Eighth Grade Newsletter

April 7, 2014

Dear Parents,

We hope you had a fun and relaxing Spring Break and were able to enjoy time together as a family. Please let us know if you didn't receive a report card in the mail.

Due to the excessive number of snow days this winter, the last day of school will now be Friday, June 6.


We are beginning a "Race to Washington DC" where students complete a variety of activities that will enhance their skills in English and their knowledge about Washington DC. You can see the complete list of activities in iTunes U.

Race to Washington iTunes U Course

Most of the materials are available on their iPads, but some will have to be used in my room. Students are always welcome before school, during lunch, and after school if they need more time to complete an assignment.

Presidents: Race to Washington

Social Studies

Please keep checking your teacher's Edmodo class page for more details.


Please check Edmodo for updates. Thanks for all of the support!


Please check Edmodo for updates.


Middle school track practice begins after Spring Break. Students will need to have a current physical on file to participate. Physical forms are available in the office.

ACT Aspire Testing

Eighth graders will take the ACT Aspire test on Friday, April 11 and Monday, April 14.

Click here to visit the testing website for more information.

Washington DC Trip

Students who are interested in participating in the wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery should write an essay explaining why they would like to honor those who served in the military. Essays are due Monday, April 14 and should be typed. A staff committee will choose four students based on their essays as well as citizenship throughout the year.

Our Washington DC hotel will be the Doubletree at Silver Spring, Maryland. We have stayed there the past two years and really like it. There is a pool and students will be allowed to go swimming if time permits.

Doubletree Silver Spring

You are welcome to turn in Oleson's slips for your younger students or donate them to our scholarship fund. Checks for spending money will be distributed at the parent meeting May 1.

There is an iBook about the trip that students have in their iTunes U course. Please take some time to look through the book with your student.

Mark your calendars for an important parent meeting regarding the trip on Thursday, May 1. This is a change due to a conflict with the spring band concert.


Click here to register for the Washington DC trip or check your account.

About Us

As always, please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions.


The Eighth Grade Team