7th & 8th Grade News Site


7th and 8th Grade News

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Dear Families, Please remember to visit the tabbed pages above to learn more about what is happening in the classroom. Note especially that a wide variety of sensitive and timely topics are discussed in TRIBES. Information on upcoming presentations - as well as information about our School Counseling program may be found on the TRIBES page. Contact your child's HR teacher or Ms. Lucy with any questions.

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5-8th Chorus will begin February 14th and February 15th. Please see the link for more information.


Please note: 7th grade students will take the MAP assessment on Monday and Tuesday 1/7 & 1/8. 8th grade students with take it 1/10 and 1/11.

7th & 8th Grade Summer Opportunity: Summer Accelerator Courses

The Rainbow Alliance: A new club is being started for 7th and 8th grade students called the Rainbow Alliance. This is a social club for students who identify as part of/allies of the LGBTQ+ community. Meetings will be held once a month during lunch in Mr. Ian’s room. These meetings will be structured with icebreakers and activities surrounding topics like finding common grounds, understanding gender stereotypes, learning vocabulary, and identifying topics and issues that are important in the LGBTQ+ community. For more information, please reach out to the club advisor and middle school counselor, Ms. Chelsea (chelsea.lafferty@artspacecharter.org).

8th Grade OBX Trip Update:

Dear Parents, Planning is on track for this year's trip. Just a reminder that the second payment of $125 is due January 28, 2019. It is crucial that I receive these payments in full and on time. We have fewer 8th grade students this year so the budget is much tighter than usual. Please start making plans now to make this payment on time. And thank you for your support of the dances. If we are able to raise at least $2000 through the three remaining dances, then it is likely there will not need to be a 3rd family payment. The next dance is the Snow Ball on December 14th. After that, we'll have Mardi Gras on Feb. 8th and then the End of Year dance on May 24th.

Thank you, Ms. Lucy

8th grade Transition to High School

Dear Parents, it's time to start thinking about where your 8th grader will attend high school. We will post open house information as we get it but we do not get information from every school. Check the website or call the schools you are interested in to find out when their tours and open houses are. Registration can start quite early for some programs. If your child is interested in special programs such as sports, band, or dance - we encourage you to talk with the school your child will be attending to find out how to sign up early. Some programs only accept enrollment in the spring and have summer training requirements. If you and your child attend a school tour during a regular school day, just let Ms. Lucy know and this will be an excused tardy or absence. Contact Ms. Lucy with any questions.

Asheville High School and SILSA tours:

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 5:30PM: AHS/SILSA Rising 9th Grade Parent Night

older news

7th and 8th Grade Winter Social

7th and 8th graders will be having a Winter Social on Tuesday, 12/18 from 2-3 pm. If possible, please send your student in with some treats to share. We could also use: plastic utensils, paper plates, napkins, and cups.

Pictures from the Band field trip to Moog:

7th Grade: History Day Announcement

Hello 7th Grade Families,

At the end of November, your child will begin working on a “History Day” project in their Social Studies class. History Day is a national program, which allows students to research topics that they find interesting and complete an extended research project. These projects may take the form of documentaries, dramatic performances, websites, museum exhibits, or research papers. Projects will be presented to families and friends after school on January 30th, 2019.

At this time, your child has heard about the project, but they have not started working or selected their topic. Feel free to discuss their ideas and provide guidance from home!

As a part of this project, our 7th grade students will be going on a field trip to Pack Memorial Library in downtown Asheville. They will have the opportunity to find resources for their project and even take some books home (if they have a Buncombe County Library Card).

WE WILL NEED CHAPERONES to help us drive students to the library and assist them with their research. If you are available, please email: marni.flanigan@artspacecharter.org

12/6: 11:45am-2:30pm (3rd Block)

12/7: 11:45am-2:30pm (4th Block)

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.


Ian Canary-King (Social Studies)

SILSA Prospective Student Open House.pdf
Open House Invitation.pdf

Save the Date for the Snow Ball! This dance is a fundraiser for the 8th grade trip to the Outer Banks and is open to current ArtSpace, Evergreen and Francine Delany students in grades 6, 7, and 8. Admission is $5 and concessions will be for sale.

snowball Dance 2018.pptx
Snow Ball Permission slip.pdf

7th and 8th Grade Band Elective

Field Trip to Moog and Echo Mountain has been rescheduled for Thursday, Dec. 13th from 9:30 am-2:00 pm.


Invitation from Evergreen Community Charter School:

Hello 6th, 7th, and 8th graders,

You are invited to attend Evergreen's Winter Formal next Friday, December 7th, from 6:30-8:30pm in the Evergreen Gym.

The cost is $5 and parents are required to fill out the included google form before students can attend the dance.

Permission Form for the Dance Contact Ms. Lucy with any questions.

