Eighth Grade Weekly Note

Dear 8th Grade Parents,

We have had a wonderful opening to the school year! As we’ve shared summer adventures, hopes for the coming year, and summer work, it is clear that the students have put a great deal of time and energy into both play and work. We number 28 students in 8th grade, a number to remember when making plans for celebrations throughout the year.

We are delighted that Wendy Furry will be with us full time until her maternity leave begins in the later part of November. She will be teaching science and taking a lead on science curriculum review in the Middle School.

We look forward to meeting with you next week to debrief the results of last May’s ERB testing and to get a sense of what high schools you are thinking about for next year. Please email Emily (emarston@tpschool.org) or Ashley (aopalka@tpschool.org) if you have forgotten when you are scheduled for these conferences or need to make a change.

TPS High School Night will be on Monday, September 19 at 7:15 pm; we are expecting twenty independent and public schools to be present. This is an evening for both you and your child to learn more about the admission process in general and about these schools in particular.

If you are interested in doing a little research on the public school options for high schools in Philadelphia, the link to last year’s high school directory is as follows: www.phila.k12.pa.us http://www.phila.k12.pa.us//students and click on the directory of high schools. The new directory should be our soon.

The public school fair will be held at the Philadelphia Convention Center at 1101 Arch Street on Friday, October 14th from 3:00 to 7:00 pm and Saturday, October 15th from 9:00 am to 3 pm. Representatives from School District high schools will be available to provide information about high school options and answer questions.

The Public School application forms will be available from September 29 to November 14. We will go into more detail about the sign-up process at Back-to-School Night on September 28.

On Monday, October 17 we will have an opportunity to meet with TPS alums who are currently attending area public and private high schools to continue the conversation about what the transition from TPS to high school is like and more about the students’ experience at a variety of schools. The Alumni Panel Discussion will begin at 7:15 pm in the Middle School.

This morning was our opening assembly at which the 8th graders announced the all-school theme for the year. Make sure to ask your child all about it!

Athletics: A quick reminder that fall sports starts on Monday! Please go to the Middle School Interscholastic Sports page of the school website (remember, the password to the parent portal is tigers) to register; online registration closes today.  For students to be able to participate, they must turn in their sports physical and student athlete contract; the contract is the the last page of the Athletic Handbook (It can also be found with the online registration as a supplemental form that can be uploaded once signed.) If one of these forms is not yet submitted, the student is still expected to go to practice to be a part of the team building and learn through observation. Practice for all sports will run from 3:30-5pm. Any questions related to the sports physical should be directed to Sara Forgione, our school nurse. If you have questions about the Athletic Handbook, please email Akemi Moriuchi, our Athletic Director. 

Middle School Study Hall (Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:10 pm) will not begin until September 19 to allow us to use the 8th grade spaces for ERB conferences.

Next Tuesday, September 13, we will be heading to The Schuylkill Center. Just a reminder that students will need to bring along a trashless lunch, a water bottle, sturdy hiking shoes, and an outfit that can get muddy and will hinder exposure to ticks. Tick checks are a part of our routine each Tuesday and will be important to repeat at home. One last reminder that gum, candy, and sodas are not permitted at TPS.

We look forward to working with this energetic and thoughtful group of students as they take on the responsibilities and privileges of leadership this year.

Have a restful weekend!

Emily, Wendy, Ethan, and Ashley