7th Grade Newsletter - October 17, 2016

Field School- 7th Grade Newsletter (101716)

October 17, 2016
**  SHORT WEEK THIS WEEK - NO SCHOOL for students Oct. 19-21
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Conferences are this week: October 18th (evening) and
 19th (morning). 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: Media Center and book check out. 
Tuesday: Reading: The Chase and working on significant moments
Wednesday: Conferences No School 
Thanks so much and enjoy your Fall break. 
    - Ms. Halasz
    Social Studies      
Social Studies
During this short week, we will spend some time understanding the electoral college and how elections work.  Students will need to interview an adult regarding past experiences around elections in the U.S. They will choose 5 questions from a suggested list.
(It is preferred that the adult be over 50 years old in order to have a good amount of years to look back on).  Answers should be written on a notebook piece of paper and will be due next Monday, October 24th.
Have a wonderful long weekend with your family!

   - Ms. Odermatt
Unit: Diversity of Organisms  

For the short week (Monday and Tuesday) we will begin our new unit looking at different organisms and how their adaptations allow them to survive in their habitats.

Students will get their graded tests back on Tuesday.  For test items that students got wrong, they may write out complete descriptions of the correct answer to earn back half credit

Science Bowl Meeting #1 today (Monday) after school - meet in Mr. Iverson's room.  No busses are provided so students have to find their own way home.

 - 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/

Short week this week... only 2 days.

Students this week we are exploring the distributive property of mathematics.

      - 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. To see the cut-off scores for re-taking each quiz, t
hey are listed on each specific day with
 on the "Classwork & Homework" LINK section of my webpage.
* 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#2.3/2.4 quizzes is... Tuesday, Oct 25.
The DEADLINE for re-takes on the LT#2.5/2.7 quizzes is... Wednesday, Nov 2.

- 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 18: Conferences (evening, 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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