8th Grade Newsletter - January 21, 2014

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8th Grade News for the 
Week of January 13, 2014

7th/8th Grade

Ski Trip to Hyland Hills!

Friday, January 31 

Students should have brought home information last week, including permission slips, for our upcoming ski trip at Hyland Hills in Bloomington. We will be spending the entire day (8:30am-2:30pm) on this field trip, and students should plan on being outside the entire day.
Cost:  $25/student
(includes lift-ticket, ski lesson, equipment rental, and busing)
  • Students may bring their own equipment.

    There is no discount in Hyland's price.

  • Students can snowboard only if they have their own boots, bindings, and snowboard.
  • There is no snowboard rental during school days (Hyland's rule)
*NOTE: There is no cost barrier to participation in this event. If your family needs scholarship assistance to allow your child to participate in this trip, please contact your child's advisory teacher. 
LunchStudents should either bring their own lunch, a school lunch, or money to purchase a lunch at Hyland (approx $10)
Also, students may stay late at Hyland for more skiing... but Field School MUST have a signed parent/guardian permission slip IN ADVANCE.
                Chaperones are welcome!
    • (only $10 cost for chaperones)
Other Ski Trip Specifics 
Ski Trip money should be turned in with each slip, and the team needs the parent signature and lunch count so please send in the official form. 
Anyone interested in chaperoning should fill out their name and contact information at the bottom of the form. 
Students will be going to the information session with the representative from Hyland Hills THIS Friday afternoon, January 24th.
Language Arts
Hello, families! 

I hope you saw my email last week about the audiobook recordings of To Kill A Mockingbird that I recently posted on my website. There are three options available for either online streaming or download. I hope this proves to be a helpful resource for you. Please make sure to use the book to follow along even while listening. 

We'll be going over the first eight chapters this week. Our first learning target is to "read carefully to determine what the text says and infer what it means." We'll check in to remind ourselves of what's happened so far and answer any questions we might have. Then, we'll have a quiz on chapters 4-8. Finally, we'll wrap up the week with a writing project in collaboration with World Studies. Throughout the week, students will practice the learning target, "I can clearly express my thoughts in writing and support my thinking with textual evidence." The reading assignment given later this week will include Cornell Note-taking Strategies as we work on the learning target, "I can analyze how a character is developed in a text." 

As students completed the first two quizzes (individual and group), I've been impressed with their ability to use the text to answer the questions. We're focusing on improving the clarity of written responses. As I give feedback during group quizzes, I'm reminding students that the reasoning they do naturally when talking to one another also needs to appear on their papers. 
An "A" requires that a written answer uses multiple specific, thoughtful, detailed examples and explains how those examples connect to the student's answer.  This answer will include page numbers for each example or direct quote, and will have thorough detail. It's a lofty goal, but I'm convinced the eighth graders are starting in a good place and will make great strides throughout the unit!

As always, please let me know if you have any questions. 

~Mrs. Merissa Scheumann~ http://mrsscheumann.weebly.com

8th Grade English Language Arts

Field Community School
Intermediate Algebra
Ms. Lindsay will have this weeks information about assignments, quizzes, and tests with due dates and details in class. 


 The 8th grade put a lot of effort into the last weeks of first term - I'm looking forward to more great work and learning in the second term.

You can expect to see a bit more homework and studying required for science as we progress through this second half of the year.  Much of the homework will involve students reviewing their class notes - ask them to show you what they are doing in class!  Look for homework to come home Tuesday and due Friday.

This week will be an engineering design challenge!  Students will take notes on structural engineering principles for earthquake proof structures and build their own model of a structure utilizing those real world principles. 

Have a great week,

Mr. Iverson

Global Studies  
The quiz and classwork assignment students turned in on Friday are going on their 3rd quarter grades.  Many students did nice work getting caught up and ending the first semester strong.  Please continue that as we begin the 3rd quarter.
Tuesday and Wednesday:  Over these two days we will be learning about the Scottsboro boys to provide students with a historical background for To Kill a Mockingbird.  Students will be creating Cornell Notes for this which they will be expected to use in Language Arts.
Thursday and Friday:  Thursday we will be beginning our Northern Africa/Western Asia unit. After some brief brainstorming about what we know (or think we know about the region), we will be spending the bulk of these two days looking at the physical geography of the region. 
Reader's Workshop
   Good morning!    As we begin the second semester, we focus on a reading strategy that allows students to easily apply parts of the strategy to all their reading required for any class in their schedule.

"Pause to Connect" is an active reading strategy that asks students to pause at different times throughout the reading and think critically about the relationship between language (the words in the text) and meaning (what I think the words mean). 
Pause to Connect asks you to connect ideas within the text, seeking to understand what the author says and how s/he says it. Highly proficient readers read top to bottom, from left to right, but also bottom to top and right to left; they stop mid-sentence to reread important ideas, consult reading aids like dictionaries and thesauruses while working through a difficult passage, find connections among words, and consider various other textual details with reading. 
Whew! Sounds like a lot of work, right!  Well, it is, but you have to keep in mind that the texts you will be asked to read as you progress through secondary school and into college are going to get progressively harder and you have to develop the skills to meet those challenges.

I am looking forward to the work with the students!  This week, we begin with Cornell notes, a quiz, and lots of demonstrations!  As always, please contact me with questions or concerns.

Mr. J
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 
·         January 30 - 7:00-8:00 a.m.
·         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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Friday, January 31, 2014       7th/8th grade Ski Trip

Feb 13: Evening Conferences (3:00-7:30pm)


Conferences. (7:30-11:30am)

Feb 17: NO SCHOOL- President's Day Holiday

Mar 9: Daylight Savings Time begins (spring-ahead 1 hour)

Mar 27: End of 3rd Quarter

Mar 28 - Apr 4: NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

Apr 7 -4th Quarter begins




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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Language Arts 
Merissa Scheumann

Erin Lindsay

Jon Iverson

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Brian Kafura

8th Grade AVID
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Ola Lloyd
Tim Jungwirth

School Social Worker:
Julie Peterson

Linda Reiner
Susanne Koob

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Tim Jungwirth


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Seth Leavitt


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