7th Grade Newsletter - January 26, 2015

Field School
7th Grade Newsletter  

January 26, 2015 
Conferences are coming up... Winter conferences are scheduled by request of either teachers or parents.

Winter conferences differ from fall conferences in in that they are not necessarily scheduled for all students. Scheduled for Thursday evening Feb 12 (3:30-7:30pm) or Friday morning Feb 13 (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. 
- You may receive an email or a call from someone on the 7th-grade team to schedule a conference for your child. If you do, please REPLY ASAP, so that we might best accommodate your schedule.
- If you don't receive a call, but would like to schedule a conference for your child, please contact your child's advisory teacher, indicating what times might work for you on the conference days above. We will try to accommodate your requests as much as possible.

- The 7th Grade Team 


Language Arts:
A HUGE thanks to the Johnson and Stoelzing families for helping me replenish the highlighter supply. You know the way to a Language Arts teachers heart. 

We continue our look at Justice and Mercy. This week we will have a discussion using w.r.rodriguez's poem justice. After that we transition to a Ukrainian folk tale titled Shrewd Todie and Lyzer the Mizer. 

- Ms. Halasz



This week we will:
1) Process our lab on mixtures versus pure substances
2) Describe the properties of a solution - solvent, solute, saturated, unsaturated
3) learn how solubility can be used to identify a substance (another characteristic property!)

Homework U4 RA1: How Solutions form will be given out on Monday and due back by Friday (4% bonus if its turned in by Tuesday).

- 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
Students will be looking at a divided nation and exploring the economies of the North and the South, as we are building up background this week on the Civil War.  

We will spend Friday working on the History Day projects.  

Always check for important papers coming home with your child.  All projects are due March 3rd, with History Day happening on Wed. March 4th.

No homework this week.


- Mrs. Odermatt






We will be finishing 3-D geometry unit this week. By this point students should know how to find the surface area of a cylinder, as well as the volume. We'll be practicing our skills during the beginning of the week, and then we'll have a Learning Target Quiz on cylinders on Wednesday.

Calculating the surface area of a cylinder


After finishing with cylinders, we'll be moving back to working more with proportional relationships once again, eventually moving towards using these skills to help us begin exploring an understanding of linear algebra.

  - 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. 




Reader's Workshop

This week in Reader's Workshop students will begin a new National Geographic Science Theme Set titled Cells at Work. Each theme set focuses on one of these six reading comprehension strategies:  making connections, asking questions, visualizing, making inferences, determining importance, and synthesizing.  In addition, the lessons include visual literacy skills and vocabulary development.  Learning is extended through research and writing. Students will also begin a new Words Their Way spelling and word study unit.

Bev Halvorson

Reading Specialist


For 7th & 8th Grade Students who desire more math challenge... it's the FIELD MATH TEAM!

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 at the Ordway!

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

Here are a few pics to enjoy... 


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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Click HERE for Mr. Usem's Webpage


Dates to Remember

Dates to 




  • 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

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!

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 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

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