8th Grade Newsletter - October 8, 2012

8th Grade Newsletter 8th Grade Newsletter
October 8, 2012
8th Grade News ~ Field Community School
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Staff Contacts

Core & Advisory Teachers:

Alison Constant
(Language Arts; Advisory)
(612) 668-7672

Tim Jungwirth
(Reading Support; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640

(Math; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640

Ola Lloyd
(Behavior Support; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640

Julie Peterson
(Social Worker; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640

Tracey Schultz
(Science; Advisory)
(612) 668-8602

Linda Slocum
(Social Studies; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640

Mike VanPatten
(Life Skills; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640

Wendy Wolff
(Counselor; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640

Specialists & Support Teachers

Del Bey
(612) 668-3640

Sean Casey
(612) 668-3640

Marni Heck
(612) 668-3640

Kim Hotchkiss
(Band & Orchestra)
(612) 668-3640

Ruth LeMay
(Vocal Music & Guitar)
(612) 668-3640

Brenda Leviton
(612) 668-3640

Mark Usem
(Math Support)
(612) 668-3640

Heather Walker
(612) 668-3640

Administrators and Student Support:

Reggie Johnson
(Assistant Principal)
(612) 668-3640

Terry Mazig
(Parent Liaison)
(612) 668-3640

Steve Norlin-Weaver
(612) 668-3640

Site Council Representatives/PTA:

Dawn Nelson
(Site Council rep)

Mike Wedl
(Site Council rep)

Margaret Miller
(PTA Co-Chair)

Rich Flint
(Site Council community rep)

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Conference Sign up news:

Have you signed up for parent-teacher conferences? Conferences start THIS Thursday, October 11 in the evening. Conferences will continue next week on Tuesday, October 16 in the evening, and Wednesday, October 17 during the day. You will sign up for one half hour time slot. During that time you will have a primary conference with one of the 8th grade teachers, but will be able to talk to other teachers as needed. To schedule a conference, change your time, or check your time, please contact Ola Lloyd at Ola.Lloyd@mpls.k12.mn.us or 612-668-3640.

After reviewing applications, recommendations and completing interviews, the 2012-2013 Field School Student Council has been selected! Congratulations to the following 8th Graders!
Macy Rajacich
Andrew Crider
Emily Novak
Jack Hurbanis
Coral Herrera
Tahlia Sundara

We look forward to developing strong student leaders and improving the social and learning climate here at Field this year! We will begin by encouraging everyone to participate in "UNITY" day this Wednesday October 10! Wear ORANGE and let's stand up together against BULLYING! (Sponsored by the National Bully Prevention Center)

Here's what's happening in eighth grade this week...

Language Arts - Ms. Constant

Revised Jobs Essays are due on Tuesday. Directions can be found on my web page. It is crucial that students resubmit their original essays with my feedback when they turn in their revisions.

Parents are now allowed to give help on essays. In terms of content, the best ways to do this are to point out areas that are unclear, areas that could use more details to fully explain an idea, or areas that are not needed. In terms of mechanics (spelling, grammar, punctuation), I ask that if you proofread, please circle mistakes and have your child figure out how to fix them. S/he can ask for help if s/he can't figure out the correction alone.

Reading homework will continue later in the week as we return to the book. Please check students' planners for details.

Linear Algebra (8th Grade Algebra) ~ Mr. Leavitt
Photo of Mr. Leavitt after he has graded 120 tests

Hello Field families.

The photo at right is me after I graded the Looking for Pythagoras Unit tests. I'm smiling for two reasons. First, I was done! Second, the scores were really very good. If you look at the graphic in the Intermediate Algebra section of this newsletter, you'll see some graphs, including the mean, and +/- 2 standard deviations. Really quite good. However, some students did not do well. Please ask your son or daughter about the test. If he or she needs to improve, insist on a plan and a timeline. I'll certainly help.

Seth Leavitt

PS I aways take the following advice, as sung by Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd in Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore:

If you wish in the world to advance,
Your merits you're bound to enhance,
You must stir it and stump it,
And blow your own trumpet ...

