8th Grade Newsletter - March 9, 2015

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8th Grade News
For the Week of March 9th 2015

Welcome to the 8th Grade Newsletter 


Model UN Wednesday!

8th grade Model UN takes place this week Wednesday!  Students must have a completed position paper to participate.  Students are also highly encouraged to dress nicely on that day.  Mr. Kafura is available for after school help Monday and Tuesday.


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 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 3 weeks 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.  It is better to take care of things now rather than scramble the last week of the quarter.



English Language Arts (ELA)

To Kill a Mockingbird
Students will be discussing significant moments from Chapters 12-15 this week in
To Kill a Mockingbird (TKAM).

Students are working on a writing assignment this week to rewrite

a scene from the book from a different character's perspective.

The objective is to show that character's point of view by reflecting on that character's personality, experiences, and thinking. 

Due Tuesday, March 17th in ink!


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

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

Mr. Sundlin's webpage is located here

Monday: Ch 9-11 Socratic Seminar Follow-Up 
             Bring your POV Essay Prewrite today!
Tuesday:  Ch 12 Discussion / POV Writing time
Wednesday: Model UN Day!
Thursday: Ch. 13-14 Discussion
Bring TKAM or Independent Reading book tomorrow! 
Friday:  Independent Reading & Open Mic / Ch 15 Discussion
Read Chapters 16-21 for next week! The trial of Tom Robinson begins!

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. 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: Scientific Notation
HW: Finish Classwork

Tuesday: MCA Stations
HW: Your Choice

Wednesday: Model UN

Thursday: MCA Stations
HW: Your Choice

Friday: MCA Stations
HW: Your Choice


Our schedule for the week:

Weathering/Erosion and making model sedimentary rocks

Some Global Studies thing going on. (Just kidding, Mr. Kafura)
Model UN is really a great event.

Making sedimentary rocks

Optional: Retakes on past quizzes during advisory.

Sedimentary Rocks of Minnesota

Have a great week!
Mr. Iverson
Global Studies  
Model UN is Wednesday!  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.  Mr. Kafura is available before and after school Monday and Tuesday for help getting ready.  Remember 100% student completion of position papers and participation Wednesday equals Mr. Kafura in a mohawk.

Monday: Morning classes will have today to finish revising and editing their position papers.  Afternoon classes will be participating in a Cookie debate to prepare for the conference.

Tuesday: Morning classes be organizing their Model UN materials and practicing their position paper speeches.  Afternoon classes will have this as their last day to finish revising and editing their position papers.

Wednesday: Model UN Conference! Students are highly encouraged to dress nicely today (think picture day).

Thursday: Model UN Reflection Work Day, Reflection due next week Tuesday

Friday: Mr. Yohe will be in working with the students.
Reader's Workshop

Dates to Remember
Dates to Remember 
  • 3/11- 

8th Grade Model UN Day

  • 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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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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