Monday, January 3

Exploris Grade 8

Welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful break! Thank you for all our thoughtful cards and gifts to round out last year. We are thankful for you and our students and look forward to a solid 2022 with them! We are going to kick off Map testing this week as we return to learning. 

It is cold, flu, and COVID season! To help limit the spread of germs and sickness, remember that masking, handwashing, and sanitizing surfaces are still our best means of defense against the spread. 8th grade is fully masked while indoors- the mask should cover both the nose and the mouth. While the omicron and delta variants of Covid-19 are still circulating we are encouraging N(K)95 masks or double masking if you are using cloth. Unless it is raining, 8th graders are eating outdoors to lower the risk of transmission- DRESS FOR THE WEATHER; bring appropriate outerwear to wear outside during lunches.

Make sure you have a working Chromebook or laptop. We must be ready if 8th grade has to go virtual due to Covid; if you do not have a working device that holds a charge please see your crew teacher so we can issue you a Chromebook.

We are starting our second novel. Please remember students need their copy of the novel, Crow, next week! 


High School Corner: Parents please update us if you have new information

WCPSS Base – Directly through the base school’s Student Services

  • Most do not start enrollment in Spring – No action needed now.  Orientations in spring and summer.  We will get you connected to other 8th grade families attending the same base so you can coordinate a session with their student services.

Exploris Support for High School Transition:

Updates from Admin: 

  • Buy your yearbook today at Yearbook at Jostens.
  • Deadline for personal tribute ads for yearbook is Jan. 10th.  ALL families are invited to purchase an ad to honor/thank their scholar, their teachers, etc.  Go to Yearbook at Jostens for the easy process to upload pictures and design your ad! 
  • Dear Exploris Families, our best advertisement is YOU! Please share with your networks and any interested families this information about Exploris’s open houses and lottery: Looking for a free, public k-8 school with a hands-on approach, strong academics, values of social & environmental justice, and firm belief that kids can change the world? Check out ! Applications for the 2022-2023 school year are open! 

Club Updates: 

  • Magic the Gathering Club will continue to meet each Monday at 3:15 in 8S. Please email if you would like to join.
  • Run Club will continue to meet Thursday at 3:15 in 6E.  Please email if you would like to join.
  • The Women’s Center Volunteering Elective is looking for donations! Please check the posters in your grade level room for what you can donate! Donation boxes are located in your grade level room or on the pew by the front door. All donations must be in by Thursday Jan 6th.

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 1/3Teacher Workday
Tuesday 1/4CNN10
Humanities: Read 30, 8A word pics
Expedition: MAP Reading Test
Lunch@Halifax Mall
Wednesday 1/5CNN10
Humanities: Read 30 mins, #8 paragraph
Expedition: MAP Math Test
Lunch @ Morgan Street Food Hall/Working Lunch
Afterschool: Drama Club and Ultimate Frisbee
Thursday 1/6CNN10
Humanities: Read 30 mins
Expedition: MAP Language Test
Lunch @ Moore Square
Afterschool: Run Club
Friday 1/7CNN 10 Quiz
Humanities: Read 30 mins (bring Crow Monday!)
Elective I
Elective II
Next WeekFriday, Jan 14 – FULL PAYMENT toward Outward Bound DUE ($900 total)

Important Dates (Exploris CALENDAR):

Monday, Jan 17 – MLK Holiday

Tuesday, Jan 18 – Flex Day

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 – Friday, April 22 – Outward Bound Trip

Monday, April 18 – Teacher Workday (we will be on Outward Bound)

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

Nikki Kovach – 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!

Josh Corbat – Directors of Resources

Deborah Brown – Middle School Director

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