Dear 8th Grade Families,

Can you believe we are already halfway through first semester? Next week marks the close of the midsemester reporting term, and our first conferences will be held just two weeks after. I hope that you have scheduled your conference, but if you have not, please be sure to access the parent/teacher conference sign-up form via your parent portal on Veracross. Let your child’s advisor know if you have a conflict or need to reschedule for any reason. If you have trouble accessing the sign-up form, please contact Kim Drooks.

As time quickly marches on, we have had to start preparing our 8th graders for their transition to upper school. At the end of September, a few upper school students came to speak to the 8th graders about the experiences they will have next year. It was an exciting time for our students to get a peek in the lives of 9th and 10th graders, and they had an opportunity to ask questions directly to those upper school students as well as to Peter Bogue, Head of Upper School. You would be amazed at what concerns your student may have (anything from, “Where will I be picked up during carpool?” to “What electives can I take?”). The upper school students also invited the 8th graders to come up and shadow them for a day or half day, which is an opportunity many of our students are already taking advantage of. It is a wonderful time of exploration, and gives them a sense of excitement and ease as they think toward next year. They are welcome to still sign up for this opportunity by contacting Chris Cox.

8th transition


For many of our 8th graders, being on stage at whole-school, Jones Theater meetings is an anxiety-inducing task. I want to give a shout out to the students in Mr. Hutchings’ advisory who gave a presentation on the importance of October as Hispanic heritage awareness month. They did a phenomenal job!


Finally, we have had a blast this week showing our spirit as we anticipate the big Homecoming game tonight (Friday, October 16). I have loved seeing all the costumes and outfits each morning. What creative kids you have!

Spirit Week

Looking ahead, our 8th graders have quite a bit coming up in the next few weeks, including our trip to Washington (November 2-4) and the dance on Friday, November 6. If you were unable to make it to the trip meeting in September, please let me know and I will get you an informational handout. Also, the dance will end at 10pm for 8th graders on November 6. They get an hour to themselves after the 6th and 7th graders leave at 9.

One last reminder, the Middle School is hosting a Mix-it-Up Family Event on Tuesday, October 27 from 5:30-7:00pm on the campus green and in the middle school building. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy camaraderie and activities with members of the Ms community and their families. Dessert will be provided. Tour the Middle School and see updates and examples of student work. This is a no homework night for Middle School students so families can enjoy this time together. Here is the RSVP.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Sarah Baker

A note from our Grade Level Representatives…

Calling all 8th graders!  Come enjoy an evening of fun with your classmates at our Spirit Night at Sky Zone on Wednesday, October 21 from 7-9pm! Fun, trampolines, dodgeball and a DJ!  

Prices are:

  • 30 minutes: $10
  • 60 minutes: $14
  • 90 minutes: $18
  • 120 minutes: $22

$3 of each ticket sold will be donated back to the class to help pay for our 8th grade graduation party.  In order for the money to be donated, the kids MUST WEAR RAVENS GEAR!

Everyone who wants to participate must have a signed waiver on file at Sky Zone.  Here is the link to the online waiver. 

Sky Zone is located at 2101 Westinghouse Blvd., Raleigh 27604.  Can’t wait to see you there!  Siblings of 8th graders welcome to come, too!



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