8th Grade Newsletter - October 6, 2014

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8th Grade News
For the Week of October 6th, 2014

Welcome to the 8th Grade Newsletter 


Conferences are coming up on October 14th, 15th, and 23rd.  Conferences will run just like 7th grade where you sign up for a half hour time slot and rotate through the four core teachers.  If you need to sign up for a conference slot please contact Mr. Kafura.  E-mail is best (brian.kafura@mpls.k12.mn.us)


English Language Arts (ELA)
To Redo or Not Redo?

Students received writing assignments, grammar and vocabulary quizzes this past week.  They have the option to redo these assignments to show mastery for each assignment's learning target.  A redo must be completed within a week of returning the assignment to the student.  Students MUST include a Redo Action Plan worksheet, the original assignment or quiz, and the redo.  If students require additional assistance in completing a redo please see Mr. S, and we will come up with a plan for success!  
Mr. Sundlin's webpage is located here

Monday:Ch. 16: Identify/Evaluate Significant Moments
September Independent Reading Reflection due Friday
Read Ch. 19 by Wednesday
Sentence of the Week #4 - complex sentences
Ch 17 Timed Discussions  
Review SoW #4 at home.
Wednesday: Words of the Week-WoW #11-20 Set #2
Ch 18 Timed Discussions
Thursday:   Ch. 19  discussion/ Essay
Focus on your independent reading book!
Friday: Independent Reading  
Ch. 19 Follow-up
Read Chapter 20 by Monday

Happy Autumn!

Mr. Sundlin
Intermediate Algebra

This week will be starting Unit 2: Linear Relationships.  We will also be discussing the retake policy since the students will be taking their first Unit Test this Tuesday. 


Mrs. Lindsay's Webpage



Monday--Review/Inequality Word Problems

Tuesday--Unit 1 Test

Wednesday--Unit 2 Pre-Test

Thursday--Identifying Functions

Friday--Identifying Functions




We are moving past the ways that heat is transferred and into the process of convection this week - a fundamental driver of our weather and climate.  As a side note, the lunar eclipse (Blood Moon) will be visible Wednesday morning around 5:30 until 6:00 - low in the horizon - barring cloudy skies, it should be worth getting up early for!

Our schedule for this week:

Monday: Science Notebook Detective - checking and revising notes on Radiation/Conduction.

Tuesday: Quiz - Radiation/Conduction (Heat Transfer) 


Convection - Lab of the Layers

Thursday: Convection Notes and Demonstration

Friday: Convection in the Ocean - Lab Inquiry

Have a great week!

Mr. Iverson
Global Studies  
Students should be getting their graded projects back by the middle of the week.  Students are welcome to make corrections to their projects and resubmit them to earn half points back.  Also, we will have our Unit 1 test next week.  Look for a study guide to go out on Friday and students should begin reviewing over the weekend.

Monday: North America Mapping Activity (finished map due on Wednesday)
Tuesday:  The Inuit and the Tundra
Wednesday:  Naviance Survey and High School Info (Mr. Yohe, the guidance counselor, will be in giving these lessons)
Thursday and Friday:  Current Geographic Issues in North America

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 14: Conferences  (3:30-7:30pm)
  • Oct 15: NO SCHOOL - Conferences  (7:30am-3:00pm)
  • Oct 16-17: NO SCHOOL
    - Education MN Teacher's Convention (formerly the "MEA break")
  • Oct 23: Conferences  (3:30-7:30pm)
  • Oct 24: 
    Field Picture Re-Take Day
  • Oct 30: End of Quarter #1
  • Oct 31: NO SCHOOL - Record Keeping Day
  • Nov 3: Quarter #2 begins
Celebrity Age Estimation Contest Winner!

Students explored absolute value by guessing celebrities ages. Congratulations to Dajuana!


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

Attention all 8th grade students interested in attending Washburn High School next year:


Tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You must register with Rebecca Felland-Syrig by phone at 612-668-3440 or by email at refel001@mpls.k12.mn.us . Include in your communication the following information: 8th grade student name, school the student is attending now, parent(s) email address(es), parent phone number(s),  how many people will be attending, and what date (from one of the below) the family wants to attend.


Tours have limited availability, so register soon! The dates and times available are:


Thursday 12/11  9 - 10

Tuesday 12/16  9 - 10

Friday 1/9  9 - 10

Tuesday 1/20  9 - 10

Friday 1/30  9 - 10

Thursday 2/5  9 - 10

Monday 2/9  9 - 10

Thursday 2/19  9 - 10 & 5 - 6 PM

Tuesday 2/24 - 9 - 10 & 5 - 6 PM

News from the PTA

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


As Middle school Parents, we aren't always as involved in our children's school but there are things like the B & N book fair that you can participate in.  Put it on your calendar, come see our kids perform and support the school by purchasing Wish List books for Teachers, or buying your child's favorite author or start a little early holiday shopping.


Remember to mark it down. Fall is here and everyone's schedule gets busy. We need you to attend and participant to show your support of all the kids and Field Community School.


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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