7th Grade Newsletter - February 13, 2017

Field School- 7th Grade Newsletter (021317)

February 13, 2017
as there is NO SCHOOL on Friday, Feb 17 (Conferences) and NO SCHOOL on Monday, Feb 20 (Presidents Day). 
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We had a great Ski Trip to Hyland Hills Ski Area in Three River Park District. Thank you to all the parents who helped to chaperone this trip.


Tissue box
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 During this season of colds and flu, many classrooms are getting VERY short of supplies of tissues.  If you are able to donate a few boxes of tissues, please have your child bring them in to their advisory teacher. Thank you!
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Order Your Yearbook Today
Please go online to reserve your copy today...
If you choose to order by check, please make your check to Hale PTA and bring it to the office, either Hale or Field. The cost is $16.00. 

Please note the last day for personalized orders is February 17th, 2017. 
After that date any extra options such as foil stamped personalizations and icons are no longer available and the price of the yearbook will increase to $18.00. 
*Non-personalized Yearbooks will be available to order on the Jostens site for $18.00 until May 19, 2017.
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Winter Conferences are coming up soon
 on February 16 & 17
At Field School conferences are not necessarily scheduled for all students during the winter conferences. If teachers have concerns about a particular student, parents will be contacted by the teachers on the grade-level team to schedule a conference.  Any parents that are not contacted by teachers, but that have concerns about their own child and would like to schedule a conference, please contact Mr. Usem at mark.usem@mpls.k12.mn.us to schedule a conference.  Conferences will be scheduled on a first-come / first-served basis, based upon requests.
- The format for 7th-grade Winter Conferences is a bit different than fall conferences; they are 20-minute conferences where the parent and student, together, meet with all 4 grade-level core-subject teachers. 
-  Conference times are filling up... as of this posting, the remaining times available for scheduling conferences are:
-on Thursday evening (Feb 16) we still have spots available starting at 4:00, 4:20, 5:30, and 6:30pm.
-on Friday morning (Feb 17) we still have spots available starting at 7:30, 8:10, 8:50, 10:30, 11:10, and 11:30am.

 - The 7th Grade Team 

    Language Arts      
We are finishing up our study of The Breadwinner. The students have been very thoughtful in their discussions of this tale. They worked hard to see the story through the eyes of someone their own age. 

This week in class:
Monday: Finish reading 13 & 14. Create flash cards for Greek and Latin roots.
Tuesday: Root review, discussion of chapters 13 & 14
Wednesday:  Write about character development
Thursday:  Quiz on The Breadwinner.
Friday: No School

Thanks so much. 
    - Ms. Halasz

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

    Social Studies      
Social Studies
 Just 2 working weeks left before our History Day projects are due on Tuesday, February 28th!  Students are beginning to organize their information into summaries and are identifying primary sources that support their claims.  Students doing an exhibit board will need to purchase a 3-fold board.  They can be found at Walgreens, Michaels, Target, etc.  Also, those students working with partners will need to communicate in order to get together outside of school when necessary.  We will continue to have time in class each day to access information online and to print any images needed.

If you are interested in helping in the classroom, I would love any assistance you could give.  Even just one time would be appreciated.  Students need help navigating websites,  narrowing their topics, and putting all the ideas together for their History Day projects.  Please contact me at nicole.odermatt@mpls.k12.mn.us

 The History Day theme for this year is "Taking a Stand".  Projects are due February 28th.
 Feel free to check out this website for information:

   - Ms. Odermatt
Current Unit: Solutions and Mixtures

This week we will
1) Write notes and do a lab to understand the difference between a pure substances and a mixtures
2) Add water to substances to determine if they are soluble
3) Process lab results

Homework - U4, RA 1, How Solutions Form.  Passed out on Monday due back on Friday (4% bonus if turned on by Tuesday).

 - 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/

Probability This week we are continuing on Learning Targets exploring Probability.  We have used a couple of different models, and are now exploring using an "area model" and a "fractional model" to more accurately analyze and predict probability. This is a subject that students want to be very careful to  "Show their work" on all assignments.

I'm planning on ending this unit this week, and am hoping to be able to give students their LT Quiz on #4.6 & 4.7 on Thursday, Feb 16.

      - 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 #4.3 & 4.4 quizzes is... Friday, Feb 24.

- 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.
  • calendar art1FEB 13: African-American Parent Involvement Day
  • FEB 16: Evening Conferences (3:00-7:30pm) -There IS school
  • FEB 17: NO SCHOOL - Conferences (7:30-11:30am)
  • FEB 21: NO SCHOOL - Presidents Day
  • MAR 30: End of 3rd Quarter
  • MAR 31 - APR 7: NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
  • APR 10: Beginning of 4th 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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