8th Grade Newsletter - October 17, 2011

8th Grade Newsletter 8th Grade Newsletter
October 17, 2011
8th Grade News ~ Field Community School
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Staff Contacts

Core & Advisory Teachers:

Sean Casey
(Advisory; Media/Tech)
(612) 668-3640
Sean.Casey
@mpls.k12.mn.us

Alison Constant
(Language Arts; Advisory)
(612) 668-7672
Alison.Constant
@mpls.k12.mn.us

Seth.Leavitt
(Math; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640
Seth.Leavitt
@mpls.k12.mn.us

Ola Lloyd
(Advisory; Behavior Support)
(612) 668-3640
Ola.Lloyd
@mpls.k12.mn.us

Gretchen Mattson
(Advisory; Reading Support)
(612) 668-3640
Gretchen.Mattson
@mpls.k12.mn.us

Tracey Schultz
(Science; Advisory)
(612) 668-8602
Tracey.Schultz
@mpls.k12.mn.us

Linda Slocum
(Social Studies; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640
Linda.Slocum
@mpls.k12.mn.us

Mike VanPatten
(Advisory; Life Skills)
(612) 668-3640
Michael.VanPatten
@mpls.k12.mn.us



Specialists & Support Teachers

Del Bey
(Art)
(612) 668-3640
Delecia.Bey
@mpls.k12.mn.us

Marni Heck
(P.E.)
(612) 668-3640
Marni.Heck
@mpls.k12.mn.us

Kim Hotchkiss
(Band & Orchestra)
(612) 668-3640
Kim.Hotchkiss
@mpls.k12.mn.us

Ruth LeMay
(Vocal Music & Guitar)
(612) 668-3640
Ruth.LeMay
@mpls.k12.mn.us

Brenda Leviton
(Spanish/French)
(612) 668-3640
Brenda.Leviton
@mpls.k12.mn.us

Mark Usem
(Math Support)
(612) 668-3640
Mark.Usem
@mpls.k12.mn.us

Heather Walker
(AVID)
(612) 668-3640
Heather.Walker
@mpls.k12.mn.us



Administrators and Student Support:

Reggie Johnson
(Assistant Principal)
(612) 668-3640
Reginald.Johnson
@mpls.k12.mn.us

Terry Mazig
(Parent Liaison)
(612) 668-3640
Theresa.Mazig
@mpls.k12.mn.us

Steve Norlin-Weaver
(Principal)
(612) 668-3640
Steven.Norlin-Weaver
@mpls.k12.mn.us

Julie Peterson
(Social Worker)
(612) 668-3640
Julie.Peterson
@mpls.k12.mn.us

Wendy Wolff
(Counselor)
(612) 668-3640
Wendy.Wolff
@mpls.k12.mn.us


Site Council Representatives/PTA:

Kathie Glick
(Site Council rep)
kathie.glick
@richfield.k12.mn.us

Sashank Varma
(Site Council rep)
varmasa@gmail.com

Margaret Miller
(PTA Co-Chair)
crmm@mninter.net

Rich Flint
(Site Council community rep)
flint@richflint.com

Quick Links...




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Greetings!

Please note that we have added the 8th grade Site Council representatives, Sashank Varma and Kathie Glick, to our contact list at the right, and also the PTA co-chair, Margaret Miller, and Community Representative Rich Flint as well.

Science Bowl is back!
Science Bowl is an afterschool science team that meets every Monday from 2:45-3:45 starting on October 31st. At our practices we learn to play the Science Bowl game, train for the 2012 competition, and take scientific field trips. We study all branches of science and also math. Interested students should get a flyer and an application form from Mr. Boler or Ms. Schultz, the co-coaches. Application forms should be returned ASAP to reserve your spot!



Math Club is back!
PLEASE NOTE - Math Club will not meet this week due to parent conferences and no school on Friday. Math Club will resume next week.
* Tuesday afternoon until 3:45 - this will be a homework help type of day. * Friday afternoon until 3:45 - this will be a challenge math day, with an eye to the MathCounts tournament in February. When Volleyball ends, Friday club will probably move to Thursday. Students need to provide their own transportation home.

Parent-Teacher Conferences continue this week! If you have not yet signed up, or if you have forgotten your conference time, please contact Ola Lloyd at 668-3640 or Ola.Lloyd@mpls.k12.mn.us. You will be scheduled to begin with one core teacher, but will have a chance to speak with other teachers as desired.

The 8th grade teachers encourage students to attend their conference. Students offer valuable insights and ask meaningful questions. Their presence at the table enriches the conference!


MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

  • Picture retakes - October 27th
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences - October 18th (evening), October 19th (7:30 am-3:30 pm)
  • No School - October 19th, 20th, and 21st
  • No Sale Fundraiser - starts October 17th

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


Language Arts - Ms. Constant

The end of The Giver leaves many readers in a quandary: do Jonas and Gabe live or die? Today we'll explore that question and look for evidence from the text to support our thinking as we investigate and debate.

