8th Grade Newsletter - March 10, 2014

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8th Grade News for the 
Week of March 10, 2014
Language Arts
notepad  Hello, families! 

By Tuesday of this week, students will be finished reading To Kill a Mockingbird! This has been a complex text to read, and they've shown in their discussions that they've risen to the challenge. As we near the end of the unit, I want to encourage you all by sharing how proud I am of the thoughtful engagement with the text that I have seen. Everyone has been improving in their ability to support their thinking with evidence from the text, and some of the thoughts and insights shared in class have made me consider events and characters in a new, deeper way. Thank you all for committing to this journey!

On Monday, students will meet Ms. Schlick, who will be student teaching and then fulfilling the long-term position when I go on maternity leave in April. I'm really looking forward to having Ms. Schlick with us. She is bringing much expertise and passion to the classroom! Next week's newsletter will share more about her. 

Here's the plan for this week: 
 Monday: Students will receive letter 11 today. We will discuss chapters 29-30. There will also be some time to check in about the "TKM essay part two pink planning papers." We will answer questions about the planning process and examine the qualities of an excellent thesis, introduction and conclusion. These pink planning papers should be finished by Friday of this week.  
 
Tuesday: Our final group quiz for the book will be about chapter 31.
 
Wednesday and Thursday: Each student will participate in a shared inquiry discussion about the themes and characters of this book. Our discussion questions will focus on our essential questions for the unit. 

Friday: The lab is reserved for students to begin to type their essays. Final drafts are due on March 21st. 

The TKM essays that we work on this week and next are a continuation of the essay started five weeks ago. Students are now using evidence from the second part of the book to support their thesis statements. Please let me know if you have questions about the essays.

It's going to be a great week!

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

8th Grade English Language Arts

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Intermediate Algebra
 
       Ms. Lindsay will be giving all due dates and information regarding tests and assignments to the students during class times this week.  Please remember to do your homework that is due before each class!

Science
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 The 8th graders had a "blast" building volcanoes last week (see below).  We'll finish them up sometime later this week.  

 

 

 



Our next focus will be on telling the story of a rock.  Sounds a bit dry - but the history and processes that shape our world lead us to important rock types - such as oil deposits and fancy granite for countertops. 

This week will find the students investigating rocks and minerals, making models of crystals, and explain igneous rock formation.

No quiz this week.  Homework will be in their notebooks due Friday.

Have a great week!

Mr. Iverson 

Global Studies  
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Students will be getting back their unit tests this week.  Like all assessments students may make corrections on the test to receive half points back.  This week we will be focused on how the Cold War played out in Europe and how that is reflected in the current situation in Ukraine.  Look for a quiz next week (it will be the exact same format as the Middle East physical geography quiz).
 
Monday:  Today we will be using student drawings to review terminology we have already learned about the Cold War.
 
Tuesday:  Students will be taking notes today during a Cold War in Europe lecture.  We will also watch a short video that summarizes the Cold War in 10 minutes.
 
Wednesday:  Students will be exploring market, mixed, and command economies and trying to analyze the benefits and disadvantages of each.  There will be a homework assignment with this due on Friday.
 
Thursday:  Students will be analyzing two primary sources to determine how Western European democracies and Soviets viewed each other.
 
Friday:  Today we will begin exploring the crisis in Ukraine.  As we begin to analyze it we will consider how it reflects many of the Cold War era tensions.
Reader's Workshop
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Good morning!    
     This week we will be writing about a set of regular length (1,500+ word) "paired texts".  One text will be about Frederick Douglass and the other text will be about The Tuskegee Airman. We will write about the texts while responding to different difficulty levels of questions. We will then be finishing our writing with Connections we can make to the text.   This is the "L" in P.E.E.L., where the students try to generate a Link (L) that is a text to text connection they can make. 

Spring is coming (this time I really mean it!)  Our texts will help focus us as we move closer to engaging in the MCA-III state assessments which are coming soon.

