8th Grade Newsletter - April 17, 2017

Eighth Grade Newsletter: Monday, April 17th
8th Grade 

For the week of 
April 17th

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.  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

This week we begin the trial of Tom Robinson. Students will be reading chapters 16-18 this week while recording evidence from each of the witnesses:
 (Heck Tate, Bob Ewell, Mayella Ewell, and Tom Robinson).
Students will begin evaluating the claims made by each witness and prepare for our Socratic Seminar next week!

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: Chapter 16 Discussion/Ch. 16 Quiz MCA Test Prep!
Tuesday: Chapter 17 / Trial Guide : Heck Tate and Bob Ewell's Testimony/Evidence
WednesdayChapter 18 / Trial Guide : Mayella's Testimony/Evidence
Thursday:  Review Trial Guide (so far) / Independent Reading 
Friday:  Chpt. 19 / Trial Guide : Tom Robinson's Testimony/Evidence

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

Hello Everyone!  Welcome back to the final quarter of the year!  We will spend the upcoming weeks doing a brief study of Statistics and Probability before finishing the year with our culminating unit on Quadratics!
Monday The Normal Distribution#1-20
TuesdayThe Normal Distribution#1-20
Wednesday Experimental Probabilities#1-20
ThursdayExperimental Probabilities#1-20
Friday Experimental ProbabilitiesNone

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                                                04/17/2017
We've worked our way through our geology unit and have a test on Tuesday this week.  Students should review their notes and class work before the test!

Topics of Study for the week:

Index Fossils  Earth/Sun/Moon System
Questions to ask your student:
What is an index fossil?
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  

 I have been very impressed with student behavior, maturity, and participation through the first week of Sexual Health lessons.  Keep it up this week!  Regular Global Studies classes will resume next week.

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: Sexual Health Education

Tuesday: Sexual Health Education

Wednesday: Sexual Health Education

Thursday: Sexual Health Education 

Friday: Sexual Health Education

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.

Dates to Remember
    • APR 10: Beginning of 4th Quarter
    • 5/8-5/10 - 8th Grade MCA - Science
    • April 14: Plant Sale Deadline

      *May May 29: No School Memorial Day
      *June 14: Last Day of School

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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