We are looking for our 8th grade Closing Ceremony speaker!

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This year, an 8th grade student will be chosen to represent the class of 2022 at the 8th grade Closing Ceremony.

The student speaker’s speech represents the entire 8th grade and reflects on their years in Middle School. This speech represents the culmination of the Middle School experience.

If you would like to deliver this year’s speech, here is what you need to do:
 Compose a speech that you think represents our 8th grade and your collective years in Middle School. Share this speech with your advisor by 8:20 a.m., Monday May, 7.

Your advisor will read through your speech and give you feedback. Make any changes your advisor recommends. Practice your speech so you feel confident and comfortable. Audition. You will present your speech in front of a panel of teachers who will choose the speaker. The date for auditions is May 16 or 17.

If you would like to pursue this opportunity, you should begin working with your advisor right away. If you have any questions, feel free to ask your advisor.

Here are some tips for writing a successful Closing Ceremony speech.

Opportunity to publish your work!


Lisa Wong, one of the editors for the Upper School’s Phoenix Literary Arts Magazine, has invited us to submit our writing or art for publication! You have written some outstanding poetry this year, and I encourage you all to consider submitting your work to the Phoenix. To submit, fill out this form here: https://goo.gl/forms/ErJTb6OsFQk3l8vs2
If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Phoenix Magazine Editors at 20lwong@ga.usmk12.org20aquryshi@ga.usmk12.org, and 20rmullick@ga.usmk12.org.
Of course, I would be happy to workshop your piece with you before you submit it.


A little more time…



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Friends, one of the messages I received at conferences is that you’re feeling a little overwhelmed and need a little time and space to work and catch up. I get that! We have a long list of goals we’re working on right now. Use this time wisely to accomplish those goals.

  • Vocabulary
  • NoRedInk
  • Reassessments
  • Abolition
  • Visual Analysis
  • Readings with Notice and Note Annotations
  • Found Poetry
  • NHD…
    • Buckets
    • Research Questions
    • Sources
    • Notes


Want an actual challenge?


il_fullxfull.2283478601.jpgLearn how to really type, like officially.


Sign up with your ga email address, please!

Writing is infinitely easy and faster, faster, faster when you know how to type using all of your fingers without looking at the keyboard.

Think you’re a good typist using two fingers and the hunt-and-peck method? You’ll blow your current speed and accuracy out of the water if you learn how to truly type.

Offering prizes and bragging rights for those of you willing to take on this challenge. I promise you, writing this year, in Upper School and college, and beyond will be infinitely easier and faster!

Not required. Only for those up for the challenge. Again, sign up with your ga email.