8th Grade Weekly Note

Dear 8th Grade Families,

We were delighted to see so many of you at Back-To-School Night on Tuesday. We hope
that the overview of the year was helpful and that you were able to ask the questions you needed answered. For those of you who were unable to attend, we are attaching the Keynote that served as the outline for our presentations.
 
We welcomed Penn Professor (and TPS parent) Campbell Gray as our second Monthly Constitutional speaker on Tuesday morning. He helped us understand what ideas about government and what institutions the Founding Fathers borrowed in imagining the United States’ republican form of government. In cultural studies classes we are focusing on the concepts of government in general and ideas of democracy in particular that we owe to the ancient Greeks.

This week students met with admission representatives from St. Joseph’s Prep and William Penn Charter and learned more about their distinctive programs. Next week we will welcome Friends Select on Wednesday, Springside/Chestnut Hill Academy on Thursday, and Abington Friends on Friday. Parents are cordially invited; come join us for lunch in Emily’s area of the Middle School.

A reminder that the Philadelphia High School Fair is Friday, October 16, from 3 pm to 7 pm and Saturday, October 17, from 9 am to 3 pm at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Hall G. Enter on the corner of Broad and Race Streets.

The public school application form is now available on the School District website. Please remember to forward us a copy of the completed form so we are aware of the schools to which we must send the student data forms. For private school applications, please send us the transfer forms and the signed but blank recommendation forms. Ethan, Ashley, and Emily will fill out those recommendations; the schools prefer recommendations from current teachers.

You should have received a link to teachers’ Doodle sign-up forms for parent conferences November 2 and 3. We look forward to having conversations focused on the students’ academic and social progress. 

Upcoming events include our Greek debates on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 15 and 16 (costumes encouraged!), cultural studies test on Oct. 19 and 20 (study guides will be available), mini-course sign-up during the week of Oct. 26 (we are doing two week-long mini-course sessions this year; the first session is the week of November 17), and a Halloween parade on Oct. 30 (fun alternative activities are planned for those who do not celebrate Halloween). 
 
Have a wonderful long weekend!
 
Emily, Ashley, Ethan, and Wendy