7th Grade Newsletter - May 8, 2012

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Today marks the middle of the fourth quarter. Midquarter reports will be sent out by U.S. mail this Friday.

  • 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

    This week in Language Arts we are once again working on speeches. The topic is taken from our reading, You Are Only A Boy, a story of immigration. The students have the essay written and now we need to turn those into a speech. For our presentations we will take a little different approach. We will do an activity where we sit on a side of the room based on our beliefs with regards to the issue. Then we will hear from a speaker or two expressing opposite opinions on the issue. If , after listening to the speeches we change our opinion we are allowed to change sides. It is the first time we have done a speech this way so it will be interesting to see how it all works out.

    Following this topic is a topic the kids love, Pet Peeves. The students will get a chance to be creative and funny. These are usually a riot to listen to.

    Happy May!

    Math - Mr. West

    Midquarter grade reports will be coming home at the beginning of next week. Students can still turn in missing assignments and retake the formula quiz to improve their grades, and there are quite a few currently for whom this would be a good idea.

    We are finishing up our study of probability now, and instead of one large unit test I will be giving a series of smaller quizes to assess how students have done on this topic.

    Social Studies -- Ms. Odermatt

    We are continuing our Asia unit, making our way through the continent region by region. This week we will focus on the countries of East Asia: China, Japan, and the Korean Penninsula. The Asia map test, part II, will be on Wed. May 16th and will consist of 22 countries. The students have a color-coded, labeled map as a study guide. They will have a word bank on the test. I am seeing a lot of students making great efforts to get their grade up for the last quarter! It sure makes a difference!

    Science - Mr. Boler

    This week's curriculum will focus on how adaptations help organisms survive to the age of reproduction and how variation in features aid populations to survive changes to their ecosystem.

    Homework this week is RA6 on Adaptations. It will be given out on Tuesday and due back by Friday (return on Wednesday for 2% extra credit).

    FIELD TRIP TO MN ZOO. If you haven't already done so, please return field trip permission slips for our May 17 trip to the zoo. The zoo fits in nicely with our study of Populations and Ecosystems and also with some areas of the world that are being studied in Social Studies.

    Looking for about 4 or so parent volunteers to help supervise student groups at the zoo (you will be placed with a teacher). If interested, please contact me at: leon.boler@mpls.k12.mn.us

    Our current unit, Populations and Ecosystems, was created by FOSS (Full Option Science Service) - this means the FOSS link on the 7th grade website can be very helpful with content understanding.

    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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