7th Grade Newsletter - February 18, 2014

Field School
7th Grade Newsletter  

February 18, 2014 

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Conference Note:
Since we will no longer have a formal day for scheduled conferences, if you desire a conference for your child during the month of February, please contact your child's advisory teacher to try to schedule one before or after school sometime during this month.
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-  The 7th Grade Team


Language Arts 

We continue our look at Truth and Justice. This week we focus on what a just punishment means...


Wednesday work is more Greek and Latin roots. 



Think spring......


 **** There is a glitch in my log in and I have not updated my webpage for a few weeks. I will be working to fix the problem this week. ****

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's labs will focus on determining if mass and volume are always conserved when substances are mixed.




HOMEWORK no homework this week.



- Mr. Boler

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


Social StudiesSocial Studies

For the next 2 weeks, we will be focusing on our History Day projects, which are due Tuesday, March 4th. Projects will be presented here at Field on Wed. March 5th.  Any parents that are interested in judging can contact me at nicole.odermatt@mpls.k12.mn.us.  Your help would be greatly appreciated!

Students should be polishing their thesis statements and beginning to organize their research and shape it into their project.  The last piece of the project is writing an annotated bibliography and a process/reflection paper.  Any students working with partners will need to find time outside of school to get together in order to complete project.  




- Mrs. Odermatt






Quizzes and homework will be returned to students on Wednesday this week. 
Quiz Re-Take policy: Any students who received a score of less than 75% can re-take that quiz. Re-take quizzes are somewhat shorter than the original. Students need to re-do any incorrect items from their quiz on a separate piece of paper, and show that to Mr. Usem (along with the original quiz) in order to be able to take the re-take.  Quiz re-takes are to be taken outside of class time, as arranged with Mr. Usem [Possible times are before/after school, during recess, during BEST (with permission of BEST teacher)
-Re-takes on the last returned quiz of proportions/sectors/similar figures should be completed by Friday (Feb 21) of this week.
We are now working on the concepts of "simple" and "compound" interest. This topic can be a bit confusing for students since, even though they may have heard about "interest", many don't know that there are 2 different types of interest and haven't really examined the concept closely (...in fact, especially having been in business before teaching, I have found many adults don't understand exactly what the differences are, how the concepts work, and how it really affects them when saving money, taking out loans, or making long-term purchases!)  

Hopefully, by the end of this unit, students will be able to be helpful to their parents in determining how best to invest their money... OK... maybe that's a stretch.
    - 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



Good morning!    
     This week we will finish up with our "Click and Clunk" work and proceed to focus our energy on the next step in our "Pause to Connect" reading strategy.  Our work will lead us to thinking deeply about Connections we can make to the text.

     The Connections that we will ask students to make will work well with our"Click and Clunk" strategy as students can decide if the reason for their "Clunk" is because they do not have a Connection to the part of the text that is a "Clunk".  Having students make links to other parts of the "Pause to Connect" strategy will help them as they work with more complex texts in their core classes such as science, social studies, and language arts.

This should be an awesome week of work with the students!  

Mr. J
Tim Jungwirth
K-12 Reading Specialist
Field Community School

GEMS is 

Recycling KEYS!

The Field GEMS will be recycling unused keys during the month of February.


If you have keys lying around that you no longer need, please bring them to the Field office.   There will be a box to collect the keys


Thank you for your support!


Field GEMS

Girls in Engineering Math and Science.



contact Dawn Nelson:



GEMS Garage Sale

Multi-family garage sale 

Saturday, February 22, 8am-3pm 

at Field Middle School.  

Support the Field Middle School Girls in Engineering, Math and Science (GEMS) club and score some great deals! Nearly 20 families have contributed to this indoor sale, with proceeds supporting the GEMS program. GEMS encourages girls to get involved in hands-on engineering, math and science through after-school and summer programs and competitions in Lego robotics, CO2 dragster design, and a biological study trip to Costa Rica this spring. 


Get a taste of springtime garage sales in the middle of winter and support a great program! Shop a large, wide selection of items, including clothing, household goods, toys, games, sporting goods and more! Located in the Field Middle School gym.  


Thank you for supporting Field GEMS! 

Proceeds for this fundraiser will support  

the GEMS Tirimbina Costa Rica Scholarship Fund

for the spring break 2014 trip.  

Hyland Hills Ski Trip 
...a beautiful day and tons of fun!



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


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Click HERE for Mr. Usem's Webpage


Dates to Remember

Dates to 



  • Mar 9: Daylight Savings Time begins (spring-ahead 1 hour)
  • Mar 27: End of 3rd Quarter
  • Mar 28 - MAKE-UP DAY... there is school! -This was previously scheduled as a day without students for teacher grading at end of the quarter, but has been CHANGED to be a day when STUDENTS ATTEND!
  • Mar 31-Apr 4: NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
  • Apr 7 - 4th Quarter begins


from the Field School Counselor...


We had a fantastic turn out Thursday night for the Social Media 101 presentation!


Please take some time to check out the "Protect my Rep" website  


and take a look at the resources they have created for students and parents to understand the risks and benefits of social media profiles and activity.  We hope those who attended took something valuable away from the presentation. We also look forward to continuing this conversation with our students in meaningful ways.  


If you or your child are aware of social media activity that is hurting themselves or others, please let us know. We will follow up or seek advice from our new partners at the University of St. Thomas.


Thank you for your participation!!


Wendy Wolff

Field School Counselor

from the Field School Office Staff...



Parents/Guardians -


Please try to refrain from calling school with last minute messages for your child(ren). 


Afterschool arrangements should be made before your child comes to school in the morning.  We have been receiving many calls each day.  Calls to classrooms to deliver messages are disruptive to the learning environment. 


Your cooperation is greatly appreciated!

Scholastic book fair - Feb. 19-22

Support our school at the Field Scholastic book fair: Scholastic Bookfair Image

  • Wednesday - Friday, Feb 19-21, 7:30-4 p.m. - Students will be able to visit the book fair during BEST, recess and after school.
  • Saturday, Feb. 22 - 7:30-noon. This will coincide with the Field Choir's pancake breakfast and GEMS garage sale
Find books to read for winter and spring. Add awesome books to your student's classrooms and the Media Center.
You can also shop online at Field Scholastic Book Fair online. Books will be delivered to our school and distributed to students.
If you want to volunteer to help kids and families find books on Saturday morning, contact Jan Omacht
Read every day. Lead a better life.
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