Thursday, January 20

Exploris Grade 8

Happy Friday Eve! Happy Snow Day tomorrow. Hopefully, your family can use this long weekend (again!) to rest and have some fun together. Stay well! Students should read through Chapter 6 in Crow and complete their summaries by their return on Monday. We’ve had rich discussions this week on historical events around Wilmington in 1898 all the way through the Voting Rights Act of 1964. 


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 ! 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! 
  • Welcome to Aiesha Riley! Through a partnership with Communities In Schools of Wake County we are pleased to have the Success Coach Program at our school to provide extra support for students by removing barriers to learning. Aiesha will be working with staff and students on both campuses k-8th grade. If your student could benefit from some extra academic and/or social-emotional support this might be a great fit! Your child may be referred through a teacher, a counselor, or a parent. Please check out the resources below for more information. If you have questions or would like to make a referral please email

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.

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 1/24Crew: CNN10, Bridge to Ballot Viewing
Humanities: 9B word pics, Read Chapter 7 in Crow, Quiz on Chapters 4-6
Expedition: Map My Microbes, Week 2, Day 7 Notes, Start Selfie
Expedition: Tipping Points Essay
Lunch @ Nash Park
Tuesday 1/25Crew: CNN10, Finish Bridge to Ballot Viewing
Humanities: #9 Mystery Questions, read chapter 8 in Crow
Expedition: Map My Microbes, Week 2, Day 8 Notes, Work on Drawing
Expedition: Tipping Points
Lunch @ Halifax
Wednesday 1/26Crew: CNN10 – Bridge to Ballot Discussion
Humanities: Read Chapter 9 in Crow, #9 Analogies
Expedition: Joe Holt Speaking 11AM
Lunch @ Morgan Street Food Hall/Working Lunch
Afterschool: Drama Club, and Ultimate Frisbee
Thursday 1/27Crew: CNN10
Humanities: Quiz on Chapters 7-9, Read Chapter 10 in Crow, Study for List #9 Quiz
Expedition: Map my Microbe – Week 2 Notes, Drawing
Expedition: Tipping Points Essay
Science Museum Lesson on Fossils (30 students)
Lunch @ Moore Square
Afterschool: Run Club
Friday 1/28CNN 10 Quiz
Humanities: Read Chapter 11 in Crow, List #9 Quiz
Elective I
Elective II
Next WeekTipping Points and Map My Microbes is DUE!

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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