8th Grade Weekly Note

Dear Eighth Grade Parents,

This has been a week of finishing projects and assessing progress across the disciplines in anticipation of mini courses next week. Your child received a mini-course schedule this afternoon, which includes course names and locations. Students were reminded to bring their planners, pencils, and paper to all their courses so we can stay on top of assignments. All eighth graders will be involved in Decisions in gender groupings; topics to be discussed include the gender spectrum, gender and the media, stereotyping, sexuality, and healthy relationships. All eighth graders will participate in a field trip to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts on Tuesday; their tour will be facilitated by our student docents who have participated in an eight-week training course. Next week should be a wonderful change of pace for us all.

Our Monthly Constitutional speaker this week was Sarah Besnoff, TPS alumna and lawyer, who is clerking for a federal district judge. Sarah spoke about the difference between state and federal cases, both civil and criminal. It was a treat to see our students really leaning into the conversation.

We could still use some help with the Thanksgiving Feast preparations. Large pots to hold gallons of our crushed tomatoes are needed. We could also use some helping hands to chop, stir, and cook with our Middle School chefs. If you have any time between 8:30 and 12:30 on Monday, November 23, we’d appreciate it. Lasagna bakers are needed as well, as we have over 60 to prepare for Tuesday. Email Emily ([email protected]) if you can help.

All public high school application materials have been sent out in good time to meet the November 16 deadline (the online application closes today). Students should be polishing their presentations for SLA and audition materials for CAPA and GAMP. We’d love all private school transcript requests and recommendation forms as soon as possible so we can complete that work before launching into the progress reports. Those applying to GFS need to send in a “graded writing sample.” Ashley and I are happy to annotate a piece of writing; please hand those in soon as well.

For Middle School students who are looking for a winter Community Service job, there is a fun, hands-on opportunity coming up that involves crafts, hikes, and s'mores. (This event will take place before the winter term officially begins, so this sign-up is happening now. All students must do two community service jobs over the course of the fall, winter, and spring seasons.) We are looking for students to help run stations at Winterfest at the Schuylkill Center on Saturday, December 12, 3:00-6:00 p.m. Parents are welcome to attend the event with their kids for free. If your child can help, please email Virginia by Friday, December 4, at [email protected]

Emily will be away from TPS next week as part of an accreditation team at Wilmington Friends School. She can’t wait to hear about all the mini-course adventures.

Have a relaxing weekend.

Emily, Wendy, Ashley, and Ethan