8th Grade Newsletter - May 20, 2013

8th Grade Newsletter 8th Grade Newsletter
May 20, 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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Student Council has announced SPRING spirit week next week!
Tuesday- Youtube Phenomenon Day
Wednesday- Career Day
Thursday- Hawaiian Day

Congratulations to ELIJAH MAJOR! Elijah is a current 7th grade Field student who was elected PRESIDENT of the MPS citywide student council! This is a huge honor and responsibility and we are so excited for him as he assumes this role next year!

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!

Valleyfair permission slips will be handed out in language arts classes today. Slips and money should be returned as possible to Ms. Schultz.

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
THIS 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 give persuasive/inspirational presentations this week! Fact sheets to show their research, plus bibliographies, were due last Friday for all students. Presentations will be spread out throughout this week. The timing is tight and there are no make-up dates so it is important your child is in school the day s/he is scheduled to present. Thanks for your support!

Linear Algebra (8th Grade Algebra) ~ Mr. Leavitt

Hello Field families.

The end of the school year and our learning of Linear Algebra is fast approaching. Eighth grade students who are also taking Intermediate Algebra have embarked on an independent study of Probability (see below). I am asking those students to spend both of their math classes on this topic. Since a number of students are studying Probability right next to them, I have offered Linear Algebra students the option of continuing their study of Quadratic Relationships or shifting over to Probability. Quadratics are revisited in great detail in ninth grade so students are not limiting themselves if they choose Probability. Probability is an excellent topic to end the school year because it seems so simple and yet can be so complex and mystifying. Check in with your son or daughter to see what he or she has chosen to study.

Seth Leavitt

Fun Fact

Fun Fact 34(from last week)

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

14 feet

Fun Fact 35

How often does lightening strike somewhere on earth?

Click the link above and take a guess.

Problem of the Week

The ABCs of Exponents

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

Hello Field families.

With the end of the school year approaching so quickly, we have chosen to approach our chapter on Probability a little differently. We have outlined the problems in the chapter that cover the essential ideas. We are asking students to work independently or in small groups and to proceed at their own pace.

This is working well. We think students are enjoying the control of their learning. Good work is being done. We've engaged in some very interesting conversations about the very intriguing subject of probability.

We will be doing on large group activity this week. It's a classic problem in probability called the "Monte Hall Problem" from the host of the game show "Let's Make a Deal". It's a fascinating problem that has elicited a great deal of controversy in the mathematics community. Ask your student about this problem later this week.

Students will receive a study packet on Thursday, May 23 to prepare them for the final exam, which is on the following Thursday and Friday. The reason we're distributing the study packet so early is because many of the students will be taking a long bus ride on Friday and Monday. We want them to be able to while away those idle hours in productive study. Most problems can be solved with the simple calculator that many students have on their phones.

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

Way to go Field 8th graders! We completed our MCA III science testing last week, demonstrating focused effort from start to finish. I am confident that students put forth their best effort on this assessment and will be eager to see the results. To date, I have not received communication about when to expect results. Last year the results were not available until the fall. I hope for a speedier turn around time this year!

In our last 10 days of 8th grade science, we will focus on a topic that is essential for learning advanced life, physical, earth, and space science and also important for advanced math and social studies...SIZE AND SCALE. Developing better understandings of how big and small things are, as well as the scales used to represent sizes, is our final learning target.

Please check the portal. Students have two remaining homework assignments to complete - their test corrections from the CHANGING EARTH unit test and their CHANGING EARTH concept map (final draft). Both should be turned into me as soon as possible. This week is ideal, next week will be fine, but the week after is too late!

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

U.S. History ~ Mr. Kafura

Last week students got their tests back. As with other tests if they would like to improve their score they may do test corrections and earn back up to half of the points they missed. We also worked on interior monologues on Friday last week in class. If that was not completed in class it is due on Tuesday.

This week we will continue with our World War II unit. Monday and Tuesday we will be looking at the European theater (including the Normandy invasion and the Battle of the Bulge) and the Holocaust. Wednesday and Thursday we will turn our attention to the Pacific theater and the war against Japan by looking at the Battles of Midway, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. Students not going on the choir tour will be watching video illustrating some of these campaigns in class on Friday.

Reader's Workshop ~ Mr. Jungwirth

Good Reading to the Field Community!

This week, we will finish working on our Learning Targets connected to Mood, as well as reviewing some of the strategies we have worked with this year. We will be reviewing the best of the best, and getting students ready to use the strategies over the summer, as well as in the fall.

As everything greens up this week, lets read something connected to gardening. Have a great week!

Tim Jungwirth

News from Field School Counselor

I have enjoyed meeting with 8th grade students during lunch every week for FUTURE FOCUSED FRIDAYS! This week's question was "what does PSEO stand for and how can it help you?" (Answer: Post Secondary Enrollment Option- classes you can take in high school for free college credit if you pass). Congratulations to Robert Strabala! He submitted the correct answer in the weekly drawing and won a $10 ITunes card.

Wendy Wolff
Field School Counselor

I wanted to make you aware of a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your child's brain! Please read about the opportunity below:
Washburn High School Parent Mental Health Committee Presents:
"A Guide to the Adolescent Brain"
Presented by: Andria Botzet, MA and Tamara Fahnhorst, M.P.H.
University of Minnesota Department of Psychiatry, Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research
Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
7-8:30 pm - Washburn Choir Room
This presentation for parents of teens will:
Summarize adolescent brain development Provide insight into understanding "typical" teen behavior

  1. Summarize adolescent brain development
  2. Provide insight into understanding "typical" teen behavior
  3. Detail how the adolescent brain is more susceptible to the negative effects of alcohol and drugs
  4. Provide tools for parents on effective communication with teens
  5. Outline factors that can protect teens from alcohol and drug use

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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