MGM 8th Grade House News

November 16, 2018


Welcome to 8th Grade! Please read below for house news, upcoming assessments, and 8th-grade house highlights. These newsletters will be emailed every Friday.

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We enjoyed celebrating our MGM community veterans this morning. THANK YOU to all who have and are serving our country. Our program this morning was student led and had students from all three grades participating. We were humbled by your presence and we are so very grateful for your service.

MGM Jr. Beta Club Induction Ceremony

Congratulations to the newly inducted Beta Club Members. We are very proud of you.

IF YOUR STUDENT WAS UNABLE TO MAKE IT TO THIS MOST RECENT CEREMONY, the next induction will be held on Thursday, January 10th at 6pm in the MGM Theatre.

If you have questions, please reach out to

Take a Stand Expedition

Our expedition in 8th grade, Take a Stand, has officially begun with our kick off - a flash mob led by our 8th-grade teachers, the viewing and debriefing of the movie, Hidden Figures, and a morning of community experts. Our students will be asked to Take a Stand and bring about action to an individual passion. We are very proud of the work that has taken place thus far. Our students will explore two guiding questions throughout the next couple of months. They are:

1. Why take a stand?

2. How do I, others, and organizations take a stand?

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See upcoming PTO dates:

Nov 20- Swamp Fest - Sign up to Volunteer: Swamp Fest Sign Up (Concessions will be available for purchase for $1.00 each - cash only)

Nov 21-23 - Thanksgiving Break - SAVE YOUR BOX TOPS!!!

Nov 26 - Christmas Tree and Wreath pick up - 12pm to 8pm

* Ongoing - keep saving your used ink and toner cartridges

Dec 5 - Collaborative Planning Day - Dismiss at 12:40

Dec 7 - Krispy Kreme car line sale 7am

Dec 7 - PTO Meeting 8am (following car line sale)

Dec 11 - Pelican's Snoballs & Box Tops Collection during lunches

Dec 12 - Pelican's Snoballs & Box Tops Collection during lunches

Dec 13 - Merchandise Sale during lunches

Dec 14- Merchandise sale during lunches

Dec 21- Half Day

Dec 24 - Jan 4 - Winter Break

Encore News

Monday, November 19th is the MGM Music Fundraiser pick up from 2:00-5:00 pm in the band room. Please pick up your items as we have no way of storing them!


ELA: Students are currently reading independent books of their choice, ask your child about their book.

ENGLISH I: One Pager is due on Tuesday, November 20


ALGEBRA I: Test next Tuesday on 5.5-5.7 and 11.6 (Standard Form, Parallel & Perpendicular Lines, Scatterplots & Trend Lines, and Inverse Variation)




WORLD LANGUAGES: Please click on the link to view assessments.

Teacher Contact Information

Please contact your child's teacher if you have any questions or concerns.


Dr Bill Coon -

Dr. Kyle Meetze -


Alisa Long-

House Leader

Ashley Holmes

8th Grade Core Teachers

Please see the attached information for 8th grade core teachers. Each content area also provided tips for success in these classes.

Encore Teachers

Drama - Rachel Cooper -

Orchestra - Jennifer Mann -

Dance - Megan Viazanko-

Dance - Kara Corley -

Band - Melanie Winn-

Art - June Collins -

Art - Beth Maddox -

Chorus - Augie Gil-

STEM - Cliff Roberts -

ICIVICS - Melody Shafer -

Outdoor Ed - Phillip Thomas -

Outdoor Ed - Stephen Harmon -

Outdoor Ed- Abby Chisholm -

PE - Candice Cobb -

PE - Ben Anderson-

Digital Design - Ryan Panter -

Supplemental Math - Ann Bennett -

Academic Seminar LA - Susan Myrick -

Math RTI - Trisha Hamilton -

ELA RTI - Rayna Kleckley -

Academic Seminar LA - Jennifer Williams -

World Language

Latin - Jessica Stolebarger -

French - Dr. Todd Spaulding -

French - Erin Hamner -

French - Cheikh Fall -

French - Catherine Pontens-Alemu -

Chinese - Na Zhang -

Chinese - Susan Wang -

Chinese-Natalie Lukity -

Spanish - Samantha Simmons -

Spanish - Valentina Salomon

Spanish - Hilda Duarte -

Spanish - Filder Segura -

Thank you for sharing your children with us each day! We look forward to a great school year!