TKAM Independent Research Opportunity

Hi 8th graders,

Today in class, you expressed an interest to dig deeper into the cultural context surrounding To Kill a Mockingbird, particularly the expression and impact of violence and intimidation.

Be advised that the following links cover difficult and disturbing topics. If you have any questions or concerns, please check in with your parents and me!

If you are interested, check out the Equal Justice Initiative project, Lynching in America. You can also check out the digitized collection of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (the amazing new Smithsonian museum in Washington, D.C.). Scroll through the topics listed or search for something in particular. It will show you all the objects they have digitized (images, videos, illustrations, historical artifacts, etc.) related to that topic. Please share anything you find that you think would benefit the class.

Thank you for your thoughtful focus and engagement in class this week. Enjoy the extra long weekend!


Parent Action Needed: Register for Trip!

Hi parents and guardians of 7th grade students,

While the leaves are just beginning to turn, we are already gearing up for our big trip in the spring. Please review the information below and make sure to register your child for the Washington State History Trip by October 31st, 2018.

You can register your child for the trip online through the following link:

Please download the complete registration and payment directions from Quo Travel here to assist you with any questions or concerns regarding the enrollment and payment process.

Contact me ( with and questions or concerns regarding the trip or if you are interested in being a chaperone!