7th Grade Newsletter - January 12, 2015

Field School
7th Grade Newsletter  

January 12, 2015 
A new year began, and so did the cold... including a surprise of no school last Wednesday due to EXTREME COLD!
Now, we can concentrate on keeping warm!
(Make sure your kids are dressed properly for the weather!)

Things are continuing to happen fast...  
Coming up...
  • There are only 4 school days left in the 2nd Quarter... The 1st semester ends THIS Thursday, Jan 15. (...see "dates to remember" below)  Students should check with their teachers to make sure they are aware of any upcoming deadlines for assignments, including any "late" or "missing" work from this quarter.
  • We are going on a field trip to the Ordway Center in St. Paul TOMORROW, Tues, Jan 13. There is no cost for this trip, as it is being covered by a grant through the MPS district. We will be seeing Dobet Gnahore, a Grammy winning African musician, whose diverse music composition moves from ballads to upbeat African grooves. 
    • A couple of parents have responded, but WE ARE STILL IN NEED OF A COUPLE MORE PARENT CHAPERONES. If you can help us out, please contact Mr. Usem -> TODAY <- at (mark.usem@mpls.k12.mn.us)
    • Permission slips were sent home with students last Tuesday, and should have been returned to Mr. Usem by last Friday (Jan 9th). -Even though there is no cost, STUDENTS MAY NOT GO ON THE FIELD TRIP WITHOUT A SIGNED PERMISSION SLIP.
- The 7th Grade Team 


Language Arts:
Students are finishing up the story, "Someone Who Saw". This week we are looking at character types and how readers learn about characters. 

Next we will read the poem, "justice" by w.r. rodriguez. (The lowercase letters are intentional.) with "justice" we will continue discussing taking justice into your own ha

- Ms. Halasz



This week we will:
1) learn another characteristic property of matter by heating ice
2) learn if mass is conserved when substances go through phase changes
3) take a close look at sublimation


Since this is the last week of the quarter - no homework! 
Turn in all late work by 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: www.bolerscience.net
Social Studies

Social Studies
We continue our study of the abolition movement with a focus on John Brown.  Was he a hero or a murderer when he armed slaves in hopes of starting an uprising?  The quarter ends this Thursday so all missing work is due.  There is homework this week and it is due on Thursday.


- Mrs. Odermatt






We finished up the Benchmark Exam last week. Now we will begin working on a 3-D geometry unit, where we will build on our circle concepts to learn about finding the surface area of cylinders (see picture) and the volume. This will be a short unit.

Calculating the surface area of a cylinder


Students who received 75% or below on any of the learning target quizzes will get a chance to do re-takes. Students desiring to do so need to talk to Mr. Usem to go over what they did wrong BEFORE they will be allowed to re-take any quiz. RE-TAKES need to be taken BEFORE the end of the quarter, to receive credit.


  - Mr Usem 


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  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 complete a unit on note-taking methods. They will continue to practice using outlining, mind mapping, and the Cornell method to organize their notes for a piece of nonfiction writing. Students are required to write a summary of the notes in their own words.  Finally, students will be taking the winter Reading MAP test this week to measure progress from fall to winter.  

Bev Halvorson

Reading Specialist


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. 

on sale now!

Please go online to reserve your copy today www.jostensyearbooks.com

The cost for a yearbook is $15.00


Please note the last day for orders is February 13th, 2015
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 $17.00 


If you have any questions, please call Mike Lieb at 612-822-2064 or

by email at liebc1@msn.com 

We are assembling a team to send to the Regional MathCounts Competition at the University of Minnesota on Friday, February 6, 2015.

Team membership is open to any 7th or 8th grade student.

We will meet Tuesdays and Fridays for Math lunch and recess in Ms. Lindsay's classroom (room 107). Students are welcome to come to as many or as few lunches as they choose.

We will hold our school competition on Tuesday, February 3 during lunch.  The top 4 finishers will compete for Field School in the Regional Tournament.

If you have any questions about the Math Team or the Tournament, please contact Seth Leavitt, Field Math Specialist.


We had a great time on our Hyland Hills Ski Trip
in December!

Thank you to all the parents who helped chaperone our trip!

Here are a few pics to enjoy... 

Hyland Hills Ski Trip (Dec 2014) Hyland Hills Ski Trip (Dec 2014) Hyland Hills Ski Trip (Dec 2014) Hyland Hills Ski Trip (Dec 2014) Hyland Hills Ski Trip (Dec 2014) Hyland Hills Ski Trip (Dec 2014) Hyland Hills Ski Trip (Dec 2014) Hyland Hills Ski Trip (Dec 2014)  

Dates to Remember

Dates to 




  • Jan 13: Ordway Field Trip
  • Jan 15: End of Qtr 2
  • Jan 16: NO SCHOOL
    (Record-keeping day)
  • Jan 19: NO SCHOOL -MLK Day
  • Jan 20: 3rd Quarter begins
  • Feb 12: Conferences
    (3:30-7:30pm, by request)
  • Feb 13: NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS - Conferences
    (7:30-11:30am, by request)
  • Feb 16: NO SCHOOL - Presidents Day Holiday
  • Mar 8: Daylight Savings Time begins (spring-forward 1-hour) 
  • 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
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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