Friday, August 27

Exploris Grade 8

Thanks for another great week! We had a speaker, Matthew Starr, talk about water health in NC, we learned more about chemistry and the hydrosphere, and ended our week with our Crew bonding at Falls Lake! HUGE thank you to all of our parent drivers. We had a GREAT day. 

Updates from Admin:

Families, please remember that ANY new illness symptoms should be treated as a potential Covid case.  Please help us protect our whole school community and keep kids home if they have a new symptom of congestion, runny nose, fever, sore throat, headache, or upset stomach.

Families, please add the school phone # to your  allowed contacts for One-call and for emergency notifications, family check ins, needs to pick up a sick kid etc   (919) 715-3690 middle school,  (919) 715-0333 elementary school

Our first Flex Day is coming soon!  On Monday, September 13th, most students will be learning from home and will not attend school in person that day. All students will have asynchronous work to complete. Staff will be receiving some specialized training and will be working with small groups of students who need extra support. These days are part of our Covid learning recovery plans and will allow us to better serve all our students.  Families, your crew teacher will be contacting you if your student is part of the groups that will be meeting on campus that day. Before and after care will not be offered on Flex Days.

Volunteer Opportunity:  Yearbook Advisor!  We’d love 1-2 adult volunteers who could help support our yearbook program, ideally at the middle school on Friday afternoons, but could be assorted evenings or weekends as well. Contact if interested!

Exploris needs subs!  If you or anyone in your network would like to be trained and get on our sub list, please reach out to  Subbing is a great way to get to know the school, teachers, and kids, and is a flexible way to earn some extra $$s!  Our next sub training will be on  Thursday, Sept. 9th at the Elementary campus.

Helpful links: 

Crew List

8th Grade Daily Schedule

Link to Panera Bread Signup 

Amazon Wish List

Free Covid testing 

Student Vaccination Survey

Other Reminders: 

Lunch update Planet Green’s Hot School Lunch Program is coming soon. We will implement school-wide starting September 8th. Prior to September 8th, we will pilot with a small group at each grade level to ensure we have the new system and process running smoothly. If you have questions please feel free to contact

Outward Bound We will go over it in more detail at our fall open house, but it’s a week-long backpacking trip in the NC mountains. We partner with North Carolina Outward Bound school. It serves as our capstone experience for all 8th grade students at Exploris, to send them on their way to high school. We haven’t nailed down a date yet, but it’s usually in April each year. We actually had to cancel due to COVID for the last two years, but we are hopeful we can make it happen again for this year’s 8th grade class. The cost is around $900 and coupon books are our biggest fundraiser. Students get $15/book towards their trip. We also offer scholarships and would never let cost keep students from attending. Please read more about a past course here. More to come…

Fundraising for Outward Bound -Coupon Books  2021 – 2022 Coupon Books are our first fundraiser for Outward Bound.  You sign out books 3 at a time and can sell books in person or on-line.  There are Chapel Hill books, Tri-Area books, and Raleigh books.  For every book your child sells he/she receives $13.50 as a credit toward Outward Bound.  If we sell 300 books as a class each student gets $15 per book. To put it simply, if you sell 10 books then you get two free books and get to keep 100% of profit. 

Fundraising Capacity:

3 books sold12 books sold  (2 at 100% profit for you)
3x$15= $45 toward Outward Bound10x$15+ 2($30)$150+$60= $210 toward Outward Bound

Pick Up

Wednesday, August 18th to Wednesday September 1stStudents can check out books and turn in money only on Wednesday mornings from 7:45 – 8:15.. We will collect all of the money then also. We STRONGLY request that parents have all book buyers write checks to them (the parents) and then the parents write one big check to Exploris for all of the books. 
Coupon Book Outward Bound Fundraiser Officially Closes


