8th Grade Newsletter - January 9, 2017

Eighth Grade Newsletter: January 9th
8th Grade 

For the week of 
January 9th

Welcome Back, Field Mice Families!

Congratulations Poets and Artists!

The 8th grade team would like to congratulate all of our 8th graders on their hard work with their poems and collages.  It was wonderful seeing over 100 collages made by Field 8th graders hanging in the Weisman.  A special shout out to our 8th graders who presented their poems in front of everyone, we were all very impressed!

End of 2nd Quarter and 1st Semester

The end of 2nd quarter and 1st semester is quickly approaching.  Both the quarter and semester end on Thursday, Jan. 26th.  With short weeks this will come faster than expected.  Make sure you are taking care of any missing work/fix-up/retake opportunities as soon as possible.

Weisman Celebration

8th Grade Poets

English Language Arts (ELA)

Bronx Masquerade By Nikki Grimes

This is our final week with this quarter's text
Bronx Masquerade!
Students continue to record observations on various characters through analyzing character narratives and poems in class text,
 students have also begun writing their own collection of poems! We will complete the majority of these poems in the computer lab next week, but additional time will be required outside of class at home to be preparing rough drafts.

"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 (visual) Actvity is due Friday, February 3rd!

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: Poem comparison / Bronx Masquerade: Read pgs. 108-113
 Class Discussion / Bronx Masquerade:Read Pgs. 114-129
Wednesday: Poem #5 "IF" poem
: Independent Reading
/ Poem #6 Partner Poem
Friday: Bronx Masquerade / Bronx Masquerade:pgs.133-156

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

Hello Everyone!  This week we will finish up our Unit Test on Systems of Equations and Inequalities and start a brand new unit on Functions.  This is a chance for students to start fresh with new material.  I encourage each of them to take advantage of this chance and really start the "2nd half" off strong!
Monday (1/9)Finish Unit 2 ExamNone
Tuesday (1/10) Introduction to Functions#1-20
Wednesday (1/11)What Makes a Function?#1-20
Thursday (1/12)Domain and Range#1-12
Friday (1/13)Identifying Types of FunctionsNone

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.

We are off and into our second of three big topics of study for the year - The Changing Earth.  It's geology time in the 8th grade science class.

microscopeMon: Homework (Earth's Layers) Due and discussion.  Share out of minerals fliers.  Finish Mineral Identification Lab

Tues: Mining and Mineral Identification Simulation/Lab

Wed: Mining and Mineral Identification Simulation/Lab

Thur: Summarizing -Mining and Mineral Identification Simulation/Lab

Fri: Notes - Rock Cycle

Have a great week and restful break! -Mr. Iverson

Global Studies  

  We will be continuing our exploration of Sub-Saharan Africa for the next few weeks.  For this unit we will not be having a test, but instead students will be completing mini-projects in class to show their understanding of the topics.  It is therefore important that they keep all materials from this unit so they can use them for their mini projects.

Monday: Diaspora Drawings (due Wednesday)

Tuesday: Somali Diaspora

Wednesday: God Grew Tired of Us (the Lost Boys of Sudan)

Thursday: God Grew Tired of Us (the Lost Boys of Sudan)

Friday: Comparison of the Somali and Sudanese Diasporas and Mini Project Intro (if time allows)

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
Dates to Remember 


    • JAN 16: NO SCHOOL - MLK Day
    • JAN 26: End of 2nd Quarter
    • JAN 27-30: NO SCHOOL -Teacher record-keeping and professional development
    • JAN 31: Beginning of 3rd Quarter


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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