7th Grade Newsletter - December 14, 2015

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December 14, 2015

More RAIN in December... who can believe this warm weather? 
Hard to get in the "Winter" spirit, but I have a feeling that eventually, someday, winter WILL come to Minneapolis!
This week is a very FULL WEEK.  With a full slate of classes, students also have many things going on. Tuesday is Ugly Sweater Day... prizes for the ugliest sweaters! Monday through Wednesday students can purchase candy-grams with messages... positive messages delivered along with candy-canes for their friends... as low as 25 cents each.  We'll end the week with a special day on Friday; students will have all classes, but a special movie treat in the afternoon... with popcorn and extra treats if they can maintain great behavior right up to Friday!
Please help us to encourage our students to stay focused, do their best, be ready and on-time to all of their classes, and have a good, productive, and fun week!
Hoping everyone has a fun and relaxing Winter Break, filled with family and activities that will truly make the end of 2015 a very special time!

 - The 7th Grade Team 

Just a thought... 
as you plan for your family over Winter Break...

    Language Arts      
Language Arts Fun!
Students will work showing their knowledge of Dystopian lit and how that knowledge relates to our current reading. 
Tuesday and Wednesday:
The students will become detectives and work at seven crime scenes looking for irony. (Get them up and out of their seats to burn off some of the prevacation energy while learning is the plan!)
We have a media center visit scheduled and students will take the MPS student survey. 
With shortened classes we will play vocabulary BINGO. 
    - Ms. Halasz

I hope your vacation is filled with rest and good times spent with family and friends. xo
    Social Studies      
Social Studies
This week we will be using class time to prepare for the Unit 2 test on Wednesday.  Students will receive a study guide which will add 5 points to their test score when completed.  

The rest of the week will be focused on continued research time for History Day projects.  Please note that a calendar and parent letter have been given to students.    

After break, we will spend a lot of time learning how to write a thesis statement and find quality primary and secondary sources.  Students are encouraged to visit their local libraries to find books about their topic.  Have a great winter break!

   - Ms. Odermatt
This week in science we will:
  • Do density/volume/mass calculations
  • Take a district Benchmark Assessment
  • Measure the density of air
  • Take a Quiz (Thursday)
HOMEWORK: None (this week)

SCIENCE BOWL  Practice #9 is today - Monday 12/014.  Remember, no transportation is provided by the school. Practice ends at 3:45.

 - 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're continuing to more deeply explore the concept of "mean" and "median"... trying to look at them at a deeper 7th-grade level, exploring the implications that they have for a data set, and looking at ways we can use them to make predictions and draw conclusions. 

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] 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 of LT#3.1, 3.2, & 3.4/3.5 is: TODAY Monday, Dec 14
- 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.

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy and fun-filled Winter Break!

      - 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.
    B.E.S.T. Reading                
    Student Council Update      
 Student Council Update:  Thank you to all the chaperones and Field staff who helped at the dance on Friday.  Everyone had a fun time.  This week we will sell candy grams at lunch time Monday-Wednesday.  The big candy canes are $1.00 and the small ones are $.025.  You can buy a gram and send a note to your friend.  We will deliver the grams during the day on Friday.  Also, tomorrow Student council is requesting that their fellow classmates and Field staff members wear the ugliest sweater they can find.  Students council members will choose a male and female winner at each lunch.  We look forward to seeing all your ugly sweaters!


Dates to Remember

  • DEC 21 - JAN 1:  NO SCHOOL -Winter Break
  • JAN 4:  
    School Resumes
  • JAN 14: End of 2nd quarter.
  • JAN 15: NO SCHOOL for students- record-keeping day
  • JAN 18: NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • JAN 19: NO SCHOOL for students- Teacher's Professional Development day
  • JAN 20: Beginning of 3rd quarter
  • FEB 8:   National African American Parent Involvement Day
  • FEB 11: Parent-Teacher Conferences (3:30-7:30pm)
  • FEB 12: NO SCHOOL for students - Parent-Teacher Conferences (7:30-11:30am)
  • FEB 15: NO SCHOOL -Presidents Day

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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