8th Grade Newsletter - October 31, 2016

Eighth Grade Newsletter: October 31st
8th Grade 

For the week of 
October 31st

Welcome Back, Field Mice Families!

Quarter 1 ends this 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.

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)

2nd Quarter begins next week! New Writing Focus!
Our visit to the Weisman Museum went very well! Students again received many positive comments on how insightful their questions and comments were!
Students will be using their selected work of art o focus on creating a narrative, a poem, and support the artwork they will complete with Sharon Louden, our artist-in-residence. Sharon will visit us three times in the upcoming months to support students on understanding and creating their artwork!
Our FINAL visit to the Weisman will include a student art exhibition and performance on Thursday, January 5th!
All families are welcome to this event! 
This exhibit will remain through the  first weekend in January!

The Giver: Movie vs. Text Comparison
Students will work on comparing and contrasting the book to its filmed version, while analyzing the effects this adaptation has on the meaning of the text. 

Remember to check the Student/Parent Portal for missing 
assignments. Students are accountable for tracking their performance, If any assistance is needed they only need to make plans with me for additional support.
Also, our next text (Bronx Masquerade) will be read in class. Students will be given writing assignments based on their independent reading next quarter Students should have an independent reading book and have established reading 30+ minutes daily to make  individual progress with their comprehension and acquiring vocabulary.

Mr. Sundlin's webpage is located here 
Wednesday: Movie to Text Comparison 
Comparison Worksheet Due on Wednesday in class!
Thursday:No School - Staff Professional Development
Friday:   No School - Grading Day

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

Check in with Mr. Hamilton IN-CLASS for class and home work assignments!



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 this week.

Mon: Review practice quiz.  Energy transfer notes
Tues: Heat transfer lab

Wed: Finish Heat transfer lab

Thur: No school for students

Fri: No school for students

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: Types of Government and Intro to the Cold War

Tuesday: Intro to the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis

Wednesday: Cuban Missile Crisis Political Cartoon (due Tuesday next week)

Thursday: No School for Students

Friday: No School for Students

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
    • Nov 23-25: No School Thanksgiving Break
    • Nov 28: Barnes and Noble Bookfair

Colombian Exchange Program 
Field will be hosting a group of Colombian students February 5th through February 12th, 2017. 
Every other year for the past 16 years Field families have graciously opened their homes to Colombian Students from the PTC Columbian Student Exchange
We try to match students close to the host students age, so we will need 7-8th grade families.
Interested in learning more or wanting to host a student? 

Contact Deirdre McMahon at headrickdeirdre@yahoo.com 
or 612-823-4671

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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