Specialist News - April, 2015

Specialists Newsletter
April 2015

 

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Band/Orchestra - Kim Hotchkiss 

 

The Ice Cream Social was great fun!! A special thanks to all the wonderful parents who helped with hall duty and serving ice cream. Thank you Cathy Haugland for coordinating it all!! And thanks to all of you who donated money. It helped pay for supplies for this year and next year.

 

I've added two more dates to the calendar - Tuesday, May 26 Jazz Band and Orchestra play at Hale School; & Wednesday, May 27 the Wind Ensemble will participate in the Viva City Band Festival held at O'Shaghnessy College. It will be during the school day. More details to come later.

 

All the Bands have had or will have the opportunity to see the 'Copper Street Brass' come and perform for them. It's awesome to have these professional musicians come to our school!!!

 

The 5/6 grade practice charts for March are do this week.

  

The music webpage is active so you can find information about any of the music programs, concert dates and private lesson teachers. 

You can click on the link below, or access it through 'teaching teams' on the Field webpage.

 

Enjoy Spring,

Ms. Hotchkiss

 

 

 CLICK HERE for Music Webpage
Vocal/Rock Band/Guitar - Chase Burkhart
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Greetings Field Families!


 

The 4th quarter is underway, and we have some exciting events planned in the next two months that students are looking forward to.    Please read through all the following information as it likely pertains to you.


 

7th/8th CHOIR TOUR - DULUTH (May 22-23)


 

By now ALL eligible choir students should have brought home a small packet of permission/health forms that need to be signed by their parent/guardian and returned to Mr. Burkhart ASAP.   Although these permission forms, as well as the scholarship forms, were due today (April 10th), I am still missing them from at least half of my eligible students...  I cannot proceed with room/bus assignments and finalizing mealtime options until I get EVERYONES signed permission forms, so please take care of this early next week.     


 

PLEASE NOTE:  Any students who require medications on this trip will need to take home and have both their parents AND their doctor fill out a separate form that I will have available Monday morning.   It was supposed to be printed on the back of the general health form included in the packet I sent home, but I missed it.

 

We are also still in great need of parent/adult volunteer chaperones to assist with managing students in Duluth.    As of this moment, I have email confirmation from only 5 parents... I need 5 more or else we can't go.   The cost for each adult chaperone is $185, which covers all activities/food and half the cost of one room to share with another chaperone.    Shoot me an email ASAP if you are able to help.

 

AUDITIONS FOR NEXT YEAR

 

(Madrigals, Chorale, 5/6 Interm. Guitar, 7/8 Adv. Guitar/Rock Band)


 

Starting this Monday, April 13th, I will have sign up sheets posted on the tack board outside my door.  Audition times will be during 5th/6th grade lunch/recess and 7/8 grade advisory/lunch/recess for those students who need to take a bus home afterschool, and after school for walkers/bikers/parent pick ups.    PLEASE NOTE:  Unless notified privately on an individual basis, current 5th and 7th grade students already enrolled in Madrigals or Chorale will not be required to re-audition.  All current 7th/8th grade Rock Band students are required to re-audition.  


 

FINAL HOME CONCERTS

 

The final home choir performance of the year is on Thursday, May 28th at 6:30pm in the commons.     All 5th-8th grade choir students are required to show up in concert dress and perform with their respective ensembles.


 

The final home guitar performance of the year is on Tuesday, June 2nd at 6:30pm in the commons.    

All 5th-8th grade guitar students are required to show up in concert dress and perform with their respective ensembles.  All students renting school-owned instruments are required to turn them in immediately following this performance.    PLEASE NOTE:  "Music Explorations" students will NOT be performing, but are welcome to attend.  They will turn in their guitars in class the week before.  


 

UPDATES ON MISSING GUITARS

 

Unfortunately, both guitars that were reported missing in February have still yet to be recovered... I have searched high and low throughout the building, spreading the word to each of my classes and staff.  I filed a police report with the Minneapolis Police Department, and have my inventory daily but nothing has turned up.  This situation deeply saddens me, so I will continue to monitor our progress in regards to instrument security within the building, not just my classroom.


