8th Grade Newsletter - November 18, 2013

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8th Grade News for the 
Week of November 18, 2013

Math tutoring available!  Ms. Zelezkinar will be offering the opportunity for 8th grade students to receive additional assistance from 7:30 - 8:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please meet in the 8th grade math room.  All are welcome!

Save the DATE!
The first Field School Dance of the year will take place Friday, December 13, 2013 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets will go on sale December 2. Stay tuned for more details!

We are in our last week of seeing a little more facial hair around Field this month.  In honor of Movember, some staff will be letting their moustaches loose.


With the help of student council, Movember will be a chance for students and families to have a good time as well as donate money to help efforts to educate about men's health issues and aid the homeless.


The following staff have already volunteered to let students (through donations) choose the style of moustache they grow!


Principal Norlin-Weaver, Assistant Principal Johnson, Mr. Boler, Mr. Husby, Mr. Iverson, Mr. Jungwirth, Mr. Kafura, Mr. VP, Mr. Leavitt, and Mr. Usem.


These gracious volunteers will grow their moustaches out until sculpting the moustache the Field community selects for them!


Each vote will raise $1 for our efforts - vote early and often - Mr. Boler will look great in mutton-chops!  For more information, please email Ms. Wolff.

Student Council Announcement!
This year Field School will be partnering with a local service organization to help raise awareness and money for the people they serve in our communityStudent Council researched at a few organizations in our neighborhood and chose to partner with Full Cycle, an agency that serves homeless youth in our community.  
·         Full Cycle collects used bikes, fixes them up and sells them at their bike shop on Chicago Avenue and 35th Street.
·         Full Cycle provides homeless youth with a bike and 6 month paid internship that teaches them job skills and bike maintenance.
·         Full Cycle helps youth obtain affordable housing
·         Full cycle provides food and mentoring to help them until they are self sufficient
As we build this partnership, we will let you know how you can join us in supporting their valuable work with homeless youth! You can also check out their website for more information at http://fullcyclebikeshop.org/ scroll down to search for informational video. If you are planning to purchase a bike in the next month or so, Full Cycle has their annual holiday sale for the entire month of December. All profits from their bike sales, are reinvested in the work they do with homeless youth.

The No Sale Fundraiser continues! The fundraiser runs from November 4 thru December 12, 2013.  This is a Hale/Field Fundraiser that helps our schools get much needed money to supplement academic and community events. The No Sale Fundraising Committee is hoping to raise lots of money this year.

                        If you would ike to support the fundraiser, please go to the GiveMn link http://givemn.razoo.com/ to donate.  Put Field School in the search box (upper right hand corner) and your choices will appear.

Language Arts
In Language Arts this week, we'll be finishing the majority of the novel, reading page 113 by Friday. The focus this week is perceptions: What is the power of a perception?  

To consider this part of our unit title ("You-nique perceptions connect us), we'll be making character portraits, discussing the effect of point of view, and studying the poetic elements that help the characters creatively reveal who they really are in their poems. Students should be working on their Character Map for Tyrone as we read in the novel. This is an assignment that's due December 4, the day after we finish the novel. It will be worth ten points in the Learning Targets category of the grade, because it assesses whether students can "use textual evidence to support their ideas." 

Monday: Read pages 34-50. Discuss the power of perceptions, using examples from the book. Finish up planning sheets for character portraits. 

Tuesday: Read 51-73. Write about how we've seen changed perceptions in the novel. Learn about the poetic elements of assonance and consonance. 

Wednesday: Read pages 75-94. Write a poem about perceptions, using poetic elements we've seen and studied. Work on character portraits. 

Thursday: Read pages 95-113. Analyze author's methods: Why use both poetry and prose? Why tell the story from the point of view of different characters?

Friday: Independent reading - bring a book! Work on character portraits.

The learning targets we are working on throughout this unit are as follows (adapted from state standards): 
*I can compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style. 
*I can write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events, using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences. 

   -I can engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and point of view and introducing a narrator and/or characters. 

   -I can organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically. 

   -I can use narrative techniques, such as dialogue and description, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters. 

   -I can use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events. 

   -I can provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on the narrative experiences and events.

There will be a letter due this week. Students will receive the letter on Monday, and it will be posted on my website. The Tyrone page is also available in the "assignments" tab.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions!

~Mrs. Merissa Scheumann~


8th Grade English Language Arts

Field Community School

Intermediate Algebra

 Ms. Petron will be updating students on assignments and expectations in each math class.   



 In science class this week students will be creating presentations about how we interact with the Mississippi River.  

