7th Grade Newsletter - January 21, 2014

Field School
7th Grade Newsletter  

January 21, 2014 

It's the beginning of a 
NEW quarter/semester!

WOW... we're half-way through 7th-grade already! With every new beginning comes a great opportunity to re-examine your student's school habits and supplies. 
-- Are assignments being completed (and turned-in) on a regular basis?
-- Are assignments being completed in a quality way?
-- Are grades where they should be for your child? 
-- Has you child found a regular place to study at home where he/she can focus on schoolwork without distractions?
In addition, many students have binders that are getting very worn and falling apart, and many are running low on paper and other school supplies. Now is a great time to re-supply and re-organize!
Let's make this the beginning of a great 2nd semester at Field. We have lots of learning to do!
Remember, we have the annual 7th/8th Grade Ski Trip coming up at the end of the month on January 31st... See the right column for more information. 

-  The 7th Grade Team


Language Arts 




On Wednesday students will preform their readers theater presentations of chapter 15. Many have been working hard to master their craft.


It is a new semester and I have gone over how I would like written answers to look and my late policy. We have also discussed using the planner. Hopefully, some who "fell off the wagon" at the end of last quarter will jump back on... :) Oh it's a journey isn't it...


We will finish up Nothing But The Truth this week. Final Socratic Seminar will be held on Friday. 


 **** There is a glitch in my log in and I have not updated my webpage for a few weeks. I will be working to fix the problem this week. ****

My web page is up and running. Please see the link below or access it through the Field School web page. 

Halasz Website here. 


Feel free to e-mail me if you have questions or concerns this year.  mahal001@mpls.k12.mn.us is the best address to use.


- Ms. Halasz



This week we will graph our results of our heating-snow lab and use the graph to

 identify two more characteristic properties of

matter.  We will finish up our unit on Physical Properties of Matter with a lab that tests the Conservation of Mass Law.  


 Homework, RA5 will be given out on Tuesday and is due back by Friday (turn in on Wednesday for a 4% bonus).

- Mr. Boler

  •  To increase content understanding visit the 7th grade science web site at the URL listed below.


Social StudiesSocial Studies

We will begin the week introducing the idea of social reform that took hold in the 1800s, beginning with the women's suffrage movement.  Part of the week will be spent learning "how to write a thesis statement" which students will need to do in order to develop their history day project.  We will spend 2 days in the lab so that students can print any relevant articles and use them to take notes.




- Ms. Odermatt






This week we continue our study of proportion. We'll look at what proportions are, how they are constructed, what they tell us, and how to solve them. This week we'll identify specific strategies, look at which are the most efficient, and develop algorithms for dealing with proportions.

 There were many missing assignments from students from 2nd quarter, and there is definitely a positive correlation between students who complete all of their homework assignments, and those that understand the math concepts and have good grades. If this is a concern with your student from last quarter, have a discussion on how to make sure all assignments are completed (...and turned-in) in order to insure success. If students have questions or are unsure of how to do an assignment, they should arrange the time to come in for extra help on that particular assignment (simply putting "IDK" on their assignment sheet is never a good option). See my webpage for available times for extra help.
Notebook paper needed!
I know (above) in this newsletter we are asking for tissue donations, but I would like to also ask if you are able to donate a pack or two of 3-ring punched notebook filler paper to our math class?  I have openly supplied paper in my room for students who might not have enough in their math binder, or for those who forgot their binder at home that day.  I've already gone through over 25 packs of paper this year (that's 3750 sheets), and I'm almost out. We go through about a pack a week.  If you are able to donate a pack or two, that would be great. (For math, I prefer to have "college-ruled" paper, though "wide-rule" is OK too!) 
-- THANK YOU, in advance, for your generosity.
    - Mr. Usem


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Click HERE for 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. 



- Strategy Instruction



Good morning!    As we begin the second semester, we focus on a reading strategy that allows students to easily apply parts of the strategy to all their reading required for any class in their schedule.

