Dear Eighth Grade Parents,
It’s been a busy week in which we have actually had five consecutive days of school!
On Tuesday, Theresa Timlin, parent of TPS alumnus Joseph DiGiuseppe and federal Department of Labor administrative judge, was our Monthly Constitutional speaker. She engaged students in conversation about wage equity and labor law. When asked about her path to this career, she stressed that being a clear and effective writer was a critical piece of her preparation, a message that pleased the teachers in the audience.
Graduation preparations this week focused on finding large themes and illustrating those themes with small, meaningful moments. Lois brought a variety of speeches from earlier years for students to practice speaking aloud and to think about what worked (or didn’t) about these pieces. Students will have the opportunity to work on their speeches or introductions to musical performances during the school day, but they are encouraged to do some good thinking about topics over the weekend. First drafts of speeches are due by May 15.
Students are bringing home an envelope with invitations in it; each family receives 6 tickets to the Friday Graduation Ceremony (dual-household families receive 7 tickets - they are in one envelope). If the graduate has a sibling who attends TPS, a ticket does not have to be used for the sibling. The Thursday evening Teacher Presentation ceremony does not require tickets. Detailed information about graduation will be emailed to you next week.
The Student Council-sponsored Spring Fling will take place on Friday, May 5, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Permission slips, which were sent home with your child, are due no later than Monday, May 1. Here is a link to the permission slip.
A reminder that the 8th grade Pancake Breakfast is scheduled for Tuesday, May 23, from 8:20 to 9:15 a.m. This a wonderful opportunity to see other parents, to greet current and former teachers, and to see an amazing slide show of these students through their school years. Please RSVP to the Pancake Breakfast invitation if you have not done so; we need to know how many pancakes to make!
Wednesday afternoon we attended the dress rehearsal of The Marriage of Figaro at the Academy of Music. This was the culmination of the students’ study of opera as an art form in music classes this semester. Being able to see the technical support that opera requires was truly impressive, and, of course, the singing and acting were wonderful.
On a more personal note, I (Emily) will be taking a medical leave of absence to have my left hip replaced. The surgery will take place on May 3, and I will be away from TPS for three to four weeks. Former TPS middle school teacher Judith Parker (with whom I worked for nearly two decades!) will take my cultural studies classes, and Wendy will take on the duties of advisor to my crew of ten. My colleagues Ethan and Ashley will also be pitching in when necessary. I am hopeful that I will be able to return after Memorial Day and participate fully in graduation activities. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Have a restful weekend!
Emily, Ashley, Ethan, and Wendy