7th Grade Newsletter - February 23, 2015

Field School
7th Grade Newsletter  

February 23, 2015 

Finally... we're back to a full-week of school!
(albeit a cold start!)

Progress report grades 
for 3rd quarter 
will be coming out soon. 
As we progress through 3rd quarter, in the cold dead of winter, many students struggle with staying focused and keeping up in their classes. Check with your child about their progress, and help to insure success in all of their classes. 

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- The 7th Grade Team 


Language Arts:
On Tuesday we will begin reading The Bishops Candlesticks. It is quite lengthy so it will take us at least a week to analyze and understand it.  

On Wednesdays from now until Spring Vacation the students and I will be reviewing test taking strategies and brush up on a few of our basic ELA skills. Generally our Wednesday Work pages have been tied to what we are doing in class but for a short time we will change that focus with a little test prep. 

- Ms. Halasz



This week we will:
1) Prepare on Monday for our written Quiz on Tuesday
2) Take a Lab Quiz on Wednesday
3) Take the district Benchmark Quiz on Thursday

No homework this week, except making up past due work and studying for quizzes.

- 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: www.bolerscience.net
We are in the final days of our work on History Day projects!(All projects are due Tuesday, March 3rd)
  Students should be using time at home to create their project (meeting with partners, typing up text, printing/cutting out images, organizing the bibliography, creating website or documentaries.)
Any parents interested in interviewing students on History Day at Field on Wed. March 4th, please contact Ms. 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. 


- Mrs. Odermatt






We are continuing working on understanding proportional and linear relationships. Our goal in this unit is to help students realize the connections between the 5 representations of a "function"; they are: (1) Context, (2) Table, (3) Graph, (4) Equation, and (5) Language.


Students are receiving their learning Target quiz #4.1 back today. We will be having a Learning Target quiz on Target #4.2 on Tuesday (so students can ask questions about misconceptions from the last quiz today).


We're moving through our current unit at a good pace, and students have been finding that there is a bit more homework assigned for this unit. The homework is important for practice and learning and they, therefore, need to keep up on homework to better understand the new principles on which we're working.


 Again, having graph paper available is very important for this unit, as graphs drawn without them do not show sufficient details for students to be able to grasp concepts.

Re-takes on Learning Target quizzes (on scores of 70% or below) must be done outside of class. Students MUST have their old quiz, and have re-done correctly the problems they got wrong on a separate sheet of paper, explaining their understanding of what they got wrong.
- **Note that quiz Re-takes will only be available for a limited time, for a couple of weeks after the original quiz is returned to the students.

  - 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. 




Reader's Workshop

This week in Reader's Workshop students will continue to work on a new National Geographic Science Theme Set: Cells at Work. Each theme set focuses on one of the following six reading comprehension strategies:  making connections, asking questions, visualizing, making inferences, determining importance, and synthesizing.  In addition, the lessons include visual literacy skills and explicit vocabulary instruction. Learning is extended through research and writing. 

Bev Halvorson

Reading Specialist


We're trying to avoid this...

We need tissues!
Tissue box
The cold & flu season is in full swing and the students have been going through our supplies quickly. 
If your family can send a few boxes of tissues for us to share and have available for students in our classrooms, please send them to your child's advisory teacher.




Betsy G., Britt F., Ethan B. and Wilson P. represented Field School at the MathCounts City of Lakes Regional Tournament on Friday, February 6 at the University of Minnesota.  This young team of 7th graders did very well against city-wide competition.  Although we didn't place, we are looking forward to next year and another shot at the title.


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Mr. Leavitt will be holding Math Team meetings on Tuesdays & Fridays in his room (# 201A) during lunch and recess.
- ALL 7th- and 8th-Graders are invited to join him for lunch & math together!(Everyone is welcome... you don't have to have come earlier to join us!)

Seth Leavitt, Field Math Specialist.


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)



Bev Halvorson

(Reading BEST)






Field School 

Student Resources




Chris Yohe

(612) 668-3640




Field School Site Council

7th Grade Parent Reps


Korey Stoelzing


(612) 281-6409


Jeanne Mettner


(612) 889-8047


** 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 




  • Feb 26: 7th/8th Grade Band & Orchestra Winter Concert (6:30pm)
  • Feb 26-27: Scholastic Bookfair
  • Feb 28: Choir Pancake Breakfast (7:30am-12:00noon)
  • Mar 8: Daylight Savings Time begins (spring-forward 1-hour) 
  • Mar 19: Ice-Cream Social -Band & Orchestra students perform solos & small ensembles (6:30pm)
  • Mar 26: 3rd Quarter ends
  • Mar 27: NO SCHOOL
    (Record-keeping day)
  • Mar 30- Apr 3: NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
  • Apr 6: 4th Quarter Begins
Student Council 
Boxtops Fundraiser
For the next month+ Advisories will be collecting Boxtops to raise money for Field Community. 
General Mills donates directly to schools at $.10 per Boxtop.  We are hoping to collect over 50 Boxtops per student!  
To encourage participation, advisories will be competing in a contest to collect the most Boxtops. 
  • The advisory with the most Boxtops on February 24th will win a pizza party sponsored by the PTA.  
  • The top 4 individual contributors will also win a gift card to Chipotle, iTunes, or Target.  
  • Student Council will count and track Boxtop collections.  
Please place them in a Ziploc bag and fill out an information sheet (# of Boxtops, Name, Advisory Teacher) to place in the bag. 

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