7th Grade Newsletter - February 22, 2016

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February 22, 2016

Finally, we get a full week of classes!  

It was great seeing so many families turn out for the Pancake Breakfast last Saturday.  Gotta love those Field families, and their support!

This week we have a band and orchestra concert on Thursday.

     - The 7th Grade Team 

    Language Arts      
Language Arts Fun!

Learn about Readers Theater
Divide up into groups 
Practice parts
Listen to Radio production
Practice sections
Listen to Radio production
Each group preforms their section of Nothing But The Truth
Finish preforming for class. 
Listen to Radio production
Media check out day
Work on comprehension exercize

    Social Studies      
Social Studies
History Day Projects due Monday, February 29th.
We are in the final days of our work on History Day projects in U.S. Studies.  We will have access to Lab 118 each day this week.  Students should be using time at home, as well, to 
create their project (typing up text, printing/cutting out images and pasting onto exhibit boards, organizing the bibliography, finishing websites or documentaries).  Also, if working with a partner, students will need to find time to get together outside of class. I am available to help students before school at 7:30 am and after school each day this week.
***Any parents interested in interviewing students on History Day at Field on Tuesday, March 1st, please contact Nicky Odermatt at nicole.odermatt@mpls.k12.mn.us.  Each hour, students will head to the media center to present their projects.  Your help would be appreciated any time during 2nd, 4th, 6th or 7th hours.    

   - Ms. Odermatt
Part of what we will do this week includes:
  • Unit 4 written test (Monday)
  • Unit 4 Lab Test (Tuesday)
  • Introduction to Elements
  • District Benchmark and continue Elements (Thursday)

Homework: U5, RA1 Elements and Compounds Due Friday, (students may have time to work on this HW in class after their tests on Monday and Tuesday so I am pushing back the 4% early-turn-in bonus to Wednesday for a 4%).

SCIENCE BOWL AFTER SCHOOL FIELD TRIP will be THIS Friday February 26th.  Omnitheater (Humpback Whales) and Exhibits. (Participating students will need a ride home from school.  The bus will return between 6:30 and 6:45 pm.)
 - 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 are beginning working on our new unit on Linear relationships and linear algebra. Our new CMP Text book is "Moving Straight Ahead".  Students should have turned in their old text. 

We begin by looking at walking rates for a walkathon, and connecting them to mathematical representations as functions represented through language, context, tables, graphs, and eventually equations.

I will be gone on both Tuesday and Wednesday this week to attend a district training session, so students will have a guest teacher those days. Assignments will not be out of our text for those days, so look for handouts from the guest teacher.  I will return to class on Thursday.

      - 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 complete Workshop
#6 - Poe: The Master of Horror.  Students will prepare for the rSkills test on workshop # 6 by reviewing vocabulary from the workshop and taking the comprehension wrap up test.  

-  Ms. Halvorson  
(Reading Interventionist)

Field Student Council  -Spirit Day  -Friday, Feb 26

Hello Field families. Student Council is asking for your participation in our upcoming spirit day. 

The theme is USA day! 

USA day will take place on Friday, February 26th

 Prizes will be given at lunch to students who we think show the best/most spirit. This involves everything red, white, and blue and whatever speaks America to you!

  • Dates to RememberFEB 25:
     Field Winter Instrumental Concert  - Jazz Band, Chamber Orchestra & Wind Ensemble  
    (6:30pm -Field School Commons)
  • FEB 26: Student Council Spirit Day - 
    US DAY!
  • 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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