7th Grade Newsletter - December 2, 2013

Field School
7th Grade Newsletter  


Winning moustache designs for each teacher and administrator at Field School 

These gracious volunteers have grown their moustaches & beards out all month until sculpting the moustache the Field community selected for them!


Each vote made will have raised $$$ for our efforts -


December 2, 2013 
Hoping everyone had the very happiest of Turkey Days, and enjoyed a relaxing break and time with your family.
Here we go with another FULL WEEK at Field!
We now have three weeks of uninterrupted classes at Field before we embark on winter break... but it's not without lots of excitement and fun events. As we continue our studies in our classes, we also begin some of our winter sports tryouts and practices, and a host of performances by our performing arts groups.  Take a close look at our calendar below for all of the concerts and performances ...including our first Field School Dance of the year on Friday, Dec. 13. 
*Remember, all tickets for the school dance (grades 6-8) need to be purchased BEFORE the day of the dance. No tickets will be be sold the day of the dance.

-  The 7th Grade Team


Language Arts  


** No L.A. update right now... watch for new news next week! 


After the winter holiday the students and I will be reading A Christmas Carol. If you have not seen the production at the Guthrie this might be the year to do it. Another idea would be to watch one of the many versions out there. Try to stay away from the 1950's version that is the one we use in class.  



My web page is up and running. Please see the link below or access it through the Field School web page. 

Halasz Website here. 


Feel free to e-mail me if you have questions or concerns this year.  mahal001@mpls.k12.mn.us is the best address to use.


- Ms. Halasz



 This week we will spend one last day on our Diversity unit and then begin our next unit: Physical Properties of Matter.  This unit will last about 5 weeks.


Students will be given homework on Monday, RA1, What is Matter.  Due Friday (4% bonus for Tuesday returns).


Also, Diversity Unit Tests will be passed back on Tuesday.  Students will have until Friday, December 13th to return their test corrections for half credit.


- Mr. Boler

  •  To increase content understanding visit the 7th grade science web site at the URL listed below.


Social StudiesSocial Studies

This week in U.S. Studies will be focused on the War of 1812 and the various tools of diplomacy that were used throughout the 1800s. There is homework due on Friday.  Instructions can be found on the blue warm up sheet. 


We will begin our topic exploration for History Day this week.  Much of the work for this project will be done in class and with guidelines for each step of the way.  The actual presentation is not until early March 2014 but there will be several deadlines along the way that keep students on track with their progress.  The theme this year is Rights and Responsibilities.  Ask your child if they have an area that they are interested in learning more about. We will take a broad topic, like Women's Rights, and narrow it down to something specific, like getting the right to vote.  Watch for timelines and other pieces of information coming home.



- Ms. Odermatt





We finished the "Accentuate the Negative" unit on Integers and rational numbers last week. Today we will complete be our final section, and will also be a review day.

We will be having our QUIZ on Tuesday (Dec. 3). 

Later in the week, after our quiz, students will also be taking a district benchmark exam on this entire unit.
After our Quiz, we'll begin our next unit further exploring rational numbers, ratios, and proportional reasoning. Students will turn in their current text, and receive our new unit text "Comparing and Scaling".
    - 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. 



- Strategy Instruction

books-apple-icon2.jpg Good morning!   This week we provide direct instruction on how to use our knowledge of text genre to prepare to read various texts in core classes. We are studying these three questions: 1) What do you know about this type of writing? 2) What events or actions will happen in this type of text? 3) What types of information might you find in this text?

We have spent the last three class sessions connected to surveying Historical Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Horror, and Science Textbooks and identifying the answers to those three questions.  This week,  students will take Cornell notes as a way to connect to direct instruction on how to apply the knowledge they have gained to other text types that they use in their core classes.  
Application of this knowledge in student's core classes is the main objective of all the work we do in Reader's Workshop.  This work will also prepare us to interact with many of the Common Core State Standards!

Tim Jungwirth
K-12 Reading Specialist
Field Community School



Dates to Remember

Dates to 



  • Dec 5 - Fall / Holiday Concert - (6:30pm) Chorale, Madrigals, Jazz Band, Chamber Orchestra, & Wind Ensemble/div>
  • Dec 10 - Galleria Concert - (5:30pm) Chorale, Madrigals, Jazz Band, & Chamber Orchestra
  • Dec 11 - GEMS "Family Night Out" Spaghetti Dinner (5:00-7:30) Field School Commons
  • Dec 12 - Mall of America Concert -
    (6:00pm) Chorale, Madrigals, & Jazz Band
  • Dec 13 - Field School Dance (6:30-8:30pm) -Grades 6/7/8
  • Dec 23 - Jan 3: NO SCHOOL- Winter Break  

Click HERE for the 




Click HERE for Mr. Usem's Webpage


Life in 7th Grade...
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)



Tim Jungwirth

(Reading BEST)






Field School 

Student Resources




Wendy Wolff 

(612) 668-3640




Field School Site Council

7th Grade Parent Reps


Camille Holthaus




Eric Muschler




** 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

from the Field School Counselor...  


Student Council Announcement!

This year Field School will be partnering with a local service organization to help raise awareness and money for the people they serve in our community.

Student Council researched a few organizations in our neighborhood and chose to partner with Full Cycle, an agency that serves homeless youth in our community.

  • Full Cycle collects used bikes, fixes them up and sells them at their bike shop on Chicago Avenue and 35th Street.
  • Full Cycle provides homeless youth with a bike and 6 month paid internship that teaches them job skills and bike maintenance.
  • Full Cycle helps youth obtain affordable housing
  • Full cycle provides food and mentoring to help them until they are self sufficient

As we build this partnership, we will let you know how you can join us in supporting their valuable work with homeless youth! You can also check out their website for more information at: http://fullcyclebikeshop.org/

(...scroll down to search for informational video.) 


If you are planning to purchase a bike in the next month or so, Full Cycle has their annual holiday sale for the entire month of December. All profits from their bike sales, are reinvested in the work they do with homeless youth.



It's almost dance time! 

The 2013 Field School

Hollywood/Red Carpet Dance 

will be held on Friday, 

December 13th 

(Yes, Friday the 13th!) 

from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. 

Save the date! 

Tickets this year will be $5. 

Student Council will be selling tickets at lunch 

starting December 2, 2013 until the day before the dance (Dec.12th)




*You cannot buy tickets the day of the dance, so make sure you buy your tickets early! 

We hope to see you there!

Dance (12-13-13)    


Wendy Wolff

Field School Counselor

 The No Sale Fundraiser is back! 


It's still going on... as the fundraiser runs from Nov 4 thru Dec 12, 2013.


This is a Hale/Field Fundraiser that helps our schools get much needed money to supplement academic and community events. The No Sale 

Fundraising Committee is hoping to raise lots of money this year.


If you would like to support the fundraiser, please go to the GiveMn link http://givemn.razoo.com/ to donate.  Put Field School in the search box (upper right hand corner) and your choices will appear.


Please share the website with friends and community members as a way to support Field Community Middle School. 


    How often have your family or friends asked what they can do to help your school? This is an easy, tax-deductible way to help and all the money goes back to our school.

This email was sent to seth.leavitt@mpls.k12.mn.us by mark.usem@mpls.k12.mn.us |  
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