8th Grade Newsletter - November 25, 2013

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8th Grade News for the 
Week of November 25, 2013

Math tutoring available!  Ms. Zeleznikar 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!

It's almost dance time! 
The 2013 Field Hollywood/Red Carpet Dance will be held on Friday, December 13th (Yes, Friday the 13th!) from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. 
 Tickets this year will be $5. Student Council will be selling tickets at lunch starting December 2, 2013 until the day before the dance (Dec. 12th). You cannot buy tickets the day of the dance, so make sure you buy your tickets early! We hope to see you there!
To see an exciting video about our upcoming dance, please click the link below!

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
This week in language arts, we're focusing on connections. We'll read through page 127 by Tuesday, and we'll also do some writing of poetry and short stories. On Tuesday, I'll introduce the summative assessment, so that students can be thinking about it in the back of their minds over the long weekend. 

Have a great week!

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

Field Community School
Intermediate Algebra



Hello! Due to me being ill on the day we submitted the newsletter last week I was not able to give you an overview of last week. So, I wanted to let you know what we covered last week. The students learned about how slope is affected when lines are parallel verses perpendicular. They also learned how to solve linear systems of equations graphically and using substitution.


This is some pretty tough stuff so great job for working so hard last week!!


This week school is only in session on Monday and Tuesday. Both of these days the students will be presenting their RAFT project about independent and dependent variables to the class!


On a separate note, Mrs. Lindsay will be coming back on Thursday, December 5th, which makes my last day at Field on Friday, December 6th. I have been so honored to work in such a great school and with such exemplar students. Thank you for all of your patience with having myself come in and enjoy the rest of the school year with Mrs. Lindsay! I had a great time working with and getting to know each of you!


Ms. Petron



 For this week - science class presentations on our interactions with the Mississippi River.  We will also be spending some time after the presentations finding out what we know about the relationship between wind and differential heating of Earth.

Global Studies  

 Students wrapped up their Americas unit with a test on Friday.  Look for scores on the test to be entered into the portal over Thanksgiving break.  Most students have also submitted their projects and those scores should be entered by the beginning of this week.  Both of these assignments are in the assessment category, which means students can fix them up to earn half points back and improve their grade if they so choose.  In this very short week we will begin looking at Sub-Saharan Africa.

Monday: We will be looking at where Sub-Saharan Africa is located and brainstorming about what we know (or think we know) about that region.

 Tuesday:  We will begin looking at and taking notes about the overall geography of the region and what resources are available there.
Reader's Workshop
   Good morning!   This week we continue to work with genre study as it applies to reading texts in core classes. We are studying these three questions: 1) What do you know about this type of writing? 2) What events or actions will happen in this type of text? 3) What types of information might you find in this text?

We are spending the next three class sessions connected to surveying Historical Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Horror, and Science Textbooks and identifying the answers to those three questions.  After having a chance to explore these text types, students will then receive direct instruction on how to apply the knowledge they have gained to other text types that they use in their core classes.  
Application of this knowledge in student's core classes is the main objective of all the work we do in Reader's Workshop.  This work will also  prepare us to interact with many of the Common Core State Standards!

Tim Jungwirth
K-12 Reading Specialist
Field Community School
From our Administrators:

School Counselor news from Wendy Wolff!

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High School Information!
Family Tours are a great 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 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

Jon Iverson

Social Studies
Brian Kafura

8th Grade AVID
Additional Advisory
Ola Lloyd
Tim Jungwirth

School Social Worker:
Julie Peterson

Linda Reiner
Susanne Koob

Reading Specialist:

Tim Jungwirth


Math Specialist:

Seth Leavitt


Site Council Representatives for 8th grade:




Main Office (and Attendance):




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.

This email was sent to seth.leavitt@mpls.k12.mn.us by wendy.wolff@mpls.k12.mn.us |  
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