8th Grade Newsletter - February 17, 2015

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8th Grade News
For the Week of February 9th, 2015

Welcome to the 8th Grade Newsletter 


Thanks to the families who made it out for Winter Conferences!  If you missed conferences, but feel you need to check your student's progress, please feel free to contact any of us at any time.



English Language Arts (ELA)

To Kill a Mockingbird
Students have begun discussing significant moments from the text involving characters, setting, and our theme, growth and change.This week we begin analyzing the norms and values of the people from Maycomb from To Kill a Mockingbird (TKAM).

Students will be graded each week using group quizzes and by contributing to class discussions.  Students must keep up with weekly reading deadlines. Check Mr. Sundlin's  TKAM webpage for support on chapter summaries and audio clips.

     Students who need to improve their Ch 1 Quiz grade must complete a Redo Action plan and see Mr. Sundlin for a retake quiz!  Remember to check on your child's progress for any missing assignments!

Flip the Script! is a one-day spoken word writing & performance intensive conference presented by TruArtSpeaks and The Loft Literary Center on Sunday, February 22. 

For more information click HERE!


Mr. Sundlin's webpage is located here

Monday: President's Day- No School
Tuesday:  Review Ch 1 Quiz
Begin Ch. 1-3 discussion on Norms and Values in Maycomb
Wednesday: Cont. class discussion
Thursday: Ch. 2-3 Quiz / Review Socratic Seminar 
Bring Independent Reading book tomorrow! 
Friday:  Independent Reading & Open Mic /
 Socratic Seminars Begin!
Read Chapters 4-6 for next week!

Mr. Sundlin

Intermediate Algebra

We are now starting the Pythagorean Theorem Unit.  We still have a lot of units to cover so if students do not finish their classwork in class it will now become homework on top of what is already assigned. 

Monday: No school
 Problem 3.1
HW: Problem 3.3 p.35

Wednesday:  Problem 3.3 & 3.4
HW: Pythagorean worksheet

Thursday: Irrational & Rational numbers
HW: Will be given in class

Friday: short quiz
HW: Will be given in class


Earthquakes - how/where they occur is the topic of the week.

Our schedule for the week:

No School

Plate Tectonics Quiz

Earthquake waves and types of faults (notes)

Reading a seismograph simulation

Optional: Retakes on the Minerals/Igneous Rocks Quiz.

Working a seismogram - lab

Have a great week!
Mr. Iverson
Global Studies  
Students will begin research to prepare for their Model UN conference this week.  There will be multiple checkpoints throughout this process to ensure students are prepared for the conference.  Please continue to check in regularly with your student to ensure they are on track.

Tuesday: Introduction to the topic of refugees (students voted to continue country research on Thursday last week, country note checks will begin today)

Wednesday: Research your country's connection to refugees (Tuesday and Wednesday are two of the most crucial research days for Model UN, if you miss one you must work at a home to make up that time)

Thursday: Problem/Solution Sheet (due Tuesday next week)

Friday: Introduction to Position Papers
Reader's Workshop

Dates to Remember
Dates to Remember 
  • 2/26-2/28 - Scholastic Book Fair
  • 2/27- Group Picture Day Day & Box Tops Due
  • 2/28 - Pancake Breakfast

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Please go online to reserve your copy today www.jostensyearbooks.com

The cost for a yearbook is $17.00


If you have any questions, please call Mike Lieb at 612-822-2064 or

by email at liebc1@msn.com 

Student Council Boxtops Fundraiser
For the next month+ Advisories will be collecting Boxtops to raise money for Field Community.  General Mills donates directly to schools at $.10 per Boxtop.  We are hoping to collect over 50 Boxtops per student.  

To encourage participation, advisories will be competing in a contest to collect the most Boxtops.  The advisory with the most Boxtops on February 24th will win a pizza party
sponsored by the PTA.  The top 4 individual contributors will also win a gift card to Chipotle, iTunes, or Target.  Student Council will count and track Boxtop collections.  
Please place them in a Ziploc bag and fill out an information sheet (# of Boxtops, Name, Advisory Teacher) to place in the bag. 

In This Issue
Contact Info:

Language Arts 
Michael Sundlin


Social Studies

8th Grade AVID

Additional Advisory teachers:

Ola Lloyd

Bev Halvorson


School Social Worker:
Chris Yohe


Anna Sonmore-Costello

Reading Specialist:

Bev Halvorson



Math Specialist:

Seth Leavitt





Site Council Representatives for 8th grade:
Deirdre McMahon
Eric Muschler



Main Office (and Attendance):


Traci Lynstad

We are assembling a team to send to the Regional MathCounts Competition at the University of Minnesota on Friday, February 6, 2015.

Team membership is open to any 7th or 8th grade student.

We will meet Tuesdays and Fridays for Math lunch and recess in Ms. Lindsay's classroom (room 107). Students are welcome to come to as many or as few lunches as they choose.

We will hold our school competition on Tuesday, February 3 during lunch.  The top 4 finishers will compete for Field School in the Regional Tournament.

If you have any questions about the Math Team or the Tournament, please contact Seth Leavitt, Field Math Specialist.


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.

School Counselor News, 
from Chris Yohe:

High School Choice is 

Due Soon!


If you have not completed a MPS High School Choice form either online or in a paper copy

- Please do so soon!


These forms must be postmarked by Feb. 28.

We encourage all 8th graders to do a form, no matter where they are currently planning to attend high school.  Students have been informed of how to complete these forms.


Sometimes plans change, and it is good to have a back-up!


Online forms are available on the MPS web site. You can also download a copy at the MPS web site.


Contact Mr. Yohe if you have any questions.

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