7th Grade Newsletter - April 18, 2016

Field School- 7th Grade Newsletter (041816)

April 18, 2016
Happy Spring!
Spring is here... and it's been terrific weather. 
What a great weekend! While there are many terrific things about that, it also tends to be a time when students can get easily distracted and have difficulty focusing. You might want to talk with your child about the need to stay focused and on-track during this 4th-quarter. Students need to regularly check the portal, and watch their assignments, to make sure they are doing their best in each class and not getting behind.

Health classes are going well. We just all finished a 2-week unit on communicable diseases. Ask your child about the poster they made in class, and what they've learned about them. We've truly had some great discussions in class. Hopefully, students will know how important it is to avoid contracting them, and have some ideas about what they can do to make it less likely that they will. This week we begin a 2-week unit on "non-communicable" diseases.

     - The 7th Grade Team 

    Language Arts      
Language Arts Fun!
On Monday and Tuesday of this week the students will be working on writing their rough draft for our "At My Best" speech. 

Wednesday students will create note cards to use in their speeches and practice giving the speech. 

Thursday we will continue our practicing and finally on Friday kids start giving speeches. 

I have been told the boxes to pack my room will arrive in May. Anyone interested in helping me pack up my room would be welcome, let me know if you are able to help.

    Social Studies      
Social Studies
Our current unit "Reconstruction and Reform", focuses on the time period from 1865-1877 when the U.S. was recovering from the Civil War.  This week students are using what they've learned to create a political cartoon.  We will also start to review a study guide in order to prepare for our Unit test this Friday.

   - Ms. Odermatt
Human Body Systems
Digestive System
This week we will:
  • Review our understanding of the Digestive System
  • Do a diffusion demonstration
  • Learn the parts of the Respiratory System
  • Do activities on Lung capacity


Homework: U6 RA3, The Respiratory System. Passed out on Monday, due Friday (turn in by 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/

Last Friday we took our Learning Target Quiz on LT # 5.4 & 5.5 (concepts of "slope" and "y-intercept", and how changes in either of them affect the graph of the line of an equation). Students who did not have enough time to finish in class, need to come in before-school, after-school, or during recess to finish the quiz. This should be taken care of by Tuesday, at the latest, so that we can return quizzes on Wednesday.

Next week all 7th-graders will be taking the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) standardized tests. These will be givin in students' regular math class period, and will usually take approximately 4 days to complete.  Students are not timed on this test. and will have as much time as they need to complete it.

This week we will be reviewing some math concepts that students haven't dealt with for a while, that they will encounter on next week's MCA math tests.  Since we have an accelerated program, some of the 7th-grade standards were taught last year by Ms. Wilson. Monday and Tuesday, we'll begin be re-visiting circles (area and circumference), and cylinders (volume and surface area).  After students are comfortable  working with these concepts again, we'll go on to a variety of other concepts.

      - Mr. Usem 
Students who received a score of 70% or below on Learning Target quizzes need to re-take them to improve their score and to receive a passing grade showing that they understand the learning target.
* 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, or during B.E.S.T. class. Students should make arrangements with Mr. Usem to do the re-takes. Students will have 2 weeks from when the quizzes are handed back to complete the re-take. 

- The DEADLINE for re-takes on the LT#5.1/5.2 quiz is TODAY, Monday, Apr 18.
- 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 RememberAPR 25-28:  7th-Grade MCA TESTING -Math (testing is done during regular math classes)
  • APR 30: Hale/Field "SPRING FLING" Fundraiser

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Three Weeks of In-Depth, Hands-On Art Making in Graffiti, Hip-Hop, and Film

July 11-14, 2016 | Monday-Thursday | 9:30AM-4PM
Learn how to write, shoot, and direct a film in one week! 
Taught by accomplished filmmaker and artist Missy Whiteman.
Open to youth in grades 7-12.

July 18-21, 2016 | Monday-Thursday | 9:30AM-4PM
Immerse yourself in the history, style, and culture of this unique art form with renowned graffiti artist Peyton Scott Russell. Check out the video below about Peyton!
Open to youth in grades 7-12.
July 26-29, 2016 | Tuesday-Friday | 9:30AM-4PM
Led by local hip-hop artists Desdamona
and Carnage along with special guest artists, this week will explore the elements of hip-hop: dance, MCing, beatboxing, DJing, and visual art.
Open to youth in grades 7-12. 

We participate in a Fun Factory fundraiser that pays us to recycle both toner and inkjet printer cartridges.  They accept the following brands:  

Toner  --  Brother, Canon, HP, Lexmark
Inkjet Printer  --  Canon, Epson, Hasler, HP, Lexmark
The cartridges can be turned into the media center.  Thanks!

Heidi Dahlin
Associate Educator, Field Community School


Leon Boler
Nicole Odermatt 
(Social Studies)

Mary Catherine Halasz
(Language Arts)

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

Char Swanson

Craig Hamilton
Other 7th Grade B.E.S.T. teachers:

Craig Hamilton
(Math BEST)

Bev Halvorson
(Reading BEST)

Field School Student Resources:
Mariam Graff 
(Social Work) 
Days at school: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu
(612) 668-3640

Kelly Burnett
Days at school: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri
(612) 668-3640
Field School Site Council
7th Grade Parent Reps:

 * TBA
** 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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