Mr. J
Tim Jungwirth
K-12 Reading Specialist
Field Community School

From our Administrators:
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In advisory, 8th grade students are continuing with the  Project ALERT curriculum.  This is a drug and alcohol awareness and prevention program, which our 8th graders would not receive if we did not provide it through our advisory classes.  Links to the parent site will be provided in later newsletters.  If you have any questions about this curriculum please contact your student's advisory teacher.

Please follow this link for more information on the Project Alert curriculum: 

School Counselor news from Wendy Wolff!

Do you live in the Roosevelt High School 
Attendance Area? 
Are you considering RHS for next year?
Join us for coffee and bagels this Friday, March 15, 8:00-9:00 a.m., in the Media Center. This is an informal gathering to give Field parents an opportunity to connect, share information, and discuss their high school decision-making process. If you have questions, call Wendy Wolff, 612/668.3654 or Sylvia Crannell, 651/408-3799. We hope to see you there!

 Here are some links for summer program 
resources...more to come!
 
 
Exploring Careers in Engineering and Physical Science (ECEPS) summer camps held at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus and sponsored by the College of Science and Engineering and 3M. These summer camps give students a hands-on introduction to engineering, science, and math disciplines at the University of Minnesota.  Students will learn through demonstrations, hands-on activities, lectures, and interactions with faculty, students, and staff. This summer we will offer seven weeks for students entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2014.  
News from Julie Peterson, School Social Worker
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Dear Parents/Guardians of Field Middle School Students:
 
The Minnesota Twins recognize that good performance in school begins with good attendance and they're excited to team up with Minnesota Middle School Association (MMSA) to create the Perfect Attendance Incentive Program.
 
To become eligible, students must simply have "perfect attendance" for the 2013-2014 school year during quarters 3&4.   The reason the Minnesota Twins and MMSA have established this program is because they recognize the importance of having students in each class every day.
 
What are the Twins offering? Field Middle School will select one student to attend the game against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday, May 17, 2014. The Twins will provide 4 tickets for that student and up to three parents/guardians/siblings to attend.  We would like to thank both the MMSA and the Twins for supporting the Attendance Incentive Program and our students.
 
If you have any questions regarding this incentive program, please feel free to call Mr. Norlin-Weaver at 612-668-3640 or Ms. Julie Peterson at 612-668-3655.
 
Sincerely,
 
Steve Norlin-Weaver                             JuliePeterson
Principal                                                School                                                                        Social Worker
Dates to Remember:

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  • Mar 10-21: Hale/Field PTA SPRING FLING Silent Auction
  • Mar 22: Hale/Field PTA SPRING FLING (7pm)
  • Mar 27: End of 3rd Quarter
  • Mar 28 - MAKE-UP DAY... there is school! -This was previously scheduled as a day without students for teacher grading at end of the quarter, but has been CHANGED to be a day when STUDENTS ATTEND!
  • Mar 31-Apr 4: NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
  • Apr 7 - 4th Quarter begins
Other important Field Community School news:
MPS -MCA Ready

 

The following message is based on an email that was sent out by Bernadeia H. Johnson, Ed.D., MPS Superintendent of Schools :

 The MCA assessments begin next month for Field Community Middle School students and Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) has been working to help students prepare. We will be promoting the 

"MPS MCA Ready" campaign to help our teachers, parents and students get ready for the assessments.

 

We want to do all that we can to provide all students with the resources and tools they need to realize their academic potential. We also want students to feel ready for the MCAs. It is important that we provide preparation resources to all families to support positive test-tasking habits and skills.

 

As a public school system, we believe every assessment can be a piece of valuable information about a student. We know the MCAs are just one of the many tools teachers and parents use to communicate about students' academic strengths and needs.

 

As inventor and scientist Alexander Graham Bell said, "Before anything else, preparation is the key to success." MPS invites staff, students and families to work as partners in the success of all students. The more we know about where students are academically, the more intentionally we can respond to their needs.


In This Issue
Language Arts
Intermediate Algebra
Science
Reader's Workshop
School Counselor News
School Social Worker News
Other Important Field Community School
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