8th Grade Newsletter - October 24, 2016

Eighth Grade Newsletter: October 24th
8th Grade 

For the week of 
October 24th

Welcome Back, Field Mice Families!

It was fantastic meeting with so many families during conferences!  Thank you to everyone who came.  If you happened to miss conferences or if you simply just want to check in, remember you can always contact your student's teachers for an update on their progress at any time.

Quarter 1 ends next week!  Missing work, test/project fixes, and retakes must be completed by the end of the day Wednesday, Nov. 2 (individual teacher deadlines may vary).  Please take care of these things sooner rather than later.  Ask your teachers if you have any questions about their policy.

Picture Retake Day is this week Wednesday (Oct 26th).  Students must have their first picture packet  in order to do retakes.  Pictures can be ordered online as well.

Referendum 2016

On Nov. 8, Minneapolis voters will be asked to renew the school district's current operating referendum authorization, which expires after the 2016-17 school year. If passed, funding would help Minneapolis Public Schools manage class sizes and provide supportive services and activities for students. The request would authorize the referendum for nine years and be annually adjusted for inflation. Property taxes are not projected to increase if the referendum renewal passes. Learn more here:  www.mpls.k12.mn.us/referendum2016.

English Language Arts (ELA)

Our Next Weisman Museum Visit!
Our next visit to the Weisman Museum will focus on the 
Critical Response questions we practiced using during our last visit. 
Students will be using this process to select a work of art that will become a narrative, a poem, and support the artwork they will complete with Sharon Louden, our artist-in-residence.
Our next visit to the Weisman is this Thursday, October 27th!
There is a request for available chaperones following this ELA blurb below!

The Giver (Chapters 21-23)
This week, students will reflect, reread, record, and discuss their understanding of what happens to Jonas' and Gabe in the final chapters of The Giver. We will also be analyzing what was the purpose of the author Lois Lowry's ambiguous ending to her novel.

If students have a missing for their Independent Reading Reflection, the online link can be found in the upper-right corner of my Independent Reading webpage.
Remember you must logout of any other Gmail accounts and login using you school login and password! 
Mr. Sundlin's webpage is located here 
Monday:   Chapter 21 Discussion
Turn in your Chapter 1-19 Essay by Wednesday!
Ch. 22-23: End of book 
Discussion /Socratic Seminar Prep
Wednesday: Socratic Seminar (graded)
Thursday:Weisman Museum Visit (3rd-4th period morning / 5th-6th period afternoon)
Friday:   Independent Reading / This I Believe : FINAL writing assignment

Weisman Museum
Field Trip
Thursday, October 27th

    We return to the Weisman this week revisiting our writing process (Critical Response) and students will have additional time to find their own inspirational artwork! This is where the process will start making a real impact on individual student learning and their writing.

We will require two sets of chaperones one group IN THE MORNING and another  IN THE AFTERNOON.  Chaperones may ride the bus over from Field or meet us at the Weisman on the U of M campus.

Please contact Mr. Sundlin {michael.sundlin@mpls.k12.mn.us} if you are available for joining us in the morning or afternoon.
Again, our second visit will be thisThursday, October 27th!

Intermediate Algebra
Craig Hamilton (email: craig.hamilton@mpls.k12.mn.us)

Hello!  This week we are pressing on through our study of linear equations, focusing on recognizing different forms of a linear equation and the becoming comfortable with which form to use for a specific problem.

Monday (10/24)Calculating Slope from Graphs w/ 2 pointsWksht #1-15
Tuesday (10/25)Point-Slope Form of a Linear EquationWksht #1-20
Wednesday (10/26)Standard Form of a Linear EquationWksht #1-16
Thursday (10/27)Converting Between FormsWksht #1-16
Friday (10/28)Converting Between FormsNone

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.
We are now entering the final bits of the 1st quarter - already!  Any retakes of assessments and missing work must be turned in by Tuesday of next week.

Mon: Convection in water lab

Tues: Convection in Air demo

Wed: Convection in Air lab

Thur: Convection currents in air lab

Fri: Practice Quiz - Energy Transfer Notes

Have a great week! -Mr. Iverson

Global Studies  

  All missing work and test/project fixes must be completed and submitted by the end of quarter 1 (November 2nd). Students who would like to improve their test grade may make fixes directly on the test and resubmit in order to earn half points back.  For multiple choice questions students must explain why their new answer is the correct one.

Monday: Economy Types Notes

Tuesday: Economy Notes Review and Quiz practice

Wednesday: Types of Government Graphic Organizer and Quiz Review

Thursday: Weismann Visit

Friday: Quiz (it will cover the physical geography of Latin America, use your learning targets to review, NO NOTES WILL BE ALLOWED ON THIS QUIZ)

Dates to Remember
Dates to Remember 
    • NOV 2:  End of 1st quarter
    • NOV 3-4: NO SCHOOL - Teacher professional development and record-keeping
    • NOV 7:  Beginning of 2nd quarter

Contact Info:

Language Arts 
Michael Sundlin
Craig Hamilton

Social Studies

8th Grade AVID

7th/8th Grade Health

Support Staff:
Dymekea Bellamy

School Social Worker:
Mariam Graff
Days at school: Mon., Tues., Wed.,Thurs.

Kate Kippling

Leah Herzog
Jennifer Jonland


Reading Specialist:
Bev Halvorson

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

Field School & Hale/Field PTAs, 4645 Fourth Avenue South, Field PTA, Minneapolis, MN 55419
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