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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Have a Wonderful Vacation

Thank youThank you for the generous holiday gift. We wish everyone a relaxing vacation and a wonderful start to the new year.
Sincerely, The Eighth Grade Team

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Distinction in the Essential Habits

Congratulations to 8th Graders Brooke, Liz, Tyler and Will for demonstrating our Essential Habits of Leadership, Problem Solving, Perseverance and Perseverance with distinction. We’re proud of you and all your hard work!

Photo courtesy of Michael Condon

Photo courtesy of Michael Condon

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Observations in Science

Convection currents (2)Students conducted an experiment to observe the movements of convection currents to better understand the convection currents in the earth’s mantle and how they affect the movements of the tectonic plates.



How does investigating a cupcake relate to chemistry and earth science? Students received a cupcake with a variety of objects hidden inside. Using probes, they attempted to drill through the cupcake. At some locations, the “drill” wouldn’t penetrate due to a obstruction. After mapping the inside of the cupcake, they then took core samples with a clear straw which enabled them to actually see some of the inside of the cupcake and to perfect their maps. This method simulates the methods earth scientists used to collect evidence about the inner makeup of the earth using core samples and earthquake waves. Scientists like Rutherford used the behavior of refracting and reflecting alpha rays to determine the inner makeup of the atom.


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Class Trip Update

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are very excited to announce that this year the annual 8th grade trip will actually be taking place in Washington D.C! As we want to keep challenging your children academically and socially, the switch from Canada to Washington D.C. made so much sense as it has such a strong tie to the curriculum.

We will be leading the trip in May 2016 and this is open to all 8th grade students. This is a great opportunity for them to see their class lessons come to life. It is also a chance for them to discover more about the world—as well as themselves. We will again traveling with EF Explore America, the world’s largest private educational organization. With 50 years’ experience, their unparalleled resources and expertise have helped millions of students step out of their comfort zones and into the world around them.

There will be a more formal parent meeting coming up in the fall, however, we wanted to get all the information about the preliminary itinerary and enrollment information so that you can sign up now and start your monthly payments.

Please do not hesitate to reach out in the meantime if you have any questions and go ahead and enroll your child as soon as possible! (See attached enrollment information- link provided below!)

We look forward to seeing you at the start of school!

Meghan Hale
8th Grade Humanities

Joshua Klein
EF Program Director

Enrollment Information

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