8th Grade Newsletter - June 5, 2017

Eighth Grade Newsletter: Tuesday, May 30th
8th Grade 

For the week of 
Monday, June 5th

Welcome Field Mice Families!

Keep Working!
Students still have about 1 and a half weeks of school left!  With the warm weather and beginning of June students are looking forward to summer.  However, there is still learning taking place as we work to get students ready for high school.  Please help encourage your student to finish the year strong and not "slide" into summer break.

8th Grade Green Card Ceremony
The 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, June 14th.  ALL 8th graders will be recognized during the ceremony.  Parents may begin finding seats in the commons at 8:00 AM with the ceremony starting at 8:15 AM.  There will be a brief moment for pictures after the ceremony before 8th graders leave for Valleyfair.

Valleyfair Permission Slip
The Valleyfair permission slip went out last week.  Please return it as soon as possible.  There are scholarship funds available to students who need them.  There is an option for students to stay late for Valleyfair, but students need SIGNED parent permission on their slip, no exceptions.  Otherwise for students returning on the bus to Field, we will arrive back at school at 4:30 PM.  Students should arrange a way home (bike, walk, ride, city bus) ahead of time.

Valleyfair Requirements
In order to go on the Valleyfair trip at the end of the year students cannot have any F's in their core classes.  We do recognize that for some students this may be difficult even if they are putting in the effort.  We also recognize that our entire focus this year has been on improvement for all of our students, so we do have an appeal process for students that may have an F at the end of 2nd semester.  If a student does have an F they may appeal to an 8th grade teacher to still be allowed to go.  In their appeal the student must give evidence of their effort to improve (ex. meeting with the teacher for extra help, taking advantage of retake opportunities, etc.).

English Language Arts (ELA)

A Midsummer Night's Dream

This is week we complete our final class reading for the play  
A Midsummer Night's Dream 
by William Shakespeare. 

Students will choose a visual project to show their interpretation and understanding of the play.  Students may choose to work with a partner or individually.

Overview summary links for for each act  of A Midsummer Night's Dream
can be found by clicking HERE!

"But I don't have any homework!"
Keep up your independent reading! ALL summer.
We took time in the computer lab to complete our End of Year Independent Reading Survey.  Make sure you have completed the survey by Friday!

Remember to check the portal as classwork is being entered every day!
Your TKAM Final Essay and End of Year Survey will be marked as missing if you have not completed and shared it with me through MPS school Google docs.
The first essays have shown great improvement and effort!
Mr. Sundlin's webpage is located here 
Monday: A Midsummer Night's Dream:Oberon's Plan Act V
A Midsummer Night's Dream Final Project  Due no later than Friday, June 9th!
Friday-Tuesday(next week): Film Comparison

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

Hello!  This week we will begin an extension concept of quadratics, rational expressions and equations!
Monday Solving EquationsNone
TuesdayLinear EquationsNone
Wednesday Systems of Linear EquationsNone
ThursdayProperties of Exponents and RadicalsNone
Friday QuadraticsNone

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.

Science                                                06/05/2017
We will be taking our last quiz this week - Stars/Sun/Solar Sytem/Galaxies. This quiz is open notes - focus on taking quality notes and useful notes.

Topics of Study for the week:

Stars and Galaxies   Space Exploration
Questions to ask your student:
How is your astronomer paper coming along? (Due June 5th)
What is a typical star's "life cycle" like?
What are the parts of our solar system?

Have a great week! -Mr. Iverson

Global Studies  

 Students will take their last assessment on Thursday this week.  It will cover the physical geography of Asia, Hinduism, the Caste System, and Buddhism.  It will be entirely open note for all students (students were told about this last week and we have been reviewing all material we have gone through in class).

Monday: Basic Beliefs of Buddhism

Tuesday: Buddhist Folktale Analysis

Wednesday: Questions and Review

Thursday: Asia Assessment

Friday: Current Events in Asia

Last Week To Get Your Yearbook!
Yearbooks are on sale NOW! 
Please go online to reserve 
your copy today.

Please note the last day for personalized orders is 
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

    • June 14: Last Day of School- 8th Grade Green Card Ceremony @ 8AM /Buses head to Valleyfair AT 9:30!  
       Students will return to the building around 4:30!  Make sure you have planned your own ride, bike, or walk home!

Dear Eighth Grader and Family,

Minneapolis Public Schools would like to invite you to be a Fast Track Scholar this summer!  This exciting program provides current 8th grade (going into 9th) students with the opportunity to meet new high school classmates and begin earning high school elective credits.  The goal is to prepare students for a smooth transition to high school. In order to participate, students must meet ALC criteria such as not meeting grade level academic standards, English Language Learner, or having inconsistent school attendance which significantly impacts achievement. AVID students also qualify to attend Fast Track Scholars, and teachers/counselors may recommend students.  

More information can be found on the Field website: click HERE!

Contact Info:

Language Arts 
Michael Sundlin
Craig Hamilton

Social Studies

8th Grade AVID

7th/8th Grade Health

Support Staff:
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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