8th Grade Newsletter - September 2, 2014

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8th Grade News
For the Week of September 1st, 2014

Welcome to the 8th Grade Newsletter 


Our weekly newsletter will normally be sent on Monday mornings by 8:00 a.m.  You will find information about weekly homework assignments, advisory topics, tests, and other information necessary for your 8th grade student's success.   


  -  The 8th Grade Team


English Language Arts (ELA)
Thank you for your letters!
I have been enjoying reading your 1,000,000 Words or Less letters.  The perspectives and insights I gain from your letters are more than we teachers are ever able to gather from our daily interactions with your children.  I still welcome letters from you as soon as you are able to send them. No letter is too big or too small.  (I think you enjoy writing them just as much as I enjoy reading them!)  

Students will begin reading The Giver in class focusing on the "gist" of the story, reread to generate ideas and questions from the text, collaborating in class discussions, and making a text-to-self connection by the end of the week.

Monday:  No School
Tuesday:THE GIVER- CH 1 Read aloud in class to understand the gist
Wednesday:  Explicit vs. Implicit rules
Read Ch 3-5 by next Monday
Thursday:   Complete class discussion with notes/questions
Friday:  Finish short essay started in class with adult input at home.



Mr. Sundlin
Intermediate Algebra

Last week we spent sometime focussing on the difference between a fixed and growth mindset. Many of the students stated that they have a fixed mindset but are going to tell themselves they can and try to change their thought process to one of growth. 


We also started the first unit last week and the students had an opportunity to take a pre-test.  We had a discussion around a graph of the class results.  The students saw that each of them have a lot of knowledge they will be gaining this unit.  At the end of the unit we will compare their final scores with their pre-test scores.  This is always encouraging for students because it shows them that with hard work they can learn the content.


Mrs. Lindsay's Webpage



Tuesday--Evaluating Expressions 

HW: "Evaluating Expressions"

Wednesday--Absolute Value

HW: "Solve each absolute value problem"

Thursday--Square Roots

HW: "Square Root Chart"

Friday--Self Quiz



We had a great first week in science class.  Field students were measuring wind speed, humidity, temperature, and sun angle as we learned about the atmosphere and weather.  We will continue to study meteorology and climate for the rest of the first quarter.

Our schedule for this week:

Tuesday/Wednesday -
Lab (Properties of Air) / Sharing
Homework (forecasts)
Thursday -
Layers of the Atmosphere (Notes
Friday -
Quiz (Tools of Meteorology/Climate vs Weather)

Have a great week!

Mr. Iverson
Global Studies  
 I would say we had a great first week in Global Studies.  In particular I was impressed with student work with the Sacred Rac (ask your student about it).  If you would like more detail about what we are doing each week feel free to visit our class website: 

Tuesday: Intro to Scale and Latitude/Longitude Practice (Homework due on Thursday)
Wednesday: iPad Rules/Textbook Scavenger Hunt (note: we were going to do this last week, but didn't have logins yet)
Thursday: Minneapolis Map assignment (due Monday)
Friday: Map Projections
Reader's Workshop

Ms. Halvorson
Reading Specialist
Dates to Remember
Dates to Remember 


  • Sept 10: Flu Shot Clinic
  • Sept 12: Online Spirit Wear Sale Ends
  • Sept 13: Roller Skating Party for Students - PTA Sponsored
  • Sept 15: Field Picture Day (during L.A. and S.S. classes)
  • Sep 23:Field Curriculum Night (7:00-8:30pm)
  • 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
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

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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

News from Mariam Graff, 
School Social Worker
Other important Field Community School news:

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