8th Grade Newsletter - December 9, 2013

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8th Grade News for the 
Week of December 9, 2013
We need  a few more parent volunteers for the Hollywood Red Carpet Dance THIS Friday, December 13 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. If you want to help with decorations, food tables, check in or clean up - I promise it will be worth your investment! We have a lot of fun!  Ms. Wolff - School Counselor

Math tutoring available only on Thursday this week!  Ms. Zeleznikar will be offering the opportunity for 8th grade students to receive additional assistance from 7:30 - 8:00 on Thursday, December 12. Please meet in the 8th grade math room.  All are welcome!

It's almost dance time! 
The 2013 Field Hollywood/Red Carpet Dance will be held THIS Friday, December 13th (Yes, Friday the 13th!) from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. 
 Tickets this year will be $5. Student Council will be selling tickets at lunch Monday through Thursday this week. You cannot buy tickets the day of the dance, so make sure you buy your tickets early! We hope to see you there!
To see an exciting video about our upcoming dance, please click the link below!

The No Sale Fundraiser continues! The fundraiser runs thru December 12, 2013.  This is a Hale/Field Fundraiser that helps our schools get much needed money to supplement academic and community events. The No Sale Fundraising Committee is hoping to raise lots of money this year.

                        If you would ike to support the fundraiser, please go to the GiveMn link http://givemn.razoo.com/ to donate.  Put Field School in the search box (upper right hand corner) and your choices will appear.

Language Arts
Students will be working hard on writing their short stories all week! (Therefore, we don't have a letter assignment. I'm still accepting late work for letters 5, 6, and 7).  

After finishing the novel and doing some pre-writing last week, we began first drafts of short stories on Friday. We'll be in the lab all week this week. Students need to have the first draft done and submitted to me by the end of class on Wednesday. On Thursday and Friday, they'll be working with peers to edit and revise their paper. On those days, I'll also meet one-on-one with each student after reviewing their papers. The final draft needs to be done by Monday, Dec 16. 

Please refer to the assignment description on my website. This document and the website calendar will help students plan for their writing. We have three and a half hours in the lab before the first draft is due, and another two hours in the labs before the final draft is due. If some writers will need more time than this, they're free to work on it at home or in my room after school on Monday or Thursday.

There will soon be a grade in the "learning targets" category. This novel didn't lend itself to the same kind of discussions we had for The Giver, so I assessed students' ability to use textual evidence to support their thinking through an ongoing "Tyrone page" project. This was an in-class assignment that students completed independently as we worked through the novel. These pages can be revised and resubmitted for additional points, if necessary. The students' short stories will also be graded in this category when they present them next week. Please let me know if you have questions!

Stay warm this week - maybe curl up with a good book and cup of hot chocolate! 

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

Field Community School
Intermediate Algebra



I'm Back!!! My first two days back went well. Thursday we did an activity called the Bomb Game where students were grouped in teams and had to answer math questions related to Linear Relationships and Systems.  Friday students took a short quiz and worked on a vocabulary poster.  The vocabulary poster is due this Friday.  
This week's agenda is as follows:
Monday: Notes on Properties 
             HW: Questions/Summary for Notes
Tuesday: Distribution Activity 
              HW: Lesson 1.2/2.3
Wednesday: Systems of Equations: Substitution
                   HW: Systems #1
Thursday: Systems: Substitution and Graphing
Friday: Systems: Substitution and Elimination
   HW: Systems #2 (Due next Friday)
Upcoming Dates:
Friday, December 20th: TEST on Linear Relationships, Properties, and Systems

Erin Lindsay
Field Community School 



 Important note - Friday - we will take a short assessment on the Weather and Water unit that we've been working on since September.  




The results won't be in the gradebook, but I will use the results to better understand what parts of the unit the 8th graders "get" and which parts we need to review before winter break.

Topics for the week are:

What is an air mass?
When two air masses meet.
Let's read the weather map.

Homework for the 8th graders this week will be reviewing new vocabulary in their science notebook and completing notes taken in class.


