7th Grade Newsletter - September 27, 2011

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September 27, 2011

  • 7th Grade Contact Information
  • Language Arts - Ms. Halasz
  • Math - Mr. West
  • Social Studies -- Ms. Harper
  • Science - Mr. Boler
  • Advisory - all Advisory teachers
  • A.V.I.D. - Mrs. Walker
  • Parent Portal

  • Language Arts - Ms. Halasz
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    October is the Month of the Young Adolescent. In honor of this celebration, the Minnesota Middle School Association is sponsoring a writing contest for middle school students. The theme is "Come Together". Students may enter original compositions addressing the following prompt: "Tell the story of a time you worked with another person or group of people to solve a problem or face a challenge." Each entry must be 200 words or less. Two copies of each entry should be submitted to Ms. Halasz. One of the copies should be headed with the student's name, age, and school name and address, and the teacher contact information including e-mail address. The other should contain no identifying information. Judging will be a blind review of all entries. The winning student will receive $100.00. The winning essay will be published in this year's Minnesota Middle School's Conference Program. Last year a student in my class won! Let's see if we can repeat.

    You will notice in the portal an assignment titled TCP which stands for Task Completion Paragraph. Students were given two days to write one paragraph on an assigned topic and then we went to the computer lab to type it. The TCP score tell me if they were able to complete the task, type a paragraph in the 50 minute time block. If your child scored a 3 they finished in the time given if they scored a 2 they did not finish and if they scored a 1 or 0 they came to class unprepared and did not finish in the 50 minutes. This score does not effect their grade it is just worthwhile for me to see given the time they have can they complete a task. If you have questions regarding this send me in an e-mail.

    We will read chapters 12-15 this week and have a socratic seminar one day next week. We are at the point in the novel where all the action comes to a climax.

    Life is good!!


    Math - Mr. West

    Hello everybody. Tomorrow the seventh graders will be taking the math portion of the MAP tests. No homework tonight so everyone can relax and get a good nights sleep.

    We have been delving into the Order of Operations and are now beginning to study the the Distributive Property.


    Social Studies -- Ms. Harper

    Science - Mr. Boler

    This week students will study organisms from the Kingdom Protista. We will study the single-celled organisms Euglena, Amoeba, Paramecia (and others). One goal is for students to realize that single-celled organisms have all the characteristics of multicellular organisms. They: grow, reproduce, eliminate waste, exchange gasses, use energy, use water, and respond to their environment.

    The homework assignment (RA3, The Lowly Paramecia) will given out on Monday. It's due Friday but may be turned in on Tuesday for 2 e.c. points = 4%. Homework is not being turned in at the same high rate as last year. Check the portal to see if your child is caught up.

    Last Friday students were given access codes to check their Effort Tracker scores. These codes allow students and parents to check scores (primarily linked to effort) that are entered daily using the Effort Tracker app. Such things as class participation, ready to learn, and on-task are easily scored and updated instantly.

    If your interested in learning more about Effort Tracker I've put a link on the science web page. If you would like your student's access codes sent via email, contact me using the email link above.

    To reinforce content understanding and to review class PowerPoints, go to:


    Advisory - all Advisory teachers

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

    7th grade AVID students are working on perfecting how they edit their notes. Students are encouraged to abbreviate words (text on paper) as a method of saving time while taking notes. They are also encouraged not to write in complete sentences. While editing their notes, students should look for places that they could have abbreviated. If they add meaningful abbreviations during the editing stage, they will eventually become natural when they take notes in class.

    The 7th graders have also been working on circling or highlighting key words. Not only will this help key information to stand out, but it also helps students write stronger summaries of their notes. Summarizes should be at the bottom of each days notes.

    Students who are new to Field are welcome to stop by the AVID room for an application.


    Parent Portal

    7th Grade Contact Information

    Mary Catherine Halasz (Language Arts, BEST, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640
    mahal001@mpls.k12.mn.us

    Sylvia Harper (Social Studies, BEST, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640
    Sylvia.Barnes@mpls.k12.mn.us

    Mark Usem (BEST, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640
    Mark.Usem@mpls.k12.mn.us

    Brenda Leviton (Spanish,French, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640
    Brenda.Leviton@mpls.k12.mn.us

    Leon Boler (Science, BEST, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640
    Leon.Boler@mpls.k12.mn.us

    Heather Walker (AVID)
    (612) 668-3640
    Heather.Walker@mpls.k12.mn.us

    Dan West (Math, BEST, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640
    Dan.West@mpls.k12.mn.us

    Julie Peterson (Social Work, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640
    Julie.Peterson@mpls.k12.mn.us

    Wendy Wolff (Councelor, Advisory)
    (612) 668-3640
    Wendy.Wolff@mpls.k12.mn.us

    Gretchen Mattson (BEST)
    (612) 668-3640
    Gretchen.Mattson@mpls.k12.mn.us

    Jane Zeleznikar (Classroom Support )
    (612) 668-3640
    Jane.Zeleznikar@mpls.k12.mn.us

    7th Grade Links

    Youth Frontiers

    Lizard Point

    Mr. West's Page

    CMP Math Info for Parents

    Loft Youth Writing Classes

    Aritmetic Four (Practice Operations with Integers)

    Order of Operations Four

    Walk the Plank --adding and subtracting integers

    Quick Quiz Practice

    Cool Chemistry 2011a>

    Seventh Grade Science

    Exxon Mobile Summer Camp




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