Friday, November 5

Exploris Grade 8

This week we continued our novel study of Fever, learned about the Declaration of Independence, and kicked off our Design for Change projects around a water issue. 

Team Reminders: 

Outward Bound Update: We have confirmed Outward Bound dates for the week of April 18 – 22, 2022! We are working on scheduling a parent night with them for you to ask questions. Total cost is $900. Top priority right now is payments or a scholarship application (pay online here) or Scholarship Application A total of $600 is due Friday, November 19. You should have received an update on your payments and balance due soon! 

Christmas Parade Fundraiser — The Raleigh Christmas Parade is Saturday, November 20. The route goes in front of Exploris, so in years past we’ve had families sell donuts and hot chocolate as a fundraiser towards Outward Bound. We would like to do that again this year, with the added idea of having a table of other crafts or cookies individuals would like to sell. Jill Lamb is heading this up, so please reach out to her if you’re interested in helping to coordinate this effort!

Updates from Admin: 

  • Parent Volunteers for Electives (
  • November 11th is a holiday for Veterans Day
  • November 12th is a Flex Day:  All students will work from home and teachers will send specific assignments to be completed asynchronously. 
  • Yearbooks are on sale now!  Buy early for the lowest prices of the year! Buy Your Yearbook at Jostens
  • Nov. 3rd was a Family Information night for transitioning to high school. The meeting recording can be viewed here  using the passcode cp%V@BD4 and the slide deck with links can be viewed here
  • The next Exploris Substitute Training is on Wednesday, November 10th at our Elementary School Campus.  Interested candidates should reach out to for details.

Club Updates: 

Join the Exploris Run Club! Thursdays after school from 3:15-4:15. Starting Nov 4th, ending Dec 16th. Contact Kelly, Leah, or Shannon with questions or to sign up!

Do you love playing Magic the Gathering? Join other card players Fridays after school from 3:15-4:15. Starting Nov 5th, ending Dec 10th. Contact Kelly with questions or to sign up!

Helpful links: 

Crew List

8th Grade Daily Schedule

Link to Panera Bread Signup 

Amazon Wish List

Free Covid testing 

Counselor Referral Form: Please use this link and complete the form.

Important Information regarding lunches:

Parent and Teacher Organization Resources:


Monday 11/8CNN10
Humanities: Read Chapter 21+22 in Fever, 6A word pics
Expedition: Design for Change
Lunch @ Nash
Tuesday 11/9CNN10
Humanities: Read Chapter 23+24 in Fever, #6 Paragraph
Expedition: Design for Change
Lunch@Halifax Mall
Wednesday 11/10CNN10
Humanities: Read Chapter 25+26 in Fever, Quiz on Chapters 19 – 24
Expedition: Design for Change
Lunch @ Morgan Street Food Hall/Union Station/Working Lunch
Thursday 11/11Veteran’s Day Holiday
Read 27-28 in Fever
Friday 11/12Asynchronous Day for Students
Humanities: Read 29 + epilogue in Fever and finalize summaries, Final Quiz on Monday!
Next WeekFriday, November, 19 – $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

Important Dates (Exploris CALENDAR):

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

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