8th Grade Newsletter - March 13, 2017

Eighth Grade Newsletter: Monday, March 13th
8th Grade 

For the week of 
March 13th

Welcome Field Mice Families!


It has been quite the cold/flu season this year with multiple rounds hitting the 8th grade.  As you might expect this has led to our tissue supply running low.  If you have a box or two to spare at home it would be much appreciated if you sent it in with your student to add to our classroom supply.  Thank you to families who sent in boxes last week, it is much appreciated!

MCA Testing

MCA testing begins this week.  Along with the yearly Reading and Math MCAs, students will also take the Science MCA again this year.  While students will be preparing for these in class there are also things students can do at home in order to perform to the best of their ability.  Students should make sure to get a full night's sleep and eat breakfast/lunch on testing days (and regular school days).  All we ask is for students to put forth their best effort, to best represent themselves and their abilities.

English Language Arts (ELA)

To Kill a Mockingbird
Check the student portal to make sure students have turned in missing assignments!

MCA Reading Testing April 11th-15th
The MCA READING TEST is Monday-Friday during ELA this week!  Get a good night's sleep and eat breakfast each day to support doing your best on the test!
Test Preparation Suggestions for Parents and Teachers 
from the MN Dept. of Education: Click HERE.

"But I don't have any homework!"
Independent Reading is now graded as a part of their 8th grade ELA standards.
February's reading log and Prequel or Sequel activity should be turned in ASAP!

Remember to check the student portal for OVERDUE assignments or work that may be improved and show growth by completing a redo!
Mr. Sundlin's webpage is located here 
WoW#1 Quiz / MCA Prep / 
March independent Reading Log and Activity Due Friday April 14th
  MCA Testing
Friday: Additional MCA Testing / WoW #2 (Words of the Week - vocabulary study)

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

This is our last week of preparation before the MCA, we will be reviewing several concepts that I identified last week as areas that we need reminders for.  Reminder:  Your mathematics MCA is March 20th-23rd.  You must score "Meets" or better to advance to Geometry next year!
Monday MCA ReviewMCA Review
TuesdayMCA ReviewMCA Review
Wednesday MCA ReviewMCA Review
ThursdayMCA ReviewMCA Review
Friday MCA ReviewNone

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                                                03/13/2017
Volcano test retakes must be done Friday in class this week! Those students showing mastery of our volcano learning targets (and turning in all hw/classwork in!) will extend their learning this week by making/erupting model volcanoes.

Topics of Study for the week:

Igneous Rocks  Sedimentary Rocks
Questions to ask your student:
How do the different igneous rock types form?
What is a sedimentary rock & how do they form?
What are some characteristics of igneous/sedimentary rocks?
Have a great week! -Mr. Iverson

Global Studies  

 Students will get their quizzes back this week.  As a reminder, students may fix any quiz or project to receive points back, but before turning it in they should make sure to make ALL corrections COMPLETELY.  I am always available if they need help doing this.  We began our United Nations unit that will take us to spring break last week.  Unfortunately due to funding cuts I am unable to have a full Model UN as in years past, however I am doing my best to ensure a Model UN "Light" happens in Global Studies classes the last week before spring break.

Monday: Intro to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Tuesday: Human Rights Around the World (UN Flash Cards due)

Wednesday: United Nations Vocabulary

Thursday: Intro to Refugees and Displaced Peopl

Friday: Refugee Case Study (Human Rights Around the World Sheet due)

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

    • 3/7-3/10 - 6th Grade MCA - Reading
      3/13-3/16 - 8th Grade MCA - Reading
      3/16 - Ice Cream Social 6:30pm
      3/20-3/23 - 8th Grade MCA - Math
      3/27-3/30 - 7th Grade MCA - Reading
                          5th Grade MCA - Reading
    • MAR 30: End of 3rd Quarter
    • MAR 31 - APR 7: NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
    • APR 10: Beginning of 4th Quarter

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!

Student Council Logo

 from the Field 
Student Council... 
Black and White Dance:
Thank you so much to Mrs. Wilson, 
Ms. Halasz, Mr. Husby, Mr. Kafura, and all of the students who helped in creating a wonderful dance on Friday!

Contact Info:

Language Arts 
Michael Sundlin
Craig Hamilton

Social Studies

8th Grade AVID

7th/8th Grade Health

Support Staff:
Dymekea Bellamy

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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