8th Grade Weekly Note

Dear Eighth Grade Parents, 

The School District will email families of public school applicants the news about acceptances today, according to their website. Please note that you must confirm the acceptance within five (5) days; please follow the instructions given carefully.

We are looking forward to the boys basketball tournament at the TPS gym on Saturday, as well as the MathCounts competition at Temple University! The Beat the Streets wrestling competition, featuring many of our students, will be in the Garage this coming Sunday. 

A reminder that we have a Sunday rehearsal for Shakespeare planned for February 12: Midsummer will rehearse from 9 to noon; Caesar will rehearse from noon to 3 in the Garage.

We had the opportunity to reconnect with family group members at Friday’s Family Circle meeting. We are in the process of planning a culminating project for the all-school theme, From Surviving to Thriving in the City, Country, and Classroom. Family Circles will partner up and provide some sort of sharing or activity that is inspired by the theme. Ask your child what some of the ideas are.

Tuesday’s Monthly Constitutional speaker will be Catherine Carr, former Executive Director of Community Legal Services and mother of our own Ethan Tannen. She will discuss the shortcomings of a justice system that provides lawyers in criminal cases but not in civil cases.

Rehearsals for the Shakespeare Festival continue to delight! We thank Brooke Behmke for his theatrical expertise in helping with movement and working with individual students. Alas, there are still some players who need more practice with lines. PLEASE run lines with your child this weekend; learning cues is an important part of the process!

The cultural studies research project has reached the first draft stage. Students will be working on drafts next week; two (2) copies of the draft, detailed outline, and bibliography are due on Friday, February 10. We will then take a break during the Shakespeare Festival and resume work on the research project February 27, moving the essay towards a final draft and working on the presentation to classmates. Students need an adult reader for the second draft the week of February 27. Please encourage your child to arrange for that reader soon.

A reminder that we are taking a field trip to New York on Tuesday, February 28 to see the Cuba exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. We will leave TPS at 7 am by charter bus and depart NYC at 2 pm in hopes of being back at TPS by 4:30. Please let us know if your child will be absent for any reason since the tickets for this event are pricey.

Please continue to let Ashley and Emily know about news from high schools and about any decisions you make. If you are certain about your choice, please let the other schools know of that decision as soon as possible so that they can release that space to another student.

It continues to be important that we be sensitive to those students who have not heard from schools. We have instructed students to refrain from asking individuals about school news and choices and that those who choose to share their news to do so in a low-key manner. We have also made it clear that no disparaging remarks be made about schools that students have turned down. We would hope you will join us in talking to your children about how emotional this time of year can be.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Emily, Ashley, Ethan, and Wendy