7th Grade Newsletter - August 31, 2015

"If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be."
- Maya Angelou      

7th GRADE NEWSLETTER
August 31, 2015
This newsletter will be coming to your inbox the first of every week during the school year, and will help to keep you posted on all of the great happenings in 7th-grade at Field school this year. 

Please read through the newsletter each week, and share the information with your child.

WHAT A GREAT FIRST WEEK... ON TO WEEK #2 !

 - The 7th Grade Team 


    Language Arts      
8/31/15     
mch
Hi all,
Last week I asked your children to write me a letter telling me about themselves. As I read them Sunday morning I was blown away about what I learned about each of them. It never ceases to amaze me how deep and wonderful the 7th grade mind and spirit is. 

Listed below is information about how I grade and my homework policy. 
Grading scale:
Again this year I am piloting a standards based grading system. My hope is that parents and students will have a better understanding of what is being learned and what level the student is working at. This system is similar to the one being used with MCA testing and is based on a 4 point scale. This is a work in progress but I believe it will be what is best for kids.
 
Standards Based Grading Scale
4= Exceeds Standards (E)
3= Meets Standards (M)
2= Partially Meets Standards (P)
1= Does Not Meet Standards (D)
N/A or N/E= not applicable or no evidence demonstrated
 
For those of you interested here is how the scale matches up with the standard percentage grading.
 
SBG Equivalencies
SBG
Equivalent
Letter Grade
Percentage
E
A
93-100%
E
A-
90-92%
E
B+
87-89%
M
B
83-86%
M
B-
80-82%
M
C+
77-79%
M
C
73-76%
P
C-
70-72%
P
D+
67-69%
P
D
63-66%
D
D-
60-62%
D
F
50-59%
N/A or N/E
F
< 50%
 
 
 
 
For each assignment listed in the parent portal I will try my best to list what the assignment was and what standard it corresponds to. On student work I will give a total point grade and then a 1-4 grade.
 
If a student does not score in the range he or she feels is acceptable they have one week to fix their work. Because of the nature of our work some assignments such as a graded discussion cannot be redone.
 
 
Homework Policy:
Late work will be accepted up to one week after the assignment was originally due.  Late work will automatically be lowered one full letter grade. After one week late assignments may earn up to half credit.  Because of the nature of our work some assignments are do the following day with no exceptions. If you have an emergency, and need an extension on an assignment, please speak to me as soon as possible.


    - Ms. Halasz
 
    Social Studies      
8/31/15     
Social Studies
We had a great first week!  What great kids you have!  This week will focus on the principles of the Declaration of Independence.  Students will work in small groups in order to better understand the text of it.  They will then choose some of these values and ideals to represent in a design for a new nation.  No homework this week other than the autobiography assignment and family interview that is due Tuesday.

   - Ms. Odermatt
 
    Science              
8/31/15     
The plan for this week is to:
  • Take notes on the mind and learning
  • Finish our lab on measuring mass
  • Lean some important ecology terms
  • check out how Jane Goodall did her field study on chimpanzees
  • begin to observe milkweed bugs in a supportive habitat
HOMEWORK: RA1, Life on Earth, 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/

    Math                
8/31/15     
What a great year this seems to be shaping up to be! 
  
We have begun our first unit this year... exploring integers and rational numbers in our CMP unit: "Accentuate the Negative". Students should have gotten their text book last week; the text is 3-hole punched, and fits right inside their binders.  Their first homework assignment was over the weekend, and due today. Students should expect homework about 3-4 times a week.

Check out my Website (LINK BELOW)... on it you'll find LINKS to classwork & Homework assignments, and much more!

      - Mr. Usem 

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.
    AVID Program      
8/24/15     
AVID Logo
Welcome Returning/New Students and Parents, or anyone interested in learning about AVID, to the AVID section of this newsletter!

It is recommended that AVID students use one binder for all their classes.  Many students find this a much easier way to organize and students won't have to hassle with having multiple pencil pouches, or moving their planner from their morning to their afternoon binder.  That said, if students prefer a morning and afternoon binder, this is OK, as long as they bring both binders to AVID on Tuesdays and Thursdays for tutorial.

Donations of tissue, or any other school supplies (for distribution as needed by students) is greatly appreciated.

If anyone hasn't seen our new AVID video, featuring last years AVID students at Field, be sure to check it out by following the link below, or by going to the Field website.  https://vimeo.com/128312373

To find out more about AVID at Field, feel free to contact our AVID coordinator/ Assistant Principal Liz Martin at Elizabeth.Martin@mpls.k12.mn.us

The application for AVID at Field school, can be found on our website, or by following the link below, 

Please note that parents are always welcome to drop in to our AVID class (after checking in at the office.)  I especially encourage you to stop by our tutorial groups on T or Th.  

Please let me know if you are interested in volunteering in the classroom, attending field trips, helping plan Family nights, giving input to our AVID site team, or have any other ideas for involvement with the program.

     Heather Walker        - Field AVID Teacher

 DATES to REMEMBER...  

  • Dates to Remember
    AUG 28:  All Forms Due to Advisor or Office
  • SEPT 7:  NO SCHOOL - Labor Day Holiday
  • SEPT 10:  Curriculum Night (6:30pm) 
  • SEPT 21: Picture Day
  • OCT 8: Conferences (3:30-7:30pm)
  • OCT 13: Conferences (3:30-7:30pm)
  • OCT 14: NO SCHOOL - Conferences (7:30am-3:30pm)
  • OCT 15-16: NO SCHOOL -Education MN Teacher's Convention (formerly "MEA break")
  • OCT 28:  End of 1st quarter
  • OCT 29-30: NO SCHOOL - Teacher professional development and record-keeping
  • NOV 2:  Beginning of 2nd quarter
    Field 7th-Grader performs at the State Fair               
8/31/15     
Field 7th-Grader Ryan Srichai competed in the Minnesota State Fair fiddling contest this weekend. Ms. Halasz was lucky enough to be there at the time, and said, "Wow, Ryan's really good!"  

Congratulations Ryan!
TEACHING STAFF:

Leon Boler
(Science)
Leon.Boler@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640 
 
Nicole Odermatt 
(Social Studies)
Nicole.Odermatt@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640

Mary Catherine Halasz
(Language Arts)
mahal001@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640

Mark Usem 
(Math)
Mark.Usem@mpls.k12.mn.us
voicemail  612-668-7729
 
Heather Walker  
(AVID) 
Heather.Walker@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640 
____________________________
Other 7th Grade Advisors:

Char Swanson
Char.Swanson@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640

Craig Hamilton
Craig.Hamilton@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640
____________________________
Other 7th Grade B.E.S.T. teachers:

Craig Hamilton
(Math BEST)
Craig.Hamilton@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640

Bev Halvorson
(Reading BEST)
Beverly.Halvorson@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640  

Field School Student Resources:
 
Mariam Graff 
(Social Work) 
Days at school: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu
(612) 668-3640
Mariam.Graff@mpls.k12.mn.us

Kelly Burnett
(Counselor)
Days at school: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri
(612) 668-3640
Kelly.Burnett@mpls.k12.mn.us
____________________________
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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