A Typical Eighth Grader
- Kids this age have high physical energy.
- Skin problems are emerging; hygiene is a key issue.
- Girls: Reach 95 percent of mature height;
- Boys: Voice change for many; growth spurt about a year behind girls
- Neatness is a key issue with personal appearance, but not with personal environment.
- The mirror is their best friend and worst enemy.
- Kids this age are often quieter than 12- or 14-year-olds.
- Their feelings are easily hurt and they can easily hurt other’s feelings.
- Kids this age are often mean when they’re scared.
- Close friendships are often more important to girls.
- Boys hang out in groups.
- Telephone, computer, video games, and other electronic diversions are a major time factor.
- Music is becoming a major preoccupation.
- Peer pressure increases regarding dress, language, music, in-out, being cool.
- Kids this age worry about school work.
- Their humor is highlighted by increasing sarcasm.
- Horseplay and practical jokes are still popular with boys.
- Kids this age often give one word answers to questions.
- Peer lingo is important.
- Their language can be extreme and voices can be loud.
- Kids this age are often rude.
- An eighth-grader’s withdrawn and sensitive nature protects her developing self-concept and intellectual ideas that are not yet fully formed.
- Abstract reasoning and “formal operations” begin to come into play in some 13-year-olds.
- Kids this age take a tentative approach to difficult intellectual tasks; they’re not willing to take big learning risks.
- Many like to challenge intellectual, as well as social, authority.
From Yardsticks: Children in the Classroom Ages 4-14 by Chip Wood, © 1997 by Northeast Foundation for Children
Transitioning to High School
To help you with high school planning, please find below the monthly timetable of Magellan services:
Private School deadlines differ from the Wake County School System deadlines. If interested in having your child attend a private school, please check the website for admission details and deadlines.
Inform you of magnet opportunities and timelines (contact: Martha Rafferty)
Direct you to your base school’s open house and procedures for registration (contact: Martha Rafferty)
Provide CFNC instruction for both parents and students. The College Foundation of NC has a wonderful website useful in planning the high school course of study in addition to tracking activities, awards, and accomplishments for college applications. It is also a great tool for researching college options.
Schedule counselors from area high schools to be on hand at Magellan to provide registration assistance including forms and enrollment materials. (If a counselor from your designated school is not able to attend, you will be directed to your school guidance office.) (contact: Martha Rafferty)
Class registration forms and enrollment forms due to your high school counselor.
Arrange “transition” classes for small groups of students. Students will meet with a former Magellan student who will give tips on transitioning (socially AND academically) successfully to high school. (contact: Melanie Biddell)
Provide a drug/alcohol use prevention program (contact: Melanie Biddell)
Provide a parent’s “brown bag” lunch for high school discussion/ questions/answers. Kleenex optional!(contact: Martha Rafferty and Melanie Biddell)