Week of October 27th

Greetings! Students have finished reading Crispin: The Cross of Lead and have started creating their life-size character silhouettes! I hope to post most of these in my classroom prior to conferences on Wednesday for your viewing pleasure! Also, students have chosen group topics for their Medieval Europe Group Project presentations and have started putting those together. There will be no current event group presentation this week due to conferences. Students will also complete journal entries 34-35. Daily Journal Topics

I’ve purchased half-year subscriptions for Scholastic Scope (a monthly Language Arts magazine) and Junior Scholastic (a bi-weekly Social Studies magazine). Thirty copies of each magazine for a half-year costs $286. I’m going to go ahead and put it on my credit card, but if you can chip in for any portion of this, I’d be greatly obliged! If you can’t afford it right now, please don’t worry about it.

Please note that there is no school this Friday, October 31st and that the last day of first quarter is Friday, November 7th–just seven school days away. First quarter report card grades will be finalized on Monday, November 10th (another day that students will have no school.)

I’ve updated Synergy as of all assignments received by last Friday. Please encourage students to turn in any work they may have forgotten to turn in last week.

I will send the last Parent Teacher Conference schedule tonight. Please let me know when you’d like to meet on October 29th or 30th, and/or if you need to change a conference time you’ve already scheduled. Non-core teachers (math, science, etc.) will be available for arena-style, non-scheduled conferences in the cafeteria on the 29th and 30th.

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Week of October 13th

Greetings! This week, students will continue to read and analyze Avi’s novel, Crispin: The Cross of Lead; revise their narrative essays about a time when they were falsely accused; gather quotations said by, about, and to different characters in Crispin in preparation for character silhouettes; examine the Byzantine Empire; and prepare and showcase group current event presentations. Students will complete journal entries 24-28 this week. Daily Journal Topics

Please note that there is a Late Opening this Wednesday, October 15th, so students should arrive two hours later than usual.

There is no school on Friday, October 31st.

The last day of first quarter is Friday, November 7th–just four weeks away. First quarter report card grades will be finalized on Monday, November 10th.

I’ve updated Synergy as of all assignments received by last Friday. Please encourage students to turn in any work they may have forgotten to turn in last week.

I will continue sending around an updated electronic Parent Teacher Conference schedule each week until conferences. Please let me know when you’d like to meet on October 29th or 30th, and/or if you need to change a conference time you’ve already scheduled. Non-core teachers (math, science, etc.) will be available for arena-style, non-scheduled conferences in the cafeteria on the 29th and 30th.

My teacher neighbor, Ms. Parrott, is coordinating a spring break trip to Paris and London through EF Tours (http://www.eftours.com/). So far, there are eight seventh-graders signed up for the trip, three of whom are in my core classes. If you’ve ever thought of exposing your child to European travel–and really, Paris and London are always a good idea!–this will be an exciting and informative trip, when the weather in these two cities will be perfect for sightseeing, and there are fewer tourists than there are typically in the summer months. I have brochures available in my classroom, though feel free to contact Ms. Parrott at kparrott@pps.net or me at jcoyne@pps.net with any questions. Merci!

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Week of October 6th

Greetings! This week, students will continue to read and analyze Avi’s novel, Crispin: The Cross of Lead; revise their narrative essays about a time when they were falsely accused; gather quotations said by, about, and to different characters in Crispin in preparation for character silhouettes; examine the decline of feudalism; and prepare and showcase group current event presentations (which we’ll have on Thursday this week, as there is no school on Friday). Students will complete journal entries 21-23 this week. Daily Journal Topics

Please note that students in my core classes and I will be going on the Bonneville Dam science field trip tomorrow, October 6th.

Midterm progress reports will be finalized this Tuesday, October 7th. I’ve upgraded Synergy with all assignments I received through Friday, and will happily include any assignments I receive through Tuesday for midterms.

Please note there is no school this Friday, October 10th, as it’s a Teacher In-Service Day.

