8th Grade Newsletter - April 7, 2014

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8th Grade News for the 
Week of April 7, 2014
Hygiene Drive
Thanks to EVERYONE who has contributed to the Field Hygiene Drive! There is still time to contribute items until our distribution day on Saturday April 19.  Congratulations to our raffle prize winners! 5th grader- Evan Knofczynski; 6th grader- Britt Fulton; 7th Grader- Sam Wedl and 8th grader Patrick Twomey! We are excited to support our community with the items we collected.
 
Third Quarter Grades!
The end of the quarter was Friday, March 28! You should receive your child's quarter grades in the mail this week. 
 
High School Placement Letters!
Eighth graders should have received their placement letters over spring break. If you would like to appeal your child's placement, you can find the appeal form on the school choice website (http://highschoolrequest.mpls.k12.mn.us).  Appeals are due by April 20, 2014. Call Wendy Wolff if you have any questions about high school placement or appeals.  
  
Language Arts
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The Reading MCAs are this week!
Students will take their tests during language arts class. Please be sure to come prepared each day:

 

*Get a good night's sleep each night
*Eat a nutritious, filling breakfast
*Bring a book to read in case you finish early
*Do NOT bring a cell phone or any electronics, as you will need to leave them outside the room
*Remember to use those reading strategies we've been working on all year!
*Be ready to take your time and do your best

 

At the end of the week, depending on the number of students still taking the MCAs, we will continue our introduction to Shakespeare and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Students will be requesting their top three choices of characters to enact when we start working on the play. Ms. Schlick and Mrs. Scheumann cannot wait to dive into this exciting comedy with the students!

 

Assignments and schedule on the class website will continue to be updated while Mrs. Scheumann is on maternity leave. The address will remain  http://mrsscheumann.weebly.com.  Ms. Schlick can be contacted via email at kalie.french@mpls.k12.mn.us.

 

~Mrs. Merissa Scheumann~
8th Grade English Language Arts

Field Community School
Intermediate Algebra
 
  Welcome Back!
We have 3 weeks until the students will be taking the Math MCA III.  We will be completing the Transformations Unit during this time and spending some time reviewing all the content covered this year.  

Homework Policy Change: Homework will now be due the day after it is assigned.  I will be checking at the beginning of class to make sure they have it completed.  The students will have a time to check their answers and to ask questions if they have any. 

Agenda: 
Monday: Problem 8.2 p.444
HW: Notes p.446-448 & #3 p.449

Tuesday: Problem 8.2 p.444 & Notes Activity
HW: Graph Parent Functions and Descriptions

Wednesday: Graph Free For All & Opposite Graphs
HW: Parent Functions

Thursday: Problem 8.3 p.453
HW: Notes p.454-457

Friday: Notes Activity & Problem 8.4 p.462
HW: #2-3 p.457 & Notes p.465-467

Erin Lindsay
Field Community School 
507-475-1928

Science
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 The fourth quarter brings a new unit of study for the 8th graders. We are moving away for studying our planet and exploring the universe around is and how scientists study places we can't travel to, yet.

Monday and Tuesday:  Thinking about Earth as a planet.

Wednesday-Friday:  Investigating the Sun-Earth-Moon system.

Have a great week,

Mr. Iverson 

Global Studies  
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Student self-written and answered tests are due on Monday.  Students that do not have theirs done will be held in during recess to finish.  This week we will be starting the first half of our Asia unit (we are taking a break from this unit halfway through to do our Model UN unit and then will finish it during our last 2 weeks of the school year).
 
Monday:  Students will be viewing photos of Asia and having a "silent" brainstorming discussion using their ipads and an online chat room.
 
Tuesday: Today students will be doing some mapping.  Students will create a NEAT physical geography map of Asia.  Students that finish early can start working on their political map.  It would be extremely helpful if students brought colored pencils for this day.
 
Wednesday:  This will be a lecture day explaining key physical geography of Asia and how it affects people.  Students will be expected to take Cornell Notes in their notebooks.
 
Thursday:  Students will spend the first part of class working with a partner to chunk their notes from yesterday, write questions, and create summaries.  We will then use some student samples to walk them together as a class.  Any time we have left over will be used to look at China's Three Gorges Dam.
  

Friday:  Today students will be looking at how monsoons, cyclones, and tsunamis have shaped how people throughout Asia live.  

Reader's Workshop
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Good morning!  Students will start to work on a new reading strategy this week.  We will be working on the "Say Something" strategy as a way to very actively connect students to text.  Please see the example below of how the strategy works!
      
  

              Say Something Strategy:  A During Reading Strategy

 

Overview:  With the Say-Something Strategy, students are required to verbalize what they are thinking throughout the reading.  It forces them to remember that, If you're not thinking it, you're not reading it. 

  1. Students work with a partner to read a shared selection and stop frequently throughout.  (After a paragraph or after each page that they read together).
  2. Each time the partners stop, the partners take turns and when it is their turn, they must do one of the following:

                   -Make a Prediction

                   -Ask a Question

                   -Clarify something you had misunderstood

                   -Make a comment

                   -Make a connection

3.  If students could not do one of the above, they would re-read their section of the text and work with their partner to generate a response that fits into one of the categories.


We will be using this strategy as we proceed back into the rigorous work of linking & connecting our thinking to text that is at our grade level.
 
Have a great week!
 
Mr. J
Tim Jungwirth
K-12 Reading Specialist
Field Community School
From our Administrators:
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In advisory, 8th grade students are over half way through 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!
 
SUMMER JOB 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
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
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Dear Parents/Guardians of Field Middle School Students:
 
The Minnesota Twins recognize that good performance in school begins with good attendance and they're excited to team up with Minnesota Middle School Association (MMSA) to create the Perfect Attendance Incentive Program.
 
To become eligible, students must simply have "perfect attendance" for the 2013-2014 school year during quarters 3&4.   The reason the Minnesota Twins and MMSA have established this program is because they recognize the importance of having students in each class every day.
 
What are the Twins offering? Field Middle School will select one student to attend the game against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday, May 17, 2014. The Twins will provide 4 tickets for that student and up to three parents/guardians/siblings to attend.  We would like to thank both the MMSA and the Twins for supporting the Attendance Incentive Program and our students.
 
If you have any questions regarding this incentive program, please feel free to call Mr. Norlin-Weaver at 612-668-3640 or Ms. Julie Peterson at 612-668-3655.
 
Sincerely,
 
Steve Norlin-Weaver                             JuliePeterson
Principal                                                School                                                                        Social Worker
Dates to Remember:

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  • Apr 7 - 4th Quarter begins
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Language Arts
Intermediate Algebra
Science
Reader's Workshop
School Counselor News
School Social Worker News
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Tim Jungwirth

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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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