8th Grade Newsletter - April 30, 2012

8th Grade Newsletter 8th Grade Newsletter
April 30, 2012
8th Grade News ~ Field Community School
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Staff Contacts

Core & Advisory Teachers:

Sean Casey
(Advisory; Media/Tech)
(612) 668-3640

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

Adam Farrell
(Social Studies; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640

(Math; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640

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

Gretchen Mattson
(Advisory; Reading Support)
(612) 668-3640

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

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

Specialists & Support Teachers

Del Bey
(612) 668-3640

Marni Heck
(612) 668-3640

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

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

Brenda Leviton
(612) 668-3640

Mark Usem
(Math Support)
(612) 668-3640

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

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

Wendy Wolff
(612) 668-3640

Site Council Representatives/PTA:

Kathie Glick
(Site Council rep)

Sashank Varma
(Site Council rep)

Margaret Miller
(PTA Co-Chair)

Rich Flint
(Site Council community rep)

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MCA Math tests are scheduled for May 1, 2 and 3. Students will take these tests on computers during class time. If you have questions, email Seth.Leavitt@mpls.k12.mn.us

Mark your calendars! On the morning of Tuesday, June 5, we will be having a celebration in the Commons to recognize the months and years of laughter and learning our eighth graders have shared. We will have an activity recognizing some of the special qualities of each student and something to munch on. Parents are welcome to attend, but school-age siblings should be in their respective schools/classrooms. Please join us in the Commons by 8:15 a.m. We will be finished by 9:15.

Also on Tuesday, June 5, the 8th graders will take their end-of-year trip to Valleyfair. This is a longer student day as busses return at 4 p.m. Students will need transportation home. Permission slips will come home in a few weeks.

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

Language Arts - Ms. Constant

Students will deliver their 2-3 minute informative speeches today and Tuesday. After that we will examine and prepare for persuasive speeches. Students will view, read and analyze a number of persuasive speeches in preparation for their own. Students will receive information about the requirements and timing of this assignment on Wednesday. It will also be available on my website.

Did your child turn in a spring break reading log? If not, this week would be a good time to do a regular reading log as partial make-up. They are available on my website.

Algebra 1 ~ Mr. Leavitt
I love math

Hello Field families.

We learned how to "Complete the Square" this past week but didn't get to the Quadratic Formula. We'll save that for later.

We took a detour on Thursday and Friday to do some preparation for the Math MCA test. We will do a simulated test in the computer lab on Monday and begin the real test on Tuesday. The MCA tests are not timed so students can take as much time as they need. The test is administered on the computer (as opposed to the Reading test which was paper and pencil), students can stop and start it at any point. As a result, we don't have to readjust the entire school's schedule to accommodate the test taking. We can take the test during our regular Math classes. The test will definitely take us Tuesday and Wednesday. Depending on results, we might go into Thursday, too.

I have given students four key strategies for taking the computerized test. They are

  1. (When appropriate) Copy the problem onto scrap paper.
  2. Draw a picture.
  3. Go back to the basics.
  4. Read all the answer choices - there are often distractors.
Please review these strategies with your son/daughter tonight. All the strategies are important but the first one is essential. It's not enough to think you "see" the answer on the computer screen. You have to work it out to be sure you're right.

The Quadratic Formula is the end of our unit on Quadratics. Then it's on to Probability. The fun never ends!

Seth Leavitt


Problem of the Week

Family Fun

Science ~ Ms. Schultz
View of earth from Apollo 8

We are well on our way to having solid scientific understandings of how the movement of Earth's tectonic plates causes earthquakes, volcanoes, mountain building, and other surface changing events. If you haven't talked with your student recently about catastrophic events, ask them to share something they've learned from their science notebook. We did some great work last week in the lab and in large group discussions.

This week we will focus on the three types of plate boundaries (convergent, divergent, and transform fault). We will use models of each type of plate movement to better understand how Earth's plates move and the effects of the plate movement. This will lead us into volcanoes, back in time to Pangea, and even millions of years into the future to see possible arrangements of the continents.

The MCA SCIENCE TEST is now just 2 weeks away. This week students will review major concepts in physical science for their homework (#23, due Friday). This should be an easier assignment than last week with less dependence on ScienceSaurus as many of these concepts have been explored this year in 8th grade science. I will be available every day before school, at recess, and after school for students who need extra help reviewing, catching up, or simply a quiet place to work.

U.S. History ~ Mr. Farrell

As the quarter continues to cruise along, we will be continuing our WWII unit in United States History. The students had three productive days in the computer lab last week to begin researching for the essay. We also took some time last week to go over the expectations for the essay and began to develop thesis statements. The students will be turning in their research facts on Wednesday. The final essay will then be due on May 10th.

In class this week, we will look at the early stages of the war and the entry of the United States into the conflict after the attack on Pearl Harbor. I am looking forward to diving into the content and am excited to see how the papers are coming together.

School Counselor and High School Transition ~ Ms. Wolff

Wendy Wolff
Field School Counselor

phone: 612-668-3640

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