba exhibit at the Museum of Natural History

Monday-Friday, March 6-10:  Research report presentations

Friday, March 10:  Final project due (binder, paper with cover, all notes)

Monday-Friday, March 13-17:  Mini-Courses

Please let Ashley and Emily know about news from high schools and about any decisions you make. If you are certain about your choice, please let the other schools know of that decision as soon as possible so that they can release that space to another student. It is always a good idea for students to write a thank-you letter to the schools they decline. It leaves such a positive impression, and should you at a later date decide that you want to make a different choice for a sophomore, junior, or senior year, admission committees often review these earlier portfolios.

During the month of February students will be writing to parents in their SSR journals, so be expecting letters by Friday of each week in February; answers are due back at school on Monday mornings. Feel free to read previous letters to catch up on all the interesting reading projects undertaken since last you wrote to your child in October.

On Saturday, April 29, Agnes Irwin will host Tech Savvy — a day-long science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) career conference for 6th-9th grade girls and their parents. For the girls, this will be a day of interactive, hands-on STEM workshops that will introduce them to female scientists and engineers, as well as workshops to teach “savvy skills,” such as financial literacy, self-advocacy/interview skills, and creative problem-solving. Families are also invited to attend a separate parent program, which will include sessions on the college process and how to encourage girls in STEM, as well as time to visit student STEM workshops and resource tables staffed by representatives from colleges/universities and STEM-related organizations in the Philadelphia area. The program will run 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on April 29, and the cost to attend is $20 for students and $10 for parents. Agnus Irwin will post a link for online registration on their site in March. Questions? Contact Matt Murray in our Tech Department.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Emily, Ashley, Ethan, and Wendy



TPS is looking for a group of 6-10 middle school students who would be interested in making a connection with students in India. Interested students would join Monday morning Skype sessions in Justine's office starting the first week of February. Breakfast will be provided. Here are the scheduled dates:

February 6, 7:10 a.m.
February 13, 7:10 a.m.
February 27, 7:10 a.m.
March 6, 7:10 a.m.
March 13, 8:10 a.m.
March 20, 8:10 a.m.

For more information, click here. If you are interested in participating in this exchange, please email Jena Croxford at [email protected]