8th Grade Newsletter - December 17 2012

8th Grade Newsletter 8th Grade Newsletter
December 17, 2012
8th Grade News ~ Field Community School
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Staff Contacts

Core & Advisory Teachers:

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

Richard Feuling
(612) 668-3640

Tim Jungwirth
(Reading Support; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640

(Math; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640

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

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

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

Linda Slocum
(Social Studies; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640

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

Wendy Wolff
(Counselor; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640

Specialists & Support Teachers

Del Bey
(612) 668-3640

Sean Casey
(612) 668-3640

Marni Heck
(612) 668-3640

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

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

Char Swanson
(612) 668-3640
Char Swanson

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

Site Council Representatives/PTA:

Dawn Nelson
(Site Council rep)

Mike Wedl
(Site Council rep)

Margaret Miller
(PTA Co-Chair)

Rich Flint
(Site Council community rep)

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Student council will be selling Candy Grams during lunches Monday, December 17 - Thursday, December 20. Students can buy a candy cane during lunchtime for 25 cents and write an encouraging note to a friend or staff member that will be delivered on Friday, December 21 during Advisory. We hope to spread some good cheer to everyone before we take off for winter break!

Colombian Students are returning! Friendly Families needed! A group of 20 students and 3 chaperones will be experiencing life at Field School the week of January 28th to February 3rd. We try to match the age of the students, so for this group we are looking for mostly 7 and 8th grade Field families. What you don't need: a big house, a separate bedroom, fluency in Spanish! What you do need: meals and activities you would normally do, a place to sleep, a sense of adventure. If you are willing to share your home for a week, contact
Julie Peña penahaha@gmail.com or
Sylvia Lotz sylvialotz@yahoo.com

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

Language Arts - Ms. Constant

Students are well in to their final projects: creating a new realistic character that fits in Bronx Masquerade. We spent two days drafting last week. Today students will give and receive feedback on their prose sections. Later in the week we'll be writing poems that correspond with the prose. We'll also have time in the computer lab on Thursday to revise projects. Students have the option of turning in completed projects this Friday before winter break, or by Friday, January 4, when we return from break. This is a major assignment--the prose counts for 100 points in the writing section of students' grades. The poem will also count in the writing section.

This is the last week for students to make up Bronx Masquerade work. Students who need to use the book to complete work may come in during recess any day this week. After break we will start a new unit.

Linear Algebra (8th Grade Algebra) ~ Mr. Leavitt
A balance scale

Hello Field families.

We will be adding the "Balancing" method for solving equations to our toolbox today. This is the method most of you learned in High School. It's the traditional way we solve equations and it still works just fine. That's the method we'll use moving forward in Algebra as well as any other high school math class. The "Undo" method has served its purpose. We no longer need our training wheels.

But we do need practice riding the bike. The more we practice, the better we get. Here's a great web site for practicing. If you need any advice on how to use the site, please write or better yet, ask your child to ask me. I'm happy to help.


Seth Leavitt

Fun Fact

Fun Fact 15 (from last week)

There are 1750 O's in every can of Spaghetti O's.

Fun Fact 16

The London Olympics had the world's largest McDonald's. How many people did it seat?

Click the link above and take a guess.

Problem of the Week

Pythagorean Circles

There weren't many responses to this problem. Do you want a hint? Write me.

Intermediate Algebra (9th Grade Algebra) ~ Mr. Leavitt & Mr. Feuling
Graphic representation of the rule of exponents

Hello Field families.

Students have been working hard trying to understand the properties of exponents. While the properties are very straightforward, questions with exponents can get tricky. Practice makes perfect. We've provided students with lots of that.

Properties of exponents are simply tools we use to understand the world. Similarly, scientific notation is a tool for communicating large and small numbers efficiently. First we teach students how to use the tools and then we use them. It's actually quite logical and efficient. It does take hard work, though. We're willing to work hard. Is your son or daughter willing? We hope so.


Seth Leavitt and Richard Feuling

Science ~ Ms. Schultz

Did you mark your planner or calendar for the occurrence of the next lunar or solar eclipse? What about the once in a lifetime opportunity to observe a transit of Mercury? 8th graders investigated these intriguing phenomenon last week and now understand how they are caused by the predictable motions of objects in our solar system and their shadows. Really cool!

This week we will conduct a series of experiments to learn more about the Sun. We will design our own investigations using radiometers to observe the effects of different variables on the amount of energy received from a model Sun. Weather permitting, we will also try to go outside to observe sunspots.

The homework this week is preparing for a quiz on Friday. Students will want to use their science notebooks and ScienceSaurus books to review our current work related to the Sun, last week's work with eclipses, and the real reasons for seasons. Speaking of which, happy first day of winter to every one (December 21st!), happy holidays, and happy New Year!

U.S. History ~ Ms. Slocum

Reader's Workshop ~ Mr. Jungwirth

Good Reading to the Field Community!

In readers workshop this week, most of the classes will continue to practice our important comprehension work on the AVID critical reading strategy called "Double Entry Journal".

Students will be using the Double Entry journal as well as the "Pausing to Connect" strategy in different pieces of text.

This week enjoy reading some wonderful fiction! Have a great week, and a fabulous winter break!

Tim Jungwirth


News from Field School Counselor

The EXPLORE results have arrived and I will be explaining score reports to students during their BEST time over the next few weeks. This means students will not all get their score reports on the same day as I rotate through the classes. We want students to review their results in smaller groups and have time to discuss and ask questions so they really understand how to use the information to plan for their future. Please feel free to call me with any questions!

I hope many of you have scheduled "family tours" to get an inside look at the MPS high school choices in your zone as well as citywide programs. Many of the schools still have family tour dates available in January and February if you would still like to take advantage of this opportunity!

The High School guides are still being finalized but will be sent to families soon. Remember high school requests are due by February 19, 2012 and can be submitted online or by mail/fax to the student placement office. Feel free to call me with any questions!

Check out the MPS high school choice website to confirm your high school attendance zone and stay updated on dates and times for open houses and important deadlines.

AVID Tip of the Week!

Interested families can find out more about AVID at Field by viewing the information and student created video on our website http://field.mpls.k12.mn.us/AVID2.html Feel free to email me or stop by if you have further questions.

School Social Worker News and Notes

Site Council

Site Council meetings are held 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 your grade rep. to be added to the agenda.

phone: 612-668-3640

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