Hello 7th Grade Families!

We need one more driver for our Dec. 6th Pack Memorial Library field trip. If your student is in Mr. Ian's 3rd block class, and you can drive, please email marni.flanigan@artspacecharter.org

Drivers need to report to Mr. Ian's room at 11:45 am.

Note: We have enough drivers for our Dec. 7th (Mr. Ian's 4th Block) Pack Memorial Library Field Trip! Thank you!


Hello 8th Grade Families!

We need more drivers for our Dec. 6th field trip to the Nutcracker Ballet at the Diana Wortham Theater. It's an early field trip. Drivers need to park in the gravel lot and meet in the ArtSpace Commons at 8 am sharp. If you can drive, please email marni.flanigan@artspacecharter.org.

8th Grade Field Trip to the Diana Wortham Theatre

The 8th graders will be going to the Diana Wortham Theatre on Dec. 6th to see 'The Nutcracker' Ballet. Ticket cost is $6 per person, please send in money by November 30th. If you can drive, please email marni.flanigan@artspacecharter.org and see the attached driver information form. We have room for ten chaperones. If you will be driving and joining us for the performance, please send in $6 for your ticket as well.

The Nutcracker Driver Form


7th Grade Field Trip to Pack Memorial Library

The 7th graders will be going to the Pack Memorial Library in Asheville on December 6th (Mr. Ian's 3rd block students) and December 7th (Mr. Ian's 4th block students). Students will be exploring primary and secondary sources to interpret various historical perspectives. The field trip will be from 12:15 pm-2:30 pm. If you can drive, please click on the drivers form link, fill it out and send it to marni.flanigan@artspacecharter.org

Library Form


8th Grade OBX Trip Update and Reminder:

Halloween Carnival was a success! There was a record turn out at Friday's event which raised over $1700 toward the OBX trip goal of $12,400. Much thanks to Wendy and Phil Coe for leading this event and to all the fabulously creative and incredibly hard working parents who volunteered. This event has become a much loved ArtSpace tradition and is a great example of a fundraiser that is a win-win for both the 8th grade and the ArtSpace community!

Please note: The OBX Family Contract and $100 first payment was due October 25th, 2018. The second payment of $125 will be due January 28th. The 3rd payment (if there is one) will be due in March. Please contact Ms. Lucy with any questions or if you need to set up a payment plan. Link to : OBX Family Contract

Parent / Teacher Conference sign up

Dear Parents, Parent-Teacher Conferences run differently in 7th & 8th grade. We are not able to fit conferences for every 7th and 8th grader into the time allotted for conferences, therefore, we focus our efforts on scheduling appointments for those students in need of support. Teachers will be contacting parents of specific students to set up conferences. Even if you are not invited to a conference, you are welcome to request one. Conferences are 20 minutes and will be held 8-4pm on Tuesday, November 13th and 1:20pm-7pm on Wednesday, November 14th. If you would like to sign up for a conference, please do so on our sign-up sheet here: 7th/8th P/T Conferences 2018. Please remember to include your child's name.

Upcoming Parent Presentation:

John Van Arn​a​m founder of T​he Third Talk™ Foundation will offer a free prevention based presentation on Wednesday, November 7th, ​from ​6:00-7:30pm for ArtSpace parents and students ​(aged ​11 and ​over)​in the ArtSpace theatre. The mission of ​The ​Third Talk™ is to “To initiate a conversation between parents and their children regarding online adult content exposure, and to provide practical, real world language and solutions.”

Workshop description: Mr. Van Arnam has created a 90 minute dissertation directly addressing the challenge of exposure of young people to online adult content. He has developed The Third Talk™ to provide parents tools and language for initiating a conversation with their children. Although online adult material has existed for over 20 years, families are just beginning to understand that the only remedy to the ‘porn-culture” children grow up in today is communication between parents and children. The Third Talk™ accelerates this communication without shame, blame, or colorful language.

Mr. Van Arnam is providing this presentation free of charge in exchange for parent feedback as he grows his mission and company. For more information visit his website: https://www.thethirdtalk.org/

8th Grade Field Trip - Tuesday, October 30th, our 8th graders will be going to the Diana Wortham Theater to see Soul Street Dance! The cost is $10 per ticket. We need one more driver, but we do not have any more seats for parents to join us for the show. If you can drive please email marni.flanigan@artspacecharter.org. We will be leaving ArtSpace at 11 am and returning around 1:45 pm. We appreciate your support!

Haunted Carnival Flyer 2018.pdf

8th Grade Reminder:

OBX Family Contract and $100 deposit is due October 25th, 2018

OBX Family Contract

Attention 7th and 8th grade students. Friday, October 19th from 3pm-4pm

I will be in the dance studio for any student who would like to audition for the Dance Team! Please come in dance or athletic attire and prepare a 1 minute dance showing all your best moves!!! Also prepare to pick up a small combination from my choreography.

