8th Grade Newsletter - May 5, 2014

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8th Grade News for the 
Week of May 5, 2014
Save the date!  
The 8th grade recognition ceremony and Valleyfair trip is coming up on Friday, June 6th.  The ceremony will take place on the morning of June 6th with the 8th graders boarding buses and heading to Valleyfair for the remainder of the day.  Look for additional details about times, cost, and scholarships in future newsletters.

The Field Bike Drive has been moved to 
Wednesday, May 14! 
(due to predicted inclement weather)
Donate your extra bike and/or bike parts to help homeless youth in our community! Field student council has coordinated a bike drive to help support our local community service partner, Full Cycle.  If you are cleaning out your garage this spring and have bikes you would like to donate, please bring them in or ride them to school on May 14 and Full Cycle will pick them up from the parking lot. Every bike donated will help Full Cycle accomplish their mission to reduce youth homelessness in our community. Our goal is to collect 100 bikes.
Check out the mission of Full Cycle from the link below:
Language Arts
Good morning eighth graders and families:
I am happy to announce that we are successfully finishing our Midsummer Night's Dream unit with a choice of final projects. The students received a handout that explains the project and you will want to refer to this sheet as you are creating your final. This project will be due Monday, May 12th. Remember that there will be a ten point deduction for every day that it is late. This week will be spent working on final projects in class. Email Ms. Schlick with any questions.

Ms. Kalie Schlick

Now a word from Mrs. Sheumann!...

Rebekah Faith Scheumann was born at 11:48pm on April 28th, 2014! She was worth the long wait (eleven days overdue). We love her so much, and she's been a wonderful baby so far! Here are some pictures of her. I think she's pretty cute, if I may say so. 

I think of you all often, and I love hearing the updates about your work with Shakespeare! Oh, how I wish I could be there to see your performances!! Have a wonderful week, and don't forget about my offer... I'd love to receive some emailed "letters," and I promise I won't grade you on them! 

~Mrs. Merissa Scheumann~
8th Grade English Language Arts

Field Community School
Intermediate Algebra

 Happy Monday,

Almost all of the 8th graders have finished their MCA Assessment.  I have been conferencing with students to let them know what their preliminary score is and what class I recommend they take next year as a 9th grader.  Based on how well the students do on this last unit could change what class they will take next year.  Thus, it is very important that the students end this quarter well and pass the next unit test. 
Week's Agenda
Monday: Fireworks Problem
Tuesday: Notes
HW: #4 p.500
Wednesday: Notes/Problem 9.3
Thursday: Problem 9.3
Friday: Quiz!!

Erin Lindsay
Field Community School 

 It's a big couple of weeks for the eight graders in science class.  Our MCA is scheduled for next week.  The science MCA for eighth graders covers topics from each of the grades 6-8.  

To help students remember some of the big concepts from those earlier middle grade years, we will spend a quite a bit of class time this week reviewing.  

Please expect homework to be brought home both Monday and Wednesday.  
Mr. Boler, Mr. Husby, and I have put together review work that should help all of our Field kids show their science brilliance.  We will use this review homework as a springboard for class discussion.  If students are not prepared to discuss the work, it makes the discussion much less meaningful and not very productive.  Thanks ahead of time for helping support our review efforts this week.

Have a great week,

Mr. Iverson 
Global Studies  
Monday and Tuesday: Students will continue their country research.  As students complete their initial note packet they should focus on fleshing out what their various statistics and notes mean as well as their country's connection to the topic water, sanitation, and health.
Wednesday:  Today students will be introduced to some of the terms they may use in their position papers.  We will also do some brainstorming about potential ways to solve problems with water, sanitation, and health around the world (this brainstorming sheet will be valuable to students when they begin writing their position papers).
Thursday:  Today students will be introduced to how to write an effective position paper.  Students will look at examples of good and bad position papers and begin outlining and writing their own.
Friday:  Students will continue to write their position papers in class today.  Students who finish will be able to compare with a classmate and make improvements before turning it in for feedback from me.  Students who do not finish in class should complete their position paper at home and turn it in for feedback on Monday.  It is essential for every student to have turned in a position paper for feedback by Monday at the latest.
Reader's Workshop

Good Morning, 

     Student continue to 
work on writing their graphic novels using our new website.  Students are working on using their understanding of charting a text and using short descriptive words and language in order to write a six page graphic novel of their own design.
     We will spend time this week engaged in mini lessons connected to their graphic novel work.  We will be engaged in learning how to lay out the arc of a story, create dialogue that grabs the reader, and plan an effective ending to our story.  These skills will carry forward into the core classes for all the students. 
     Students will work to create a graphic novel that they will want to share with their peers, as well as learn how to edit the work of others in order to improve the writing and character development of each of the peers that they assist.

