8th Grade Weekly Note

Dear Eighth Grade Families,

It was wonderful to see so many of you at Tuesday’s pancake breakfast! We hope you not only enjoyed Jeffrey’s culinary expertise but also the pictures of our graduates throughout their years at The Philadelphia School. A big thank you to Kate Riccardi, whose photographs provided us with this journey through the TPS experience.

For the past few weeks, we have been visiting our old home bases at The Schuylkill Center, which have inspired some wonderful reminiscing. Next Tuesday will be our final trip there, so students should come dressed for whatever the weather holds. It’s a bad tick season this year, so make sure your children are continuing to do tick checks when they return home.

Memorial projects occupied cultural studies time this week. Students looked at work from previous years and started thinking about their own projects, which they will be presenting in class on Thursday, 6/1 and Friday, 6/2. 

In language arts, we finished reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and students wrote thoughtful responses to a selection of essay questions. Most of them chose to discuss whether Huck Finn should be banned from schools or libraries or be read in an expurgated version. Their response was a resounding “No!” They also closed out their year-long study of Latin with a test on Thursday, and they were proud of how much they’ve learned about the language, culture, and etymological connections to English and Spanish.

In math class, students took their quadratics unit test on Monday. On Wednesday, we had a guest speaker: Dr. Jonathan Tannen, a director at Econsult Solutions, Inc. (and Ethan’s brother). Jonathan led a session during which students explored ways to use math to analyze the influence of different factors on municipal judicial elections.

Our studies in science turned from climate change discussions to solutions, looking at habits that society and individuals can examine with the help of methods from innovation and ancient ways. Look for a test on content and a closing project next week. 

On Thursday, June 8, students will have breakfast together at school to celebrate the handing out of writing folders in their advisories. These are folders kept from kindergarten onward, collecting writing and artwork from the beginning and end of each year. Expect them to come home with students on that Thursday. Ashley’s advisees are bringing bagels, spreads, and juice; Ethan’s advisees are bringing donuts, muffins, and other breakfast pastries; and Emily’s advisees are bringing fruit, paper products, and utensils. Please DO NOT include any peanuts or tree nuts in the baked goods, nor any pineapple in a fruit mixture. 

The students have chosen their graduation songs, continue to polish their speeches, and will begin practicing in the gym next week. Starting this week, there should be no more absences.

Some great news — Emily’s recovery from her surgery continues to go well, and she plans to return this Tuesday, May 30, right on schedule. We can’t wait to have her back!

Have a great long weekend!

Ashley, Ethan, Wendy, and Judith