8th Grade Newsletter - June 4, 2012

8th Grade Newsletter 8th Grade Newsletter
June 4, 2012
8th Grade News ~ Field Community School
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Staff Contacts

Core & Advisory Teachers:

Sean Casey
(Advisory; Media/Tech)
(612) 668-3640

Alison Constant
(Language Arts; Advisory)
(612) 668-7672

Adam Farrell
(Social Studies; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640

(Math; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640

Ola Lloyd
(Advisory; Behavior Support)
(612) 668-3640

Gretchen Mattson
(Advisory; Reading Support)
(612) 668-3640

Tracey Schultz
(Science; Advisory)
(612) 668-8602

Mike VanPatten
(Advisory; Life Skills)
(612) 668-3640

Specialists & Support Teachers

Del Bey
(612) 668-3640

Marni Heck
(612) 668-3640

Kim Hotchkiss
(Band & Orchestra)
(612) 668-3640

Ruth LeMay
(Vocal Music & Guitar)
(612) 668-3640

Brenda Leviton
(612) 668-3640

Mark Usem
(Math Support)
(612) 668-3640

Heather Walker
(612) 668-3640

Administrators and Student Support:

Reggie Johnson
(Assistant Principal)
(612) 668-3640

Terry Mazig
(Parent Liaison)
(612) 668-3640

Steve Norlin-Weaver
(612) 668-3640

Julie Peterson
(Social Worker)
(612) 668-3640

Wendy Wolff
(612) 668-3640

Site Council Representatives/PTA:

Kathie Glick
(Site Council rep)

Sashank Varma
(Site Council rep)

Margaret Miller
(PTA Co-Chair)

Rich Flint
(Site Council community rep)

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Valleyfair Update: Most students have turned in Valleyfair slips. A few forgot and need to bring their permission slips on Monday. Students who are staying late need a signed note specifying an adult who would be in charge of them or picking them up. We need the adult specified, even if that adult is coming later to pick kids up. If your child already turned in a slip or note without this detail, please send an updated note. Thanks!

Calling all books!

Please help your child search at home, in the car, in backpacks--anywhere Field School books might be hiding. Now is a great time to turn in ScienceSaurus texts, books from Ms. Constant's classroom library, LA and B.E.S.T. books, Algebra textbooks and books from the media center. All books must be returned or paid for before our trip to Valleyfair!

Please join us Tuesday, June 5, from 8:15-9:15 a.m. as we celebrate the eighth graders' years at Field School. Invitations were sent to eighth grade families via U.S. mail. You do not need the invitation or a ticket to attend. Parents are welcome to join us, but school-age siblings should be in their respective schools/classrooms. Please email Alison Constant or your child's advisory teacher if you have any questions.

Here's what's happening in eighth grade this week...

Language Arts - Ms. Constant

It's hard for me to believe we're at the year's end already. I have so enjoyed working with this year's eighth graders. They are such a nice group of people, and I will miss our laughter and learning together. I hope students and families keep in touch to let us know about their continued successes.

We will wrap up the year by finishing final project presentations and by reflecting on the work we have done this year. Portal grades will be updated later tonight.

Thank you for sharing your children with me.

Algebra 1 ~ Mr. Leavitt
A picture of me, smiling

Hello Field families.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to teach your children this year. I've learned a lot from them.

I send my best wishes for all things mathematical.

Seth Leavitt

PS My link for parent feedback is still available.

Problem of the Week

Counting Chicken Wings

Science ~ Ms. Schultz
View of earth from Apollo 8

As 8th grade science draws to a close, I want to emphasize how much I have enjoyed working with students this year. We studied chemistry, earth science, astronomy, geology, meteorology, and more! We acquired new scientific knowledge, lab skills, test taking strategies, and greater academic confidence. I feel very confident in saying that these 8th graders are ready for the challenges of high school science courses. I look forward to seeing students in the community, at high school events, and return visits to Field. Keep in touch!

U.S. History ~ Mr. Farrell

As everyone knows we have only 2 days left in the school year! The students took their last assessment in History on Friday, and the scores will be entered into the grade book in the next few days so be on the lookout for that.

I want to thank everyone for making my time at Field so amazing. I truly enjoyed everyday and hope the students were able to get as much out of the past semester as I have. I wish everyone the best as they move on to high school next year.

School Counselor and High School Transition ~ Ms. Wolff

Wendy Wolff
Field School Counselor

Family Focus

Want your teen to talk more, try listening more. One thing I've learned in my 15 years as a School Social Worker is that frequently kids just want somebody to listen to them. Many times talking through the problem or concern helps clarify the situation. While listening keep good eye contact, remain calm (as tough as this may be at times), focus only on what your teen is saying, and respond appropriately (e.g. nod head, say words like interesting, really?). Next time your teen comes to you wanting to talk try listening without offering advice, judgment or suggestions, you may be surprised at how much more your teen has to say.

Enforcing consequences can be tough - your teen needs you as a parent, not a pal! It may be hard to believe but teenagers want rules and limits set for them. Establish family rules and expectations and then set appropriate consequences for not following a rule. Teens are less likely to engage in inappropriate behavior that they have previously discussed and established clear consequences for with their parent(s). Be consistent. And most importantly, notice and acknowledge the positive.

The middle school years are a good time to start giving your teen more independence; It helps them establish their own place in the world. As your teen becomes more reliable and mature increase privileges and opportunities for independence. If they fall, they still have you to catch them and to guide them before they are out on their own. Remember some of life's most valuable lessons are learned through life experiences!

Struggling navigating through the teen years? Two Field parents developed an app that answers a lot of teens' -- and their parents'-- tough questions about things they face: relationships, mental health, substance abuse, bullying, etc. called teensphere. You can learn more about the app at teensphere.com. Check it out!

Did you know that having an "attitude of gratitude" has been linked to better health, sounder sleep, less anxiety and depression, higher long-term satisfaction with life and kinder behavior toward others? Try it with your family! Do one small thoughtful or generous thing for each member of your family daily; express your appreciation for someone's skills or talents.

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