7th Grade Newsletter - November 25, 2013

Field School
7th Grade Newsletter  

November 25, 2013 
We have a very short week this week, as we prepare for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Real work does go on in school today and Tuesday, and we encourage you to tell your child to make sure they make the most of each day.

Wishing everyone the very happiest of Turkey Days!! Enjoy your break and the time with your family.

-  The 7th Grade Team


Language Arts  
Happy Thanksgiving!


I don't know what the heck happened last week but my part of the news letter got goofed up. So sorry. 


Here is a recap, we finished up our dystopian readings and now we are watching the movie, The Truman Show. The students have had a lot of thoughtful comments about the idea of Utopia vs Dystopia.  



After the winter holiday the students and I will be reading A Christmas Carol. If you have not seen the production at the Guthrie this might be the year to do it. Another idea would be to watch one of the many versions out there. Try to stay away from the 1950's version that is the one we use in class.  



My web page is up and running. Please see the link below or access it through the Field School web page. 

Halasz Website here. 


Feel free to e-mail me if you have questions or concerns this year.  mahal001@mpls.k12.mn.us is the best address to use.


- Ms. Halasz



On Monday students will take the unit test. On Tuesday students will revisit many of the unit terms with a worksheet while viewing Arctic Tale.  



- Mr. Boler

  •  To increase content understanding visit the 7th grade science web site at the URL listed below.


Social StudiesSocial Studies

Today students will be creating their own journal entry as if they were part of the Lewis and Clark expedition.  Their entry should include historically accurate details of the people, places, and things of the trip.  Tomorrow we will view the National Geographic film, Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West.

Have a great holiday weekend!



- Ms. Odermatt





We have been working on understanding the Commutative, Associative, and Distributive properties, and how they apply to our discussions of "order of operations". By the end of last week they should have learned all of them... Ask your child if they can explain what each property applies to, and what the differences are between them.
We will be finishing this "Accentuate the Negative" unit on Integers and rational numbers this week. Monday will be our final section, and Tuesday will be a review day. The students will receive a review packet that they can work on over the long weekend. We will be testing on this NEXT Tuesday (Dec. 3), so that students with questions can ask them on Monday, Dec 2nd, after they return from the long weekend, in order to be best prepared for our quiz. The quiz will cover material from the last Investigation (#4) from this unit. Later in the week, after our quiz, students will also be taking a district benchmark exam on this entire unit.
Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend!
    - Mr. Usem


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Click HERE for 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. 



- Strategy Instruction


 Good morning!   This week we continue to work with genre study as it applies to reading texts in core classes. We are studying these three questions: 1) What do you know about this type of writing? 2) What events or actions will happen in this type of text? 3) What types of information might you find in this text?

We are spending the next three class sessions connected to surveying Historical Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Horror, and Science Textbooks and identifying the answers to those three questions.  After having a chance to explore these text types, students will then receive direct instruction on how to apply the knowledge they have gained to other text types that they use in their core classes.  
Application of this knowledge in student's core classes is the main objective of all the work we do in Reader's Workshop.  This work will also  prepare us to interact with many of the Common Core State Standards!

Tim Jungwirth
K-12 Reading Specialist
Field Community School




Dear Field Families,


Thank you to the individuals and families that attended the Capri Big Band Fundraiser for the AVID program. Your contribution will help us spread awareness of college and our AVID program.  We hope you enjoyed the music of the Capri Big Band.  

We know we did! AVID logo


With many thanks,

AVID Students


Click HERE for the 




Click HERE for Mr. Usem's Webpage


Life in 7th Grade...
Contact Us
Leon Boler
Nicole Odermatt 
(Social Studies)

Mary Catherine Halasz
(Language Arts)

Mark Usem 
voicemail  612-668-7729
Heather Walker  
Other 7th Grade 

Char Swanson

Seth Leavitt


Other 7th Grade 
B.E.S.T. teachers: 

Seth Leavitt 
(Math BEST)



Tim Jungwirth

(Reading BEST)






Field School 

Student Resources




Wendy Wolff 

(612) 668-3640




Field School Site Council

7th Grade Parent Reps


Camille Holthaus




Eric Muschler




** 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 Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55419

from the Field School Counselor...  


