7th Grade Newsletter - November 27, 2017



November 27, 2017
We went to the Minnesota Zoo on Tuesday, Nov 21...  
Weather was rather cold outside, but everyone really had a great time, and learned something too!.
THANK YOU to all of the many parents who helped chaperone this trip; we couldn't do it without you!
Enjoy these pictures from the zoo...
This week starts the beginning of 4 solid weeks of school before winter-break.  We're looking forward to a lot of learning during this time.
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 - The 7th Grade Team 
    Language Arts       
This is Mr. Meaney's last week of student teaching. Next week he starts a position at the Pernassus Prep Charter School in Maple Grove. We thank him for all his hard work and wish him well. 
This week the students will be reading chapters 4-6 in The Breadwinner.  We will find out what happened to father and what the women plan to do in his absence. 
Parents if you go to my Youtube page, MCHalasz1 you will find the audio of the chapters, feel free to read/listen along. 
-Ms. Halasz & Mr. Meaney
    Social Studies      
Social Studies
This week students will be researching a Native American Tribe in small groups and creating a google slide presentation.  Thursday and Friday will be days to focus on our History Day topic exploration.  Homework this week is a "Self-Reflection" worksheet about History Day that is due this Friday.
We have officially kicked off this year's History Day project.  The theme is Conflict and Compromise.  We will be working on researching topic ideas based on student interests.  At this point in the project, this is an exploration activity.  I encourage students to first pursue their own interests before they decide if they want to work with a partner. Students may work in groups of 2 or 3 but they must be in the same class period.  Watch for important paperwork in the next couple weeks.  Please use the following link to access information, tips and guidelines about the project:  http://education.mnhs.org/historyday/
   - Ms. Odermatt
Some of the main things we will do this week in science:
  • Finish the video on Charles Darwin's Voyage to the Galapagos Islands
  • Do an activity on Artificial Selection using dogs (send dog pictures to leon.boler@mpls.k12.mn.us)
  • Learn about Clades

No homework this week (except to catch up on missing work). 


Science Bowl

We will have our seventh science bowl practice on Monday from 2:45 to 3:45.  Remember there are no after school busses for science bowl - students need to have their own way home.


 - 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/
This week we'll begin by doing some review of finding percents, and then we'll begin to explore the concepts of simple and compound interest.  While simple interest is pretty straightforward, many students struggle with the concept of compound interest, and the formula necessary to efficiently figure the results with compound interest.

      - Mr. Usem 
Any students may re-take Learning Target quizzes to try to improve their score and to receive a passing grade showing that they understand the learning target. The top grade possible on a quiz "re-take" is an 85% score (a solid "B" grade). 
* 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 or downloadable from his webpage] 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, during Advisory study-hall on Thursdays, or during another time arranged with Mr. Usem. Students should make arrangements with Mr. Usem to do the re-takes. 
- 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.
  • The
    RE-TAKE LT Quizzes #
    2.8, &
    2.9 is Friday, Dec. 8.
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.
  • Dates to Remember
    DEC 8:  Field School Dance (Grades 6-8) 6:30-8:00pm
    ...tickets must be purchased prior to Friday, Dec. 8.
  • DEC 13:  Back to the 70's Day at Field
  • DEC 25- JAN 5:  NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
  • JAN 8: School Resumes
  • JAN 15: NO SCHOOL - MLK Holiday
  • JAN 24: Last Day of 2nd Quarter
  • JAN 25-26:  NO SCHOOL - teacher professional development & record-keeping
  • JAN 29:  Beginning of 3rd Quarter
Leon Boler
Nicole Odermatt
(Social Studies)

Mary Catherine Halasz
(Language Arts)

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

Marni Heck
(Physical Education - at Field School 7:30am-1:45pm)
Tim Forward
(Health & Physical Education)


Field School Student Resources:
Mariam Graff 
(Social Work) 
(612) 668-3640
Field School Site Council
7th Grade Parent Reps:

** 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
Field School & Hale/Field PTAs, 4645 Fourth Avenue South, Field PTA, Minneapolis, MN 55419
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