7th Grade Newsletter - March 21, 2016

Field School- 7th Grade Newsletter (032116)

March 21, 2016
This is a short week, as we wind down the 3rd quarter and head toward a welcome spring break. Please help your student to understand that it is important to maintain a strong focus on applying themselves in school for the entire week.

You'll find that there are many assessments for students this week, including MCA testing for Reading.

We hope everyone has a good, relaxing, and rejuvenating spring break next week.

     - The 7th Grade Team 

    Language Arts      
Language Arts Fun!
Testing week! Please remind your students to take their time on the test and to follow the steps we have learned when reading a piece of text or a poem. 

Book Reports due on Thursday. If there is a problem please see me so we can make a plan. 

Happy Spring Vacation!

    Social Studies      
Social Studies
We are finishing our Civil War unit.

There is no homework this week.

Any missing work needs to be turned-in by Thursday, in order to be included in 3rd quarter grades.

   - Ms. Odermatt
Its a TEST week:
  • Go over answers to the Study Guide
  • Review more via the game 1-2-3-4-5
  • Take Q3 Test on Wednesday 3/23
  • Watch a science video on 3/24
Homework: Study for the test by reviewing: the study guide, your notes, your worksheets, and 7th grade science website!


 - 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/

Monday we will be having a Learning Target quiz on LT #5.1 & 5.2,  recognizing linear relationships through context, tables, graphs and equations.

Students will also be taking the MPS district quarterly interim assessment on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.
      - 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.
* 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, 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 on the LT#4.6/4.7 quiz is Wednesday, Mar 23

- 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.
    B.E.S.T. Reading                
READ 180: Next Generation
This week in READ 180 students will complete Workshop
#8 - Turning Points.  The workshop opened with an anchor video that provided background about life's turning points. It raised the essential question for the workshop: What happens when you reach a turning point in life?  The content goal was to compare and contrast details from a profile using text marking. Students will 
take their final Scholastic Reading Inventory online test on Wednesday
and Thursday to measure individual reading growth. Students who make
growth in their Lexile score receive a certificate on the Wall of Fame.

-  Ms. Halvorson  
(Reading Interventionist)

  • Dates to RememberMAR 24:  End of 3rd Quarter
  • MAR 25: NO SCHOOL for students (record-keeping day)
  • MAR 28- APR 1: 
    (Spring Break)
  • APR 4: Beginning of 4th Quarter
  • APR 30: Hale/Field "SPRING FLING" Fundraiser

Spring Fling Parent Information Form


Regardless of if you are able to attend or not, the Spring Fling Committee is hopeful you'll take the time to fill out this quick online parent information form to better help them plan for this year's fun-filled event. It should only take a few minutes of your time: http://tinyurl.com/j592bmh

For more information on volunteering for the 2016 Spring Fling visit http://vols.pt/Hzdfk2 

or contact Jackie Just (jackie@just-bloomed.com

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

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