8th Grade Newsletter - March 14, 2016

Eighth Grade Newsletter: March 14th
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8th Grade News
For the Week of March 14th 2016
Model UN
Model UN is taking place during the school day on Monday, March 21st.  Mr. Kafura encourages students to dress nicely for the day of the conference if possible.  Also, if any parents/guardians would like to help at the conference or to come and watch for all or part of the day they are more than welcome (the conference will begin at the start of 3rd hour and go until about the beginning of 7th hour).  Please e-mail Mr. Kafura if you have any interest in helping out (brian.kafura@mpls.k12.mn.us).

2 Weeks Until the End of Quarter!
We are 2 weeks from the end of quarter.  Please make sure you are checking the portal to stay on top of your assignments and taking advantage of redo/retake opportunities if you need to.

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)

This week we begin the trial of Tom Robinson. Students will be reading chapters 16-18 this week while recording evidence from each of the witnesses:
 (Heck Tate, Bob Ewell, Mayella Ewell, and Tom Robinson).
Students will begin evaluating the claims made by each witness and prepare for our Socratic Seminar next week!
Multiple resources for To Kill a Mockingbird 
can be found
by clicking HERE! 

MCA Reading Test  is coming APRIL 11th-15th!

Monday: Chapter 16 Discussion/Ch. 16 Quiz MCA Test Prep!
Tuesday: Chapter 17 / Trial Guide : 
Heck Tate and Bob Ewell's Testimony/Evidence
Wednesday: Chapter 18 / Trial Guide : Mayella's Testimony/Evidence
Thursday:  Review Trial Guide (so far) / Independent Reading 
Friday:  Chpt. 19 / Trial Guide : Tom Robinson's Testimony/Evidence
February Independent Reading Survey and Activity should be turned in. 
Check the student portal to make sure you turned your work in!

Remember to complete your March Independent Reading Log and  Collage Activity.
The March online survey can be found on my webpage by clicking here!
Mr. Sundlin
FRIDAY, March 18th!
Mousetrap is looking for NEW editors and contributors to join the newspaper.
See Mr. S or show up at the Media Center
on Friday at 2:45pm!

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Are you energetic?
Enjoy writing and sharing ideas?
Have fun working in groups?

Students interested in playing a part reporting our school news 
can meet in the Media Center after school to share 
their skills and talents! (i.e. reporting, writing, photography, survey, art)
Listen and look for Mousetrap reminders in class, at lunch, and in the hallways!

Intermediate Algebra

This will be my last week as the 8th grade Algebra teacher with Ms. Lindsey returning on Monday April 21.  It has been 'eye opening' for all of us, me the teacher and you the students.  You have found that I have very high expectations for you as learners of mathematics as well as life.  I am hopeful that many of the words that I have spoken to you will resonate with you now and in the future.  Please remember, YOU are in charge of your education.  Teachers and schools are only the source of what you need.  YOU need to embrace the wealth of knowledge coming your way and use it in good ways.  YOU are the changers in the world.  Use your power wisely.

Agenda for the week:
Monday and Tuesday:  given quadratic equations, graph them using x-intercepts (roots), lines of symmetry and vertices (maximum/minimum points) - extra sheet
Wednesday: system of equations (pages 15 and 16)
Thursday: Exploration of real life quadratic functions/equations - pages 19-20
Friday:  'Fireworks' - extra sheet

All the best-

Contact me with concerns/questions at:  judy-ann.ehrlich@mpls.k12.mn.us  
As we approach the end of the quarter - all make up tests should be scheduled soon as to give students & teachers adequate time to prepare/score the retakes.  Good times for retakes with Mr. Iverson are Thursday - Advisory, Friday - Advisory, or lunch/recess Monday and Tuesday. 

Monday - Intro to the rock cycle game
Tuesday - Review the rock cycle notes

Wednesday - Rock layering diagrams activity
Thursday - Rock layers continued

Friday - Fossils in Minnesota reading

Mr. Iverson
Global Studies  
 This is the last week of school before Model UN on March 21st.  Mr Kafura will be available for help after school on Tuesday and Thursday for students that need more time to work on their position papers and prepare for the conference

Monday: Position Paper Writing

Tuesday: Position Paper Writing

Wednesday: Overview of Model UN Day and Intro to Rules of Debate

Thursday:  Cookie Debate to practice for Model UN

Friday: Organization and Speech Preparation

The position paper is the most important piece of Model UN.  Students who do not complete a position paper before March 21st will be placed in another classroom to finish their position paper and complete an additional research and writing assignment in place of Model UN.

Reading B.E.S.T.

