Week of November 24th

Bonjour!

For starters, this week, students will complete journal entries 48-50. This week’s words include: fortitude, fret, and frivolous! Daily Journal Topics

This week, students will embark on the second unit of the year: The Rise of Islam. They’ll focus on geography of the Arabian Peninsula, and how that impacted trade and people’s way of life. Additionally, they’ll gain background on and start reading Suzanne Fisher Staples’ bildungsroman, Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind, a coming-of-age story about a nomadic Pakistani adolescent in the Cholistan Desert.

On the travel front, I will lead an EF Tour for students to Paris and the French Riviera during Spring Break 2016. The trip will be geared toward my current French students and students who plan to take French with me next year in eighth grade. I’ll have my first informational meeting for parents and students on Tuesday, December 2nd, at 6:30 p.m., in my classroom (Room 212). I hope to see you there! In the meantime, please check out this link for more travel information: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1681167KE

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 went 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. So far, I’ve collected $260 from parents in my core classes. Thank you to all of you who have chipped in so far!!

Merci!

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Week of November 17th

Bonjour!

For starters, this week, students will complete journal entries 43-47. This week’s words include: ferocity, flatter, flounder, folly, and forlorn! Daily Journal Topics

To write for an audience and learn more about students in other cultures, students will continue writing their Ghanaian pen pal letter-writing odyssey this week! David Del Mar, Co-Founder and President of local non-profit Yo Ghana! http://www.yoghana.org/, was kind enough to visit our classroom recently to tell us more about Ghanaian schools and culture, and the goal of his non-profit organization. Students will exchange letters four times throughout the school year with students at Angel’s Academy, just outside of Ghana’s capital, Accra. For an interesting overview of Ghana, recently nicknamed “The African Lion” for its tremendous economic growth, check out the video Portrait of a Nation: Ghana:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCph51bHZ6E (27:30).

Now that students have finished reading Crispin: The Cross of Lead and finished their amazing, life-sized character silhouettes, they will focus intently on their character analysis essay, based on a character in Crispin who has overcome (or not overcome) obstacles in the book. They will use quotations captured in character silhouettes as textual evidence.

On the travel front, I will lead an EF Tour for students to Paris and the French Riviera during Spring Break 2016. The trip will be geared toward my current French students and students who plan to take French with me next year in eighth grade. I’ll have my first informational meeting for parents and students on Tuesday, December 2nd, at 6:30 p.m., in my classroom (Room 212). I hope to see you there! In the meantime, please check out this link for more travel information: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1681167KE

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 went 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. So far, I’ve collected $240 from parents in my core classes. Thank you to all of you who have chipped in so far!!

Merci!

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Week of November 12th

Bonjour!

First quarter has ended, grades are finalized, and second quarter has begun!

For starters, this week, students will complete journal entries 41-43. This week’s words include: extravagant, fatigue, and ferocity! Daily Journal Topics

To write for an audience and learn more about students in other cultures, students will embark on their Ghanaian pen pal letter-writing odyssey this week! David Del Mar, Co-Founder and President of local non-profit Yo Ghana! http://www.yoghana.org/, was kind enough to visit our classroom last week to tell us more about Ghanaian schools and culture, and the goal of his non-profit organization. Students will exchange letters throughout the school year with students at Angel’s Academy, just outside of Ghana’s capital, Accra.

Now that students have finished reading Crispin: The Cross of Lead and finished their amazing, life-sized character silhouettes, they will focus intently on their character analysis essay, based on a character in Crispin who has overcome (or not overcome) obstacles in the book. They will use quotations captured in character silhouettes as textual evidence.

On the travel front, I’ve decided to spearhead leading an EF Tour for students to Paris and the French Riviera during Spring Break 2016. The trip will be geared toward my current French students and students who plan to take French with me next year in eighth grade. I’ll have my first informational meeting for parents and students on Tuesday, December 2nd, at 6:30 p.m., in my classroom (Room 212). I hope to see you there!

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 went 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. So far, I’ve collected $195 from parents in my core classes. Thank you to all of you who have chipped in so far!!

Merci!

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Week of November 3rd

Greetings! Students have finished reading Crispin: The Cross of Lead and most of you had a chance to see their amazing, life-sized character silhouettes at conferences (in addition to their fabulous biopoems!) They will present their character silhouettes to the class on Monday and get a chance to see what other students created. With character silhouettes completed and published, students will now embark on a character analysis essay, based on a character in Crispin who has overcome (or not overcome) obstacles in the book. They will use quotations captured in character silhouettes as textual evidence. On Thursday, students will participate in a literary tea party, where they will take on the persona of one of the characters in Crispin, while enjoying herbal tea, hot apple cider, hot chocolate, and cookies. For journal entries, students will complete 36-40. Daily Journal Topics

For Social Studies, students will continue preparing their Medieval Europe Group Project presentations and have started putting those together. Some of the topics chosen include The Byzantine Empire, A Peasant’s Life, The Bubonic Plague, Medieval Architecture, Medieval Art, and Medical Diseases and Treatments. As it’s election season, students will prepare a group Oregonian ballot measure presentation for Friday, discussing the pros and cons of each ballot measure in front of the class.

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 went 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. So far, I’ve collected $160 from parents in my core classes. Thank you to all of you who have chipped in so far!!

Please note that the last day of first quarter is Friday, November 7th. First quarter report card grades will be finalized on Monday, November 10th. Veterans’ Day is Tuesday, November 11th. Students will not have school on either Monday, November 10th or Tuesday, November 11th.

I’ve updated Synergy as of all assignments received last week. Please encourage students to turn in any missing work so they can get the best first quarter grades possible.

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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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