7th Grade Newsletter - September 11, 2017

Field School- 7th Grade Newsletter (091117)

September 11, 2017
We are into our 3rd week of school, and the "newness" is starting to wear off. We're getting to know what a great group of students we have this year in the 7th-grade class!


We want to remind both students and parents that, like last year, we will be encouraging students to wear spirit-wear on Thursdays and Fridays.
Spirit Wear Apparel

Thursdays: College-wear day.

...supporting your favorite colleges and universities.

Fridays:  Field School spirit-wear 

...(including anything with Field colors of black & teal)


Conferences are coming up in October. 

 We had sign-up available during "Back-to-School" night in August, but if you missed signing up then you can email Mr. Usem (mark.usem@mpls.k12.mn.us) with your requests for available slots. Right now we are already full on both evenings (Oct. 12 & Oct. 17), and currently only have 13 openings left on Wednesday morning, Oct. 18.

Wednesday, Oct 18... Spots are available during the following times...
  • 8:30-9:00am
  • 9:00-9:30am
  • 10:00-10:30am
  • 10:30-11:00am
  • 11:00-11:30am
  • 11:30-12:00noon
During your assigned conference time you will briefly visit with all 4 core teachers. Please let Mr. Usem know what would be the best times for you to meet on Wednesday, Oct. 18 (giving both a 1st and 2nd choice of times in your email), and he will reply to CONFIRM based on availability on a first-come-first-served basis, to schedule your conferences.

 - The 7th Grade Team 

Other stuff at Field that is coming up soon...

Picture Day!
Picture day is next week Monday, September 18th.  Look for picture order forms to go home this week.  Students should bring their order forms with them when their picture is taken.
Field Curriculum Night!
A Field Curriculum and Information Night will be held on Tuesday, September 19th.  This is a night for parents to come and find out what the curriculum is in all of their students' classes, and to become aware of resources available for parents & students.
Field Soccer!
If you are interested in playing on the Field Soccer Team please see either Mr. Kafura or Mrs. Odermatt for an information sheet.  The fee is $25 and you must have a sports physical on file at Field in order to practice/play in games.  The first practice will be on Monday, September 11th until 3:45 at McRae Park.
Our Field GSA will have its first meeting for 7th and 8th graders after school on Monday September 11th.  At this meeting we will be handing out permission slips for QQuest on October 3rd.  (It's October 3rd.)  If you're unable to attend the meeting, please see Mr. Hamilton to get a permission slip.
Math Team!
The math team will have its first meeting on Monday September 11th in Mr. Hamilton's room during 7th-8th Grade Lunch and Recess.  This year we will be participating in the Minnesota Junior High Math League, as well as the MathCounts competition!
Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science, as well as Guys in Science, and Engineering are recruiting for the upcoming year!  We compete in the First Lego League in the fall, and will be studying Electronics and Circuitry in the spring.  If you are interested, see Mr. Hamilton (GISE) or Ms. Hill (GEMS) for a form!  Class begins on Tuesday, September 26th, and meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:35-5:00pm.
Lang Arts
    Language Arts       
  • Monday: Intro to our Narrative Unit: Bone Black Story
  • Tuesday: Students read in pairs for Significant moments/Gallery Walk
  • Wednesday: Personal Narrative scavenger hunt & Prep for Socratic Seminar
  • Thursday: Socratic Seminar
  • Friday: Story Telling Day: TL4E Miss Halasz
    Social Studies      
Social Studies
Our focus this week is understanding the principles that guided the writers of the Declaration of Independence.  We have read the transcript of it and worked to put it into our own words.  It can be difficult making sense of this kind of primary source document but the students have read it like historians in order to understand why our founding fathers wanted to separate from England.  Students will create a design for a new nation as they did in 1776.  Students can make either a stamp, bill or seal that represents the ideals of our United States.  This will be done in class throughout this week.
No homework.

   - Ms. Odermatt
Some of the main things we will this week in science:
  • Learn more about our visiting population of milkweed bugs through observing them in their temporary habitats and through readings.
  • Learn about Jane Goodall's famous observational study of chimpanzees in Tanzania.
  • Do a card sort to help us understand ecology terms
  • Begin a study of a relatively simple ecosystem - Mono Lake, California
HOMEWORK: RA2 Interactions Among Living Things, will be passed out on Monday and due back by Friday (turn in on Tuesday for a 4% bonus).

 - 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 concentrating on addition. Students are working on diagramming out what changes in our values are when we add (or "combine") both positive and negative numbers in differing ways. We'll begin by using number lines to diagram the changes, and then we'll introduce a new "chip-model" (using red & black chips) that will help us with addition, but will also carry us into exploring subtraction.  "Subtracting a negative number" is one of the more challenging concepts for many 7th-graders, but our chip-model can make it much clearer for many students.

We will have our first learning target quizzes this week on either Thursday or Friday, depending on our progress. Quizzes will be on LT #2.1 (locating positive and negative numbers and their opposites on a number line, and LT #2.2 (comparing positive & negative numbers using <, >, ≤, ≥, and = symbols).

      - 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.
  • Dates to RememberSEPT 18: Picture Day
  • SEPT 19: Field Curriculum Night (6:15-7:45pm)
  • OCT 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


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

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