Reading and providing feedback on student essays has taken much longer than I anticipated. Therefore we are extending the due date for the final Giver vs. Pleasantville essay until next Wednesday, October 26. Students need to turn in the essay with my comments as well as the final draft. Students should bring the current version of their essay to class this Tuesday for further work with it.

I look forward to meeting with students and parents at conferences tomorrow and Wednesday.


Algebra 1 ~ Mr. Leavitt
Glass Half Empty test results image

Hello families and students.

Is it half full or half empty? Are we happy that half of the 8th graders earned a C or better on the last quiz or unhappy that half didn't?

I'm unhappy.

Your perspective depends on your child. You're either happy or unhappy (or in the case of twins, both, perhaps).

Success in Algebra is achievable with hard work, both in school and out. Teach that to your child. Effort yields results. You (and you, and you and you and ...) are smart in math. Now put in the effort you need to achieve.

You can do it. I know you can.

Sincerely
Seth Leavitt

Problem of the Week

The Oracle's Crown

A logical mind is all you need to solve this week's problem. It's a classic from the past. The Oracle's Crown has inspired heated discussions around the water cooler (at parents' workplaces). I hope it will inspire the same around your dinner table.


Science ~ Ms. Schultz

Our investigations related to mixtures and solutions are wrapping up. We will observe the properties of mixtures in the lab on Monday and Tuesday to determine how they are different from the properties of the pure substances the mixtures contain.

Our next unit test is right around the corner! Mark your planner - the unit 2 test is Tuesday, October 25th. Like the first unit test, this will have both a lab and a written component. I will give students a study guide on Tuesday of this week. They should work on this during their release days so they are prepared to ask clarifying questions on Monday, October 24th.

I look forward to meeting with many of you during conferences on Tuesday night and Wednesday.


U.S. History ~ Ms. Slocum

AVID ~ Mrs. Walker
Avid Logo

AVID students will continue looking up and recording their grades today. They will also write an action plan for the week based on the information they find in the student portal and their upcoming assignments and tests.

Mr. Kambale, our lead tutor for AVID, is currently available to help students with academic classes after school on Tues., Thurs., and Fri. from 2:40-4:40. I am usually available on these days also, as well as most Mondays and during 7th and 8th grade lunch and recess. After school help will not be available this week due to conferences. I would like to encourage all AVID families to stop by the AVID room before or after your regular conference time. Conferences begin this Thursday in the evening. If you don't currently have a conference scheduled, be sure to contact the school. Conferences are an invaluable time to connect with families, even when your student is doing fantastic in all their classes. Due to the fact that I see students in three different grades, my conferences are on a drop in basis. Parents of returning AVID students should note that AVID has moved to room 117, across from the office. Students who are new to Field are welcome to stop by the AVID room for an application.

I would like to encourage all AVID families to stop by the AVID room before or after your regular conference time. Conferences begin this Thursday in the evening. If you don't currently have a conference scheduled, be sure to contact the school. Conferences are an invaluable time to connect with families, even when your student is doing fantastic in all their classes. Due to the fact that I see students in three different grades, my conferences are on a drop in basis. Parents of returning AVID students should note that AVID has moved to room 117, across from the office.

Students who are new to Field are welcome to stop by the AVID room for an application.


School Counselor and High School Transition ~ Ms. Wolff

REMINDER!

ZONE 3 High School Information Meeting is this coming Monday October 17 at 6:00 at Barton Open (4237 Colfax Avenue South). Students and parents are encouraged to attend. I hope to see you there!!

The dates for the high school open houses are as follows:
8th GRADE TRANSITON- HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSES (Doors open at 6:30)
Southwest- Tues., Oct. 25
Washburn- Thurs., Oct. 27
North-Wed., Nov. 2
Roosevelt-Wed., Nov. 17 (note date change)
South-Thurs., Nov. 10
Edison-Tues., Nov. 15
Henry-Thurs., Nov.17

Wendy Wolff
Field School Counselor
612.668.3654
wendy.wolff@mpls.k12.mn.us

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


Advisory ~ 8th grade advisory team

Our Second Step lessons about will continue this week. One Advisory suggested sharing the tips we are brainstorming to help fifth graders be successful in school. We will explore some ways we might connect with Field fifth graders through the use of video or even hand written letters. In another Advisory students became very interested in what it feels like to be a new student. We hope to explore this further in the weeks ahead and use our findings to make Field a more welcoming school for new students. Finally, we will continue to think about ways that we can be an ally or a leader for younger students. Being in the position of the oldest students in the school is exciting, and potentially very influential.


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