8th Grade Newsletter - February 27, 2017

Eighth Grade Newsletter: February 27th
8th Grade 

For the week of 
February 27th

Welcome Field Mice Families!


It has been quite the cold/flu season this year with multiple rounds hitting the 8th grade.  As you might expect this has led to our tissue supply running low.  If you have a box or two to spare at home it would be much appreciated if you sent it in with your student to add to our classroom supply.

English Language Arts (ELA)

To Kill a Mockingbird
Check the student portal to make sure students have turned in their
Life in the 1930s research writing assignments!
The overview worksheet can be found on my webpage by clicking HERE!

This week we will continue to read chapters 2-3, discuss the 
growth and change of different characters, and understand more about the norms of citizens living in the town of Maycomb.
Students will read to get the gist of the story, then work in table groups and whole class discussions to build understanding.

"But I don't have any homework!"
Independent Reading is now graded as a part of their 8th grade ELA standards.
February's reading log and Prequel or Sequel activity will be due Friday, March 10th!

Remember to check the student portal for OVERDUE assignments or work that may be improved and show growth by completing a redo!
Mr. Sundlin's webpage is located here 
Ch 1 Group Quiz
Tuesday:  Complete Ch 1 Quiz / Read Ch 2 /Ch 2 Group Notes
Wednesday: Chapter 3 Reading / Complete Group Notes
Chapter 2-3 Quiz / Independent Reading 
Friday: Complete Ch. 2-3 Quiz

Intermediate Algebra
Craig Hamilton (email: craig.hamilton@mpls.k12.mn.us)

Please check in with Mr. Hamilton for this weeks units and homework assignments!

Don't forget!  Students are always welcome to retake any Learning Target Quizzes for which they did not meet the standard so that they may meet it.  Students must meet the standard on every LTQ, achieve a C or better in the class, and score "Meets" or better on the 8th grade MCA to advance at the end of the year.  I am available before school, during advisory, during lunch and recess, and after school on Fridays to facilitate retakes.

Science                                                  02/27/2017
No big assessments this week - HW will be given Monday or Tuesday & we'll have a busy week with two labs around the study of volcanos.

Topics of Study for the week:

Volcano Types     
Viscosity of lava    

Questions to ask your student:
What can we learn about the Earth from studying volcanos?
What differences/similarities are there in the 3 types of volcanos?
Where might you find each of the 3 volcano types?
Have a great week! -Mr. Iverson

Global Studies  

 Students have a quiz on Tuesday.  This quiz will cover the beliefs of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, the similarities and differences of the 3 religions, and women's rights in the Middle East.

Monday: Kahoot Review (Activism Poster Due)

Tuesday: Quiz on Religions and Women's Rights

Wednesday: Intro to the Arab Spring

Thursday: Social Media and the Arab Spring

Friday: Syria and the Arab Spring

Get Your Yearbook!
Yearbooks are on sale NOW! 
Please go online to reserve 
your copy today.

Please note the last day for personalized orders is 
After that date any extra options such as foil stamped personalizations and icons are no longer available and the price of the yearbook will increase to $18.00. 
Non-personalized Yearbooks will be available to order on the Jostens site for $18.00 until May 19, 2017.

Dates to Remember

    • March 2: Group Picture Day
      3/7-3/10 - 6th Grade MCA - Reading
      3/13-3/16 - 8th Grade MCA - Reading
      3/16 - Ice Cream Social 6:30pm
      3/20-3/23 - 8th Grade MCA - Math
      3/27-3/30 - 7th Grade MCA - Reading
                          5th Grade MCA - Reading
    • MAR 30: End of 3rd Quarter
    • MAR 31 - APR 7: NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
    • APR 10: Beginning of 4th Quarter

Dear Eighth Grader and Family,

Minneapolis Public Schools would like to invite you to be a Fast Track Scholar this summer!  This exciting program provides current 8th grade (going into 9th) students with the opportunity to meet new high school classmates and begin earning high school elective credits.  The goal is to prepare students for a smooth transition to high school. In order to participate, students must meet ALC criteria such as not meeting grade level academic standards, English Language Learner, or having inconsistent school attendance which significantly impacts achievement. AVID students also qualify to attend Fast Track Scholars, and teachers/counselors may recommend students.  

More information can be found on the Field website: click HERE!

Student Council Logo

 from the Field 
Student Council... 
We are having a SPORTS DAY on Friday, March 3rd. You can dress in all your sports gear, except cleats and skates. Be sure to follow the dress code. 
We encourage everyone to participate and there will be a contest at lunch.

Black and White Dance for 6th-8th Grades
This years spring dance theme will be Black and White and will happen on Friday, March 10th. The dance will be from 6:30 to 8:00
Ticket sales start on Tuesday February 28th and the last day is Thursday March 9th. See your grade level student council representative during lunch to purchase your ticket. 
The tickets will be $4 dollars.

Contact Info:

Language Arts 
Michael Sundlin
Craig Hamilton

Social Studies

8th Grade AVID

7th/8th Grade Health

Support Staff:
Dymekea Bellamy

School Social Worker:
Mariam Graff
Days at school: Mon., Tues., Wed.,Thurs.

Kate Kippling

Leah Herzog
Jennifer Jonland

Reading Specialist:
Bev Halvorson

Field School 
Site Council Representatives for 8th grade:
Co-Chair:  Jen Buss  plyspalace@comcast.net
Co-Chair: Leah Kondes lkondes@gmail.com
Main Office (and Attendance):
Traci Lynstad

Field School & Hale/Field PTAs, 4645 Fourth Avenue South, Field PTA, Minneapolis, MN 55419
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