7th Grade Newsletter - December 5, 2016

Field School- 7th Grade Newsletter (120516)

December 5, 2016
Another great full-week at Field School... 
...full of learning, doing, moving, performing, accomplishing, creating, playing, friends, and maybe even a bit of fun! 

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There is a 6th-8th grade DANCE happening next Friday, December 9th from 6:30-8:00 pm.  
  • Students MUST purchase a ticket by Thursday December 8th to be allowed in the dance on Friday.
Also, students going to the dance on Friday must have acceptable behavior during that day or they forfeit their ticket. 
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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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 - The 7th Grade Team 
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Information about Hale Teacher, Ms. Main -
  •  From Hale Principal Ryan Fitzgerald -  
I am saddened to inform you that one of our teachers, Loretta Main, will not be returning to Hale for the remainder of the year. Ms. Main has been diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor, and our thoughts are with her and her family during this difficult time. Ms. Main is in good spirits, has excellent medical care, and has the loving support of her husband and extended family. She has shared that she has greatly enjoyed getting to know each student in her class this year and feels that this is one of the best classes she has been blessed to teach. 
A Caring Bridge has been set up for Ms. Main if you would like to visit it and write her a note. The link is caringbridge.org and name is all one ~ lorettamain

In addition, all the students in 3rd grade will be writing cards for her over the next few days.
Language Arts: Miss Halasz
Hi all, This week we are working on another dystopian story. Our goal is to finish this unit before winter vacation. 


This week in class:
Monday: Spelling Bee round 1 (optional) Symbolism video
Tuesday:  Symbolism in Literature
Wednesday: Intro lesson: 2B0N2B story
Thursday: Partner reading 2B0N2B Gist 
Friday: Symbolism hunt in 2B0N2B

Thanks so much. 
    - Ms. Halasz
    Social Studies      
Social Studies

Students are finishing their google slide presentations on a Native American Tribe and will present it to the class in small groups. We will learn about the Oregon Trail by studying several different perspectives of people who traveled on it or were influenced by those who did.
Homework this week is a worksheet about History Day.  There will be some class time to complete it and it will be due Friday. 

 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
FYI: I will be out for the next two weeks for hip resurfacing surgery.  We are very fortunate to have Kris Meyer as the replacement teacher.  Thank you Ms Meyer!!


UNIT TEST IS SCHEDULED for Wednesday December 14.


This week will include:

  • Notes and homework on Charles Darwin and Natural Selection
  • The viewing of  "Voyage to the Galapagos" while completing a worksheet
  • The use of a FOSS computer simulation on natural selection.
1) RA4 "Natural Selection will be given out on Monday and due back by Friday.
2) Test Review Packet will be given out on Friday and needs to be 80% complete by Monday December 12.  (Test is December 14th.)

Science Bowl Meeting #8 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 begin a new unit on Data & Probability. Students will receive a new CMP Text book called "Data Distributions".

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 with
 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 #2.6/2.8/2.9 quizzes is... Friday, Dec 9.

- 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 9: Field School DANCE (Grades 6-8)  (6:30-8:00pm)
  • DEC 16: Dress-up Day > Pajama Day
  • DEC 19-JAN 2: NO SCHOOL - Winter Holiday Break
  • JAN 3:  School resumes
  • JAN 16: NO SCHOOL - MLK Day
    Dates to Remember
  • 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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