8th Grade Newsletter - April 14, 2014

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8th Grade News for the 
Week of April 14, 2014
ExploraDome coming THIS Thursday!

Washburn registration night is set for 
Thursday, April 24! 
Watch for a mailer that will be coming to incoming freshman this week. Ms. Wolff will keep you updated as dates are set for other MPS high schools. Call her with any questions!

Happy Spring from Field School! 
You should be receiving third quarter grades in the mail early next week.  Please call Wendy Wolff if you have any questions about your child's academic progress or their specialist choice requests for next year.
Field School will be celebrating national "bike to school" day on Wednesday, May 7
Our bike drive will be partnering with and helping out our local community service partner, Full Cycle.  If you are cleaning out your garage this spring and have bikes you would like to donate, please bring them in or ride them to school on May 7 and Full Cycle will pick them up from the parking lot. Every bike donated will help Full Cycle accomplish their mission to reduce youth homelessness in our community. Our goal is to collect 100 bikes.

Hygiene Drive
Thanks to EVERYONE who has contributed to the Field Hygiene Drive! There is still time to contribute items until our distribution day THIS Saturday, April 19.  Congratulations to our raffle prize winners! 5th grader- Evan Knofczynski; 6th grader- Britt Fulton; 7th Grader- Sam Wedl and 8th grader Patrick Twomey! We are excited to support our community with the items we collected.


High School Placement Letters!
Eighth graders should have received their placement letters over spring break. If you would like to appeal your child's placement, you can find the appeal form on the school choice website (http://highschoolrequest.mpls.k12.mn.us).  Appeals are due by April 20, 2014. Call Wendy Wolff if you have any questions about high school placement or appeals.  
Language Arts
      In English Language Arts we are diving into Midsummer Nights Dream.  The students have chosen their parts and we are working with characterization.  Each student will be playing a character in the play, and we have already started rehearsing the first three scenes.  This will allow the students to become familiar with the plot and their character.
     We are excited to be learning about this classic Shakespearean comedy!
"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players"
- Shakespeare
Have a great week!
Ms. Schlick
Intermediate Algebra
  Good Morning, 
This past week, the students discovered how equations translate parent functions up, down, left, or right.  The students will be moving onto reflection and stretching/shrinking this week.  The Transformation Test will be next Tuesday, April 22nd.  We will spend the 23rd-25th reviewing all the students have learned this year.  The students will then be taking the Math MCA III the following week. 


Monday: Problem 8.3 p.453
HW: #2-3 p.457

Tuesday: Problem 8.3 p.453/Notes
HW: Summary and Questions for Notes

Wednesday: Problem 8.4 p.462
HW: Cornell Notes p.465-467

Thursday: Problem 8.4/Graphing Free for All
HW:#11 p.460 

Friday: Graphing Free for All
HW:Transformations HW #3

Erin Lindsay
Field Community School 

A great week in astronomy is coming up!  The Bell Museum and the ExploraDome traveling planetarium will be here Thursday for each 8th grader to experience a super cool 50 minute tour of the solar system.   Also, there is a lunar eclipse to be seen very early in the morning on Apr 15th - not that I'm advocating staying up around 2:00 in the morning.  If you do happen to be awake - check out the moon - no special equipment required.


In class:

Mon/Tue: investigating seasons
Wed: The North Star
Thur: ExploraDome
Fri: moon phases

Have a great week!

Mr. Iverson

Global Studies  
Students will be taking a physical geography and mapping quiz on Friday.  Students should use their maps and notes that were checked Friday as their study guides.  Also, student worksheets from last Friday are due on Tuesday.  This week we will focus on learning about religions in Asia and consider how they help shape life in the region.
Monday and Tuesday:
 Students will be learning about the basic beliefs of Hinduism and the effects of it on Indian society.
Wednesday and Thursday:
 Over the course of these two days we will discuss the beliefs of Buddhists.  We will also consider the case of Tibetan Buddhists as we explore the effects of this religion on Asia.
 Today students will be taking their physical geography quiz today.  Students who finish early will be reading an article on Hmong shamanism.
Reader's Workshop

Good morning!  Students will continue to work on the Say Something reading strategy this week.  We will be working on this strategy as a way to very actively connect students to text.  I left the explanation of the strategy up for you to review.

