Eighth Graders Step Up for a Cause

We are humbled by our eighth grade students who facilitated the walk out in support of stricter gun laws and in honor of those affected by the tragedy in Parkland, FL.
The students spoke eloquently when expressing their stance on the issue and exemplified the skills of initiative and leadership that we work so hard to foster at Charter.
We are so proud!

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Science of the Winter Olympics

Link to Video from Mrs. Lodgen 

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World War II Museum

Students had a fantastic trip to the World War II Museum.
Some quotes from the students:
“I thought the World War 2 Museum was very interesting and it’s amazing how many artifacts they were able to preserve.” – Sammy B 

“I learned a lot about WW2 in class and when we went to the museum I learned more details about the events of the war.” Nathan P

“I was amazed by the number of one-of-a-kind artifacts on display. Personally, I thought the museum was very interesting and I would thoroughly enjoy going again.” Silas B 

“I learned a lot about the war and even more about life in the war as soldier and as a citizen.” Olivia G

 

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Updates from the 8th Grade

Greetings from the 8th grade!
Students returned from their winter break ready to fully emerge themselves in their classwork and that’s just what they’ve done.
Recently in science, students investigated properties of unidentified white substances in preparation for a forensic activity designed to identify an unknown criminal.

In Humanities, students have been learning about the events leading up to the Holocaust including the hard choice German’s were faced with when deciding on a leader for their country in the wake of the Great Depression. In the pictures below students are reading the biographies who were similar to real Germans faced with decisions about who to vote for in the 1932 election.

Upcoming Field Trip!

On Thursday, February 1 students will going to the International WWII Museum in Natick. Students should bring money to purchase lunch at the food court at the Natick Mall or pack a lunch.

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Mentor/ Mentee Program- Empowering kids to build our Charter Community

On this final day before vacation, 5th and 8th graders were reunited for for their first mentor/mentee activity of the year. Eighth graders have been working diligently over the past few weeks to reassign mentors and create some get to know you games.
The kids had a blast talking with another and have a lot of great ideas for future events.

Wishing everyone a safe and healthy holiday and New Year!

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Baby Reebops in Science!

Following their study of genetics, students used genetic principals to randomize the traits of Baby Reebops to investigate the principals of survival of the fittest. The Reebops are challenged by a variety of environmental changes to determine who will survive to reproduce and pass in their traits to the next generations.

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Fantastic First Exhibition

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the students on Exhibition Night. The students worked tirelessly on their projects and we are so proud of all their efforts.

Upcoming Dates to Know:
Dec. 4- Report Cards Available on Powerschool at 5:00. Contact Matt Cronin if you need login information.
Dec. 7 and 12- Half Days for Report Card Conferences
Friday 12/22- Half Day, Winter Break Begins
Thursday 1/4- School Resumes

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8th Grade Happenings

In Science: Students created an extraction mixture of soap, water, and salt designed to release the DNA from the cells of strawberries in order to collect the strands.

In Humanities: Students read arguments by various Congressman regarding the Immigration Act of 1924 and created a metaphor of their Congressman’s definition of “America”.

Stay tuned for Updates on Exhibition I!

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Student Presentation and Upcoming DC Meeting

This past Tuesday, the renowned historian and storyteller Judith Black presented to the students about Mother Jones.
Ask your child about working conditions during the 20th century and the importance of unions.

Also- We look forward to seeing you Thursday, Oct. 5 at 6:30 for a meeting on the DC trip.

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Library Trip and Upcoming Dates

This past Friday, 8th graders walked to Abbot Public Library where they were given a brief orientation on library resources. Students learned how to use the library database to find books available and make book requests. Eighth graders were then given the opportunity to check out a book for recreational reading.
Ask your child about his/ her reading goal for term one. The team hopes to see 8th graders reading regularly!

Upcoming Dates to Know: 
Picture Day: Wednesday, 9/27
Back to School Night: Wednesday, 9/27 6:30-8:00
Meeting with EF about DC Trip (for 8th grade parents only): Thursday, 10/5 6:30-7:30

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