December 17, 2018
Exploris Grade 8
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 https://www.exploris.org/capital-campaign-giving/.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
High School Corner:
Yearbooks for Sale – Click here to purchase your 2018-2019 yearbook. The price is $35.
REPLAY IT APP
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|
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, email@example.com
Jessie Francese, Jfrancese@exploris.org
Cori Greer-Banks, firstname.lastname@example.org
Shannon Hardy, email@example.com
Paula Mancini, Pmancini@exploris.org
Adrian Findlay, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eugene Wheeler, email@example.com
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:
- Allies – Mary McWay
- Cross Country (Aug-Oct) – Adrian Findlay & Sharon Cuffe
- Crossfit for Kids – Chenelle Miller firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contemporary Art Museum docents – Shawna Scipione
- Dungeons & Dragons – Cris Preble
- Science Olympiad – Helene and Emily
- Fossil Club –Juliana Thomas
- Green Team – Devon Rose
- Model U.N. – Cori Greer-Banks
- Junior Tarheels History Club – Cori Greer-Banks
- Improv (Nov-Jan) – Jeri Donovan Livengood
- Soccer (Jan-Mar) – Shannon Hardy
- Yearbook – Jessie
- Student Ambassadors – Paula Mancini
- Battle of the Books – Devon and Loren
- Japanese Exchange (August Visit) – Cori Greer-Banks, Lisa Ferrando
- Ultimate Frisbee – Sandi Mayo & Prakash Bhave
- German Exchange (Spring Visit) – Maggie Gargan & Emily Felker