8th Grade Newsletter - April 6, 2015

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8th Grade News
For the Week of April 6th 2015

Welcome to the 8th Grade Newsletter 


4th Quarter

We are already beginning our last quarter of the school year.  While there is still work to be done before the end of the year, the 8th grade team is proud of the progress students have made so far.  Please continue your support by checking the portal and helping to push your student as we work to have them ready to successfully transition to high school.


Dance Chaperones are Needed

When: April 10th from 6:00 to 8:30  

If interested, please email Erin Lindsay at erin.lindsay@mpls.k12.mn.us



English Language Arts (ELA)

To Kill a Mockingbird
This week students will complete final discussions on the
falling action and conclusion of
To Kill a Mockingbird (TKAM).  
Students need to have completed reading the remaining chapters, 27-31, by now. 
 We will have a final quiz and essay reviewing significant moments from the text.

I am working on a family film night watching the 1962 version of 
To Kill a Mockingbird in the Media center on April 21st at 6pm. 
Stay tuned for updates!

Starting Thursday through next Monday we'll be preparing for the MCA reading test. This will involve reviewing test-taking strategies, vocabulary, and non-fiction reading selections.
Tuesday-Friday next week!

Remember to complete your Independent Reading Collage Activity and turn it in by Friday!


Check Mr. Sundlin's  TKAM webpage for support for 
MCA Test Prep
with abridged chapters, short chapter summaries, and audio clips for TKAM.

Mr. Sundlin's webpage is located here

Monday: Ch 26 & 27 Discussion
Tuesday:  Ch  28 & 29 Discussion
Wednesday: Ch 30 & 31 Discussion
Thursday:   TKAM Final Quiz / Final essay assignment
Friday and next Monday: MCA Prep

Enjoy your break and finish reading 
To Kill a Mockingbird! 
Remember you need to turn in your March Independent Reading  collage when you return!
Mr. Sundlin

Intermediate Algebra

Most of the students finished their Math MCA this past Friday.  I have been able to view their preliminary scores and the majority of students have made high growth.  I will be speaking with the students about how their hard work has paid off.  I encourage you to have a conversation with your child about the test as well. 

As we move into the rest of the year, we have five units to cover.  It is important that your child receive a C or better on their Learning Targets if they wish to take Geometry next year. 

Monday: Problem 5.6
HW: #1-3

Tuesday: Problem 5.6

Wednesday: Graphing Inequalities
HW: Graphing Inequalities

Thursday: Inequality Word Problems

Spring Break: Probability Packet


Mr. Iverson will cover home/class work in class!

Have a great week!
Mr. Iverson
Global Studies  
  Student quizzes from before spring break will be entered for 4th quarter this week.  Students are welcome to fix up their quizzes to receive points back.  During 4th quarter we will finish Global Studies by first looking at Europe/Russia and then end the year by exploring Asia.

Monday: Europe/Russia Brainstorm

Tuesday: Europe and Russia Mapping (please bring colored pencils to class if you have them, Maps due Thursday)

Wednesday: Physical Geography of Europe and Russia

Thursday: Physical Geography and the people of Europe/Russia

Friday: Current Environmental Issues in Europe/Russia

Reader's Workshop

Dates to Remember
Dates to Remember 
  • 4/6 - SPIRIT WEEK
  • 4/10 - Spring Dance
  • 4/14-4/17 - MCA READING
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If you have any questions, please call Mike Lieb at 612-822-2064 or

by email at liebc1@msn.com 

Valley Fair Requirements

In order to attend the Valleyfair trip at the end of the school year 8th graders must not have any failing semester grades for their core classes (LA, Science, Math, and Social Studies).  However, the 8th grade team has been emphasizing showing improvement and second chances all school year, so if students can show evidence of their effort and improvement during the semester they may appeal a failing grade and still have the opportunity to go on the trip.  The 8th grade team feels this is the best way to continue to help motivate and prepare our students to make the transition to high school and celebrate the achievements of all students.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions.



In This Issue
Contact Info:

Language Arts 
Michael Sundlin


Social Studies

8th Grade AVID

Additional Advisory teachers:

Ola Lloyd

Bev Halvorson


School Social Worker:
Chris Yohe


Anna Sonmore-Costello

Reading Specialist:

Bev Halvorson



Math Specialist:

Seth Leavitt





Site Council Representatives for 8th grade:
Deirdre McMahon
Eric Muschler



Main Office (and Attendance):


Traci Lynstad

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.

School Counselor News, 
from Chris Yohe:


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