7th Grade Newsletter - October 12, 2015

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October 12, 2015
We have a short week for students this week (2 Days ONLY!) due to Parent-Teacher conferences and MEA Break (teacher's convention). 
- Make sure that students know to make those days count!

The weather is getting cooler. Even though we'll have a few warm
days left this fall, students have found this past week that the inside temperature in our building is sometimes cool and drafty in some parts, while it's warm in others. It's hard to regulate the temperature in our older building with changing temperatures outside each day. Remind students to dress in layers, so that they can adjust their clothing as necessary. Having an extra sweater or sweatshirt in their locker is a great idea at this time of year.

Field School Conferences are continuing
  • Tues, Oct 13 (3:30-7:30pm)
  • Wed, Oct 14 (7:30am-3:00pm) 
Parent sign-up was available at Back-to-school Night in August, and Curriculum Night in September. During the time for which you sign up, you will rotate through and meet with all 4 core teachers during the 1/2-hour block. If you have not already signed up for conferences, please be sure to contact Mr. Usem for a time; PLEASE DESIGNATE both a first and second choice for time slots desired in your email request. 
(first come, first served with respect to remaining available times)

We currently have no conference times scheduled
for over 25 students!!  
Available times now are:

** Tues (Oct 13)
    No times available
** Wed (Oct 14) 


 - The 7th Grade Team 

    Language Arts      
mch Happy Fall!
This week is a short one. Students will be in the 118 computer lab typing and editing their Personal Narratives. 

It was great seeing so many of you at conferences last Tuesday. I look forward to more productive meetings this week. 

Reading a good book is like taking a vacation from reality. xo 

    - Ms. Halasz
    Social Studies      
Social Studies
Students will spend some time reflecting on their progress thus far at the mid-term mark.  We will also view some of the History channel series, "Mankind:  The Story of All of Us", focusing on the "Empire" episode and the discovery of the New World.  Graded tests will be returned after the break.
   - Ms. Odermatt
This week in science:
  • Monday: We will start our new unit Diversity, with a movie called Arctic Tale.  We will look for structural and behavioral adaptations that help populations survive            
  • Tuesday: Continue with Arctic Tale.  Tests returned along with a form to use to earn back some points on the test items you got wrong. 

HOMEWORK: Write out complete explanations on the questions you got wrong on the test and earn half the original points.

SCIENCE    FIRST practice is today - Monday 10/12.  Remember, no transportation is provided by the school. Practice ends at 3:45.
If you are a 7th or 8th grader who enjoys science and math, fast paced competitions, and working with others, this is the team for you.  Like other teams, we practice together, do some training on our own, and compete against other Minnesota schools. Get a sign up form from Mr. Boler or Mr. Iverson or download it off the 7th grade science web page.  Practices are held every Monday from 10/12 through 12/14. 

 - 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 students will receive back their quizzes on LT #2.5 (Coordinate Grid) and #2.7 (multiplying and dividing positive and negative rational numbers).

For this short week, we are now moving on to exploring the distributive property.

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 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. 
Deadlines for LT#2.1 and LT#2.2 are: TODAY, Monday, Oct 12)  
(Deadlines for LT#2.3 and LT#2.4 are: Monday, Oct 26) 
(Deadlines for LT#2.5 and LT#2.7 are: Wednesday, Oct 28)
- 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 RememberOCT 13: Conferences (3:30-7:30pm)
  • OCT 14: NO SCHOOL - Conferences (7:30am-3:30pm)
  • OCT 15-16: NO SCHOOL -MEA Break
  • OCT 28:  End of 1st quarter
  • OCT 29-30: NO SCHOOL - Teacher professional development and record-keeping
  • Sunday, NOV 1: Daylight Savings Time Ends -FALL BACK 1 hour
  • NOV 2: Beginning of 2nd quarter
  • NOV 19: Native American Family Involvement day
  • NOV 25-27: NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
  • DEC 21 - JAN 1:  NO SCHOOL -Winter Break
  • JAN 4: School Resumes

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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