7th Grade Newsletter - September 14, 2015

"If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be."
- Maya Angelou      

September 14, 2015
We want to thank all of the parents/guardians who came to school last Thursday and attended our Curriculum Night program at Field. If you didn't get all of your questions/concerns answered, please be sure to contact a teacher on our team for further information. If you were not able to attend our curriculum night program, feel free to contact us anytime with your questions/concerns. Email is usually the best vehicle for contacting teachers, but feel free to call or stop by, as well.

Picture Day is coming up NEXT week... on Monday, Sept 21. Order forms went home last week with students, and should be brought to school on next Monday, picture day. If you do not have a form, and need one, additional forms can be picked up in the Field School office.

Again, a reminder, If you're new to Field, we want you to know that every Thursday we encourage students and staff to wear college items (t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweaters, etc) for their favorite colleges. On Friday's we encourage all students and staff to wear Field School spirit-wear (if students do not have printed spirit-wear, we encourage wearing "Field School Colors" of Black and Teal). Also, watch the PTA emails about ordering "Field School" spirit-wear, and get your orders in... the DEADLINE for this round of Field Spirit-wear orders is this TUESDAY, Sept. 15.

 - The 7th Grade Team 

    Language Arts      
mch Happy Monday!
This week the kids and I will wrap up our work on Bone Black. We finish with a discussion on why bell hooks burns herself with the iron. Many differing opinions is what make our discussions so interesting. 

The students will also do a short piece of writing, 2 paragraphs, about something they love. We will be putting the traits of a good personal narrative to work. Hopefully we will see vivid descriptions and maybe even some dialogue. 

Our next story is Amigo Brothers by Piri Thomas. 

Reading a good book is like taking a vacation from reality. xo 

    - Ms. Halasz
    Social Studies      
Social Studies
Our focus this week is on the U.S. Constitution.  We will study the Bill of Rights, 3 branches of government, and how checks and balances keep one branch from having too much power in our country.  Students will have the chance to review a Supreme Court case in order to understand the role of the Judicial branch.
No homework this week.
   - Ms. Odermatt
Some activities we will do this week:
  • Use Mono Lake organism cards to create a food web
  • Use Minnesota organisms cards to create a more complicated food web
  • Conduct experiments to measure the energy content of various snack foods

There will be an open-book group quiz on Wednesday


HOMEWORK: RA3, Mono Lake, due Friday (turn in by Tuesday to get 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/

I will be gone from Field School on Monday & Tuesday of this week (Sept. 14-15), for observance of the Jewish Holiday of Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year). Because of this, my webpage links or "Classwork/Homework" will not be updated for those days. Updates will resume on Wednesday, Sept. 16.

We had our first Learning Target quizzes (LT #2.1 & 2.2) last week.
Students will receive them back on Wednesday of this week, when I return to the classroom. There will be re-take opportunities for students who scored at a level below 75% on each quiz. Students need only re-take the particular quiz on which they scored low, and will only be allowed to do so after they've demonstrated that they know what they did wrong, and how to do it correctly the next time. Quiz re-takes can only receive a top-score of 90%. Quiz re-takes occur "outside" of our regular math class, and can be arranged before-school, after-school, during B.E.S.T. class time, during recess, and by special arrangements with Mr. Usem.

This week we'll use our models we've developed to help us create actual algorithms (rules) for adding and subtracting integers.

Due to technical difficulties at school, my gradebook has not been updated yet. I am hoping to be able to have grades posted by the end of this week. I apologize for the delay.

If you haven't done so yet, be sure to check out my Website (LINK BELOW)... on it you'll find LINKS to classwork & Homework assignments, and much more!

      - 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.
    AVID Program      
Welcome Returning/New Students and Parents, or anyone interested in learning about AVID, to the AVID section of this newsletter!

It is recommended that AVID students use one binder for all their classes.  Many students find this a much easier way to organize and students won't have to hassle with having multiple pencil pouches, or moving their planner from their morning to their afternoon binder.  That said, if students prefer a morning and afternoon binder, this is OK, as long as they bring both binders to AVID on Tuesdays and Thursdays for tutorial.

Donations of tissue, or any other school supplies (for distribution as needed by students) is greatly appreciated.

If anyone hasn't seen our new AVID video, featuring last years AVID students at Field, be sure to check it out by following the link below, or by going to the Field website.  https://vimeo.com/128312373

To find out more about AVID at Field, feel free to contact our AVID coordinator/ Assistant Principal Liz Martin at Elizabeth.Martin@mpls.k12.mn.us

The application for AVID at Field school, can be found on our website, or by following the link below, 

Please note that parents are always welcome to drop in to our AVID class (after checking in at the office.)  I especially encourage you to stop by our tutorial groups on T or Th.  

Please let me know if you are interested in volunteering in the classroom, attending field trips, helping plan Family nights, giving input to our AVID site team, or have any other ideas for involvement with the program.

     Heather Walker        - Field AVID Teacher

    B.E.S.T. Reading                

  • Dates to RememberSEPT 21: Picture Day
  • OCT 8: Conferences (3:30-7:30pm)
  • OCT 13: Conferences (3:30-7:30pm)
  • OCT 14: NO SCHOOL - Conferences (7:30am-3:30pm)
  • OCT 15-16: NO SCHOOL -Education MN Teacher's Convention (formerly "MEA break")
  • OCT 28:  End of 1st quarter
  • OCT 29-30: NO SCHOOL - Teacher professional development and record-keeping
  • NOV 2:  Beginning of 2nd quarter

Leon Boler
Nicole Odermatt 
(Social Studies)

Mary Catherine Halasz
(Language Arts)

Mark Usem 
voicemail  612-668-7729
Heather Walker  
Other 7th Grade Advisors:

Char Swanson

Craig Hamilton
Other 7th Grade B.E.S.T. teachers:

Craig Hamilton
(Math BEST)

Bev Halvorson
(Reading BEST)

Field School Student Resources:
Mariam Graff 
(Social Work) 
Days at school: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu
(612) 668-3640

Kelly Burnett
Days at school: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri
(612) 668-3640
Field School Site Council
7th Grade Parent Reps:

 * TBA
** 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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