8th Grade Newsletter - February 6, 2017

Eighth Grade Newsletter: February 6th
8th Grade 

For the week of 
February 6th

Welcome Back, Field Mice Families!

Winter Conferences

Winter conferences are quickly approaching.  Due to the fact that we have less time for these conferences (the evening of Feb. 16th and morning of Feb. 17th), these conferences are by request only.  The 8th grade team will be contacting some families over the next few weeks to schedule a conference.  If you would like to request a conference please e-mail Mr. Kafura at brian.kafura@mpls.k12.mn.us and he will do  his best to accommodate you.  As always, you may request an update of your student's progress at any time (e-mail is best), so feel free to get in touch.

Ski Trip Tuesday!

The 8th grade has the annual ski trip to Hyland Tuesday this week.  Please make sure your student brings adequate warm clothing (coat, hat, gloves, etc.) to be outside for the day.  Students may bring money to buy food at the ski hill, but it is their responsibility to keep track of it (bringing a lunch is always an option as well).  Students may bring their own equipment if they want (we will have a trailer for them to place it in).  Please contact Mr. Iverson with any additional questions.

English Language Arts (ELA)

We continue our pre-reading activities for our third quarter novel, 
To Kill a Mockingbird
This week we begin using primary source, interviews and online resources to complete research, in class and at home, on what life was like in 1930s America. 

Students are continuing to workon gaining background knowledge to prepare for beginning Chapter 1 next week!

"But I don't have any homework!" 
Independent Reading is now graded as a part of their 8th grade ELA standards.
Independent Reading Survey and (Facebook) Actvity 
is due today- Monday, February 6th!
January's reading log and activity will be assigned this week!

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 
Monday: Review "Southerntown" / Article-"Growing Up White in the 1930s" 
Complete Summary handout at home!
Tuesday :Hyland Hills Ski Trip 
Article- "Growing Up Black in the 1930s"
Complete Summary handout at home!
Cowles Dance theater field trip (AM) 
Independent Reading  (PM)
FridayLETTER ASSIGNMENT DIRECTIONS / Online Research Assignment in the computer lab

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

Hello Everyone!  This week we will begin studying properties of exponents!
Monday (1/30)Review/Learning Target QuizNone
Tuesday (1/31) Ski TripNone
Wednesday (2/1)Properties of Exponents Intro#1-20
Thursday (2/2)Properties of Exponents Practice#1-20
Friday (2/3)Adv. Properties of Exponents PracticeNone

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.

There are a lot of missing classwork assignments right now in the gradebook. Many of our 8th graders are not using their planners/calendars to record due dates and assignments.  There might be a connection...

Students should be completing work in class and if necessary, finishing it at home to turn in on the due date.  

microscopeMon: Finding the epicenter activity

Tues: Ski Trip

Wed: Mapping tectonic plates and plate interaction notes

Thur: Plate motions and google earth tectonic activity

Fri: Plate tectonics theory

Have a great week! -Mr. Iverson

Global Studies  

 Students will have a quiz on the Physical Geography of the Middle East on Wednesday.  We will review in class on Monday.  Students should spend some time reviewing their physical geography, oil, water, and migrant worker notes on their own.

Monday: Review of Middle East Physical Geography

Tuesday: Ski Trip

Wednesday: Middle East Physical Geography Quiz

Thursday: Intro to Middle East Religions

Friday: Beliefs of Judaism

Get Your Yearbook!
Yearbooks are on sale NOW! 
Please go online to reserve 
your copy today.
If you choose to order by check, please make your check to Hale PTA and bring it to the office, either Hale or Field. The cost is $16.00. 

Please note the last day for personalized orders is February 17th, 2017. 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

    • FEB 7: 7th & 8th Grade Ski Trip (No regular classes)
    • FEB 9: Curio Dance: Drop the Mic (HipHop) - 10:00-12:00PM
    • FEB 13: African-American Parent Involvement Day
    • FEB 16: Box Tops Due Today! (in the office)
    • FEB 17: Last day for personalized yearbook orders. (price increases to $18)
    • FEB 17: NO SCHOOL - Conferences
    • FEB 21: NO SCHOOL - Presidents Day
    • MAR 30: End of 3rd Quarter
    • MAR 31 - APR 7: NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
    • APR 10: Beginning of 4th Quarter


Dear Parent or Guardian:
Some 8th graders at Field School will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on February 16, 2017. NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. It is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP is different from our state assessment because it provides a common measure of student achievement across the country. The results are released as The Nation's Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public.
Your child might take a mathematics or reading assessment; 63 students have been randomly selected to take either a reading or a math assessment. The assessment also asks students questions about their daily routine and their educa
tional experiences. For example, students are asked if there is a computer at home and about the amount of reading they do. Student responses are anonymous, and they provide context and meaning to the assessment results. Please visit 
http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/about/booklets.asp to review sample questions.
The assessment takes about 90 to 120 minutes for most students. The results are completely confidential (in accordance with the Confidential Information Protection provisions of Title V, Subtitle A, Public Law 107-347).
The information collected is used for statistical purposes only.
·     Your child's grades will not be affected.
·     Students may be excused for any reason, are not required to complete the assessment, and may skip any question.
·     While the assessment is voluntary, NAEP depends on student participation to help policymakers improve education. However, if you do not want your child to participate, please notify me in writing by February 9, 2017.
There is no need to study in preparation for NAEP, but please encourage your child to do their best. A brochure that explains what participation in NAEP means for you and your child is available at http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/pdf/parents/2012469.pdf. Contact Jean Lorenz 
at (763)559-0847 or at jeanlorenz@naepmail.westat.com if you have any questions.
We are excited that our school is participating in NAEP. We know that Field's students will show what our nation's students know and can do.
Vanita Miller
School Principal


Community Service:
"Hibernating for the Homeless" UPDATE
We raised over $200 for the homeless snack packs. Thank you!

 from the Field Social Worker... 

As the Social Worker at Field I am always amazed by the generosity of the Field Community. I am requesting your help with a Second Semester Supply Drive. I am in need of single subject notebooks, folders, pencils, binders and pencil pouches. Please drop your donations off at the Main Office. They are greatly appreciated!

Mariam Bashiri Graff    
School Social Worker, 
Field Middle School

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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