7th Grade Newsletter - September 26, 2016

Field School- 7th Grade Newsletter (092616)

September 26, 2016
On Nov. 8, Minneapolis voters will be asked to renew the school district's current operating referendum authorization, which expires after the 2016-17 school year. If passed, funding would help Minneapolis Public Schools manage class sizes and provide supportive services and activities for students. The request would authorize the referendum for nine years and be annually adjusted for inflation. Property taxes are not projected to increase if the referendum renewal passes. Learn more here: www.mpls.k12.mn.us/referendum2016  

Conferences are coming up in October (13th, 18th, & 19th).  We have had a tremendous response to conference sign-ups this year, and all available time-slots are currently filled. 

If you missed signing up, you can still request a conference. At this point, any additional conferences for parents/students we will need to set up a conference time outside of the regular conference schedule. What usually works best is after-school (2:45pm), on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays. Sometimes we cannot get all teachers together, but you should be able to meet with most, and we will be able to provide written feedback from any teacher that cannot attend. Email Mr. Usem (mark.usem@mpls.k12.mn.us) with your requests for a time, and let us know what might work for you after MEA Break weekend (...after Monday, October 24).

 - The 7th Grade Team 
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    Language Arts      
Several families have made donations to my e-reader project. 
I am working on a project that will secure e-readers for the classroom. I am working through the DonorsChoose.ors sight. I am looking to raise about $1500, right now the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation is doubling any contributions I receive. If you would like to donate or know of any funding sources send them my way. A link to the proposal is below. 

This week in class
Monday: Listening to the Amigo Brothers story.
Tuesday: Lesson on "How do we learn about characters?" Activity using story.
Wednesday: Finish Tuesday's work and report out.
Thursday: Lesson on Dialogue
Friday: Media Center book check out and reading

Thanks so much and have a GREAT week. 
    - Ms. Halasz
    Social Studies      
Social Studies
Students are busying researching their Supreme Court case and will create posters today in small groups. Each case is a landmark case involving teenagers.  Many of you are probably familiar with one of them, Tinker v. Des Moines.  In this case, judges ruled in favor of students protesting with symbolic speech at school.
We will also look at examples of  checks and balances that affect each branch of government.  There is no homework this week.

   - Ms. Odermatt
Unit: Natural Systems

Some of what we will do this week:
  • Write Cornell-style notes in our notebooks on how energy is passed between organisms
  • Graphically represent the amount of energy that is transferred between trophic levels 
  • Do an experiment to prove that CO2 is one of the reactants in photosynthesis
HOMEWORK: RA4, Trophic Levels,  will be passed out on Monday and due Friday (Turn in by 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/

I would like to apologize to students and families about not having had the grade portal up-to-date prior to this week.  I had some difficulty getting things up and running this year, but have finally caught up and now have grades posted for assignments and quizzes that include everything that was turned-in through the end of last week.  If your child thinks they turned something in that is showing up as "missing", please have them check my "No Name" folder on my desk, as I have a number of assignments that were turned in without names attached. Students will receive all assignments and quizzes back on Tuesday. Please let me know if you have any questions after reviewing things.
I realize that timely feedback is important, and will do my best to enter grades in a more timely manner as we  move forward. (Do keep in mind that even though grades had not been entered in the portal, that students are doing self-correction of all homework and classwork assignments in class each day, and are getting immediate feedback on whether they are doing problems correctly.) 

Students will take their next learning target quizzes on Wednesday this week, on Learning Targets #2.3 (addition & subtraction of positive & negative integers and rational numbers) and #2.4 (understanding the concept of "absolute value"). 

We are currently working on seeing how the X/Y coordinate grid helps us understand positive & negative numbers. After that, we'll begin looking at exploring how to handle positive and negative numbers when multiplying and dividing, and developing effective algorithms.

      - 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.
GEMS and GISE Registration Info

Hello Everyone!  Mr. Hamilton, Ms. Nelson, Ms. Hill, and Ms. Trandem would like to invite each of your students to join the GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science) or GISE (Guys in Science and Engineering) programs this year.  

This year we have the opportunity to compete in the FIRST Lego League robotics competition, build CO2 powered cars, and learn a lot about the Engineering Design Process while we do it.

Our first class is Tuesday, September 27, 2016.  If you have questions, feel free to contact Mr. Hamilton (GISE) or Ms. Hill (GEMS).  

You can register your child online by following this link to the registration form:

  • Dates to Remember
    OCT 5: Bike/Walk to School day
  • OCT 11: Flu Shot Clinic at Field (Gym) (2:30-6:30p)
  • OCT 13: Conferences (3:30-7:30pm)
  • OCT 18: Conferences (3:30-7:30pm)
  • OCT 19: NO SCHOOL - Conferences (7:30am-12:00noon)
  • OCT 20-21: NO SCHOOL -Education MN Teacher's Convention ("MEA break")
  • OCT 26: Picture Re-take Day
  • NOV 2:  End of 1st quarter
  • NOV 3-4: NO SCHOOL - Teacher professional development and record-keeping
  • NOV 7:  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:

Bev Halvorson Trowbridge
(Reading Specialist)

Field School Student Resources:
Mariam Graff 
(Social Work) 
(612) 668-3640

Field School Site Council
7th Grade Parent Reps:

 * TBA
Field Community School
 4645 Fourth Ave.South Minneapolis, MN 55419
Telephone: 612-668-3640 | Fax: 612-668-3661

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