7th Grade Newsletter - February 8, 2016

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February 8, 2016

Conferences are coming up this week... 
Winter conferences are scheduled by request of either teachers or parents.
Winter conferences differ from fall conferences in that they are not necessarily scheduled for all students. Scheduled for this Thursday evening Feb 11 (3:30-7:30pm) or Friday morning Feb 12 (7:30-11:30am), conferences will be scheduled for students where teachers and/or parents feel there is a particular concern regarding their progress in school this year.  Also different from fall conferences... parents, along with the student, will meet with all 4 core teachers at the same time (and any other teachers, called-in as needed) for a 20-minute conference
- Conference invites have been sent out via email.  If you received an email or a call from someone on the 7th-grade team to schedule a conference for your child, please REPLY ASAP, so that we might best accommodate your schedule.
- If you didn't receive an email or a call inviting you to conferences, but would like to schedule a conference for your child, please contact Mr. Usem (email addresses at end of newsletter), indicating what times might work for you on the conference days above. We will try to accommodate your requests as much as possible.
- Conference times are filling up. Remaining available times as of this newsletter are: 
  • Thurs evening, Feb 11:  3:40pm, 5:50
  • Fri morning, Feb 12:  7:50am, 8:10, 8:50, 10:10, 10:30, 10:50

- The 7th Grade Team 

Student Council Logo

Monday Feb. 8th it is National African American Parent Involvement Day and we are excited to welcome parents to visit our classrooms at Field.  
National Africam American Parent Involvement Day
Student council has organized a door-decorating contest for all advisories with the theme of black history month.  

Advisories are picking any topic under the theme of black history month. Some examples could be the Montgomery Bus Boycott, MLK Jr., the Greensboro Boys, or even on more modern topics such as Michael Jordan or Black Lives Matter. We are asking visiting parents to help judge the decorated doors along with administrators and student council reps.  
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you
 on Monday Feb. 8th.

- The Field School Student Council 

    Language Arts      
Language Arts Fun!
 Media Center day, students check out books. 
Read chapters 11-12
Focus question about Ms. Narwin.
Look for Significant moments and explain why they are important to the plot. 
Mini lesson on Yellow Journalism
No School

    Social Studies      
Social Studies
History Day Projects are due 3 weeks from today! (Monday, February 29th) Students have been working very hard on their research and are beginning to plan how to put all these pieces together in order to make a finished project.  This week we will have time in the computer lab and also in the classroom to continue our work.  Students will learn this week how to make an annotated bibliography with the help of an excellent website, easybib.com.  This is a very easy way to create a citation for any resources used.
If you are interested in helping on "History Day", Tuesday, March 1st, I would love to have your help any time during the day, even just for one class period.  Students will go with their class period to the media center where they will take turns displaying their projects.  Parents and school staff will briefly interview the students as they informally present their work.  Please let me know if you are interested.  You can email me at nicole.odermatt@mpls.k12.mn.us.  Thanks!

   - Ms. Odermatt
Part of what we will do this week includes:
  • Finish the worksheet on graphing and interpreting solubility
  • Lab: dissolving alcohol into water - does 50ml + 50ml = 100 ml?
  • Lab: Filtering mixtures
  • Lab: Purifying rock salt
No homework this week

SCIENCE BOWL AFTER SCHOOL FIELD TRIP will be Friday February 26th.  Omnitheater (Humpback Whales) and Exhibits.  Form and $ must be returned before February 12. 
 - 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/



Students have been having fun in class this past week playing games of chance, as we explored probability with our CMP text book called "What Do You Expect". We'll continue to explore probability this week.

      - 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                
  • Dates to Remember
    FEB 8:   National African American Parent Involvement Day
  • FEB 11: Parent-Teacher Conferences (3:30-7:30pm)
  • FEB 12: NO SCHOOL for students - Parent-Teacher Conferences (7:30-11:30am)
  • FEB 15: NO SCHOOL  - Presidents 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
Congratulations to Wilson Psotka (8th-Grade) 
who advanced in the individual competition to compete in the 
Minnesota State MathCounts Competition 
on March  11th-12th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Plymouth!

Overall, our team performed very well at the competition on last Friday, Feb 5th, posting very competitive scores across the board!  

Please congratulate these other students, who competed Friday, when you see them:

 7th Grade:
Arthur Briscoe
Austin Hunt
Luke Little

 8th Grade:
Ethan Buss
Rose Eisenmenger
Kal Szarkowicz
David Worman

Thanks everyone for all of your support, 
I'm very proud of our kids!
 - Craig Hamilton
       Field School Math Specialist

We had great field trip 
to Hyland Hills Ski Area on January 29th.
The weather was absolutely perfect, 
and the students (and the teachers) had a great time!
Thank you to the many parents who chaperoned this trip for us.

Please enjoy a few pics below...

Hyland Hills Ski

Hyland Hills Ski

Hyland Hills Ski
Hyland Hills Ski
Hyland Hills Ski
Hyland Hills Ski

Hyland Hills Ski
Hyland Hills Ski
Hyland Hills Ski
Hyland Hills Ski


Yearbooks - Now on Sale!
Yearbooks are now on sale! Please go online to reserve your copy at www.jostensyearbooks.com. However, if you choose to pay by check, please make your check payable to Hale PTA and bring it to the Hale or Field office. 
- The cost for a yearbook is $16.00.
  • Please note the last day for personalized orders is February 12th. After that date any extra options such as foil stamped personalization's and icons are no longer available and the price of the yearbook will increase to $18.00. 

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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