7th Grade Newsletter - December 1, 2014

Field School
7th Grade Newsletter  

December 1, 2014 
We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday.

This week begins SPIRIT WEEK to throw a little fun in to students' lives at school, and is followed up with our first 6-8th grade school dance! Today is UGLY SWEATER DAY!  The SPIRIT WEEK schedule is in the right column in the "Dates To Remember" section.

The next 3 weeks are full weeks, and we'll be expecting to make some great progress in our classes.

The end of this week is mid-quarter time (already) for 2nd quarter... so make sure that your child is keeping up with, and turning-in, all classwork and homework in their classes.

- The 7 th Grade Team 


Language Arts:
Happy Sunny Monday! 

This week we are adding Irony to our study of Symbolism from last week. We will take a look at our text to see what we find with regards to Irony and Symbolism. 

Our final exercise in the Dystopian Unit will be to watch and analyze the movie, The Truman Show. 

Remember reading logs are due this week. They may be turned in any day this week. :) 

Have a great week.

- Ms. Halasz



This week in science we will:
1) Determine the density of 5 different solid materials whose volumes are easily measured
2) calculate the density of 3 irregularly shaped objects
3) Determine the density of 3 different liquids


HOMEWORK: Unit 3 RA1, What is Matter;Turn in by Tuesday for a 4% bonus.  Otherwise HW is due by Friday. 

- 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: www.bolerscience.net
Social Studies

Social Studies
We continue our unit on Westward Expansion with a look into life on the Oregon Trail and perspectives from the Mexican American War.  Homework this week in a sheet about the History Day topic selection.  Students should complete this by Friday, Dec. 5th.



- Mrs. Odermatt






This week we will be finishing up our book "Comparing & Scaling"... and then taking a Learning Target Quiz by the end of the week.


We'll then follow-up with other learning targets for this unit in exploring other applications for using what we've learned about proportional relationships. We'll explore the concepts of simple and compound interest, and also begin working with sectors of a circle.


I have entered many grades and quizzes into the portal, and will be entering more this week! I apologize that some of these grades are a bit behind, but November had been a difficult month for our family, as my wife had surgery during the month (She is now recovering and doing well), but it unfortunately took much more of my attention than I had anticipated. I should be catching up on everything this week. Let me know if you have any questions about posted grades.


Students who received 75% or below on any of the learning target quizzes will get a chance to do re-takes beginning on Thursday this week. Students desiring to do so need to talk to Mr. Usem to go over what they did wrong BEFORE they will be allowed to re-take any quiz.


  - Mr Usem 


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Click HERE for 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. 


Reader's Workshop

This week in Reader's Workshop students will learn how to identify the plot elements of a story, including the introduction, rising action, climax, falling action, and conclusion. We will begin a new Words Their Way spelling unit on Greek and Latin number prefixes. In addition, students will read independently for 20 minutes during each class period and write in a Reader's Response Journal. Our exciting new books for independent reading have arrived from Scholastic!


Bev Halvorson

Reading Specialist




Great Gatsby 


 (for 6-8 grades)

will take place on December 5th from 6:30pm-8:30pm. 


Tickets will be sold starting 

December 1st-4th 

for $5.00.

(*Note: Tickets need to be bought by Thursday, Dec 4th, in order to attend the dance.)


We are asking for you to donate a non-perishable food item 


Also- Pizza will be sold at the dance for $2.00 a slice.





We need parent chaperons for the school dance on December 5th from 6-8:30. 

You would be checking students in, manning the food, or making sure all are safe. If you are able to help, please email: Erin Lindsay at Erin.Lindsay@mpls.k12.mn.us.


Dates to Remember

Dates to 




  • Dec 1-5
  • Mon: Ugly Sweater Day
  • Tue: Twins Day
  • Wed: Super-Hero Day
  • Thu: 80's Day
  • Fri: Pajama Day
  • Dec 5: Grades 6-8 Dance
  • Dec 9: Fall / Holiday Concert
  • Dec 22- Jan 2: NO SCHOOL - Winter recess 
Contact Us
Leon Boler
Nicole Odermatt 
(Social Studies)

Mary Catherine Halasz
(Language Arts)

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

Char Swanson

Seth Leavitt


Other 7th Grade 
B.E.S.T. teachers: 

Seth Leavitt 
(Math BEST)



Bev Halvorson

(Reading BEST)






Field School 

Student Resources




Chris Yohe

(612) 668-3640




Field School Site Council

7th Grade Parent Reps


Korey Stoelzing


(612) 281-6409


Jeanne Mettner


(612) 889-8047


** 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 Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55419


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from the Field School Counselor..



Chris Yohe

Field School Counselor

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