8th Grade Newsletter - March 2, 2015

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8th Grade News
For the Week of March 2nd 2015

Welcome to the 8th Grade Newsletter 


Valleyfair Requirements

The Valleyfair trip at the end of the school year has been a traditional celebration and team building activity at the end of 8th grade.  The 8th grade team has been looking at ways to increase student motivation in class and believe creating some academic requirements to participate in the trip will do so.


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.



English Language Arts (ELA)

To Kill a Mockingbird
Students will be discussing significant moments from Chapters 9-11 this week in
To Kill a Mockingbird (TKAM).

Students are graded each week using group quizzes and by contributing to class discussions. Students must keep up with weekly reading deadlines. 

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

     We are looking for donations of loose-leaf lined paper and copy paper for the remainder of the year.  Please drop off donations to Mr. Sundlin. 
Thank you for the support!

Mr. Sundlin's webpage is located here

Monday: Turn-in Ch 4-8 Quiz / 
Ch 4-8 Socratic seminar Follow-up /  ch 9 Discussion 
Tuesday:  Ch 10 Discussion / POV Writing assignment
Wednesday: Ch 11 Discussion
Thursday: Ch. 9-11 Quiz / POV Writing Time
Bring TKAM or Independent Reading book tomorrow! 
Friday:  Independent Reading & Open Mic 
Read Chapters 12-15 for next week!

Mr. Sundlin

Intermediate Algebra

Well it it that time of year when we start preparing for the MCA.  Most of this week's homework will be around reviewing all content we have learned this year.  It is important the students are completing it on time because their answers will dictate what they work on next week in class.  The Math MCA will be given the week of March 16th.  It is important that the students do their best.  If your child's goal is to take Geometry next year then it is important that he/she meet the standard on the MCA. 

Monday: Exponential Practice
HW: Writing Equations

Tuesday: Exponential Practice
HW: MCA Practice

Wednesday: Exponent Rules
HW: MCA Practice

Thursday: Exponent Rules
HW: MCA Practice

Friday: Scientific Notation (Maybe Short Quiz)
HW: MCA Practice


Finishing up the earthquake unit and moving on to the rock cycle as our last section for the quarter. Homework this week is to study notes for the quiz on Wednesday.

Our schedule for the week:

Magnitude vs Intensity - how do measure/compare earthquakes?

Earthquake Unit Quiz

How are rocks broken apart?

Optional: Retakes on past quizzes during advisory.


Have a great week!
Mr. Iverson
Global Studies  
We are now 1 and a half weeks from our Model UN conference.  It is extremely important students make good use of their class time so they are prepared for the conference.  Unprepared students will not be able to take part in the conference and will be completing an alternate research paper the day of the conference instead.  Keep checking with your student that they are on top of the work.

Monday: Additional research/partner question day (some students have discovered they do not have enough information to cover some items in their position papers, today is a day for them to fill in those gaps)

Tuesday: Position paper work day
 (students must have a completed draft by Friday)

Wednesday: Rules of Procedure for the Model UN conference

Thursday: Half of the classes will be beginning to organize their materials for the conference, while the other classes will be participating in an activity with a Model UN trainer (each class will get the other opportunity next week)

Reader's Workshop

Dates to Remember
Dates to Remember 
  • 3/6- AVID to Augsburg
  • 3/11- 
  • 8th Grade Model UN
  • 3/12 - PTA Meeting
  • 3/16 - 8th Grade MCA's Start
  • 3/19 - Ice Cream Social
  • 3/27 - No School - End of Quarter

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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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