8th Grade Newsletter - February 1, 2016

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8th Grade News
For the Week of February 1st 2015

Winter Conferences
Winter conferences are coming up for the evening of February 11th and morning of February 12th.  Due to time slots being more limited these conferences are by request only.  The 8th grade team will be contacting some families about conferences beginning next week.  If you would like to request a conference for your student please e-mail Mr. Kafura (brian.kafura@mpls.k12.mn.us) and we will do our best to work out a time.  As always, feel free to e-mail any 8th grade teacher directly with any questions or concerns about your student's progress.


English Language Arts (ELA)

Life in the 1930s research writing assignments are due this Thursday, February 4th! 
Choose either a news article or letter option for your final assignment.
The overview worksheet can be found on my webpage by clicking HERE!
Tuesday: Computer Lab time for completing News Article or Letter
Wednesday: Begin in-class reading and discussion of TKAM Ch. 1
Thursday:   Complete Ch1. notes and discussion
Friday: January Independent Reading Activity: Facebook Project / 
February Independent Reading Journal handed out

You need to have chosen a character from a book you have read independently this year for
your FACEBOOK Character Page! We will begin work on this activity in class this Friday!
We will receive directions for our February Independent Reading Surveys and  Activity.
The February online survey can be found on my webpage by clicking here!
Mr. Sundlin
MN Be Heard Youth Poetry Slam Series

Click HERE to get information, including preliminary dates, for the Twin Cities youth poetry slam!

This week's poetry slam is on 
Friday, February 5th
at Southwest High School 3414 W. 47th St.

 It is also fun to come and just be a spectator or audience member!

See Mr. Sundlin for a copy of the MN Be Heard Rule Book and support preparing for competing in these upcoming events!

FRIDAY, February 5th!

newspaper art1
Are you energetic?
Enjoy writing and sharing ideas?
Have fun working in groups?

Students interested in playing a part reporting our school news 
can meet in the Media Center after school to share 
their skills and talents! (i.e. reporting, writing, photography, survey, art)
Listen and look for Mousetrap reminders in class, at lunch, and in the hallways!
Intermediate Algebra

Study Guide for Test:
Review for Exponents and Exponential Functions  
Finding interest on a purchase price
  • Make a chart
  • Finding the equation
Exponential Growth
  • Equation
  • What does each part of the equation represent
  • Using a chart/equation and seeing the relationship
  • Rewriting with Negative Exponents- what does a negative exponent represent?
  • Power to a power
  • Multiplying/Dividing expressions with exponents
Exponential Decay
  • Equation
  • What does each part of the equation represent
  • Using a chart/equation and seeing the relationship
After the first test of this quarter, we are off and running with a VERY exciting unit:  Functions and their Families.  We will be using technology each and every day - I am very excited.  If you are interested in the sources we are using please go to - Desmos.  It is amazing.  

This may seem strange, but I will be doing very little directed teaching. This is a time to explore and discover findings individually.  Everyone should be having fun with the learning.  The power of exploration is much more impactful for everyone's learning rather than me telling the students what to do!

Bring Colored Pencils/Markers....You will need them!!

  • Review for Test
  • Test
STEM field trip in the morning
  • Period 6:  Going to the 118 Computer Lab.  Work on pages 10 and 11.  It should be completed as homework.
  • Period 7:  Going to the 118 Computer Lab.  Work on pages 10 and 11.  It should be completed as homework.

  • Period 1:  Going to the 118 Computer Lab.  Work on pages 10 and 11.  It should be completed as homework.
  • Period 3:  Going to the 118 Computer Lab.  Work on pages 10 and 11.  It should be completed as homework.
  • Period 6: Go over test and discuss findings of Pages 10 and 11
  • Period 7: Go over test and discuss findings of Pages 10 and 11

  • Period 1:  Computer lab 118.  Work on pages 15 and 16.  Finish for homework.
  • Period 3:  Computer lab 118.  Work on pages 15 and 16.  Finish for homework.
  • Period 6:  Computer lab 118.  Work on pages 15 and 16.  Finish for homework
  • Period 7:  Computer lab 115.  Work on pages 15 and 16.  Finish for homework.

Contact me with concerns/questions at:  judy-ann.ehrlich@mpls.k12.mn.us  


This week's schedule is different for Mr. R's classes and Mr. Iverson's classes. Please remember your STEM expo field trip form - we leave Wednesday morning!

Mr. Iverson's class periods are studying plate tectonics this week.  We have a quiz on Tuesday which covers earthquakes.  Homework on Plate Tectonic Theory will be due Friday.

Mr. R's classes will be reviewing earthquakes on Monday and Tuesday.  Retakes will be possible on Thursday during advisory.  The rest of the week will be focused on volcano types and volcanic processes.

