7th Grade Newsletter - May 23, 2016

Field School- 7th Grade Newsletter (052316)

May 23, 2016
Field trip permission forms have gone out 3 weeks ago for 2 different activities (READ & SIGN BOTH SIDES)... Our 7th-Grade June 2nd Field Trip to Historic Forrestville and Mystery Cave, and for our 7th-Grade Rocket Launch Activity at McRae Park on the final day, June 7. (Keep in mind that that we will return LATE to school on the evening of Thursday, June 2nd, at approximately 6pm. Students will need to arrange transportation home; school busses will NOT be available for transportation home.)  All information is on the permission slip for BOTH activities. Turn-in permisson slips to Ms. Halasz as soon as possible. 
(*Note: No students at Field are denied access to field trips due to cost. If cost is an issue, contact your student's advisory teacher regarding available scholarship funds.)
THESE FORMS SHOULD HAVE BEEN TURNED-IN TO MS. HALASZ BY THIS TIME. If you have not turned it in yet, please do so ASAP!

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Now that we are closing-in on the end of the school year, students should check with their teachers in all of their classes regarding what the deadline is for turning in any late or missing work for that class. This deadline may differ with each particular class... students should be aware of these deadlines now, so that they can plan ahead, in order to finish this final quarter strongly.

     - The 7th Grade Team 

    Language Arts      
In Language Arts every minute from today to the last day is filled with work. :) Listed below is the information for our final project. 

We are writing a childrens book students may pattern their stories after one of the suggestions below.
            Diary of a Spider-  Story in diary form
            What Cows Do When No One is Looking- Formula story
            The Night I followed the Dog- Expose
  1. 1.    10 or more pages of text.
  2. 2.    A story that flows and makes sense in relation to your item. A story that is not too violent or graphic.
  3. 3.    Illustrations that go with the text
  4. 4.    A presentation that is neat and well thought out.
  5. 5.    Correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
  6. 6.    Decorated cover and title page: Title, Name, Illustration
We are looking at Point of View as well as Mood, and Personification; your vocabulary should make clear what point of view the story is told from and what the mood of the story is. Use your words; create a picture in your reader's head!!!
Friday May 20, 2016: Project presentation and story 2
Monday May 23, 2016
            Third story and planning for our own work
Tuesday 24-Wednesday 25
            Work in class developing story idea and brainstorm art possibilities.
Thursday May 26-June 1
Work on and complete project
DUE June 3................................................(WE WILL BIND THEM AT SCHOOL THAT DAY AND YOU WILL TURN THEM IN)
Monday June 6
            Tie up loose ends, pare & share.

    Social Studies      
Social Studies
We will focus this week on our last unit of the year! Students will get a brief and broad overview of WWI and how it led to Hitler's rise to power.  They will create a short presentation using the iPads and have their final test on Friday, June 3rd.

   - Ms. Odermatt
Human Body Systems

Q4 TEST is Thursday May 26th. 


Homework: Study for Thursday's Test:

  1. Go over answers to the test review packet
  2. Know vocabulary listed on the last page of the review packet
  3. Review all Reading Assignments (RA1 through RA7 - skim the articles - headings, diagrams, figures etc., then review questions and answers including the reverse side of each sheet)
  4. Review your quarter 4 notebook entries (notes, labs, activities) 
  5. Go to website and review Powerpoint weekly reviews
 - 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/

The Pythagorean Theorem has us looking at the areas and side-lengths of squares, and then eventually connecting these ideas to an understanding about the side lengths of a right triangle.

Now that we've already "developed" and proved the Pythagorean Theorem, now it's time to begin applying our knowledge and using it in a variety of contexts. We'll do that over the next few days, and then we'll have a quiz on Unit #7 the end of this week.

The FINAL DEADLINE to turn-in "Late" or missing work is Friday, June 3rd (NOT the last day of school!).  That gives students almost 2 weeks to catch-up on these assignments, but I suggest that students DO NOT wait until the last minute to turn these in.  Right now the homewor completion percentage has dropped considerably, even though we still have lots of work to do.
      - 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 another time arranged with Mr. Usem. (BEST time is no longer available) 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#5.4/5.5 quiz is TODAY... Monday, May 16

- 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.
  • Dates to RememberMay 19: Band & Orchestra Concert
  • May 30:  NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day Holiday
  • June 2: 
    7th-grade Field Trip -Details in top section, as well as a LINK to the permission slip! 
    (NOTE: We will be arriving back at Field School later than normal after this trip, at approximately 6pm... students will need to arrange transportation home; there will be no busses for transportation home.)
  • June 7: Last Student Day - Science-class Rocket Day

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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