Student Council Announcement!

This year Field School will be partnering with a local service organization to help raise awareness and money for the people they serve in our community.

Student Council researched a few organizations in our neighborhood and chose to partner with Full Cycle, an agency that serves homeless youth in our community.

  • Full Cycle collects used bikes, fixes them up and sells them at their bike shop on Chicago Avenue and 35th Street.
  • Full Cycle provides homeless youth with a bike and 6 month paid internship that teaches them job skills and bike maintenance.
  • Full Cycle helps youth obtain affordable housing
  • Full cycle provides food and mentoring to help them until they are self sufficient

As we build this partnership, we will let you know how you can join us in supporting their valuable work with homeless youth! You can also check out their website for more information at: http://fullcyclebikeshop.org/

(...scroll down to search for informational video.) 


If you are planning to purchase a bike in the next month or so, Full Cycle has their annual holiday sale for the entire month of December. All profits from their bike sales, are reinvested in the work they do with homeless youth.



It's almost dance time! 

The 2013 Field School

Hollywood/Red Carpet Dance 

will be held on Friday, 

December 13th 

(Yes, Friday the 13th!) 

from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. 

Save the date! 

Tickets this year will be $5. 

Student Council will be selling tickets at lunch 

starting December 2, 2013 until the day before the dance (Dec.12th)




*You cannot buy tickets the day of the dance, so make sure you buy your tickets early! 

We hope to see you there!

Dance (12-13-13)    


Wendy Wolff

Field School Counselor

Dates to Remember

Dates to 



  • Nov 27-29: NO SCHOOL- Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Dec 5 - Fall / Holiday Concert - (6:30pm) Chorale, Madrigals, Jazz Band, Chamber Orchestra, & Wind Ensemble
  • Dec 10 - Galleria Concert - (5:30pm) Chorale, Madrigals, Jazz Band, & Chamber Orchestra
  • Dec 11 - GEMS "Family Night Out" Spaghetti Dinner (5:00-7:30) Field School Commons
  • Dec 12 - Mall of America Concert -
    (6:00pm) Chorale, Madrigals, & Jazz Band
  • Dec 13 - Field School Dance (6:30-8:30pm) -Grades 6/7/8
  • Dec 23 - Jan 3: NO SCHOOL- Winter Break  


The voting has ended, and decisions have been made! 
Winning moustache designs for each teacher and administrator will be displayed at Field School this week!


Watch for pics of your favorites, and announcement of how much money we've raised!


With the help of student council, Movember has been a chance for students and families to have a good time as well as donate money to help efforts to educate about men's health issues and aid the homeless.


The following staff have volunteered to let students (through donations) choose the style of moustache they grow!

  • Principal Norlin-Weaver
  • Assistant Principal Johnson
  • Mr. Boler
  • Mr. Husby
  • Mr. Iverson
  • Mr. Jungwirth
  • Mr. Kafura
  • Mr. VP
  • Mr. Leavitt
  • Mr. Usem.

These gracious volunteers have grown their moustaches & beards out all month until sculpting the moustache the Field community selected for them!


Each vote made will have raised $1 for our efforts -


For more information, please email Ms. Wolff.

 The No Sale Fundraiser is back! 


It's still going on... as the fundraiser runs from Nov 4 thru Dec 12, 2013.


This is a Hale/Field Fundraiser that helps our schools get much needed money to supplement academic and community events. The No Sale 

Fundraising Committee is hoping to raise lots of money this year.


If you would like to support the fundraiser, please go to the GiveMn link http://givemn.razoo.com/ to donate.  Put Field School in the search box (upper right hand corner) and your choices will appear.


Please share the website with friends and community members as a way to support Field Community Middle School. 


    How often have your family or friends asked what they can do to help your school? This is an easy, tax-deductible way to help and all the money goes back to our school.

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