7th Grade Newsletter



October 9, 2017
Conferences begin this week. 

We are now full on our entire conference schedule... both evenings (Oct. 12 & Oct. 17), and on Wednesday morning (Oct. 18).  During your assigned conference time you will briefly visit with all 4 core teachers

If you don't remember your conference time, email and send a note to any teacher on the 7th-grade team, and we will let you know when you are scheduled.

If you missed signing up and still would like to meet for a conference outside of the regular conference times, you can email your child's advisory teacher, and they will try to arrange a conference sometime before or after the regular school day after MEA Break. It might be difficult to get all teachers together at the same time, but we will still make the effort to touch base with you about your child's progress in school, relaying information for any teacher who cannot make the arranged meeting. 
 - The 7th Grade Team 
    Language Arts       
This week we are reading and analyzing our final personal narrative, "The Chase." Students will be looking at point of view and characterization in order to gain a deeper understanding of the text. In the coming week students will begin their own Neighborhood Narrative .
-Ms. Halasz & Mr. Meaney
    Social Studies      
Social Studies
 We will be looking into the Arizona Immigration Law of 2010. After reading the details of the law and hearing differing perspectives and opinions,  students will be assigned a small group in which they will be either plaintiff or defendant attorney or judge.  They will spend this week preparing their arguments and questions and will have a court simulation to determine whether the Arizona law is constitutional or not. 
No homework this week.
   - Ms. Odermatt
Some of the main things we will do this week in science:
  • Learn about factors that limit population growth using a worksheet and a computer simulation
  • Notes and homework on limiting factors and biodiversity
1) RA6 Limiting Factors, will be passed out on Monday and due back by Friday (turn in on Tuesday for a 4% bonus).
2) Test Review Packet - passed out on Friday - students need to complete 70% by Monday 10/16.
Unit Test will be Monday 10/25 (next week is a short week - just two days)

FYI gradebook assignment codes:
Scores ending in .01 = late
Scores ending in .02 = incomplete
Scores ending in .03 = assignment not turned in but student received partial credit because I know they worked on it during class.
 - 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/
Today (Monday) are taking the quiz on Learning target #2.7 (multiplication and division of positive & negative rational numbers).  

On Tuesday this week students will begin a review of "Order of Operations", and trying to apply it with our new knowledge of working with both positive and negative numbers.  Students will work many examples; a fair amount of practice on this, in a variety of situations and scenarios, will help strengthen their calculation skills.  
The Distributive Property of Multiplication over Addition

Following order-of-operations, we will begin to examine some basic number properties. We will explore and examine (1) the commutative property, (2) the associative property, and (3) the distributive property. We will especially take time to model the distributive property, and examine "why" and "how" it works, through a couple of different models.

      - 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, or during another time arranged with Mr. Usem. Students should make arrangements with Mr. Usem to do the re-takes. 
The DEADLINE for re-takes on the LT #2.1 & 2.2 quiz is... Tuesday, Oct 17.
- 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.
  • Dates to RememberOCT 10: Flu Shot Clinic at Field School (2:30-6:00pm, in the Field School gym)
  • OCT 12: Conferences (3:00-7:30pm)
  • OCT 17: Conferences (3:00-7:30pm)
  • OCT 18: NO SCHOOL - Conferences (7:30am-12:00noon)
  • OCT 19-20: NO SCHOOL -Education MN Teacher's Convention ("MEA break")
  • OCT 25: Picture Re-Take Day
  • NOV 1:  End of 1st quarter
  • NOV 2-3: NO SCHOOL - Teacher professional development and record-keeping
  • NOV 6: Beginning of 2nd quarter
  • NOV 22-24:  NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Holiday Break

 Mpls Community Ed Youth/Family Classes.. 
house-icon.gif Red Cross Babysitting Course (11+)
Students will learn leadership, safety, basic child development, safe play, rescue breathing and first aid. They will receive a certificate of completion, textbook and CR.  
3 sessions - Oct 5, 12, 26  
Student must attend ALL session to receive the certificate.  
Fee $75    
Classes held at Hale Elementary School, 5330 13th Ave S, Mpls
Classes begin Thursday Oct 5th * 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Register by calling Hale Community Education at 612.668.3767
Leon Boler
Nicole Odermatt
(Social Studies)

Mary Catherine Halasz
(Language Arts)

Mark Usem
voicemail  612-668-7729
Heather Walker  
Other 7th Grade Advisors:

Marni Heck
(Physical Education - at Field School 7:30am-1:45pm)
Tim Forward
(Health & Physical Education)


Field School Student Resources:
Mariam Graff 
(Social Work) 
(612) 668-3640
Field School Site Council
7th Grade Parent Reps:

** 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
Field School & Hale/Field PTAs, 4645 Fourth Avenue South, Field PTA, Minneapolis, MN 55419
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