8th Grade Newsletter - November 9, 2015

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8th Grade News
For the Week of November 9th 2015
2nd Quarter: Missing Work!
There are large amounts of missing work across the grade for 2nd quarter.  Classwork/homework are important for helping students understand information, practice using the skills they are learning in class, and prepare for tests/quizzes.  For most assignments students get large chunks of time in class to complete them.  Additionally, all students have a study hall in Advisory on Thursdays to complete work, with an optional 24 minute study hall on Fridays.  Please review the portal with your student and help encourage them to complete/turn in anything they have missing.

Weisman Field Trip
We have moved the next visit to the Weisman Museum for
  Tuesday, December 1st of December. 
During this visit, student poems will be displayed and several students will perform their poems at the museum.
 We are requesting chaperones to join us once again to help be a part of this expanding and engaging experience!
Please email Mr. S to join this wonderful experience, celebrating our students' effort!

The Weisman Museum  is still in need of feedback from chaperones, and families, on how this field trip has made a positive impact on your child's engagement in school and their overall education.  
Email Mr. S at michael.sundlin@mpls.k12.mn.us


High School Information Meetings
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Please come join our upcoming high school information meetings and open houses to learn about the high school selection process in MPS.
School request deadline is March 5th, 2016

Roosevelt: Wednesday, Nov. 11 @ 6:00PM
Washburn: Thursday, Nov. 12 @ 5:30 PM
Southwest: Tuesday, Nov. 17 @ 6:30PM
South: Thursday, Nov. 19 @ 6:30PM
English Language Arts (ELA)

This I Believe /  Benchmark Summative Assessment
    This week students will be given feedback on their This I Belive essay topics to begin focusing on the writing process. Students will begin drafting essays in Google docs based upon beliefs that stem from their personal experiences.  
Rough Drafts must be completed by Monday, November 16th
Feedback will be given and Final Drafts will be due Monday, November 23rd!

Students will begin writing their own collection of poetry based on their trip to the Weisman Art Museum, and the book Bronx Masquerade, this week
This fictional book is about a high school English class sharing poetry based upon their thoughts, troubles, and fears.  Our reading and writing will begin in class, though students will be expected to complete and add additional poetry writing assignments at home. While we are reading Bronx Masqueradestudents are expected to read independently at home and record their independent reading 
on their monthly survey worksheet.
: Movie Comparison- The Giver
: TIB Essay- Drafts  Completed at school AND at home!
Thursday: Bronx Masquerade Introduction / Weisman Museum Poems 
Friday :  Independent Reading / WoW#4 Quiz / Poem Drafts

The October Independent Reading Activity (a visual representation)  and survey will be recorded in the grade book this week.
Students are required to discuss their monthly independent reading with an adult every month.  This is an opportunity for students to engage in a conversation and share with their families their independent reading choices.  
 An adult signature is requested on their Independent Reading survey.
Mr. Sundlin


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Are you energetic?
Enjoy writing and sharing ideas?
Have fun working in groups?

Students interested in playing a part reporting our school news 
can meet in the Media Center after school to share 
their skills and talents! (i.e. reporting, writing, photography, survey, art)
Listen and look for Mousetrap reminders in class, at lunch, and in the hallways!

Intermediate Algebra

Monday- Unit 1 Test
Tuesday- Systems of Equations Application
Wednesday- Systems of Equations Application
    HW: Systems Practice
Thursday- Systems of Equations Application
HW: ?
Friday- Systems of Equations Application

This week - Water in the air and at our feet.  We are beginning to examine the water cycle and the movement of water around the globe.

Test scores from last week were generally not were they should be.  Please encourage students to look over their class notes and assignments before the retakes on Wednesday!

Monday: Water cycle and distribution notes.

Tuesday: Is there water in the air?  Lab

Wednesday: Retakes of Winds test from last week - or extension activity.

Thursday: Water cycle simulation (physical and digital)

Friday: Water in the Mississippi River watershed reading/discussion

Have a great week!
Mr. Iverson
Global Studies  
 Next week we will have a test on our Latin America unit.  Anything from this unit (physical geography, natural disasters, types of government, Cold War, Banana Republics, NAFTA, etc.) may be included on the test.  Students will get a study guide on Monday next week and may use that study guide on the test, however it is recommended they begin organizing their materials this week.

Monday: Economics/NAFTA Clean Up (NAFTA sheet due Wednesday)

Tuesday: Globalization

Wednesday: Globalization Continued

Thursday:  Migration

Friday: Migration in the Americas (Migration sheet check Monday)

Reading B.E.S.T.

We are excited to "Go Green" this year and kick-off the No Sale Fundraiserelectronically, which will save us money in printing and postage.  All of the money that is raised from the No Sale fundraiser directly benefits our schools -- which helps cover the cost of art and technology, enrichment materials, technology licenses and improvements to both the Hale School and Field School Playground

Since 2003, the No-Sale Fundraiser has been the primary funding for our PTAs to donate to our Hale Elementary and Field Middle Schools.  We have raised over $350,000, which is about $30,000 per year for our schools.  This year our goal is $40,000, which is $20,000 per school, which is $4444 per grade and about $35 per student.
Our goal is aggressive as we try to keep our students at Hale and Field Schools from ringing your doorbell and asking you to purchase things you don't want or need (think expensive cookie dough and wrapping paper). These types of fundraisers are a lot of work, and only 30%-50% of the total sales go back to the school.
Instead, we simply ask you to make a donation in support of the wonderful quality education students in our community are receiving -- and see 100% of your donation going to these great schools and it is 100% tax deductible!  
You can donate TODAY at https://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 12th, 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 2 years. Let's continue to build on this streak! 
Our community makes us great!
Thank you for your continued support of Hale and Field's students.
Thank you so much for being a Hale& Field Super Hero!
Trisha Hanson (Mom of Tucker - 7th grade, Capri - 5th grade, Mac - 3rd grade and Calia - 1st grade)
Melanie Faulhaber (Mom of Hailey - 7th grade and Nolan - 3rd grade)  

Dates to Remember
Dates to Remember 

  • 16: Barnes and Noble Bookfair
  • 19: Native American Parent Involvement Day and National PTA Take Your Family to School Day
  • 25-27: No school
  • 30: No Sale Fundrasier Ends

Contact Info:

Language Arts 
Michael Sundlin


Social Studies

8th Grade AVID


Ola Lloyd

Bev Halvorson


School Social Worker:
Kelly Burnett


Marty Johnson

(NEW) Allison McCarthy

Reading Specialist:
Bev Halvorson

Math Specialist:
Craig Hamilton


Site Council Representatives for 8th grade:
Jeanne Mettner
Cell (612)889-8047

Korey Stoelzing
Main Office (and Attendance):
Traci Lynstad

In This Issue

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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