7th Grade Newsletter - October 10, 2016

Field School- 7th Grade Newsletter (101016)

October 10, 2016
Conferences are coming up this week and next in October (13th, 18th, & 19th).  We have had a tremendous response to conference sign-ups this year, and all available time-slots are currently filled. 

If you missed signing up, you can still request a conference. At this point, any additional conferences for parents/students we will need to set up a conference time outside of the regular conference schedule. What usually works best is after-school (2:45pm), on Mondays or Thursdays. Sometimes we cannot get all teachers together, but you should be able to meet with most, and we will be able to provide written feedback from any teacher that cannot attend. Email Mr. Usem (mark.usem@mpls.k12.mn.us)  with your requests for a time, and let us know what might work for you after MEA Break weekend (...after Monday, October 24).

*Repeat of Referendum message-
On Nov. 8, Minneapolis voters will be asked to renew the school district's current operating referendum authorization, which expires after the 2016-17 school year. If passed, funding would help Minneapolis Public Schools manage class sizes and provide supportive services and activities for students. The request would authorize the referendum for nine years and be annually adjusted for inflation. Property taxes are not projected to increase if the referendum renewal passes. Learn more here: 

 - The 7th Grade Team 
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    Language Arts      
mchThe e-readers are close to becoming a reality!
I have set up a Donorschoose.org sight to purchase a class set of e-readers. We are closing in on our goal. Only $500 to go. A HUGE thank you to the Field Families who have donated. You join with my friends and family from all over the country to support this project. THANKS THANKS THANKS!

This week in class
Monday: Maping you neighborhood model lesson
Tuesday: Student Neighborhood drawing and story brainstorming
Wednesday: Plot Diagram review/ writing lesson and writing time
Thursday: Writing time/Youtube Video
Friday: Read to get the gist with the  personal narrative, The Chase.

Thanks so much and have a GREAT week. 
    - Ms. Halasz
    Social Studies      
Social Studies
Each student will have the chance to take on the role of an attorney or judge as we study the Arizona Immigration Law of 2010.  We will read the text of the law and spend class time researching and preparing our arguments.  Students will get credit for the work they do researching and participating.  They will also need to complete a short written reflection after the activity is over.  The reflection is due by Friday, October 14th.
We will have Wednesday and Thursday to review in class for the Unit 1 Test that will be given this Friday.  Students will receive a study guide in order to prepare for the test.

   - Ms. Odermatt
Unit: Natural Systems

We will have our Unit Test this Thursday 10/13.
Students received a review packet last Friday (10/7).  

To prepare for the test:
  • Complete and study the Review Guide,
  • Review all notes,
  • Review all past Reading Assignments (RAs 1 - 5)
  • Review practice Quiz 1 and 2
  • Review Weekly Powerpoints that are on the website (see link below)
HOMEWORK: Study for the test!  80% of the Review Guide is to be completed by Tuesday 10/11.

 - 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/

Students this week will be taking the MAP standardized math tests during their math class period on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Students took learning target quizzes last week, on Learning Targets #2.5 (Coordinate Grid) and #2.7 (Multiplication & Division with positive & negative numbers). They will get these quizzes back after MAP testing.

Mr. Usem will not be in school on Wednesday this week (Oct 12) due to the Jewish Holiday of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). He will return to school on Thursday, Oct 13th. Ms. Meyer will be acting as substitute on these days.

Students this week we are revisiting the "order of operations" in math, and how it is is affected (and made a bit more confusing) by the inclusion of negative numbers. We will also introduce and explore the distributive and associative properties.

      - Mr. Usem 
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 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 will have at least 2 weeks from when the quizzes are handed back to complete the re-take. 
- The DEADLINE for re-takes on the LT#2.1/2.2 quizzes is... Friday, Oct 14.
- The DEADLINE for re-takes on the LT#2.3/2.4 quizzes is... Tuesday, Oct 25.

- 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 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
    OCT 11: Flu Shot Clinic at Field (Gym) (2:30-6:00p)
  • OCT 13: Conferences (3:30-7:30pm)
  • OCT 18: Conferences (3:30-7:30pm)
  • OCT 19: NO SCHOOL - Conferences (7:30am-12:00noon)
  • OCT 20-21: NO SCHOOL -Education MN Teacher's Convention ("MEA break")
  • OCT 26: Picture Re-take Day
  • NOV 2:  End of 1st quarter
  • NOV 3-4: NO SCHOOL - Teacher professional development and record-keeping
  • NOV 7:  Beginning of 2nd quarter

Leon Boler
Nicole Odermatt 
(Social Studies)

Mary Catherine Halasz
(Language Arts)

Mark Usem 
voicemail  612-668-7729
Heather Walker  

Other 7th Grade Advisors:

Bev Halvorson Trowbridge
(Reading Specialist)

Field School Student Resources:
Mariam Graff 
(Social Work) 
(612) 668-3640

Field School Site Council
7th Grade Parent Reps:

 * TBA
Field Community School
 4645 Fourth Ave.South Minneapolis, MN 55419
Telephone: 612-668-3640 | Fax: 612-668-3661

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