7th Grade Newsletter - September 10, 2012

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September 10th

Here is some important information from our fabulous counselor, Wendy Wolff:

Happy New Year! I am excited to be back at Field as the School Counselor and looking forward to supporting students throughout this school year. Although I am known around school as the "schedule change lady", now that students are settling into their classes, I hope to focus more attention on supporting students' growth in 3 counseling domains; Academic, Social/Emotional and Career Planning. I will be at Field all day on Mondays and Wednesdays and Thursday and Friday mornings. Feel free to stop by my office, email or call about:

· Student Success/Study skills groups

· Eighth grade High School transition/EXPLORE test results

· Counseling Resources

· Student Council

· "My Life Plan"- an MPS district requirement for all 6-12th grade students. I will be working with 6-8th grade students in the classroom 2-3 throughout the school year, facilitating "My Life Plan" lessons . Sixth Graders will complete a learning styles inventory and a career interest survey, seventh graders will focus on collaboration and budgeting their "needs verses wants", and eighth graders will focus on high school transition and decision making/planning skills.

Student Council applications will be available in the office starting Monday September 10, 2012 and I will be making announcements during lunch. We will be selecting one student from each Advisory this year and meetings will be held weekly on Wednesdays after school from 2:45-3:45. Seventh and Eighth grade Student Council members will be required to read and participate in a book club discussion of "Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens" by Steven Covey. Books will be available for free to participating students thanks to money raised from box tops last year. Once the group is established, we will identify the book club meeting times.

Wendy Wolff-- Field School Counselor 612.668.3654 wendy.wolff@mpls.k12.mn.us

More on Binders:

We have had some inquiries about the binder system used in the seventh grade. This is the same AM/PM binder system for student organization that was used in sixth grade. Students bring one binder with notebooks and folders for their pre-lunch classes (periods 1-4) and another binder for the afternoon classes. For the majority of students this system seems to be working.

However, our primary goal it to help the students keep organized. If you feel that your child will be more successful using another method please have the student write up a description of what they would like to do and then go over it with their advisory teacher. That way we can monitor how the system is working for the student at school and you can be checking at home as well.

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

  • Language Arts - Ms. Halasz

    Ms. Halasz was called away on a family emergency and won't be with us this week.

    Math - Mr. West

    Hello everybody! Today we've been bashing our brains against the idea of subtracting a negative. The idea that you can subtract something and have your result increase just boggles the mind. But I have a trick or two up my sleeve to help everyone understand what's going on here. For me, their sadistic teacher, it's just fun to see everyone work so hard.

    Here are a few things that might make it a little easier for you and your child to navigate my math class:

    1. When you look on the Portal, if you see letters at the front of a homework assignment it refers to the book we are in. For example, right now we are in Accentuate the Negative, so homework assignments from the book are preceded by AN.

    2. If a student is dissatisfied with their grade on a quiz he or she can see me at lunch or recess for extra help and/or to retake the quiz. Soon I will also be offering homework help after school.

    3. If a student misses a quiz it will show up as missing in the Portal until the quiz has been made up.

    More tips on navigating Mr. West's math class will be coming later.

    Social Studies -- Ms. Odermatt

    This week in 7th grade U.S. history we are studying the period of government that takes place in a new capital city and begins with the arrival of President Adams to the White House. Homework for this week is a writing assignment. Students may choose to write one of the following options: a letter to relatives back in England or a eulogy to be read at George Washington's funeral. It is to be completed by Friday 9/14. I'm enjoying getting to know the kids and seeing their good work!

    Science - Mr. Boler

    In science this week students will finish Investigation 1 of Diversity of Life. See if they can name 5 to 7 of the 8 characteristics that all living things share. (Four are needs, and three are things all living things do.)

    We will begin working with microscopes on Wednesday. Learning objectives include understanding: microscope parts, overall magnification, focal plane, and how to determine object size.

    For homework this week students are to complete RA1 Life on Earth. We completed most of RA1 in class on Monday in order to model the proper way to complete homework. RA1 is due on Friday but may be turned in early (turning in by Tuesday = 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 the website.

    Family Focus

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

    Being READY TO LEARN is key to being successful in school. Being ready takes PLANNING. It is not just about getting enough sleep, eating a good breakfast, being on time, and having all of your supplies in class (although these are very important). Being ready starts in your head. Being ready includes what you say to yourself before and during school. Plan to think positive in school. Tell yourself to learn as much as possible each day, ask questions, sit by people who don't distract you, and to never give up! Challenge yourself to constantly improve.

    Have a great week! Mrs. Walker

    New Field families can find out more about AVID at Field by viewing the information and student created video on our website http://field.mpls.k12.mn.us/AVID2.html Feel free to email me or stop by if you have further questions.

    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 Stoeizing(7th Grade Parent Site Council Representative) korey.stoeizing@gmail.com

    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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