7th Grade Newsletter
Field School- 7th Grade Newsletter (051517)

May 15, 2017
As we come into the "home-stretch" for this school year, it's a good time to take stock of where we've come, and what's lying ahead.  There are still 4 full weeks of school, and we've still got a lot of learning to do. In contrast, students are definitely in full "spring mode", and beginning to see that light at the end of the tunnel.  It's important to talk with your child at this time and reinforce that there still is more school ahead, and that they need to stay focused and on-track.  The last few weeks of 7th-grade, if taken seriously by students, can lay the foundation and set the stage for good (or bad) study habits that students will take with them into 8th-grade next year.

 - The 7th Grade Team 
    Language Arts      
mchTissue box
We need tissue!  The tissue supply is gone, if you have a chance to pick up a box for the classroom we would appreciate it.

 This week in class:
Monday: Student Survey for Office of Compliance 
Tuesday: Work on, At My Best speech 
Wednesday: Note Card writing/Practice for speech
Thursday:  Practice and finish up loose ends of speech
Friday: Give, At My Best speeches

    - Ms. Halasz

CLICK HERE for a LINK to Ms. Halasz's WEBPAGE 

    Social Studies      
Social Studies
The days are numbered!  We are moving full speed ahead into a brief introduction to WWI. Students will get an understanding of how the Treaty of Versailles and the reparations Germany was held accountable to had a significant effect on Hitler's rise to power and the onset of WWII.  Next week we will have a Holocaust survivor as a speaker in our classroom.  I'm very excited for the students to have this opportunity.
Homework assignment:  Interview an adult family member about their knowledge of the key events, people, and time period of WWII. Write a 1-page summary of the interview on a separate piece of paper. (Instructions are on the purple warmup sheet).  Due Friday.

   - Ms. Odermatt
Current Unit: Human Body Systems

This week we will:
  • Model vital, residual and total lung capacity
  • Lab: Using a Model to Show Evidence of a Waste Product of Cellular Respiration (2-days)
  • Take notes on the Respiratory System

Homework: U6 RA4 Circulatory System will be passed out on Monday, due Friday (turn in on Tuesday for a 4% bonus).

 - Mr. Boler

To review science content, make-up notebook entries, watch a video clip about any science topic of interest - go to the 7th grade science web page at:  http://www.bolerscience.net/

Were continuing on our unit exploring the Pythagorean Theorem. Last week students actually constructed the Pythagorean Theorem themselves, and "proved" the theorem a couple of different ways. Now that we've developed the theorem, students are beginning to look at a variety of ways in which this theorem can be applied, and ways in which it can help them begin to solve real-world problems.

      - Mr. Usem 

Any students may re-take Learning Target quizzes to try to improve their score and to receive a passing grade showing that they understand the learning target. The top grade possible on a quiz "re-take" is an 85% score (a solid "B" grade). 
* In order to do a re-take, students need to KEEP their old quiz, and BRING it in, with the correct answers (with explanations) on a SEPARATE SHEET [forms are available in Mr. Usem's room or downloadable from his webpage] on the items they missed. This will qualify them "ready to re-take" the quiz. Re-takes are to be done outside of regular class time, and can be done before-school, after-school, during recess, during Advisory study-hall on Thursdays, during the "EXPLORE Math-support" class, or during another time arranged with Mr. Usem. Students should make arrangements with Mr. Usem to do the re-takes. Students will have at least 2 weeks from when the quizzes are handed back to complete the re-take. 
- The DEADLINE for re-takes on the LT #6.2 quiz is... Friday, May 19.

- students can come and work with Mr. Usem a variety of times each day, if they need extra help. Available times are posted in the classroom, as well as on Mr. Usem's webpage.
The webpage lists what classwork we've done in class each day, references students' homework assignments, lists an availability schedule for students who need extra help, and has resources for parents & students.
  • calendar art1MAY 29:  NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day Holiday
  • JUNE 13: Science Class Rocketry Day
  • JUNE 14:  Last Day of school - MN Zoo Field Trip

Leon Boler
Nicole Odermatt 
(Social Studies)

Mary Catherine Halasz
(Language Arts)

Mark Usem 
voicemail  612-668-7729
Heather Walker  

Other 7th Grade Advisors:

Bev Halvorson Trowbridge
(Reading Specialist)

Field School Student Resources:
Mariam Graff 
(Social Work) 
(612) 668-3640

Field School Site Council
7th Grade Parent Reps:

Karen Stremick
(612) 220-5810

Cindy Goehring

** 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.
Field Community School
 4645 Fourth Ave.South Minneapolis, MN 55419
Telephone: 612-668-3640 | Fax: 612-668-3661

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