7th Grade Newsletter - May 2, 2016

Field School- 7th Grade Newsletter (050216)

May 2, 2016
May has arrived... and with it, some beautiful spring weather! It's great to finally get past that last cold, wet, dreary week of April!

Students are getting a bit lax with focus and completing assignments in many classes. Please continue to talk with your child about the importance of getting to all classes on time, staying focused in their classes, getting caught-up in all of their assignments from this quarter, and maintaining a strong effort through the end of the school year. It will be easier for them to do so now, as it gets much more difficult to get caught-up and complete assignments when we get nearer to the end of the quarter. Remember, also, that it's the attitude and habits they develop now that are the ones that they will carry with them into 8th-grade next year.

     - The 7th Grade Team 

    Language Arts      
Language Arts Fun!
We will be wrapping up our unit on public speaking in the next week or so. The students have done a great job and have presented some very interesting speeches. 

Monday: We will review the use of "I" and "Me" in sentences and when to use them. We will also have a quick discussion about using the word "ta" when they mean "to". 

Students will work through the process of creating and practicing an Opinion Speech. We will brainstorm, write, edit and practice.  If time permits we will begin giving speeches on Friday and continue into next week. 

I have been told the boxes to pack my room will arrive in May, and that means they should arrive this week. Anyone interested in helping me pack up my room would be welcome, let me know if you are able to help.

    Social Studies      
Social Studies
This week students will take on the perspective of someone involved in the story of the Native American boarding schools:  student, teacher, or parent.  After analyzing first hand accounts and photographs, students will write a response in the voice of this person.  The rest of the week will be focused on the growth of industry and the reforms that came from it.  There is a reading with questions for homework that is due on Friday, May 6th. 

   - Ms. Odermatt
Human Body Systems
Finish Circulatory System and Begin Skeletal System
This week we will:
  • Test a model that represents the circulatory system
  • Learn about the different types of joints in humans
  • Build a model to represent the human arm
  • Experiment to learn if muscle size always correlates with muscle strength
Homework: U6 RA5, The Skeletal System. Passed out on Monday, due Friday (turn in by Tuesday for a 4% bonus).

 - 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/

This week it's back to learning new material in math class. We may be done with the MCA assessments, but we've still got a lot of learning to do before the end of this year, and students need to maintain their strong effort and focus for the rest of the year.

We're taking a look now at exploring the "balancing method" for solving equations.  This method is an important way to "show your work" when solving algebraic equations. Though we generally encourage students to get creative in their methods for solving problems & equations, this is one area in which we do NOT want to be creative in the approach... it is important to follow the "balancing method" as modeled in class.  Students tend to resist showing all of the detail required in this method (especially the "check" step"), but students who do so with fidelity will develop a skill that will help them tremendously as they progress in math.

      - Mr. Usem 

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 30:  NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day Holiday
  • June 2: 
    7th-grade Field Trip -Details coming soon! 
    (NOTE: We will be arriving back at Field School later than normal after this trip... students will need to arrange 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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