Monday, December 17

December 17, 2018

Exploris Grade 8

Dear Parents,

Wilmington today!  HUGE thank you to ALL parents for helping us pull off an amazing field experience today. Parents emailed attendance updates, were flexible with pickup, drove 4 hours and walked a ton with us, and some even made some car repairs to make it back to Raleigh safe and sound. Ask your child about today. It was amazing!

School Supplies: Please help us. Kids need their own pair of earbuds or earphones. When we assign work that requires watching a video, at least 10 students are without earbuds in each rotation. That’s roughly ⅓ of our students who lose learning time because they cannot find or locate their supplies for class. Please ensure your child has a working pair of earbuds when we return from break. (Also, a few pencils, pens, and highlighters as needed.) THANK YOU!

UDHR RESCHEDULED (new date, new time, new location): Wednesday, December 19 12:30 Court of Appeals, 1 West Morgan Street

On Wednesday, December 19th our 8th grade students will carry out a tradition that is over 17 years old: reciting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the Court of Appeals at 12:30.  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!

*Students need to come dressed in presentation attire on Wednesday. We will walk to the court of appeals to prepare for our presentation around 11:15 and return by 1:30 for global arts.

Exploris Capital Campaign

As we wrap up 2018 I invite you to think back on your experiences with Exploris. What impressed you about the school? What did your student learn at Exploris that they might not have learned at a traditional school? What field experiences did they take that opened their eyes to things that didn’t know before?

Think about those things as you consider contributing to the Exploris Capital Campaign. Your contributions will help us open the doors for the new building and ensure that many more students can take advantage of those same experiences that your student had.

We know that December is a tough time to make a contribution. You’ve got the holidays, and teacher gifts, and possibly travel or extra child care expenses because of the school break. If you can’t make a contribution now, please make a pledge! You can do both at

Thank you! Enjoy the break! And stay tuned for our classroom competitions in January!  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

Philip’s Question of the Week #8 “What is your favorite book?”  Results Week #7.

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 12/17
Tuesday 12/18
  • Humanities: Read 30 minutes, 7B word pics, CROW final quiz
  • Indoor Practice at XL 3:30 – 5:00
  • Fossil Club 3:15 – 4:15
  • Ultimate Frisbee
Wednesday 12/19
  • UDHR – Court of Appeals, 11:30 – 1:30
  • Humanities: Read 30 minutes, #7 Mystery Questions
  • Math 8 Khan Quiz 1 Check
  • Analytics Club This Week
Thursday 12/20
  • Humanities: Read 30 minutes, study for #7 Quiz
  • Optional Study Hall: 8N 7:15 – 7:55 AM
  • Service Learning
  • 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 12/21
  • Early Dismissal 12:15
  • Humanities: Read 30 minutes; #7 Vocab Quiz
  • Wash Rags – Sign Up – Lydia and Philip Wong!
Next Week
  • See you Monday, January 7!
  • Winter Break – Friday Dec 21 (12:15pm) – Monday, Jan 7 (8am)
  • Jan 18 Expressions Day
  • Friday, Jan 18 – PAYMENT IN FULL FOR TOTAL $875- Outward Bound
  • Monday, Jan 21 – MLK Holiday

Important Dates (Exploris CALENDAR):

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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