              Say Something Strategy:  A During Reading Strategy


Overview:  With the Say-Something Strategy, students are required to verbalize what they are thinking throughout the reading.  It forces them to remember that, If you're not thinking it, you're not reading it. 

  1. Students work with a partner to read a shared selection and stop frequently throughout.  (After a paragraph or after each page that they read together).
  2. Each time the partners stop, the partners take turns and when it is their turn, they must do one of the following:

                   -Make a Prediction

                   -Ask a Question

                   -Clarify something you misunderstood

                   -Make a comment

                   -Make a connection

3.  If students could not do one of the above, they would re-read their section of the text and work with their partner to generate a response that fits into one of the categories.

As we finish out the week, we will be taking a pre-test on Point of View and beginning our lessons on how to determine point of view in texts, as well as how the knowledge of point of view helps us read text more effectively.
Have a great week!
Mr. J
Tim Jungwirth
K-12 Reading Specialist
Field Community School
From our Administrators:

In advisory, 8th grade students are over half way through the Project ALERT curriculum.  This is a drug and alcohol awareness and prevention program, which our 8th graders would not receive if we did not provide it through our advisory classes.  Links to the parent site will be provided in later newsletters.  If you have any questions about this curriculum please contact your student's advisory teacher.

Please follow this link for more information on the Project Alert curriculum: 

School Counselor news from Wendy Wolff!

Applications for the 8th grade summer school program called  "FAST TRACK"  are now available. Interested students can get an application from Ms. Wolff or find one online.  Fast Track is a great opportunity for 8th grade students to get a head start on high school.  The program is open to all MPS 8th graders and is held at South High School from June 16-July 24 Monday- Thursday 9:00-3:00.  Students can take 4 high school classes and earn 1.5 credits.  This is a great way to put some credits in their high school "bank account" which will give them more options later.  All participating students receive breakfast, lunch and a metro transit "GO TO" Card.  Please call me if you would like more information!
Teen Teamworks applications are also now available in Ms. Wolff's office. Teen Teamworks is a summer employment and educational program for youth ages 14-19. Teens receive supervised "on the job" training performing basic grounds maintenance in MPRB parks (removing trash, raking sand lots, pulling weeds, spreading wood chips, edging paths and other routine or special maintenance tasks. Youth earn a bi- weekly paycheck ($7.25/hour) and build work readiness skills. More information can also be found at...
2014 Teen Job Fair
Saturday April 26, 2014 from 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall, 2nd Floor

 Here are some links for summer program 
resources...more to come!
Exploring Careers in Engineering and Physical Science (ECEPS) summer camps held at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus and sponsored by the College of Science and Engineering and 3M. These summer camps give students a hands-on introduction to engineering, science, and math disciplines at the University of Minnesota.  Students will learn through demonstrations, hands-on activities, lectures, and interactions with faculty, students, and staff. This summer we will offer seven weeks for students entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2014.  
News from Julie Peterson, School Social Worker
Dates to Remember:

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  • Apr 17- Special Science Event - During Science hour on the schedule, students will attend ExploraDome
  • June 6th - Valleyfair Last Day of School celebration
Other important Field Community School news:

In This Issue
Language Arts
Intermediate Algebra
Reader's Workshop
School Counselor News
School Social Worker News
Other Important Field Community School
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Language Arts 
Merissa Scheumann

Erin Lindsay

Jon Iverson

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Brian Kafura

8th Grade AVID
Additional Advisory
Ola Lloyd
Tim Jungwirth

School Social Worker:
Julie Peterson

Linda Reiner
Susanne Koob

Reading Specialist:

Tim Jungwirth


Math Specialist:

Seth Leavitt


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Site Council meetings are the 1st Wednesday of the month from 4:00 - 5:30 and are open to anyone wishing to attend.  If you have a topic to discuss you must be on the agenda prior to the meeting.  Please contact the 8th grade representative to be added to the agenda.

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