8th Grade Newsletter - October 16, 2017







8th Grade Newsletter
Week of 16 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!
Conferences are coming up on October 17th, and 18th.  We are completely booked, however I can arrange phone/e-mail conferences for families who would like to be added.  Please make sure you come for your scheduled time, if you need to cancel contact Mr. Kafura.  If you would like to confirm a conference time please contact Mr. Kafura (brian.kafura@mpls.k12.mn.us). 
MEA Break and End of 1st Quarter
MEA break is a fantastic time for students to get caught up and reset before the 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.  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 continue their group presentations this week.  Great job done by last week's presenters!  We will also continue with the Giver chapters 16-18. Remember, no school Thursday or Friday.

~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  Graphing all forms of Linear Equations P-Slope Zombies
Tuesday Graphing Practice with Calculator None
Wednesday  AM Conferences None
Thursday No School None
Friday  No School 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                                                                                                                           10/16/2017
We are making good progress moving through meteorology - our short quiz on the atmosphere will be on Tuesday of this week. 
It was great seeing so many parents last week for conferences - we are looking forward to meeting more of you this week.
Topics of Study for the week:
What makes up our atmosphere?   What are the layers of air above us & how are they different/similar to each other?    
Questions to ask your student:
What do you know about our atmosphere already?
What did you do to help yourself show your learning on the seasons quiz?
Did you attend the review session with Mr. Iverson?

Have a great week! -Mr. Iverson

Global Studies  

 Students may fix their tests 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: Latin America Physical Geography Review and Quiz Practice

Tuesday: Latin America Physical Geography Quiz
Wednesday: AM Conferences
Thursday: MEA Break
Friday: MEA Break


Dates to Remember
  • October 17th:  Evening Conferences (3:00-7:30p)
  • October 18th - 20th: No School
  • October 18th:  Morning Conferences (7:30-11:30a)

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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