7th Grade Newsletter - May 21, 2012

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Don't forget to return permission slips for the trip to the Water Park of America asap. Also, any transportation slips still out need to be returned.

  • 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

  • Language Arts - Ms. Halasz

    The Pet Peeve speeches have begun. Oh my, they are funny. It is great to see the confidence the students are exuding during their speeches. The topics are so close to their heart they have no issues delivering the material. :) Peeves range from chewing with your mouth open to feet. All are funny in their own way.

    The peeve speeches will be done on Tuesday and then we will begin our "research" speech. The kids will choose a topic of interest and do a bit of online research. That research will then be turned into a 3 to 5 minute speech. This should take us to the end of the year.

    Life is good!

    Math - Mr. West

    We are spending our last couple weeks working on the unit Data Distributions.

    Also, a reminder that students can earn extra credit and improve their grades this quarter by completing math challenges that I have set up on Manga High.

    Social Studies -- Ms. Odermatt

    Science - Mr. Boler

    FINAL SCIENCE TEST will be given on Wednesday, May 23rd. Students were given a review packet on May 18th and should also study their notebook and all the assignments they have kept in their "Assignment Folder".

    Homework this week is to study for the final test on Populations and Ecosystems.

    We will spend parts of Monday and Tuesday preparing for Wednesday's test. The content for Thursday and Friday will be on what Darwin learned about natural selection when he visited the Galapagos Islands.

    ROCKET LAUNCH at McRae Park will be on Monday June 4th. Half the students will be walking to the park for 3rd and 4th periods and the other half for 6th and 7th periods. In addition to blasting off their rockets, students play sports and games or just hang out. Parents are welcome to watch and help monitor students. If you are able to attend either session, please let me know at: leon.boler@mpls.k12.mn.us

    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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