8th Grade Newsletter - February 27, 2012

8th Grade Newsletter 8th Grade Newsletter
February 27, 2012
8th Grade News ~ Field Community School
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Staff Contacts

Core & Advisory Teachers:

Sean Casey
(Advisory; Media/Tech)
(612) 668-3640

Alison Constant
(Language Arts; Advisory)
(612) 668-7672

Adam Farrell
(Social Studies; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640

(Math; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640

Ola Lloyd
(Advisory; Behavior Support)
(612) 668-3640

Gretchen Mattson
(Advisory; Reading Support)
(612) 668-3640

Tracey Schultz
(Science; Advisory)
(612) 668-8602

Mike VanPatten
(Advisory; Life Skills)
(612) 668-3640

Specialists & Support Teachers

Del Bey
(612) 668-3640

Marni Heck
(612) 668-3640

Kim Hotchkiss
(Band & Orchestra)
(612) 668-3640

Ruth LeMay
(Vocal Music & Guitar)
(612) 668-3640

Brenda Leviton
(612) 668-3640

Mark Usem
(Math Support)
(612) 668-3640

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

Julie Peterson
(Social Worker)
(612) 668-3640

Wendy Wolff
(612) 668-3640

Site Council Representatives/PTA:

Kathie Glick
(Site Council rep)

Sashank Varma
(Site Council rep)

Margaret Miller
(PTA Co-Chair)

Rich Flint
(Site Council community rep)

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Mid-quarter progress reports -- coming soon
This week you should be getting what looks like a report card but is actually just a mid-quarter progress report. This will be just a snapshot of how your student's grades look on a particular day around the middle of this quarter (which is this week). They are not official reports, they don't "count" for anything -- they are simply another way to keep you informed of your child's progress so far.

By the time these reports are mailed to you, some additional scores will have already been posted. For the most up-to-date information, the Parent Portal is always your best bet.

Parent-teacher conferences are this week. The 8th grade teachers are available from 3:00-7:30 pm on Thursday March 1, and 7:30-11:30 am on Friday, March 2, to conference with students and parents. There is no school for students on Friday. We do ask that you bring your child to conferences. If you would like to set up a conference time, please call or email Ola Lloyd (668-3640, Ola.Lloyd@mpls.k12.mn.us

Ski Trip!

The annual 7th and 8th grade ski trip to Hyland Hills in Bloomington is Friday, March 9th. Hyland has been making snow all winter and assures us that great conditions await! Permission slips were already sent home. Please return these ASAP. Questions about the trip? Please email Tracey Schultz, Tracey.Schultz@mpls.k12.mn.us

Attention GIRLS interested in CHEMISTRY!
The University of Minnesota hosts an annual day long event called "Cool Chemistry." This year it will be held on Saturday, April 21st from 9:30 am - 3:00 pm. Students participate in exciting hands-on experiments in the university labs, work with graduate students in the department of chemistry, and more! Space is limited and in past years this event has quickly filled up. To learn more, visit the website http://www.chem.umn.edu/wise/registration.html

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

Language Arts - Ms. Constant

This week we will continue with the trial of Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird. Last week after reading testimony from the sheriff and the father of the victim, I heard more than one student say, "I have to go home and read the rest tonight. I want to know what happens." Just one of the reasons I love this book. This week we hear from the victim herself and from Tom.

Reading will be done in class this week. Students' only homework during the week is to finish their drafts of essays based on part I of the book. Many students turned these in already; those who have not have until Wednesday to get them in. Directions are on my website. Looking ahead, students will also have an important reading assignment and chapter notes over the long weekend. Check planners later in the week for details.

Algebra 1 ~ Mr. Leavitt
I love math

Hello Field families.

We had our first Ketchup and Relish this past Friday. A lot of students needed to "ketchup". I think it made the point we were trying to make. A lot of students have started to "ketchup". We will continue Ketchup and Relish going forward. Let's encourage our students to be at the top of their game.

We took a short detour back to the Pythagorean Theorem this past week. (Students studied this important theorem in detail last year.) Ask your son/daughter about Pythagorean Tweety or Pythagorean Yoda (an extremely interesting extension of the Pythagorean Theorem).

We begin exponential growth today. By the end of this chapter, students will understand the power of compound interest - a very useful piece of knowledge.

Seth Leavitt

Problem of the Week

Teeter Trio

Science ~ Ms. Schultz
View of earth from Apollo 8

Did you hear about our trip to the edge of the universe and back? The Planetarium visit on Friday was a great success! If you haven't had a chance to ask your student about their experience in the Exploradome, please do. Good questions to discuss are "what surprised you?" and "what did you discover that you didn't know before?" We have another exciting event coming up this week. On Wednesday we are hosting the exclusive premiere of the interactive movie experience titled "Journey Through the Universe." The program will include 3-D technology, surround sound, special effects lighting, motion and interactive remotes, and even more discoveries about space science. Thank you to Mr. Norlin-Weaver for connecting us with this exciting opportunity!

After wrapping up Earth in Space at the beginning of the week (look on the portal to see the unit test scores!), we will start our next unit, WEATHER, WATER, AND CATASTROPHIC EVENTS. Good time to start a new notebook if the current volume is running low on pages. No homework this week.

U.S. History ~ Mr. Farrell

The first unit has finally wrapped up, and I am excited to see how the students performed on the exam. As I mentioned last week, the exams will carry a lot of weight right now so do not be surprised by vast changes to the U.S. History grades, hopefully in the positive direction.

What all of this means though is that it is time to starting out next unit! Unit 2 offers an easy transition for the students as we begin studying the Progress Era by analyzing the Labor Movement. The students have been introduced to some of the working conditions during this time period and what labors did to attempt to gain more wages and safer conditions. This idea will be further explored in the upcoming weeks. Along with the labor unit, we will be analyzing the Women's Suffrage Movement and the Harlem Renaissance. The impact of the Progressive Era, both immediate and continuing, will be discussed as the students will attempt to see how these movements continue to affect our world today.

I will challenge the students to view these events from the time period they took place in. It can sometimes be difficult when studying history to step outside of our modern society to understand that many things were not seen as concrete as they may be today. Thank you for your interest, and I look forward to meeting some of you at conferences!

AVID ~ Mrs. Walker
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School Counselor and High School Transition ~ Ms. Wolff

Wendy Wolff
Field School Counselor

Family Focus

The middle school years are a good time to start giving your teen more independence; It helps them establish their own place in the world. As your teen becomes more reliable and mature increase privileges and opportunities for independence. If they fall, they still have you to catch them and to guide them before they are out on their own. Remember some of life's most valuable lessons are learned through life experiences!

Struggling navigating through the teen years? Two Field parents developed an app that answers a lot of teens' -- and their parents'-- tough questions about things they face: relationships, mental health, substance abuse, bullying, etc. called teensphere. You can learn more about the app at teensphere.com. Check it out!

Did you know that having an "attitude of gratitude" has been linked to better health, sounder sleep, less anxiety and depression, higher long-term satisfaction with life and kinder behavior toward others? Try it with your family! Do one small thoughtful or generous thing for each member of your family daily; express your appreciation for someone's skills or talents.

Advisory ~ 8th grade Advisory team

phone: 612-668-3640

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