7th Grade Newsletter - April 14, 2014

Field School
7th Grade Newsletter  

April  14, 2014 
Crazy Spring Weather, one day kids are wearing shorts, and the next day they're predicting possible snow... but hey, it's Minnesota!


It is nice to have a few weeks with full schedules. Help your child remain focused and on task, and keeping up and current with all assignments.


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MCA-III State Assessments are this month.

Your child has had an opportunity to engage in a MCA III strategy sessions here at Field school. During those sessions, they were able to see a portion of their grade level MCA III online item sampler.  If you would like to see the online practice tests, take the online item sampler, or have your child take the entire online item sampler at home, please follow this link (This may work on a variety of browsers, but we have had the best success when using Firefox as your browser):
Once at the site, click on Online Item samplers and choose reading, math, and or science (science for grade 5 & 8).
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-  The 7th Grade Team


Language Arts 
Hi All, 
This week we are taking the MCA test. We are scheduled for the computer lab all week. The test coordinator thinks the test will only take 2.5 to 3 hours. Make sure your student gets a good nights rest and eats a healthy breakfast.

As soon as we finish we will begin the next topic which is redemption. The reading selection is, A Christmas Carol. I know a bit out of season but what can you do. :) 


Feel free to e-mail me if you have questions or concerns this year.  mahal001@mpls.k12.mn.us is the best address to use.


- Ms. Halasz



Mr Boler Update 
by Miss Halasz

I spoke to Mr. Boler on Sunday night and he was in good spirits. The doctors repaired his heart valve and he is on track for a full recovery. He is thankful for all the well wishes and sweet comments from the kids and families. 


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I am Lori Norvell and I will be filling in for Mr. Boler while he is recovering.  


This week we will begin a unit on Human Body Systems, starting with the Digestive System.   


Homework: RA 1, Digestive System Part 1, will be passed out on Monday and is due by Friday (turn in by Tuesday fora  4% bonus). 


- Ms. Norvell

  (substitute teacher for Mr. Boler)

  •  To increase content understanding visit the 7th grade science web site at the URL listed below.


Social StudiesSocial Studies
This week we will be studying the impact of the Industrial Revolution on the development of the U.S.  Students will look at the changes brought on by new inventions, immigration, and urbanization.  There is a homework assignment that is on the back of the blue warm up sheet.  After reading, students should write a summary on this sheet, due Friday.


- Mrs. Odermatt





We're continuing working on our unit... "Moving Straight Ahead"...an introduction to linear algebra


While exploring "solving" an equation last week, students learned to use the "balancing method".

Many students found this very interesting, as well as challenging. While, at first, it seemed to be a lot of "extra" work, students soon came to realize the importance of being able to trace back each step you did while solving the equation.


This week we'll follow it up by connecting solving an equation with graphing it, and we'll see how that can really help someone solve some "real-world" problems. We'll finish it off later this week with a quiz on this material, before we move on to some new work with data, including some review and prep for when we take the MCA-III math test at the end of the month.


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Under my Classwork/Homework section LINKS at the "Top-Right" of my webpage, I have now added a NEW SECTION 
for Download-able worksheets & assignments that are not in our regular math text. 
While I am hoping to be able to keep these up, remember that the students, themselves, are ultimately responsible for getting these worksheets & assignments in class, and that this LINK is only being provided to assist those who might have lost or forgotten their worksheets or assignments at school or elsewhere. 

- While I am going to attempt to make every effort to provide this resource, there is NO GUARANTEE that all worksheets & assignments will be available through these LINKS.

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During this new unit we will be doing quite a bit of graphing. I suggest that students purchase a supply of graph-paper  (the kind that has light blue, green, or peach colored lines for the grid) for use in their assignments in class and homework. Students might also want to have a small set of colored pencils with them to help with graphing. With these tools I have seen that students will do a much better job in their graphing, will accomplish it more easily, and the graphs will not only look better, but will also be more useful as a learning tool.

  - Mr Usem 


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Click HERE for 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. 

