8th Grade Weekly Note

Dear Eighth Grade Parents,

It was wonderful to see so many of you at Tuesday’s pancake breakfast! We hope you not only enjoyed Matt, Carlye, and Jeffrey’s culinary expertise but also the pictures of our graduates throughout their years at The Philadelphia School. A big thank you to Victoria Bastian, whose photographs and videos provided us with this journey through the TPS experience.

Our trip to The Schuylkill Center centered on excavating the middens we’d buried in the fall. The artifacts will be on display in the Middle School for all to see! The beautiful weather allowed for watercolor painting as well. Next Tuesday will be our final trip to The Schuylkill Center so come dressed for whatever the weather holds (it’s tick season so long pants and long sleeves are recommended).

Memorial projects occupied cultural studies time this week. There were several collaborative projects that reflected the students’ connection to the experience of the nine black students in Little Rock in 1957. Individuals are creating models, stories, and poetry that demonstrate effort and thought. Students will present their projects to classmates Thursday, June 2, and Friday, June 3.

In language arts students reviewed for Wednesday’s Latin final. From the looks on many faces, all went well! Next week, students will take their final chemistry test. In math class, students are analyzing graphs, exploring the ways that graphic representations of equations are translated and transformed. Students created their own graphic patterns using a computer program called Geogebra. Based on their adjustments, students wrote their own rules for systematically changing graphs.

On Thursday, June 9, students will have breakfast together here at school to celebrate the handing out of writing folders in their advisories. These are folders kept from kindergarten onward, collecting writing and artwork from the beginning and end of each year. Be expecting them to come home with students on that Thursday. Emily’s advisees are bringing in bagels and spreads; Ethan’s advisees are bringing in donuts and muffins; Wendy’s advisees are bringing in juices and paper products and utensils; and Ashley’s advisees are bringing in fruit. A reminder not to include nuts in any of the baked goods, nor pineapple or melon in a fruit mixture. Several gluten-free options would be welcome.

We hope to see everyone on Thursday evening, June 9, at 6:45 pm (students should be in their seats at 6:30pm) at Part I of graduation. Click here for details regarding dress, times, and protocols. Friday’s Part 2 begins promptly at 9 am (students are to be here no later than 8:30).

Eleanor Davis-Diver (6th grade) needs magnets for a science experiment that she is doing at home. Any kinds of magnet will do, from refrigerator magnets to neodymium. Please bring in any magnets that you're willing to contribute; donation boxes will be available in units next week.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Emily, Ashley, Ethan, and Wendy