8th Grade Newsletter - March 23, 2015

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8th Grade News
For the Week of March 23rd 2015

Welcome to the 8th Grade Newsletter 


MCA Prep

MCAs are quickly approaching and some classes have begun MCA preparation.  Please help with your student's success by helping ensure they get a good night's sleep before the testing days this week and that they also eat breakfast.  We know all of our 8th graders are capable of doing well and wish them the best on their MCA tests.


End of 3rd Quarter

Believe it or not we are 1 week away from the end of 3rd quarter.  Please continue to check the portal with your student to ensure they have no missing work and are taking advantage or retake/correction opportunities. We want to ensure students' grades are an accurate reflection of their abilities.


Dance Chaperones are Needed

When: April 10th from 6:00 to 8:30  

If interested, please email Erin Lindsay at erin.lindsay@mpls.k12.mn.us



English Language Arts (ELA)

To Kill a Mockingbird
Students will be dicussing their understanding of the Tom Robinson trial and reviewing significant moments from Chapters 22-25 this week in
To Kill a Mockingbird (TKAM).  
Students will be using their trial guide evidence for our Socratic Seminar and        
 in-class essay this week.

Remember to check the student portal to see if you have any missing assignments. Mr. Sundlin will be updating this every day!

I will be available before and after school Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for additional support. 


Check Mr. Sundlin's  TKAM webpage for support 
with abridged chapters, short chapter summaries, and audio clips.

Mr. Sundlin's webpage is located here

Monday: Ch 22 Discussion
Tuesday:  Ch 23: Socratic Seminar
Table group leaders must bring their group notes!
Wednesday: Ch 24 Discussion: In-class  Juror Essay
Thursday:  Ch 25 Discussion

Enjoy your break and finish reading 
To Kill a Mockingbird! 
Remember you need to turn in your March Independent Reading  collage when you return!
Mr. Sundlin

Intermediate Algebra

Most of the students finished their Math MCA this past Friday.  I have been able to view their preliminary scores and the majority of students have made high growth.  I will be speaking with the students about how their hard work has paid off.  I encourage you to have a conversation with your child about the test as well. 

As we move into the rest of the year, we have five units to cover.  It is important that your child receive a C or better on their Learning Targets if they wish to take Geometry next year. 

Monday: Problem 5.6
HW: #1-3

Tuesday: Problem 5.6

Wednesday: Graphing Inequalities
HW: Graphing Inequalities

Thursday: Inequality Word Problems

Spring Break: Probability Packet


Our schedule for the week:

Sedimentary rocks of Minnesota
History of rock formation in Minnesota

Presentation of Poster about MN rock stories

District Benchmark Assessment (Earth Science)

Optional: Final Retakes on past quizzes during advisory.

Record Keeping Day

Have a great week!
Mr. Iverson
Global Studies  
  All missing work and test/project corrections are due by the end of the day Thursday this week.

Monday: Arab Spring in Egypt

Tuesday: Arab Spring in Syria

Wednesday: Quiz on Arab Spring and Women's Rights

Thursday: Egypt Videos (make sure your video waiver is in)

Reader's Workshop

Dates to Remember
Dates to Remember 
  • 3/27 - No School - End of Quarter
  • 4/6 - SPIRIT WEEK
  • 4/10 - Spring Dance
  • 4/14-4/17 - MCA READING

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If you have any questions, please call Mike Lieb at 612-822-2064 or

by email at liebc1@msn.com 

Valley Fair Requirements

In order to attend the Valleyfair trip at the end of the school year 8th graders must not have any failing semester grades for their core classes (LA, Science, Math, and Social Studies).  However, the 8th grade team has been emphasizing showing improvement and second chances all school year, so if students can show evidence of their effort and improvement during the semester they may appeal a failing grade and still have the opportunity to go on the trip.  The 8th grade team feels this is the best way to continue to help motivate and prepare our students to make the transition to high school and celebrate the achievements of all students.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions.



In This Issue
Contact Info:

Language Arts 
Michael Sundlin


Social Studies

8th Grade AVID

Additional Advisory teachers:

Ola Lloyd

Bev Halvorson


School Social Worker:
Chris Yohe


Anna Sonmore-Costello

Reading Specialist:

Bev Halvorson



Math Specialist:

Seth Leavitt





Site Council Representatives for 8th grade:
Deirdre McMahon
Eric Muschler



Main Office (and Attendance):


Traci Lynstad

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.

School Counselor News, 
from Chris Yohe:


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