Friday, January 7

Exploris Grade 8

Happy Friday! We had a busy week getting back into the groove of things and MAP testing. 

We are starting our second novel next week. Please remember students need their copy of the novel Crow next week and remind your student to bring it home each day! They should be reading one chapter each night, beginning Wednesday. It’s about the coup d’etat in Wilmington in 1898. If you’d like to follow along, check out Wilmington’s Lie


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.

Opportunity for Summer Camp for rising 9th graders at NC School of Science and Math for students of color!

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 MONDAY!  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 1/10CNN 10
Humanities: Read 30, 8B word pics
Expedition: Map My Microbe
Expedition: Tipping Points
Lunch @ Nash
Tuesday 1/11CNN10
Humanities: Read 30, #8 Mystery Questions
Expedition: Map My Microbe
Expedition: Tipping Points
Lunch@Halifax Mall
Wednesday 1/12CNN10
Humanities: Read Chapter 1 in Crow, #8 analogies
Expedition: Map My Microbe
Expedition: Tipping Points
Lunch @ Morgan Street Food Hall/Working Lunch
Afterschool: Drama Club and Ultimate Frisbee
Thursday 1/13CNN10
Humanities: Read Chapter 2 in Crow, Study for #8 Quiz
Expedition: Map my Microbe
Expedition: Tipping Points
Lunch @ Moore Square
Afterschool: Run Club
Friday 1/14FULL PAYMENT toward Outward Bound or Scholarship Application DUE ($900)
CNN 10 Quiz
Humanities: Read Chapter 3 in Crow (Quiz on Monday)
Elective I
Elective II
Next WeekMonday, Jan 17 – MLK Holiday
Tuesday, Jan 18 – Flex Day – Students will have asynchronous work to complete that day
Thursday, January 20 – OB Parent Meeting 6PM Zoom Link

Important Dates (Exploris CALENDAR):

Friday, February 18 – Teacher Workday

Monday, Feb 21 – Teacher Workday – Portfolio Conferences

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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