2014-2015 8th Grade Information

A few notes for the closing of the 2013-2014 school year:

  • All band students should make sure to retrieve their instruments from the band room by noon on Friday, May 30.
  • All medications must be picked up from the nurse no later than noon on Friday, May 30. We are required to destroy any medications not picked up by that time.
  • Parents of students who will need to attend summer school will be notified via phone call.
  • Parents/students may not pick up report cards–they will all be mailed on May 30.
  • If your child has any outstanding fees, his/her report card will not be mailed.
  • If you do not receive your child’s report card, you will need to come and pay his/her fee in order to pick up his/her report card.
  • The office at MJHS will be open on Tuesdays during the summer, 8am-3pm (closed for lunch from 11am-12pm).

Following you will find necessary information for our 8th graders for the 2014-2015 academic year:

English Language Arts (ELA) info:

Beginning next year, all 8th grade students will be required to participate in the Moody Jr. High School Career Fair. Students will write a research paper on a career of their choice in their English classes. They will also be required to complete a project on the same career. There will be a school-wide Career Fair, during which the projects will be displayed and judged. Specific guidelines for this project will be released at the beginning of the 2014-2015 academic year. However, students should use the summer to think about the career they would like to focus on, as well as ways to show evidence that they have had some type of hands-on involvement in the career (for example, tangible experiences in the career, interviews, observations, shadowing, etc.) for their project. Projects will be displayed on a tri-fold display board.

Summer Reading – The Giver by Lois Lowry (this book should be completed during the summer, as a test will be given during the 1st week of school)

Other books required for 8th grade ELA:

  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (2nd 9 weeks)
  • Night by Elie Weisel (3rd 9 weeks)
  • Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare (4th 9 weeks)

Research paper – Students will complete a research paper focusing on the Holocaust and WWII during the 3rd 9 weeks.

Supply List

(2) rolls of paper towels

(2) boxes of tissues

ream of copy paper

12″ locker shelf

flash drive (1 gb minimum)

Expo markers (black or colored)

tri-fold display board

5 jumbo book covers

wide ruled paper

graph paper (4 squares to the inch, loose leaf, 3-hole punched)

black pens


colored pencils

pencil bag with grommets to fit inside a binder

Calculator (should be a TI-30Xa)

(2) 2″ binders

(2) 1.5″ binders

tab dividers

(3) composition books

high lighter

$3 agenda

$15 school locker rental

$20 P.E. uniform

$10 P.E. locker rental

$15 science donation

$25 class donation

First Aid Requests

Students often come to the office requesting personal and first aid supplies. If we have the supplies, we are happy to provide them. School faculty and staff often purchase these items from their personal money for students. It is very helpful if parents can donate a few items from the following list, as almost all students use these supplies at some point throughout the year.

  • Band-Aides
  • Pads and/or tampons (in addition, it is best if all young ladies keep a personal supply in their lockers)
  • Non-medicated chapstick
  • Cough drops (or peppermints)
  • Dental wax
  • Sandwich bags
  • 3 oz. paper cups

2014-2015 Dates

Tuesday, 07/29/14-Wednesday, 07/30/14 – Donation Days, 8:30am-2:30pm ($25 donation + $15 locker fee)

Tuesday, 08/05/14 – 8th grade Orientation, 4:30-5:30pm

Thursday, 08/07/14 – School begins

Monday, 09/01/14 – Labor Day, no school

Thursday, 09/11/14 – Early dismissal for students (Faculty Professional Development), 1pm

Monday, 10/13/14-Tuesday, 10/14/14 – Fall Break

Tuesday, 11/11/14 – Veteran’s Day, no school

Monday, 11/24/14-Friday, 11/28/14 – Thanksgiving Break

Monday, 12/22/14-Tuesday, 01/06/15 – Winter Break

Wednesday, 01/07/15 – Students return to school

Monday, 01/19/15 – MLK Day, no school (Weather Day 1)

Monday, 02/16/15 – President’s Day, no school

Monday, 03/30/15-Friday, 04/03/15 – Spring Break

Thursday, 04/23/15 – Early dismissal for students (Faculty Professional Development), 1pm

Friday, 05/22/15 – Last day of school

Tuesday, 05/26/15 – Weather Day 2 (if needed)

Wednesday, 05/27/15 – Weather Day 3 (if needed)


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