Contact Us
Leon Boler
Nicole Odermatt 
(Social Studies)

Mary Catherine Halasz
(Language Arts)

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

Char Swanson

Seth Leavitt


Other 7th Grade 
B.E.S.T. teachers: 

Seth Leavitt 
(Math BEST)



Tim Jungwirth

(Reading BEST)






Field School 

Student Resources




Wendy Wolff 

(612) 668-3640




Field School Site Council

7th Grade Parent Reps


Camille Holthaus




Eric Muschler




** 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 Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55419


Click HERE for the 




Click HERE for Mr. Usem's Webpage


Dates to Remember

Dates to 



  • Apr 14-17 - MCA-III Reading Test
    (for 7th Grade - testing will be done during students' Language Arts class time)
  • Apr 28- May 1 - MCA-III Math Test 
    (for 7th Grade - testing will be done during students' Math class time)
  • May 26 - NO SCHOOL -Memorial Day Holiday




- Strategy Instruction


Good morning!  Students will continue to work on the Say Something reading strategy this week.  We will be working on this strategy as a way to very actively connect students to text.  I left the explanation of the strategy up for you to review.

              Say Something Strategy:                 A During Reading Strategy


Overview:  With the Say-Something Strategy, students are required to verbalize what they are thinking throughout the reading.  It forces them to remember that, If you're not thinking it, you're not reading it. 

  1. Students work with a partner to read a shared selection and stop frequently throughout.  (After a paragraph or after each page that they read together).
  2. Each time the partners stop, the partners take turns and when it is their turn, they must do one of the following:
  • Make a Prediction
  • Ask a Question
  • Clarify something you had misunderstood
  • Make a comment
  • Make a connection

3.  If students could not do one of the above, they would re-read their section of the text and work with their partner to generate a response that fits into one of the categories.


As we finish out the week, we will be taking a pre-test on Point of View and beginning our lessons on how to determine point of view in texts, as well as how the knowledge of point of view helps us read text more effectively.
Mr. J
Tim Jungwirth
K-12 Reading Specialist
Field Community School

OPEN Wednesdays during lunch 

from the Field School Counselor..


Happy Spring from Field School!


We are already planning for next year and the specialist course request survey should now be available...  


You can access the survey on the Field School homepage and submit your child's top five specialist choices by April 20.  Specialist course descriptions were sent home with your child on Friday April 11.  


Also, you should be receiving third quarter grades in the mail this week.  


Please call Wendy Wolff if you have any questions about your child's academic progress or their specialist choice requests for next year.


Last but not least...  Field School will be celebrating national "bike to school" day on Wednesday May 7 with a bike drive for our local community service partner, Full Cycle.  If you are cleaning out your garage this spring and have bikes you would like to donate, please bring them in or ride them to school on May 7 and Full Cycle will pick them up from the parking lot. Every bike donated will help Full Cycle accomplish their mission to reduce youth homelessness in our community. Our goal is to collect 100 bikes.

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There is still time to contribute items until our distribution day on Saturday April 19.  



Wendy Wolff

Field School Counselor

Annual Hale/Field plant sale in progress


  • Pre-order deadline:
    April 18
  • Pick-up: Sat, May 10Hale Community School parking lot - 1220 E. 54th St. Mpls
    • Pick up is 8-11 a.m.
This year's sale features
  • Gift cards from Bachman's, Wagners & Pahl's 
  • Wide variety of plant selections from Pahl's Market (one of Minnesota's best family-owned nurseries).
  • On-line pre-order with credit card March 25 through April 18. (We will not have the garden store this year).
  • View pictures/descriptions of plants offered and master gardener tips.
  • Orders taken through April 18. Paper pre-order forms were sent home April 9.

Why buy from the Hale/Field Plant Sale?

  • We're buying from Minnesota growers.
  • We're supporting our schools.
  • We earn 40% of the pre-order profits and gift card profits range from 15-20%.

If you have questions contact the Hale Landscape Committee co-chairs: Cindy Goehring or Nicole Starks.


Twins logo


Dear Parents/Guardians of Field Middle School Students:


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 2013-2014 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.


Hale read-a-thon surprise guest Twins

What are the Twins offering

Field Middle School will select one student to attend the game against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Twins will provide 4 tickets for that student and up to three parents/guardians/siblings to attend.  


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.



Steve Norlin-Weaver                           Julie Peterson

Principal                                                                School Social Worker

This email was sent to seth.leavitt@mpls.k12.mn.us by mark.usem@mpls.k12.mn.us |  
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