8th Grade Newsletter - February 8, 2016

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8th Grade News
For the Week of February 8th 2015

Winter Conferences
Winter conferences are coming up for the evening of February 11th and morning of February 12th.  Due to time slots being more limited these conferences are by request only.  The 8th grade team will be contacting some families about conferences beginning next week.  If you would like to request a conference for your student please e-mail Mr. Kafura (brian.kafura@mpls.k12.mn.us) and we will do our best to work out a time.  As always, feel free to e-mail any 8th grade teacher directly with any questions or concerns about your student's progress.


English Language Arts (ELA)

Check the student portal to make sure you have turned in your 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.

Monday: Ch 1 Group Quiz 
Tuesday: Complete Ch1 Quiz / Read Ch 2 /Ch 2 Group Notes
Wednesday: Ch 3 Reading
Thursday:   Ch 2-3 Quiz
Friday: Parent-Teacher Conferences

You need to have chosen a character from a book you have read independently this year for
your FACEBOOK Character Page! Turn in your Facebook page and January survey!
Remember to complete your February Independent Reading Surveys and  Activity.
The February online survey can be found on my webpage by clicking here!
Mr. Sundlin
MN Be Heard Youth Poetry Slam Series

Click HERE to get information, including preliminary dates, for the Twin Cities youth poetry slam!

This week's FINAL poetry slam is on 
Friday, February 12th
at Roosevelt High School 4026 S. 28th Ave.

 It is also fun to come and just be a spectator or audience member!

See Mr. Sundlin for a copy of the MN Be Heard Rule Book and support preparing for competing in these upcoming events!

FRIDAY, February 19th!

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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

The study of functions is going well.  Each day new 'parent' functions are being explored and recognizing how the 'children' are doing.  You will notice that each day of the week we are continuing the study in one lab or another.

Some of the most recent tests could use improvement.  We have discussed the need to read directions carefully and not just plug numbers in a formula because it was 'handy'.  One needs two analyze and discern what information is needed and how to use it appropriately.

With that said, test retakes will be done in class on Wednesday.  

Bring Colored Pencils/Markers....You will need them!!

  • Periods 1, 6, 7 Small lab. Period 3, discussion of test (no lab available : (
  • Periods 1, 3 Lab 118, Periods 6, 7 Media Center lab
  • All classes ; test/quiz retakes

  • All periods in the media center lab

  • Conferences

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


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

Mr. Iverson's classes:  This week will be labs on convection, notes on types of plate boundaries, evidence for plate tectonics, and a review for a quiz on Tectonic Plate Theory next Tuesday.

Mr. R's classes: Evidence for continental drift, distribution of volcanoes and types of volcanoes.

Mr. Iverson
Global Studies  
 Students may make fixes to their quizzes and resubmit them for partial points back.  

Monday: Religions and Women's Rights Quiz

Tuesday: Intro to the Arab Spring (Activism Posters due)

Wednesday: Social Media and the Arab Spring (Tweet due by the end of the day Thursday) 

Thursday:  Syria

Friday: No School/Conference day

Reading B.E.S.T.

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

Share Your Talents - Volunteer for the Spring Fling 
The Hale/Field Foundation is in need of parents like you to share your talents in preparation for the 4/30/16 Spring Fling. 
Check out the options and sign up to volunteer here http://vols.pt/Hzdfk2
The Hale/Field Spring Fling is an annual adult-only fundraising event with food, cocktails, dancing and fun that raises tens of thousands of dollars each year for our school. Historically the funds raised have been used to supplement math, music, science, reading programs, field trips, traveling iPads and Smart Boards for classrooms as well as requests from teachers and administrators that implement the mission of "expanding education opportunities beyond the traditional boundaries of public education." So come join your neighbors and friends (and make a few new ones), as we make this the best Spring Fling ever! 

For more information on volunteering for the 2016 Spring Fling visit http://vols.pt/Hzdfk2 or contact Jackie Just (jackie@just-bloomed.com) 
 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 $16.00.

*Please note the last day for personalized orders is February 12th. 
After that date any extra options such as foil stamped personalization's and icons are no longer available and the price of the yearbook will increase to $18.00. 

African American Parent Involvement Day
National Africam American Parent Involvement Day
From Student Council:
Monday Feb. 8th it is NAAPID and we are excited to welcome parents to visit our classrooms at Field.  Student council has organized a door-decorating contest for all advisories with the theme of black history month.  Advisories are picking any topic under the theme of black history month. Some examples could be the Montgomery Bus Boycott, MLK Jr., the Greensboro Boys, or even on more modern topics such as Michael Jordan or Black Lives Matter. We are asking visiting parents to help judge the decorated doors along with administrators and student council reps.    
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!

Dates to Remember
Dates to Remember 
  • FEB 8: National African American                                  Parent Involvement Day
  • FEB 11: Parent-Teacher Conferences (3:30-7:30pm)
  • FEB 12: NO SCHOOL for students - Parent-Teacher Conferences (7:30-11:30am)
  • FEB 15: NO SCHOOL -Presidents Day
  • FEB 18: BLACK MAle Field Trip
  • FEB 19-20: Scholastic Book Fair - 
    Mark your calendars for this school event, more information will be coming soon!
  • FEB 21: Pancake Breakfast at Field!
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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