This presentation is to be completed by the end of class Friday.  Students will be given class time this week to complete the project, but may need to work on it at home.  Each student should decide how much time they should be spending on their presentation outside of class.

This is the final project in our study of the water cycle and human interactions with Earth's water.

Have a great week,

Mr. Iverson

Global Studies  
Last week we wrapped up our projects.  Students really need to work on their time management, listening to, and following instructions.  Students were given plenty of time to complete this project if they followed the daily goals and were focused, however, a number of students were scrambling Friday.  This needs to be improved as students continue to prepare for high school.
Monday: Today students who still need to e-mail their projects to me will be allowed time to do so.  Other students will be given time to work on their study guide for the test we have coming up on Friday.
Tuesday:  Today we will be looking at globalization and what it means.  We will begin to look at how globalization has affected the Americas.
Wednesday:  We will continue looking at globalization, focusing more on specific benefits and disadvantages of its affects on different places in the Americas.
Thursday:  We will be playing review Jeopardy to prepare for the test tomorrow and students will have time to ask questions.
Friday:  Today we will be taking our Americas unit test.  This test will cover everything in the unit.  Like the last test students will be able to use their study guides when they take it.


Reader's Workshop
   Good morning!  Our work last week was productive and very informative.  Many students found it difficult to identify the genre of a type of text, as well as being able to connect effectively with three questions.  We worked very hard on these three questions: 1) What do you know about this type of writing 2) What can you expect to see? 3) What types of information might you find in this text?

Since we found that we needed more work in this area, we will be spending most of the next two weeks on work connected to surveying the text and identifying the answers to those three questions with a variety of texts.

This work will prepare us to interact with many of the Common Core State Standards!

Tim Jungwirth
K-12 Reading Specialist
Field Community School
From our Administrators:
Because we've had several questions about math from 8th grade parents since conferences.

At Field our plan is to have as many students as possible ready for 9th grade (Intermediate) Algebra by 8th grade, which puts them on track for Geometry as 9th graders.  To launch our new math plan, this year, 5th graders will be completing the "telescoped" 5/6 course, meaning that they will be working not only on 5th grade math standards but 6th grade standards as well.  

Likewise, similar plans have been launched to do a "telescoped" model in grades 6 and 7.  In addition, all 8th grade students will be completing the 9th grade Intermediate Algebra course  this year and students demonstrating proficiency will move on to Geometry in 9th grade. 

Steve Norlin-Weaver

School Counselor news from Wendy Wolff!
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High School Information!
The last of the High School Open Houses will take place this week.
  • Roosevelt High School is scheduled for Wednesday, November 20 at 6:30 p.m.
  • South High School is scheduled for Thursday, November 21 also at 6:30 p.m.
Both Roosevelt and South High School have citywide programs that students can request and space is filled on a lottery basis, no matter where you live.  I am encouraging Field students to look at all their options before their request cards are due on February 28, 2014.
Family Tours are another way to gather information about the schools.  I will post information as it comes available on the high school information board outside the Math room.  
Washburn has scheduled their family tour dates as follows. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Rebecca Syring at rel001@mpls.k12.mn.us
·         December 12 - 9:00-10:00 a.m.
·         December 16 -  9:00-10:00 a.m.
·         January 9 - 9:00-10:00 a.m.
·         January 30 - 7:00-8:00 a.m.
·         February 2 - 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the MPS High School transition process! I am at Field on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Wendy Wolff
Field School Counselor

News from Julie Peterson, School Social Worker
 Julie Peterson will regularly share important information in this column.  Please contact her if you have any questions or concerns.
Dates to Remember:

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Nov 19:   Barnes & Noble Book Fair (5 - 8pm)
Nov 21:     "Take-your-family-to-school" Day

Nov 27-29: NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Holiday


Friday, January 31, 2014       7th/8th grade Ski Trip

Other important Field Community School news:

The first Washburn Newsletter is complete!  Please open the link below to find out all that has been happening at Washburn!


In This Issue
Language Arts
Intermediate Algebra
Global Studies
Reader's Workshop
From Our Administrators
School Counselor News
School Social Worker News
Dates to Remember
Other Important Field Community School

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Contact Info:

Language Arts 
Merissa Scheumann

Erin Lindsay

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Social Studies
Brian Kafura

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Ola Lloyd
Tim Jungwirth

School Social Worker:
Julie Peterson

Linda Reiner
Susanne Koob

Reading Specialist:

Tim Jungwirth


Math Specialist:

Seth Leavitt


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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.

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