8th Grade Newsletter - March 26, 2012

8th Grade Newsletter 8th Grade Newsletter
March 26, 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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April 26, 2012 @ 2:45 pm
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Here's what's happening in eighth grade this week...

Language Arts - Ms. Constant

I am excited to read the essays students are turning in this week as their writing has shown great improvement in recent weeks. Essays for most students are due today; AVID students' essays are due on Wednesday.

This week we will compare and contrast the book and movie versions of To Kill a Mockingbird, focusing on choices the director made in what to include and what to cut and how those decisions impact the story. Discussions will be led by our student teacher, Mr. Rotto, who has a background in film studies. Students will have a related assignment, done in class, that will count toward their fourth quarter grades.

Students earning a D or F in class will be outside the class this week working on missing work. I prefer that late work is turned in by Wednesday.

Looking ahead, MCA testing in reading will come quickly upon our return from spring break. One of the best ways your student can prepare is to READ every day! To help ensure students are reading, there will be a reading log assigned on Wednesday that will covers March 28-April 11. It will count toward students' fourth quarter grades.

Algebra 1 ~ Mr. Leavitt
Exponential Expression

Hello Field families.

I just finished grading the Chapter 6 tests and I'm happy to report that results were good. The mean score was 75 and the median was 77.

Students exhibited a good sense of exponential growth and decay. They struggled a bit with the skill problems (such as the one pictured above, which was the most challenging problem presented) but did very well on the story problems. Many students are beginning to understand that the result must make sense and they are looking at their results with that in mind, and then reworking problems that don't make sense. This is big. Math is really a sense-making activity, not a regurgitation of formulas. I'm excited to help students learn that.

Seth Leavitt

Problem of the Week

Teeter Troop

I will be sending home a set of problems for students to work on over Spring break (for extra credit).

Science ~ Ms. Schultz
View of earth from Apollo 8

The last week of third quarter looks to bring us more spring-like weather. In our lab, we will investigate clouds and precipitation and weather balloons. We will discover how to produce clouds in 2-L bottles and explain how dew and clouds form. We will also predict cloud formation by analyzing radiosonde sounding data from weather balloons. Homework #19 will go home on Monday, due Wednesday. I will continue to update the student portal daily as the quarter draws to a close. If an assignment says "missing" for more than one day, it is missing! I will be available every day before school, at recess, and also during ketchup advisory times for students looking to boost their quiz score or needing help with an assignment. Its not too late for a student to boost their science grade by a whole letter!

U.S. History ~ Mr. Farrell

The final week of the semester has arrived. Before everyone enjoys their much needed spring break we have a few things to finish up in United States History. Last week the students had a practice fishbowl discussion to prepare them for our summative assessment for our second unit. I was really impressed with what I saw from the 8th grade students and am confident that everything will go well Wednesday and the students will be able to end the semester on a high note.

In preparation for our discussion on Wednesday, the students will be analyzing past notes and documents on Monday and Tuesday and writing down evidence they will use on Wednesday. The classes will be split into two groups and participate in separate discussion. The discussions will focus on the Labor Movement and the Women's Suffrage Movement. Because this is the summative assessment for the unit, the discussion will make up 15% of the students' overall quarter grade. It is important that they do well in class on Monday and Tuesday so they are prepared for the discussion and can do well come Wednesday. Let's finish strong!

School Counselor and High School Transition ~ Ms. Wolff

We will be sending third quarter report cards to all families and you should receive them early the week following spring break. We are offering student success groups as well as after school support so please contact Wendy Wolff if your child is struggling with organization, missing assignments or study skills. We want all students to feel comfortable seeking out support when needed!

Thank you to all students and families who donated to our Pennies for Patients fundraiser over the past few weeks. We raised a total of $529.46 and congratulations to the top 3 Advisories who turned in their coins. Ms. Fernandez came in first place with a total of $76.18, Ms. Heck came in second place with a total of $43.96 and Ms. Mazig came in 3rd place with a total of $36.35. Great job everyone!!

LASTLY! The masquerade ball held her at Field on Friday March 16 was a HUGE success thanks to the hard work of student council, staff and parent volunteers! Congratulations to Azsareea Smith for winning the grand prize for the best MASK!

Wendy Wolff
Field School Counselor

Family Focus

Enforcing consequences can be tough - your teen needs you as a parent, not a pal! It may be hard to believe but teenagers want rules and limits set for them. Establish family rules and expectations and then set appropriate consequences for not following a rule. Teens are less likely to engage in inappropriate behavior that they have previously discussed and established clear consequences for with their parent(s). Be consistent. And most importantly, notice and acknowledge the positive.

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

phone: 612-668-3640

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