7th Grade Newsletter - November 28, 2011

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November 28, 2011

Here's some tasty news from the GEMS:

G.E.M.S. Family Spaghetti Dinner! Thursday, December 15th 5-7pm, at Field School, in the Commons. $6 for kids, $8for adults, $25 Family maximum. Come join the field community! Enjoy some good company, and good food, served by the group of G.E.M.S. Girls going to Costa Rica! Dinner will consist of spaghetti, salad, and bread, catered by Fat Lorenzo's! Any questions or concerns don't hesitate to contact Evelyn Blum at emb5567@yahoo.com or 62-819-5023.

The Dance is Coming! The Dance is Coming!

The 6-8th grade "Winter Candy Land" Dance is coming up on Friday December 9! Tickets go on sale during lunch today (Monday November 28)! Tickets are $4 but if students bring in a non-perishable can, box or bag of food, they will get $1 off their ticket. We will be donating the food to an organization called "Hope for the City" who distributes the food to people in need. If you would like more information about Hope for the City and how they distribute the food we donate, please visit their website: http://www.hopeforthecity.net/

And please don't forget:

We need parent chaperones for both the boy's and girl's Long Lake trips. Let us know asap that you'll be with 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
    mch

    This week we start our study of Dystopian Lit. If you are not familiar with the term Dystopian just think of a Utopia gone bad. :) The actual definition is, a futuristic, imagined universe that at first seems perfect, but when you look closer you see oppressive societal control. This control can be by a government, a business, a religion or a technology.

    I mentioned last week that we will read two pieces by Kurt Vonnegut and one by Jenae Cohn. We will end this unit by taking a look at the movie The Truman Show. So by the winter break the kids should be sufficiently creeped out and ready for a vacation.

    If any of you have been thinking of taking your students to see A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie now would be a good time. We will read the Dickens tale following the winter break. Our focus will be the idea of redemption and how one goes about righting their wrongs. I also plan to use the 1954 version of the movie, it follows our text almost verbatim.

    Happy December. Life is good!


    Math - Mr. West

    Hello everybody. We started the Moving Straight Ahead unit today, which focuses on linear relationships. On Thursday we are headed to the computer lab to take the district interim assessment, a short test which covers all the topics we have studied so far.

    Below are listed the learning targets for Moving Straight Ahead:

    ONE: I can identify a proportional relationship.

    TWO: I can write a proportional relationship as y = kx or y/x = k.

    THREE: I can identify the y-intercept of any linear relationship.

    FOUR: Given a table, graph, equation, context, or language for a linear relationship, I can generate all of the other forms.

    FIVE: I can connect real-world or mathematical situations to equations.

    SIX: I can generate equivalent numerical and algebraic expressions using the associative, commutative and distributive laws.

    SEVEN: I can evaluate algebraic expressions for given values.

    EIGHT: I can solve equations for a variable using the properties of equality and explain what my solution means.


    Social Studies -- Ms. Odermatt

    This week we begin our study of the countries of Europe. Students will have time in class to research and plan a three-week European trip. The final product will be a brochure featuring three countries and the trip itinerary. Don't we wish we could visit these fabulous places!


    Science - Mr. Boler

    This week we will be moving on from plants to insects. We have some visiting Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches that we will be working with.

    On Monday students will receive homework RA 11: Those Amazing Insects. Due back Friday but receive extra points if returned by Tuesday.

    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

    Parent Portal

    7th Grade Contact Information

    Mary Catherine Halasz (Language Arts, BEST, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640
    mahal001@mpls.k12.mn.us

    Nicole Odermatt (Social Studies, BEST, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640
    Nicole.Odermatt@mpls.k12.mn.us

    Mark Usem (BEST, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640
    Mark.Usem@mpls.k12.mn.us

    Brenda Leviton (Spanish,French, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640
    Brenda.Leviton@mpls.k12.mn.us

    Leon Boler (Science, BEST, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640
    Leon.Boler@mpls.k12.mn.us

    Heather Walker (AVID)
    (612) 668-3640
    Heather.Walker@mpls.k12.mn.us

    Dan West (Math, BEST, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640
    Dan.West@mpls.k12.mn.us

    Julie Peterson (Social Work, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640
    Julie.Peterson@mpls.k12.mn.us

    Wendy Wolff (Councelor, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640
    Wendy.Wolff@mpls.k12.mn.us

    Gretchen Mattson (BEST)
    (612) 668-3640
    Gretchen.Mattson@mpls.k12.mn.us

    Jane Zeleznikar (Classroom Support )
    (612) 668-3640
    Jane.Zeleznikar@mpls.k12.mn.us

    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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