8th Grade Newsletter - September 10, 2012

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Staff Contacts

Core & Advisory Teachers:

Alison Constant
(Language Arts; Advisory)
(612) 668-7672
Alison.Constant
@mpls.k12.mn.us

Tim Jungwirth
(Reading Support; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640
Timothy.Jungwirth
@mpls.k12.mn.us

Seth.Leavitt
(Math; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640
Seth.Leavitt
@mpls.k12.mn.us

Ola Lloyd
(Behavior Support; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640
Ola.Lloyd
@mpls.k12.mn.us

Julie Peterson
(Social Worker; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640
Julie.Peterson
@mpls.k12.mn.us

Tracey Schultz
(Science; Advisory)
(612) 668-8602
Tracey.Schultz
@mpls.k12.mn.us

Linda Slocum
(Social Studies; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640
Linda.Slocum
@mpls.k12.mn.us

Mike VanPatten
(Life Skills; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640
Michael.VanPatten
@mpls.k12.mn.us

Wendy Wolff
(Counselor; Advisory)
(612) 668-3640
Wendy.Wolff
@mpls.k12.mn.us




Specialists & Support Teachers

Del Bey
(Art)
(612) 668-3640
Delecia.Bey
@mpls.k12.mn.us

Sean Casey
(Media/Tech)
(612) 668-3640
Sean.Casey
@mpls.k12.mn.us

Marni Heck
(P.E.)
(612) 668-3640
Marni.Heck
@mpls.k12.mn.us

Kim Hotchkiss
(Band & Orchestra)
(612) 668-3640
Kim.Hotchkiss
@mpls.k12.mn.us

Ruth LeMay
(Vocal Music & Guitar)
(612) 668-3640
Ruth.LeMay
@mpls.k12.mn.us

Brenda Leviton
(Spanish/French)
(612) 668-3640
Brenda.Leviton
@mpls.k12.mn.us

Mark Usem
(Math Support)
(612) 668-3640
Mark.Usem
@mpls.k12.mn.us

Heather Walker
(AVID)
(612) 668-3640
Heather.Walker
@mpls.k12.mn.us



Administrators and Student Support:

Reggie Johnson
(Assistant Principal)
(612) 668-3640
Reginald.Johnson
@mpls.k12.mn.us

Terry Mazig
(Parent Liaison)
(612) 668-3640
Theresa.Mazig
@mpls.k12.mn.us

Steve Norlin-Weaver
(Principal)
(612) 668-3640
Steven.Norlin-Weaver
@mpls.k12.mn.us


Site Council Representatives/PTA:

Dawn Nelson
(Site Council rep)
D.Nelson356@comcast.net

Mike Wedle
(Site Council rep)
vmwedl@hartpropertytax.com

Margaret Miller
(PTA Co-Chair)
crmm@mninter.net

Rich Flint
(Site Council community rep)
flint@richflint.com

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


Language Arts - Ms. Constant

We're quickly discovering that the community in The Giver has a lot of rules, expectations, and systems that make it a deliberate society. Many students are wondering whether this will lead the community (and the book) to be utopian or dystopian. It's exciting to hear students' reactions and questions as we continue to discover.

Students have another essay this week for homework, and it is one in which parents need to give thoughtful help. The question for parents is if you were to assign a life-long job to your child, what would it be and why? Jobs must contribute to the well-being of the community. Think about your child's interests and talents. Students will be asking this question of three adults who know them well and writing about their findings in an essay due on Friday. Specific directions can be found on my web page using the link below. From my page use the link to Writing Assignments in the upper right corner.

Students may also have chapters assigned for at-home reading. Please check in their planners on Tuesday or Wednesday.


Linear Algebra (8th Grade Algebra) ~ Mr. Leavitt
Gauges with quiz results

Hello Field families.

We are well on our way on the journey through Linear Algebra and we have the data to prove it (see the gauges above). Those gauges indicate the results of our first quiz. We have also had 3 homework assignments and two weeks of participation grades. Lots of data to see how we're doing. Please encourage your son/daughter to check the Student Portal to monitor his/her progress. You can also monitor progress on the Parent Portal. There are video and written instructions on that page, as well as a link to the Parent login.

Our first quiz was about the coordinate grid and the area of shapes on the grid. This is essential background work as we prepare to study the relationship of the areas of squares. The two gauges above show the results of that quiz. Even more importantly, they show that students who retake the quiz do considerably better than the first time through. All classroom tests are "re-takeable". Students are encouraged to study both before AND after a test. Then, they can retake the test to improve their score, as well as their understanding. To my mind, it is a win-win situation. Ask your son/daughter how this works. If he/she can't explain it well, please write or call. I'm happy to answer any questions

Sincerely,
Seth Leavitt

Contact information:
Email Seth.Leavitt@mpls.k12.mn.us
Field phone 612 668-3640
My voice mail 612 668-9139


Problem of the Week

I include a challenging problem every week in our newsletter. This has proven to be a popular feature. Many families work on the problem together. Parents have been known to take the problem to work and work on them with co-workers. It's a choice activity but I happily reward extra credit for students who complete the problem and share their solutions with me (on paper). I hope you enjoy these problems.

