8th Grade Weekly Note

Dear Eighth Grade Parents,

Our last day of mini-courses certainly made for an exciting last gasp before Puerto Rico. We enjoyed a variety of final presentations, from a Flash Mob dance performance at the park, a Broadway musicals concert in the Garage, conversations between "presidential candidates,"and a host of other creative projects. Congratulations to eighth graders who led successful mini-courses this week: Derek Jordan and Eric Blackwell (Cool Creatures), Simon Garner (Unconventional D+D), Spy Training (Arthur LaBan and Amory Park), Sanaa Scott (Whodunnit?), Ellie Lipson and Sophie Borgenicht (Broadway Musicals), Stella Bennett and Corinne Motl (Design), and Peter Rickels and Kane Ritchie (Breakfast Foods). A special thank you to the teachers who mentored these endeavors.

Outings this week included a workshop on diversity at the Haverford School attended by six Middle School students, including eighth graders Stella Bennett and Anna Mollen. We also returned to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts for an eight-week course on how to become a docent and lead discussions about their collection of American Art; this term Sanaa Scott, Simon Garner, Immanuel Mykyta-Chomsky, Stella Bennett, Luna Hamrahi, Corinne Motl, and Sophie Borgenicht are taking this course each Tuesday afternoon. They will host the eighth grade visit to PAFA on May 17.

We look forward to seeing you at conferences in April and planning together for a positive and fruitful ending to the year! Please let us know if there have been any changes in your schedule.

Please purchase a congratulatory ad in the 2015 Yearbook! Templates are available on the school blog to help make creating the ad easy. Reservations for ad space are due no later than March 21 but to date we have ads for less than half the class in hand! Click here for an order form.

A reminder that there is on-going work over the break, a task that several students have wisely used this week to address! Students’ Puerto Rico memoirs are due April 4. In math, Ethan has posted a sample placement test that all students should take and note what areas need review. In science, students are choosing to research one element on the periodic table and create a poster. In preparation for the poetry anthology project this spring, students should have a journal of at least thirty pages to collect favorite poems and poetry they will write themselves. If they have an anthology from previous years that they would like to continue to use, that would be fine. Students should come to language arts class on April 4 ready to read (or recite by heart) a favorite poem and to share why that poem is so appealing. If you would like to join us at a morning meeting in April to share a favorite poem, just let us know.

As final decisions are made about high schools, please let us know. And as placement tests are taken, we’d love to know about how they went.

Bus passes for April were distributed this afternoon, so ask your child to put them someplace safe!

We wish our student travelers a wonderfully warm week in Puerto Rico!

Emily, Ashley, Ethan, and Wendy