Dear Eighth Grade Parents,
Thank you for coming to conferences this week! It was inspiring to see our eighth graders lead these discussions with such honesty, humor, and thoughtfulness. It is difficult to realize that this is the last of many years of conferencing with some of you, and it is a pleasure to see how ready the students are for their high school adventures.
May is soon upon us. The students are counting the days (some the minutes) until graduation (conversations seem to center on what to wear and how high the heels can be). Lois West came this week to share the graduation rehearsal schedule; speech writing and performance work will begin in ernest soon. Students will work with Lois, Ashley, Genvieve Shields, and Emily on speeches and performances. We want to make sure that students are in school all day every day after the Memorial Day break as these rehearsals depend on full attendance. With Shannon Coulter, the students are choosing the music for their anthem, processional, and recessional.
In language arts, students began reading and discussing The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, writing nightly reflections and learning about Mark Twain, the time period, and the history of the book's critical reception. They are continuing to work on their poetry anthologies both at The Schuylkill Center and in class as various members of the faculty and staff stop in to share their favorite poems. In Latin, students are continuing to build an impressive vocabulary and cementing their understanding of case endings and verb tenses.
In cultural studies, students will begin reading Melba Pattillo Beal’s memoir Warriors Don’t Cry and relating her account to primary source documents that reveal the story behind the desegregation of Central High School in Arkansas in 1957. In math students wrapped up their in-class work on quadratic story projects on Thursday and will be presenting them on Monday before continuing their exploration of quadratic functions. In science, students completed their waste projects for display at Earth Day.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Emily, Ashley, Ethan, and Wendy