8th Grade Newsletter - November 28, 2011

8th Grade Newsletter 8th Grade Newsletter
November 28, 2011
8th Grade News ~ Field Community School
in this issue...

Staff Contacts

Core & Advisory Teachers:

Sean Casey
(Advisory; Media/Tech)
(612) 668-3640

Alison Constant
(Language Arts; Advisory)
(612) 668-7672

(Math; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640

Ola Lloyd
(Advisory; Behavior Support)
(612) 668-3640

Gretchen Mattson
(Advisory; Reading Support)
(612) 668-3640

Tracey Schultz
(Science; Advisory)
(612) 668-8602

Linda Slocum
(Social Studies; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640

Mike VanPatten
(Advisory; Life Skills)
(612) 668-3640

Specialists & Support Teachers

Del Bey
(612) 668-3640

Marni Heck
(612) 668-3640

Kim Hotchkiss
(Band & Orchestra)
(612) 668-3640

Ruth LeMay
(Vocal Music & Guitar)
(612) 668-3640

Brenda Leviton
(612) 668-3640

Mark Usem
(Math Support)
(612) 668-3640

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

Julie Peterson
(Social Worker)
(612) 668-3640

Wendy Wolff
(612) 668-3640

Site Council Representatives/PTA:

Kathie Glick
(Site Council rep)

Sashank Varma
(Site Council rep)

Margaret Miller
(PTA Co-Chair)

Rich Flint
(Site Council community rep)

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

Language Arts - Ms. Constant

I'm excited to be back in class this week. Our first task will be to see what work students accomplished while I was out and to make sure work is done to the quality expected. Students will be turning in their complete Wave summaries this week after we review them for quality. We will finish reading and discussing The Wave by Tuesday, then do some comparing and contrasting with The Giver. Later this week we'll begin our next unit: personal essays based on the NPR radio series "This I Believe".

Reading Logs are due on Wednesday.

Algebra 1 ~ Mr. Leavitt

Hello families and students.

Students test on Chapter 3 last week. Results were good. Mean for the 8th grade was and 80% and the median was 85%. Needless to say, those are the mean and the median. By definition, they are just measures of center. Ask your son/daughter to show you his/her test paper. Go over the test with him/her and ask questions. Remind your son/daughter that make-ups are a good strategy to learn the material and improve the grade.

We continue our study of lines in Chapter 4. So far, we can write linear equations in Slope-Intercept form only. Now, we add another form to our collection, Point-Slope form. We also begin thinking about fitting a line to real data, creating a line of best fit. Algebra 1 is all about lines. Just wait until we start solving systems of linear equations. Then the fun really begins!

Problem of the Week


Science ~ Ms. Schultz

Welcome back from what I hope was a restful, relaxing break. We will pick up right where we left off with the Sun-Earth-Moon system, tracking shadows to discover the apparent position of the Sun in the sky during each season. This will prepare us for our investigations about seasons on Earth at the end of the week. Homework #10 is due on Friday. This is the Moon Journal students started week before last. As a reminder, extra copies are available in my room and I also linked the Moon Journal pdf to my webpage.

U.S. History ~ Ms. Slocum

This week in American History we will be wrapping up our study of the Civil War and begin looking at the Reconstruction of our country. In particular, we will examine the surrender at McLean's parlor and Lincoln's second inaugural address. We will also cover Lincoln's assassination.
We will have Histofacts this week that students will get on Monday. The quiz will be on Friday. Students are expected to memorize the final and longest paragraph of the Gettysburg Address. This will be a part of their Histofacts grade for the week.
I hope your Thanksgiving was restful and filled with delicious food! We all have so much to be grateful for. I am grateful for your smart and talented children. I truly enjoy their opinions and thoughts. I enjoy teaching them!

AVID ~ Mrs. Walker
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School Counselor and High School Transition ~ Ms. Wolff

The 6-8th grade "Winter Candy Land" Dance is coming up on Friday December 9! Tickets go on sale during lunch today (Monday November 28)! Tickets are $4 but if students bring in a non-perishable can, box or bag of food, they will get $1 off their ticket. We will be donating the food to an organization called "Hope for the City" who distributes the food to people in need. If you would like more information about Hope for the City and how they distribute the food we donate, please visit their website:

  • We are in need of a few strings of lights to decorate for the dance. If you find you have some extras as you decorate for the holidays, you can drop one off in Wendy Wolff's office. If you like to build things, we are looking to build a simple "arch way" for students to go through as they enter the dance. Let me know if you have an interest! (668-3654)
A few other announcements:
  • Summer Job Applications for "Step Up" are available already for summer 2012! Applications are due February 3, 2012 which will come up quickly after the holidays! "Step up" is a fantastic program for our students age 14-21 to help them gain valuable experience and learn about the world of work while making some money and new friends over the summer! Check out the website for more information:

LAST but not least:
  • The Conflict Resolution Center is showing the film "Bullied" at the Southwest High School Auditorium on Thursday, December 1st at 7 pm. This is an extraordinary film and MPS is fortunate to have the person who inspired the film, Jamie Nabozny, available to talk about his experience and comprehensive approaches to deal with bullying, prevention, and the legal and societal environment that needs to be addressed. For more information check out their website:

High School Choice web site
High School Open House Flyer
High School Information Sessions Flyer

Advisory ~ 8th grade advisory team

Have you heard about our gratitude letters? We would really appreciate it if you asked your child about this assignment and who they wrote their letter to. Some Advisories will be finishing up this project during the week ahead.

phone: 612-668-3640

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