7th Grade Newsletter - October 2, 2017



October 2, 2017
Conferences are coming up this month. 

We had sign-up available during "Back-to-School" night in August, and have been taking email requests for times over the last couple of weeks. We are now full on our entire conference schedule... both evenings (Oct. 12 & Oct. 17), and on Wednesday morning (Oct. 18).  During your assigned conference time you will briefly visit with all 4 core teachers

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 not be possible 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. 
 - The 7th Grade Team 
    Language Arts       
This week students start off with Characterization and how we learn about characters. We will follow up with a quick lesson on dialogue and finally Mr. Meaney will review the plot diagram.
    Social Studies      
Social Studies
 We will be learning about Federalism and Anti-Federalism and how those 2 ideas were influences in creating the first political parties.  Students will compare the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 to the Arizona Immigration Law of 2010.  Once students have an understanding of the case, they will have a court simulation to determine whether the Arizona law is constitutional or not.
No homework this week.
   - Ms. Odermatt
Some of the main things we will do this week in science:
  • Process our lab on energy content of snack foods
  • Lab to prove that CO2 is needed for photosynthesis
HOMEWORK: RA45 Nutrition, will be passed out on Monday and due back by Friday (turn in on Tuesday for a 4% bonus).

FYI gradebook assignment codes:
Scores ending in .01 = late
Scores ending in .02 = incomplete
Scores ending in .03 = assignment not turned in but student received partial credit because I know they worked on it during class.
 - 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 we continue exploring integers in our CMP unit: "Accentuate the Negative".
This week we are exploring multiplication and division of integers and positive & negative rational numbers, writing algorithms for the procedures, and building upon our knowledge about addition and subtraction.  

On Tuesday this week students in math class with be taking the FAST test.  This is a new test for Field students this year; it is replacing the MAP test we have given the last few years. Results from this fall will be compared with results when the students take the test again in the winter. Since this is new, we are still learning about how we will be able to interpret the results, and use the information to guide our instruction going forward.  As we learn more about this new test, we will forward the information on to students and parents.

We had our second round of Learning Target Quizzes last Friday. Students who missed the quizzes or did not finish them need to arrange to come in to complete the quizzes.

Students received their quizzes back from LT #2.1 and 2.2, and have opportunities for re-taking any quizzes with low scores over the next 2 weeks. Monday we talked about re-take procedures (see note below). 

      - 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.
- 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 12: Conferences (3:00-7:30pm)
  • OCT 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

 Mpls Community Ed Youth/Family Classes.. 
house-icon.gif Red Cross Babysitting Course (11+)
Students will learn leadership, safety, basic child development, safe play, rescue breathing and first aid. They will receive a certificate of completion, textbook and CR.  
3 sessions - Oct 5, 12, 26  
Student must attend ALL session to receive the certificate.  
Fee $75    
Classes held at Hale Elementary School, 5330 13th Ave S, Mpls
Classes begin Thursday Oct 5th * 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Register by calling Hale Community Education at 612.668.3767
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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