8th Grade Newsletter - October 20, 2014

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8th Grade News
For the Week of October 20th, 2014

Welcome to the 8th Grade Newsletter 


Thanks to everyone that came out for conferences. It was great meeting everyone.  Our last conference day is October 23rd and we are completely booked.  If you did not get a chance to meet us for conferences you are always welcome to contact the 8th grade team for updates about your student's progress. 


Students will be taking the EXPLORE test on November 11th.  This is a preparation test for the ACT, however without taking the test students cannot receive a high school diploma from a Minnesota High School.  More information will be coming out as we prepare for it, but if you have any specific questions please contact Mr. Yohe.


8th Grade Walking Field Trip

The 8th graders have a tremendous opportunity to learn about the water in our neighborhood - The Minnehaha Creek!  

We've arranged for a 
day trip to Minnehaha Creek partnered with Wilderness Inquiry which will include the following activities for the 8th graders:

1.  Seine netting
2.  Turbidity tube testing 
3.  Mussels discussion and identification (in connection with water quality)
4.  Hike
5.  Phosphorus/pH testing

The goal of the trip is to supplement the existing MPS curriculum around weather and water with interesting field experiences - what scientists do to help us understand our world.

Due to the cost of the equipment and staffing - we are asking for a donation of $5.00 per student to help cover expenses for this great opportunity.

Contact Mr. Iverson if you have any questions.
English Language Arts (ELA)

The Giver 
(and the ambiguous ending.)

This week we wrap up
The Giver by making inferences and analyzing the significance of the ending of the text.  

Students will also be taking their second SoW(#3-5) and WoW (#2) quiz.  Study your notes and use the online Quizlet page!

 REMINDER: We are constantly adding to our classroom library, so if you would like to donate any young adult and age-­-appropriate texts, our avid readers would be more than grateful!  
Mr. Sundlin's webpage is located here

Monday: Review Ch. 20-21 
Finish reading The Giver (Ch 22-23)

Tuesday: SoW #5 (compound-complex sentences)
Review your SoW #3-5 notes.

Wednesday & Thursday:  Discussion Ch 22-23
Study your SoW#3-5 and WoW set #2

Friday: Independent Reading
SoW / WoW Quiz #2


Mr. Sundlin
Intermediate Algebra

Check out Mrs. Lindsay's Webpage for this week's updates!


Mrs. Lindsay's Webpage











We move on to the study of weather and water in our environment for the next 4 weeks.  We have a great opportunity to pair with Wilderness Inquiry for a field study and walking trip to Minnehaha Creek as part of this unit!  

Our schedule for this week:

What is humidity? - Design an investigation about water in our air.

Convection Quiz...study those notes - it was a long weekend!

Lab Inquiry - water in the air.
Notes - Condensation, Humidity, Evaporation
Evaporation, Humidity, Dew Point Lab

Have a great week!
Mr. Iverson
Global Studies  
Missing Work and Assessment Fixes: I will accept missing work and assessment fixes up until October 30th.  For the unit test fixes students must figure out the right answer and write me a statement why that is the correct answer to get points back for multiple choice.  For the short answer and map questions students should just add to or adjust their answers as necessary.

Monday: Types of Government
Tuesday: Banana Republics
Wednesday: Quiz on Physical Geography of the Americas and Economics Basics (Students will be starting a reading on the Cold War and answering questions when they finish, due Friday)
Thursday and Friday: Cold War in the Americas Jigsaw

If you would like more detail about what we are doing each week feel free to visit our class website: 
Reader's Workshop

Dates to Remember
Dates to Remember 
  • Oct 23: Conferences  (3:30-7:30pm)
  • Oct 23: 
    Field Picture Re-Take Day (Note the date change, students should also bring back their picture packets if they want them retaken)
  • Oct 30: End of Quarter #1
  • Oct 31: NO SCHOOL - Record Keeping Day
  • Nov 3: Quarter #2 begins
From 7th Grade:
The students in room 101 are participating in a community service project inspired by the Youtube video, "Kid President Socktober."  By watching the Kid President's video we learned that every night over 600,000 people in the US are homeless and many of those people are kids. Often times homeless shelters find themselves short on warm clothing to provide to these folks and as Minnesotans we know how important it is to be warm in the winter months. We learned that homeless shelters often run short of, and could use more, socks in all colors and sizes. We decided to help by holding a "SOCKtober Sock drive" at Field.  Between October 20 and November 1 we are declaring it, "SOCKtober" at Field School.  Advisory 101 is asking kids and adults to bring in new or gently used clean socks to donate to local homeless shelters. We will provide bags for collection in each advisory. Help us help others, bring in socks today. Sock on!!! 

In This Issue
Language Arts
Intermediate Algebra
Global Studies
Reader's Workshop
Dates to Remember
Contact Info
Site Council
From Our Administrators
School Counselor News
School Social Worker News
Other Important Field Community School

Quick Links

Parent portal Log-in


Field web site

Contact Info:

Language Arts 
Michael Sundlin


Social Studies

8th Grade AVID

Additional Advisory teachers:

Ola Lloyd

Bev Halvorson


School Social Worker:
Chris Yohe


Anna Sonmore-Costello

Reading Specialist:

Bev Halvorson



Math Specialist:

Seth Leavitt





Site Council Representatives for 8th grade:




Main Office (and Attendance):


Traci Lynstad

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.

From our Administrators:

School Counselor News, from Chris Yohe

Washburn's Open House is October 22 from 5-7PM

High School Open Houses:

*       Southwest : Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 6:30 p.m.

* North

Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 6:30 p.m.

*       Henry:

Thursday, Nov. 6, at 6:30 p.m.

*       Edison:

 Thursday, Nov. 13, at 5:30 p.m.

*       Roosevelt: Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 6:30 p.m.

* South:

 Thursday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m.

News from the PTA

"Support Field, Support the Students, Support the Teachers and Support Reading"


Field Community School's Book Fair is

Monday, November 17 at Galleria Barnes and Noble in Edina from 6 to 8 pm.

Field Student will be performing as part of our wonderful Music Program


 For every book you purchase at the Barnes and Noble Book Fair, a percentage goes to bring new and teacher chosen books into our school.  We all understand that schools need our support.  You can come and shop November 17, or go on line that week, and do your part to bring the gift of books and reading to Field.


Thank you all so very much!

Other important Field Community School news:

Alpine Skiing

Do you like to downhill ski?

Minneapolis Public Schools has a fantastic downhill ski racing team that competes around the state against other schools.   We are actively seeking to add seventh and eighth grade students to our team for the 2014-15 season. We invite you to attend a parent-athlete information meeting at Southwest High School on Monday, October 20th at 6:30PM in the school cafeteria. If you would like to learn more about our team immediately, please check out our website:
And you can always give Mark Conway a call with your questions. Start young so you can ski with the best when you are older.

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