8th Grade Newsletter - April 15, 2013

8th Grade Newsletter 8th Grade Newsletter
April 15, 2013
8th Grade News ~ Field Community School
in this issue...

Staff Contacts

Core & Advisory Teachers:

Alison Constant
(Language Arts; Advisory)
(612) 668-7672

Richard Feuling
(612) 668-3640

Tim Jungwirth
(Reading Support; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640

(Math; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640

Ola Lloyd
(Behavior Support; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640

Julie Peterson
(Social Worker; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640

Tracey Schultz
(Science; Advisory)
(612) 668-8602

Linda Slocum
(Social Studies; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640

Mike VanPatten
(Life Skills; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640

Wendy Wolff
(Counselor; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640

Specialists & Support Teachers

Del Bey
(612) 668-3640

Sean Casey
(612) 668-3640

Marni Heck
(612) 668-3640

Kim Hotchkiss
(Band & Orchestra)
(612) 668-3640

Ruth LeMay
(Vocal Music & Guitar)
(612) 668-3640

Char Swanson
(612) 668-3640
Char Swanson

Heather Walker
(612) 668-3640

Administrators and Student Support:

Reggie Johnson
(Assistant Principal)
(612) 668-3640

Terry Mazig
(Parent Liaison)
(612) 668-3640

Steve Norlin-Weaver
(612) 668-3640

Site Council Representatives/PTA:

Dawn Nelson
(Site Council rep)

Mike Wedl
(Site Council rep)

Margaret Miller
(PTA Co-Chair)

Rich Flint
(Site Council community rep)

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Reading MCAs are on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings this week! Please be sure your child:
* gets to bed early each night and gets a good night's sleep,
* eats a healthy breakfast each morning,
* is on time to school!

Please follow the link Ms. Wolff has put in her that provides families with information on high school transition. Please use the link to view an entertaining and informative video! High School transition Video Link: High School Transition video

Please follow the link below to the Field School homepage for important information about High School transportation and the summer Fast Track Scholars program. http://field.mpls.k12.mn.us/

Here's what's happening in eighth grade this week...

Language Arts - Ms. Constant

It's reading MCA week! Students will take the MCA tests on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. They will have regular classes in the afternoon.

A few things to know...this year we are taking the MCA-III instead of the MCA-II. It is a much harder test. Generally when we transition to a new test version, scores drop. I've spoken about this with the kids and told them that I still expect their scores to go UP!

We have worked hard this year and continued to develop our language arts skills. We have reviewed effective test taking strategies. Students are prepared to do well on this test if they work hard at it.

Later this week we will wrap up our comparing and contrasting of the book and movie versions of To Kill a Mockingbird and then we will dive into our speech unit.

Linear Algebra (8th Grade Algebra) ~ Mr. Leavitt

Hello Field families.

This week will be a little chopped up. We will be holding regular classes on Monday. On Tuesday, Periods 1 and 3 will have Linear Algebra in the afternoon. On Wednesday, Periods 6 and 7 will have Linear Algebra. We return to normal class schedule on Thursday.

We are approaching the end of the book. Look for a test next week.

Seth Leavitt

Fun Fact

Fun Fact 29(from last week)

How long is the attention span of a goldfish?
About 3 seconds

Fun Fact 30

How long is a "jiffy"?

Click the link above and take a guess.


Problem of the Week

Growing Worms

Intermediate Algebra (9th Grade Algebra) ~ Mr. Leavitt & Mr. Feuling

Hello Field families.

We spent this past week looking back at quadratic equations in all their glory. It was an interesting, fun, and rewarding week for most students. That showed - when these students took the chapter test on Friday, they did well. It's exciting to be a part of powerful student learning.

It is almost heartbreaking to watch students not participate and not do well. Using logic, it's easy to see one follow the other. Is your child in the group described in paragraph 1? Or paragraph 2?

