7th Grade Newsletter - January 4, 2016

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January 4, 2016
Welcome back...
- Hope everyone had a relaxing and fun winter break!

Classes are back in session, and it's time to begin the NEW YEAR by finishing up this quarter with a strong effort and with all assignments completed.
There are just 9 days left in the 2nd quarter. Students should be sure to check with all their classes, and make sure that they are up-to-date on all assignments, and should make sure that they know the last day that each of their teachers will accept work for this quarter. 

- The 7th Grade Team 

* We would like to remind you of a letter you should have received from the principal before winter break...  
- Please note that "tardies" had become a bit of an issue before break. With administrative support, starting today, in order to insure maximum time learning in each classroom, we will be addressing this issue with the following new policy:

All 7th & 8th Grade classrooms will be locked when the bell rings at the beginning of each class. 
  • If students are still in the hall:
    • They will go to Ms. Ola's (behavior support) office
    • They will call home and inform you (parents/guardians) that they are tardy to class
    • They will then be given a pass
    • They will not be let into the classroom without a pass
Please contact us if you have questions about this new policy.

    Language Arts      
Language Arts Fun!
 Students get new seating assignments.
We Start our unit on "Truth"
Students answer three focus questions regarding "Truth"
Students do first reading of "The Blind Men And The Elephant" and discuss  the idea of truth as it relates to the poem.
Students discuss how to read a poem. (MCA prep)
Lesson on how authors appeal to readers emotions. 
Read "Homeless" by Anna Quindelen
Lessons around vocabulary the author chooses
Continue lessons using "Homeless"

Perceptions of homelessness and  discussion
"Mr. Wendal" song and who are the "silent voices" in both this work and "Homeless" 
What did we learn about our perceptions and the idea of "Truth?"
    Social Studies      
Social Studies
Happy New Year everyone!  It's great to be back at Field and rejuvenated to learn!  This week we will begin Unit 3 with an introduction to the reform movements that began in the 1800s, specifically the women's suffrage and abolitionist movements.  Students will have increased time now each week to focus on their History Day projects. (History Day at Field is March 1st) They will begin to write a thesis statement for the project by making a claim about their topic and giving evidence to support it.  For example, my claim is "Rosa Parks was a leader in the fight to end segregation".  Evidence would  need to be added in the thesis statement to prove that was true.  We will work in class to understand how to write the first draft and continue to improve it in the days ahead.  

   - Ms. Odermatt
This week in science we will:
  • Do notes on kinetic energy, heat, and temperature
  • Calibrate a water thermometer
  • Calibrate an air thermometer
  • Graph temperature versus time for water changing phases from solid to liquid to gas
HOMEWORK: Unit 3, RA3 Air and Density; Due Friday, return by Tuesday for a 4% bonus.

SCIENCE BOWL - no science bowl today - but there will be one more all group meeting (either next Monday or 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're back at it this week, continuing to more deeply explore the concept of distributions of data, including "mean" and "median"... trying to look at them at a deeper 7th-grade level, exploring the implications that they have for a data set, and looking at ways we can use them to make predictions and draw conclusions. 

Students should check for any missing assignments, as there are only 9 days until the end of the quarter. The Gradebook Portal is up-to-date from everything submitted prior to Dec. 17. (*Note: there are many assignments in the "NO NAME" folder on Mr. Usem's desk... I can't give you credit if I don't know who you are.)

Students who received a score of 70% or below on Learning Target quizzes need to re-take them to improve their score and to receive a passing grade showing that they understand the learning target.
* In order to do a re-take, students need to KEEP their old quiz, and BRING it in, with the correct answers (with explanations) on a SEPARATE SHEET [forms are available in Mr. Usem's room or downloadable from his webpaage] on the items they missed. This will qualify them "ready to re-take" the quiz. Re-takes are to be done outside of regular class time, and can be done before-school, after-school, during recess, or during B.E.S.T. class. Students should make arrangements with Mr. Usem to do the re-takes. Students will have 2 weeks from when the quizzes are handed back to complete the re-take. 
(The DEADLINE for re-takes of LT#3.3 is: Thursday, Jan 14
- students can come and work with Mr. Usem a variety of times each day, if they need extra help. Available times are posted in the classroom, as well as on Mr. Usem's webpage.

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy and fun-filled Winter Break!

      - 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 4:  
    School Resumes
  • JAN 14: End of 2nd quarter.
  • JAN 15: NO SCHOOL for students- record-keeping day
  • JAN 18: NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • JAN 19: NO SCHOOL for students- Teacher's Professional Development day
  • JAN 20: Beginning of 3rd quarter
  • JAN 24: Field School Roller Garden Skate Night  (4:30-6:30pm)
  • 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

Yearbook Sales Begin Today!
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. 


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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