8th Grade Newsletter - September 23, 2013

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8th Grade News for the 
Week of September 23, 2013
**Please join us for curriculum night THIS TUESDAY, September 24, 2013 from 6:15 - 7:45.  You will follow your student's Tuesday schedule, and get a chance to see the expectations and plans for this year in each of the classes.
**If you have not signed up for a conference yet, our email contact for 8th grade conference sign up is Mr. Kafura.  His email contact information is brian.kafura@mpls.k12.mn.us
Language Arts
notepad   We're about halfway through The Giver
 and will be reading a lot more this week, so students should have plenty to talk to you about at home. We continue to learn more about this society, and from here to the end there are lots of surprises!
All week we'll be reading more of the novel and analyzing the author's methods of creating this utopia and using description to accomplish specific goals in her writing. Students will try their hand at this as well. 
Some highlights from the upcoming week...
Monday: Students will receive their second letter assignment. My letter to them will be a model and will pose questions about the independent books they're reading. Before they turn in these letters, they should check the rubric and revisit my model to make sure they've answered all the questions and shown their understanding of the concepts I ask about. These letters will be turned in on each student's contracted due date this week.
Wednesday: We'll have the opportunity to do some creative writing in class, using Lowry's methods as a model. 
Friday: In class, we'll review some of the major events in the book, finding the most significant moments (events that have an impact on characters, plot, or the reader's understanding of the plot). This will help prepare us for our first Shared Inquiry discussion next week. Similar to Socratic Seminar or Philosophical Chairs, Shared Inquiry gives every student a chance to share his or her carefully thought out opinions, using textual evidence. The conversations these discussions lead to are astounding. 
I'm looking forward to seeing many of you at curriculum night!  As always, if you have questions, please feel free to contact me or check the class website. 

~Mrs. Merissa Scheumann~


8th Grade English Language Arts

Field Community School
Intermediate Algebra

 Ms. Petron will have detailed information for students during each day this week.  Please email her with any questions - brianna.petron@mpls.k12.mn.us.



The 8th graders did a great job last week learning to compare hours of daylight at different latitudes.
This week's focus will be: Investigating the movement of heat energy in and out of the atmosphere.
Monday and Tuesday:  Lab investigating different rates of heating on Earth's surfaces 
Wednesday:  What is radiation?
Thursday:  Examples of conduction.
Friday:  Review day.
Homework will be given Monday and be included in our review day Friday.
Jon Iverson




Global Studies  
Our textbooks are now working again!  Students received their new log-in info on Friday and we were finally able to set a due date for the assignment that was due last week (it will be due on Tuesday this week).  As for class this week, Monday we will be wrapping up the climate change section of this unit by looking at the flooding in Colorado and considering complications of shifting our power sources from fossil fuels.  Students have been working on a graphic organizer/outline of notes for these lessons, which they will be turning in at the beginning of class Wednesday. 
Tuesday we will be looking at an overview of Oceania, in particular focusing on the geography of Australia and New Zealand.  Wednesday Wendy Wolff will be presenting information about high school transition and graduation requirements in our Social Studies classes.  Thursday students will be working with their online textbooks again and will have another small question assignment with this due on Monday next week.  Friday we will look at the impact of humans on the Australian and New Zealand natural environment, in particular focusing on why invasive species are so destructive due to Australia and New Zealand's unique geography.
It is looking like our first test will be coming up towards the end of next week.  A study guide will be handed out next week Monday, but students should begin looking over their materials now and setting up a time to come in and receive extra help if they need it.


Reader's Workshop
     Our learning targets this week are connected to identifying the important details we will include when we write a summary of a short piece of text in our own words.  Students will use the "Marking the Text strategy in classes such as Science, Social Studies, Math, and Language Arts.
     Students will continue to spend time developing stamina to read for twenty uninterrupted minutes.  Most of our students are working hard on the individual skills they need to have in order to avoid distractions and stay connected to text for this length of time.  This will be a very valuable skill as students move through this school year and work to read longer and more complex stories and informational texts.
Look forward to seeing many of you on Tuesday evening!  Have a great week of reading!
Tim Jungwirth
K-12 Reading Specialist
Field Community School
From our Administrators:
 On Curriculum night, Tuesday, September 24th principal Steve Norlin-Weaver invites parents to come to the commons from 7:45 - 8:15 to hear an update on our School Improvement Plan.

School Counselor news from Wendy Wolff!
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Mid quarter grades will be available at the end of this week for parents to view via the parent portal. First quarter grades will be sent home to families the first week of November but it is important to review mid quarter grades with your child while there is still time to ask questions and make a plan to improve grades before final quarter grades are entered.  Let me know if you have any questions about your child grades.
News from Julie Peterson, School Social Worker
 Julie Peterson will regularly share important information in this column.  Please contact her if you have any questions or concerns.
Dates to Remember:
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 Tuesday, Sept. 24 -- All-school "Curriculum Night."  6:15 - 7:45





Oct. 15, 16, 24 -- Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences


Other important Field Community School news:


In This Issue
Language Arts
Intermediate Algebra
Global Studies
Reader's Workshop
From Our Administrators
School Counselor News
School Social Worker News
Dates to Remember
Other Important Field Community School

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Contact Info:

Language Arts 
Merissa Scheumann

Erin Lindsay

Jon Iverson

Social Studies
Brian Kafura

8th Grade AVID
Additional Advisory
Ola Lloyd
Tim Jungwirth

School Social Worker:
Julie Peterson

Linda Reiner
Susanne Koob

Reading Specialist:

Tim Jungwirth


Math Specialist:

Seth Leavitt


Site Council Representatives for 8th grade:




Main Office (and Attendance):




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.

This email was sent to seth.leavitt@mpls.k12.mn.us by wendy.wolff@mpls.k12.mn.us |  
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