Filling Glasses


Fun Fact 2


Intermediate Algebra (9th Grade Algebra) ~ Mr. Leavitt & Mr. Feuling
Student Graph

Hello Field families.

It's been an exciting week in Intermediate Algebra. We are asking students to think deeply and they are. Very exciting ...

The graph above is from our first week's work but we wanted you to see a sample of what students are working on. After surveying the classes, students were asked to analyze the data, create a visual representation (graph or table) and draw conclusions. I know the picture above is hard to read. The title is, "The amount of fun females had compared to free time". The x-axis is labeled "% of free time" and the y-axis is "amount of fun". The size of the circles represents the number of pieces of data. Students wrote their conclusions on the back but I cut and pasted it on the graph itself. The conclusion reads, "despite a few outliers, we came to the conclusion that people with more free time tended to have more fun." Note the words - despite, outliers, tended. This is a well crafted graph and a well supported statement. Great work. Keep it up.

Sincerely,
Seth Leavitt and Richard Feuling

Contact information:
Seth Leavitt
Email Seth.Leavitt@mpls.k12.mn.us
My voice mail 612 668-9139

Richard Feuling
Email Richard.Feuling@mpls.k12.mn.us
Cell phone 612 747-9714


Science ~ Ms. Schultz

Science Update

8th graders can now identify matter using 2 characteristic properties, color and density. A great question to ask an 8th grader is which property, color or water, would be most useful to you in identifying water and why? Please check on the portal ASAP to see scores for quiz #1. This quiz assessed students' understanding of mass, volume, and density.

This week we will begin investigating what happens to matter when its temperature changes. We will increase the temperature of matter, decrease the temperature of matter, and then REALLY increase the temperature of matter (hint: bunsen burners required!). Then it will be time to revisit density and consider the effect of temperature.

Please note - two homework assignments this week, no quiz. Planners ready? Here are the details: Students will receive homework #6, "The Recycling Factory," on Monday - it is due on Wednesday. Homework #7, "Expansion and Contraction in Real Life," will be assigned Wednesday - it is due on Friday.

A reminder that students checked out a very helpful science reference book from our school library, ScienceSaurus. This is a great resource when extra help is needed on homework or when students want to delve deeper into our studies! Additionally, I am always available before school and during 8th grade lunch/recess to answer questions. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays are great days to get extra science help after school.

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 begin by viewing a video about 9/11. This video is particularly interesting because it gives the students the historical background as to why this happened. It is also personal, in that it follows 4 people who were in the World Trade Center when the planes hit. It is emotional and factual. Students in past years have gotten a lot out of it. Of course we discuss what we see and I have students write about what they are thinking and feeling.

We will then move on to finish our first unit covering the beginnings of our government and students will be working on a study guide. We will thoroughly go through the study guide in class in preparation for a quiz. Tentatively the quiz is scheduled for Friday, but that could change to next week depending on how much review is needed.

I'm looking forward to a great week-it's starting to really feel like Fall!


Reader's Workshop ~ Mr. Jungwirth

Good Reading to the Field Community!

Our focus in Reader's Workshop this week is the "Marking the Text" strategy. Students will spend lots of time reading short pieces of text, circling key terms, identifying relevant information, and underlining claims made by the author.

In order to do accomplish these tasks, students will 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.

Look for more information on Learning Targets next week.

Read something enjoyable this week!!

Tim Jungwirth

612-668-3640


News from Field School Counselor

Happy New Year! I am excited to be back at Field as the School Counselor and looking forward to supporting students throughout this school year. Although I am known around school as the "schedule change lady", now that students are settling into their classes, I hope to focus more attention on supporting students' growth in 3 counseling domains; Academic, Social/Emotional and Career Planning.

I will be at Field all day on Mondays and Wednesdays and Thursday and Friday mornings. Feel free to stop by my office, email or call about: · Student Success/Study skills groups · Eighth grade High School transition/EXPLORE test results · Counseling Resources · Student Council

· "My Life Plan"- an MPS district requirement for all 6-12th grade students. I will be working with 6-8th grade students in the classroom 2-3 throughout the school year, facilitating "My Life Plan" lessons . Sixth Graders will complete a learning styles inventory and a career interest survey, seventh graders will focus on collaboration and budgeting their "needs verses wants", and eighth graders will focus on high school transition and decision making/planning skills.

Student Council applications will be available in the office starting Monday September 7, 2012 and I will be making announcements during lunch. We will be selecting one student from each Advisory this year and meetings will be held weekly on Wednesdays after school from 2:45-3:45. Seventh and Eighth grade Student Council members will be required to read and participate in a book club discussion of "Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens" by Steven Covey. Books will be available for free to participating students thanks to money raised from box tops last year. Once the group is established, we will identify the book club meeting times.

Wendy Wolff

Field School Counselor

612.668.3654

wendy.wolff@mpls.k12.mn.us


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