"Pause to Connect" is an active reading strategy that asks students to pause at different times throughout the reading and think critically about the relationship between language (the words in the text) and meaning (what I think the words mean). 
Pause to Connect asks you to connect ideas within the text, seeking to understand what the author says and how s/he says it. Highly proficient readers read top to bottom, from left to right, but also bottom to top and right to left; they stop mid-sentence to reread important ideas, consult reading aids like dictionaries and thesauruses while working through a difficult passage, find connections among words, and consider various other textual details with reading. 
Whew! Sounds like a lot of work, right!  Well, it is, but you have to keep in mind that the texts you will be asked to read as you progress through secondary school and into college are going to get progressively harder and you have to develop the skills to meet those challenges.

I am looking forward to the work with the students!  This week, we begin with Cornell notes, a quiz, and lots of demonstrations!  As always, please contact me with questions or concerns.

Mr. J
Tim Jungwirth
K-12 Reading Specialist
Field Community School

 7th/8th Grade

Ski Trip to Hyland Hills!

Fri, Jan 31 

Students should have brought home information last week, including permission slips, for our upcoming ski trip at Hyland Hills in Bloomington. We will be spending the entire day (8:30am-2:30pm) on this field trip, and students should plan on being outside the entire day.


Cost:  $25/student
(includes lift-ticket, ski lesson, equipment rental, and busing)
  • Students may bring their own equipment. There is no discount in Hyland's price.
  • Students can snowboard only if they have their own boots, bindings, and snowboard.
  • There is no snowboard rental during school days (Hyland's rule)
*NOTE: There is no cost barrier to participation in this event. If your family needs scholarship assistance to allow your child to participate in this trip, please contact your child's advisory teacher. 
Lunch: Students should either bring their own lunch, a school lunch, or money to purchase a lunch at Hyland (approx $10)

Also, students may stay late at Hyland for more skiing... but Field School MUST have a signed parent/guardian permission slip IN ADVANCE.

Chaperones are welcome!
(only $10 cost for chaperones)
Tissue box  
With all of the colds and flu going around this time of year, we are running short of tissues in our classrooms. 
If your family is able to donate a box or two of tissues for use in our classrooms, we would appreciate it. Please drop donated tissue boxes off with Ms. Halasz. (The official "Keeper-of-the-Kleenex"!) 
-THANK YOU, in advance, for your donations!

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)



Tim Jungwirth

(Reading BEST)






Field School 

Student Resources




Wendy Wolff 

(612) 668-3640




Field School Site Council

7th Grade Parent Reps


Camille Holthaus




Eric Muschler




** 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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Click HERE for Mr. Usem's Webpage


Dates to Remember

Dates to 



  • Jan 21: 3rd Quarter begins
  • Jan 25: Student roller skating party -Roller Garden (4:30-6:30)
  • Jan 31: 7th/8th Grade Ski Trip
  • Feb 10: Parent Involvement Day
  • Feb 13: Evening Conferences (3:00-7:30pm)
  • Feb 14: NO STUDENTS -
    Conferences. (7:30-11:30am)
  • Feb 17: NO SCHOOL
    - President's Day Holiday
  • Mar 9: Daylight Savings Time begins (spring-ahead 1 hour)
  • Mar 27: End of 3rd Quarter
  • Mar 28 - Apr 4: NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
  • Apr 7 - 4th Quarter begins


from the Field School Counselor...  


Watch this space 

for messages from ............


Wendy Wolff

Field School Counselor

 Yearbooks are now on sale! 

Please go online to reserve your copy today. 
It is a super easy way to order.

If you choose to order by check, please make your check to Hale PTA and bring it to the office, either Hale or Field. The cost is $15.00.

Please note the last day for orders is January 28, 2014. 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. 
This email was sent to seth.leavitt@mpls.k12.mn.us by mark.usem@mpls.k12.mn.us |  
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