8th Grade Newsletter -February 11, 2013

8th Grade Newsletter 8th Grade Newsletter
February 11, 2013
8th Grade News ~ Field Community School
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Staff Contacts

Core & Advisory Teachers:

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

Richard Feuling
(612) 668-3640

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

Char Swanson
(612) 668-3640
Char Swanson

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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Parents of Field 8th grade students! The deadline for high school requests is February 19 which is approaching very quickly! Only 45% of Field students have submitted a request for high school! This is a friendly reminder to get your request submitted either online or by mail so that it is received by February 19. All students considering an MPS High School should submit a request, even if you plan to go to your attendance area high school. If you have questions about the high school choice process, please contact Mark Hogan or Wendy Wolff who will be back in the office next Friday February 15.

We are excited to inform you that this week we continue to work with students on a program called Project ALERT during Advisory time. Project ALERT is an age appropriate substance abuse prevention curriculum proven effective in reducing experimentation among teens and in reducing usage among teens who experiment.

Project ALERT contains eleven lessons that focus on alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and inhalants - substances that are the first and most widely used by young people today. Project ALERT's focus is on motivating non-use, learning to recognize pressures to use, and on developing and practicing skills to resist these pressures.

If you have questions please call Julie Peterson, School Social Worker, at 612-668-3655.

Julie Peterson, LICSW, MSW School Social Worker Field School Monday - Thursdays Direct: 612-668-3655 Main: 612-668-3640 Fax: 612-668-3661

Cool Chem is just around the corner. This fun-filled day for girls at the University of Minnesota will include four workshops (energy, bubbles and glow, crime science, and fantastic plastics), explosive demonstrations, a liquid nitrogen ice cream break, and more! Space is limited - don't miss the chance to learn more and register before it fills up. For more information and to download registration materials go to http://www.chem.umn.edu/wise/coolchem/

STEP-UP is a summer job program for Minneapolis youth ages 14-21. Youth must complete a competitive application process and work readiness training to be considered for a position with the STEP-UP program. Youth ages 14-21 are offered a paid internship experience and matched with positions at local businesses. Check out the website for more information and see if your child could qualify for this great opportunity! For other questions about STEP-UP, refer to Frequently Asked Questions in English, Hmong, Spanish or Somali or contact Tammy Dickinson at (612) 673-5041.

Application Deadline is March 4, 2013 and all applications must be submitted online (link below). https://stepup.iapplicants.com/application.php

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

Language Arts - Ms. Constant

This week we'll finish working with the first half of To Kill a Mockingbird by re-examining some key issues in the novel thus far. We will review how various characters have changes, and how Scout is learning about what it means to be a girl or lady, and begin to explore how Atticus is shown to be a good parent.

Students should have read and taken notes on chapters 9-11 for today (Monday). On Tuesday their final drafts of scenes from an alternate character's point of view are due.

Looking ahead, on Thursday and Friday we will be drafting analytical essays on the first half of the book. Students' really good drafts of this section is due on Wednesday, February 20, and must be printed before class begins. Directions will be on my web page later in the week.

Linear Algebra (8th Grade Algebra) ~ Mr. Leavitt
Math Club Photo

The Field Math Club

The Field Math Club competed in the City of Lakes Regional MathCounts Tournament at the University of Minnesota on Friday, February 8. While we did not bring back any trophies, a mathematically stimulating time was enjoyed by all.

Hello Field families.

We continue our study of Systems of Two Linear Equations. Our first solution technique was graphical - where do the two lines intersect?

We then developed algebraic solutions. The first technique we learned is called "Substitution". This technique involves substituting one value for another to find the point of intersection. A second technique is called "Elimination". Elimination is a more elegant and versatile approach. While elegant and efficient, it requires good equation solving skills to use this technique correctly. We need to keep practicing our skills. Click here for a great resource for practice problems.

Seth Leavitt

PS We can solve some pretty sophisticated questions once we've mastered solving a system of equations. Watch for them.

Fun Fact

Fun Fact 21 (from last week)

A pound of potato chips costs 200 times more than a pound of raw potatoes.

