7th Grade Newsletter - April 16, 2012

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April 16th

Tuesday and Wednesday of this week the students are taking the MCA reading test. We have spoken to them about getting enough rest and the importance of a good breakfast each morning. I would also recommend they come with a water bottle and a book, magazine, puzzle book, or sketch pad to keep them busy when they finish their sections of the test. Any assistance you could provide with regards to sleep, meals and post test entertainment is greatly appreciated.

In two weeks students will be taking the MCA math test. The seventh graders are scheduled to test on May 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

  • 7th Grade Contact Information
  • Language Arts - Ms. Halasz
  • Math - Mr. West
  • Social Studies -- Ms. Odermatt
  • Science - Mr. Boler
  • Family Focus
  • A.V.I.D. - Mrs. Walker
  • Parent Portal

  • Language Arts - Ms. Halasz

    On Tuesday and Wednesday we will be taking the MCA reading assessment. The kids and I have reviewed their test taking strategies, have looked at sample items and discussed the importance of coming to school on time, well fed and rested. I will sharpen the pencils this evening and we will be ready. :) Test on!!!!

    Starting on Thursday we will work on our persuasion skills. We will be writing opinion pieces and working many of them into speeches. If time permits we will also learn some basics of debate.

    Life is good!

    Math - Mr. West

    Hello everybody! This quarter I am offering my students an opportunity to earn extra credit outside of class by working on math challenges I have set for them on Manga HIgh. Each student has a log in and I can track their efforts. I have set a variety of challenges that the students can work on. I would suggest that the next couple weeks would be an especially good time to work on the challenges since they are all related to the seventh grade standards that the students will be tested on during the MCA test.

    If you need your child's log in to Manga High feel free to contact me by email.

    Social Studies -- Ms. Odermatt

    Science - Mr. Boler

    Activities, labs, and homework this week will focus on how energy moves from one trophic level to another in an ecosystem. We also plan to set up our milkweed bug habitats

    Homework (R4 Trophic Levels) will be given out on Monday and due back by Friday (turn in on Tuesday for 2 e.c. pts).

    Our current unit, Populations and Ecosystems, was created by FOSS (Full Option Science Service) - this means the FOSS link on the 7th grade website can be very helpful with content understanding.

    To reinforce content understanding go to the 7th grade science web page at the link below. The website includes a) powerpoint weekly reviews, b) content links, and c) connection instructions to FOSS and Discovery Education websites.

    Family Focus

    February Enforcing consequences can be tough - your teen needs you as a parent, not a pal! It may be hard to believe but teenagers want rules and limits set for them. Establish family rules and expectations and then set appropriate consequences for not following a rule. Teens are less likely to engage in inappropriate behavior that they have previously discussed and established clear consequences for with their parent(s). Be consistent. And most importantly, notice and acknowledge the positive.

    January: The middle school years are a good time to start giving your teen more independence; It helps them establish their own place in the world. As your teen becomes more reliable and mature increase privileges and opportunities for independence. If they fall, they still have you to catch them and to guide them before they are out on their own. Remember some of life's most valuable lessons are learned through life experiences! Struggling navigating through the teen years? Two Field parents developed an app that answers alot of teens' -- and their parents'-- tough questions about things they face: relationships, mental health, substance abuse, bullying, etc. called teensphere. You can learn more about the app at teensphere.com. Check it out!

    December Did you know that having an "attitude of gratitude" has been linked to better health, sounder sleep, less anxiety and depression, higher long-term satisfaction with life and kinder behavior toward others? Try it with your family! Do one small thoughtful or generous thing for each member of your family daily; express your appreciation for someone's skills or talents.

    A.V.I.D. - Mrs. Walker
    AVID decades of college dreams

    Parent Portal

    7th Grade Contact Information

    Mary Catherine Halasz (Language Arts, BEST, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640

    Nicole Odermatt (Social Studies, BEST, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640

    Mark Usem (BEST, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640

    Brenda Leviton (Spanish,French, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640

    Leon Boler (Science, BEST, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640

    Heather Walker (AVID)
    (612) 668-3640

    Dan West (Math, BEST, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640

    Julie Peterson (Social Work, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640

    Wendy Wolff (Councelor, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640

    Gretchen Mattson (BEST)
    (612) 668-3640

    Jane Zeleznikar (Classroom Support )
    (612) 668-3640

    Dawn Nelson (Site Council Parent Representative ) dawnenelson@comcast.net

    Mike Wedl (Site Council Parent Representative and Parent Co-Chair) mwedl@hartpropertytax.com

    Margaret Miller (PTA Co-Chair) crmm@mninter.net

    Rich Flint (Site Council Community Representative) flint@richflint.com

    7th Grade Links

    CMP Math Info for Parents

    Loft Youth Writing Classes

    Aritmetic Four (Practice Operations with Integers)

    Order of Operations Four

    Walk the Plank --adding and subtracting integers

    Seventh Grade Science

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