January 7, 2019
Exploris Grade 8
Happy New Year! We hope you had a restful holiday season. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your thoughtful and generous holiday gifts and teacher thanks contributions from you. We are very grateful!
Model UN is accepting applications! Do you like learning about other countries? Are you curious about global attitudes regarding hunger, health, and the economy? Do you want to strengthen your skills in public speaking? Consider joining our award-winning Model United Nations Delegation- we are looking for nine eager students to represent Exploris! Starting January 19th, we will meet every Friday afterschool to prepare for the 2019 Triangle Model United Nations conference at UNC. Last year, Exploris won awards in Best Diplomat, Most Compassionate, and Best Delegate. Complete your application here; the deadline to submit your application is Friday, January 11th.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities! Come join us on Friday, January 11th from 1:30 – 3:00 at Fletcher Park for our annual fitness Friday kickoff as we prepare to get in shape for Outward Bound! (tennis, soccer, basketball, touch rugby, and jumprope!)
EXPRESSIONS DAY: It’s time to share your talents with the Exploris Community! We are looking for crews, small groups, and individuals to perform at Expressions Day on January 18th from 1:30-3:00 at Christ the King Presbyterian Church located at 117 S. West St. Each grade level will have equal time to show off of their talent and school spirit. Crew teachers will share details about getting your act approved. Parents are welcome to join us!
AMC Math 8 Winners: Congratulations to the 30 students that participated in the American Mathematics Competition. The following students placed in the top spots among Exploris Students:
1st: Janani Bhave
2nd: Bradley Maher and William Dunlap
3rd: Dakoda Fisher, Cole Bachmann, and Annabelle Ross
Additionally, Janani Bhave received Honor Roll Recognition for scoring in the top 5% nationally.
Congrats to our Rotary Club 4 Way Essay Contest Winners
First Place: Lily Kane
Second Place: Caroline Adkins
Third Place: Emily Mobley
BIO – Meet Rachel!
Rachel Benisvy is a student teacher from NC State University. She is in the graduate program at NC State University and working on her master’s in teaching for English Language Arts. Rachel is originally from Connecticut, but moved to North Carolina to attend Appalachian State University. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and found her passion for teaching after working as a paraprofessional and middle school field hockey coach. Rachel enjoys hiking with friends, exploring Raleigh, reading, and spending time with her two cats. She is excited to begin field experience and student teaching at Exploris.
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!
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 email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessie Francese, Jfrancese@exploris.org
Cori Greer-Banks, email@example.com
Shannon Hardy, firstname.lastname@example.org
Paula Mancini, Pmancini@exploris.org
Adrian Findlay, email@example.com
Eugene Wheeler, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
- 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