7th Grade Newsletter - October 26, 2015

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7th GRADE NEWSLETTER
October 26, 2015
Quarter
End of the
first quarter
This week marks the end of the quarter. We only 3 days for students this week.  Wednesday, October 28, is the last day of the first quarter... 
(Wow... already! How time flies when you're having fun!)

There is NO SCHOOL for students on Thursday or Friday this week, as teachers have professional development and a record-keeping day.


Daylight Savings time ENDS this Sunday (Nov. 1) --- Remember to move your clocks BACK one hour (...or you'll get to school an hour early on Monday!)


 - The 7th Grade Team 

    Language Arts      
10/26/15   
mch
 This week will start off with the students and I watching a movie. We will watch the Lorax so we all have a common experience that we can draw our examples from when learning about dystopias. 

Additionally the students will be taking Quarter 1 district mandated Language Arts Assessments. 

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

    - Ms. Halasz
 
    Social Studies      
10/26/15     
Social Studies
Continuing Unit 2 this week.

No homework this week

   - Ms. Odermatt
 
    Science              
10/26/15     
This week in science we will :
  • Take a group quiz (open-book) on adaptations, features, traits, and variation within populations
  • Learn genetic terminology such as genotype, phenotype, dominant and recessive alleles      
  • Test understanding using a computer simulation
HOMEWORK: No new homework this week.  Turn in all late work especially the test make-up form by Tuesday!

SCIENCE BOWL  Practice #3  is today - Monday 10/26.  Remember, no transportation is provided by the school. Practice ends at 3:45.

 - 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/

    Math                
10/26/15     
Monday students are taking a quiz on learning targets #2.8 (order-of-operations) and 2.9 (commutative, associative, and distributive properties).

Additionally the students will be taking Quarter 1 district mandated interim math assessments on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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#2.3 and LT#2.4 are: TODAY 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                
10/26/15     
 DATES to REMEMBER...  

  • Dates to Remember
    OCT 28:  End of 1st quarter
  • OCT 29-30: NO SCHOOL for students- Teacher professional development and record-keeping
  • Sunday, NOV 1: Daylight Savings Time Ends -FALL BACK 1 hour
  • NOV 2: Beginning of 2nd quarter
  • NOV 5: Picture Re-Take Day
  • 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
TEACHING STAFF:

Leon Boler
(Science)
Leon.Boler@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640 
 
Nicole Odermatt 
(Social Studies)
Nicole.Odermatt@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640

Mary Catherine Halasz
(Language Arts)
mahal001@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640

Mark Usem 
(Math)
Mark.Usem@mpls.k12.mn.us
voicemail  612-668-7729
 
Heather Walker  
(AVID) 
Heather.Walker@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640 
____________________________
Other 7th Grade Advisors:

Char Swanson
Char.Swanson@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640

Craig Hamilton
Craig.Hamilton@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640
____________________________
Other 7th Grade B.E.S.T. teachers:

Craig Hamilton
(Math BEST)
Craig.Hamilton@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640

Bev Halvorson
(Reading BEST)
Beverly.Halvorson@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640  

Field School Student Resources:
 
Mariam Graff 
(Social Work) 
Days at school: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu
(612) 668-3640
Mariam.Graff@mpls.k12.mn.us

Kelly Burnett
(Counselor)
Days at school: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri
(612) 668-3640
Kelly.Burnett@mpls.k12.mn.us
____________________________
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.
 
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