7th Grade Newsletter - January 20, 2016

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January 20, 2016
three quarters
Welcome back for 3rd Quarter... We've made it half way and are ready to begin a NEW quarter and a NEW semester... One of the beautiful things about school (especially at the middle school level), is the ability for a totally FRESH START at the semester break.  Make sure you talk with your child about making the most of this, and making a commitment to keep up with classwork, homework, and chances to re-take/re-do assignments. This is also a great time to double check students' school supplies... by this time of the school year many folders and binders may be breaking apart and need to be replaced, as well as there being a need to re-stock supplies of pens, pencils, paper, etc.

Hyland Hills Ski Trip 
On Friday, January 29th the 7th grade is headed to Hyland Hills with the 8th grade for a ski trip during the day.  Permission slips have been handed out already.  Please return them as soon as possible to Ms. Halasz.  There are scholarship funds available if the cost of the trip is an issue, just contact a 7th grade teacher.

- The 7th Grade Team 

    Language Arts      
Language Arts Fun!

Take the pretest for the school spelling bee
Greek and Latin root information
Listen to the story Eleven

Read the short story Eleven looking for the gist. Analyze for descriptive language. 

No homework for my class this week. 
    - Ms. Halasz
Stay warm enjoy the sunshine. :)
    Social Studies      
Social Studies
During this short week, we will be continuing research on our History Day topics.  Students have identified the "main event" or the heart of the story.  They are now working to find out the background/buildup to the event and also the short term and long term effects of it.  As the students get deeper into their topics, they should be focusing on finding primary sources like first hand accounts, news articles from the time period, photographs, maps, or letters.  Also, we are working to identify the connection between topic and the theme (Exploration, Encounter, Exchange).  Students can choose just one word of the theme to focus if that best applies.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions.  Email is the best way to reach me, nicole.odermatt@mpls.k12.mn.us

   - Ms. Odermatt
This week in science we will:
  • Graph a phase change diagram for water.  Melting points and boiling points are characteristic properties of matter.
  • More work on everyday heat transfer
  • Take the district benchmark
HOMEWORK: Unit 3, RA4 States of Matter; Due Thursday, return by Tuesday for a 4% bonus.

No SCIENCE BOWL today - Final Science Bowl all student meeting will by January 25th.  We will also have an after school field trip to the science museum - most likely in February.
 - 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 are working on the same unit with which we ended last quarter, on Data and Probability.

This week we begin looking at circle graphs (this should be review), and then begin looking at sectors of circles and arcs of circles (NEW stuff!). 

      - 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
  • JAN 20: Beginning of 3rd quarter
  • JAN 24: Field School Roller Garden Skate Night  (4:30-6:30pm)
  • JAN 29: 7th/8th grade Ski Trip to Hyland Hills
  • 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

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. 

The Weisman Art Museum 
on the University of Minnesota Campus 
is offering a special FREE program 
for 7th & 8th-Graders, 
called Glowtown.
Saturday, Jan 23

Glowtown is an exciting workshop for students in grades 7 and 8 that offers the opportunity to work with local professional artist, Sharon Louden. This workshop focuses on developing individual creativity and teamwork within a community-building environment. By using everyday, simple, cast-away materials, along with the magic of glow-in-the-dark paint, participants come together to invent a fantastical world that never existed before, both during the day and at night!

No specific experience is necessary, just a keen interest in art, design, engineering or architecture.
Reserve your FREE ticket by clicking on the following LINK:

In addition, the Weisman did a wonderful program with an artist-in-residence with the Field 8th-Grade class this year. Luckily, at this time, they are interested in continuing an artist-in-residence with next year's 8th-graders! This is something really exciting to look forward to!


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

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