8th Grade Newsletter - February 9, 2015

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8th Grade News
For the Week of February 9th, 2015

Welcome to the 8th Grade Newsletter 


Ski Trip Success!

The ski trip was a great success!  The Hyland staff complimented how polite, respectful, and positive our students were.  Thanks to students, parents/guardians, chaperones, and staff for making this happen!


Project Alert

This week we will begin our Project Alert curriculum in Advisory.  This is a drug and alcohol awareness/education curriculum that is done through Advisory classes since we do not have 8th grade Health class.  Any questions about the curriculum may be directed to your student's Advisory teacher.


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)

To Kill a Mockingbird
This week we begin reading 
To Kill a Mockinhgbird! Students will begin reading to understand the theme, setting, and characters. Students will be checking out books and reading the text at home.  If you have not read the book, or it has been awhile, I encourage you to read along with your child and share in their experience!
In class students will work in cooperative table groups, and with whole class, sharing observations, questions, and contributing to class discussions.

Shout out to Seneca and Nathan for their 
spoken word performances 
at South High School Friday night! Amazing!

There is one additional preliminary for the Be Heard Poetry Slam! 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 15th at Macalester College, 1600 Grand AV, 
  • Saint Paul, MN, 55105 at 6:00p
Check out another one-of-a-kind opportunity!
Flip the Script! is a one-day spoken word writing & performance intensive conference presented by TruArtSpeaks and The Loft Literary Center on Sunday, February 22. 

For more information click HERE!


Mr. Sundlin's webpage is located here

Monday Book checkout and begin Chapter 1
Tuesday:  Table groups review Chapter 1 and begin notes on setting and characters
WednesdayCh. 1 Group Quiz
Thursday: Finish Ch. 1 Quiz and review questions
Turn in January Independent Reading Facebook pages today!
Friday:  No School - Conferences

Mr. Sundlin

Intermediate Algebra

Many students aced their systems test last week.  If the students would like to do retakes, they will be due Monday, February 16th.   We are now starting the Pythagorean Theorem Unit.  We still have a lot of units to cover so if students do not finish their classwork in class it will now become homework on top of what is already assigned. 

Monday: Pre-Test
HW: Problem 1.3

Tuesday:  Problem 2.1
HW: Will be given in class

Wednesday:  Problem 2.2
HW: Will be given in class

Thursday: Problem 2.3
HW: Will be given in class

Friday: No school


Pangea - the breakup of a supercontinent is our topic for the week.

Our schedule for the week:

Pangea - reading and map making activity.

Volcanoes Quiz (Types/Formation/Eruptions)

Complete Plate Tectonics Notes

Plate Tectonics Review Day
Optional: Retakes on the Minerals/Igneous Rocks Quiz.


Have a great week!
Mr. Iverson
Global Studies  
Students will begin research to prepare for their Model UN conference this week.  There will be multiple checkpoints throughout this process to ensure students are prepared for the conference.  Please continue to check in regularly with your student to ensure they are on track.

Monday: Vocabulary Overview

Tuesday and Wednesday: Country assignments and beginning country research (Global Human Rights assignment due Tuesday and Check on these notes next Monday)

Thursday: Introduction to the topic of Refugees
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 
  • February 12 & 13 : 
  • February 2/26 & 2/28: Scholastic Book Fair


on sale now!

Please go online to reserve your copy today www.jostensyearbooks.com

The cost for a yearbook is $15.00


Please note the last day for orders is February 13th, 2015
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 $17.00 


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. 

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!
Ski Trip Photos
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