8th Grade Newsletter - November 7, 2016

Eighth Grade Newsletter: November 7th
8th Grade 

For the week of 
November 7th

Welcome Back, Field Mice Families!

Quarter 2 Begins!
Quarter 2 begins this week, meaning we are halfway through the semester.  It is a good time to review your goals for the school year.  Where are you being successful?  Where do you need to improve?  How will you do that?  We are always looking for ALL students to improve and show growth.

No Sale Fundraiser
The PTA's No Sale Fundraiser has begun.  By donating directly we eliminate students selling things and Hale/Field receive the entire donation.  This is used to fund everything from basic classroom supplies to educational programs to field trips.  

You can donate TODAY at www.GiveMN.org - search No Sale and donate directly to Hale or Field.  Scroll down to click on the Hale project or Field project, depending on which school you want to donate to. 
All donations received now through midnight on November 17th, which is the official "Give to the Max Day" count toward the prizes given from GiveMN.  We have been in the top 3 Small Non-Profits for the last 3 years. Let's continue to build on this streak! 

Referendum 2016
If you have not voted, 

On Nov. 8, Minneapolis voters will be asked to renew the school district's current operating referendum authorization, which expires after the 2016-17 school year. If passed, funding would help Minneapolis Public Schools manage class sizes and provide supportive services and activities for students. The request would authorize the referendum for nine years and be annually adjusted for inflation. Property taxes are not projected to increase if the referendum renewal passes. Learn more here:  www.mpls.k12.mn.us/referendum2016.

English Language Arts (ELA)

This I Believe:  Benchmark Summative Assessment

We begin our new quarter, A FRESH START, by creating an expository essay based on a personal belief. Through this essay students will see that authors typically include three types of information in their essays:  a belief statement, experiences that led to the belief, and reflection on the belief.  

Students will also begin focusing on their poetry writing unit, based on their trip to the Weisman Art Museum, and the book  Bronx Masquerade, next week! 

"But I don't have any homework!" Students should have an independent reading book and have established reading 30+ minutes daily to make  individual progress with their comprehension and acquiring vocabulary.

Mr. Sundlin's webpage is located here 
Monday: Post-Weisman Museum Discussion with our artist-in-residence, SHARON LOUDEN!
Tuesday:This I Believe (TIB) Introduction: Model #1
Wednesday: TIB review: Model #2
Thursday: TIB Model #3 / Weisman Poetry
Friday:   Independent Reading / Poetry Workshop

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

Hello!  This week we will be continuing our study of lines, connecting concepts from last year with new material, with a focus on application problems.

Monday (11/7)Forms of Lines Review/LTQNone
Tuesday (11/8)Linear Equations Word Problems#1-10
Wednesday (11/9)Linear Equations Word Problems#1-10
Thursday (11/10)Parallel and Perpendicular Lines#1-20
Friday (11/11)Parallel and Perpendicular LinesNone

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 Onward we go! In the next week or two we'll begin to study how and why we have wind and other weather - we'll get to be amateur meteorologists in no time!  We will have a test next Monday (November 14th on Heat Transfer - Conduction/Radiation/Convection).

Mon: Review of Earth materials graph.  Conduction pre-assessment.

Tues: Conduction in water lab.  Conduction in metals demo.

Wed: Thinking Questions - Heat Transfer.  Finish Heat transfer notes.  One word summary for heat transfer.

Thur: Fix this answer activity.  Radiation Think question sheet.

Fri: Re-examine Conduction Pre-Assessment.  Heat Transfer review.

Have a great week! -Mr. Iverson

Global Studies  

  Students will receive their quizzes back this week (I kept them to be entered for 2nd quarter to give students and opportunity to fix them if they need to).  Students can make fixes directly on their quiz to earn half points back.

Monday: Banana Republics and Cold War Review

Tuesday: The Cold War in Latin America Venn Diagram (Cuban Missile Crisis Political Cartoon due)

Wednesday: Cold War Venn Diagram Cont. (due Friday)

Thursday: Colombia and FARC Peace Deal

Friday: Intro to Globalization

Dates to Remember
Dates to Remember 
    • NOV 7:  Beginning of 2nd quarter
    • Nov 23-25: No School Thanksgiving Break
    • Nov 28: Barnes and Noble Bookfair
      • DEC 3: 60th day of school > Back-To-The-60's Dress-up Day
      • DEC 19-JAN 2: NO SCHOOL - Winter Holiday Break
      • JAN 3:  School resumes
      • JAN 16: NO SCHOOL - MLK Day
      • JAN 26: End of 2nd Quarter

Contact Info:

Language Arts 
Michael Sundlin
Craig Hamilton

Social Studies

8th Grade AVID

7th/8th Grade Health

Support Staff:
Dymekea Bellamy

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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