7th Grade Newsletter
Field School- 7th Grade Newsletter (032017)

March 20, 2017

Happy Spring!
Gotta love March... as unpredictable as 7th graders! Spring has sprung, and thoughts of warmer weather ahead!  (...though we all know that this is Minnesota, and ANYTHING is still possible!)

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Field & Hale schools' "Hygiene Drive" ended last week (Mar 13-17).  Thank YOU to all parents who helped their students bring in hygiene items.  Our Hale/Field community is a generous one, and it's wonderful for how people in our community support one another in times of need.  
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There are only 2 weeks left in this quarter.  Please help your student make sure that they are staying current, making up any missing assignments, and completing test/quiz re-takes as available from earlier in the quarter. Remind them that not all teachers will accept late work up to the very last day, and it's not a good idea to push it that far... teachers may cut-off submission of work prior to the last day of the quarter, in order to be able to complete grading. Students should check with each teacher, so they are not surprised.

 - The 7th Grade Team 
    Language Arts      
mchFYI: The students will be taking the MCA on March 27-29. Please let me know if your student will be out that week. 

This week we continue our study of Justice and Mercy. 

This week in class:
Monday: writing and class discussion
Tuesday: MCA prep how to read a poem/Portia's Speech
Wednesday: Poetry work
Thursday:  Vocabulary Review
Friday: Innocent Have I Been Tortured... story
    - Ms. Halasz

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

    Social Studies      
Social Studies
This week students will take on one perspective from the Civil War. They will create a biography for their character and then write a response as that character to Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.  We will also examine how the addition of African American soldiers to the Union troops contributed to the North's victory over the South.  

   - Ms. Odermatt
Current Unit: Elements & Compounds

This week we will
  • Continue the introduction to the elements
  • Conduct a lab on electrolysis of water

Homework - U5 RA1 Composition of Matter; Passed out on Monday and due on Friday (4% bonus if turned in on Tuesday).

 - 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/

We're concluding some of our work on our unit on Linear relationships (Linear Algebra). We will have another Learning Target Quiz later this week on LT #5.4 [slope-Intercept form of a linear equation] & #5.5 [the effects of changes in the "coefficient of x" on the graph of a linear function, and changes in the input variable]  Timing will depend a bit on how quickly students seem to acquire the material.   (*NOTE: Depending on timing, this quiz might not be reflected in this quarter's grades, but rather be reflected in 4th quarter.).

Many students are missing some homework assignments, so check the portal for those. Also, remind students to keep track of deadlines for LT Quiz re-takes (see below).

      - 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 #4.6/4.7 quiz is... Friday, Mar 24.

- 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 art1MAR 27-30: MCA Testing -7th Grade Reading
  • MAR 30: End of 3rd Quarter
  • MAR 31 - APR 7: NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
  • APR 10Beginning of 4th Quarter
  • APR 24-27: MCA Testing -7th Grade Math

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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