7th Grade Newsletter - November 30, 2015

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November 30, 2015
We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving Holiday break. It's always nice getting to spend extra time with family and friends!

We're back for 3 full weeks of classes, without any significant breaks. Besides being filled with a great deal of learning, exploration, and discovery in all of our classes, these weeks will be filled with many concerts, performances, sports, clubs, and other activities for students during the month of December. While all of these these various events are fun and help to broaden students' experiences, it also requires that students stay very organized in order to be on-top of everything and do their best. Being involved in a wide variety of activities does not excuse students from doing all of their regular schoolwork, and the requirement to have homework and other materials completed on time.  Please help your children manage their time wisely during these busy weeks.

 - The 7th Grade Team 

    Language Arts      
Language Arts Fun!
Media Center for return and check out of books
First lesson on Symbolism
Symbolism Nonfiction reading
Review of basic symbols found in literature
Share out what we found in Tuesdays nonfiction piece.
Listen to 2BON2B story
Vocabulary study/ I-pad use
Read 2BON2B to get "Gist"
    Social Studies      
Social Studies
We begin a 3 week stretch until Winter Break!  With us during this time is our student teacher, Mr. Coffey, who spent the fall at Hale and will soon be done with his training from Augsburg College.  We will be completing Unit 2 with lessons on the Mexican American War and the Monroe Doctrine this week and new inventions/technology in the weeks ahead, with the test before break.
Students will need to select their History Day topic by Friday, December 4th.  The topic selection worksheet is this week's homework.  Most students are on their way with interesting ideas about a topic! Look for important paperwork coming home regarding History Day timelines and information.  
   - Ms. Odermatt
This week in science we will begin our new unit Physical Properties of Matter.  We will:
  • Check our knowledge about matter
  • Measure the density of water
  • Measure the density of cube-shaped objects
  • Measure the density of irregularly shaped objects
HOMEWORK: Unit 3, RA1, What is Matter.  Passed out on Monday, due back by Friday (Turn in on Tuesday for a 4% bonus).

SCIENCE BOWL  Practice #8  is today - Monday 11/30.  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 completed our instruction about simple and compound interest. Students now have a practice and review sheet on these topics that is due on Wednesday, Dec. 2. We will have time for questions and review on Wednesday, and then a Learning Target Quiz on this topic on Thursday.

I will not be in school on Monday and Tuesday this week. Materials provided for the students will help deepen their understanding of decimals and percent, and will have them look at and manage percent "increases" and "decreases".

Our next unit will focus on various aspects of data and probability. Students will get their new CMP text books, "Data Distributions", for this unit on Tuesday, although they will not begin using them until later in the week.

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. 
(The DEADLINE for re-takes of LT#3.1, 3.2, & 3.4/3.5 is: Monday, Dec 14
- 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                

Dates to Remember

  • DEC 11 - 6th-7th-8th Grade Dance
  • DEC 21 - JAN 1:  NO SCHOOL -Winter Break
  • JAN 4:  
    School Resumes
  • JAN 14: End of 2nd quarter.
  • JAN 15: NO SCHOOL for students- record-keeping day
  • JAN 18: NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • JAN 19: NO SCHOOL for students- Teacher's Professional Development day
  • JAN 20: Beginning of 3rd quarter
  • FEB 8:   National African American Parent Involvement Day
  • FEB 11: Parent-Teacher Conferences (3:30-7:30pm)
  • FEB 12: NO SCHOOL for students - Parent-Teacher Conferences (7:30-11:30am)
  • FEB 15: NO SCHOOL -Presidents Day
We had a great Field trip to Dorrance Dance at Northrup Auditorium on the U of M Campus. We watched a terrific performance, and our students represented Field School admirably!
- A special "Thank you" to the many parents who took time out of their day and helped chaperone! 

In case you missed this in last week's newsletter, 
here are a few photos from the trip...

CLICK HERE for a LINK to a VIDEO of the Dorrance Dance Troupe recorded at our field trip!
CLICK HERE for a LINK to a VIDEO of the Dorrance Dance Troupe recorded at our field trip!


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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