7th Grade Newsletter - October 8, 2012

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October 8

Big News from Ms. Wolff:

After reviewing applications, recommendations and completing interviews, the 2012-2013 Field School Student Council has been selected!

Congratulations to the following 7th Graders!

Nicole Nelson, Cate Dymit, Wil Anderson, Elijah Major (Our Citywide Student Council Representative!), Kaj Johnson, Anna Kelley, Emma Kelash, Dre'annah Owens, David Petersen, and Chris Alvarez


Conferences begin Thursday after school. Our schedule is very tight so please make sure to arrive at the time you scheduled. See you soon!

  • 7th Grade Contact Information
  • Language Arts - Ms. Halasz
  • Math - Mr. West
  • Social Studies -- Ms. Odermatt
  • Science - Mr. Boler, Ms. Morphis
  • Family Focus
  • A.V.I.D. - Mrs. Walker
  • Parent Portal

  • Language Arts - Ms. Halasz

    Students continue to refine their thinking about Justice. This week's story is, Someone Who Saw by David Gafaldi. Along with our discussions on Justice we will dive into the idea of tone and how a writer uses figurative language to set the tone of a story.

    On Thursday students will have a quiz over ideas studied while reading, Nothing But The Truth. On Friday they were given a yellow half sheet of paper that listed some of the things on the test. Students should study, notes on documentary format, motive, yellow journalism and three things from their Literary Elements notes, types of conflict, plot diagram and irony. There will also e a few multiple-choice questions and one essay digging into the plot surrounding Nothing But The Truth.

    Looking forward to seeing many of you at conferences this week and next.

    Math - Mr. West

    Hello everybody. Students took the unit test for Accentuate the Negative on Friday. They should get the test back toward the end of this week.

    We have now moved on to the unit Comparing and Scaling, which covers ratios, proportions and percents. Following are the learning targets for this unit:

    ONE I can identify rational and irrational numbers, and explain the difference between them.

    TWO I can use percentages, equivalent fractions, and ratios to solve problems.

    THREE I can compute simple and compound interest.

    FOUR I can solve multi-step problems involving proportional relationships and explain why my solution is reasonable.

    FIVE I can use proportional reasoning to solve an equation or problems in a variety of contexts.

    SIX I can compare geometric figures for similarity and determine scale factors.

    SEVEN I can apply scale factors to determine side lengths and areas of similar figures in a drawing or context.

    EIGHT I can use proportions and ratios to solve problems with scale drawings and conversions of measurement units, including square units.

    NINE I can graph and describe translations and reflections of figures on a coordinate grid and I can predict the coordinates of the vertices for the transformed figure.

    Social Studies -- Ms. Odermatt

    Science - Mr. Boler, Ms. Morphis

    This week we will use our microscope skills to look at a cross-section of the root structure of either a radish or rye grass plant. Students will learn/know the three main functions of roots. Later in the week, students will begin to investigate transpiration.

    For homework this week students are to complete RA5 "Seeds and Roots". It will be due Friday but early turn-ins are much appreciated (turn in by Tuesday for a 4% bonus).

    To increase content understanding visit the 7th grade science web site at the URL listed below. In addition to links to FOSS and Discovery Education, weekly powerpoint reviews are uploaded to this website.

    Family Focus

    A.V.I.D. - Mrs. Walker
    AVID decades of college dreams

    Parent Portal

    7th Grade Contact Information

    Mary Catherine Halasz (Language Arts, BEST, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640

    Nicole Odermatt (Social Studies, BEST, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640

    Rick Feuling (BEST, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640

    Char Swanson (Spanish,French, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640

    Leon Boler (Science, BEST, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640

    Heather Walker (AVID)
    (612) 668-3640

    Dan West (Math, BEST, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640

    Julie Peterson (Social Work)
    (612) 668-3640

    Wendy Wolff (Councelor)
    (612) 668-3640

    Sean Casey(BEST, Media)
    (612) 668-3640

    Margaret Miller (PTA Co-Chair) crmm@mninter.net

    Rich Flint (Site Council Community Representative) flint@richflint.com

    Erin Thompson(7th Grade Parent Site Council Representative) EThompson@metroconnections.com

    Korey Stoelzing(7th Grade Parent Site Council Representative) korey.stoelzing@gmail.com

    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.

    7th Grade Links

    CMP Math Info for Parents

    Loft Youth Writing Classes

    Arithmetic Four (Practice Operations with Integers)

    Order of Operations Four

    Walk the Plank --adding and subtracting integers

    Seventh Grade Science

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