 

As always, direct your questions/concerns to chase.burkhart@mpls.k12.mn.us

 

Sincerely,

 

Mr. Burkhart

  

Visual Art - Ms. Del 
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Greetings! 

   Students in all grades will have the option to explore Shibori - a Japanese form of tye dying fabric using string and different types of objects. 

     We are requesting a donation of $3.5o per student for a blank white silk scarf 8"x54". 

    Please donate by Monday, April 20th.

Thank you.

  

   5/6 grade students are creating Mixed Media Owls. Students are using a variety of materials - fabric, cotton balls, birch bark, ... to create their interpretation of owls.

    

    7/8 grade students are continuing to study advanced painting techniques with a focus on Wild Weather. Students are layering watercolor paints and watercolor pencils to create stormy landscapes.

  

Art Room Volunteers Needed 
Work from home uploading images of students' artwork onto our online school art gallery www.artsonia.com.

Contact Ms. Del by email for details.   delecia.bey@mpls.k12.mn.us

  

Please visit our online art gallery at www.artsonia.com. 20% of purchases are returned to the art room for supplies.  

 

Art Heals!

Ms. Del

 


Media/Technology - Sean Casey

 

The results of the TRAILS (Tool for Real-Time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills) knowledge assessment are in!

 

In the month of March, 7th and 8th grade students' proficiency in the area of information literacy skills increased from 45% proficient at the beginning of Quarter 3 to 51.8% proficient (an increase of 6.8%) at the end of Quarter 3, slightly below both the national average of 53.4% and the state average of 55.5%. Furthermore, their proficiency increased in all five categories of the information literacy skills that were assessed: Their proficiency in developing, using, and revising search strategies increased by 2.8%; their proficiency in evaluating sources and information increased by 6.5%; their proficiency in developing topics increased by 6.8%; their proficiency in identifying potential sources increased by 7%; and (perhaps most importantly) their proficiency in recognizing how to use information responsibly, ethically, and legally increased by an impressive 10.7%!

 

5th and 6th grade students' proficiency in the area of information literacy skills also increased; from 51% proficient at the beginning of Quarter 3 to 56.8% proficient (an increase of 5.8%) at the end of Quarter 3, raising their proficiency in this area above both the national average of 53% and the state average of 52%! Furthermore, their proficiency increased in four out of the five categories of the information literacy skills that were assessed: Their proficiency in identifying potential sources increased by 3.3%; their proficiency in developing topics increased by 7.2%; their proficiency in developing, using, and revising search strategies increased by 8.3%; and (again, perhaps most importantly) their proficiency in recognizing how to use information responsibly, ethically, and legally increased by 9.2%.

 

Also in the month of March, there were 176 total circulations of library books in the media center's collection:

  • Students in Grade 5 were responsible for 60.2% of the total circulations,
  • Students in Grade 6 were responsible for 10.2%,
  • Students in Grade 7 were responsible for 17.8%, and
  • Students in Grade 8 were responsible for 11.9%.

The "Top 10 Titles" (according to circulations of library books among students) in the month of February were:

  1. The Crossbones (the third volume in the "Skeleton Creek series) by Patrick Carman
  2. The Adventures of Superboy, a graphic novel by Don Cameron
  3. Catching Fire (the second volume in the "Hunger Games" series) by Suzanne Collins
  4. A Corner of the Universe by Ann M. Martin
  5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  6. The Odyssey, a graphic novel by Gareth Hinds
  7. Aphrodite, Goddess of Love (the sixth volume in "Olympians" series of graphic novels) by George O'Connor
  8. Rewind by William Sleator
  9. Sisters, a graphic novel (and the sequel to the graphic novel Smile) by Raina Telgemeier, and
  10. Stick Man's Really Bad Day, a graphic novel by Steve Mockus.