Contact me with any questions, Ms. Waterfall

PS - If you are auditioning, make sure your ride home knows.

Information on a new area High School:

On Sunday, October 14 from 2:00-6:00pm, SI Global Academy (SIGA), a co-ed boarding school in Black Mountain for grades 9-12, opening in the fall of 2019, will hold an Open House at our future campus, Blue Ridge Assembly, in Black Mountain. We would love for those from Art Space who might be interested in SIGA to attend. I have attached an event flyer with more information.

New School Counselor for Grades 5-8! Check out the updated School Counseling website to read an introductory letter from Ms. Chelsea, the new 5-8 school counselor. On the School Counseling website, you will have access to student referral forms, information about confidentiality, and other useful resources!


The Theatre Elective will perform The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe on Wednesday October 17th at 10:30 and 6:00. Families are welcomed to attend both performances. Any questions, please email Ms. Beth at beth.lexa@artspacecharter.org.


Save your BoxTops! What an easy way to help ArtSpace gets extra supplies. Thanks to ArtSpace parent, Anne Martin, for heading this initiative this year. Click here for the BoxTop Flyer


Student council

A huge thank you goes out to all students who ran for Student Council Executive Council! Your courage and enthusiasm helps make our school a better place. Check out a couple of pictures below from the day of the speeches. Congratulations to the following students who will serve as our Executive Council for the 2018-2019 School Year:

President: Jackson K.

Vice President: Miranda C.

Secretary/Historian: Ela L.

Treasurer: Kaile M.

Fall Fling Dance October 12th 3:40-5:40pm in the ArtSpace Theatre. Open to students in grade 6-8. Admission is $5 and concessions for sale.


8th grade parents: Don't forget about the Parent Meeting this Tuesday, October 2nd at 6:30pm - we'll meet in the courtyard. See you there! Dance Signup


Mark your calendar for Open House - Tuesday October 2nd - drop in anytime 5:30-7:00pm.

        • 8th grade parents: there will be OBX trip parent meeting at 6:30pm in the courtyard.


The Scholastic Book Fair begins Friday, September 28th. The book fair is a significant fundraiser for the ArtSpace Library, which supports purchases for student check out as well books to meet curriculum needs. The book fair will be open during both K-4 and 5-8 Open House nights. Book Fair hours are:

                    • Friday, September 28 8:15-5:00
                    • Monday, October 1 8:15 -7:00 (K-4 Open House)
                    • Tuesday, October 2 8:15 -7:00 (5-8 Open House)
                    • Wednesday, October 3 8:15 -2:00

Student Council Reminder

Student Council permission slips and speeches for executive positions due Monday, Sept. 10. Executive Positions are President (8th only), Vice-president, Secretary, and Treasurer. Turn paperwork in to Ms. Leila or Ms. Kristin. Elections will take place Wednesday, September 26.


Our hiking field trip was a success! Thank you for all your support. Visit the TRIBES tab at the top for some pictures.


8th Grade Field Trip ---on Tuesday, October 30th, our 8th graders will be going to the Diana Wortham Theater to see Soul Street Dance! The cost is $10 per ticket. Money is due by October 4th. We will be leaving ArtSpace at 11 am and returning around 1:45 pm. If you can drive please email marni.flanigan@artspacecharter.org. We appreciate your support!

Hike Update: Thanks to all the parents who have volunteered to drive, we now have enough drivers to take our 7th & 8th graders hiking at Craggy Gardens.

*****UPDATE***** The Parkway is open! We are going hiking tomorrow!

Hiking Plan: 7th graders will hike in the morning - leaving ArtSpace at 8:30 (drivers should arrive at school at 8:15am) and returning to school at approx. 12:45. 8th graders will hike in the afternoon - leaving ArtSpace at 10:30 (drivers should arrive at 10:15am) and returning to school at approx 2:45.

PLEASE make certain your student comes to school dressed to hike. Students should wear closed toe athletic shoes, comfortable clothes, and a light jacket - it can be chilly on the Parkway. Students also need to bring their lunch and a water bottle.

Email Ms. Lucy if you have any questions.


9/12/18 A note from Ms. Lucy:

Dear Parents,

The school year is in full swing! Students are working hard in their classes and Academic Extensions and TRIBES programming has begun. Remember to check the tabs above to stay informed about all the special programming going on in TRIBES. Ask your child about his/her Academic Extension. This is a time on Mondays and Thursdays for extra academic support for those students who need it. AE isn't always popular with our students but we're so lucky to be able to provide this extra time in our daily schedule. We're hoping that our newest 7/8 program, "Ketchup and Relish," will be a positive motivator for students to stay caught up with their work assignments. We had about 30% of our 7th and 8th graders in "Ketchup" last Friday. Several teachers and I met one on one with as many students as we could to problem solve work completion issues and brainstorm strategies. We're hopeful that we'll have all students "Relishing" extra leisure time with their peers very soon!