Keeping that in mind, I offer my excuse for missing Thursday night's conferences. I serve on a committee of the College Board that is writing guidelines for middle school mathematics to prepare students for AP courses in high school. We are meeting Friday through Sunday in Atlanta. I will leave grades with the other 8th grade teachers and welcome questions by email or phone.

Problem of the Week

Sketchley Names that Negative

Fun Fact

Fun Fact 5 (from last week)

There are 118 ridges around the outside of a dime.

Fun Fact 6

Dogs can make 10 different sounds and cats can make __________.

Click the link above and take a guess.

Intermediate Algebra (9th Grade Algebra) ~ Mr. Leavitt & Mr. Feuling
Graph of Looking for Pythagoras Unit Test

Hello Field families.

The graphs above are from the Looking for Pythagoras Unit test. Please ask your son or daughter to interpret it for you.

We wrap up our study of Statistics this week. Look for a Unit Test towards the end of the week.

Seth Leavitt and Richard Feuling

Science ~ Ms. Schultz

Science Update

Last week we made a lot of mixtures and solutions in 8th grade science! Next we will explore separating mixtures and solutions. We have already learned about how density can help us sort out substances. This week we will become familiar with a variety of other separation techniques including filtration, evaporation and crystallization, and chromatography.

Our next quiz will be Wednesday. Students should bring their science notebooks home to study on Monday and Tuesday nights. Look for specific studying directions and tips for this quiz on page 33. FYI, I graded notebooks over the weekend and updated the portal. Students have a science notebook grading key inside the back cover of their notebook. It outlines the scoring system students and I use to evaluate their science work. Look to see if my scores match the student scores. If they do, the student is accurately judging their work. If they don't, I encourage the student to talk to me about ways they can improve their work. Notebooks can always be submitted for regrading!

Tracey A. Schultz

8th Grade Science Teacher

Field School, Minneapolis

(612) 668-3640

U.S. History ~ Ms. Slocum

This week in American History we will be finishing up our study and related work about the War of 1812. We will move on to study the Monroe Doctrine , John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson. Most of the related work will be easily completed during class time. Students will have homework on Thursday. This will be due Friday.

The homework consists of a Response Writing to a quote by Thomas Jefferson. I am including the quote here because it could make for some intriguing dinner table conversation at home. The Jefferson quote is- "the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their back, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them". I look forward to students reflecting on this and writing their thoughts. We will be sharing these thoughts on Friday. I hope it is an interesting and fun week of learning!

Have a great week!

Reader's Workshop ~ Mr. Jungwirth

Good Reading to the Field Community!

We spent time last week finishing up our work on determining what is relevant information in a text. The students were working hard on coming up with questions they still had, and on making sure that they could determine what was most relevant from what is least relevant.

Our focus in Reader's Workshop this coming week is on two new reading strategies that will assist students in understanding what they read at a deep level.

We will begin working on a new set of short comprehension lessons this week using specific strategies to understand text deeply. Students will continue to work in partnerships to gain skills in teamwork, they will be given time to think deeply and share information about their answers prior to writing, and they will be asked to reflect on the progress they are making on their learning targets.

Learning Targets are the "I can" statements that students are able to use to describe the things they are working on in class. These are the skills they are being taught in class, are practicing with the classmates, and are being tested on.

Reading a short piece of fiction this week will be fun!

Tim Jungwirth


News from Field School Counselor

This past week, I focused on helping students with the high school request and transition process. Please check my earlier Constant Contact message for a time line of dates for high school open houses and important deadlines! Feel free to contact me anytime with any questions.

AVID Tip of the Week!

Interested families can find out more about AVID at Field by viewing the information and student created video on our website http://field.mpls.k12.mn.us/AVID2.html Feel free to email me or stop by if you have further questions.

School Social News and Notes

For information regarding Minneapolis Public Schools attendance policies please go to www.attendtoachieve.org.

Julie Peterson

School Social Worker

Site Council

Site Council meetings are held 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 your grade rep. to be added to the agenda.

phone: 612-668-3640

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