I will continue sending around an updated electronic Parent Teacher Conference schedule each week until conferences. Please let me know when you’d like to meet on October 29th or 30th, and/or if you need to change a conference time you’ve already scheduled. Non-core teachers (math, science, etc.) will be available for arena-style, non-scheduled conferences in the cafeteria on the 29th and 30th. There is no school on Friday, October 31st.

My teacher neighbor, Ms. Parrott, is coordinating a spring break trip to Paris and London through EF Tours (http://www.eftours.com/). So far, there are eight seventh-graders signed up for the trip, three of whom are in my core classes. If you’ve ever thought of exposing your child to European travel–and really, Paris and London are always a good idea!–this will be an exciting and informative trip, when the weather in these two cities will be perfect for sightseeing, and there are fewer tourists than there are typically in the summer months. I have brochures available in my classroom, though feel free to contact Ms. Parrott at kparrott@pps.net or me at jcoyne@pps.net with any questions. Merci!

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Week of September 29th

Greetings! This week, students will continue to read and analyze Avi’s novel, Crispin: The Cross of Lead; continue adding to their draft of  a narrative essay about a time when they were falsely accused; gather quotations said by, about, and to different characters in Crispin in preparation for character silhouettes; examine life in medieval European towns; and prepare and showcase group current event presentations. Students will complete journal entries 16-20 this week. Daily Journal Topics

My teacher neighbor, Ms. Parrott, is coordinating a spring break trip to Paris and London through EF Tours (http://www.eftours.com/). So far, there are eight seventh-graders signed up for the trip, three of whom are in my core classes. If you’ve ever thought of exposing your child to European travel–and really, Paris and London are always a good idea!–this will be an exciting and informative trip, when the weather in these two cities will be perfect for sightseeing, and there are fewer tourists than there are typically in the summer months. I have brochures available in my classroom, though feel free to contact Ms. Parrott at kparrott@pps.net or me at jcoyne@pps.net with any questions. Merci!

I was so pleased to meet so many parents at Back-to-School Night! For those of you who couldn’t join, I’ll be sending around an updated electronic Parent Teacher Conference schedule each week. Please let me know when you’d like to meet on October 29th or 30th, and/or if you need to change a conference time you’ve already scheduled. Non-core teachers (math, science, etc.) will be available for arena-style, non-scheduled conferences in the cafeteria on the 29th and 30th.

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Week of September 22nd

Greetings! This week, students will continue to read and analyze Avi’s novel, Crispin: The Cross of Lead; write a rough draft of  a narrative essay about a time when they were falsely accused; examine the role of the Catholic Church in Medieval Europe; and prepare and showcase group current event presentations. Students will be completing journal entries 11-15 this week. Daily Journal Topics

Don’t forget that this Tuesday evening is Back-to-School Night for parents at Beaumont. You’ll get to travel to your child’s classrooms, meet their teachers, and sign up for October Parent Teacher Conferences with core teachers. I’ll have coffee, tea, and cookies outside my classroom next to my sign-up sheets. Swing on by!

My teacher neighbor, Ms. Parrott, is coordinating a spring break trip to Paris and London through EF Tours (http://www.eftours.com/). So far, there are eight seventh-graders signed up for the trip, three of whom are in my core classes. If you’ve ever thought of exposing your child to European travel, this will be an exciting and informative trip, when the weather in these two cities will be perfect for sightseeing. I’ll have brochures available Tuesday evening, though feel free to contact Ms. Parrott at kparrott@pps.net or me at jcoyne@pps.net with any questions. Merci!

 

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Week of September 15th

Greetings! This week, students will continue to read and analyze Avi’s novel, Crispin: The Cross of Lead; start writing a narrative essay; examine the development of feudalism in Western Europe; and prepare and showcase group current event presentations.

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Week of September 8th

Greetings! This week, students will start reading and analyzing Avi’s novel, Crispin: The Cross of Lead, and explore the Legacy of the Roman Empire. I look forward to students’ current event group presentations on Friday!

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