8th Grade Newsletter - May 13, 2013

8th Grade Newsletter 8th Grade Newsletter
May 13, 2013
8th Grade News ~ Field Community School
in this issue...

Staff Contacts

Core & Advisory Teachers:

Alison Constant
(Language Arts; Advisory)
(612) 668-7672

Richard Feuling
(612) 668-3640

Tim Jungwirth
(Reading Support; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640

(Math; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640

Ola Lloyd
(Behavior Support; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640

Julie Peterson
(Social Worker; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640

Tracey Schultz
(Science; Advisory)
(612) 668-8602

Linda Slocum
(Social Studies; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640

Mike VanPatten
(Life Skills; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640

Wendy Wolff
(Counselor; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640

Specialists & Support Teachers

Del Bey
(612) 668-3640

Sean Casey
(612) 668-3640

Marni Heck
(612) 668-3640

Kim Hotchkiss
(Band & Orchestra)
(612) 668-3640

Ruth LeMay
(Vocal Music & Guitar)
(612) 668-3640

Char Swanson
(612) 668-3640
Char Swanson

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

Site Council Representatives/PTA:

Dawn Nelson
(Site Council rep)

Mike Wedl
(Site Council rep)

Margaret Miller
(PTA Co-Chair)

Rich Flint
(Site Council community rep)

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Fourth Quarter PROGRESS GRADES were available for you to view via the parent portal this past Wednesday, May 8, 2013. Progress grades are an important indicator of how students are doing BEFORE final quarter grades are submitted June 5, 2013. There is still time for students to talk with teachers, make improvements and set a grade goal to achieve before it's too late. Make sure you check the parent portal today and contact Wendy Wolff if you have any questions or concerns about your child's progress.

Calling all books! Does your child have unused classroom or media books sitting around at home or in a locker? Now is a good time to return any books that are no longer being used!

Looking ahead...please mark Tuesday, June 4, on your calendars. We will begin the final day of school with the 8th grade recognition ceremony at 8:15 am in the Commons. Parents are encouraged to join us. Following the ceremony the 8th graders will go on our final field trip together to Valleyfair. Busses return to Field around 4 pm.

Flames, rock music, and screaming gummy bears--they're all part of a unique and fun University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering outreach program that aims to interest young people in science. For one night only, the College of Science and Engineering invites you and your family to join us for a special all-ages show. Bring your kids and grandkids!

Energy and U
Thursday, May 23, 2013
6:30 p.m.-Doors open
7 p.m.-Energy and U show
Smith Hall, Room 100
207 Pleasant St. SE, Minneapolis

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Space is limited and this show is expected to sell out fast, so register now! Seating is first-come, first-served the day of the event.
Register now!

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

Language Arts - Ms. Constant

Students are working on their final projects, persuasive and/or inspirational "speeches" that may be in the form of an individual speech, a competitive speech against an opponent, a video with voiceover, or another format that a student approves with me. All projects involve a research component, a writing component, and a speaking component and will earn grades in each category.

Today we will analyze more examples of persuasive and inspirational speeches. Tuesday and Wednesday are devoted to research. Presentations begin on Friday and will last through the following week.

Full directions as well as the rubric can be found on my web page.

Linear Algebra (8th Grade Algebra) ~ Mr. Leavitt
Frogs, Fleas and Painted Cubes

Hello Field families.

Our next book is called "Frogs, Fleas, and Painted Cubes". It's about quadratic relationships. The frogs and fleas jump, and their height varies quadratically over time. The last problem in the book looks at painted cubes. It's an extremely interesting problem in that it includes 3 different types of growth all in the same problem. It will be a very nice way to tie up a lot of the learning that we've done this year.

Our first quiz on this unit will be today (Monday). Please check the portal for grades tonight or tomorrow. We need to remind our students that we expect them to work hard every day. I expect that and I'm sure you do too.

Seth Leavitt

Fun Fact

Fun Fact 33(from last week)

How long can an iguana stay under water?

28 minutes

Fun Fact 34

How many feet of earthworms does a baby robin eat every day?

