8th Grade Newsletter - October 15, 2012

8th Grade Newsletter 8th Grade Newsletter
October 15, 2012
8th Grade News ~ Field Community School
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Staff Contacts

Core & Advisory Teachers:

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

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

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

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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Conference Sign up news:

Have you signed up for parent-teacher conferences? Conferences continue this week on Tuesday, October 16 in the evening, and Wednesday, October 17 during the day. You will sign up for one half hour time slot.

During that time you will have a primary conference with one of the 8th grade teachers, but will be able to talk to other teachers as needed. To schedule a conference, change your time, or check your time, please contact Ola Lloyd at Ola.Lloyd@mpls.k12.mn.us or 612-668-3640.

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

Language Arts - Ms. Constant

Today we will read and prepare for a Philosophical Chairs discussion on Tuesday in which we will analyze the significance of some major elements of The Giver. This will be a graded discussion. Students may need to continue preparation at home tonight.

For Monday, October 22, students should read and take notes on chapters 20-21.

Linear Algebra (8th Grade Algebra) ~ Mr. Leavitt

Hello Field families.

We've started our work using the Algebra textbook. Our first unit is about statistics. The ideas in this chapter are not new to students. However, we will introduce some new vocabulary (measures of center or measures of central tendency as opposed to saying mean, median and mode). We will also do a lot of work introducing students to the graphing calculator and learning how to use it as a tool to help us understand algebraic ideas. This work will include some review for students taking Intermediate Algebra. I'm hoping that those students will act as mentors to the other students and we will be able to move quickly through this chapter.

I look forward to meeting you this week during parent/teacher conferences.

Seth Leavitt

PS A quick note about my work this past weekend. I'm on a committee of the College Board that is writing a curriculum guide to define what middle school students should do to prepare them for AP courses in high school. I'm happy to report that the work we are doing at Field School is well aligned with this goal. We are defining two pathways - one for students who complete Algebra 1 in 8th grade and a second pathway for students who complete Algebra 1 in 9th grade.

Problem of the Week

To B Or Not To B

Fun Fact 6 (from last week)

Dogs can make 10 different sounds and cats can make 100 different sounds.

Fun Fact 7

About ____________ % of the world's population has red hair.

Click the link above and take a guess.

Intermediate Algebra (9th Grade Algebra) ~ Mr. Leavitt & Mr. Feuling

Hello Field families.

We finished our unit on Statistics this past Wednesday. Thursday was a study day and Friday was the Chapter Test. Mr. Feuling graded the tests over the weekend. I have not seen the results yet so I can't report them in this newsletter. I know the test was challenging but I think our students are up for the challenge. I'm anxious to see how they performed.

The next unit of study is called "Advanced Solving". This unit builds student's understanding of equation solving to expend their toolkit and prepare themselves for quadratic and exponential equations.

Seth Leavitt and Richard Feuling

Contact information:
Seth Leavitt
Email Seth.Leavitt@mpls.k12.mn.us
My voice mail 612 668-9139

Richard Feuling
Email Richard.Feuling@mpls.k12.mn.us
Cell phone 612 747-9714

Science ~ Ms. Schultz

Science Update -

Our work with MIXTURES AND SOLUTIONS is drawing to a close. This means our next unit test is right around the corner! Mark your planners, the unit two test will be Tuesday, October 23rd. Like the first unit test, this one will have both a lab component and a written section. Students will work independently on both. I will give a study guide as homework on Tuesday, October 16th. Students should work on this study guide over the (much too) long weekend. They will have the opportunity to ask me questions before the test on Monday, October 22nd. I can always be reached by email.

Unit three of our chemistry studies focuses on "ELEMENTS, COMPOUNDS, AND CHEMICAL REACTIONS." I am always excited to start these investigations!

Tracey A. Schultz

8th Grade Science Teacher

Field School, Minneapolis

(612) 668-3640

U.S. History ~ Ms. Slocum

A short week awaits us!

In American History we will be sharing our Response Writing assignment to kick off the week. We will then be watching and discussing a short video about the Constitution and structure of the government. Students will be covering additional information about the ending of the Revolutionary War and setting up our government. Then kids have a few days to relax and rest.

It has been a pleasure to meet with parents and students at conferences. I look forward to Tues. evening and Wed. to visit with more parents. Conferencing is a valuable way to learn about students and share information with parents. Parents are a child's first teachers, so your perspectives are wonderful to hear.

Reader's Workshop ~ Mr. Jungwirth

Good Reading to the Field Community!

Students worked hard coming up with questions they still had about relevant information, and made sure that they could determine what was most relevant from what is least relevant.

Our focus in Reader's Workshop starting today is on two new reading strategies that will assist students in understanding what they read at a deep level. we will be working on a strategy call "Say Something" that encourages speaking and listening about books they are reading

This work on a new comprehension lesson using this specific strategy will help students to understand text deeply. Students will continue to work in partnerships to gain skills in teamwork, they will be given time to think deeply and share information about their answers prior to writing, and they will be asked to reflect on the progress they are making on their learning targets.

Learning Targets are the "I can" statements that students are able to use to describe the things they are working on in class. These are the skills they are being taught in class, are practicing with the classmates, and are being tested on.

Re-read a short piece of your favorite book to see if you gain a new understanding of the text!

Tim Jungwirth


News from Field School Counselor

AVID Tip of the Week!

REPETITION is key when learning new skills. CORNELL NOTES are a great way to get up to 10 repetitions of academic information. The more QUALITY REPETITIONS you get of academic information, the better you will do on tests. Repetitions in Cornell Notes Include: - Circle key words - Highlight/underline main ideas - Put a question mark by any points of confusion - Asterisk possible test questions - Add information you missed while taking notes as well as examples. - Draw lines Chunking similar types of information together - Write questions on the left side for the information in each chunk - Make a crease in the paper and use the fold over method to quiz yourself on the information using the questions you wrote. - Use the questions you wrote on the left side to help you write a summary linking everything together. - Study, revise, compare notes with a friend - Bring points of confusion to class or tutorial and ask questions. Have a great week! Mrs. Walker

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 News and Notes

For information regarding Minneapolis Public Schools attendance policies please go to www.attendtoachieve.org.

Julie Peterson

School Social Worker

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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