Eighth Grade – “A Day in the Life”

  • Date created

    October 5, 2019

  • Last updated

    May 27, 2020

Morning advisor check-in provides reminders of mock interview appointments with the head of school to practice for secondary school interviews!

Off to English class where students are putting their finishing touches on their 8th-grade narrative speeches. Students are anxiously awaiting their Evening of Speech where they will eloquently present their poignant and genuine speeches to their classmates, teachers, and family.

Engaging in robust problem-solving is the plan of the day in Algebra 1 class. Learning to use graphing calculators and solving quadratic equations are important skills that 8th-graders enjoy learning.

Recess and Snack time brings a get together with Kindergarten buddies for a shared read-aloud. Who knew we shared so many favorite picture books and characters?

It’s Tech Take Over Thursday and students are busy creating their video and text to highlight community goals on the school Instagram account. All of those editing skills and digital citizenship lessons are put into practice as we provide a window into our view of life at St. Michael’s.

Research skills and learning to craft a viable thesis is the focus in history class. The topics for the 8th-grade research paper are diverse and intriguing. Learning to present relevant and reliable information in an engaging and well constructed research paper is a key skill that all 8th-grade students acquire.

Office hours provides valuable time to sit with the headmaster and engage in practice interviews as part of the secondary school advising program. Students know that St. Michael’s will be supporting, guiding, and advising them as they navigate the next steps in their educational career.

The sustainability team is front and center at lunch aiding their peers in reducing waste and supporting the school-wide composting program. Learning how to minimize our impact on the Earth is a priority and 8th-graders are excellent role models. A little time for a quick pick up basketball game rounds out the lunch period just right!

How much weight can your bridge hold? This question will be answered during science class when students test out their designs in a special assembly. This is almost as much fun as building the strongest possible chair out of cardboard, designing a propulsion engine to drive a skateboard or testing the effect of drag on a bicycle…but not as much fun as bending glass during chemistry lab!

A medley of rousing musical numbers can be heard coming from the music room as A band is busy preparing for the Aquidneck Island Middle School Combined concert which will be held on campus in April. Students are looking forward to showing their stuff as a school and then playing as a combined band showcasing the value of community engagement.

A final check in with their advisor and students are off to participate in Blue and White Spirit day in support of the basketball team. School colors abound and school spirit is the order of the day!

During my daughter’s 2nd grade year, the idea of a Buddy Bench was brought up by a classmate. After presenting...

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Megan Whitlock During my daughter’s 2nd grade year, the idea of a Buddy Bench was brought up by a classmate. After presenting the idea to the Lower School head, the idea was fully embraced. Instead of just providing a Buddy Bench, my daughter and a few students helped build and 
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Ina Bordelon St. Michael’s is a magical school. The teachers are wonderful. They have that blend of intelligence, gentle discipline, and love inspiring the kids. The sense of community is so evident. The parents are a tight-knit group that truly care about one another and cheer other families one. 2nd 
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Jade Gilchrist SMS has given our family so much support, when we first moved to Newport from the UK 5 years ago and when we moved back after being away for 18 months. The school was invaluable in making our son feel welcome and cared for and included back into 
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