7th Grade Newsletter - November 11, 2011

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November 7, 2011

Save The Date:

7th Graders will be going to Long Lake Conversation Center March 19 through the 23, 2012. This is the annual overnight camping trip students at Field school have been experiencing for the past 30 years. Boys will travel to Long Lake located in Palisade, MN Monday through Wednesday while the girls are back at school attending classes. On Wednesday morning the girls will travel to Long Lake and switch places with the boys. The boys will travel back to the Twin Cities Wednesday afternoon and attend classes at Field School Thursday and Friday. More information will be sent home soon.

Student Council News:

Student Council is up and running and congratulations to Rachel Syring our new President, Penelope Lancrete, our new Vice President, Andrew Crider, our new Treasurer and Elijah Major our new Secretary! We look forward to the positive student leadership they bring to Field and the hard work they will be doing in 4 key focus areas- student activities, fundraisers, community service and school spirit! We have also elected student leaders in each advisory class who will be helping make important announcements to students in their advisory classes and route ideas, questions and concerns to the student council as needed. Student Council will be meeting on Fridays after school, Advisory leaders will meet monthly during lunch. Their first task will be planning our first school dance scheduled for Friday December 9, 2011 as well as a school spirit week preceding the dance. Let me know if you have any questions!

Wendy Wolff Field School Counselor/Student Council Advisor 612.668.3654 wendy.wolff@mpls.k12.mn.us

  • 7th Grade Contact Information
  • Language Arts - Ms. Halasz
  • Math - Mr. West
  • Social Studies -- Ms. Odermatt
  • Science - Mr. Boler
  • Advisory - all Advisory teachers
  • A.V.I.D. - Mrs. Walker
  • Parent Portal

  • Language Arts - Ms. Halasz

    We are about 5 chapters into our new book The Breadwinner. I think it has been a shock to some how bad the women in our story have it. This week we are thinking and writing about what qualities or skills one needs to survive a trying time.

    I did a little research on Afghan restaurants in Minneapolis. It looks like the Crescent Moon Bakery in Northeast Minneapolis is the place to go. I have eaten there but it was a long long time ago. My sources say it is AWESOME! So if you are up for an adventure check it out. I would love for the kids to report back on what they had. :)

    The new reading logs went home yesterday. I am giving the kids 6 weeks this time. That takes us up to the winter vacation.

    Be thankful it's November! Life is good...

    Math - Mr. West

    The beginning of second quarter would be a great time to take some time to look over your child's learning materials with him or her. These materials take some hard use and lots of students have folders and even binders that need to be replaced. Many students have already gone through one spiral notebook in math and are in need of a new one. Also, purchasing your child a few hand held pencil sharpeners is a good investment. We did not need calculators much during the first unit, but we will be using them extensively for the rest of the year and it is really useful for your child to have his or her own calculator to use in class. A TI-30XIIS is a good choice, costs around $15, and is available at Target or Office Max.

    Most students have been doing a great job of keeping organized, but they might forget to tell you when they need new supplies, so please take a few minutes to check with them. Thanks!

    Social Studies -- Ms. Odermatt

    Welcome to Ms. Nicole Odermatt, our new Social Studies teacher. Next week she will be introducing herself and including an article in the newsletter.

    Science - Mr. Boler

    This week students will conduct their celery experiments to answer the question: "Where did the water go?" They will collect data and write their conclusion in the form of claim/evidence/reasoning.

    On Thursday or Friday we will again be using the microscopes to look at leaf stomates and xylem tissue in celery. Can you identify the xylem and phloem tissue in the cross section of the smilax root?

    Homework this week: RA8, Stems and Leaves - due Friday. Turn in Tuesday for 2 extra credit points.

    Due to the science-bowl field trip on Tuesday November 8th, there will be no science bowl meeting on Monday November 7th.

    [The phloem are the smaller diameter tubes that are stained purple in the picture.]

    To reinforce content understanding and to review class PowerPoints, go to:

    Advisory - all Advisory teachers

    A.V.I.D. - Mrs. Walker
    AVID decades of college dreams

    AVID students will have their first guest speaker on Friday , November, 11th (Veteran's Day). In preparation for this event, students read a Star Tribune article titled "A Faith Fulfilled", by Steve Brandt. It describes what happened when Arthur and Edith Lee bought a home in the Field neighborhood. Arthur Lee "was a Minnesota native. He was also a World War 1 veteran He worked as a guard at the post office, and he and his wife were black." This Wednesday, students will read an additional Star Tribune article titled "A lesson in Racism that crosses Racial Lines", also by Steve Brandt. This article describes our speaker, Joe Senkyr-Minjares, a veteran himself, and owner of Pepitos restaurant on Chicago. The article explains how Joe became involved in planning an event of this past summer, commemorating the 80 year anniversary of the Lee family's experience in an all white south Minneapolis neighborhood. Parents are welcome to join us for our speaker. If possible, please email me ahead so that I know you are coming and plan enough seating.

    New Field families can find out more about AVID at Field by viewing the information and student created video on our website Feel free to email me or stop by if you have further questions.

    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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