Friday, January 14

Exploris Grade 8

Happy Friday! We made it through the week. Thank you for being so vigilant about monitoring symptoms and jumping through hoops to get students tested. We appreciate it and are ALL looking forward to a long weekend. Stay healthy and keep us updated on illnesses, quarantines, and test results. We are truly hopeful this Omicron wave is moving us towards a more “normal” spring. Despite it all, we had a very productive week! Students kicked off their Map my Microbes projects, started reading Crow, and started their Tipping Points project, with work in Expedition and Crew, looking at major events in the Civil Rights movements and other important times of change in our country. Feel free to ask your child what they think the most important tipping point in recent history was!

Crow: We have started our novel Crow; remind your student to bring it home each day! They should be reading one chapter each night. It’s about the coup d’etat in Wilmington in 1898. If you’d like to follow along, check out Wilmington’s Lie

Tuesday, January 18 is an asynchronous flex day. Students are working from home on the following assignments. We will be back at school on Wednesday, January 19. 

  • Crew: Watch CNN10
  • Humanities: 9A word pics, read chapter 3 in Crow, do your Chapter 3 Netflix style summary
  • Math: See Google Classroom
  • Expedition: Map My Microbes – Make sure your Week 1 notes are complete through Day 4. 
  • Expedition: Tipping Points – Complete your timeline, if you were absent Friday
  • Global Arts: See Google Classroom for those assignments

Covid Testing Update: We have been seeing slowdowns in getting our test results back. As our partner, Mako Medical, tweaks its intake process to accommodate the influx of COVID testing sites it services, you may want to seek out other community testing sites if you are in need of a quick turnaround. It is taking the on-site testing program 2-4 days to process.  We hope this wait time decreases back to the 18-24 hour turnaround we were experiencing prior to the Winter Break. 

OUTWARD BOUND: 

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.
  • 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 www.Exploris.org ! Applications for the 2022-2023 school year are open! 
  • If you have a student in our aftercare program, please pack an extra snack or two for them to have in the late afternoon! We do provide snacks for students who qualify for free and reduced priced lunches We also WELCOME donations of snacks to help all our kids make it through the longer day! 

Club Updates: 

  • Magic the Gathering Club will continue to meet each Monday at 3:15 in 8S. Please email kelly@exploris.org if you would like to join.
  • Run Club will continue to meet Thursday at 3:15 in 6E.  Please email kelly@exploris.org if you would like to join.

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:

THIS WEEK

Monday 1/17MLK Holiday
Tuesday 1/18Flex Day – Asynchronous Work
Crew: Watch CNN10
Humanities: 9A word pics, read chapter 3 in Crow, do your Chapter 3 Netflix style summary
Math: See Google Classroom
Expedition: Map My Microbes – Make sure your Week 1 notes are complete through Day 4. 
Expedition: Tipping Points – Complete your timeline, if you were absent Friday
Global Arts: See Google Classroom for those assignments
Wednesday 1/19CNN10
Humanities: Read Chapter 4 in Crow, #9 paragraph, Quiz on Chapters 1-3
Expedition: Map My Microbe – Finalize Week 1 Notes
Expedition: Tipping Points Essay
Lunch @ Morgan Street Food Hall/Working Lunch
Afterschool: Drama Club, and Ultimate Frisbee
Thursday 1/20CNN10
Humanities: Read Chapter 5 in Crow
Expedition: Map my Microbe – Week 2 Notes
Expedition: Tipping Points Essay
Lunch @ Moore Square
Afterschool: Run Club
Friday 1/21CNN 10 Quiz
Humanities: Read Chapter 6 in Crow (Quiz on Monday)
Elective I
Elective II
Next WeekWednesday, January 26 – Joe Holt Speaking 11AM
Thursday, January 27 – Fossil Lesson with Science Museum (30 students)

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, Jfrancese@exploris.org

Cori Greer-Banks, cori@exploris.org

Paula Mancini, pmancini@exploris.org

Adrian Findlay, adrian@exploris.org

Kelly Fauth, kfauth@exploris.org

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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