MGM 8th Grade House News

September 21, 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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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 -

MGM Serves first Responders

The CREW lessons scheduled for last week centered around the history of 9/11 and how we can honor our local first responders. As a leadership group, we decided to continue with these lessons as the timing of it will be a very authentic way to show our students how important first responders are to us and that we appreciate them.

As a component of these lessons and with the help of some first responders, we have compiled a list of useful supplies for the first responders in our community. This will be one of our service projects for this year to give back to the people that are so helpful during a time of crisis.

Click the supply list to see the suggested items. Please note that your contribution is not limited to the items on this list. This list is simply suggestions that will help first responders complete their jobs to the best of their ability. If you and your student can contribute have your student bring the items in to his/her CREW leader. We will be in CREW everyday the rest of this week as well as next week. These items will be distributed to 12 different local first responder groups in our community including law enforcement, EMTs/paramedics, and fire fighters.

Donations are being collected until October 1, 2018. Thank you.

8th Grade Trip - New York and Philadelphia

Hello everyone,

I wanted to reach out one last time to invite you and your child on our Philadelphia and New York City 2019 tour. Some parents had asked for a reminder of the final deadline, so I’m sending this as a courtesy.

Our final deadline to sign up at this price will be October 1st, 2018. Prices increase after this date so we’re officially closing our enrollment window on the 30th. I expect all spots on tour to be filled by the deadline.

I would love for you to join us on this unforgettable experience! Visit our tour website below to enroll on the trip: or call EF Explore America at 1-888-333-9756.

Please let me know if you have any questions!


Janet Dorneker

MGM Counseling Department - Follow us on Twitter: @mgmcounseling


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Basketball Pre-season Workouts

Basketball pre-season workouts for boys & girls will begin next Monday Sept. 10th from 5:45 to 6:45

This is for 7th and 8th graders only! In order for you to participate you need to hand in an updated physical to Coach Cobb. Updated physicals must be dated April 1st or after, NO EXCEPTIONS. Physical packets are located in the front office. See Coach Cobb for a copy of the workouts or any other questions. IF YOU ARE IN SEASON YOU MAY NOT PARTICIPATE UNTIL AFTER YOUR SPORT IS OVER.

Encore News

Honors Art classes will be going to Biltmore Estates on Friday, September 28.

We will leave MGM by 6:30 and should be back between 5 & 5:30.

Friday Sept 21st is the last day to order a yearbook at the reduced price of $55 and to receive 4 free icons with the purchase of personalization. Don't miss out on your opportunity to save! Visit


ELA: End of Unit Summative Thursday (9/27)

ENGLISH I: Essay due Thursday (9/27)

PRE-ALGEBRA: Thursday, 9/27 Quiz on Solving Linear Equations

ALGEBRA I: Tuesday, 9/25 Quiz on 3.1-3.4

GEOMETRY: Unit 1 Summative Assessment on Monday (9/24)


SOCIAL STUDIES: Unit 1-3 Gaining Rights Take Home Quiz is due by 8:05 AM on Monday (given to students on Thursday 9/20)

WORLD LANGUAGES: Please click on the link to view assessments.

Thank you for sharing your children with us each day! We look forward to a great school year!