Click the link above and take a guess.

Problem of the Week

Field Trip

POW submissions are down. I'll leave this one in another week.

Intermediate Algebra (9th Grade Algebra) ~ Mr. Leavitt & Mr. Feuling

As we mentioned last week, we've been looking at the trigonometric functions and their inverses. It's been a lot of fun for most of us. (I think the teachers enjoyed it the most.) We learned how to read topographical maps and calculate angles of elevation. Added bonuses, in my mind.

Testing this unit will be a little different. There will be 3 medium length quizzes. Students will get a study guide, and then take a quiz. This sequence will repeat two times (for a total of 3 quizzes). There will not be a chapter test. We think this will be a more reasonable (and gentle) way to probe for understanding of this advanced topic.

We will be studying Probability for the next two weeks. The last full week of school (May 27 - May 31) will be devoted to reviewing the year's work (Monday-Wednesday) and then the cumulative final exam (Thursday and Friday). Please feel free to write or call with any questions.

Seth Leavitt and Richard Feuling

Contact information:
Seth Leavitt
Email Seth.Leavitt@mpls.k12.mn.us
My voice mail 612 668-9139

Richard Feuling
Email Richard.Feuling@mpls.k12.mn.us
Cell phone 612 747-9714

Science ~ Ms. Schultz

Last Friday we took the CHANGING EARTH unit test. Look for scores to be posted on the portal early this week!

Our week begins with a practice day in the computer lab for the MCA science test. We will review science test taking strategies, complete an online practice module, and build our confidence so we are ready for the actual testing on Tuesday and Wednesday during science class. Field students have the distinct advantage of taking science every day for four years of middle school and are ready to show what they have learned on this assessment.

What comes after testing? I will reveal the final unit of study by the end of the week. One thing I will say now is that our last unit will help prepare us for high school science next year!

Tracey A. Schultz
8th Grade Science Teacher
Field School, Minneapolis
(612) 668-3640

U.S. History ~ Mr. Kafura

Students took a test on Friday last week and will be getting it back early this week. They may make test corrections and earn half points back. In order to get those points they must write a sentence explaining why that is the correct answer.

Monday this week Ms. Wolff will be working with Social Studies students to help prepare them for high school. Tuesday we will begin our final unit of the year in Social Studies, World War II. We will begin Tuesday by looking back to our Treaty of Versailles notes to consider how Hitler seized power and the rise of totalitarian governments throughout Europe and in Japan. Wednesday we will look at how the United States enters the war, particularly the Lend-Lease Act and Pearl Harbor.

Thursday students will be exploring Japanese Internment camps by using primary sources. Finally, on Friday students will be looking at the experiences of a variety of groups on the homefront, and how they contributed to the war effort.

Reader's Workshop ~ Mr. Jungwirth

Good Reading to the Field Community!

This week, we will spend more time Focused on the following Learning Target: I can explain how mood is expressed through figurative language, characters, settings, and actions. We will be using a variety of shorter texts, including Shel Silverstein!

As we head towards Memorial Day, reading something which leads to contemplation and reflection might be the order of the day! Have a great week!

Tim Jungwirth

News from Field School Counselor

I hope everyone was able to attend the high school open houses! The excitement is building as the reality of high school comes closer! If you have any questions or were unable to make the open house for your child's high school, please contact me and I can help them with the registration process.

Remember that Fast Track Scholars still has space and is a great opportunity for all students to get a head start on high school credits in an actual high school building, make new friends and also get support in subject areas that may be challenging for them. I have more information in my office and am available during lunches on Fridays or by appointment if students want to talk about options.

Wendy Wolff
Field School Counselor

AVID Tip of the Week!

Interested families can find out more about AVID at Field by viewing the information and student created video on our website http://field.mpls.k12.mn.us/AVID2.html Feel free to email me or stop by if you have further questions.

School Social Worker News and Notes

Site Council

Site Council meetings are held 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 your grade rep. to be added to the agenda.

phone: 612-668-3640

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