Eighth Grade Newsletter

March 8, 2015

Dear Parents:

We hope you remembered to "spring ahead" this weekend!

Watch for progress reports that were mailed home last week.

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To : Parents of 7th & 8th grade band students:

4 students will be traveling to Bellaire on Wednesday, Mar. 11, to represent our band in the District II Honor Band! They will rehearse all day and play a concert in the evening at 7:00 P.M. The concert will be open to the public and Mr. Stutzman will be available to bring students back if parents are not able to attend! Our students will be transported by Mr. Stutzman and they should wear Rayder Gear during the day and dress in their concert uniform at night! We will be hosting the 2nd annual Charlevoix County wide middle school massed band on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Bands will attend from East Jordan, Ellsworth, Boyne City, and Charlevoix! There will be over 150 middle school students on stage and they will be working with Dr. Tim Topolewski who will direct the groups! Each band will play one or two numbers and Dr. Tim will clinic them …. the individual performances will be followed by the bands meeting in mass and rehearsing numbers that have been pre arranged by the directors!

Jr. High Solo & Ensemble will be held on Saturday April 11, 2015 …. students are rehearsing their music and will be ready to perform in Boyne City on the Saturday following our return from Spring Break!

Our spring concert will be held on Monday, May 18, 2015 at 7:00 P.M. We would like to organize a band parent group that would form prior to this concert and begin making plans to welcome the new band director that will be hired prior to the end of the school year. I am planning to work with the new director and help mentor them into their position and be available to work side by side during the fall of next year!

Mr. Stutzman

231 675-4800


The dance has been re-scheduled for Thursday, March 12, 6-8 PM. If you have any questions or are able to chaperone or provide snacks, please contact Mrs. Rice or Mrs. Erskine.

Study Lab

We have a study lab available in the media center after school Monday-Thursday until 4 PM for students who need extra help. We can assist with transportation if needed.

Washington DC Registration

The all-inclusive price of the trip is $999 and the deposit is $99. You can register by calling 1-800-468-5899. Because we are getting so close to our departure date, you can no longer register online. Your student will be placed on a waiting list until we determine that we can secure hotel accommodations.

I have asked the students about their roommate preferences and started to form groups. The difficulty is that several students told me they plan to register for the trip but haven't done so yet. If you plan to register your child for the trip, please let me know as soon as possible so I can plan accordingly.

Our trip ID number is 105608.

Oleson's Slips

The next set of Oleson's slips will be sent in on Thursday, March 26. Please remember to bundle the slips in groups of 10 and attach an adding machine tape with a running total. Make sure slips are clearly labeled with your child's name.


Payments will be made directly to Worldstrides for anyone who has money held in the school account. I will send you a note or give you a call to let you know when the payment has been sent and the amount of the payment. You should have received a letter last week if a payment was made or if you have funds in your account.

Your final payment was due to Worldstrides February 19. If you need to extend your payment plan, it is important that you contact Worldstrides directly. Please keep in mind that you may have to pay late fees if you have a balance due after the due date.

Sports Calendar

Track will start after Spring Break. Students must have a current physical on file to participate.

Thank you

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