8th Grade Newsletter - May 28, 2013

8th Grade Newsletter 8th Grade Newsletter
May 28, 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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Valleyfair permission slips were handed out to students last week. Slips and money should be returned by this Friday to Ms. Schultz. Lost your permission slip? Use this link to print out a new one! Please be aware the busses will return to Field at 4:15 and students must have transportation home from Field. Students who wish to stay late at Valleyfair must have a chaperone meet us at the front gate at 3:15. We must have a note by Monday, June 4, 2013 specifying that students have permission to stay late and what adult will be in charge.

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.

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!

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

Language Arts - Ms. Constant

We're nearly done with students' persuasive presentations and the results have been impressive overall. I'm proud of the kids who pushed themselves to research and present engaging speeches and videos.

This week we will do short but intense study of Greek and Latin roots with a future focus of the 14+ roots that are most helpful on the SAT tests. Students will do a variety of activities to learn roots and their derivatives (words that come from these roots). Homework will be to spend 10 minutes studying the roots each night. There will be a cumulative test on Friday during class.

I am missing one set of my To Kill a Mockingbird CDs. If you borrowed it, please return it ASAP. Thanks!

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

Hello Field families.

8th graders are starting their last full week of classes. While there is no final exam for Linear Algebra, we will be reviewing the year's work to refresh our thinking about statistics, lines and exponential relationships. We'll finish strong so we can start 9th grade strong in the fall. Field students are great!

Seth Leavitt

Fun Fact

Fun Fact 35(from last week)
How often does lightening strike somewhere on earth?
6000 times per minute

Fun Fact 36

The Earth weighs about __________ tons.

Click the link above and take a guess.

Problem of the Week

Train Travel

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

Hello Field families.

Students received their study packet for the final exam last Thursday. We will devote Tuesday and Wednesday to study and then take the final exam on Thursday (and Friday, if necessary).

Student recommendations for Geometry in 9th grade are dependent on 3 things:
Passing Intermediate Algebra with 70% or better Passing the final exam with 70% or better Teacher recommendation

We will be grading the final exam over the weekend and give students the results on Monday, June 3. We will also be sending our recommendation to parents and guardians through US Mail. We will be available for questions at any time that week or during the summer or next fall. We hope to help your son/daughter and you decide the best course of study moving forward to 9th grade.

Seth Leavitt and Richard Feuling

Science ~ Ms. Schultz

Wow! We are down to the last 5 days of 8th grade science. I am always amazed by how quickly the last quarter races by. During the week ahead, it is important that students make sure each of the following are wrapped up for science - returning the ScienceSaurus reference book to the Field media center, completing and turning in the final draft of the Changing Earth unit concept map, and finishing up and submitting test corrections from the Changing Earth unit test. I continue to update the portal EVERY DAY.

This week in class we will wrap up our SIZE AND SCALE unit with the electromagnetic spectrum. We will learn about many different forms of radiation ranging from really long to extremely small wavelengths. Lots of real life connections - the importance of sun screen, how cell phones and remotes work, and what humans are able to see. Weather permitting, we just might get to do some of our investigations outdoors with sun light!

U.S. History ~ Mr. Kafura

We will be wrapping up our World War II unit this week. Tuesday and Wednesday we will be looking at the use of atomic weapons to bring about Japan's surrender. Students will be asked to consider whether they think the use of those weapons was justified as they learn about reasons for and against the use of them.

Thursday we will wrap up the war and consider how it leads into the Cold War. Friday students will be asked to write 5 test questions (and the answers) about the WWII unit and will be sharing them in class. This will be the test for this unit (it will be worth 10 points). Information about this will be given out in class on Tuesday.

Reader's Workshop ~ Mr. Jungwirth

Good Reading to the Field Community!

This week, we will be working on a Learning Target connected to "Writing in the Margins". Students will have a chance to connect to this Learning Target from a variety of viewpoints.

As the end of the year approaches, maybe it's time to re-read a book with a great ending! Have a great week!

Tim Jungwirth

News from Field School Counselor

AVID Tip of the Week!

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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