7th Grade Newsletter - October 30, 2017



October 30, 2017
Short week this week:
  -  NO SCHOOL on Thursday & Friday  (Nov 2-3) 
for Staff Professional Development and grading/record-keeping day.
The end of the quarter is fast approaching.  
The last day of 1st quarter is this Wednesday, Nov. 1st. Students should make an effort to get in all missing/late work in their classes.
 - The 7th Grade Team 
    Language Arts       
    Social Studies      
Social Studies
We will use our days this week to have an introduction to Unit 2:  Expanding America's Identity.  Students will label a map of the acquisition of territories from 1783-1917.  They will read about Jefferson's role in the Louisianna Purchase and  examine primary sources from the expedition of Lewis and Clark.  Quarter 1 ends this Wednesday and all missing work is due.
   - Ms. Odermatt
Some of the main things we will do this week in science:
  • Monday - finish walkingstick computer simulation about adaptations.
  • Tuesday - notes on features and traits that help populations reach the age of reproduction
  • Wednesday - Group Quiz 1, formative assessment

RA1 Adaptations, given out on Monday due back in one week (no school Friday) (turn in on Tuesday or Wednesday for 4% bonus).


Science Bowl

We will have our third science bowl practice on Monday from 2:45 to 3:45.  Remember there are no after school busses for science bowl - students need to have 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, with class just on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
This Monday students will review Learning Target #2.6 (Translations & Reflections), and then will take the Learning Target Quiz on Tuesday.  
On Wednesday we'll begin looking at the topic of ratios & proportions.  Students began studying this topic last year at Field with Ms. Wilson, and we are going to first review material taught last year, and then see how much time we need to spend to reinforce any concepts in which students might be struggling.

      - 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 #2.7 quiz is... Wednesday, Nov 1.
- 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 RememberNOV 1:  End of 1st quarter
  • NOV 2-3: NO SCHOOL - Teacher professional development and record-keeping
  • NOV 6: Beginning of 2nd quarter
  • NOV 21: 7th-Grade Field Trip to the Minnesota Zoo.
  • NOV 22-24:  NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Holiday Break
The Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood Group
Hale & Field Partnership Event...  
Save the Date:
Thursday, November 9 (
6-8 pm)
Field Community School
Honoring Leaders of the 1971 Hale & Field School Desegregation
In September 1971 Hale and Field Community Schools were paired by the Minneapolis Public School District to provide a demonstration project in quality integrated education.  The success of the pairing can be attributed to the activism of community leaders and parents who believed in desegrating our schools and neighborhood.  Please join us on Thursday, November 9 from 6-8 pm at Field Community School as we recognize these leaders and celebrate the 45th Anniversary of our school's landmark pairing.
This memorable event will feature video interviews with the community leaders who spearheaded the pairing, a panel discussion about past and present barriers to equitable education, guest speakers who helped get the Hale-Field partnership started, and choir and jazz music by current Hale and Field students.
While we hope to see you all on November 9th, it would not be possible for this event to succeed without the support of volunteers. Please consider donating your time, talents, or money to this historic event. 
  • To make a financial donation: visit www.frnng.org/halefield1971  or send a check to FRNNG, 1620 E 46th Street, Mpls, MN 55407.              
    • Sponsors that donate $100 or more will be recognized in the Program Sponsor list and the Close To Home FRNNG Newsletter in December.
  • To volunteer your time and talent: contact FRNNG education committee chair: Terry Mazig at education@frnng.org
  • Please like us on Facebook
The Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood Group is a registered 501c nonprofit organization
Contributions are tax deductible(TAX ID: 41-1773302)
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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