Monday, January 7

January 7, 2019

Exploris Grade 8

Dear Parents,

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

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

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 1/7
  • Humanities: Read 30 minutes, 8A word pics
  • IMPROV (3:15-4:30)
Tuesday 1/8
  • Humanities: Read 30 minutes, #8 Paragraph
  • Indoor Practice at XL 3:30 – 5:00
  • Fossil Club 3:15 – 4:15
  • Ultimate Frisbee
Wednesday 1/9
  • Humanities: Read 30 minutes
  • Math 8 Khan Quiz 1 Check
  • Analytics Club This Week
Thursday 1/10
  • Humanities: Read 30 minutes
  • 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 1/11
Next Week
  • 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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