7th Grade Newsletter - April 24, 2012

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Coming up next week: 7th graders will be taking the MCA math tests Tuesday May 1st through Friday May 4th.

  • 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
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    This week we started writing our opinion piece on the story You Are Only A Boy. The kids have a 4 paragraph paper to write, expressing their opinion on an immigration ruling. Should our main character be allowed to stay in the country or be deported. Once we have these pieces written we will take our info and create a speech on the same topic.

    Wednesday of this week we have a quiz over the Greek and Latin prefix/suffixes we have been working on. And on Thursday students will get a new list of root words to learn.

    Life is good!


    Math - Mr. West

    Hello everybody! Right now we are preparing for the MCA math tests. We will be practicing and reviewing from now until we take the tests next week.

    Now would be an especially good time for students to be working on the challenges I have set on Manga High. Each one relates to some part of the seventh grade standards and serves as good practice.


    Social Studies -- Ms. Odermatt

    We are testing this week on the countries of Central and Southwest Asia. We learned about early civilizations and analyzed Hammurabi's code. Many thought the king's laws were much too harsh! We will then continue our unit on Asia by looking at the countries of East Asia and South Asia. These final weeks are flying by!


    Science - Mr. Boler

    Activities, labs, and homework this week will focus on how limiting factors can affect population growth (e.g. food, water, space). We will also monitor our milkweed bug habitats.

    Homework (R5 Limiting Factors) 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
    mahal001@mpls.k12.mn.us

    Nicole Odermatt (Social Studies, BEST, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640
    Nicole.Odermatt@mpls.k12.mn.us

    Mark Usem (BEST, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640
    Mark.Usem@mpls.k12.mn.us

    Brenda Leviton (Spanish,French, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640
    Brenda.Leviton@mpls.k12.mn.us

    Leon Boler (Science, BEST, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640
    Leon.Boler@mpls.k12.mn.us

    Heather Walker (AVID)
    (612) 668-3640
    Heather.Walker@mpls.k12.mn.us

    Dan West (Math, BEST, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640
    Dan.West@mpls.k12.mn.us

    Julie Peterson (Social Work, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640
    Julie.Peterson@mpls.k12.mn.us

    Wendy Wolff (Councelor, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640
    Wendy.Wolff@mpls.k12.mn.us

    Gretchen Mattson (BEST)
    (612) 668-3640
    Gretchen.Mattson@mpls.k12.mn.us

    Jane Zeleznikar (Classroom Support )
    (612) 668-3640
    Jane.Zeleznikar@mpls.k12.mn.us

    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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