7th Grade Newsletter - May 31, 2016

Field School- 7th Grade Newsletter (053116)

May 31, 2016
Our 7th-grade field-trip to 
Historic Forrestville and Mystery Cave 
is this Thursday, June 2nd. 

- We will leave school soon after school begins, however, PLEASE NOTE that we will return LATE from this field-trip to school at approximately 6pm. Students will need to arrange transportation home; school buses will NOT be available for transportation home.

- There will not be any place to purchase lunch or food on this field-trip. Students should either bring their own lunch, or should have indicated on their permission form that they need a school lunch.
- Students should also bring some healthy snack food items, if they desire, for the bus rides down and back (2+ hours each way)
- NOTE that... NO food, candy, gum, etc. is allowed inside Mystery Cave.

- Students should remember to bring a jacket, long pants, and a cap, as the temperature inside Mystery Cave is only 48-degrees.

- We will be riding coach buses on this trip which are equipped to be able to show videos. PLEASE NOTE that one of the video movies that is intended to be shown is "The Martian" PG-13 4.5/5 Parent Previews.  Staff have reviewed this movie, and feel that it is a great science movie and appropriate for students. If you do not want your child viewing this movie, please contact Mr. Boler (leon.boler@mpls.k12.mn.us) so we can make accommodations for your child.

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The 7th-Grade Rocket Launch Activity at McRae Park will occur on the final day of school, June 7.

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A final reminder... 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 children's 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
Project presentation and story 2
Monday May 23
Third story and planning for our own work
Tuesday May 24-Wednesday May 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
Students will get a study guide today and will have today and Wednesday to prepare for the their final test on Friday. The test will cover the causes of WWI, reasons the U.S. entered the war, and the new methods of warfare that were used during this time.  All missing work is due by Friday.

   - Ms. Odermatt
Human Body Systems

Students will get their tests back on Friday. They will then have the weekend to write out explanations / or drawings of the items they got wrong to earn back 1/2 credit.


This week we will:

  • Tuesday - prepare for frog dissection
  • Wednesday - frog dissection
  • Thursday - field trip to Mystery Cave and Historic Forestville
  • Friday - building rockets part 1
 - 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/

Students took the quiz on Unit #7 (Pythagorean Theorem & irrational numbers) last Friday. Students who did not finish the quiz on Friday will get some time to finish on Tuesday this week.

- This week we will be spending Tuesday and Wednesday going over a review of inequalities. 
- Thursday will have no class due to our field trip. 
- Friday students will take the district interim assessment for 4th quarter.

The FINAL DEADLINE to turn-in "Late" or missing work for Math Class is this Friday, June 3rd (NOT the last day of school!).  If students have questions about missing work and what they need to complete, they should contact Mr. Usem.
      - 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#6.2 quiz is Wednesday, June 1

- 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 RememberJune 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

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.
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 4645 Fourth Ave.South Minneapolis, MN 55419
Telephone: 612-668-3640 | Fax: 612-668-3661

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