7th Grade Newsletter - November 4, 2013

Field School
7th Grade Newsletter  

November 4, 2013 
Last Thursday was the end of the 1st quarter, and today begins the 2nd
    Grades for the 1st quarter will be finalized within the next few days. When they are final and tabulated for the entire district, grade reports will be sent home.
The beginnning of a new quarter is always a good time to sit down and have a chat with your child.  Review how the last quarter went, both in terms of class grades and in terms of classroom and study habits. Questions to ask your child could be:
  • Are you happy with the results you achieved for grades in 1st quarter?
  • Did you have good study habits?
  • What do you think could you change in terms of study habits that might improve your grade for 2nd quarter?
  • Did you manage your time well?
  • Did you use your planner effectively, writing in it, and checking it, regularly?
  • Did you complete all homework assignments, AND hand them in, ON TIME?
  • Is there anything about your classroom behavior that you could change that might help you be a more active and effective learner in class?
  • Did you use your available resources well... such as actively seeking help from teachers, parents, and friends when you needed it?
  • Are there any lifestyle changes (eating habits, sleeping habits, exercise and recreation habits) you could make that might help you in your school performance?
Even though we know most 7th-graders are not excited about discussing these questions, a bit of self-reflection at each quarter change can make a real difference in what happens during the next quarter. One of the real positive things about a school environment is that it provides students with a chance to completely start over fresh and new each quarter. (This is something that, unfortunately, doesn't really happen on this regular a basis in real-life as an adult!)


-  The 7th Grade Team


Language Arts  


Welcome to 



This week is all about Figurative Language. Ask you child about hyperbole, simile, idiom, metaphor, and personification. If your lucky they may even sing you a song about figurative language... We will continue to study our short story Harrison Bergeron. 



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



This week we will continue our study of genetics. Students are encouraged to use the FOSS part of the science web page to enhance their understanding of how traits are passed from parents to offspring. 


Homework:  RA2 Heredity, will be passed out on Monday and will be due on Friday. Students who turn in their homework by Tuesday will earn a 4% bonus.


Effort Tracker codes  you may now access Effort Tracker Student Report pages with a mobile device or computer.  For mobile devices, you must enter the entire link with the code at the end.  If you need your access link sent to you, shoot me an email request.


Our 4th Science Bowl meeting is today (Monday November 4th) from 2:45 to 3:45. Remember, no transportation is provided on Mondays.  Science Bowl students must make their own transportation arrangements


- Mr. Boler

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


Social StudiesSocial Studies


 We spent last week understanding the costs and benefits of using a credit card. Ask your child about the kinds of cards available today.  


This week we will finish the Economics Unit with a lesson in allocation of resources and factors that create a shift in the supply/demand curve.  We will spend class time reviewing notes and vocabulary, preparing for next week's unit assessment.  No homework but students will work on study guides.




- Ms. Odermatt





We had a QUIZ last Wednesday, Oct 30, on the first few learning targets in this integer unit. 
We worked this past week in trying to develop some specific algorithms for dealing with adding and subtracting integers. Students did a really good job creating these algorithms.... While they all led to the same result, it was interesting seeing how many different approaches student groups had.
 We'll be further analyzing them to try to find out what are the easiest and most efficient algorithms.
 Next, we'll be introducing coordinate planes, as well as beginning to explore multiplying and dividing integers.
    - 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. 

11/4/13  READER's WORKSHOP - Strategy Instruction


Good morning!  As we begin a new quarter, we begin a new set of strategy lessons focused on  giving students access to a wide range of skills they will use in their content area classes.  We will be using a text on the Yosemite Fire from this past September to engage in learning and practicing the following new strategies:  



November 15 and 16
7:00-8:30 p.m.

Admission: $3.00 Adults and $1.00 Students


 Come out and support the AVID students and enjoy a fantastic band with the family.

The Capri Big Band 
in concert last summer 
at the Minnesota History Center 
(with Mr. Johnson on Trombone!)

Tickets will go on sale in the Lunchroom at Field starting on Wednesday October 30, 2013 from 11:30-12:45, and in the AVID Classroom from 12:50 until 2:35 PM.

Tickets WILL also be sold at the door.


Barnes and Noble Book Fair!  

Nov. 19

5-8 pm.     

Once again Field has partnered with 

Barnes and Noble at Galleria 
Scholastic Bookfair Image for a school book fair to raise funds for books and media needs for the 
school.  The event is scheduled on Tuesday, November 19 from 5-8 pm.  

All purchases at B&N that night count towards our funds: music, movies and even food at the coffee shop! ...if you are running late you can feed your kids there and the monies can be applied to Field School if you tell them you are with Field. They do have pizza, sandwiches and other 'food' items.



Also if people can't come to the event personally, they can shop on line.

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From 5 - 6:30 pm we will be featuring a local 'tween' author who is a fellow educator, Nick Hupton. His website is: "nickhupton.com"   


Click HERE for nickhupton.com 



Field Music


At 6:30 pm we will be featuring music from our wonderful music program at Field School

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...  

Stay tuned to this space for future announcements from...


Wendy Wolff

Field School Counselor

Dates to Remember

Dates to 




  • Nov 4: Quarter #2 begins
  • Nov 15-16: Capri Big Band -AVID fundraiser at Field - (7:00-8:30pm)
  • Nov 19: Barnes & Noble Book Fair (5-8pm)
  • Nov 21: Field "Take-your-family-to-school" Day 
  • Nov 27-29: NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Holiday

Click HERE for the 




Click HERE for Mr. Usem's Webpage


presents their 
Fall Spotlight Production of 

This production is being directed by students and features all of your favorite Charlie Brown characters. Join Snoopy, Woodstock, Charlie Brown and more!

November 6-9 at 7pm. November 9 at 2pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students/children. November 6th is pay what you can.

Washburn Arts Council and the Washburn Foundation announce their Second Annual Fall Arts Gala

a fundraiser to support visual and performing arts at Washburn High School. Money raised will be used to purchase a pug mill and printing press, and to enhance stage, sound, and lighting in the Washburn High School Auditorium.


Saturday, November 16 

from 7:00-10:00 PM

at St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church, located at 3450 Irving Ave South in Minneapolis. The Beatles-themed celebration will feature student performers and artists, and a special performance by acclaimed jazz artist and Washburn alumnus Connie Evingson. There will be opportunities to purchase student art, sign up for a "Great Gathering," buy wine chances and mystery box items, bid on live auction items, and donate cash. Advance tickets are $35 ($40 at the door) and can be purchased through Eventbrite at the LINK below. 


The Gala will include light appetizers and a cash bar.


CLICK HERE for a LINK to the Washburn Fall Arts Gala Website 






You'll be seeing a little more facial hair around Field this month!  In honor of Movember, some staff will be letting their moustaches loose.


With the help of student council, Movember will be 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 already 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 will grow their moustaches out all month until sculpting the moustache the Field community selects for them!


Each vote will raise $1 for our efforts - vote early and often -

- Mr. Boler will look great in mutton-chops!  


For more information, please email Ms. Wolff.

HaleField Lawn Sign


No Sale Fundraiser 

is back! 


The fundraiser runs 

from November 4 thru December 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.


In two weeks, you have an opportunity to double your dollars by connecting to Give to the Max! Day in Minnesota.  On November 14, every donation you make gives Field School the chance to win even more money. Hundreds of organizations will offer the opportunity to double your dollars with matching grants throughout the 24 hours of Give to the Max! Day.

   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.

This email was sent to seth.leavitt@mpls.k12.mn.us by mark.usem@mpls.k12.mn.us |  
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