8th Grade Weekly Note

Dear 8th Grade Families,

Today marks the last full week of school at TPS for our 8th graders, and it was a busy one! In cultural studies, we have finished reading Warriors Don't Cry, but our discussions about civil rights continue. Next week, students will begin to plan their memorial projects for the Little Rock Nine.

By Monday, we will have finished reading Huckleberry Finn. The students are taking full advantage of the rich thematic material that the text affords, making connections to their work in cultural studies, other works of literature that they've read, and the present day. We are continuing our poetry study — this week's featured poet (and, of course, writer of every stripe) was James Baldwin. We are also busily reviewing vocabulary, grammar, and etymology in preparation for our Latin final, which is next Thursday.

In math class this week, students examined the utility of vertex/standard/factored forms and applied the solving methods that they have learned to answer story problems. Their quadratics unit test is on Monday.

The sustainability study continues in science as we wrap up our unit on waste and begin a student-requested, timely investigation into climate change. In the coming weeks, we will be looking at habits that affect our carbon footprint on the individual, city, country and global scale. We will be examining and recreating some of the key ice core data for climate change, mapping areas vulnerable to rising sea levels, and looking at how to take action as a concerned citizen.  

There are a number of events coming up at which we hope you will join us! The 8th Grade Pancake Breakfast is next Tuesday from 8:20 to 9:15 a.m. in the Garage. This event kicks off graduation activities and gives you an opportunity to see teachers from all units who have worked with this class, as well as to enjoy a slide show from the early years on through 8th grade. Please let us know if you will be joining us! Afterward, the students will head out to The Schuylkill Center for one of their last visits.

Please do come to EATS tonight. This community event raises significant funds for financial aid and development.

We also hope to see you at the FUN (Annual) Meeting on Sunday, May 21, from 1–3 p.m. in the Garage, where you'll learn more about the future of TPS.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Ashley, Ethan, Wendy and Judith