8th Grade Taming of the Shrew Day

  • Shakespeare For three weeks, eighth grade English classes learn about William Shakespeare and his early comedy, The Taming of the Shrew. The play is broken into seventeen scenes, and each English class (plus one drama class) takes one scene to work on during class time. Students either act in the scene – complete with costumes by sewing/foods teacher, Donna Collier – or help to direct it. Language learners and special needs students will also be acting in the student performance of The Taming of the Shrew. The complex play, in which a domineering gentleman “tames” a shrewish (read: wild) woman, is also an opportunity for teachers to discuss how the roles of men and women have changed over the centuries. Although the play has been called misogynistic by a few critics, Kate, the shrew, delivers the most powerful lines of the play: “My tongue will tell the anger of my heart, or else my heart, concealing it, will break. I will be free as I please in words.” Students are better for learning the words of William Shakespeare.

    Shrew Day is a full day for all eighth graders at Muir. In the morning, the students watch an abbreviated, professional production of The Shrew, produced by Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, a professional theatre troupe based in Topanga Canyon. Then, fifteen actors from the same company will lead groups in various Shakespeare-related workshops, including jousting, juggling, scansion, Elizabethan song and dance, and comic characterizations. Each student will attend three workshops, which are active and enjoyed by students and supervising teachers alike. After lunch, the student version of The Taming of the Shrew begins. Students have a blast speaking the words of “The Bard” and seeing their friends dressed up in Elizabethan garb.

    Not only are several PTA parents backstage helping students get into their costumes, the John Muir PTA supplies the funds for bringing in the Will Geer actors and teaching artists.

    The eighth grade English teachers at Muir are proud that the thousands of students who have gone through our school over the past nine years have had a positive first experience with Shakespeare. The Taming of the Shrew is successful at Muir because the only way to truly appreciate and understand the greatest English playwright is to “speak the speech…trippingly on the tongue,” as Hamlet, from another Shakespearean classic, once said.

    Ted DeVirgilis
    Rod Rothacher
    Justin Riner
    Steven Moos
    Stephen James

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8th Grade Field Trip

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    Permission Slips Due: Friday, September 28th!

8th Grade Travel

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8th Grade Promotion Pictures

  • Date to be announced for 2019 - 2020 school year.

8th Grade Grad Night

  • Info to come...

8th Grade Promotion

  • March 15, 2019

    Dear Parents,

    It's hard to believe, but promotion is just around the corner! In about two months, our 8th graders will close the book on their middle school experience. While this has always been a very special occasion at Muir, we believe that this year's ceremony will be the best ever. Our faculty and staff have worked very hard for months to ensure that the event will run smoothly and is memorable for students and families. This year, promotion will take place at John Muir Middle School’s Mustang Field on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 9:00am.

    2019 PROMOTION
    Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 9:00 AM
    Mustang Field

    Academic Requirements

    Students must pass TEN classes during their entire 8th grade year. Passing grades are"D-" and above, and are based on the semester report card. Students may fail (F) onlyTWO classes total during their entire 8th grade year.


    Students may receive only FOUR unsatisfactory (U) marks in citizenship on a semester report card during the entire 8th grade year, and no more than TWO unsatisfactory (U) marks on the second semester report card of the eighth grade year.


    Students may have only TWO suspensions for their entire 8th grade year and only ONE suspension during the second semester.


    All indebts must be paid by Friday, May 17, 2019 for participation in promotion activities. ONLY CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR CLEARING INDEBTS.

    Promotion Attire

    The Burbank Unified School District has established District wide guidelines to which all participating students must adhere.

    Dresses, dress skirts with coordinating tops, and dress pants with blouses/ dress shirts (preferably solid and light colored) are considered appropriate promotion attire. A necktie or bowtie can also be worn.

    Short rompers and evening gowns are not permitted. Also not allowed are dresses thatare: strapless, formal (Prom) backless, see-through, halter, bare midriff, low cut, or mini.

    Shoes should be appropriate for the occasion. Shoes should be flat or with a small heel or wedge that DOES NOT EXCEED 2 INCHES IN HEIGHT and includes a back strap. Flip flops, sandals or slippers will not be permitted. (Shoes can be brought to the office to be checked in the weeks leading up to promotion.) Sunglasses or hats will not be permitted. Purses, cell phones, or gloves MAY NOT BE CARRIED OR HELD BY STUDENTS DURING THE CEREMONY. During the ceremony, students should not wear coats or jackets.

    Green promotion gowns will be worn by our 8th grade class during promotion ceremony. Students are required to adhere to the prescribed dress requirements defined above regardless of the gown.

    Promotion Ceremony

    Parents and guests are asked to please respect the dignity of the promotion ceremony. Yelling, shouting out or whistling is not permitted and only prevents other parents from hearing the names of their children being announced. Please do not walk down the aisles to take pictures as this disrupts the ceremony. Balloons and large bouquets will be held at the door and not be allowed on the field.

    Promotion Tickets

    Promotion will be held on Mustang Field. Guests will be admitted on a first come, first served basis. Tickets will not be necessary to enter the promotion ceremony


    In the event of rain, two rain tickets, admitting only 2 people will be issued to each student. If there is rain, the ceremony will be held inside the auditorium. Students with the last name beginning A-Kh will promote at 9:00 AM and students with the last name KiZ will promote at 11:30 AM. THESE TICKETS WILL ONLY BE USED IF THERE IS RAIN. LOST TICKETS WILL NOT BE REPLACED.

    More information about additional end-of-the-year events such as Grad Night, 8th Grade Awards Night, and the 8th Grade Party will be shared with you and your child as it becomes available. Please check for updated information and event detail on the JMMS website. If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to call us.


    Greg Miller, Ed.D.

Last Modified on August 5, 2019