8th Grade Newsletter - February 18, 2013

8th Grade Newsletter 8th Grade Newsletter
February 18, 2013
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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Parents of Field 8th grade students! The deadline for high school requests is February 19 which is approaching very quickly! Only 45% of Field students have submitted a request for high school! This is a friendly reminder to get your request submitted either online or by mail so that it is received by February 19. All students considering an MPS High School should submit a request, even if you plan to go to your attendance area high school. If you have questions about the high school choice process, please contact Mark Hogan or Wendy Wolff who will be back in the office next Friday February 15.

Winter conferences are being held on the evening of February 28 and the morning of March 1. We will be contacting families if we have particular concerns about your child's progress. If you have questions or concerns and would like to schedule a conference, please contact Ola Lloyd at 668-3640 during school hours.

Cool Chem is just around the corner. This fun-filled day for girls at the University of Minnesota will include four workshops (energy, bubbles and glow, crime science, and fantastic plastics), explosive demonstrations, a liquid nitrogen ice cream break, and more! Space is limited - don't miss the chance to learn more and register before it fills up. For more information and to download registration materials go to http://www.chem.umn.edu/wise/coolchem/

STEP-UP is a summer job program for Minneapolis youth ages 14-21. Youth must complete a competitive application process and work readiness training to be considered for a position with the STEP-UP program. Youth ages 14-21 are offered a paid internship experience and matched with positions at local businesses. Check out the website for more information and see if your child could qualify for this great opportunity! For other questions about STEP-UP, refer to Frequently Asked Questions in English, Hmong, Spanish or Somali or contact Tammy Dickinson at (612) 673-5041.

Application Deadline is March 4, 2013 and all applications must be submitted online (link below). https://stepup.iapplicants.com/application.php

Here's what's happening in eighth grade this week...

Language Arts - Ms. Constant

This week we begin Part II of To Kill a Mockingbird in which we learn about the trial of Tom Robinson and its impact on Maycomb.

Students have a writing assignment due Wednesday: a minimum of three strong body paragraphs for their TKAM analytical essay. This is an essay we will write in parts. We will work this week on getting feedback and revising the first half of the essay. At the end of the book we will write and revise the last half of the essay as well as the introduction and conclusion. For Wednesday, students need four copies of their work printed before class.

Homework this week is to read chapters 12 and 13 for Thursday and to take five detailed notes per chapter.

I will be updating portal grades on Tuesday with students' recent point-of-view essays. These have been delightful to read. Students chose a variety of scenes to write from other characters' perspectives and their writing is entertaining and shows strong insights into their thinking about characters.

When you check the portal you may also notice that the Speaking & Listening section has a different look to it. Instead of grades for different discussions, I have broken this section into the different skills students are continually developing (stated as "I can..."). With each graded discussion, students have the opportunity to influence these grades, hopefully by showing improved skills in the various categories. I will be talking with students on Tuesday about how this works when I give out updated progress reports. If you have any questions, please contact me.

Linear Algebra (8th Grade Algebra) ~ Mr. Leavitt

Hello Field families.

Elimination has morphed into matrices. What a joy it is to teach!

Matrices are not in the mathematical standards for 8th graders (or even 9th graders). However, there are many students who can begin their study of matrices in this very appropriate place. So I offered a lesson in matrices to those 8th graders who wanted to learn about them. About half of each class chose to give it a try. It was fun. Many 8th graders can now add matrices to their toolkit for solving problems. If a student chose not to learn about matrices, he or she is not at a disadvantage. Substitution and Elimination are perfectly adequate solution strategies.

Chapter 5 is long and introduces inequalities. As a result, we'll take two chapter tests. The first one is Wednesday. It won't be easy. Please encourage study time. Practice, practice, practice.

Seth Leavittp>

Fun Fact

Fun Fact 22 (from last week)

There are 1,525,000,000 (or 1.525 x 10^9) (or about 1 and ½ billion) miles of telephone wire a strung across the U.S.

Fun Fact 23

__________ people go to Major League baseball each year.

Click the link above and take a guess.

Problem of the Week

A Phone-y Deal

Another system.

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

Hello Field families.

Transformations are getting tricky. We did well with sliding things around (translations). We're not doing so well stretching and shrinking (dilations). We'll get it.

The chapter test will probably be this week - either Thursday or Friday.

Seth Leavitt and Richard Feuling

Science ~ Ms. Schultz

Science Update

Our week begins with the final unit test for the EARTH IN SPACE unit. Completed study guides are due at the beginning of class on Tuesday and I will post updated grades as quickly as possible. Please check the portal to see how things wrapped up!

The next unit of study in 8th grade science is WEATHER AND WATER which focuses on Earth's atmosphere, weather, and water. A good understanding of meteorology as an earth science isn't complete without an introduction to the physics and chemistry that drive weather. Understanding weather is more than reading a thermometer and recording air-pressure measurements. The unit consists of nine investigations. Students first learn about atoms and molecules, changes of state, and heat transfer. Then they investigate the water cycle, air masses, and fronts, winds and severe weather.

Tracey A. Schultz

8th Grade Science Teacher

Field School, Minneapolis

(612) 668-3640

U.S. History ~ Mr. Kafura

Reader's Workshop ~ Mr. Jungwirth

Good Reading to the Field Community!

We are moving ahead with our work on the cahrting the text strategy. As a group, we have been working on AVID Cornell Notes as a way to focus our attention on writing an effective summary. This week, look for me to send home a report on how the students performed on this mid-year reading assessment.

We are trying to find more time in class for independent reading. Students will be working to find more time to catch up on their independent books.

As spring training starts, reading about baseball is always fun!

Tim Jungwirth


News from Field School Counselor

Greetings! I am happy to return to Field after my 6 week family leave! Adoption is a wonderful and challenging process and I was thankful to have time to sort through many things that came along with our new legal family structure!

My first day back was Friday and I was able to meet with many 8th grade students to discuss their high school requests. (which are due Tuesday February 19). Some believed they did not need to submit a request if they wanted their attendance areas school and some students have applied to private schools but have not received acceptance letters yet.

I highly encourage all students/families to put in an MPS High School request no matter what the circumstances so they have a back up plan if anything changes. More information is available at http://highschoolchoice.mpls.k12.mn.us

Feel free to email me before Tuesday if you have any questions about the high school request process. Placement letters will go out mid March and High Schools will host registration nights in April. I will keep you updated on all important dates as they are confirmed.

AVID Tip of the Week!

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.

phone: 612-668-3640

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