Grade 8 News – May 31, 2019

Wow – hard to believe….this may be one of the last of my messages you will receive as a parent of an 8th grader!

Product Fair – well this was a new experience for me! Shout out to the grade 8 teachers for all of their hard work to pull this event off after MCAS and before DC! Students were excited to show and sell their products today. The shark tank yesterday was quite interesting, educational and enlightening for all! Shout out to the 8th graders for their efforts and creativity in developing ‘products’ and ‘marketing’ approaches!

D.C. – If your 8th grader will be attending the trip next week, please plan to be at school prior to 5:30 a.m. as the bus will be pulling out at 6:00 a.m. sharp. If you signed up to bring a case of water, please drop that off on Monday with your 8th grader.

If your 8th grader is not attending the DC trip, they are still expected to attend school. Ms. Mitchell and Ms. Keesee have worked very hard to come up with an educational and enjoyable week! The students will be taking two very different field trips and will explore a number of other experiences back at school. This week is intentionally not as rigorous as a typical week at school, it is meant to be educational, but lighter as an enjoyable alternative to the DC trip.

Graduation – We have endeavored to give out tickets as equitably as we could, unfortunately we could not accommodate every request for a seat and there will be NO standing in the PAC. If you have any tickets that you do not want, please send them back in to school asap so others on the waitlist might make use of them. We have actually given out at least 185 more tickets than last year, since we have decided to seat the graduates on the stage. Doors will open at 6:00pm and the ceremony procession will begin at 6:30pm. Please have your 8th grader dress appropriately for this special event, as it is really a transition from the past 9 years of school into young adulthood! No sneakers or shorts would be preferable. That said, students do not need to go out and purchase ‘fancy’ attire.

8th Grade Graduation Party – In keeping with tradition, after the graduation ceremony on June 11th, parent volunteers will be organizing a party to celebrate the occasion at the Groton Country Club from 8:30-11:00 pm.  There will be a DJ, Kona Ice Truck, a candy station and a photo booth to capture middle school memories before heading off to high school. The cost is $20 per child. Please PayPal at paypal.me/CarolynSouthwickor send in your check payment made out to Carolyn Southwick. Please include your child’s name on the envelope if paying by check.  Checks can be dropped off at the MS North office.   RSVP for your child by June 7th at https://www.signupgenius. com/go/10C0445A4A622A64- 8thgrade2 This is a non-school event and the organizers will need your help!  Please follow this link to volunteer VOLUNTEERS

***Graduation Eligibility If your 8th grader falls into any of these situations, they may find themselves not eligible to participate in the Graduation Ceremony and/or Party: 1. Ending the year with 2 or more ‘F’ grades; 2. Owing library books; 3. Owing lost textbooks; 4. Owing money in the cafeteria. This week, members of the crack office staff will work to identify which is any 8th graders may fall into this situation, they will send parents an email by Thursday. 

Enjoy your weekend,

Kathi McCollumn