8th Grade Newsletter - May 2, 2016

Eighth Grade Newsletter: May 2nd
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8th Grade News
For the Week of May 2nd 2016

Spring Cleaning Drive
Mr. Kafura's Advisory is holding a spring cleaning drive that lasts until Friday.  We are trying to reduce waste as people clean out their pantries and closets, while donating to people who could benefit from those items.  We will take and donate any clean unwanted clothing that is in good condition and non-perishable food.  Items may be brought to your Advisory teacher.

Valleyfair Requirements
In order to go on the Valleyfair trip at the end of the year students cannot have any F's in their core classes.  We do recognize that for some students this may be difficult even if they are putting in the effort.  We also recognize that our entire focus this year has been on improvement for all of our students, so we do have an appeal process for students that may have an F at the end of 2nd semester.  If a student does have an F they may appeal to an 8th grade teacher to still be allowed to go.  In their appeal the student must give evidence of their effort to improve (ex. meeting with the teacher for extra help, taking advantage of retake opportunities, etc.).

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5/2/16
English Language Arts (ELA)
 
TKAM POV ESSAY/MOVIE vs. Book 
To Kill a Mockingbird POV Essays
AND
TKAM Movie vs. Book Comparison
 are due today Monday, May 2nd!
(* If a student needs an extension or support talk directly to Mr. S!)
CHECK THE STUDENT PORTAL FOR MISSING AND UPCOMING ASSIGNMENTS!


This week we also begin pre-reading activities which leads us into reading Act I of the play, A Raisin in the Sun.  Students will begin with several activities defining and discussing the importance of and obstacles to the American Dream.  We will also analyze the elements of a drama to support the reading of a play.
 
Multiple resources for abridged and chapter summaries for To Kill a Mockingbird
can be found
by clicking HERE! 

Monday: Complete Book vs. Movie Comparison worksheet / Begin defining the American Dream  
Turn in your TKAM  Book vs. Movie worksheet in class! 
Sumbit your PUBLISH copy of TKAM POV Essay today!
Tuesday
: Cont. defining the meaning of and obstacles to the American Dream (Poster Project)
Wednesday: Analyze the poem "Harlem" by Langston Hughes/Lorraine Hansberry Bio
Thursday: Elements of a play /perform Act I / Scene One
 Friday Final Online Independent Reading Survey / cont. Act I - Group discussion
April Independent Reading Log and Activity is due this
first Friday in May (5/6)!
 
Complete your end of the year Independent Reading survey online by clicking here!

Remember to turn in your March Independent Reading! 
The April Independent Reading activity can be found on my webpage by clicking here!
Namaste,
Mr. Sundlin
OUR NEXT MOUSETRAP MEETING IS  FRIDAY, MAY 6th!

Mousetrap is looking for contributors 
to join the newspaper.
See Mr. S or show up at the Media Center
on Friday at 2:45pm!

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Are you energetic?
Enjoy writing and sharing ideas?
Have fun working in groups?

Students interested in playing a part reporting our school news 
can meet in the Media Center after school to share 
their skills and talents! (i.e. reporting, writing, photography, survey, art)
Listen and look for Mousetrap reminders in class, at lunch, and in the hallways!

PARENTS & GUARDIANS!
THE MOUSETRAP IS STILL LOOKING FOR PARENT/ADULT SUPERVISORS TO ASSIST STUDENTS AFTER SCHOOL ON FRIDAYS (2:45-3:45) WITH EDITING AND GENERATING IDEAS FOR THIER ARTICLES.
PLEASE EMAIL MR. SUNDLIN IF YOU ARE INTERESTED!
michael.sundlin@mpls.k12.mn.us
5/2/16
 
Intermediate Algebra 

Monday: Problem 5.1.3
HW: #5-36
Tuesday: Problem 5.1.3 and Problem 5.2.1
Wednesday: Problem 5.2.1
HW: Given in class

Thursday: Problem 5.2.3

Friday: Problem 5.2.3
HW: Given in class
Erin Lindsay
05/2/2016
Science 
microscope

Monday - Moon phases/eclipse test

Tuesday - Begin research on Astronomer for research paper.

Wednesday - Continue astronomer research

Thursday - Science MCA practice/review

Friday - Science MCA practice/review

*MCA testing for science is next week - Monday - Wednesday!

Mr. Iverson
5/2/16
Global Studies  
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Even with the long lay-off from Global Studies I have been very pleased with how students have picked back up where we left off over the last two weeks, especially since we are moving through material quickly.  We will actually be finishing our Europe/Russia unit this week and students should receive their first quiz back by midweek.  Look for our second quiz for the unit to take place on Tuesday or Wednesday next week.

Monday: Intro to the European Union (due Wednesday)

Tuesday: Europe's Financial Crisis 

Wednesday: Aging Europe

Thursday: Migration to Europe

Friday: Russia and Ukraine
Transition to High School

Field's 8th graders can now register for Fast Track Scholars! Fast Track Scholars is a summer program for current 8th graders. The program provides the opportunity for students to begin earning high school credits this summer and help them transition into high school.  

Click the link below for more information.
 
 
See Kelly Burnett for more information and registration forms.
 
Kelly Burnett
Licensed School Counselor
Field Community School
612-668-3654
CHECK TO SEE IF YOUR TIMES HAVE CHANGED BELOW! MPS Logo
8th grade students should plan on attending the high school registration night for the school they are placed in. 
High School Registration Nights
 
2016 MPS 8th Grade Family Registration Nights for High School:
 
Thursday, May 19      Edison High School 
Media Center/CCC Lab 5:30-7:00 pm
700 22nd Avenue NE (612-668-1300)
 
Thursday, May 5     FAIR School Downtown 
6:00-7pm  10 S. 10th St. (612-668-1060)
 
Wednesday, May 4      South High School Auditorium/Commons 6:30-8pm
3131 19th Avenue South (612-668-4373)
  

This is the time students will request their classes and get information about their high school.
 
See Kelly Burnett for more information and registration forms.
 
Kelly Burnett
Licensed School Counselor
Field Community School
612-668-3654
Media Materials are Due by Friday, May 6th!
Field Media Center
All Library materials need to be in at least 1 month before the end of school (at least May 6th).

 

Check under beds, in backpacks, lockers, and all through your homes to find missing books for the media center.
 Also, remember to return text books and classroom library books too!

Dates to Remember Dates to Remember 
  • May 2nd- 5:30-7:30pm - Jr. Iron Chef Competition at  Solar Arts by Chowgirls (711 NE 15th Ave, Minneapolis)
  • May 4th- National Bike to School Day
  • 5/19 - Band/Strings Concert
Contact Info:


Language Arts 
Michael Sundlin

Math

Science

Social Studies

8th Grade AVID

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Ola Lloyd

Bev Halvorson

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School Social Worker:
Counselor:
Kelly Burnett
   
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SERTs:


Marty Johnson

Autism:
Allison McCarthy
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Reading Specialist:
Bev Halvorson

Math Specialist:
Craig Hamilton

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Site Council Representatives for 8th grade:
Jeanne Mettner
Cell (612)889-8047

Korey Stoelzing
 
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Main Office (and Attendance):
612.668.3640
Traci Lynstad

In This Issue

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.

Field Middle School, 612-668-3640, 4645 Fourth Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55419
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