Have a great week of reading and writing!
Mr. J
Tim Jungwirth
K-12 Reading Specialist
Field Community School
From our Administrators:

Field Families,
wanted to keep you posted about three of our staff members who are out this spring.  Mr. Boler is at home recovering following surgery earlier this month.  He continues to get stronger and hopes to return prior to the end of the year.  In the meantime Lori Norvell continues to keep the pace moving in 7thgrade science and interacts with Mr. Boler to make sure she is on track with where he would like students to be.
Mrs. Scheumann has begun her maternity leave and had her baby on Monday, April 28 . We look forward to seeing her back here with her baby girl at the end of the year.  In her absence Kallie Schlick continues to deliver the ELA curriculum that Mrs. Scheumann mapped out for her before leaving.
Special Education teacher Linda Reiner is out on medical leave and will remain out through the end of the year. Marty Johnson, who is a licensed Special Education teacher, has stepped into her position with confidence and is working to follow her schedule for seeing and meeting the needs of her students with as little disruption to the routine as possible.  We are fortunate to have him onboard.
With less than 6 weeks left in the school year I am confident we will end the year on a high note thanks to the group of quality reserve teachers who have stepped in to fill big shoes at Field.
Fondly From Field,
Steve Norlin-Weaver

School Counselor news from Wendy Wolff!

Brick by Brick! Help us build a school in Guatemala!
Did you know that 57 MILLION children around the world do not have access to an education in their community?
Field Student Council's global act of service this year is to help collect money to build a school in Guatemala.  Every Teacher will receive a cardboard school house "bank" to collect quarters from Tuesday May 6- Friday May 9.  The teacher that collects the most money in their bank  next week will participate in a Mario cart style bike race at 2:15  on Wednesday May 14. Bring in your quarters and contribute to ANY teacher's bank to get them in the race!  $20=1 brick; 500 bricks builds a school!
Below is a video link with more information the Build a school initiative:
(Build a school initiative- 1 minute)) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UiwEp2YTBM

Applications for the 8th grade summer school program called  "FAST TRACK"  are now available. Interested students can get an application from Ms. Wolff or find one online.  Fast Track is a great opportunity for 8th grade students to get a head start on high school.  The program is open to all MPS 8th graders and is held at South High School from June 16-July 24 Monday- Thursday 9:00-3:00.  Students can take 4 high school classes and earn 1.5 credits.  This is a great way to put some credits in their high school "bank account" which will give them more options later.  All participating students receive breakfast, lunch and a metro transit "GO TO" Card.  Please call me if you would like more information!
Teen Teamworks applications are also now available in Ms. Wolff's office. Teen Teamworks is a summer employment and educational program for youth ages 14-19. Teens receive supervised "on the job" training performing basic grounds maintenance in MPRB parks (removing trash, raking sand lots, pulling weeds, spreading wood chips, edging paths and other routine or special maintenance tasks. Youth earn a bi- weekly paycheck ($7.25/hour) and build work readiness skills. More information can also be found at...
 Here are some links for summer program 
resources...more to come!
Exploring Careers in Engineering and Physical Science (ECEPS) summer camps held at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus and sponsored by the College of Science and Engineering and 3M. These summer camps give students a hands-on introduction to engineering, science, and math disciplines at the University of Minnesota.  Students will learn through demonstrations, hands-on activities, lectures, and interactions with faculty, students, and staff. This summer we will offer seven weeks for students entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2014.  
News from Julie Peterson, School Social Worker
Dates to Remember:

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  • Friday, June 6th - Valleyfair 8th grade Last Day of School celebration
Other important Field Community School news:

In This Issue
Language Arts
Intermediate Algebra
Reader's Workshop
School Counselor News
School Social Worker News
Other Important Field Community School
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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.

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