Sean Casey sean.casey@mpls.k12.mn.us 

School Library Media Specialist, Teacher of Media/Technology classes

Field Community School | Minneapolis Public Schools

field.mpls.k12.mn.us/casey 

 

"The only thing that you absolutely have to know is the location of the library." - Albert Einstein


Marni Heck - Physical Education    cartoon-sneakers.jpg
 
The last few months of school "runs" by fast!
Please take a moment and talk to your child in regards to his/her fitness goals.  The finals for Physical Fitness tests will be taken end of April.

Upcoming Units:  
     Baseball
     Fitness Tests
     Tennis 
     Basketball

"Strong body makes the mind strong"
          ~ Thomas Jefferson


Cheers ~

Marni Heck
(651) 341-9012

 

 

Spanish/French/World Cultures - 
Char Swanson 
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All students (5 - 8th grades) will start this last quarter of the year with the same Learning Target " Food, Health and the cultural aspects of Food and cooking in our world);

Spanish students (7 - 8th grades) will learn to express their likes and dislikes about various foods in the U.S. and Latin America, food etiquette and the cultural differences that exist between the two countries. They will also work on a pair/group project that consists in "teaching" a short unit in Spanish, using resources of their choice. They will choose from a list of topics and related vocabulary, and design an activity (skit, song, flash cards, puppets etc...) to teach their unit. This project will be part of their summative assessment (40% of quarter grade) and will be taking place around mid quarter. Students will also continue to practice their "conjugation skills" through short homework and diverse readings.

Spanish students (5 -6th grades) will start this quarter with the Speaking Test (Mi Familia packet) that they have been practicing all through last quarter.  Testing will take place during the week of 4/13 - 17. Students will be introduced to their new learning target on "Food, health and the cultural aspects of food and cooking in Latin America. They will learn to express their likes and dislikes about various foods, order in a restaurant, and describe foods that are good or bad for their daily health.

French students (7 - 8th grades) will start this new quarter by taking their Speaking test (reading aloud a text of their choice). They will  then learn to ex;press their likes and dislikes about various foods from the U.S. and from France, table manners in both countries, and the cultural aspects of food and cuisine in French speaking countries. They will also work in pairs or groups to design a "teaching unit" in French, using resources of their own. A list of topics and activities will be provided to them, and completion date will be around mid quarter.

French students (5- 6th grades) will start this new quarter by taking their "speaking test" (Ma Famille packet) during the week of 4/13 - 17),  continue to read "les aventures d'Isabelle," and explore basic vocabulary related to food and shopping in France.

World culture class students (all grades) will explore the culture of Food in the world through research, group and class discussions, and ultimately food tasting and consumption through an end of the year "Cultural Pot Luck." They will be able to compare the importance of food, dining etiquette and health usages in countries other than the U.S., and discuss their own values on healthy vs unhealthy foods.

 

Dates to Remember
  • May 21:  Spring Band & Orchestra Concert - Field School in morning; 
     6:30 & 7:45 pm at Field School
     
    May 22 - May 23
    Choir Tour to Duluth.
    Leave at 6:30 am.
     
    May 26: Jazz Band & Chamber Orchestra to Hale School.
     
    May 27: Viva City Band Festival - all day - Wind Ensemble
     
    May 28: Choir Concert
    - 6:30 Field School
     
  • June 2: Guitars & Rock Band Concert - 6:30 Field School
Contact Us
Kim Hotchkiss
(Band/Orchestra)
Kim.Hotchkiss@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640 
 
Chase Burkhart
(Choir, Guitar, Rock Band)
Chase.Burkhart@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640

Marni Heck
(Physical Education)
Marni.Heck@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640

Sean Casey 
(Media Tech)
Sean.Casey@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640
 
Del Bey  
(Art- M,T,Th,F) 
Delecia.Bey@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640 

Char Swanson
(Spanish/French)
612-668-3640

 

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4645 Fourth Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55419
612-668-3640
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