Posted by: aoifelove | January 7, 2017

The Science Fair!

Dear Eighth Grade Parents and Students,

Last week in literature, my Eighth Graders did not read Elie Wiesel’s acceptance speech for his Nobel Prize for Peace, as planned, due to absenteeism. Therefore, they will read Wiesel’s speech on Monday.  Then, they will watch the interview he had with Oprah Winfrey.  In place of literature last week, my Eighth Graders read Part I of “The Lady of Shalott” by Alfred Lord Tennyson.  They also worked on their punctuation/editing workbooks, we discussed their finals and the expectations for them, and we reviewed the definition of Interjections.  They continued to work on their Career Projects, and completed the first page of a job application, which they will finish in class this week.

This week in literature, my Eighth Graders will analyze Night by Elie Wiesel, and engage in discussions regarding the Holocaust.  Then, they will read Part II and Part III of “The Lady of Shalott.”  Following that, they will complete a college application for the Career Project.   In addition to this, they will prepare for the next Literary Terms Test and Final Examinations.  I will distribute a detailed guideline for the Final Examinations, which will refresh and remind my students of their former studies, during this school year to date.

Last week in Drama Class, we blocked Scenes 2 and 3 of Shakespeare’s, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  This week, we will work on blocking two or three more scenes for our performance.

The homework for this week is as follows:

  • Career 3 is due on Monday, January 9.
  • Spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 8 in Wordly Wise, on Friday.
  • The next six SAT words for Friday.
  • Complete all the exercises in Lesson 8 of Wordly Wise for Friday.
  • Complete the CROSSWORD at the back of Lesson 8.
  • Please work on your three “Career Interviews.”


  • On Friday, January 6, I sent home large envelopes of tests and written work to date, from my Eighth Graders’ files. Please sign the envelope, to assure me that you have received the work, and return the empty envelope to me, on Monday, January 9. MANY THANKS!
  • The Annual Science Fair, will be held on Tuesday, January 10, from 1:15p.m. to 2:45p.m., in the Science Lab and Performing Arts room.  We look forward to seeing you!
  • The First Friday Assembly is scheduled for Friday, January 13.  All are welcome to attend.
  • Monday, January 16, we will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day.  Therefore, no school.
  • Finals will be given from Wednesday, January 25 to Friday, January 27 (a change in the dates).
  • ECDS will host an Open House on Sunday, January 29, from 1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.  We hope that you will attend.

The child, in fact, once he feels sure of himself, will no longer seek approval of authority at every step. ~ Maria Montessori

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a grand week ahead.


Miss Susan 🙂