8th Grade Newsletter - March 5, 2012

8th Grade Newsletter 8th Grade Newsletter
March 5, 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 Walkerbr>(AVID)
(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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Ski Trip!

The annual 7th and 8th grade ski trip to Hyland Hills in Bloomington is Friday, March 9th. Hyland has been making snow all winter and assures us that great conditions await! Permission slips were already sent home. Please return these ASAP. Questions about the trip? Please email Tracey Schultz, Tracey.Schultz@mpls.k12.mn.us

Attention GIRLS interested in CHEMISTRY!
The University of Minnesota hosts an annual day long event called "Cool Chemistry." This year it will be held on Saturday, April 21st from 9:30 am - 3:00 pm. Students participate in exciting hands-on experiments in the university labs, work with graduate students in the department of chemistry, and more! Space is limited and in past years this event has quickly filled up. To learn more, visit the website http://www.chem.umn.edu/wise/registration.html

8th Grade students have the opportunity this summer to experience high school by attending Fast Track.
This program is by invitation only, check in the office to see if you are on the list!
Fast Track will be held at South High school from June 18-28 and July 9 - August 2, M-F - 9:00 - 3:00.
This FREE program will give you the opportunity to meet your future classmates and begin earning high school credits (maximum of 4 quarter credits).
Courses offered include algebra, literacy, physical education, health science, guitar, theater, drawing, ceramics, physical science, engineering and geography.

Breakfast, lunch and Metro Transit Go-To Cards are included (for transportation to and from South).

Applications and registration packets are available in the Field office, or contact Traci.Lyngstad@mpls.k12.mn.us

Be sure to register early to ensure you get your class choices and have classes with your future school mates!

Here's what's happening in eighth grade this week...

Language Arts - Ms. Constant

This week we begin with our own jury deliberations on whether Tom Robinson is guilty or not guilty in To Kill a Mockingbird's big court case. Students will present their findings today based on testimonies from four characters. Tomorrow we'll compare and contrast our findings with the verdict from the book.

We're making a big push to finish reading the book by early next week so we have enough time to fit in our end-of-the book activities before spring break. Here's the homework schedule:
* read ch 20-22 for Tuesday (March 6); take notes on each chapter
* read ch. 23-24 for Thursday (March 8); no notes
* read ch. 25-30 for Monday (March 12); take notes on ch. 28 beginning with the walk home; take notes on ch. 29
* finish the book for Tuesday (March 13); no notes

Algebra 1 ~ Mr. Leavitt
Exponential Growth

Hello Field families.

I'm happy to report that involvement, effort and outcomes have improved. Check the Parent Portal to be sure that is the case for your child.

We started exponential growth last week. It was a bit of a broken up week so we didn't get too far. We continue this week.

Seth Leavitt

Problem of the Week

Crossed Wires

Science ~ Ms. Schultz
View of earth from Apollo 8

Our study of WEATHER got off to quite a start last week with the storm. This week we will investigate the various layers of the atmosphere (in which one does weather take place?), comparing the layers and discovering patterns and trends as we move from one layer to the next in our virtual glass elevator. A related homework (#16) will be assigned on Tuesday, due Thursday. By the end of the week, we will be exploring methods of heat transfer in our atmosphere and daily lives - conduction, convection, and radiation.

A suggestion to all students - use your ScienceSaurus book at home to review and, in some cases, learn more about what we do in class. Make sure to read the following sections this week - 213 and 214 (Monday or Tuesday night), 301, 302, 303, and 304 (Wednesday or Thursday). Find something new? Add it to the notes in your science notebook!

U.S. History ~ Mr. Farrell

Welcome to the first full week of March! I enjoyed meeting with some of you during conferences and encourage all the parents and even students to send me a quick email if there are some lingering questions. I am sure many of you will agree when I say that the semester has been moving along at a rapid pace. There are only 4 weeks left before the end of the quarter, and we have all been working on helping the students get their grades up. Many students have put forth extra effort in the past couple weeks to improve their grades, and I hope this dedication continues.

This week in history we are going to have a class discussion concerning the Haymarket Riot and the eight individuals who were charged because of the incidents that arose. The students will be analyzing different primary sources and discussing the character of one of the charged individuals with their classmates. The students will be working in small groups before continuing with a large class discussion. I hope to see an increase in class participation for the week and am excited to get new voices involved in the class!

AVID ~ Mrs. Walker
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School Counselor and High School Transition ~ Ms. Wolff

Wendy Wolff
Field School Counselor

Family Focus

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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