Speaking of leisure time, we still need field trip drivers for our Craggy Gardens hike next Wednesday. We'll have to cancel if we don't have enough drivers, so please let us know if you can help.

Have a great week,

Ms. Lucy


My Place in Race: An Experiential Racial Equity Workshop for Middle Schoolers!!

Sept 29th - 9-4p Evergreen Community Charter School This workshop seeks to help youth: participate in meaningful and intentional dialogue around the concept of race, engage with the dynamics of the oppression/privilege model, understand and self-identify their own racialized identity, and to formulate and employ their own form of engagement in the greater global conversation around racial equity.

Workshop facilitators are Clarissa Harris and Shuli Archer. Clarissa lives in Asheville as the Director of the WIDE office (Wilson Inclusion Diversity and Equity) at Warren Wilson College. She also works with various organizations throughout WNC and the Triangle providing training, consultations, and dialogue on how to create and foster healthy racially inclusive and equitable communities. Shuli also lives in Asheville and works at Warren Wilson College directing the office of Community Engagement. The flyer and the application are here Applications are due Sept 10th.


DRIVERS NEEDED!!! 7th & 8th grade Fall Hiking Trip Wednesday, September 19th

It's become a tradition to take our 7th & 8th graders hiking off the Blue Ridge Parkway in September to showcase this beautiful area we all call home. This year, we'll be hiking through Craggy Gardens and we need all the parent driving support we can get! Parents are welcome to hike with us but Craggy Gardens is a lovely place to spend a few hours even for folks who choose not to hike. Each grade will hike from the Craggy Gardens picnic grounds to the visitors center and back (1.6m). Grade levels will overlap during lunch so we can all enjoy some time together.

Hiking Plan: 7th graders will hike in the morning - leaving ArtSpace at 8:30 and returning to school at approx. 12:45. 8th graders will hike in the afternoon - leaving ArtSpace at 10:30 and returning to school at approx 2:45.

Please let us know asap if you can help drive. Here is the 7th grade field trip form and the the 8th grade field trip form. Contact Ms. Lucy with any questions.



Welcome! A new school year has begun - and we are so excited to begin this year's journey with you and your child.

For our new parents, this is our 7/8 news site. In 7th & 8th grades, teachers do not send newsletters. Instead, we use this site to keep our parents informed. We put all kinds of very important information on this site. I will email you a weekly reminder to check the site, but I suggest you bookmark this address so you can find it anytime. Please note the tabs at the top of the page. There is also a tab above for student assignments - 7/8 students should reference this calendar regularly.

Beginning of Year Items of Note:

Next week, child will be bringing home a copy of the ArtSpace Community Contract. This contract will be reviewed in homeroom and outlines the way we will interact with one another as a learning community. This contract is the backbone of everything we do here at ArtSpace. There is space for you, the parents, to sign. Please read through and sign this contract and return it with your child to her/his homeroom teacher. If you need another copy, you'll find one here: ArtSpace Community Contract 18-19. Homeroom teachers will review our 7/8 Behavior Expectations (click the title for a copy) as well as established consequences for behavioral infractions. This year, we are piloting a new program that we are calling "Ketchup and Relish." Ketchup and Relish will take place on Fridays from 2-2:40pm. Students who have met classwork and homework expectations for the week will have the opportunity to join in some organized group games. Students who did not meet expectations for work will meet with teachers to identify the problem solve and create systems that allow the student to be more successful moving forward. The goal of this program is to help 7/8 graders develop the tools they need to be independently successful in high school.

Chromebooks will be assigned to 7th and 8th graders next week. We are so excited to be able to provide our 7th/8th graders with these digital tools. We will be going over our expectations for care and use of the Chromebooks with the 7/8 students before assigning the Chromebooks and reviewing the Parent/Student Chromebook agreement in detail. Students will not be allowed to take Chromebooks home until the agreement is signed and returned and the $35 fee paid. Parents unable to pay the Chromebook fee should contact Ms. Lucy to make arrangements at lucy.sawyer@artspacecharter.org.

Fall MAP assessments will take place Thursday and Friday 8/30 & 31. Please make sure you child arrives at school rested and ready for these online reading and math assessments. We rely heavily on the data from these assessments when developing academic supports and extensions for students.

Whew - only the first week of school and already so much to share!! There is always so much going on in our Middle School; it can feel overwhelming for parents. Please know that we are always here and willing to answer any questions. Email is the best way to reach us - you can find all out emails on the Contact tab at the top of the page. Have a great week! Ms. Lucy

SIGA Open House_ Oct. 14.pdf
SI Global Academy at a Glance.pdf