7th Grade Newsletter - September 8, 2014

Field School
7th Grade Newsletter  

September 8, 2014 

Welcome to the 7th Grade Newsletter. 


We are hard at work in 7th-grade at Field. It is nice that the weather is starting to cool down, as it makes it easier for us all to concentrate and focus in class.


We will be discussing binder organization and planner use this week. Talk to your students about what their binders are supposed to look like.


- The 7th Grade Team 


* Correction to Calendar:
 The Field Curriculum night 
Tue, Sept 23 
is from 6:30-7:45pm
(The time was incorrect in the last newsletter)
Language Arts.

WOW!!! Your students rocked the Socratic Seminar last week. I can not get over how many different opinions I heard. :)

This week we start with finding traits of personal narratives in music, From there we transition to a short story by bell hooks titled, Bond Black. It is quite a powerful story and should provide us with a lot of interesting discussion. 

Enjoy your week and read a good book!

Please check out my web page... you can get to it from the Field School website, or from the link at the column to the right. 


- Ms. Halasz



This week we will: 1) continue our look at Jane Goodall's field study of chimpanzees and 2) learn about trophic levels by studying a relatively simple ecosystem (Mono Lake).

Homework, RA2, Interactions Among Living Things,
 will be passed out on Monday and due by Friday.  (Return by Tuesday for a 4% bonus.)

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: www.bolerscience.net
Social StudiesSocial Studies
Students will be incorporating the principles of the Declaration of Independence into their design of a stamp, seal, or bill on Monday and Tuesday.  The rest of the week will be spent focusing on the U.S. Constitution and the rights and responsibilities that go with it.  There is homework that is due Friday.  On a separate piece of paper, students will answer these questions:
What rights do you have at home?  What responsibilities go with those rights?  What rights do you have as a student at Field school?  What responsibilities go with those rights?


- Mrs. Odermatt





Our first Learning Target quiz isscheduled for this Wednesday. Learning target #1: I can locate  positive and negative numbers and their opposites on a number line. Learning target #2: I can compare positive and negative rational numbers using comparative signs, such as =, <, >, (including "less than or equal to", and "greater than or equal to").


Students are generally doing a good job on homework, but a few students are not completing homework before class. While I don't collect every homework assignment (I like them to have the examples in their binder) I want them to realize that it is important to do them. We do go over the answers in class each day, so that students know right away if they have done the problems correctly. I dont always tell students when I am collecting them, so that they do each assignment "as if" I will be collecting it for credit.


Students should receive a complete class syllabus this week. (I had to make a few corrections/changes last week) Make sure you ask to see it by the end of the week. After I hand it out, I will also put a copy on my website as a LINK that you can download.


My website (LINK below) is up-and-running for this year... Take a few minutes to get familiar with it. Many students & parents have found it very helpful, especially with respect to seeing what we did in class each day, and what, if any, homework there is for the evening. It also lists my availability schedule for student help.


  - Mr Usem 


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Click HERE for Mr. Usem's Webpage

  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. 

Field School
spirit wear days 
all year
-  -  -
We encourage students and staff at Field to wear...
  • COLLEGE wear on every Thursday
  • FIELD SCHOOL SPIRIT wear on every Friday

Contact Us
Leon Boler
Nicole Odermatt 
(Social Studies)

Mary Catherine Halasz
(Language Arts)

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

Char Swanson

Seth Leavitt


Other 7th Grade 
B.E.S.T. teachers: 

Seth Leavitt 
(Math BEST)



Bev Halvorson

(Reading BEST)






Field School 

Student Resources




Chris Yohe

(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 Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55419


Click HERE for the 




Click HERE for Mr. Usem's Webpage


Dates to Remember

Dates to 




  • Sept 15: Field Picture Day (during L.A. and S.S. classes)
  • Sep 23: Field Curriculum Night (6:30-7:45pm)
  • Oct 14: Conferences
  • Oct 15: NO SCHOOL - Conferences
  • Oct 16-17: NO SCHOOL
    - Education MN Teacher's Convention 
    (formerly the "MEA break")
  • Oct 23: Conferences
  • Oct 24: 
    Field Picture Re-Take Day
  • Oct 30: End of Quarter #1
  • Oct 31: NO SCHOOL - Record Keeping Day
  • Nov 3: Quarter #2 begins




from the Field School Counselor..



Chris Yohe

Field School Counselor

NEW HP Toner Cartridge 
Recycling Program:


We now have an HP toner recycling program.  We can collect them and earn money for the school.  Used HP Toner cartridges can be submitted to the office similarly to how we have done with the other education box-tops, labels, and milk-caps you collect.

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