7th Grade Newsletter - October 21, 2013

Field School
7th Grade Newsletter  

October 21, 2013 
Thank you to the many parents who attended conferences last week.   It's always a bit crazy trying to see that many parents that quickly, but certainly nice to touch base with you... although we sometimes ran a bit behind schedule, each of the 4 core teachers saw the parents of over 90 students between 3:00pm Tuesday and 3:30pm Wednesday! Remaining conferences continue on Thursday (Oct 24) evening.

This week is a full week of learning for our students, with only 2 weeks left in the 1st quarter. (...hard to believe) Students should begin making sure they have all assignments up-to-date before next week; too many students wait until the last week of the quarter to hand-in missing assignments.

Students who had ordered pictures from those taken at school should have received their packet of pictures. For students who missed picture day, or that want to do a re-take, picture re-take day is scheduled for this Thursday, Oct 24.


-  The 7th Grade Team



The district has been working over the past weekend to upgrade our Gradebook program. If you are having difficulty accessing grades through the parent or student portal, it may be related to this upgrade... please keep us informed of any access problems, and we will relay them to the appropriate district people.
Language Arts  


 The BIG news for this week is that on TUESDAY I will be handing back our test, and on FRIDAY students have a chance to retake any section they felt the did not do well on. This means students may want to restudy the notes. :) If anyone is missing notes please remember their are copies of them on my web page.  



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



We will learn about three different categories of adaptations that help populations survive in their environments.  Part of our learning week will include investigating (through computer simulation) how camouflage can be a helpful adaptation for walkingstick insects.


Ecology Test Homework (due no later than 10/23) is to write complete explanations for all incorrect test items.  Turn in the your test with the test make-up form.  


Homework #2 We have started a new unit on Diversity.  RA1, Adaptations, is due Friday (turn it in by Tuesday for 4% E.C.).


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 2nd Science Bowl meeting is today (Monday October 21st) 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


 This week we continue our unit on Economics with the study of price controls, renewable and non-renewable resources, and credit card usage.  For homework this week, students will be conducting a survey of a parent or another adult on credit card usage. (due Friday)  We will use this data to better understand the costs and benefits of using a credit card.



- Ms. Odermatt





We will be continuing our work on exploring integers this week. 
Quiz #2 (on cylinders) will be returned this week.
    - Mr. Usem


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NOW up and active!

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. 



Readers Workshop 

with Mr. Jungwirth 


  This week is our last full week to work on "Charting the Text".  This work continues to be extremely challenging for our students, and I am excited to see many of our students beginning to achieve success with this very important learning target.  
Our focus will be on students reading text, and identifying what the author is saying (what are the words in the text?) as students work to develop understanding around three questions:
1) What is the part of the text about (Big Idea)?
2) What did the author want me to focus on in this section?
3) What did the author want me to learn from reading this section?

Students will also be working on identifying what the author is doing in this text (what are the words supposed to do for me as a reader?) as students work to develop understanding around these five questions:

    Is the author:

telling us about a character?

using quotes to move the story ahead?

using words to create emotion?

keeping us interested with humor or funny stories?

getting us curious about what is going to happen next?


Happy reading this week!


 Tim Jungwirth
K-12 Reading Specialist
Field Community School

As of this newsletter, 
there are NO time slots still open for fall conferences on Thursday, Oct 16.  
If you did not get a conference scheduled, send an email to Mr. Usem... We will contact you if any openings occur. 
If you could not meet with us during conferences ...to schedule a special time to meet with one of your child's core teachers at another time after Thursday's conferences, contact that teacher directly by email (it might not be possible to get all core teachers together at the same time)... in this way you can still make contact and be alerted to any concerns about your child's progress in 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

Dates to Remember

Dates to 




  • Oct 24: Picture re-take day
  • Oct 24: Conferences
  • Oct 31: End of Quarter #1
  • Nov 1: NO SCHOOL - Record Keeping Day
  • Nov 4: Quarter #2 begins
  • Nov 19: Barnes & Noble Book Fair (5-8pm)
  • Nov 27-29: NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Holiday

Click HERE for the 




Click HERE for Mr. Usem's Webpage


from the Field School Counselor...  

...Keep an eye on this space for upcoming announcements.

Wendy Wolff

Field School Counselor

Barnes and Noble Book Fair!  

Nov. 19


Here is something new to put on your calendars...

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.  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.


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