Tuesday, November 13

November 13, 2018

Exploris Grade 8

Dear Parents,

It is the end of THE RIPPLE EFFECT – this expedition focused on water, chemistry, and the development of the United States and our personal rights.  Your child’s final challenge was to Design a Change that makes our water world better. The students choose their topics, and within their topics, their action.  They worked in “scrums” and selected “scrum leaders.” The students coordinated their own interviews, kept track of each others’ action items, and brought an idea through …some to a finish!

Please join us for their thoughtful presentations on their learning and execution of their ideas on Wednesday, November 14.

10:50-11:20 Can we save NC from flooding? (Shannon’s Teams)

11:20-11:50 How can hog waste be eliminated from our streams? (Adrian’s Teams)

11:50-12:30 LUNCH (Feel free to join your child at Morgan Street Food Hall.)

12:30-1:00  Can biotechnology protect water quality? (Cori’s Teams)

1:00-1:30 Can we achieve plastic-free waterways? (Jessie’s Teams)

Parent Letter from Lori about her Second Step curriculum beginning this week!

8th grade AM Study Hall: You’re invited to join an optional 8th Grade Study Hall on Thursday mornings from 7:00-7:55 am in 8N. Students may come to catch up or work on assignments quietly. This will be a quiet, focused work session designed to provide extra support and/or extra time for students wanting to catch up or get ahead.

AMC 8 Math Test Parents who have registered their students to take the AMC 8 Math Test, please turn in your $5 fee to Adrian. The test takes place TODAY!

Communities in Schools Success Coach Tara Delgado The Exploris School is pleased to announce our New Partnership with Communities and Schools of Wake County. Through this partnership, we have a Success Coach that will be on our campus three days a week. Tara Delgado will be are Success Coach and we are pleased to have her.

Communities and Schools (CIS) of Wake County is dedicated to providing support to schools, student, families and the community. CIS surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school, reach their goals, and achieve in life. Click here to find out more about our Success Coach, Tara Delgado.

Exploris Improv Workshop with Jeris Donovan Livengood  from Moonlight Stage Company returns for her 5th year leading IMPROV at Exploris.  After many years in LA including coaching with “Modern Family” Jeris brings humor and confidence to our Exploris 6-8th grade.  Dates: Dec 3, 10, 17, Jan 7, Jan 14 (3:15-4:30 pm in the Exploris basement) with a performance at Expressions Day (1/18) 1:30pm. COST: $40 Please make checks payable to Jeris Donovan Livengood.  Please go to this Google Form to sign up. There are only 15 slots, and they are secured when Shannon Hardy (8th grade) receives your check or when your scholarship request is made to Michelle Parkerson. IMPROV SIGNUP  ?’s Jeris Donovan Livengood  dessdel@yahoo.com

Exploris Soccer- Please go to the following link for more information about our winter indoor soccer program.  We look forward to continuing our tradition of including ALL levels of experience on our Exploris Teams!  There is only one practice – just to get the feel of indoor soccer, Tuesday, December 18, 4-5pm. Then just weekly games. All of our  11/12 and 13/14 games will on Sunday afternoons! Hopefully this does not interfere with travel players. This is not a developmental program.  There are NO TRYOUTS!  We have elite players and beginners.    We promise you all skill levels are welcomed, including zero experience.  Effort and smiles are the only expectation! This program is about fitness, fun, laughter, sweat, play, leadership, compassion, and teamwork!  Competition is important, and the students know the teams are carefully designed to tie one another.  WHERE? XL Soccerworld WHEN? Winter II Season 2018 (January 8 – end of Feb.)  

Philip’s Question of the Week #6 –  Do You Think 8th Grade Is Doing A Good Job Preparing You For High School?


Philip’s Week 4 Results

The week #4 question was If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Here are the answers. Interestingly, this wasn’t multiple choice, yet 11 people said their one superpower would be to the power to have any superpower. You guys just love finding loop-holes in my questions, don’t you? 5 people responded in absolute gibberish (thanks a lot trolls), but the rest of them were very enjoyable. I particularly liked the ones about shape-shifting.

Philip’s Week 5 Results

The 5th question of the week was “What do you think of Star Wars?” Link to responses. I tried to include a wide variety of options, but I stupidly included I Love You Philip as one of the choices. Naturally, 68% chose that. 16% said they like it well enough, which is kinda surprising. 8% said they love it with all their heart, which is even more surprising. 4% said the Last Jedi ruined it for them, and 4% said they didn’t know what Star Wars is. OK, moving on to question #6.

Service Project (DONATIONS) Hello! My name is Lucinda and I am in the 7th-grade service learning group called  Conservationists.  We are in need of WOOD to create owl boxes for Eastern Screech Owls. We need unpainted wood (NOT Presswood or plywood) that is 3/4 -1 inch thick and at least 10 inches wide (3/4 to 1″ X 10″) and as long as possible. Pine would be fine or cedar scraps are good too. If you have wood that you can drop off please contact Helene at helliston@exploris.org   We would need this WOOD as soon as possible since we are trying to make OWL BOXES after our Thanksgiving Break.  Thank you so much!7th Grade Conservationists

High School Corner:


Broughton Open House: Wednesday November 14, 2018: 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Yearbooks for Sale – Click here to purchase your 2018-2019 yearbook. The price is $35.


