7th Grade Newsletter - November 16, 2015

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November 16, 2015
Field trip this week on Friday, Nov. 20 (see information box below)

Field trip permission slips have been sent home with students for the Nov 20th Field Trip. Please have students return them to Ms. Halasz as soon as possible. DEADLINE to return permission slips is TODAY Monday, Nov 16.  
-If any parents are interested in helping us out by chaperoning this field trip, please contact Ms. Halasz.

 - The 7th Grade Team 

    Language Arts      
Language Arts Fun!
Here is the plan for our week.
Monday: Media Center: book check out and Socratic Seminar prep
Tuesday: Socratic Seminar
Wednesday: Compare and Contrast introduction
Thursday: 2081 movie
Friday: Compare and Contrast work on 2081 and Harrison Bergeron story.

Read a good book this week. 
    Social Studies      
Social Studies
Our focus this week will be on tools of diplomacy.  Students will complete learning activities around the tools of diplomacy used in westward expansion and in U.S. foreign policy today.  
Many students have chosen a topic for History Day and will be narrowing their focus in the weeks ahead.  They will also need to decide what format they want to use:  exhibit board, website, documentary, performance, research paper.  Students will need to declare their topic by Friday, December 4th.
There is homework this week.  After reading  an article about diplomacy, students will complete a graphic organizer.  Due Friday. 
   - Ms. Odermatt
This week in science we will :
  • Finish our Artificial Selection activity 
  • Learn about Arthropods 
  • Lean about Cladograms 
  • Work in groups on RA 4 Cricket Natural Selection 
UNIT TEST is Monday November 23rd. Study Guide handed out today (November 16)

HOMEWORK: Complete 90% of Unit Test Study Guide by THURSDAY!!

SCIENCE BOWL  Practice #6  is today - Monday 11/16.  Remember, no transportation is provided by the school. Practice ends at 3:45.

 - 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/

Last week we did a review on ratios and proportional reasoning (which they covered with Ms. Wilson last year). Students were struggling a bit, so we did many practice packets, and a lot of discussion about how "show your work" and complete the problems. Students will take a Learning Target Quiz (LT #3.1, 3.2, 3.4, & 3.5) on all of these targets on Tuesday this week.  
- All of the packets from last week should be completed and turned with their quiz on Tuesday.

Later this week we'll start learning about simple and compound interest (always an interesting topic, and usually pretty new concepts to the students.).

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] 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 B.E.S.T. class. 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. 
(Deadline for LT#2.6 [mistakenly labeled #4.5 on student quiz copies] is: Tuesday, Nov 24
- 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.

      - 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.
    B.E.S.T. Reading                
    7th-Grade Field Trip  - THIS WEEK 
                    Friday, Nov 20     



  • Dates to RememberNOV 16: Deadline for return of field trip permission slips
  • NOV 16: Barnes & Noble Book-Fair & Performances
  • NOV 19: Native American Family Involvement day
  • NOV 20: 7th-Grade Field Trip- [Dorrance Dance at U of MN]
  • NOV 25-27: NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
  • DEC 21 - JAN 1:  NO SCHOOL -Winter Break
  • JAN 4: School Resumes

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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