8th Grade Newsletter - March 12, 2012

8th Grade Newsletter 8th Grade Newsletter
March 12, 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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Ski Trip!
THANK YOU to all of our parent chaperones who helped make the ski trip such a huge success. We appreciate your help getting the rental equipment, encouragement on the ski hill, and time. We couldn't do this trip without this great support!

KETCH-UP and RELISH will be held on Wednesday and Friday during advisory this week. We're pleased with the increasing number of students whoa re able to move into the RELISH groups. KETCH-UP groups are automatic for students earning D's or F's, and at teacher discretion for missing assignments for students with higher grades.

Attention GIRLS interested in CHEMISTRY!
The University of Minnesota hosts an annual day long event called "Cool Chemistry." This year it will be held on Saturday, April 21st from 9:30 am - 3:00 pm. Students participate in exciting hands-on experiments in the university labs, work with graduate students in the department of chemistry, and more! Space is limited and in past years this event has quickly filled up. To learn more, visit the website http://www.chem.umn.edu/wise/registration.html

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

Language Arts - Ms. Constant

This week we'll finish reading and a lot of our long-standing questions will be answered. Students should have read through ch. 30 for today and finish ch. 31 for tomorrow.

Our work with the book will continue for the next few weeks as return to the essays students began after Part I, have final inquiry discussions about key issues in the novel, and compare and contrast the book with the movie. Please check student planners for assigned work.

With the end of the quarter nearing, it is crucial that students take care of any missing work. Students with missing quizzes should come in during recess THIS WEEK to finish them.

Algebra 1 ~ Mr. Leavitt
Exponential Growth

We will be reviewing scientific notation for the first couple of days of this week. Click on the Helpful Web Sites link on my home page for links to two interesting sites that investigate the powers of ten. The Powers of Ten is a classic from 1969 while The Scale of the Universe is relatively new. Both are fascinating. There are also links to skills practice sites, such as Practice with Exponents. This site is fun because the user has control over the difficulty level.

We've had two quizzes during Chapter 6 (Exponential Growth) so far. I will post the results from Quiz 2 in the portal either tonight or tomorrow. Please check the scores and encourage your son/daughter to quickly make up any work. The end of the quarter is fast approaching and we don't want work to pile up. Additionally, the quicker you do the work, the fresher it is in your mind.

Seth Leavitt

Problem of the Week

The Scientific Notation Game

Science ~ Ms. Schultz
View of earth from Apollo 8

I told my students at the beginning of our WEATHER, WATER, AND CATASTROPHIC EVENTS unit that every year I teach this, some very interesting things happen on our dynamic planet. This year is certainly no exception! I hope everyone took advantage of the record setting warmth this weekend and enjoyed some extra time outside in the sun.

This week we will learn about a very important element of weather...the movement of heat energy in and out of the atmosphere (also known as heat transfer). Energy moves from one material to another by radiation and conduction. We will explore both methods of heat transfer in the lab. Last Thursday in the lab we measured the heating and cooling of earth materials when moved into and out of sunshine. To start this week, we will analyze the data we collected. Students who do not finish the analysis in class will need to do so for homework. Homework #17 will be assigned on Wednesday, due Friday. We will also have a short quiz on Tuesday. Students should review pages 1-4 in their science notebooks to prepare. A friendly reminder that ScienceSaurus books are a great place to look for more information about the vocabulary words and concepts we are exploring in class.

U.S. History ~ Mr. Farrell

Welcome to a full week of U.S. History! I have a lot planned for the week and we wind down the quarter and attempt to get as far as we can to set up the second semester. Last week we worked on small group discussion concerning the Haymarket Riot. Students were asked to decide if one of the hanged individuals from the affair was actually a dangerous person. The lesson went well, but I know it could have gone better.

I haven witnessed and been impressed by the students' discussion in Language Arts and am excepting them to step their game up as we continue with role playing simulations this week concerning unions and the Women's Suffrage Movement. I know the students are capable of focusing in small groups, and I will be expecting improvements this week.

AVID ~ Mrs. Walker

School Counselor and High School Transition ~ Ms. Wolff

All Field 6th-8th graders are invited to the Masquerade Ball on Friday March 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Commons. Tickets are being sold during lunches for $5.00 and students will receive a mask to decorate if they choose. We still need a few more parent volunteers if you are interested, call Wendy Wolff her at 668-3654!

Student Council has started the Pennies for Patients fundraiser! All students have received a box to collect coins and the advisory that collects the most money by next Friday March 16 will receive a prize. We will also be donating $1 from each dance ticket to Pennies for Patients. If you would like more information about Pennies for Patients, visit their website.

Students still have 3 weeks left until the end of the quarter to turn in missing work and improve their grades. We have many supports here at Field for students who are struggling. Feel free to call me if you have questions or concerns about your student's progress.

8th Grade students have the opportunity this summer to experience high school by attending Fast Track.
This program is by invitation only, check in the office to see if you are on the list!
Fast Track will be held at South High school from June 18-28 and July 9 - August 2, M-F - 9:00 - 3:00.
This FREE program will give you the opportunity to meet your future classmates and begin earning high school credits (maximum of 4 quarter credits).
Courses offered include algebra, literacy, physical education, health science, guitar, theater, drawing, ceramics, physical science, engineering and geography.

Breakfast, lunch and Metro Transit Go-To Cards are included (for transportation to and from South).

Applications and registration packets are available in the Field office, or contact Traci.Lyngstad@mpls.k12.mn.us

Be sure to register early to ensure you get your class choices and have classes with your future school mates!

Wendy Wolff
Field School Counselor

Family Focus

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.

Advisory ~ 8th grade Advisory team

March Mathiness (Madness?) comes to Advisory starting this week. We will take full advantage of the college basketball tournaments to learn about unfamiliar universities and test our luck with the rules of probability. Did you know that there are 147,573,952,589,676,412,928 (approximately 1.48 x 1020) ways to fill out the expanded 68-team March Madness brackets? Each advisory will collaborate to complete a bracket for the men's and women's tournaments. Mr. Farrell's Advisory will "score" these brackets over the weeks ahead. Any guesses which Advisory will pick the highest number of winning teams? We will keep you posted!

phone: 612-668-3640

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