8th Grade Newsletter - November 19, 2012

8th Grade Newsletter 8th Grade Newsletter
November 19, 2012
8th Grade News ~ Field Community School
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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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Several 8th grade students entered the Minnesota Radon Poster Contest this fall by designing a poster to educate others about the dangers of radon in our homes and work places. The poster by Macy Rajacich was one of two from Minnesota sent on to the national contest and we wish her the best of luck! Congratulations Macy!

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

Language Arts - Ms. Constant

We continue with Bronx Masquerade this week, learning about new characters through their prose and poetry. We'll compare characters in a graded assignment that involves analyzing quotes, and supporting ideas with detailed evidence from the text.

Students took their first turn at writing poems last week by trying out concrete poems--poems whose shapes symbolize their subjects. These poems are due today, and I look forward to seeing the creativity students put in to their final versions.

Reading Logs are due on Wednesday. There will be no reading log over Thanksgiving break.

Linear Algebra (8th Grade Algebra) ~ Mr. Leavitt
A photo of beans being counted.

Hello Field families.

The picture above is from our capture-recapture experiment. We spent one day capturing, recapturing, and estimating. The next day we counted. The pictures above are from our counting day. I could only fit 4 pictures so Period 7's total isn't there. What would your guess be? (By the way, Period 1 is 1726 - we had some trouble counting at first.) What is all this capture/recapture, you might be asking. Ask your son/daughter. If s/he can't tell you, write and I'll fill you in. Pretty interesting stuff.

I am trying very hard to give a lot of quizzes so that students can be sure they are on track. Quiz 3 was this past Friday. Check the portal for results. Many, many students are doing well. Some not so well. How can we help our struggling students? I'm almost always available at recess. I also stay after school every day. Usually there are no meetings on Tuesdays or Thursdays so I can help students then. What can you do to help your child?

Seth Leavitt

Fun Fact 11 (from last week)

1752 was the first leap year.

Fun Fact 12

The average lifespan of a major league baseball is __________ pitches.

Click the link above and take a guess.

Problem of the Week

A Championship Season

I'm going to leave this one up for a second week.

Intermediate Algebra (9th Grade Algebra) ~ Mr. Leavitt & Mr. Feuling
Unit 2 Test Results

Hello Field families.

The picture above are box-and-whisker plots describing the results from the Unit 2 Test that students took this past Friday. The plot at the top is the boys group and the bottom one is the girls. The scale is from 0 to 120 with marked intervals of 10.

As you can see, most students did well (swimmingly). But some students are floundering. We have arranged a day of class to help those students by pairing them up with students doing well. Retakes will be available Tuesday. We have to be sure we keep on track in 9th grade Algebra - can't afford to fall behind.

Students will spend more time on linear growth in 8th grade Algebra. They now have the tools to move on. We leave linear growth in 9th grade Algebra and move on to exponential growth. Exciting but demanding. We're happy to help students but students need to seek help. Mr. Leavitt and Mr. Feuling are both available. Just check to be sure on scheduling.

Seth Leavitt and Richard Feuling

Science ~ Ms. Schultz

Science Update

We are off and running with our next major unit of study in 8th grade science, EARTH IN SPACE. To begin, we focus on the Sun-Earth-Moon system. During this short week ahead we will scale the Sun-Earth-Moon system to get a better understanding of the relative diameters of the Sun, Earth, and Moon, as well as their relative distances from each other. Then we will begin tracking shadows to better understand Earth's rotation and the Sun's apparent daily motion across the sky.

Look for our next homework assignment on Monday - "the Moon Journal". This homework will stretch over two weeks (due Monday, 12/3) as students make daily observations of the Moon's appearance and record the times at which the moon rises and sets. Because weather and real life may interfere with observing the moon directly, there are links on my webpage from which students can indirectly observe the Moon each day. I will also post a copy of this assignment on my webpage in case anyone loses track of their Moon Journal. These links can be found in the EARTH IN SPACE section of my webpage.

Please take a look at the portal. I entered homework and classwork from last week, as well as test regrades. Many students need to complete their test regrades before the long weekend. Anyone who scored less than 35/50 is required to regrade their test following the directions I stapled to the front.

Tracey A. Schultz

8th Grade Science Teacher

Field School, Minneapolis

(612) 668-3640

U.S. History ~ Ms. Slocum

Reader's Workshop ~ Mr. Jungwirth

Good Reading to the Field Community!

In readers workshop, we have begun work on the AVID critical reading strategy called "Pausing to Connect". Our first connection with this strategy was done whole group, with the students reading a short piece of text and then "Pausing to Connect" with one of six prompts that they could choose from.

This active reading strategy is intended to help students be very aware of what actions effective readers take as they read and understand text.

We will be starting the use of a new reflection slip at the end of each class to help students to identify their goals for this class. They will use the Learning Targets, or the "I can" statements to describe the things they are working on in class, as well as to reflect on how successful they are with the strategies we are working on.

This week, try reading some of the billboards you might see around town! Have a great week!

Tim Jungwirth


News from Field School Counselor

Check out the MPS high school choice website to confirm your high school attendance zone and stay updated on dates and times for other open houses and important deadlines; http:/highschoolchoice.mpls.k12.mn.us

The dates for family tours have been finalized and are listed on this website. Family tours have replaced shadowing and 8th grade tours and give students an opportunity to find out more about schools during the school day. Requests are not due until February 19, 2013 so this is the time for students to gather information and ask a lot of questions! Feel free to call me any time!

AVID Tip of the Week!

AVID is currently accepting applications for second quarter. Make sure to turn these applications in quickly, so that we have time to interview.

Interested families can find out more about AVID at Field by viewing the information and student created video on our website http://field.mpls.k12.mn.us/AVID2.html Feel free to email me or stop by if you have further questions.

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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