8th Grade Newsletter - February 2, 2015

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8th Grade News
For the Week of February 2nd, 2015

Welcome to the 8th Grade Newsletter 


Ski Trip

The 8th grade student ski trip is coming up Friday.  Students received permission slips and waivers 2 weeks ago.   Slips and waivers were due last Friday, if you have not turned yours in please do so as soon as possible, without one you will not be able to go!  


On Friday please ensure your student brings warm clothes, including a hat and mittens/gloves, as they will be outside most of the day.  Any questions should be directed to Mrs. Lindasy (erin.lindsay@mpls.k12.mn.us).


Winter Conferences

Winter conferences will be held after school on February 12th and in the morning on February 13th.  Due to the limited number of time slots these conferences are by appointment only.  The 8th grade team will be contacting some families to set up conferences, however if you would like to schedule one please contact Mr. Kafura (Brian.Kafura@mpls.k12.mn.us) and we will do our best to accommodate you.  As always, you are welcome to contact any of us at any time for an update about your student's progress.



English Language Arts (ELA)

Life in the 1930s
In preparation for 
To Kill a Mockinhgbird this week, students will be reading two final articles discussing the context of life in America during the 1930s.

Life in the 1930s research writing assignments are due this Tuesday! Choose either a news article, letter, or diary entry for your final assignment.

The final opportunity for students interested in participating in, or watching, a LIVE poetry slam should check out the TruArtSpeaks website and pick up a rule book from Mr. Sundlin.
Shout out to Robert, Aurora, Seneca, Elia, an Zuly coming out to share in these inspiring performances!

Click HERE and check out this opportunity to be heard!

All registration will be done online. Register now to reserve your space at the final upcoming preliminary bout:

  • February 6th at Southwest High School, 3414 W. 47th St., Minneapolis, MN, 55410 at 6:00p

Mr. Sundlin's webpage is located here

Monday & 
Tuesday:  "Growing Up in the 1930s articles
Turn in your Life in 1930s America research writing assignment today!
Wednesday: Group Discussion / Share
Thursday:To Kill a Mockingbird check-out / preview
Friday:  Ski Trip @ Hyland Hills
Turn in January Independent reading Activity 
by Monday, February 9th!
Mr. Sundlin

Intermediate Algebra

Students have been doing okay with getting their homework in.  I would say their are about 30% of students not doing the homework so make sure you are checking the portal. If there is a zero it means they did not do it.  

Monday: Problem 2.3 
HW: p.34 #23-25

Tuesday:  Elimination Practice 
HW: Review Packet - Due: Thursday

Wednesday:  Systems Review 

Thursday: Systems Test

Friday: Ski Trip


The first of this quarter's series of learning targets has been entered into the gradebook.  If a student has a score followed by an "X" - such as "7/X" it simply means that the score is not counted - yet - they can retake that assessment to show they understand the topic better.   If the assessment isn't retaken by the end of the quarter, then the score earned will be calculated into the final quarter grade.

Our schedule for the week:

Tectonic plate boundaries notes (subduction/convergence/transform faults)

Examining plate movement lab 

Seafloor spreading - geologist simulation

Features caused at plate boundaries notes
Plate Tectonics Reading Homework Due
Optional: Retakes on the Minerals/Igneous Rocks Quiz.

Ski Trip!

Have a great week!
Mr. Iverson
Global Studies  
We will be hitting the pause button on our Middle East Unit and starting our Model UN unit.  Our Model UN conference is scheduled for March 11th.  If at all possible, please avoid setting any appointments or plan on having your student out that day as the conference is not something that can be made up. 

Monday and Tuesday: Overview of the United Nations founding, systems, and purpose (homework for this due Thursday)

Wednesday: Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Thursday: Human Rights Issues around the world  (homework for this due Tuesday next week)
If you would like more detail about what we are doing each week feel free to visit our class website: 
Reader's Workshop

Dates to Remember
Dates to Remember 
  • January 26: Boys/Girls Basketball @ Field 3:30/4:30PM
  • February 2: Winter Walk to School Day 
  • February 6:
    8th Grade Ski Trip 
    @ Hyland Hills
  • February 12 & 13: Conferences

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If you have any questions, please call Mike Lieb at 612-822-2064 or

by email at liebc1@msn.com 

Student Council Boxtops Fundraiser
For the next month+ Advisories will be collecting Boxtops to raise money for Field Community.  General Mills donates directly to schools at $.10 per Boxtop.  We are hoping to collect over 50 Boxtops per student.  

To encourage participation, advisories will be competing in a contest to collect the most Boxtops.  The advisory with the most Boxtops on February 24th will win a pizza party
sponsored by the PTA.  The top 4 individual contributors will also win a gift card to Chipotle, iTunes, or Target.  Student Council will count and track Boxtop collections.  
Please place them in a Ziploc bag and fill out an information sheet (# of Boxtops, Name, Advisory Teacher) to place in the bag. 

8th Grade Ski Trip
Our eighth graders will  have an opportunity 
to enjoy this winter weather with a trip to Hyland Hills Ski and Snowboard Area on 
Friday, February 6th.
Return slips by the end of this week!
*Complete information at the top of this newsletter!

In This Issue
Contact Info:

Language Arts 
Michael Sundlin


Social Studies

8th Grade AVID

Additional Advisory teachers:

Ola Lloyd

Bev Halvorson


School Social Worker:
Chris Yohe


Anna Sonmore-Costello

Reading Specialist:

Bev Halvorson



Math Specialist:

Seth Leavitt





Site Council Representatives for 8th grade:
Deirdre McMahon
Eric Muschler



Main Office (and Attendance):


Traci Lynstad

We are assembling a team to send to the Regional MathCounts Competition at the University of Minnesota on Friday, February 6, 2015.

Team membership is open to any 7th or 8th grade student.

We will meet Tuesdays and Fridays for Math lunch and recess in Ms. Lindsay's classroom (room 107). Students are welcome to come to as many or as few lunches as they choose.

We will hold our school competition on Tuesday, February 3 during lunch.  The top 4 finishers will compete for Field School in the Regional Tournament.

If you have any questions about the Math Team or the Tournament, please contact Seth Leavitt, Field Math Specialist.


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.

School Counselor News, 
from Chris Yohe:
Interested in a summer job?

 Step-Up is the city of Minneapolis' summer jobs program for low income youths ages 14-21. 

More info and applications available at www.minneapolismn.gov/step-up or see Mr. Yohe.

 Application deadline is February 18, 2015!
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