Mr. Iverson
Global Studies  
 Students may make fixes to their quizzes and resubmit them for partial points back.  Religions and Women's rights in the Middle East quiz Monday next week.

Monday: Ms. Burnett will be presenting about career opportunities

Tuesday: Veils in the Middle East

Wednesday: STEM Field Trip Morning/Catch up for afternoon classes 

Thursday:  Female Activism in the Middle East (Religion Comparison Writing due)

Friday: Review and Catch Up

Activism Poster due Tuesday next week

Reading B.E.S.T.

STEM EXPO Wednesday, February 3rd
Upcoming event: STEM Expo on Feb 3rd. 
Please sign and return permission slips that were sent home with students this past week.?A highlight this year is that ALL MPS high schools will be represented at the expo for students to discuss course offerings and available opportunities at their site. 

Prior to attending the STEM expo, on Feb. 1st, Ms. Burnett (Field Licensed School Counselor) will be visiting the 8th grade classrooms to complete a career interest lesson and inventory discussing student results. Each student will be given a copy of the Minnesota Career Fields, Clusters, & Pathways. Please review this with your student. 

Any questions, or to schedule a parent conference, contact Ms. Burnett at 612-668-3654 or send an email to kelly.burnett@mpls.k12.mn.us

High School Choice:

All online or paper high school choice requests are to be completed by March, 5th 2016. Students will be notified of their acceptance sometime Early to mid April, 2016.
Any questions or to schedule a parent conference, contact Ms. Burnett at 612-668-3654 or send an email to kelly.burnett@mpls.k12.mn.us

Share Your Talents - Volunteer for the Spring Fling 
The Hale/Field Foundation is in need of parents like you to share your talents in preparation for the 4/30/16 Spring Fling. 
Check out the options and sign up to volunteer here http://vols.pt/Hzdfk2
The Hale/Field Spring Fling is an annual adult-only fundraising event with food, cocktails, dancing and fun that raises tens of thousands of dollars each year for our school. Historically the funds raised have been used to supplement math, music, science, reading programs, field trips, traveling iPads and Smart Boards for classrooms as well as requests from teachers and administrators that implement the mission of "expanding education opportunities beyond the traditional boundaries of public education." So come join your neighbors and friends (and make a few new ones), as we make this the best Spring Fling ever! 

For more information on volunteering for the 2016 Spring Fling visit http://vols.pt/Hzdfk2 or contact Jackie Just (jackie@just-bloomed.com) 
 Order Your Yearbook : Yearbooks are now on sale! 
Please go online to reserve your copy at www.jostensyearbooks.com. However, if you choose to pay by check, please make your check payable to Hale PTA and bring it to the Hale or Field office. 
The cost for a yearbook is $16.00.

*Please note the last day for personalized orders is February 12th. 
After that date any extra options such as foil stamped personalization's and icons are no longer available and the price of the yearbook will increase to $18.00. 

African American Parent Involvement Day
National Africam American Parent Involvement Day
From Student Council:
Monday Feb. 8th it is NAAPID and we are excited to welcome parents to visit our classrooms at Field.  Student council has organized a door-decorating contest for all advisories with the theme of black history month.  Advisories are picking any topic under the theme of black history month. Some examples could be the Montgomery Bus Boycott, MLK Jr., the Greensboro Boys, or even on more modern topics such as Michael Jordan or Black Lives Matter. We are asking visiting parents to help judge the decorated doors along with administrators and student council reps.    
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on Monday Feb. 1st.


Dates to Remember
Dates to Remember 
  • FEB 8: National African American                                  Parent Involvement Day
  • FEB 11: Parent-Teacher Conferences (3:30-7:30pm)
  • FEB 12: NO SCHOOL for students - Parent-Teacher Conferences (7:30-11:30am)
  • FEB 15: NO SCHOOL -Presidents Day
  • FEB 18: BLACK MAle Field Trip
  • FEB 19-20: Scholastic Book Fair - 
    Mark your calendars for this school event, more information will be coming soon!
  • FEB 21: Pancake Breakfast at Field!
8th/7th Hyland Hills Ski Trip Photos

Contact Info:

Language Arts 
Michael Sundlin

Judy-Ann Ehrlich (long call sub)


Social Studies

8th Grade AVID


Ola Lloyd

Bev Halvorson


School Social Worker:
Kelly Burnett


Marty Johnson

Allison McCarthy

Reading Specialist:
Bev Halvorson

Math Specialist:
Craig Hamilton


Site Council Representatives for 8th grade:
Jeanne Mettner
Cell (612)889-8047

Korey Stoelzing
Main Office (and Attendance):
Traci Lynstad

In This Issue

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.

Field Middle School, 612-668-3640, 4645 Fourth Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55419
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