8th Grade Weekly Note

Dear Eighth Grade Families,

This morning we enjoyed meeting in our Family Circles. We will meet in this grouping once more on Friday, June 2, to share the projects and activities we’ve created around our all-school theme.

This week in cultural studies we have been looking at the role the leaders (President Eisenhower and Governor Faubus) played in influencing the events surrounding the integration of Central High School in Little Rock. Next week we will focus on the role of the media, reading excerpts from The Race Beat: The Press, The Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation by Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff.

In language arts, we have been continuing our discussions about Huckleberry Finn, refining our Latin grammar, and working on our poetry anthologies. Our Thursday poetry spotlight focused on the work of Danez Smith.

In math class, students have been exploring methods used to solve quadratic equations. This culminated in deriving the quadratic formula on Wednesday. Students are fine-tuning their use of the formula we derived, and putting it to memory as next week we will apply our knowledge of quadratics to solving quadratic word problems.

In science, we are continuing our study of sustainability, wrapping up our unit on waste, and beginning a student-requested 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.  

On Tuesday we look forward to meeting Attorney Deborah Gordon Klehr in our Monthly Constitutional to talk about children’s rights. This will be our last Monthly Constitutional for the year, and we thank all our participants for giving us such powerful insights into the workings of the Constitution in a variety of settings.

Some graduation reminders: first drafts of graduation speeches will be due by May 15, and the 8th grade Pancake Breakfast is scheduled for Tuesday, May 23, from 8:20 to 9:15 a.m. Please RSVP to the Pancake Breakfast invitation if you have not done so. (Please respect the deadline. Thanks.)

If your child has signed up to go to this evening's Student Council Spring Fling, please remind them to bring $3. Students must be signed in and out of the event, so please be patient, especially at pick-up time. Students may not use their phones except to communicate with you! 

Finally, we wanted to let you know that Emily’s hip surgery went beautifully — we look forward to welcoming her back at the end of May!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Ashley, Ethan, Wendy, and Judith