8th Grade Newsletter - February 10, 2014

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8th Grade News for the 
Week of February 10, 2014


Due to the fact that the February 14th conference date is now a student day our conference schedule has changed.
Conference times will be limited to before and after school and will be by request only.  If you would like to schedule something, please contact Mr. Kafura (brian.kafura@mpls.k12.mn.us) to schedule a time.  As always, you are also welcome to contact anyone directly if you have questions or concerns about your student's progress (e-mail is by far the best option). Thank you for your patience and flexibility with this.
8th grade has almost used up all of the tissues students were kind enough to donate at the beginning of the year.  If you have a box or two at home you would be willing to donate it would be much appreciated! 

"Social Media 101"
Coming THIS Thursday!
"Protect My Rep(utation)" is an interactive website designed to help teens learn social media etiquette and explore the risks and benefits of their "posting" patterns.  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine and Snap Chat are just a few of the many social media sites that an exploding number of teens are using- including our very own beloved Field students! 


We are excited to have the creators of "Protect my Rep" coming to Field from the University of St. Thomas Journalism program! We hope all 7th and 8th grade students along with their parents will join us for this fantastic opportunity to explore together how social media sites can enhance and jeopardize our online reputations as well as future job and college opportunities. Check out the 360 magazine (http://www.threesixtyjournalism.org) as well as the "Protect my Rep" website  (http://www.protectmyrep.org) for more information. 


We will have dinner for purchase in the Commons area prior to the presentation, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., along with information about high school transition, summer job opportunities  and AVID.  We scheduled it later in the evening so parents coming for conferences would still be able to join us!


Language Arts
Hello, everyone! 

First of all, I've been very impressed with the students' progress on the group quizzes. Students are participating, sharing excellent ideas and supporting them with textual evidence, and explaining their thinking in writing. We'll continue working on these skills throughout the unit, but it's exciting to see so many improvements already!

To shake things up a little, we'll have different small groups for part two of the book. This week starts with a quiz on chapters 12 and 13. We'll take another quiz for chapters 14 and 15 on Thursday and Friday. 

We started working on the final essays, using information from part one of the novel. Wednesday will be one more day with computers to submit drafts to me for feedback. I'll have comments sent back by early next week, so that students can keep those things in mind as we finish reading the book. 

To give students time to focus on reading assignments and working on essays, there will not be a letter this week. 

I highly encourage students to ask me about times to come in to read silently or with the audiobook before or after school, especially if it's been tough to get those reading assignments done on time. I know the text is difficult to understand fully, but if you do your best to read the chapters before class, it will start to make a lot more sense when you discuss with groups!

Looking forward to a great week! 

~Mrs. Merissa Scheumann~ http://mrsscheumann.weebly.com
8th Grade English Language Arts

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Intermediate Algebra
Good Morning!
Monday: Dirt Bike Problem
Tuesday: Lego Problem -  HW
Wednesday: Lego Problem
Thursday: Review (HW - Study)
Friday: TEST on inequalities


 Important info:  
Quiz Thursday on analyzing earthquake data and epicenter locating.
Homework due Friday - given to students on Monday.

This week's learning will be about plate tectonics and how the moving lithosphere shapes our planet.  We will begin the week with notes, a lab, and a discussion.  Thursday is our quiz from last week's learning - then we end the week examining data from Tonga and the African rift valley to understand how these plates shape the landscape around the world.

Have a great week,

Mr. Iverson


Global Studies  
Monday: Today students will be recording their videos to send to the Egyptian students.  Students will only have the 50 minutes class period to complete these.
Tuesday:  Students will be working to create their own reference maps today.  They will use their physical geography notes to try and place the items they considered important.  They will also try to place some of the countries we have been discussing.
Wednesday:  Students will be using an interactive timeline to try and understand the overall picture of the Arab Spring movement and the causes of it.  There will be an assignment with this which will be due on Friday.
Thursday:  Continuing to look at the Arab Spring we will be focusing on Libya today.  We will consider what Libya was like under Gaddafi, the revolution, and what Libya is like today.
Friday:  Today students will be taking a district survey and the district benchmark assessment for this unit.
Reader's Workshop
   Good morning!    We continue to work on the "Pause to Connect" active reading strategy that asks students to pause at different times throughout the reading and think critically about the relationship between language (the words in the text) and meaning (what I think the words mean).   
     This week we focus on "Click and Clunk" as a way to identify where things seem to not work as well as we need them to work as we read.  Using music as our guide, students will make a connection to the idea of making things "click right along" as well as thinking about when we encounter a reading "clunk".  
     This will seem difficult at times as we read texts, and it is, but students will have to keep in mind that the texts they will be asked to read as they progress through secondary school and into college are going to get progressively harder and this strategy will be one way to develop the skills to meet those challenges.

I am looking forward to the work with the students!  

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

School Counselor news from Wendy Wolff!

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 On February 13, I will be available in the Commons from 6:30-7:30 p.m. before the Social Media 101 presentation to discuss Explore test results, high school transition and summer job opportunities. Come for dinner and an opportunity to mingle with other 8th grade families! This would be a great time to submit your high school requests online as well. (Computers will be available).   We look forward to a great night!
For more information on EXPLORE results, please view the following video:
High School Requests are due February 28, 2014!
All students planning to attend an MPS high school need to submit a request online or send in a paper request. (http://highschoolrequest.mpls.k12.mn.us) Even if you are not planning to choose an MPS high school for your child, it is still a good idea to submit a request as your back up plan. I would be happy to talk with you if you have any questions or are having any trouble submitting your request!  
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
     Having trouble making it to school on time every day?  Then it's time to come up with a new plan!  Tardiness is a chronic problem for some students at Field School and this creates a problem for all students, as well as teachers.  An occasional tardy is not really a big problem and sometimes cannot be avoided.  However, consistent habitual tardiness is a problem. Remember that being on time means being seated in your assigned seat or space and ready to work when the second bell rings at 8:05am signaling the start of the class period.
▪ Understand the importance of being on time.  Students who are always on time earn the best grades and enjoy the most success.  The same is true in the workplace.  Start training your students to be on time now and develop this good habit that will last a lifetime.
▪ Get enough sleep.  If getting out of bed in the morning is a problem, make a serious effort to get to bed earlier.  Getting enough sleep also helps students focus better in the classroom and is important for overall good health.
▪ Prepare for school the night before.  Don't wait until you are already rushed in the morning to pack your backpack or complete homework papers.  Get it done the night before and put the backpack by the door.
▪ The start of first period is 8:05am you should plan to arrive at 7:55am.
▪ If one person in the house is running late, everyone is running late.  Make a family commitment to be on time to school every day. 
Julie Peterson, LICSW, MSW
Field School Social Worker
Office Hours:  Monday - Thursday
office: 612-668-3655
fax: 612-668-3661

Dates to Remember:

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February 14: School Today!  This is a make up day for ALL students.  No conferences today.

February 17: NO SCHOOL- President's Day Holiday

March 9: Daylight Savings Time begins (spring-ahead 1 hour)

March 27: End of 3rd Quarter

March 28 - Apr 4: NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

April 7 - 4th Quarter begins




Other important Field Community School news:
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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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.

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