8th Grade Newsletter - January 13, 2014

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8th Grade News for the 
Week of January 13, 2014
The end of first semester is THIS Thursday, January 16, 2014! Please check your student's online portal and complete missing work/make ups for each class by the date identified by each classroom teacher.

We are 12 school days away from our 7th/8th grade Field Community School Ski Trip.  Look for information to come home this week.  This tradition is enjoyed by all!
Language Arts
In this last week of the first semester, we will have no letter. Students should look over their feedback from letter 8 and other previous letters. If they make revisions they can turn them in for better grades. Please have these edited letters to me by Wednesday the 15th. Students are also free to make changes to their short story assignment from the last unit. 

This week we're doing a lot of preparation for the To Kill a Mockingbird unit, with journal questions, a practice quiz, a discussion about significant moments, and an independent quiz on Thursday. Chapters two and three need to be read by tomorrow (Tuesday) and chapters four and five will be assigned on Tuesday to be read by Thursday. Please refer to the reading calendar (yellow paper received on Friday) and my website if you ever have any questions about what will be due. 

http://mrsscheumann.weebly.com You can access my website from the Field homepage as well. All of our assignments will be available for download, and there are two calendars: one gives a day-by-day plan, and the other summarizes just the reading assignments. 

Please let me know if you have any questions! I hope many of you at home will read and/or discuss this book with your students! 

~Mrs. Merissa Scheumann~
8th Grade English Language Arts

Field Community School
Intermediate Algebra
Good Morning,
Last week students had the opportunity to 
do retakes on the learning targets of their choice.  I was very impressed with the number of students who chose to do retakes...over half of the 8th grade redid one or more learning target.  Most improved their score with many showing they had mastered the learning target.  In the grade book you will see a "/L" behind some of the learning target scores.  This does not mean they were late, it was the only way I could show that the student retook that learning target. 

Monday-Tuesday: "Going Between Forms Practice"
Tuesday HW: Going Between Forms #1
Wednesday-Thursday: "Going Between Forms Practice: Point Slope Form
Thursday HW: Going Between Forms #2
Last Friday's "Lesson 8.3/8.5" is also due this Thursday and will go on Qt 2 grades.

This week's HW will be due Thursday, but will go on next quarter's grades.

CHECK THE STUDENT/PARENT PORTAL.  ALL ASSIGNMENTS LISTED FOR THIS QUARTER ARE DUE THURSDAY.  AFTER THURSDAY I WILL NO LONGER EXCEPT THOSE ASSIGNMENTS.  All of the homework sheets are put in a folder by my class door and students are able to get those at any time. 

Erin Lindsay
Field Community School 


 We've been working on note taking and note-making in science class during the last week.  I'm impressed by how much better the 8th graders are at taking notes now compared to the fall.  Check out your student's science notebook and see for yourself! 

Our topic of study this week will be earthquakes.  There will be a quiz Thursday on the layers of the Earth.  We took a practice quiz on Friday and nearly every student is right on track.  Homework this week is to study their notes or visit www.sci8.com to explore information about the layers of the Earth.

Have a great week,

Mr. Iverson

Global Studies  
 Quarter 2 and the first semester end on Thursday.  Please have any missing work and test/project corrections in by the the end of the day Thursday.  The big item to mark on your calendar is the quiz we will be taking on Thursday.  Students should be reviewing their diaspora and Somalia notes/learning targets from last week as well as our Sudanese diaspora notes from this week.
Monday and Tuesday:
 Over the course of these two days students will be exploring the causes of the Sudanese diaspora as well as the experiences of the people within it.
Wednesday:  Today we will be using our notes on the Somali and Sudanese diaspora to compare them.  We will be looking for similarities and differences between each diaspora.  Students will be turning in this activity after they take their quiz on Thursday.
Thursday:  Students will be taking a quiz on the material we have covered since winter break.  We will use the time we have remaining to begin looking at our next topic.
Reader's Workshop
   Good morning!  The students are finishing their final assignment connected to Reading like a Reader and Reading Like a Writer.  The students are being asked to record responses to a short story called "Eddie Takes Off" to record the ideas that are happening in their heads as they read.  

* Reading like a reader: Students are being asked to focus on Questions, Predictions, Inferences, Connections, Feelings, and Evaluations they can make.


* Reading like a writer: Students are being asked to focus on what the writer is trying to say and how the writer is saying it. They will look at the techniques the writer is using to get his or her message across and how those techniques affect them as they experience the text.

Tim Jungwirth
K-12 Reading Specialist
Field Community School
From our Administrators:

School Counselor news from Wendy Wolff!

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The high school request center went live last month.  It will stay open until requests are due FEBRUARY 28. Please take time to review your options and discuss important information with your child:  http://highschoolrequest.mpls.k12.mn.us
You will find information on attendance zones, transportation, and when you are ready, you can choose your top three school options.  Please feel free to call me if you have any questions!
High School Information!
Family Tours are a great way to gather information about the schools.  I will post information as it comes available on the high school information board outside the Math room.  
Washburn has scheduled their family tour dates as follows. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Rebecca Syring at refel001@mpls.k12.mn.us 
ยท         January 30 - 7:00-8:00 a.m.
ยท         February 2 - 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the MPS High School transition process! I am at Field on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Wendy Wolff
Field School Counselor
News from Julie Peterson, School Social Worker
     Having trouble making it to school on time every day?  Then it's time to come up with a new plan!  Tardiness is a chronic problem for some students at Field School and this creates a problem for all students, as well as teachers.  An occasional tardy is not really a big problem and sometimes cannot be avoided.  However, consistent habitual tardiness is a problem. Remember that being on time means being seated in your assigned seat or space and ready to work when the second bell rings at 8:05am signaling the start of the class period.
▪ Understand the importance of being on time.  Students who are always on time earn the best grades and enjoy the most success.  The same is true in the workplace.  Start training your students to be on time now and develop this good habit that will last a lifetime.
▪ Get enough sleep.  If getting out of bed in the morning is a problem, make a serious effort to get to bed earlier.  Getting enough sleep also helps students focus better in the classroom and is important for overall good health.
▪ Prepare for school the night before.  Don't wait until you are already rushed in the morning to pack your backpack or complete homework papers.  Get it done the night before and put the backpack by the door.
▪ The start of first period is 8:05am you should plan to arrive at 7:55am.
▪ If one person in the house is running late, everyone is running late.  Make a family commitment to be on time to school every day.
Julie Peterson, LICSW, MSW
Field School Social Worker
Office Hours:  Monday - Thursday
office: 612-668-3655
fax: 612-668-3661

Dates to Remember:

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 Wednesday, January 15,  2014 School Spelling Bee 8:05 - 9:15 Media Center


Friday, January 31, 2014       7th/8th grade Ski Trip

Other important Field Community School news:
In This Issue
Language Arts
Intermediate Algebra
Reader's Workshop
School Counselor News
School Social Worker News
Other Important Field Community School
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Contact Info:

Language Arts 
Merissa Scheumann

Erin Lindsay

Jon Iverson

Social Studies
Brian Kafura

8th Grade AVID
Additional Advisory
Ola Lloyd
Tim Jungwirth

School Social Worker:
Julie Peterson

Linda Reiner
Susanne Koob

Reading Specialist:

Tim Jungwirth


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Seth Leavitt


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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.

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