Monday 8/30CNN10
Crew: Where I’m From Poem
Humanities: 2A word pics, Reading 30 mins
Expedition: Hydrosphere (Adrian and Paula’s Crews)
Expedition: Chemistry (Jessie and Cori’’s Crews)
Lunch @ Nash
Tuesday 8/31CNN10
Crew: Where I’m From
Humanities: #2 paragraph, Read 30 mins
Expedition: Hydrosphere
Expedition: Chemistry
Lunch @ Food Hall/Union Station
Wednesday 9/1CNN10
Crew: Where I’m From Poem
Humanities: Read 30 minutes
Expedition: Hydrosphere
Expedition: Chemistry
Lunch @ Moore Square
Thursday 9/2CNN10
Crew: Where I’m From Poem
Humanities: Read 30 minutes 
Expedition: Science Museum Visit & Prep for Stream Study
Lunch @Halifax (because of Science Museum Visit)
– bring lunches, water, backpack for walking, and shoes that can get wet
Outward Bound Deposit $300 Due (pay online here) or Scholarship Application
(bumping back the official due date on this, but go ahead and pay if you can or start the scholarship application if needed)
Next WeekMonday, September 6 Labor Day – Holiday
Tuesday, September 7- Rosh Hashanah Holiday

Important Dates (Exploris CALENDAR):

Monday, September 13 – Flex Day – ASYNCHRONOUS FOR STUDENTS

Thursday, September 16 – Yom Kippur Holiday 

Thursday, September 23 – VIRTUAL Open House for parents

Friday, September 24 – Coupon Book Sales Close (turn in all $ and books)

October 1 (3:15pm) – October 11 (8am) – Fall Break

Friday, October 22 – Teacher Workday for Portfolio Conferences

Thursday, November 11 – Veterans Day – Holiday

Friday, November 12 – Flex Day – ASYNCHRONOUS FOR STUDENTS

Friday, November, 12 – $600 in payments or credits toward Outward Bound Due

Friday, November 19 – End of First Trimester

Monday, November 22 – Tuesday November 23 – Teacher Workday

Friday, Nov 19 (3:15pm)- Monday, Nov 29 (8am) – Thanksgiving Break

Friday, December 17 – Early Dismissal

Winter Break – Friday Dec 17 (12:15pm) – Tuesday, Jan 4 (8am)

Friday, Jan 14 – FULL PAYMENT toward Outward Bound DUE ($900)

Monday, Jan 17 – MLK Holiday

Friday, February 18 – Teacher Workday – Portfolio Conferences

Monday, Feb 21 – Teacher Workday – Presidents’ Day Holiday

Thursday, March 10 – End of Second Trimester

Friday, March 11 and Monday March 14 – Teacher Workdays

Spring Break – Friday, April 8 (3:15pm) – Tuesday, April 19 (8am)

Monday, April 18 – Teacher Workday

Tuesday, May 3 – Eid al Fitr Holiday

Monday, May 30- Memorial Day Holiday

Friday, June 10 – Graduation (10:30 am), early dismissal

Friday, June 10 – End of Third Trimester, last day of school

8th Grade Contacts

Jessie Francese,

Cori Greer-Banks,

Paula Mancini,

Adrian Findlay,

Kelly Fauth,

Who’s Who?

Adrian Findlay – Crew, Math, Expedition

Jessie Francese – Crew, Humanities, Expedition

Paula Mancini – Crew, Math, Expedition

Cori Greer-Banks – Crew, Humanities, Expedition

Kelly Fauth – Special Education

Jamie Butler – Art

Julius Debnam- Health and Wellness

Christina Franklin – Digital Literacy

Aurelia Autman – World Cultures and Spanish Language

Michelle Duncan – School Counselor

Michelle Butterworth – Interventionist

Mary Margaret Moffitt – Development Coordinator, but mostly just about anything you need!

Michael Gilbert-Singletary – Data Manage – Attendance

Josh Corbat – Directors of Resources

Deborah Brown – Middle School Director


Parent and Teacher Organization


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