Fun Fact 22

There are __________ miles of telephone wire a strung across the U.S.

Click the link above and take a guess.

Problem of the Week

Pressed for Time

Not one solution - boo hoo! Give it a try students - use your newly learned skills.

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

Hello Field families.

What is a function? What can flip the graph of a function upside-down? These are questions your son or daughter taking Intermediate Algebra is capable of answering. At least we hope so!

Seth Leavitt and Richard Feuling

Science ~ Ms. Schultz

Science Update

This week we wrap up our investigations of EARTH'S S HISTORY AS A PLANET. That will bring us to the end of the EARTH IN SPACE UNIT. Mark your planner - the unit test is Tuesday, February 19th. The test will be cumulative, that is, it will have questions about all three parts of the unit (THE EARTH-MOON-SUN SYSTEM, OUR SOLAR SYSTEM, AND EARTH'S HISTORY AS A PLANET). To help students prepare, I will make a study guide available this Thursday (2/14). The study guide will have detailed review questions. In addition, we will spend class time on various review activities on Thursday (2/14) and Friday (2/15).

Our week will begin with types of fossils, making fossils, and an interactive time machine that will allow us to go back 4.5 billion years. Exciting!

Tracey A. Schultz 8th Grade Science Teacher Field School, Minneapolis (612) 668-3640

U.S. History ~ Mr. Kafura

This week we will be wrapping up our western expansion unit. On Monday students will be finishing whatever presentations we did not get to on Friday and completing their note sheets. We will be using whatever remaining class time we have on Monday discussing how all of the things we have been talking about "closed" the west. Tuesday we will be doing a review activity in class and on Wednesday we will be taking a test on this unit. The test will be open note, however students should still be reviewing and studying on their own (they will not be able to finish the test if they need to look up every answer and it is expected that students will finish the test during their class period). A review guide will be handed out on Monday.

This Thursday we are extremely lucky as we will be having a guest speaker come in to talk to the students. Verna Volker is Navajo and her family has first hand experience with a number of things we have been talking about (reservation life, boarding schools, land policy, native beliefs/culture, etc.). It should be both an educational and interesting experience for the kids. Friday we will be jumping right in to our next unit on immigration and industrialization.

One last note. As we are getting further into the semester it is getting more important to stay on top of missing work. Please check the portal to see what you are missing and get it in. Also, for parents/guardians checking the portal, in most cases a 60 in classwork and homework indicates that the assignment was turned in at least two days late. If your student has made this a habit it is really starting to affect their grade, please encourage them to get things in on time (my website does indicate all due dates in calendar and I do give reminders in class about them). Keeping track of due dates and timely completion of work is a major life skill, please continue to work with your student on this as they prepare for high school next year.

Reader's Workshop ~ Mr. Jungwirth

Good Reading to the Field Community!

We finished up MAP testing last week. Look for me to send home a report on how the students performed on this mid-year reading assessment. I will be contacting all of you to inform you of their progress.

This week we will be focusing our attention on note taking on important parts of the reading strategy "Charting the Text", as well as doing more independent reading. Students will have a chance to catch up on their independent books they have been trying to find time to read this past two weeks.

Have a fabulous week of your own independent reading!

Tim Jungwirth


News from Field School Counselor

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 Worker News and Notes

The Minnesota Twins recognize that good performance in school begins with good attendance and they're excited to team up with Minnesota Middle School Association (MMSA) to create the Perfect Attendance Incentive Program.

To become eligible, students must simply have "perfect attendance" for the 2012-2013 school year during quarters 3&4. The reason the Minnesota Twins and MMSA have established this program is because they recognize the importance of having students in each class every day.

What are the Twins offering? Field Middle School will select one student to attend the game against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday, June 1, 2013. The Twins will provide 4 tickets for that student and up to three parents/guardians/siblings to attend. All game participants and their guests will have an opportunity to "run the bases" after the game on Target Field. We would like to thank both the MMSA and the Twins for supporting the Attendance Incentive Program and our students.

If you have any questions regarding this incentive program, please feel free to call Mr. Norlin-Weaver at 612-668-3640 or Ms. Julie Peterson at 612-668-3655.

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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