Posted by: aoifelove | January 15, 2017

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dear Eighth Grade Parents and Students,

Tomorrow, I hope you all will enjoy your day off  school, in honor of Martin Luther King, Junior.   He was a remarkable man, who did much for Civil Liberties, in this great country.

CONGRATULATIONS to all our Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Graders, who did a WONDERFUL JOB on their SCIENCE FAIR PROJECTS.  I was impressed with your topics, your work, and your excellent presentations.  WELL DONE!  GREAT JOB, Miss Lida! 🙂

Last week in literature, my Eighth Graders read Elie Wiesel’s acceptance speech for his Nobel Prize for Peace.  Then, we discussed it’s clear messages to the world.  We were blocked from You Tube on the laptops, therefore, I assigned for homework, the documentary of Elie Wiesel’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.  My Eighth Graders presented their notes from the documentary to the class.  We are waiting for our books to arrive from Amazon.  Hence, my Eighth Graders read Parts II and III of “The Lady of Shalott” by Alfred Lord Tennyson.  They also worked on their punctuation/editing workbooks.  In addition to this, they continued to work on their Career Projects.  They completed a job application, and began research on their “Dream Homes.”

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 IV of “The Lady of Shalott,” and we will discuss its meaning.  Following that, they will complete a college application for the Career Project.   In addition to this, they will prepare for the Final Examinations. There will be a  Literary Terms Test, on Friday, January 20, therefore, I will defer Wordly Wise homework, until after the Final Examinations.

Last week in Drama Class, we blocked Scenes 3 and 4 of Shakespeare’s, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  This week, we will work on blocking two more scenes for our performance.

The homework for this week is as follows:

  • Study for the Literary Terms Test, on Friday, January 20.
  • Begin your study for the Final Examinations.
  • Write which career choice suits you best and why.  A minimum of a half-page, in MLA style, please.
  • Finish your “Dream House”research.
  • Please work on your three “Career Interviews.” These interviews will finish the Career Project.


  • The First Friday Assembly was rescheduled for Tuesday, January 17, due to the rain.  All are welcome to attend.
  • 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 time is always right to do what is right. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

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


Miss Susan 🙂