Parents and students, can you please download the replay it app to your phones or use the website to submit pictures for yearbook! Thank you!


Monday 11/12
  • Veteran’s Day
Tuesday 11/13
  • Math 8 Calendar for the week.
  • Humanities: Read 30 minutes
  • DFC Personal Reflection and Presentation Prep
  • Flex: Chemistry Review Part III
  • Fossil Club 3:15 – 4:15
  • Ultimate Frisbee
Wednesday 11/14
  • Humanities: Read 30 minutes, Finish the Tell-Tale Heart Questions
  • Trimester 1 Reflection Due
  • DFC Presentations – Parents are invited!
  • Analytics Club This Week
  • Broughton Open House 5:30 – 7:30
Thursday 11/15
  • Optional Study Hall: 8N 7:00 – 7:55 AM
  • Humanities: Read 30 minutes
  • Rotary Club 4-Way Essay Contest Due (optional)
  • Design for Change Peer Assessment
  • Chem Re-Take Test Part III
  • Math 8 Test
  • Service Learning
  • Wash Rags – Sign Up – Thank you Shawna & Sammy Scipione!
  • Dungeons & Dragons 3:15 – 4:15 7S
  • Gaming Club 3:15 – 4:15 8S
  • Yearbook 3:15 – 4:15 8N
  • Allies 3:15 – 4:00 Art Room
Friday 11/16
  • End of Trimester Teacher Workday – Happy Thanksgiving!
Next Week
  • Thanksgiving Break – Thursday, Nov 15 (3:15pm)- Tuesday, Nov. 27 (8am)
  • Soccer Registration Due Dec. 5
  • Kickoff – United Nations Declaration of Human Rights!
  • Friday, November 30 – Elective Round 3 1:30 – 3:10

Important Dates (Exploris CALENDAR):

Friday, December 7 – Elective Round 4 1:30 – 3:10

Friday, Dec 7 – Birds & Bears Departs at 12:30pm

Tuesday, Dec. 18 – 3:30-5pm Indoor Practice at XL

Friday, December 14 – Elective Round 5 1:30 – 3:10

Friday, December 14 – EJI Legacy Museum Trip

Friday, December 21 – Early Dismissal

Winter Break – Friday Dec 21 (12:15pm) – Monday, Jan 7 (8am)

Friday, Jan 18 – PAYMENT IN FULL FOR TOTAL $875- Outward Bound

Monday, Jan 21 – MLK Holiday

Friday, February 15 – Early Dismissal

Monday, Feb 18 – Teacher Workday

Friday March 8 – End of Second Trimester, Teacher Workday

Monday, March 11 – Teacher Workday

Spring Break – Friday, April 12 (3:15pm) – Tuesday, April 23 (8am)

Outward Bound – April 22 – 26 (please note we will depart at 7AM the Monday after Spring Break)

Thursday, May 23 – Passage Portfolio (No school 8th grade; make-up teacher workday.)

Friday, May 24 –  Passage Portfolio – Teacher Workday

Monday, May 27- Memorial Day Holiday

Tuesday, May 28 – EOGs

Wednesday, May 29 EOGs

Friday, May 31 – Math 8 EOG, Math I EOC, Math II NCFE

Monday, June 3 – Passage Portfolio (No school 8th grade.)

Friday, June 7 – Graduation (10:30 am), early dismissal

Friday, June 8 – End of Third Trimester, last day of school

8th Grade Contacts

Sharon Cuffe, scuffe@exploris.org

Jessie Francese, Jfrancese@exploris.org

Cori Greer-Banks, cori@exploris.org

Shannon Hardy, shardy@exploris.org

Paula Mancini, Pmancini@exploris.org

Adrian Findlay, adrian@exploris.org

Eugene Wheeler, ewheeler@exploris.org

Who’s Who?

Cori Greer-Banks – Crew, Humanities, Expedition

Jamie Butler – Art

Sharon Cuffe – Exceptional Children’s Teacher

Tara Delgado – Communities in Schools Success Coach

Michelle Duncan – School Counselor

Adrian Findlay – Crew, Math, Expedition

Jessie Francese – Crew, Humanities, Expedition

Shannon Hardy – Crew, Math, Expedition

Jill Hemingway – Interventionist

Paula Mancini – Exceptional Children – Teaching Partner

Mary Margaret Moffitt – Development Coordinator, but mostly just about anything you need!

Lori Mauro – Guidance, Second Step Curriculum

Carolee McLinnahan – Administrative Assistant – Attendance

Michelle Parkerson – Associate Director of the Middle School (6-8)

Ellie Schollmeyer- Executive Director

Oliver Smith – Health and Wellness

Eugene Wheeler – World Language


Parent and Teacher Organization

  • Join PTO – much, much help still needed! LINK
  • 2018-2019 Carpool Form ; 2018-2019 Carpool MAP  (Password: 1997*)
  • Spiritwear – LINK
  • Lunch Orders – LINK

Clubs and Extended Care Program:


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