7th Grade Newsletter - January 9, 2017

Field School- 7th Grade Newsletter (010917)

January 9, 2017
We have about 2 1/2 weeks left in this semester, so it would be a good idea to review your student's records with them on the Portal and encourage them to catch up on missing assignments -- Make sure you are taking care of any missing work/fix-up/retake opportunities as soon as possible.

Also... a reminder... don't forget that:Spirit Wear Apparel
  • Thursdays at Field are "College Wear" Days, so support your favorite college by wearing their colors.
  • Fridays at Field are "Field School Spirit Wear" Days... Wear your Field Spirit-Wear, or the school colors of Black & Teal!

Though we're starting a little warmer this week, this week looks to add some snow and get very cold again (single digits) by Friday. 
Remember, Field students still go outside during recess, unless the weather gets to a dangerously cold level (including dangerous wind-chill).
Please make sure that your student is coming to school prepared for the outside weather with a warm jacket (not just fleece wear), gloves/mittens, hat, and boots.

 - The 7th Grade Team 

    Language Arts      
Happy New Year!

If anyone is interested Tuesday January 10, at 2:45 a few parents and I are going to attempt to set up the e-readers.  We will take all the help we can get. 

The students will be taking the winter MAP test on Friday of this week and on Tuesday of next week. 

This week in class:
Monday: Discuss chapter 1 & learn main types of conflict in literature.
Tuesday: Read & discuss chapter 2. Chart relationship between sisters
Wednesday: Read with a partner answer comprehension questions.
Thursday:  Children of Afghanistan video and note taking. 
Friday: MAP

Thanks so much. 
    - Ms. Halasz

CLICK HERE for a LINK to Ms. Halasz's WEBPAGE 

    Social Studies      
Social Studies

We will be reviewing today and taking the Unit 2 test on Tuesday.  Completed study guide is worth 5 extra points added to test score. (It also gives them incentive to study which will also raise their grade!)
Starting Wednesday, our class focus will be on History Day.  Each week we will focus on specific elements of the research project with deadlines and project expectations given along the way. 
If you are interested in helping in the classroom, I would love any assistance you could give.  Even just one time would be appreciated.  Students need help navigating websites,  narrowing their topics, and putting all the ideas together.  Please contact me at nicole.odermatt@mpls.k12.mn.us

 The History Day theme for this year is "Taking a Stand".  Projects are due February 28th.
 Feel free to check out this website for information:

   - Ms. Odermatt
This week we will begin our new unit Properties of Matter

Part of what we will do this week:
1) Reading and notes on physical properties
2) Lab: Investigating a Density Column
3) Lab: Measuring the densities air

Homework - Read: Unit 3, RA, "Density" we will correct this one in class - don't turn it in.

 - 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/

MAP testing is over for math... Yay!

Now we're on to more in our data and probability unit.  We'll begin this week learning about frequency tables and histograms, and how they differ from bar graphs. We'll then proceed on to taking a look at understanding and interpreting circle graphs.

And as long a we're getting back into working with circles, we'll continue using them to explore, using our knowledge of proportional reasoning, to calculate the arc-length and sector area of circles. 

- We will be doing a lot of graphing in this unit, so it would be helpful if all student have a supply of graph paper, colored pencils, and a small ruler with which to work on assignments.  You can also print off graph paper from my webpage.

      - Mr. Usem 

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. To see the cut-off scores for re-taking each quiz, t
hey are listed on each specific day
on the "Classwork & Homework" LINK section of my webpage.
* 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 webpage] 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, during Advisory study-hall on Thursdays,  or during another time arranged with Mr. Usem. Students should make arrangements with Mr. Usem to do the re-takes. Students will have at least 2 weeks from when the quizzes are handed back to complete the re-take. 
The DEADLINE for re-takes on the LT #3.1/3.2/3.4-3.5 quizzes is... Tuesday, Jan 10.
The DEADLINE for re-takes on the LT #3.3 quiz is... Wednesday, Jan 18.

- 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.

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.
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    JAN 3:  School resumes
  • JAN 16: NO SCHOOL - MLK Day
  • JAN 26: End of 2nd Quarter
  • JAN 27-30: NO SCHOOL -Teacher record-keeping and professional development
  • JAN 31: Beginning of 3rd Quarter
  • FEB 7: 7th & 8th Grade Ski Trip (No regular classes)
  • FEB 13: African-American Parent Involvement Day
  • FEB 17: NO SCHOOL - Conferences
  • FEB 21: NO SCHOOL - Presidents Day
  • MAR 30: End of 3rd Quarter
  • MAR 31 - APR 7: NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
  • APR 10: Beginning of 4th Quarter

Leon Boler
Nicole Odermatt 
(Social Studies)

Mary Catherine Halasz
(Language Arts)

Mark Usem 
voicemail  612-668-7729
Heather Walker  

Other 7th Grade Advisors:

Bev Halvorson Trowbridge
(Reading Specialist)

Field School Student Resources:
Mariam Graff 
(Social Work) 
(612) 668-3640

Field School Site Council
7th Grade Parent Reps:

Karen Stremick
(612) 220-5810

Cindy Goehring

** 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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