Science Happenings

Eighth grade students are studying various topics in Earth science. To gain a better understanding of the forces driving the movement of tectonic plates, students simulated the effect of convection currents in the mantle by observing the interaction of hot colored water and cold water. Pieces of paper floating on the top represented the tectonic plates.


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Summer Assignments

Two required books

1. I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb ** Note: this is not the Young Adult edition

2. A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story by Linda Sue Park

In addition: Students are required to read at least one novel of choice and to keep a log of all books read. Students may use their own log or download the attached log. In class, I referred to the eighth grade reading list as a place of suggestions, but this is certainly not a list of requirements. Students are strongly encouraged to visit their local library and browse the titles that have been recommended to their age group by other schools. Additionally, the site is an excellent resource for learning more about newly released titles. I’ve provided a link to their site on book reviews for teens below. During the first week of school, students will need to bring in their book log as well as a copy of one of the books they read independently.

Students were provided with handouts in school that specify their math assignments. You can also follow the link below to access the the math work.

Link to Math Work 

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2016-2017 Supply List

The number of items listed are minimums to start the year. Some supplies may have  to be replenished throughout the year. There will be additional requirements for Exhibition projects and teachers may ask for additional supplies during the year. Label supplies with permanent marker. Bring your supplies on the first day unless indicated otherwise below.


  • 1 calculator- A graphing calculator is preferred for geometry students and will be needed for high school. Most high schools recommend TI 83+ or 84+ because the majority of textbooks are based on them.
  • 1 package of graph paper that is punched for binders.
  • 12” clear plastic ruler marked in both inches and centimeters, clear protractor, and compass (compass should be a good one that tightens well- the plastic ones are generally not great)
  • 2-3 spiral notebooks for homework and notes (lined or graph paper)
  • 1 marble composition book for Common Core math class (those not taking geometry)
  • Several thin dry erase markers for individual white boards (these will belong to each student, not the class)


  • Books- Students are required to own the novels in order to be able to mark up the text. Required books are To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Night by Elie Wiesel, Witness by Karen Hesse.


  • 1 pack each of black or blue pens and red pens
  • Lots of pencils- Only pencils are allowed on all classwork and homework.
  • Eraser pencil tops and/or separate erasers
  • 1 zippered three ring pencil/pen pouch for binder(s)
  • 2 packs of college ruled punched filler paper for binder(s)
  • 2-3 packs of dividers for binders
  • Two 1 ½ -2 inch binders- one will be for math/science and one for humanities (not one giant binder)
  • Assorted magic markers
  • 3 boxes of tissues
  • 1 ream of printer paper for student use for printing that is done in school during the day (additional printer paper and a printer are necessary at home to print homework as necessary)
  • Colored pencils
  • Glue sticks
  • Post-it notes
  • Highlighters
  • Scissors
  • Plastic box or other container to hold extra materials in your cubby
  • Book covers for text books


  • Art- One 8 ½ X 11” sketch book
  • French- French to English dictionary, Larousse Student Dictionary with illustrated vocabulary guide preferred
  • Spanish- a Spanish to English dictionary

EXHIBITION (Leave these supplies at home until asked to bring them to school. Additional supplies may be requested by various teachers before each Exhibition.

  • 2 tri-fold boards
  • 1 white foam core board 20 x 30”
  • 3 rolls of scotch tape that fit on dispensers (for use by the student for their own exhibition project, not the class)


  • An independent reading book must be in school every day.


The school is providing a Chromebook for each 8th grade student. As described in our acceptable use policy, students are able to bring their personal devices as well. If your child is bringing a personal device, we recommend a Chromebook or another device with a physical keyboard as they are better equipped for writing.

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Graduation is Thursday, June 23 at 7:00. The location is Abbott Hall. This event is free and open to the public. Extended family members and friends are welcome to attend.

Students should arrive at Abbott Hall by 6:15.

This moment is bittersweet. We are so proud of the eighth graders and their accomplishments, but are  sad to see them leave.

The team wishes them the best in all their future endeavors!

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DC Trip

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DC Packing List

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Final DC Itinerary

Our departure to DC is quickly approaching! Follow the link in the image below to view the final itinerary for our trip. Specific information about when students should arrive Monday and what they should be bring will be distributed during school.Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 3.31.45 PM


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Engineering Design Day

On Thursday, April 14 the entire school spent the day engaged in the engineering process. The 8th grade worked together to build Trebuchets.
The amount of teamwork as well as the level of engagement and critical thought students put into their project was exemplary.
Ask students about the engineering design process and their work for this day.
And, a special thank you to Dr. P for facilitating!


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What’s Happening in Art, Humanities and Science?

In Art students have begun sketching the concept for their memorials, which are based on research done in Humanities. Over break, ask your child:
– What are the stages of genocide and did you find examples of those stages in your research?
– What is your memorial concept and what symbolism will you use?

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As part of the study of chemistry, eighth grade students studied homogeneous and heterogeneous mixtures. In this experiment students investigated why the slogan for M&M’s is “melt in your mouth not in your hands.” The most common hypothesis was verified as the dye and candy coating dissolved. Ask an eighth grader about the unexpected result. What doesn’t dissolve? What happened to the m&m?

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Eighth Graders in Action

IMG_2695 On January 6, our own George Piepgras was invited by Massbike to testify at the state house about the necessity of bike safety laws. George shared a personal story about a time when he and his father were biking in Boston and his father was almost hit by a bus.
George became involved with the organization, Massbike, while conducting research on bike safety for his investigative journalism project. George has additional plans to hold a bike race with peers in an effort to raise further awareness about the importance of bike safety laws.
Click on the picture to get the full story from Wicked Local Marblehead.

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