7th Grade Newsletter - December 12, 2016

Field School- 7th Grade Newsletter (121216)

December 12, 2016
One last week before everyone heads out for a couple of weeks off for Winter Break...  snowflakes2.jpg
...as always, full of learning, doing, moving, performing, accomplishing, creating, playing, friends, and maybe even a bit of fun! 
   Please talk with your student this week about the importance to stay focused for the ENTIRE WEEK (...it's very easy for all of us, especially 7th-graders, to get distracted at this time of year!)

MIDQUARTER GRADES came out last week. Be sure to check the portal to see where your students stands as we enter this last week before break.

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The 6th-8th grade DANCE was great... 
 ...we hope everyone attending had a great time!

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December 16th is Pajama Day!
Student Council is asking everyone to participate by wearing school appropriate and fun PJ's to school.  We will be having a contest at lunch for the most creative outfit.  We encourage all students and faculty to dress up!
Thank you,     Spirit Day Committee
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Wishing everyone a relaxing Winter Break filled with family, friends, healthy activity and fun.

 - The 7th Grade Team 

    Language Arts      
We are working to the end to finish up our Dystopian Unit. I think we can do it! :) May your winter vacation be low stress and spent with people you love. I look forward to a restful two weeks and then back to action in January. 

This week in class:
Monday: creating Symbolism/2BR02B poster 
Tuesday:  Vocab quiz and Poster Walk
Wednesday: Writing activity
Thursday:  School District survey on teachers
Friday: Truman Show movie and Exit Ticket.

Thanks so much. 
    - Ms. Halasz

CLICK HERE for a LINK to Ms. Halasz's WEBPAGE 

    Social Studies      
Social Studies

Students will continue this week with their History Day research.  They are beginning to narrow their topics and will soon develop a claim that will be the basis for their thesis statements. Watch for important paperwork coming home this week.  Also, students are encouraged to visit a local library and find books on their topics.  
Have a wonderful winter break!  

 The History Day theme for this year is "Taking a Stand".  We will begin brainstorming topic ideas but the bulk of the class work time will take place in January and February.  Many more details to follow!  Feel free to check out this website for information:

   - Ms. Odermatt
UNIT TEST IS SCHEDULED for Wednesday December 14.

 To prepare for the test:

  • Know all the answers to the Review Packet
  • Review RAs 1 through 4
  • Review your notebook including activity write-ups and Cornell Notes
  • Review group quiz and quiz 2 on Punnet squares
  • Review all other handouts 
  • Review Punnet Squares Etc. on the FOSS website

It's better to study in chunks, an hour each night instead of cramming on Tuesday night.

Prepare yourself for Wednesdays's Test!!!

Science Bowl Meeting #9 today (Monday) after school - meet in Mr. Iverson's room.  No busses are provided so students have to find their own way home.

 - 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/


This week we'll continue our unit on data & probability. We're concentrating right now on the measures of center of mean, median, and mode, and trying to make comparison statements regarding them that are at a higher level, in greater detail and more specifics, than students have done with these concepts in the past. We're also concentrating on how changes in specific data points effect and change the differing measures of center.

We will be doing a lot of graphing in this unit, so it would be helpful if all student have a supply of graph paper, colored pencils, and a small ruler with which to work on assignments.  You can also print off graph paper from my webpage.

      - 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. To see the cut-off scores for re-taking each quiz, t
hey are listed on each specific day
on the "Classwork & Homework" LINK section of my webpage.
* 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, during Advisory study-hall on Thursdays,  or during another time arranged with Mr. Usem. Students should make arrangements with Mr. Usem to do the re-takes. Students will have at least 2 weeks from when the quizzes are handed back to complete the re-take. 
The DEADLINE for re-takes on the LT #3.1/3.2/3.4-3.5 quizzes is... Tuesday, Jan 10.

- 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.
  • DEC 16: Dress-up Day > Pajama Day
    Dates to Remember
  • DEC 19-JAN 2: NO SCHOOL - Winter Holiday Break
  • JAN 3:  School resumes
  • JAN 16: NO SCHOOL - MLK Day
  • JAN 26: End of 2nd Quarter
  • JAN 27-30: NO SCHOOL -Teacher record-keeping and professional development
  • JAN 31:  Beginning of 3rd Quarter

Leon Boler
Nicole Odermatt 
(Social Studies)

Mary Catherine Halasz
(Language Arts)

Mark Usem 
voicemail  612-668-7729
Heather Walker  

Other 7th Grade Advisors:

Bev Halvorson Trowbridge
(Reading Specialist)

Field School Student Resources:
Mariam Graff 
(Social Work) 
(612) 668-3640

Field School Site Council
7th Grade Parent Reps:

Karen Stremick
(612) 220-5810

Cindy Goehring

** 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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