7th Grade Newsletter - February 29, 2016

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February 29, 2016
Wow... another full week of classes!

Midquarter time!  It's hard to believe but we're halfway through 3rd quarter. Students should check their grades and do what they can to improve or maintain their grades in all their classes, while there is still sufficient time to make those efforts pay-off. We've seen students try to pull everything together in the final week of each quarter, and we've also seen that, many times, it isn't possible... NOW is the time to make that effort.

     - The 7th Grade Team 

    Language Arts      
Language Arts Fun!

Happy Leap Day!
This week we are finishing up on our Nothing But The Truth book and our unit on Truth.  Students will do some thinking/writing to unite all the pieces we looked at and how they relate to our theme.  Toward the end of the week we will have a socratic seminar discussing Truth and Honesty.

Following this unit the kids and I will look at some test taking strategies so we are prepared for the MCA test later in March. 

Here is to a great, sunny, warm, and healthy March!

    Social Studies      
Social Studies
History Day Projects due Monday, February 29th.
Students have worked very hard and have produced amazing finished projects!  Students will present them on Tuesday in the media center.  Projects will be in the hallways for viewing through Wednesday.

***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:
  • Continue our introduction to 24 of the 115+ elements and the Periodic Table of the Elements
  • Return and go over last week's tests
  • Take the District Benchmark Test

Homework: U5, RA2 Elements and Compounds is due Friday, (turn in Tuesday for a 4% early-turn-in bonus).

 - 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 continue our look at walking rates for a walkathon, and connecting them to mathematical representations as functions represented through language, context, tables, graphs, and eventually equations.

In this unit we will be making a lot of graphs.  All graphs should be drawn on "graph paper" to help insure accuracy and understanding, therefore all students should have their own supply of graph paper and colored pencils. If necessary, for students who don't have their supply with them, graph paper is always available in my room, as well as a link on my web-page to download a PDF document of graph paper.

I am not at school today (Monday) due to illness over the weekend, so my midterm grades have not been totally updated.  I hope return to class on Tuesday, and will add some more grades in this week.
      - Mr. Usem 
Students who received a score of 70% or below on Learning Target quizzes need to re-take them to improve their score and to receive a passing grade showing that they understand the learning target.
* 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 webpaage] 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, or during B.E.S.T. class. Students should make arrangements with Mr. Usem to do the re-takes. Students will have 2 weeks from when the quizzes are handed back to complete the re-take. 

- The DEADLINE for re-takes on LT#4.4 and LT#4.5 quizzes is Friday, Mar 11
- The DEADLINE for re-takes on the LT#4.6/4.7 quiz is Wednesday, Mar 16

- 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.
    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.  We will begin Workshop #8 on Thursday.

-  Ms. Halvorson  
(Reading Interventionist)

  • Dates to RememberSUNDAY, MAR 13: Daylight-Savings Time Begins (set your clocks AHEAD 1 hour)
  • MAR 17: Field Ice-cream Social
  • MAR 18:  6-8th Grade School Dance
  • 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

Spring Fling Parent Information Form


Regardless of if you are able to attend or not, the Spring Fling Committee is hopeful you'll take the time to fill out this quick online parent information form to better help them plan for this year's fun-filled event. It should only take a few minutes of your time: http://tinyurl.com/j592bmh

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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