7th Grade Newsletter - February 16, 2016

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February 16, 2016

Thank you to all parents & students who came in for winter conferences. It's always nice to be able to touch base with families as we work together to help our students do their best and work up to their full potential work in school. If you didn't get a chance to come in for conferences, and have concerns about your child's progress, always feel free to contact your child's teachers directly.

This is a short week, but one which will certainly be full of learning opportunities for all 7th-grade students. 

- The 7th Grade Team 

    Language Arts      
Language Arts Fun!
No School
Yellow Journalism video and discussion
Read chapter 13 
Purple questioner on "Voice"
Discuss Voice sheet
Review types of conflict
Read chapter 14
Discuss Wednesday work- "What character would you like to punch and why?"
Read chapter 15 and 16
Discussion and group work surrounding: 
Who is responsible for the mess Philip is in? How would you fix the problems?

    Social Studies      
Social Studies
History Day Projects are due 2 weeks from today! (Monday, February 29th) Students have been working very hard on their research and are beginning to plan how to put all these pieces together in order to make a finished project.  This week we will have time in the computer lab and also in the classroom to continue our work.  Students will learn this week how to make an annotated bibliography with the help of an excellent website, easybib.com.  This is a very easy way to create a citation for any resources used.
If you are interested in helping on "History Day", Tuesday, March 1st, I would love to have your help any time during the day, even just for one class period.  Students will go with their class period to the media center where they will take turns displaying their projects.  Parents and school staff will briefly interview the students as they informally present their work.  Please let me know if you are interested.  You can email me at nicole.odermatt@mpls.k12.mn.us.  Thanks!

   - Ms. Odermatt
Part of what we will do this week includes:
  • Practice for lab test
  • Purifying Rock Salt
  • Does salt affect the Melting Point of Ice? 
  • Does salt affect the Boiling Point of water?
Homework: U4, RA2 Solubility and Concentration.  Due Friday, (turn in Wednesday for a 4% bonus).

SCIENCE BOWL AFTER SCHOOL FIELD TRIP will be Friday February 26th.  Omnitheater (Humpback Whales) and Exhibits. 
 - 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 will conclude our exploration of probability. We will be beginning our last section on Tuesday, finishing it up with some review practice on Wednesday, and I am planning on a Learning Target Quiz on Thursday. 

On Friday we will begin our new unit on Linear relationships and linear algebra.

      - 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                
READ 180: Next Generation
This week in READ 180 students will continue Workshop
#6 - Poe: The Master of Horror.  The content goals will be to identify synonyms of common words and recognize word families. In addition, students will work with a partner to understand the purpose and form of a literary analysis. The purpose of a literary analysis is to examine character, plot, setting, or theme in a text. The task will be to locate and mark the introductory statement, the body, and the conclusion. An additional task is to identify transition words and phrases in the text.

-  Ms. Halvorson  
(Reading Interventionist)

  • Dates to Remember
    FEB 18-20: Scholastic Book Fair 
  • FEB 20 (Saturday): Field Pancake Breakfast  (Breakfast Served: 7-11:45am  /  Music Performances:  8am-12noon)
  • FEB 25:
     Field Winter Instrumental Concert  - Jazz Band, Chamber Orchestra & Wind Ensemble  
    (6:30pm -Field School Commons)
  • SUNDAY, MAR 13: Daylight-Savings Time Begins (set your clocks AHEAD 1 hour)
  • MAR 24:  End of 3rd Quarter
  • MAR 25: NO SCHOOL for students (record-keeping day)
  • MAR 28- APR 1: 
    (Spring Break)
  • APR 4: Beginning of 4th Quarter
  • APR 30: Hale/Field "SPRING FLING" Fundraiser

Share Your Talents - Volunteer for the Spring Fling

The Hale/Field Foundation is in need of parents like you to share your talents in preparation for the 4/30/16 Spring Fling. Check out the options and sign up to volunteer here http://vols.pt/Hzdfk2
The Hale/Field Spring Fling is an annual adult-only fundraising event with food, cocktails, dancing and fun that raises tens of thousands of dollars each year for our school. Historically the funds raised have been used to supplement math, music, science, reading programs, field trips, traveling iPads and Smart Boards for classrooms as well as requests from teachers and administrators that implement the mission of "expanding education opportunities beyond the traditional boundaries of public education." 

So come join your neighbors and friends (and make a few new ones), as we make this the best Spring Fling ever! 

For more information on volunteering for the 2016 Spring Fling visit http://vols.pt/Hzdfk2 

or contact Jackie Just (jackie@just-bloomed.com

We participate in a Fun Factory fundraiser that pays us to recycle both toner and inkjet printer cartridges.  They accept the following brands:  

Toner  --  Brother, Canon, HP, Lexmark
Inkjet Printer  --  Canon, Epson, Hasler, HP, Lexmark
The cartridges can be turned into the media center.  Thanks!

Heidi Dahlin
Associate Educator, Field Community School


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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