Mr. Iverson

Global Studies  
It was good to see a number of students taking advantage of test corrections last week.  Just a reminder that it is an option for students to correct items they got wrong on both the test and project to earn half points back.
Monday- Today students will be finishing up their alphabox notes from last week.  Students will then be comparing their alphaboxes with a partner and we will wrap up by discussing as a full class what was the most important information from the reading.
Tuesday- Today will be a lecture about European colonization of Africa.  Students will be taking Cornell notes on the lecture.
Wednesday- Students will be working with the Cornell notes they took yesterday.  We will be working on chunking, writing questions, and summarizing.
Thursday- Students will be looking at independence movements in Africa.  Students will be considering the similarities and differences between independence movements in Africa.
Friday- Today we will be looking at South Africa as a case study.  We will consider how what we have learned about the colonization of Africa and independence movements are reflected in South African history, as well as how the legacies of colonization cause problems in modern African countries.
Reader's Workshop
   Good morning!   This week, we are learning how to read like a writer, read like a historian, and to read like a lawyer.  Being able to read like these various occupations and/or subject areas helps us to understand what to look for when we start to read, as well as telling us what skills to bring to the various texts we read.

In the coming week, look for us to move into writing like one of the six occupations we focused on.  Students will use their knowledge, notes, and each other as editors to write like either a mathematician, a horror writer, a scientist, a lawyer, a historian, or a writer (Language Arts)

Application of this knowledge in student's core classes is the main objective of all the work we do in Reader's Workshop.  This work will also prepare us to interact with many of the Common Core State Standards!

Tim Jungwirth
K-12 Reading Specialist
Field Community School
From our Administrators:

School Counselor news from Wendy Wolff!

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Mid quarter progress grades are available on the parent portal for you to review with your child.
 Please take a few minutes to discuss your child's progress together. Celebrate their successes and make a plan to improve any areas they may be struggling.   Middle School students should expect to spend 30-60 minutes on homework every night.   Research indicates that students who have a consistent time and place each day to do homework tend to be more productive and ultimately successful in their classes- even if they say they "have no homework".:) Homework includes tasks assigned by the teacher, completing classwork not finished in class, reviewing notes, studying for tests AND reading for fun. Reviewing class notes for 10-15 minutes every day for each core class helps lock information in the long term memory which improves test performance and ultimately school success. Cornell notes are set up so students can "test themselves" on how well they understand the concepts covered in class. Going over their notes each night also helps them identify concepts they may need to clarify with teachers.  Please encourage your child to set a time each day for "homework". If you have questions about your child's progress grades, please feel free to call me, I am at Field on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays!

Please support the Field holiday food drive! All non perishable food items are welcome and students can put them in the bin by the office door. We will deliver donated food to our community partner, Full Cycle, on December 18. Help us fill the bin and help support homeless youth in our community!
High School Information!
Family Tours are a great way to gather information about the schools.  I will post information as it comes available on the high school information board outside the Math room.  
Washburn has scheduled their family tour dates as follows. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Rebecca Syring at rel001@mpls.k12.mn.us
·         December 12 - 9:00-10:00 a.m.
·         December 16 -  9:00-10:00 a.m.
·         January 9 - 9:00-10:00 a.m.
·         January 30 - 7:00-8:00 a.m.
·         February 2 - 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the MPS High School transition process! I am at Field on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Wendy Wolff
Field School Counselor
News from Julie Peterson, School Social Worker
 Julie Peterson will regularly share important information in this column.  Please contact her if you have any questions or concerns.
Dates to Remember:

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Friday, January 31, 2014       7th/8th grade Ski Trip

Other important Field Community School news:

The first Washburn Newsletter is complete!  Please open the link below to find out all that has been happening at Washburn!


In This Issue
Language Arts
Intermediate Algebra
Reader's Workshop
School Counselor News
School Social Worker News
Other Important Field Community School
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Contact Info:

Language Arts 
Merissa Scheumann

Erin Lindsay

Jon Iverson

Social Studies
Brian Kafura

8th Grade AVID
Additional Advisory
Ola Lloyd
Tim Jungwirth

School Social Worker:
Julie Peterson

Linda Reiner
Susanne Koob

Reading Specialist:

Tim Jungwirth


Math Specialist:

Seth Leavitt


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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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