7th Grade Newsletter - February 27, 2017

Field School- 7th Grade Newsletter (022717)

February 27, 2017

As February comes to a close, and March begins, we actually have a few complete 5-day weeks for a change... and we're looking forward a renewed focus & energy, encouraging us to make some terrific progress this month! 

Mid-quarter time is coming up pretty soon, so make sure you are talking with your students about staying current and up-to-date on all assignments, tests, quizzes, and re-takes.

 - The 7th Grade Team 
    Language Arts      
Ms. Halasz does not have an entry for this week, at this time. 

This week in class:

    - Ms. Halasz

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

    Social Studies      
Social Studies
History Day projects are due this Tuesday, February 28th!  Students are busy typing, printing, cutting and assembling their projects.  Students will have access to the computer lab Monday and Tuesday, if needed.
"History Day" is Wednesday, March 1st.  Students will head to the media center during their class period and present their projects.  All parents are welcome to come and be a part of this event.  Also, I am in need of parent volunteers to interview students as they present their work.  This is a chance for the students to show what they know and be proud of the work they did. Even just one class period is helpful to me!  (see my email below)

 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) Annalyze solubility graphs
2) Lab: Dissolve two liquids to see if volume is maintained
3) Lab: Determine if mass is conserved when a solute is dissolved in a solvent
4) Process lab results

Homework - U4, RA 4, Alloys.  Passed out on Monday due back on Friday (4% bonus if turned in on Wednesday).

 - 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/

We're now working on our new unit on Linear relationships (Linear Algebra); we'll be using the CMP text called "Moving Straight Ahead", beginning to explore "rates of change" and how they show up variably in tables, graphs, and equations. Students are beginning to incorporate and work on 8th-grade standards.

Graph paper and colored pencils will be very helpful for students during this unit, as we will be doing a lot of graphing as we try to understand algebraic relationships through accurate graphs, and then  connecting them to tables and equations.

Many students are missing some homework assignments, so check the portal for those. Also, remind students to keep track of deadlines for LT Quiz re-takes (see below).

      - Mr. Usem 

Any students may re-take Learning Target quizzes to try to improve their score and to receive a passing grade showing that they understand the learning target. The top grade possible on a quiz "re-take" is an 85% score (a solid "B" grade). 
* 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, during the "EXPLORE Math-support" class, 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 #4.5 quiz is... Friday, Mar 3.
- The DEADLINE for re-takes on the LT #4.6/4.7 quiz is... Friday, Mar 17.

- 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 art1MAR 3: Spirit Day -Sports regalia
  • MAR 10: 6th-8th Grade "Black & White" Dance (6:30-8:00pm)
  • MAR 30: End of 3rd Quarter
  • MAR 31 - APR 7: NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
  • APR 10: Beginning of 4th Quarter
Spirit Day 

We are having a sports day 

on Friday, March 3rd.

You can dress in all your sports gear, except cleats and skates. Be sure to follow the dress code. We encourage everyone to participate and there will be a contest at lunch.


Black and White Dance for 6th-8th Grades
This years spring dance theme will be "Black and White"
 and will happen on Friday, March 10th.
The dance will be from 6:30 to 8:00. 
Ticket sales start on Tuesday February 28th and the last day is Thursday March 9th. See your grade level student council representative during lunch to purchase your ticket. The tickets will be $4 dollars. 

 Spring Sports Registration   
At Washburn, 
Thursday, March 2nd,  6-8 pm
-Main Gym (enter Door 5)
  • Meet Coaches
  • Get Practice Info
  • Complete Paperwork
  • Pay Fees
You can sign-up anytime 
between 6 and 8 pm.

Spring Sports offered:
  • Girls' Badminton
  • Girls' Softball
  • Track and Field
  • Boys and Girls Golf
  • Baseball
  • Boys' Tennis
  • Boys and Girls Lacrosse
Please contact Lonna Wilson if you have any questions. 
A sports physical is good for 3 years and MUST be on file at Field/Washburn school in order to tryout and play.   
Sports physical forms can be found on the Field School web page under Quick Links.
 Field School
 Lonna Wilson,   Athletic Director
Washburn High School
Reggie Perkins,  Athletic Director  


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

Field School & Hale/Field PTAs, 4645 Fourth Avenue South, Field PTA, Minneapolis, MN 55419
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