8th Grade Newsletter - February 22, 2016

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8th Grade News
For the Week of February 22nd 2016

Thank You for the Tissues!
Thanks to everyone who brought tissues last week!  It is much appreciated!

Valleyfair Requirements
As some of you may know, the 8th grade Valleyfair trip is the traditional end of year celebration trip.  As a way to help students remain successful all of the way until the end of 2nd semester the 8th grade team created an academic requirement to attend the Valleyfair trip last year and will be continuing it this year.

In order to go on the Valleyfair trip at the end of the year students cannot have any F's in their core classes.  We do recognize that for some students this may be difficult even if they are putting in the effort.  We also recognize that our entire focus this year has been on improvement for all of our students, so we do have an appeal process for students that may have an F at the end of 2nd semester.  If a student does have an F they may appeal to an 8th grade teacher to still be allowed to go.  In their appeal the student must give evidence of their effort to improve (ex. meeting with the teacher for extra help, taking advantage of retake opportunities, etc.).

The 8th grade team is communicating this now to give students ample opportunity to get on top of their grades.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact the 8th grade team.


English Language Arts (ELA)

This week we have our first individual quiz for significant events in chapters 4-8.  Students have been focusing on improving their writing using topic sentences, specific evidence from the text, direct quotes, and a concluding sentence to bring closure to their writing.

Students will continue reading chapters 6-8 this week; discussing and tracking significant events, and the growth and change of different characters in the novel.

COMING SOON: Socratic Seminars: "Show what you know!"

Multiple resources for To Kill a Mockingbird 
can be found
 by clicking HERE!

Monday: Chapter 6 / Discussion Groups
Tuesday: Chapter 7-8 / Discussion Groups
Wednesday: Chapter 4-8 Significant Events Quiz Review
Thursday:  Chapter 4-8 Individual Quiz
Friday:  Independent Reading / Open Mic / Student Generated Discussion Questions

Independent Reading/Open Mic is back on Fridays! Remember to complete your February Independent Reading Log and  Prequel or Sequel Activity.
The February online survey can be found on my webpage by clicking here!
Mr. Sundlin
FRIDAY, February 26th!
The amazing Winter 2016 edition of The Field Mousetrap came out last week!

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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
Monday will conclude the study of Transformations of functions with an assessment.  I am very impressed with the knowledge and curiosity that each student has exhibited with this study.  The 'art gallery' of Desmos drawings is growing in the hallway. Stop by and see the creations.

We move forward with the study of quadratics with factoring and multiplying.  It is exciting to see each mind accept more challenges and see the success that the students are feeling.  I will be distributing another 'packet' on yellow paper.  If there is NO homework or it has been completed in class, I will collect the packets and hand them back the next day in class for more work.  (This will lower the amount of duplicates/triplicates/etc. that some students seem to need.

This week's agenda:
Monday:  Test
Tuesday: Characteristics of Parabolas, the relationship between one side of a rectangle and its area.  Section 1.1
Wednesday:  Continue study of Day 1.  Section 1.2
Thursday/Friday:  Projectile Motion.  Discussion of x and y intercepts, maximum/minimum and vertex

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


This week's schedule is very similar for Mr. R's classes and Mr. Iverson's classes. 

Viscosity lab, Volcanic Eruptions Graphing/Review, Quiz on Volcano Types (Wednesday) - Intro to Lithospheric Project Thursday-Friday

Mr. Iverson
Global Studies  
 Students will be starting their Model UN unit this week.  Model UN is the major Social Studies project in 8th grade.  Students will be given ample time to complete this in class to prepare for their Model UN conference in March.  It is absolutely key that students stay on track with due dates and small assignments to be prepared and complete their project. 

Monday: Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Tuesday: Human Rights Around the World (due Friday)

Wednesday: Refugee and Model UN Vocabulary (Parts of the UN Trading Cards due Today)

Thursday:  Introduction to Refugees

Friday: Refugees around the World Notes

Reading B.E.S.T.

READ 180: Next Generation

This week in READ 180 students will begin Workshop #7: Alien Invaders. 

The workshop begins with an anchor video that provides background about invasive species. It raises the essential question for the unit: Can scientists stop the devastating effects of alien invaders? Some of the invaders we will be reading about include Kudzu, red fire ants, zebra mussels, and northern snakehead.

-  Ms. Halvorson
     Reading Interventionist

Saturday With a Scientist
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

Field Student Council  -Spirit Day  -Friday, Feb 26

Hello Field families. Student Council is asking for your participation in our upcoming spirit day. 

The theme is USA day! 

USA day will take place on Friday, February 26th

 Prizes will be given at lunch to students who we think show the best/most spirit. This involves everything red, white, and blue and whatever speaks America to you!

What is the Spring Fling?
Planning continues for The Spring Fling! For those who may not be familiar with The Spring Fling, it's a fun-filled, adult-only party with music, dancing, food, cocktails and mingling that builds community spirit and raises money for our schools. This year's fundraising event will run from 7-11 p.m. on April 30th at Our Lady of Peace where the committee will transform the OLP gym into a world tour featuring Coney Island's Boardwalk, Germany's Octoberfest and other global destinations. 

In my 5 years in the Hale/Field community I have been overwhelmed and impressed by the generous people that support our schools. This party is a great way to continue that while also getting to know the parents and teachers of our schools.

I am really looking forward to this year's Spring Fling and I hope that you can join us! For now, get 4/30/16 on you calendar and look for more details to follow. 

Jackie Just 
Spring Fling Co-Chair

Want to be more involved in Spring Fling?

We would be overjoyed to have you share your talents with us as we continue to plan this fantastic event. Please consider joining one of the volunteer teams. Even if you only have an hour to give, we'd love to have you. 
More information on volunteer teams here: http://vols.pt/Hzdfk2

 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 $18.00.

Dates to Remember Dates to Remember
  • 3/2 - Site Council
  • 3/15 - Foundation Meeting
  • 3/17 - Ice Cream Social
           BLACK Male Field Trip
  • 3/18 - Grades 6-8 Dance


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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