MGM 8th Grade House News

December 7, 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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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?

Musical Theatre Production of Guys and Dolls Jr

Congratulations to our Musical Theatre students and teachers. What an amazing performance on Thursday and Friday nights. You guys were fantastic. What an honor to watch such talent. We are so proud of all of you.

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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

Yearbook Recognition Ad for 8th Grade

Please see attached form regarding 8th Grade Recognition Ads

Be a Fan of Special Olympics - Pie Mrs. Bray

Help buy Special Olympics t-shirts. Bring your money next week during lunch. The grade that raises the most money will get to pie Mrs. Bray. See our Be A Fan Flyer for more details.
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Book Club December 11th 3:30-4:30

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Relay for Life - Fill a Water Bottle

Did you know that a water bottle filled with dimes equals about $100?

Can you imagine the impact we could have as a school if EVERY CREW could fill a water bottle for Relay for Life?

Bring your dimes to CREW and fill up a water bottle for Relay for Life.

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Save the Date - 9th Grade Course Selection

Save the Date!

Rising 9th Grade Course Selection Night @ MGM

Tuesday, January 15. 2019 @ 6:00 pm

Encore News

Week of Dec 10

Art: All students are continuing to work on gridded Portraits

8th grade - Please read through the 8th grade yearbook ads. They are due in Jan. Online submission is preferred.

House Happenings

Social Studies students are working through the final preparations for the debates. They are practicing their roles in class and will "scrimmage" against teams Monday before their summative debates on Tuesday-Thursday next week. Exciting work from our students as they connect to our Take a Stand Expedition.


ELA: Check Schoology for updates

ENGLISH I: Check Schoology for updates

PRE-ALGEBRA: Writing Equations Quiz on Friday, 12/14

ALGEBRA I: 6.4- 6.5 Quiz on Thursday, 12/13

GEOMETRY: Check Schoology for updates

SCIENCE : Constellation projects (models and research paper) due Monday at the end of class. (Duggan, Dyar and Tesh)

SOCIAL STUDIES: Take A Stand Summative Debates are Tuesday 12/11, Wednesday 12/12, and Thursday 12/13.

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!