8th Grade Newsletter - March 20, 2017

Eighth Grade Newsletter: Monday, March 20th
8th Grade 

For the week of 
March 20th

Welcome Field Mice Families!

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.).

8th Grade Sexual Health Education
Due to the way health had to be done last year our current 8th graders did not receive the curriculum related to sexual health.  To remedy this, 8th graders will receive the sexual health education curriculum during their Global Studies classes the first 2 weeks after spring break.  Look for an information sheet to come home this week with more details.

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 continues 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
This week we have our first individual quiz for significant moments in chapters 4-8.  
Students have been focusing on improving their writing using topic sentences, specific evidence from the text, direct quotes, and a concluding sentence to bring closure to their writing.

Students will continue reading chapters 6-8 this week; discussing and tracking significant events, and the growth and change of different characters in the novel.

This Week: Socratic Seminars: "Show what you know!"
Multiple resources for To Kill a Mockingbird 
can be found by clicking HERE!

Good job 8th graders on completing your MCA Reading Test! You Your test results will be mailed to you this summer.

"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!
March Independent Reading Log/Activity is Due Friday, April 14th!

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 
Chapter 6-7 Reading / Significant Moments Discussion Groups
Tuesday: Chapter 8 Reading / Significant Moments Discussion Groups
Wednesday: Chapter 4-8 Quiz 
March independent Reading Log and Activity Due Friday April 14th
  WoW (vocabulary) set #1 Quiz / Independent Reading 
Friday: Socratic Seminar

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

MCA Testing This Week!
Monday MCA None
TuesdayMCA None
Wednesday MCANone
ThursdayMCA None
Friday MCA None

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                                                03/20/2017
Igneous Rocks (rocks from magma) short quiz on Wednesday. We are busy moving our way through the rock cycle in class - specifically this week - sedimentary rocks and why we have the rocks we do in Minneapolis.

Topics of Study for the week:

Ancient Tropical Minnesota  Sedimentary Rocks
Questions to ask your student:
How do the different sedimentary rock types form?
How is it that Minnesota is home to many sea creature fossils?
What can we tell about history from rocks?
* Also - end of the quarter note - all missing work must be turned in on Thursday of next week.  No late work will be accepted on Friday of next week.  The quarter ends Thursday, March 30th.

Have a great week! -Mr. Iverson

Global Studies  

 We will continue our work with Model UN this week.  It is important for students to stay on track with their note taking in class this week in order to be ready to create their arguments next week and participate in our Model UN in class Wednesday and Thursday next week.  All missing work and test/project fixes are due by the end of the school day Thursday next week!  I will not accept e-mailed or dropped off assignments after that date!

Monday: Country Assignments and Country Notes

Tuesday: Country Notes

Wednesday: Displaced People and Your Country

Thursday: Solution Brainstorm (Country Note Check)

Friday: Note/Solution Brainstorm Clean Up/Catch Up day (Solution Brainstorm check on Monday)

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

    • 3/20-3/23 - 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!

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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