8th Grade Weekly Note

Dear Eighth Grade Parents, 

Most students are breathing a sigh of relief now that they have handed in their cultural studies research projects, and all students are looking forward to a week of mini courses! Schedules were handed out at our afternoon meeting; the focus during the Grade/Decisions block will be preparations for the trip to Cuba. Special thanks are due to Jess Ford, who did yeoman’s service in slotting students into courses and producing individual schedules. If you have not had time to do so, make sure to look at the catalog of offerings next week!

On Tuesday morning we enjoyed a visit from Mitchell Orenstein, TPS parent and Professor of Central and East European politics in the Slavic Department at the University of Pennsylvania and an associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University.  His published work focuses on the political economy and international affairs of Central and Eastern Europe. Mitchell came as our Monthly Constitutional speaker to engage our students in conversation about the political history of Cuba.

We trust that everyone has now signed up for an April conference or has contacted the advisor about any issues with the assigned day. Please contact your child’s advisor should there be any changes in your schedule, as this affects not only the teacher but the child who will be leading the conference.

Please purchase a congratulatory ad in the 2017 Yearbook! Templates are available on the school blog to help make creating the ad easy. March 17 is the deadline for purchasing and submitting an ad.

There is homework over spring break! Cuba memoirs are due April 3. In preparation for the poetry anthology project this spring, students should have a journal of at least 30 pages to collect favorite poems and poetry that they will write themselves. If they have an anthology from previous years that they would like to continue to use, that would be fine. For math, there is a sample math placement test posted. Students are to complete it and identify concepts they need to refresh for themselves before taking their respective high school placement tests.

Continue to let us know about high school news and decisions. 

Emily, Ashley, Ethan, and Wendy