8th Grade Newsletter - May 8, 2017

Eighth Grade Newsletter: Monday, May 8th
8th Grade 

For the week of 
May 8th

Welcome Field Mice Families!

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.).

English Language Arts (ELA)

To Kill a Mockingbird

 This week we complete our book-to-film comparison!
Students will then work in the computer lab on writing an end of the book summary essay.
 Student have a choice of essay topics.

Multiple resources for To Kill a Mockingbird 
can be found by clicking HERE!

"But I don't have any homework!"
Keep up your independent reading!
Independent Reading is now graded as a part of their 8th grade ELA standards.

Remember that your April Independent Reading Log and Activity is DUE FRIDAY
Mr. Sundlin's webpage is located here 
Monday-Tuesday: Movie ComparisonWorksheet Due Wednesday
Wednesday: TKAM essay: Introductions
Thursday:  TKAM essay: body paragraphs
Friday: TKAM essay: Conclusions- Essay Due on Monday

Intermediate Algebra
Craig Hamilton (email: craig.hamilton@mpls.k12.mn.us)

Hello!  This week we will be applying our abilities to solve quadratic equations to begin studying application problems involving quadratics.
Monday Graphs of Quadratic Equations#1-20
TuesdayGraphs of Quadratic Equations#1-20
Wednesday Quadratic Equations Word Problems#1-20
ThursdayQuadratic Equations Word Problems#1-20
Friday Quadratic Equations Word ProblemsNone

Don't forget!  Students are always welcome to retake any Learning Target Quizzes for which they did not meet the standard so that they may meet it.  Students must meet the standard on every LTQ, achieve a C or better in the class, and score "Meets" or better on the 8th grade MCA to advance at the end of the year.  I am available before school, during advisory, during lunch and recess, and after school on Fridays to facilitate retakes.

Science                                                05/08/2017
This week is our 8th grade Science MCA.  The students will have time scheduled next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week.  Good sleep and a healthy breakfast will help!

Topics of Study for the week:

MCA Science Testing   The Sun's Path across the Sky   
Questions to ask your student:
How do shadows change on Earth each season?
How does the Sun power our Earth?
What is the Sun made of?

Have a great week! -Mr. Iverson

Global Studies  

 Students will spend most of this week looking at what the European Union is and issues connected to it.  We will end the week by analyzing population trends in Europe.  Look for our unit test on Europe/Russia to come next week Thursday!

Monday: End of the Cold War (questions due Wednesday)

Tuesday: Intro to the European Union

Wednesday: Euro Crisis (due Friday)

Thursday: Brexit

Friday: Europe Population Pyramids

Get Your Yearbook!
Yearbooks are on sale NOW! 
Please go online to reserve 
your copy today.

Please note the last day for personalized orders is 
After that date any extra options such as foil stamped personalizations and icons are no longer available and the price of the yearbook will increase to $18.00. 
Non-personalized Yearbooks will be available to order on the Jostens site for $18.00 until May 19, 2017.

News from Student Council

Dear Field Families, 

 Friday April 28th is USA day! Dress up in red, white, and blue apparel to show your support for the American flag. Costumes are not welcome. Feel free to participate. There will be a contest at lunch for the most creative clothing. 

Thank you!
-  Student Council

Dates to Remember
    • 5/8-5/10 - 8th Grade MCA - Science
    • *May May 29: No School Memorial Day
    • June 14: Last Day of School- Valleyfair!

Dear Eighth Grader and Family,

Minneapolis Public Schools would like to invite you to be a Fast Track Scholar this summer!  This exciting program provides current 8th grade (going into 9th) students with the opportunity to meet new high school classmates and begin earning high school elective credits.  The goal is to prepare students for a smooth transition to high school. In order to participate, students must meet ALC criteria such as not meeting grade level academic standards, English Language Learner, or having inconsistent school attendance which significantly impacts achievement. AVID students also qualify to attend Fast Track Scholars, and teachers/counselors may recommend students.  

More information can be found on the Field website: click HERE!

Contact Info:

Language Arts 
Michael Sundlin
Craig Hamilton

Social Studies

8th Grade AVID

7th/8th Grade Health

Support Staff:
School Social Worker:
Mariam Graff
Days at school: Mon., Tues., Wed.,Thurs.

Kate Kippling

Leah Herzog
Jennifer Jonland

Reading Specialist:
Bev Halvorson

Field School 
Site Council Representatives for 8th grade:
Co-Chair:  Jen Buss  plyspalace@comcast.net
Co-Chair: Leah Kondes lkondes@gmail.com
Main Office (and Attendance):
Traci Lynstad

Field School & Hale/Field PTAs, 4645 Fourth Avenue South, Field PTA, Minneapolis, MN 55419
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