Welcome to Team 8

Notes from the classroom

  • Winter Program Information
    Registration forms for winter program 2018 went home with students today.  

    Activity forms are due November 9, 2018
    Payment/deposits are due November 16, 2018

    Please contact the office or a member of Team 8 if you have any questions.
    Posted Nov 1, 2018, 11:34 AM by Paula Tanner
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences
    Parent/Teacher conferences will take place on Monday, October 15th.  Letters explaining the day went home last week with students.  Team 8 still has some open times.  If you would like to schedule a conference, please email a Team 8 member.
    Posted Oct 9, 2018, 12:00 PM by Paula Tanner
  • Family Tree Project

    Fall 2018

    Dear Parents.

    As an opening project for this school year, students in US History and English will have the opportunity to complete a family tree research project.  Students will conduct interviews and gather information using various sources, including ancestry.com. This will give them access to public records such as births, marriages, divorces, deaths, military records, and newspaper articles. The culminating project will be a presentation to their peers.  This will be the ninth year that we have done this project and each year we are impressed at what students learn and what they create for their presentations.

    This letter is to inform you of this project.  Your child will be generating a list of interview questions for family members.  This can include parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. We are asking for your help in this matter.  This can come in the form of helping your child arrange interviews with family members or discussing your own family’s heritage and history.  

    This project will take about four weeks to complete.  Students will be given the opportunity to work on this project in both English and US History class.  However, because our access to ancestry.com is limited to here at Plymouth Elementary School, it is important that students come to class prepared with information that they have gathered outside of school.

    Please let us know if you have any questions about this project.


    Andy McDonald   Paula Tanner
    Posted Sep 17, 2018, 12:18 PM by Andy McDonald
  • Notch Trip Packing List




    • Day Pack or backpack for transporting materials and clothing

    • Rugged walking/ hiking shoes or work boots

    • Bottle of water for hiking (recc. at least 32 oz)

    • Sleeping bag(must be small)  or single sheet for mattress

    • Pillowcase

    • Hat & gloves

    • Sweater or thick sweatshirt

    • Jacket and/ or raingear

    • Sleeping clothes

    • Personal toiletries (toothpaste, etc)

    • Flashlight with fresh batteries

    • 3-4 pairs socks (thick sport socks recommended

    • Gallon ziplock bag for journal

    • Pen/ Pencil and journal materials

    • Sunscreen


    • Hat/ Bandana

    • Sunglasses

    • Bug spray

    Posted Aug 28, 2018, 12:52 PM by Paula Tanner
  • 2018 Notch Trip Information

    August 27, 2018

    Dear Grade 8 Parent(s)/Guardians,

    We are excited about this coming school year’s White Mountain Adventure Unit in which your child will be participating. Our trip consists of a two-day (one night) stay, scheduled to take place September 6th and 7th. This year, each student will be staying one night at the Lonesome Lake AMC Hut, Greenleaf AMC Hut, Mizpah Spring AMC Hut, or the Galehead AMC Hut.  A very important PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT will be held on Wednesday, August 29th(Open House for eighth grade), at 6:30pm in the eighth grade wing at Plymouth Elementary School.

    All eighth grade students will participate in this cooperative venture which will introduce skills in observation, including recording of events and personal experiences. There are several components to this unit. These include: local and state history, geology, botany, wildlife, environmental issues, and data collection. Each student will keep a White Mountain Adventure log and create a multimedia presentation from the information gathered before and during the trip.

    One of the special highlights of the trip will be the opportunity to spend one night in one of the world famous AMC Mountain Huts: one on the shoulder of Mt. Lafayette- Greenleaf ; one across the valley on the shore of the alpine tarn- Lonesome Lake; one overlooking the Pemigewasset Wilderness- Galehead Hut; and one nestled in a col between two 4,000 foot peaks at the foot of the Presidentials- Mizpah Spring Hut. The AMC Hut staff provides a full evening meal and breakfast for the group. The huts are equipped with bunk rooms and bathrooms. Male and female teachers from Plymouth Elementary School will supervise each bunk room.

    Even though the group staying at the huts will be separated by gender in separate bunk rooms, there will probably be family groups also staying at the huts. Therefore, thought should be given to appropriate night sleepwear. The areas surrounding the huts are large and spacious and considered very safe.

    We will have a DRY RUN on Thursday, August 30th. Your child must bring in all equipment for the trip and it will remain at the school until we depart on Thursday, September 6th.

    We look forward to seeing you at the PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT. Until then, if you have any questions, please feel free to call the school at 536-1152.


    Team 8 and Staff



    We will hike the Old Bridle Path from Lafayette Place Campground to the Greenleaf Hut. The distance is 2.9 miles and will take us from two to three hours to ascent. The trail starts gradually and climbs at a moderate grade. At 1.9 miles, the trail gains to high ridge and levels out for a good distance. After a snack break and spectacular views, we will continue both climbing and walking across flat sections and up steeper sections until we reach the hut at 4,200 feet. We then continue to the summit of Lafayette at 5,260 feet. The hut sleeps 48 in two separate bunkrooms. Blankets and pillows are provided, but not sheets and pillowcases. Therefore, we suggest each student bring one sheet and a pillowcase to avoid the scratchy wool of AMC blankets. The meals are prepared by the Hut Crew and are scrumptious and plentiful. The students are encouraged to bring snacks, but must remember that they must carry all wrappers and other trash back down the mountain with them. Flashlights are mandatory and essential. The two bathrooms are just off the bunkroom. They have a sink and toilets, but no showers or lights!


    The Lonesome Lake Hut is situated on a small lake located on top of the ridge that parallels I-93. We follow the Pemi Trail from the campground to the Basin. From the Basin, we follow the Cascade Brook Trail to Lonesome Lake. The 4-mile ascent is fairly easy. The entire distance is wooded and sheltered by the forest. The hut is set back about 300 feet from the shore of Lonesome Lake. The main lodge has full cooking facilities, running water and light. The two bunkhouses are situated about 50 feet from the main lodge and are not lighted therefore flashlights are necessary. See “sheets and pillowcase” in “Destination Greenleaf.”


    Galehead Hut is located just under 4,000 feet and over five miles from the nearest trailhead. It was in desperate need of a makeover, so in June of 2000, the hut reopened with blending the best of the hut tradition and modern innovation. The new structure is designed to withstand winds of 125mph. This hike will follow the Gale River Trail for 4 miles until reaching the Garfield Ridge Trail, also known as the Appalachian Trail. From the junction of the Garfield Ridge Trail it is a little over a half a mile to the hut. Options, depending on the group, may continue onto the summit of South Twin Mountain (4,902 ft.). This is a fairly steep scramble with an open summit and a 360-degree view from the top that offers a superb view of the Pemigewasset Wilderness. As with the other huts, you will need a flashlight and a sheet and pillowcase as described in “Destination Greenleaf.”


    Nestled in a col between two 4,000-foot peaks, Mizpah Spring Hut is just a short distance from the fabled Crawford Path.  Visit this lovely spot in the boreal forest, and explore the southern peaks of the Presidential Range. A 2.6 mile hike from the trailhead, Mizpah Spring Hut welcomes all.  As with the other huts, you will need a flashlight and a sheet and pillowcase as described in “Destination Greenleaf.”

    Posted Aug 28, 2018, 12:51 PM by Paula Tanner
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US History 2017-2018 8M