READ 180: Next Generation

This week in READ 180 students will continue Workshop #9: The Streets of Harlem. The workshop begins with an anchor video that provides background about the neighborhood of Harlem in New York City. It raises the essential question for the unit: Why is Harlem one of the most influential neighborhoods in America?  We are reading a memoir by Walter Dean Myers (Bad Boy) in which he describes a few of his experiences growing up in Harlem. The content goal is to identify details and prior knowledge to make inferences using a graphic organizer.

-  Ms. Halvorson
     Reading Interventionist

Upcoming 6-8 School Dance
Student council is hosting an Island Luau dance on Friday, March 18th from 6:30-8:30.  Tickets will be on sale starting Monday, March 7th during lunch time.  The cost of the tickets is $4.00 and that will include beverages, snacks, decorations, and the DJ.  We hope to see a great turnout for our last dance of the 2015-2016 school year!
Transition to High School

Field's 8th graders can now register for Fast Track Scholars! Fast Track Scholars is a summer program for current 8th graders. The program provides the opportunity for students to begin earning high school credits this summer and help them transition into high school.  

Click the link below for more information.
See Kelly Burnett for more information and registration forms.
Kelly Burnett
Licensed School Counselor
Field Community School
High School Choice:
Students will be notified of their acceptance sometime Early to mid April, 2016.
Any questions or to schedule a parent conference, contact Ms. Burnett at 612-668-3654 or send an email to kelly.burnett@mpls.k12.mn.us

What is the Spring Fling?
Planning continues for The Spring Fling! For those who may not be familiar with The Spring Fling, it's a fun-filled, adult-only party with music, dancing, food, cocktails and mingling that builds community spirit and raises money for our schools. This year's fundraising event will run from 7-11 p.m. on April 30th at Our Lady of Peace where the committee will transform the OLP gym into a world tour featuring Coney Island's Boardwalk, Germany's Octoberfest and other global destinations. 

In my 5 years in the Hale/Field community I have been overwhelmed and impressed by the generous people that support our schools. This party is a great way to continue that while also getting to know the parents and teachers of our schools.

I am really looking forward to this year's Spring Fling and I hope that you can join us! For now, get 4/30/16 on you calendar and look for more details to follow. 

Jackie Just 
Spring Fling Co-Chair

Want to be more involved in Spring Fling?

We would be overjoyed to have you share your talents with us as we continue to plan this fantastic event. Please consider joining one of the volunteer teams. Even if you only have an hour to give, we'd love to have you. 
More information on volunteer teams here: http://vols.pt/Hzdfk2

Spring Fling Parent Information Form

Dear families,
Regardless of if you are able to attend or not, the Spring Fling Committee is hopeful you'll take the time to fill out this quick online parent information form to better help them plan for this year's fun-filled event. It should only take a few minutes of your time: http://tinyurl.com/j592bmh
6-8 students! Do you like to cook?
Embrace your inner Jr. Iron Chef!
MPS Culinary & Nutrition Services and the True Food Chef Council are looking for students in grades 6-8 to participate in the second annual Junior Iron Chef Competition on Monday, May 2. Selected students will be paired with professional chefs to compete Top Chef-style for a panel of judges. Please encourage interested students to visit bit.ly/ChefCouncil to learn more and apply. Students do not need cooking experience! 
Applications are due Monday, March 21. Questions? 
Email kate.greencorps@mpls.k12.mn.us. 

Dates to Remember Dates to Remember
  • 3/15 - Foundation Meeting
  • 3/17 - Ice Cream Social
  • 3/17 BLACK Male Field Trip
  • 3/18 - Grades 6-8 Dance
    • March 24 (Thu): End of Quarter 3
    • March 25 (Fri) - April 1 (Fri):  NO SCHOOL (Spring Break)
    • April 4 (Mon):  Begin Quarter 4
    • April 30 (Sat):  Spring Fling -- annual fundraiser (adults)
Contact Info:

Language Arts 
Michael Sundlin

Judy-Ann Ehrlich (long call sub)


Social Studies

8th Grade AVID


Ola Lloyd

Bev Halvorson


School Social Worker:
Kelly Burnett


Marty Johnson

Allison McCarthy

Reading Specialist:
Bev Halvorson

Math Specialist:
Craig Hamilton


Site Council Representatives for 8th grade:
Jeanne Mettner
Cell (612)889-8047

Korey Stoelzing
Main Office (and Attendance):
Traci Lynstad

In This Issue

About the Site Council:

Site Council meetings are the 1st Wednesday of the month from 4:00 - 5:30 and are open to anyone wishing to attend.  If you have a topic to discuss you must be on the agenda prior to the meeting.  Please contact the 8th grade representative to be added to the agenda.

Field Middle School, 612-668-3640, 4645 Fourth Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55419
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