8th Grade Newsletter - December 3 2012

8th Grade Newsletter 8th Grade Newsletter
December 3, 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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All 6th-8th grade students are invited to attend the "Midnight in Paris" Field School dance on Friday December 14, 2012 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets will be on sale during lunch Monday December 3- Thursday December 13 for $4.

Student Council has also coordinated a food drive from December 3-December 21, 2012 and students who contribute a non- perishable food item will receive $1 off their ticket price.

All non-perishable food will be donated to Sabathani Center (http://www.sabathani.org/family_resources.aspx) which serves struggling families in south Minneapolis.

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

We continue our work with Bronx Masquerade. This week we will hear from new characters as well as from previous characters. In this way we get to see how characters are developed initially and over time.

On Tuesday students' extended metaphor poems (modeled after Langston Hughes' "Mother to Son") are due. Information can be found on my web page using the link below. There is a link to Bronx Masquerade work at the right of my home page.

Reading Logs are due on Wednesday.

Linear Algebra (8th Grade Algebra) ~ Mr. Leavitt
Happy Math Students

Hello Field families.


We have been working on Chapter 2 since Day 45 - 17 working days. We know a lot about proportionality, direct variation, inverse variation, and solving basic equations. Today we get to demonstrate what we know. That is, today is a test day. I will do my best to grade the tests tonight and enter them into the student/parent portal. Look for good results. That's what I'm looking for. If either of us is disappointed, let's do what we can to help students continue to learn this material. Test retakes are available. Mid-quarter grades go home soon so let's not dawdle.

Seth Leavitt

PS Ask your son or daughter to teach you how to use an "undo" table. It's really quite a nice way to introduce solving equations. You'll wish you had it when you were taking Algebra 1!

Fun Fact 13 (from last week)

Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and James Monroe all died on July 4.

Fun Fact 14

A standard slinky is made of __________ feet of wire.

Click the link above and take a guess.

Problem of the Week

How Many Ties?

This problem is continued from last week.

Intermediate Algebra (9th Grade Algebra) ~ Mr. Leavitt & Mr. Feuling

Hello Field families.

We had a bit of a blip in our progress this week. We had a quiz about a vehicle's depreciation over time (exponential decay). Students either performed wonderfully or woefully. After a serious talk, almost all students now can solve a depreciation problem. More importantly, most students learned that they really do need to listen and to do the work. To me, that's a big lesson learned. Let's keep reminding each other and ourselves that learning takes concentration and work. But it is so exciting - the concentration and work is instantly rewarded by knowing something new or learning something more deeply. I think we're lucky to be doing this work together.

Seth Leavitt and Richard Feuling

Science ~ Ms. Schultz

Science Update -

A great question to ask a Field 8th grader is "why do we have SEASONS?" Last week we completed a series of inquiries in 8th grade Science to get to the bottom of this very challenging question. The most common misconception is that we are closer to the Sun in summer and farther away in winter (we are not!). Look for a homework assignment on Monday, due Wednesday, to give students additional and much needed practice with the right reasons for seasons. There is a very concise explanation of why we have seasons in the ScienceSaurus books students keep at home, item #234, "Revolution and Seasons." This is required reading for 8th graders and recommended reading for all!

The Moon Journal homework is due on Monday, 12/3. Students have been observing the Moon for 2 weeks to prepare them for our next set of inquiries which will focus on the phases of the moon and eclipses. I hope everyone will continue observing the Moon, as well as the night sky. For star gazing enthusiasts as well as novices, Star Walk is a fantastic app for smart phones and tablets.

Tracey A. Schultz

8th Grade Science Teacher

Field School, Minneapolis

(612) 668-3640

U.S. History ~ Ms. Slocum

We kick off the week with a quick quiz over the first half of the U.S. Presidents. I explained to students that the leader often creates the history with their actions/policies, which is why it's a good idea to know who led our country as it grew and changed. We will finish Book 4 which brings us to the Civil War. We will do more reading and discussing the lead up to Civil War.

Students will be completing a Study Guide in class to prepare for the Book 4 test. We will go through the Study Guide together in class and kids will have some study time in class to prepare for the test on Book 4. I am looking at the end of the week for the actual test. It depends on how much time they need to complete and go through the Study Guide. I will let kids know which day and have them write it in their planners--it will also be on the board. No surprises! Please encourage your student to do a really thoughtful job on the Study Guide!

Reader's Workshop ~ Mr. Jungwirth

Good Reading to the Field Community!

In readers workshop this week, we will continue to practice our important comprehension work on the AVID critical reading strategy called "Pausing to Connect".

Students will be using the "Pausing to Connect" strategy in a piece of science text. This science text is in addition to the other readings that students will do in their science core classroom. Hopefully using the strategy will help the students deepen their understanding of how to read a piece of science text.

Our next active reading strategy "Double Entry Journals" will continue to help students be aware of what actions effective readers take as they read and understand text.

We continue to use our reflection slip at the end of each class to help students to identify their goals for this class. We are trying to use it each class session, but we are running into time constraints at times, so students need to focus their attention on their own goals and strategies to reach those goals.

This week, let's try to find some short poetry to read or recite. Have a great week!

Tim Jungwirth


News from Field School Counselor

High School Transition update! Last week all eighth grade students spent some time on the High School choice website with me during their Social Studies period to help them become more familiar with the site and the MPS high school choices and request process.

Students researched one of the 7 MPS High Schools in small groups and presented their assigned school to the rest of the class. Although the high school choices are more limited than in years past, there are still at least 2 choices in each zone for all students as well as citywide programs that are accessible (with transportation) to all students who are accepted through a lottery based system. I will be available during lunch on Fridays starting this week and will have a "Future Focused Friday" trivia question students can answer and if correct, they can enter a drawing to win $10 I Tunes gift cards. I will have information about High School, study skills, college and summer jobs available for students who have questions.

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!

AVID is currently accepting applications for second quarter. Make sure to turn these applications in quickly, so that we have time to interview.

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.

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