Listen Up, 8th Graders!

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Listen Up, 8th Graders!

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Congratulations on completing your three years of middle school!  There have been some ups, some downs, and a lot of hard work invested in your time here at GW.  Now, the teachers have one final lesson for you!

So listen up, take note, and enjoy the ride!

What you put into high school is what you will get out of it.  Join everything, make friends with everyone; join a sport, a club, and an activity, and get to know your teachers well.  Get as involved in high school as much as you can. These are the memories that will last a lifetime. Work as hard as you can because this sets the stage for the success of your future. You are preparing your resume for the beginning of your life.  Take risks, make mistakes, and challenge yourself. I always said high school was the hardest four years of my life. You will never be so crazed and so care-free again. Enjoy every moment! -Mrs. Brillo


Congratulations and best of luck to you as you begin to write this new and very exciting chapter of your lives! Sharpen your pencils and make your writing bold, for you have important stories to tell. Punctuate your pages with adventure and ambition. Welcome the plot twists! Do not be afraid to use your erasers, for there cannot be growth without risk! Most importantly, remember to enjoy every line, every sentence, and every paragraph in the stories that are beautifully and uniquely your own!  -Ms. K. Ginart


If you try to do your best, you can’t fail.  Tell the truth, no matter how hard that may be. -Mrs. Tible


Don’t be afraid to be 100% yourself; the people that count will love you for you. If you spend your time pretending to be someone that you are not, there will come a point in time when you’ll wish you hadn’t. You do you, no one else can do it better! -Ms. Michelle Ginart


Remember that you don’t know what other people may be going through. Give them the benefit of the doubt and be kind to them. Also, stay organized! -Mrs. McGugart


Get involved with something after school, whether it be sports, clubs, or other activity.  It is so important to be more than just a student who attends classes. -Mrs. Finkelstein 


Study like Granger.

Protect like Weasley.

Live like Potter.

-Mrs. Puentes


  1. Surround yourself with people who make you strive to be a better human.
  2. Be willing to accept the consequences of your actions, whether they be good or bad.
  3. Always put forth your best effort and success will eventually follow. -Mrs. Estok


Wishing you all the best!! Be Great, Be Kind, Be the Majority!!! You got this:)  -Mrs. Leibowitz


Balance your life with hard work, friendships, family and fun!  Good luck in high school! -Ms. DePasquale


Get to know your school counselor. They will be there for you throughout your high school career. They will be the ones to give you academic advice, make schedule changes or write recommendations.-Mrs. Carpenter


Get involved! There are so many clubs, teams, and organizations to join – and you will meet new people and have new adventures! – Mrs. Schweighardt 


Life is like a game of dodgeball… Catch the ball, don’t dodge it! And certainly, don’t let it hit you in the head! – Ms. Cicchino


Graduating 8th grade is not an ending, but a new beginning. As you begin high school, gain confidence by trying things outside of your comfort zone. Be true to yourself and open to new ideas and new friendships. -Ms. Faciolla


High school can be a time for you to reinvent yourself.  If you want to do better in school, do it.  If you want to be a nicer person, do it.  You are not stuck in the roles you leave behind in middle school.  Don’t be afraid to be the person you always hoped to be.  -Mrs. More’ 


Quietly tell yourself one good thing about you every day!  Don’t wait for someone else to remind you of all the good you bring to the world!  -Mrs. Lee


“Why not go out on a limb? That’s where all the fruit is!”  ~ Mark Twain via Mrs. Montini