Eighth Grade Newsletter

March 22, 2015

Dear Parents:

Remember that there is no school Friday, March 27. School resumes Tuesday, April 7.

Happy Spring Break!

Spelling Bee

CMS was represented by eighth graders Nathan Herriman and Sophia Thompson in the Regional Spelling Bee Sunday in Traverse City. Congratulations to Sophia, who won the bee after 48 rounds. Sophia will now compete in the National Spelling Bee in Washington DC at the end of May.
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Social Studies

This week students are concluding their studies of Chapter 13 about Manifest Destiny.

Fourth Hour Exploratory Classes

We are so excited to add some great new exploratory classes for the final marking period! Students will rotate through the classes every two weeks.

Boater Safety: (Mr. Block) Students will learn the fundamentals needed to take the Boater Safety Certification Test.

Yearbook: (Mrs. Bamberg) Students will choose pictures and layouts to complete the middle school yearbook.

Language Exploratory: (Mr. Hawkins) Students will learn basic phrases in several different languages, compare the languages, and study the cultures of the countries.

Techsploration: (Mrs. Garver) Students will choose a project that will help them learn basic coding skills using materials provided through a grant from the Charlevoix Schools Foundation.

Second Hour Specials

Fourth marking period begins Monday! Students will either be in Tech, Art, or PE, depending on what they chose.

Washington DC Registration

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. Our trip ID number is 105608.

We have already reserved hotel rooms and purchased event tickets, so your student will be placed on a wait list until we determine whether there is space available to add students. I would hate to turn people away, so please let me know if you plan to register your student and I will alert our reservationist.


This year's chaperones will be: Mrs. Garver, Mrs. Carson, Mrs. Baten, Mr. Hawkins, Mr. Hopkins, and Mr. Solomon. If we have more students register, we may need to add another chaperone.

Itinerary Updates

We are excited to have the opportunity for our students to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery. We will have an essay contest in April to determine which students will have that honor.

Other scheduled events include: a dinner cruise on the Potomac River, Mt. Vernon, the National Cathedral, the Newseum, the Air and Space Museum, and of course all the monuments and memorials. We are waiting to hear about a few more appointments and will let you know as they come in.

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.


I will have one last payment sent to Worldstrides at Spring Break. Any overpayments or monies still in a student's account will be issued to the student for spending money.

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.