7th Grade Newsletter - March 28, 2012

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March 28, 2012

We will be sending third quarter report cards to all families and you should receive them early the week following spring break. We are offering student success groups as well as after school support so please contact Wendy Wolff if your child is struggling with organization, missing assignments or study skills. We want all students to feel comfortable seeking out support when needed!

Thank you to all students and families who donated to our Pennies for Patients fundraiser over the past few weeks. We raised a total of $529.46 and congratulations to the top 3 Advisories who turned in their coins. Ms. Fernandez came in first place with a total of $76.18, Ms. Heck came in second place with a total of $43.96 and Ms. Mazig came in 3rd place with a total of $36.35. Great job everyone!!

LASTLY! The masquerade ball held her at Field on Friday March 16 was a HUGE success thanks to the hard work of student council, staff and parent volunteers! Congratulations to Azsareea Smith for winning the grand prize for the best MASK!

  • 7th Grade Contact Information
  • Language Arts - Ms. Halasz
  • Math - Mr. West
  • Social Studies -- Ms. Odermatt
  • Science - Mr. Boler
  • Family Focus
  • A.V.I.D. - Mrs. Walker
  • Parent Portal

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    Language Arts - Ms. Halasz

    As we go into the final quarter of the year I would like to remind everyone that some work can not be made up. For example, if the students are given a prep sheet for a socratic seminar it is either done or not. A student can not prep for a discussion after the discussion is finished. Another example is if I am giving points during a discussion, you either participate and get points or you are silent and get no points. Discussions can not be made up. If someone is absent for a discussion and the absence is excuse then so is the grade for that lesson.

    And just a reminder if an assignment is turned in late it goes to the end of the grading pile. That means that sometimes it takes a while to get the paper graded. Sorry about that.

    Before spring vacation we will be working on a story called The Bishops Candlesticks. It is taken from Les Miserables and we are exploring the ideas of justice and mercy and whether the two can go hand in hand.

    Math - Mr. West

    Hello everybody. This week we have started What Do You Expect?, a unit on probability. Here's a probability note for those of you who chose brackets for the NCAA tournament. The chances of completely filling out the brackets correctly are quite small. As a matter of fact, statistically, you would be more likely to win the Powerball 3 times in a row.

    Tests on the Filling and Wrapping unit were returned to students yesterday.

    Social Studies -- Ms. Odermatt

    Science - Mr. Boler

    We had some excellent sessions at Long Lake last week that fit right into our Populations and Ecosystems unit. Long Lake classes included Lake Shore Ecology, Orienteering, Shelter Building, and GPS navigation.

    We will focus on food chains and food webs this week. Homework (RA2 Food Webs) will be given out on Monday and due back by Thursday (turn in on Tuesday for 2 e.c. pts).

    Any late work must be turned in by Wednesday to be counted with 3rd quarter's scores.

    To reinforce content understanding go to the 7th grade science web page at the link below. The website includes a) powerpoint weekly reviews, b) content links, and c) connection instructions to FOSS and Discovery Education websites.

    Family Focus

    February Enforcing consequences can be tough - your teen needs you as a parent, not a pal! It may be hard to believe but teenagers want rules and limits set for them. Establish family rules and expectations and then set appropriate consequences for not following a rule. Teens are less likely to engage in inappropriate behavior that they have previously discussed and established clear consequences for with their parent(s). Be consistent. And most importantly, notice and acknowledge the positive.

    January: The middle school years are a good time to start giving your teen more independence; It helps them establish their own place in the world. As your teen becomes more reliable and mature increase privileges and opportunities for independence. If they fall, they still have you to catch them and to guide them before they are out on their own. Remember some of life's most valuable lessons are learned through life experiences! Struggling navigating through the teen years? Two Field parents developed an app that answers alot of teens' -- and their parents'-- tough questions about things they face: relationships, mental health, substance abuse, bullying, etc. called teensphere. You can learn more about the app at teensphere.com. Check it out!

    December Did you know that having an "attitude of gratitude" has been linked to better health, sounder sleep, less anxiety and depression, higher long-term satisfaction with life and kinder behavior toward others? Try it with your family! Do one small thoughtful or generous thing for each member of your family daily; express your appreciation for someone's skills or talents.

    A.V.I.D. - Mrs. Walker
    AVID decades of college dreams

    Parent Portal

    7th Grade Contact Information

    Mary Catherine Halasz (Language Arts, BEST, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640

    Nicole Odermatt (Social Studies, BEST, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640

    Mark Usem (BEST, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640

    Brenda Leviton (Spanish,French, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640

    Leon Boler (Science, BEST, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640

    Heather Walker (AVID)
    (612) 668-3640

    Dan West (Math, BEST, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640

    Julie Peterson (Social Work, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640

    Wendy Wolff (Councelor, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640

    Gretchen Mattson (BEST)
    (612) 668-3640

    Jane Zeleznikar (Classroom Support )
    (612) 668-3640

    Dawn Nelson (Site Council Parent Representative ) dawnenelson@comcast.net

    Mike Wedl (Site Council Parent Representative and Parent Co-Chair) mwedl@hartpropertytax.com

    Margaret Miller (PTA Co-Chair) crmm@mninter.net

    Rich Flint (Site Council Community Representative) flint@richflint.com

    7th Grade Links

    CMP Math Info for Parents

    Loft Youth Writing Classes

    Aritmetic Four (Practice Operations with Integers)

    Order of Operations Four

    Walk the Plank --adding and subtracting integers

    Seventh Grade Science

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