Seth Leavitt and Richard Feuling

Science ~ Ms. Schultz

We are off to a great start with the final unit of 8th grade science...CHANGING EARTH. Last week we investigated earthquakes - how energy travels in an earthquake, what earthquakes have taught us about Earth's interior, where earthquakes happen, and why they happen there. This week we will explore both the theory of plate tectonics and how volcanoes change earth's surface. Look for a homework assignment (#1) on Tuesday (periods 2 and 3) or Wednesday (periods 6 and 7), due on Friday.

Please take a look at the portal. You will see two classwork assignments titled "Learning Target" followed by a number. The number corresponds to the page in our science notebook. For example, "Learning Target 1" means the learning target written on page one in the science notebook (a list of learning targets will soon be posted on my webpage under the CHANGING EARTH link).

The score corresponds to students' mastery of the learning target - a "5" means mastery, a "3.5" means partial mastery, and a "0" means the student did not master the learning target. I will offer extra support for the students who scored a 3.5 or a 0 during class and also at recess next week. Then students will have the opportunity to revise their work so that they can demonstrate mastery and receive a "5." Please let me know if you have any questions about this! Tracey A. Schultz
8th Grade Science Teacher
Field School, Minneapolis
(612) 668-3640

U.S. History ~ Mr. Kafura

Last week we looked at the Spanish American War and the beginnings of America's global involvement. In particular I was extremely pleased with the way students talked about and respected each other's opinions about America's role in the world. Ask your student what they think, they have some very well thought out responses.

This week we will be moving into World War I and looking at how the United States became involved in the global conflict and America's role. Monday I will be presenting the causes of the war and American involvement. Tuesday and Wednesday students will be exploring new technology that was being used in the war, there will be an assignment with this due on Friday. Also students have their Spanish American War note assignment due on whichever of those two days they have class (2nd and 3rd it is due Tuesday, 6th and 7th it is due Wednesday).

Thursday will be spent digging into trench life and the experiences of the soldiers on the lines. Finally, on Friday we will wrap up the war by looking at the effects, the Treaty of Versailles, and America's reaction to the war. A reminder that we have a quiz on both the Spanish American War and World War I coming up next week Tuesday.

Reader's Workshop ~ Mr. Jungwirth

Good Reading to the Field Community!

This week we will be taking the MCA-III reading tests on April 16 and April 17.

Please feel free to contact me this week if you have any questions about the reading test.

As the Twins begin the baseball season, read something related to baseball. Have a great week!

Tim Jungwirth

News from Field School Counselor

Most of you have received your high school placement letters in the mail by now! I am waiting for confirmation on all of the high school open houses but Washburn is holding their open house on Thursday evening, April 25, 2013 between 5:00-8:00 p.m. (Last Names A - H- 5:00 PM/Last Names I - P - 6:00 PM/ Last Names Q - Z -7:00 PM). This is a great time to start getting acquainted with your child's counselor, meet some teachers, register for 9th grade courses and sign up for extracurricular activities.

I also have applications for Fast Track Scholars, the summer school program for incoming 9th graders. All students are invited to take advantage of this opportunity to get a head start on high school credits or complete a quarter class that may difficult to fit into their future schedules.

Feel free to call me with questions about Fast Track, course registration, appeals and other questions at 612.668.3654 or wendy.wolff@mpls.k12.mn.us. I am available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during lunch or by appointment.

Great news! ALC is adding an after school tutoring program starting this week! Tutoring will be available for 7/8th graders on Wednesdays: April 10, 17, 24 and May 1, 15 and 22 from 2:45 -3:45 p.m in the Art room. There will be a $12 fee for the 6 weeks and we can accept up to 15 students.br>
More information is available in the office or contact Wendy Wolff, School Counselor or Karalyn Swanson with Community Education. We are also looking for 7th and 8th grade students who would willing to serve as tutors for 5th and 6th graders after school on Mondays.

AVID Tip of the Week!

Interested families can find out more about AVID at Field by viewing the information and student created video on our website http://field.mpls.k12.mn.us/AVID2.html Feel free to email me or stop by if you have further questions.

School Social Worker News and Notes

Site Council

Site Council meetings are held 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 your grade rep. to be added to the agenda.

phone: 612-668-3640

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