8th Grade Newsletter - October 23, 2017



8th Grade Newsletter
Week of 23 October 2017
Welcome Field Mice Families!
Here is your spot to find out what's happening in the 8th grade at Field Community School.  In the newsletter you can find reminders about upcoming events, opportunities, and assignments for each of your classes.  Use this resource to help you stay organized as we navigate the waters of 8th grade and get ready for a successful transition to high school!
End of 1st Quarter
For many teachers, the end of 1st quarter is the deadline to turn in any missing work, fixes, or retakes.  This is a great time to get caught up if you need to, so you can finish the quarter strong.  This is also a good time to set new goals for 2nd quarter.  What did you do well with and how can you keep it up?  What has not gone as well, how could you improve?  1st quarter ends on November 1st.
Language Arts
Welcome to 8th grade Language Arts!
This year you will be asked to critically engage your minds to create arguments and opinions you will support with text evidence. There will be a lot of inquiry based discussions as well as working on your writing skills through a variety of writing tasks.
Students will begin their individual essay research project on Dress Code.  We will research Monday and Tuesday, begin the planning and rough draft on Wednesday and Thursday, and peer edit Friday.  They will work on the final draft the following week.

~Ms. Risinger


Intermediate Algebra
Craig Hamilton (email: craig.hamilton@mpls.k12.mn.us)
Welcome!  This week we will continue our study of Linear Equations.
Description Homework
Monday  Parallel and Perpendicular Lines Parallel/Perp One
Tuesday Review of Unit 0 Parallel/Perp Two
Wednesday  Scatter Plots Scatter Plots WP
Thursday Review for Exam Study Guide
Friday  Unit 1 Exam:  Linear Equations None
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                                                                                                                           10/23/2017

It was great seeing so many parents last week for conferences!   We are moving into the study of heat transfer.  Mr. "C" will be leading all classes for the next couple of weeks while he finishes his program.
Topics of Study for the week:
How is heat transferred from one substance to another?   What are the the different ways heat is moved from place to place?  
Questions to ask your student:
What do you know about heat transfer?
What are the differences between radiation and conduction?
Did you attend the review session with Mr. Iverson?

Have a great week! -Mr. Iverson

Global Studies  

 Students may fix their tests/quizzes to earn half points back on what they missed.  For multiple choice questions, students should find the correct answer and write a statement about why that is the correct answer.  The deadline for all missing work and project/test fixes is by the end of the day November 1st.  No exceptions!
Monday: Types of Governments

Tuesday: Types of Economies
Wednesday: Economies Review and Banana Republics
Thursday: Intro to the Cold War
Friday: Cuban Missile Crisis (due Tuesday)


Dates to Remember
  • October 25th: Picture Retakes
  • November 1st: End of 1st Quarter
  • November 2nd and 3rd: No School for Students (Teacher Professional Development and Grading Days)

Contact Info:
Language Arts 
Stacy Risinger
Craig Hamilton

Social Studies

8th Grade AVID
Support Staff:
Mechelle Tucker
School Social Worker:
Mariam Graff
Kate Kippling
Renae Solyntjes
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

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