Wednesday, December 12

December 12, 2018

Exploris Grade 8

Dear Parents,

UDHR – We are working to reschedule. We will keep you posted.

Our 8th grade students will carry out a tradition that is over 17 years old: reciting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the NC Capitol at noon.  This is a very special honor that Dan Figgins, a member of the NC Chapter of the UN, has enthusiastically given to our Exploris students. Students memorized their lines and created a special slideshow in support of their presentation. Parents and the larger Exploris community are welcome to join us for presentations!

Field experience to Wilmington on Monday, December 17. We depart at 7AM and return at 4 PM. This trip will be a great one where students spend a day with us learning about the only successful coup d’etat in American History, where in 1898 a white supremacist militia overthrew a majority black, democratically elected government in Wilmington, killing many and running the rest out of North Carolina. We plan to leave Exploris, next Monday, December 17th, at 7 am and return by 4. Students need to bring their lunch, water, and two snacks. Please cancel My Hot Lunchbox orders ASAP. Phones can be used on the car ride there and back, but must be put away during our walking tour and historical archive work. 

Exploris Capital Campaign

Capital Campaign is underway! This new building will allow us to expand our local and global reach, while also reducing our environmental footprint. For more information about how your contribution will make a difference, check out this flyer:

To make your donation, visit:

Stay tuned for a class competition during the month of January! Followed by our wrap up event for this year in February where we Show our Love for Exploris!

If you have any questions about the Capital Campaign, contact Kristi Pettibone at

Attendance Reminders: ‘Tis the season for colds and flus. Just a reminder that when you email to your crew teacher to let him/her know about absences also email

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 #7 –  What is your big flaw? Last week’s results.”

High School Corner:

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!


Trimester 2 SNAPSHOT “Strength in Divergence”  Draft Expedition Plan
Monday 12/10
Tuesday 12/11
  • Humanities: Read Chapter 9 in CROW, #7 Paragraph
  • Fossil Club 3:15 – 4:15
  • Ultimate Frisbee
Wednesday 12/12
  • Humanities: Read Chapter 10+11 in CROW, Chapter 7-9 Quiz
  • Math 8 Quiz 3
  • Working Lunch
  • Math 8 Khan Quiz 1 Check
  • Analytics Club This Week
Thursday 12/13
  • Humanities: Read Chapter 12 in CROW
  • Optional Study Hall: 8N 7:15 – 7:55 AM
  • Service Learning
  • Club Photos 1:30 – 3:00
  • 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 12/14
  • Humanities: Read Chapters 13+14  in CROW; Quiz on Chapters 9-12
  • EJI Legacy Museum Trip
  • Wash Rags – Sign Up – Thank you Antje and Annabel F!
  • Elective Round 5: 1:30 – 3:10
Next Week
  • Monday, Dec 17 – Field Experience to Wilmington
  • Tuesday, Dec. 18 – 3:30-5pm Indoor Practice at XL
  • Friday, December 21 – Early Dismissal
  • Winter Break – Friday Dec 21 (12:15pm) – Monday, Jan 7 (8am)

Important Dates (Exploris CALENDAR):

Jan 18 Expressions Day

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,

Jessie Francese,

Cori Greer-Banks,

Shannon Hardy,

Paula Mancini,

Adrian Findlay,

Eugene Wheeler,

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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