7th Grade Newsletter - November 15, 2011

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November 15, 2011

Save The Date:

On Tuesday November 15th in Language Arts the Long Lake information will be handed out. I will go over it with the children and then send the papers home. If, once you read through the packet, you have questions please feel free to send me an e-mail, mahal00@mpls.k12.mn.us For basic info read the next paragraph...

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.

  • 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

    This week we will spend a great deal of time reading in our book, The Bread Winner. The kids love the story and really want to get it finished. I am thrilled at their response to the story and the mature way they have been conducting themselves in Socratic Seminars.

    Life is good....

    Math - Mr. West

    We are finishing up our work on the Comparing and Scaling unit this week. My goal is to give the unit test before the Thanksgiving holiday, but that will depend on whether we are fully prepared by then.

    Due to an after school meeting on Tuesday there will be no after school math help this week.

    Social Studies -- Ms. Odermatt

    I had a great first week with the 7th graders at Field School! I'm enjoying getting to know your children. We will learn about changes in Europe since ancient times especially the Middle Ages and the Renaissance period. There is a homework assignment due this Thursday. Students will be asking family members about their cultural heritage and traditions.

    Science - Mr. Boler

    This week's focus will be on plant reproduction. Students will dissect a flower and create a booklet to show the structure and describes the function of a flower's reproductive parts.

    On Tuesday students will take a open book/notes - group quiz on germination and transpiration topics.

    Homework this week: RA9, Flowers to seeds - due Friday. Turn in Tuesday for 2 extra credit points.

    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

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    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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