Dear 8th Grade Families,

“The Shadow’s Veil” by Bea Holdstock ’22

Congratulations are in order for two of our eighth graders: Davis Anderson won the school round of the National Geographic Geography Bee last week, and Bea Holdstock earned the Silver Key for her submission to the 2018 Scholastic Art Awards. Davis will complete a written exam to find out if she is able to proceed to the state level of the Geo Bee. Bea’s artwork will be on display at the Scholastic Art Show at Barton College in Wilson, NC from January 28 through February 22. Way to go, Davis and Bea!

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s important work, the eighth grade spent Friday, January 12 in a morning of service. Students served at various places around Raleigh: InterFaith Food Shuttle, Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC, Learning Together, and Blue Jay Point. I am always so proud of how our students represent themselves when we are off campus. They are becoming quite the “Ravens in Action”!

The Ravens in Action Forum will be held on Friday, March 30 in the LTC. Please see the formal invitation here. At this point, students have completed their research, and they should now be focused on their action plans. From now until the Forum, they should find some way to serve locally in connection with their topics. There is no specific hour requirement, and students can “count” the service that they’ve done through school and/or other groups if it fits with their topics. Students can also be creative and serve in a way that simply brings awareness to their topics, but we do not allow fundraising and/or donation collection specifically for this project on campus. Students may see their advisors, Mr. Phillips, or me for further clarification.

The next 8th grade pizza lunch and dress down day will take place on Friday, February 2. Parents can participate by supplying fruit, veggies and dessert, or by helping to set up, serve and clean up. Please see the SignUpGenius for volunteer options. The school supplies the following types of pizza: cheese, pepperoni, gluten free and non-dairy/vegan. If your child has an allergy or dietary restriction that requires a different accommodation, please notify Michelle O’Donnell or Julie McGinnis.

Students will be participating in their second The Social Institute workshop of the year, titled “Use Your Mic for Good”, on Thursday, February 8. This workshop will be facilitated by Wes Brown, Sarah Loyola, and Kendra Varnell, and it will be held during your child’s language arts class. Students will gain the tools and empowerment needed in order to use their presence on social media in a positive way, both as an individual and a collective community. In this lesson, students will go through a series of “social sprints” that encourage eighth graders to reflect on how they have the ability to advocate for causes for which they feel strongly. Additionally, students will review and discuss several real-life social campaigns that have gone viral. There will be a follow-up to this workshop during advisory on Tuesday, February 13. You are also encouraged to sign-up for the Social Locker Room, a one of a kind resource to assist parents in helping their children win the game of social media. Refer to the email sent from Jason Ramsden on October 3 for a discount code and instructions to subscribe.

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Thursday, January 25: Parent Conferences (students expected to attend)
  • Tuesday, January 30: Part one of the WrAP test administered, 8:40 a.m. – 10:05 a.m., Library Technology Center
  • Wednesday, January 31: Part two of the WrAP test administered, 8:40 a.m. – 10:05 a.m., Library Technology Center
  • Friday, February 2: 8th grade pizza lunch and dress down
  • Friday, February 2: Middle School Dance, 7:00 p.m. – 10 p.m. (9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. is for 8th graders only)
  • Thursday, February 8: Social Institute workshop in language arts classes
  • February 19 – 23: Winter Break
  • Friday, March 30: Ravens in Action Forum

Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns. Have a wonderful week!

Sarah Baker

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