8th Grade Newsletter - February 17, 2014

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8th Grade News for the 
Week of February 17, 2014


From the Field Community School office:
Parents/Guardians - Please try to refrain from calling school with last minute messages for your child(ren).  After school arrangements should be made before your child comes to school in the morning.  We have been receiving many calls each day.  Calls to classrooms to deliver messages are disruptive to the learning environment.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated!
Due to the fact that last Friday,  February 14th was a student day, our conference schedule was 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! 
Language Arts
Hello, families!

Students will have a new chapter to read each day this week, starting with chapter 16 (due on Tuesday). Please see my website calendar for specifics. There is no letter assignment for this short week. 

We've come to the well-known courthouse scene, part of what makes To Kill a Mockingbird so memorable. It should be a really fun week, with time for students to ask questions about the book on Tuesday and a series of Reader's Theatre scenes the rest of the week. We'll imagine that the classroom is a courtroom and that classmates are characters as we read the dialogue from chapters 17-19. 

Many, many assignments are missing. Please check the portal and turn in those letters and Scottsboro assignments. If you have missed any quizzes, you need to come see me to set up a time to take them. 

Looking forward to a great week!

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

Field Community School
Intermediate Algebra
Please check in classroom regarding due dates for quizzes, tests, and assignments. 


 The 8th graders did very well last week on the earthquakes quiz.  This week brings the end to our study of plate tectonics. 

Tuesday: Homework problem of the week given out.  Lab investigation of the fluid mantle.
Wednesday: Short video notes and plate tectonics reading.
Thursday: Review of plate tectonic theory.
Friday: Homework due and Quiz on Plate Tectonics.

Thank you for checking with your eighth grader about their homework last week, they enjoyed talking about the apple in the dark.  Feel free to ask them about this week's problem!

Mr. Iverson 

Global Studies  
Our unit test will be on Friday next week.  Look for a study guide to be handed out next Monday, however if students would like to begin reviewing this week they should use the learning targets they have been recording in their notebooks to do so.
Tuesday:  Students have their Arab Spring summary due today.  We will then be looking at the effect of the Arab Spring on Libya.
Wednesday:  Students have a quiz in class today (they should use the maps we created in class last week as their study guide).  With any time after the quiz we will begin looking at the Arab Spring in Egypt.
Thursday:  We will continue to analyze the Arab Spring in Egypt and consider where Egypt stands today.  There will be a question assignment with this which will be due on Monday next week.
Friday:  We will wrap up our analysis of the Arab Spring by discussing the current civil war in Syria.
Reader's Workshop
   Good morning!    
     This week we will finish up with our "Click and Clunk" work and proceed to focus our energy on the next step in our "Pause to Connect" reading strategy.  Our work will lead us to thinking deeply about Connections we can make to the text.

     The Connections that we will ask students to make will work well with our "Click and Clunk" strategy as students can decide if the reason for their "Clunk" is because they do not have a Connection to the part of the text that is a "Clunk".  Having students make links to other parts of the "Pause to Connect" strategy will help them as they work with more complex texts in their core classes such as science, social studies, and language arts.

This should be an awesome week of work with the students!  

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

In advisory 8th grade students will be starting Project ALERT.  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.

School Counselor news from Wendy Wolff!

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We had a fantastic turn out Thursday night for the Social Media 101 presentation! Please take some time to check out the "Protect my Rep" website  (http://www.protectmyrep.org) and take a look at the resources they have created for students and parents to understand the risks and benefits of social media profiles and activity.  We hope those who attended took something valuable away from the presentation. We also look forward to continuing this conversation with our students in meaningful ways.  If you or your child are aware of social media activity that is hurting themselves or others, please let us know. We will follow up or seek advice from our new partners at the University of St. Thomas.  This event was made possible through a grant received from GenerationOn and help from the Field PTA.  Thank you for your participation!
ALSO! High school requests need to be submitted by ALL  8th grade families before February 28! As of today, only about 10% of our 8th grade students have submitted their request. Even if you are requesting your attendance area school, we are still asking you to submit your request! It takes 5 minutes and can be accessed online athttp://highschoolrequest.mpls.k12.mn.us/HSapplication/intro.aspx
If you are exploring schools outside of MPS, we still recommend you submit a request as a back -up plan. Please contact Wendy Wolff if you have any questions about the request process. I will be meeting with students who have not submitted  requests during the week of February 23.
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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March 9: Daylight Savings Time begins (spring-ahead 1 hour)

Mar 28 - MAKE-UP DAY... there is school! -This was previously scheduled as a day without students for teacher grading at end of the quarter, but has been CHANGED to be a day                                when STUDENTS ATTEND!

        Mar 31-Apr 4: NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

        Apr 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


Site Council Representatives for 8th grade:




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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.

This email was sent to seth.leavitt@mpls.k12.mn.us by wendy.wolff@mpls.k12.mn.us |  
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