7th Grade Newsletter - October 16, 2017



October 16, 2017
(Education Minnesota Teacher's Convention -MEA BREAK)
-This week we will have school for students 
only on Monday and Tuesday (Oct 16 & 17)
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Conferences continue this week. 

We are now full on our entire conference schedule... Tuesdday evening (Oct. 17), and on Wednesday morning (Oct. 18).  During your assigned conference time you will briefly visit with all 4 core teachers

If you don't remember your conference time, email and send a note to any teacher on the 7th-grade team, and we will let you know when you are scheduled.

If you missed signing up and still would like to meet for a conference outside of the regular conference times, you can email your child's advisory teacher, and they will try to arrange a conference sometime before or after the regular school day after MEA Break. It might be difficult to get all teachers together at the same time, but we will still make the effort to touch base with you about your child's progress in school, relaying information for any teacher who cannot make the arranged meeting. 
- Hoping everyone has a good fall break over the Education Minnesota Teacher's Convention (MEA Break)!
 - The 7th Grade Team 
    Language Arts       
Although this week is a short one the students have plenty to do. They will start off Monday with sharing their personal narrative story with three classmates. Following the share out students will have a mini lesson by Mr. Meaney on how to create an opening paragraph. And the remainder of the time will be spent writing the rough draft. 
-Ms. Halasz & Mr. Meaney
    Social Studies      
Social Studies
 Today students will meet in their small groups in which they will be either plaintiff or defendant attorney or judge.  After preparing their arguments and questions, they will have a court simulation to determine whether the Arizona Immigration Law of 2010 is constitutional or not. 
In anticipation of our Unit 1 test, students will receive a study guide and will have time in class to prepare and review for the test which is on Tuesday, October 24th.
Enjoy the time off with your family!
   - Ms. Odermatt
Some of the main things we will do this week in science:
  • Monday - go over answers to the review packet and begin our Review Game
  • Finish Review Game - get students signed up for Quizlet (test review study sets)

Study for UNIT TEST (do the following multiple times):

  • Review study packet including all vocabulary
  • Review all reading assignments:  RA1-RA6
  • Review notes - underline or highlight key words and concepts
  • Review Quiz 1 and Quiz 2
  • Review "Weekly Reviews" at bolerscience.net
  • Study Quizlet sets (see science website for directions on how to sign up)
Unit Test will be Monday 10/23 (answers to the review packet will be uploaded to the science website on Monday 10/16)
 - 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/
The Distributive Property of Multiplication over Addition

This short week we will finish our study of learning about some basic basic number properties... (1) the commutative property, (2) the associative property, and (3) the distributive property. We will take time to practice using these properties, and begin to prepare for the learning target quizzes on those properties (#2.9) and on order-of-operations (#2.8), that will come up on Tuesday next week.

      - Mr. Usem 
Any students may re-take Learning Target quizzes to try to improve their score and to receive a passing grade showing that they understand the learning target. The top grade possible on a quiz "re-take" is an 85% score (a solid "B" grade). 
* 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. 
The DEADLINE for re-takes on the LT #2.1 & 2.2 quiz is... Tuesday, Oct 17.
-The DEADLINE for re-takes on the LT #2.3, 2.4 & 2.5 quiz is... Friday, Oct 27.
- 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 RememberOCT 17: Conferences (3:00-7:30pm)
  • OCT 18: NO SCHOOL - Conferences (7:30am-12:00noon)
  • OCT 19-20: NO SCHOOL -Education MN Teacher's Convention ("MEA break")
  • OCT 25: Picture Re-Take Day
  • NOV 1:  End of 1st quarter
  • NOV 2-3: NO SCHOOL - Teacher professional development and record-keeping
  • NOV 6: Beginning of 2nd quarter
  • NOV 22-24:  NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Holiday Break

Leon Boler
Nicole Odermatt
(Social Studies)

Mary Catherine Halasz
(Language Arts)

Mark Usem
voicemail  612-668-7729
Heather Walker  
Other 7th Grade Advisors:

Marni Heck
(Physical Education - at Field School 7:30am-1:45pm)
Tim Forward
(Health & Physical Education)


Field School Student Resources:
Mariam Graff 
(Social Work) 
(612) 668-3640
Field School Site Council
7th Grade Parent Reps:

** 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
Field School & Hale/Field PTAs, 4645 Fourth Avenue South, Field PTA, Minneapolis, MN 55419
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