Eighth Grade Newsletter: Monday, April 24h
8th Grade 

For the week of 
April 24th

Welcome Field Mice Families!

High School Registration Nights Coming Up!
Students received a handout about Minneapolis Public High School registration nights on Friday last week in Global Studies.  At registration night students will be able to register for classes, talk to teachers, look into sports, clubs, and other extracurriculars, and get acquainted with their new school.  Washburn's registration night is Thursday, April 27th.  See Mr. Kafura if you need a handout.

Valleyfair Requirements
In order to go on the Valleyfair trip at the end of the year students cannot have any F's in their core classes.  We do recognize that for some students this may be difficult even if they are putting in the effort.  We also recognize that our entire focus this year has been on improvement for all of our students, so we do have an appeal process for students that may have an F at the end of 2nd semester.  If a student does have an F they may appeal to an 8th grade teacher to still be allowed to go.  In their appeal the student must give evidence of their effort to improve (ex. meeting with the teacher for extra help, taking advantage of retake opportunities, etc.).

English Language Arts (ELA)

To Kill a Mockingbird

We begin writing a Juror Opinion Paper for the trial of Tom Robinson. Students continue to improve their writing by taking time showing understanding by using topic sentences, giving specific evidence, and explaining their evidence to show their own understanding.  
We are reviewing this process in class. 
(ICE: Introduce-Cite-Explain)

Students will continue reading Chapters 20-24, complete their trial guide evidence/notes packet, write their Juror Opinion paper, and prepare for our Socratic Seminar on Friday.

Multiple resources for To Kill a Mockingbird 
can be found by clicking HERE!

"But I don't have any homework!"
Keep up your independent reading!
Independent Reading is now graded as a part of their 8th grade ELA standards.

Remember that your March Independent Reading Log and Activity is OVERDUE!
Mr. Sundlin's webpage is located here 
Monday: Chapters 20 and 21 Discussion / Make sure your have turned in your Trial Guide!
Tuesday: Chapter 22 / Juror Opinion Paper: Writing Time
WednesdayChapter 23 / Juror Opinion Paper: Writing Time
Thursday:  WoW#2 Quiz / Independent Reading 
Friday:  Chapter 24 / Socratic Seminar

Intermediate Algebra
Craig Hamilton (email: craig.hamilton@mpls.k12.mn.us)

Hello Everyone!  It's time for quadratics!  Our last full unit of the year!!
Monday Factoring Quadratic Expressions#1-20
TuesdayFactoring Quadratic Expressions#1-20
Wednesday Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring#1-20
ThursdaySolving Quadratic Equations by Factoring#1-20
Friday Solving Quadratic Equations by FactoringNone

Don't forget!  Students are always welcome to retake any Learning Target Quizzes for which they did not meet the standard so that they may meet it.  Students must meet the standard on every LTQ, achieve a C or better in the class, and score "Meets" or better on the 8th grade MCA to advance at the end of the year.  I am available before school, during advisory, during lunch and recess, and after school on Fridays to facilitate retakes.

Science                                                04/24/2017
This week is a continuation of last week's look at the Earth/Sun/Moon system.  Expect your student to spend some time on their moon project homework this week.

Topics of Study for the week:

The Sun's Path across the Sky   Earth/Sun/Moon System
Questions to ask your student:
How do shadows change on Earth each season?
How large is the Sun compared to Earth?...to the Moon?
What is the Sun made of?

Have a great week! -Mr. Iverson

Global Studies  

 Students will resume regular Global Studies classes this week.  We will begin by studying Europe/Russia.  Our focus this week will be identifying what we know about the region and looking at how key physical geographic features impact people.

Additionally, with high school registration nights coming up I would like to take this opportunity to remind families and students that AP Human Geography is a course option for high school freshmen.  Students do not need my recommendation to get into or take the course, but should keep in mind it is a college level Geography class.  I am happy to talk with anyone wondering whether they would be a good fit for the AP course.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Monday: Europe/Russia Brainstorming

Tuesday: Europe/Russia Mapping (due Friday)

Wednesday: Physical Geography of Europe and Russia Part 1

Thursday: Physical Geography of Europe and Russia Part 2

Friday: Environmental Issues in Europe (will be checked Tuesday next week)

Get Your Yearbook!
Yearbooks are on sale NOW! 
Please go online to reserve 
your copy today.

Please note the last day for personalized orders is 
After that date any extra options such as foil stamped personalizations and icons are no longer available and the price of the yearbook will increase to $18.00. 
Non-personalized Yearbooks will be available to order on the Jostens site for $18.00 until May 19, 2017.

News from Student Council

Dear Field Families, 

 Friday April 28th is USA day! Dress up in red, white, and blue apparel to show your support for the American flag. Costumes are not welcome. Feel free to participate. There will be a contest at lunch for the most creative clothing. 

Thank you!
-  Student Council

Dates to Remember
    • 5/8-5/10 - 8th Grade MCA - Science
    • *May May 29: No School Memorial Day
    • June 14: Last Day of School- Valleyfair!

Dear Eighth Grader and Family,

Minneapolis Public Schools would like to invite you to be a Fast Track Scholar this summer!  This exciting program provides current 8th grade (going into 9th) students with the opportunity to meet new high school classmates and begin earning high school elective credits.  The goal is to prepare students for a smooth transition to high school. In order to participate, students must meet ALC criteria such as not meeting grade level academic standards, English Language Learner, or having inconsistent school attendance which significantly impacts achievement. AVID students also qualify to attend Fast Track Scholars, and teachers/counselors may recommend students.  

More information can be found on the Field website: click HERE!

Contact Info:

Language Arts 
Michael Sundlin
Craig Hamilton

Social Studies

8th Grade AVID

7th/8th Grade Health

Support Staff:
School Social Worker:
Mariam Graff
Days at school: Mon., Tues., Wed.,Thurs.

Kate Kippling

Leah Herzog
Jennifer Jonland

Reading Specialist:
Bev Halvorson

Field School 
Site Council Representatives for 8th grade:
Co-Chair:  Jen Buss  plyspalace@comcast.net
Co-Chair: Leah Kondes lkondes@gmail.com
Main Office (and Attendance):
Traci Lynstad

Field School & Hale/Field PTAs, 4645 Fourth Avenue South, Field PTA, Minneapolis, MN 55419
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