8th Grade Newsletter - April 21, 2014

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8th Grade News for the 
Week of April 21, 2014

Washburn registration night is set for THIS
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!

Field students packed 520 "GO PACKS" last Wednesday with the challenge to"Take one and GIVE one" to someone who is struggling in our neighborhood.  
Through a community service grant we received, student council purchased high protein snacks and invited students to pack them in a baggie along with an encouraging message and a list of community resources. J The excitement and enthusiasm was wonderful as we made "GO Packs" and we hope our students take the opportunity to impact our community in a positive way.  Ask your child if they participated in the event during lunch and if you are driving in your car and see someone who needs assistance, give them a "go pack" and a smile. Thanks to student council member Cate Dymit for putting together a fantastic video promoting the "Go Pack" initiative!

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.
Language Arts
     The English Language Arts classes have been busy depicting the intertwined plot of 
A Midsummer Night's Dream, which is no small feat. 
     We have successfully read the first two acts of this Shakespearean drama while identifying significant moments, plot twists, and characterization. The students are busy collecting costumes and props in hopes of bringing this play to life. 
     The eighth graders are also learning to portray their characters in a believable way, as well as understanding what it means to be an effective audience. We hope to weave the scenes together to gain a clearer understanding of this humorous Shakespearean classic. 
Stay tuned!
Ms. Schlick
Intermediate Algebra

Monday - Transformations Sort
HW: Study for test

Tuesday - Transformations test

Wednesday - Friday: Review for MCA III Assessment

Monday, April 28th - Start the MCA III Math Assessment

Our look at the Sun/Earth/Moon system continues this week.

We'll be making models and simulating the phases of the moon on Monday and Tuesday.  

Wednesday is a note taking day from text and online sources - a few short readings about the orbit of the moon around the Earth.

Thursday and Friday bring us back into the lab to model eclipses.  The student's will end the week with a very short review Friday on the Sun/Earth/Moon system.

Science MCAs are coming up quickly.  Please expect to see students with science review practice homework in the next couple of weeks.

Have a great week,

Mr. Iverson
Global Studies  
This week we will be beginning our model UN unit.
 During this unit students will be assigned a country and will be responsible for researching their country and being able to explain their country's position on a global issue.  Students will then participate in a Model UN conference at Field towards the end of May.  It will be very important for students to meet the various deadlines for the project in order to be prepared for the conference.
Monday - Today students will be introduced to the United Nations and its purpose.
Tuesday - Students will be reading about the different parts of the UN like the security council and how they work.  There will be a question assignment with this due on Thursday.
Wednesday - Students will be exploring a current global issue and the international response to it.  Students will consider how countries work with (and sometimes against) each other when dealing with global issues.
Thursday - Today students will be working with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  We will learn why it was created and look at the different rights listed under it.
Friday - Students will select a specific human right and find an area of the world where it is a problem.  Students will consider why that right is not being respected and what is being done about it.  This assignment will be due on Tuesday next week.
Reader's Workshop

Good Morning, 

     I hope our latest blast of spring finds you excited about the sounds and smells of the new season!  
     As we begin this new week of learning, we will focus on completing our point of view pre-test, as well as using a new strategy to compare and contrast characters with vocabulary that we identify as we read texts.
     The work on this vocabulary identification/writing strategy will help students by providing them with a structure that they can use in social studies and language arts classes.  The students will be able to focus their thinking on areas where they have lots of details to support their thinking through writing, as well as identifying areas where they need to find more evidence in the text.

Have a great week of reading and writing!
Mr. J
Tim Jungwirth
K-12 Reading Specialist
Field Community School
From our Administrators:

In advisory, 8th grade students have almost completed 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 is THIS coming
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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  • Friday, June 6th - Valleyfair 8th grade 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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Contact Info:

Language Arts 
Merissa Scheumann

Erin Lindsay

Jon Iverson

Social Studies
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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About the Site Council:

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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