8th Grade Newsletter - June 1, 2015

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8th Grade End of the Year News
For the Week of June 1st 2015

Welcome to the 8th Grade Newsletter 



End of the School Year

Whew! It is already the last week of 8th grade.  As we wrap up the end of the school year please take a look at the items below to help us finish the year as smoothly as possible: 


Missing Books

Please return all missing books to the Field Media Center and/or pay your fines to Ms. Mazig.  Students have received multiple notices.  Unpaid fines follow students to high school and become much more difficult to resolve.


Missing Work/Retakes

This week is the last chance to improve grades by turning in missing work or submitting/taking retakes.  Please check your portal to help take care of anything you need to.


8th Grade Green Card Ceremony

When: June 5th at 8:15 AM

Who: All 8th grade students and their families

What: A recognition ceremony to celebrate their accomplishments and wish them well on their way to high school



-Permission Slips due back to Ms. Lindsay 

by Wednesday, June 3rd

-Cannot be failing any core class during 2nd semester to go (Students: if you are appealing to show progress please make arrangements with an 8th grade teacher to do so as soon as possible)

-Students can stay late if they arrange their own ride and have SIGNED permission (no Field staff will be staying late)

-Buses will return to Field at 4:30 PM


Thank you for sharing your students with us this year!  

We have very much enjoyed seeing and helping them make growth and wish them nothing but the best 

as they move on to high school.



A Message from 
Principal Norlin-Weaver:

Field Families,

This is a reminder that following Memorial Day, we have 9 days left of school this year.  This includes June 5 which is a required school day.  Every grade level has special field trips organized as part of the last day.  Teacher teams have planned, made arrangements and budgeted for their students to attend.  The field trips celebrate the completion of the passing year, and help to build relationships for students as they move toward the coming school year.   

We look forward to seeing your child in school each and every day as we wind up the school year.


Steve Norlin-Weaver


Important Reminder!!

This is a reminder for students to locate lost 

classroom library, Media Center books, or textbooks.  

All Media books must be turned in by May 21st.

 Students: begin checking your lockers, backpacks, and at home. 

ALL books must be returned or fines paid before going to Valleyfair or you are unable to attend.

Overdue notices have been handed out in advisory.  



English Language Arts (ELA)

Public Speaking
These speeches will be presented in class this final week of school!
Each student needs to complete their note cards, or notepaper, and practice giving their speech at home.

Mr. Sundlin's webpage is located here 

Missing work will still be accepted by Thursday, June 4th!

Monday: Evaluating the speech, NOT the speaker!
Tuesday: Public Speaking Presentations: First Round
Wednesday: Public Speaking Presentations: Round Two
Thursday: Public Speaking Presentations: Final Round
Friday: Green Card Ceremony / Valleyfair!

This has been a fabulous first year at Field! 
Please keep in touch and let us know of your future accomplishments!
Thank you for sharing your talents and time with us! 
Mr. Sundlin

Intermediate Algebra

Monday and Tuesday: Going Between Forms
Wednesday: Quadratics Test
Friday: Green Card Ceremony / Valleyfair!

Mon: Tour of the Planets - notes

Tues: Finishing Notes - Inner and Outer Planets

Wed: Earth in Space Benchmark assessment
Thur: Unit Test for Our class (The Solar System)

Fri: ValleyFair

Have a great week!
Mr. Iverson
Global Studies  
  Students are still welcome to submit missing work and test/quiz corrections.  Missing work and corrections must be submitted by the end of the day Thursday, June 4th.

Monday: Green Card Practice/Valleyfair Info

Tuesday: Morning Classes: Current Events in Asia    Afternoon Classes: Aging Japan

Wednesday: South China Sea Conflict

Thursday: Surveys and end of year wrap up

Friday: Valleyfair/Green Card Ceremony

Reader's Workshop

Ms. Halvorson
Reading Specialist


During the next four weeks of Reader's Workshop, students will be reading
Junior Scholastic magazines and doing a close reading of the cover story.  This technique helps students read for understanding, learn craft and structure, and integrate knowledge and ideas. Students will also be reading current news articles of interest from NEWSELA. The task will be to find the main ideas and write summaries.



*Note to parents: I will be on medical leave beginning May 11th through the end of the school year. Unfortunately, I am having back surgery that requires three months of recovery time. Your children have been a pleasure to teach this year. I look forward to returning in the fall with renewed energy and enthusiasm! In the meantime, two of Field's preferred substitutes will be teaching the Reading B.E.S.T. classes.


Dates to Remember
Dates to Remember 
  • 6/2- Guitar/Rock Band Concert
  • 6/3- 7/8th Spanish Field Trip
  • 6/5- LAST DAY FOR STUDENTS    8th Grade Green Card Ceremony / Valleyfair!
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

In This Issue

                 2015 Yearbooks!
Yearbooks will be handed out during advisory on Thursday for our signing party! 
Check-in with your advisory teacher to verify you have ordered one. If you are still interested in receiving a yearbook see Traci in the office on sale for $17 each!

Check out this Summer Reading Program offered by Half-Price Books!   
Click on the link above to get started!


Valley Fair Requirements

In order to attend the Valleyfair trip at the end of the school year 8th graders must not have any failing semester grades for their core classes (LA, Science, Math, and Social Studies).  However, the 8th grade team has been emphasizing showing improvement and second chances all school year, so if students can show evidence of their effort and improvement during the semester they may appeal a failing grade and still have the opportunity to go on the trip.  The 8th grade team feels this is the best way to continue to help motivate and prepare our students to make the transition to high school and celebrate the achievements of all students.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions.



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.

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