MGM 8th Grade House News

November 30, 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

Join MGM Musical Theatre 7th and 8th grade casts for a dice rolling good time this week as they present the musical "Guys and Dolls JR." See what Nathan, Adelaide, Sky and Sarah and the amazing cast are up to as they try travel from the heart of Times Square to Havana and back.

8th grade cast performs on Thursday and Friday night at 6:30pm and 7th grade roars to the stage on Saturday at 4pm and 6:30pm. Tickets are available at the door for $7 and kids under 5 are free.

See you there!

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See upcoming PTO dates:

* 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

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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

Don't forget your 2018-2019 yearbook! The price will go up soon. Please go to to order yours today.

Week of Dec 3rd

8th grade iCivics-summative on Elections, Monday 12/3

7th grade iCivics-summative on Elections, Friday 12/7


ELA: Check Schoology for updates

ENGLISH I: Check Schoology for updates

PRE-ALGEBRA: Slope-intercept form quiz on Tuesday

ALGEBRA I: 6.1-6.3 quiz on Friday

Case Study Due (Summative Grade)-Friday

GEOMETRY: Triangle Theorems Quiz on Monday

Triangle Mid-Chapter Assessment on Thursday

SCIENCE : Test Tuesday (Space Tools and Technology, Universe and Galaxies, StarsO

SOCIAL STUDIES: Research for Take A Stand Debate is due at the end of class on Tuesday 12/4 (Formative Grade)

Take A Stand Debates (Summative Grade) 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!