It’s hard to believe Spring Break is only a week away, and that the end of third quarter is a mere four days after we return from Spring Break! My, how time flies!
Please note that students will have some time available in the computer lab this week during class, though not every day this week during class. Students will have no computer lab time during class the week we return from Spring Break, as they will be working in groups to prepare and present a culminating Sundjata the Lion King Griot Performance on Thursday, April 6th. This means that students who are behind in their assignments may need to do some work at home this week or over Spring Break to get caught up. So, please check Synergy to monitor your child’s academic progress. https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/, and see what he or she needs to do to be successful for third quarter.
For second semester, I am focusing heavily on corrective writing, as scores on daily assignments and writing work samples indicate that conventions–spelling, grammar, capitalization, and punctuation–are where students need the most practice. Students will always have the opportunity to revise their work and receive a higher score, as long as it is not submitted too close to the end of the quarter.
It was great to see so many parents at the Un-Auction this past Saturday! Thanks so much for supporting our school!
Congratulations to the Beaumont Ambassadors for placing first in the Clackamas Community College Instrumental Jazz Festival!
West African Cultural Center Exhibit Guide
Students will imagine that they are directors of the Cultural Center of West Africa. They will have created exhibits about African art, music, and oral and written traditions. Now they will publish a guide to help visitors better understand the exhibits. The guide must be between 500 and 700 words and: be typed or written neatly in ink; include a colorful and creative cover and title; be at least three pages long, with pages devoted to art, music, and oral and written traditions; include at least five illustrations or drawings; contain information to help the reader understand African culture; have at least three paragraphs that describe the art, music, and oral and written traditions exhibits and explain what they teach us about African culture and society; and include a list of at least four examples of ways in which West African cultural achievements influence our world today. The assignment was due on Monday, March 13th, but I’ll gladly accept late assignments this week. West African Cultural Center Exhibit Guide
Nigerian Proverb Essay: Beverley Naidoo’s The Other Side of Truth: Due Monday, March 20th
A proverb is a wise saying that expresses a commonplace truth or useful thought. Beverley Naidoo sprinkles Nigerian proverbs throughout her novel, The Other Side of Truth. Students will examine sixteen different proverbs found in the book, and choose three that they find most compelling. Students will write out, define, and analyze the proverbs, using evidence from the novel to show how these pearls of wisdom guide characters in making choices. In this essay, students will include the following: three Nigerian proverbs from the book and their accompanying page numbers; who says the proverb; how the proverb provides (or not provide) guidance to a character (or characters) in the book; the proverbs cultural relevance in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Nigeria; how proverbs in the United States are similar to the ones they’ve chosen; and when these proverbs might be useful. Essays should be typed; double-spaced; at least 500 words, at least five paragraphs; at least two pages; at least two pages; 12 point font Times New Roman; and proofread for spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Nigerian Proverb Essay The Other Side of Truth
Current Event: Due Thursday, March 23rd
Students will analyze and summarize informational text, as well as develop grammatical and vocabulary knowledge, through preparation of a current event. Current Events Sheet
Celebration of Excellence: Friday, March 24th
To encourage students to do their best academically and to be good classroom citizens, I will hold a Celebration of Excellence on Friday, March 24th. To qualify for the celebration, students will need: 1) no D’s or F’s, 2) no parent contacts home regarding classroom behavior during the quarter, and 3) receive a positive note from any substitute teachers I may have during the quarter. Students who don’t qualify for the celebration will partake in a study hall.
Each student will read a novel independently and complete an Independent Novel Project,. based on a variety of different project options. Through this activity, students will increase their reading of fiction; expand their skills in the six traits of writing; develop their knowledge of literary elements, including setting, plot, theme, characterization, and symbolism; and gain computer proficiency with different software applications. Independent Novel Project
Spring Break: Monday, March 27th-Friday, March 31st
Spring Break is during the last week of March this year, from Monday, March 27th-Friday, March 31st.
Maker Experience Faire: Tuesday, April 11th-Thursday, April 13th
Students will participate in the Maker Experience Faire on Tuesday, April 11th through Thursday, April 13th, leaving Beaumont at 9:30 a.m. each day, and returning by 2:00 p.m. Students will be at one of six sites for the entire three days.
White Bird-Che Malambo Show: Wednesday, April 26th
I am pleased to announced that I was able to procure free tickets and buses for Beaumont’s entire 7th grade class for the White Bird-Che Malambo Show at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, on Wednesday, April 26th, from noon-1:00 p.m. Students will need to get their field trip permission slip signed by a parent or guardian to attend. Please let me know if you would be interested and available to chaperone the event. Buses will leave Beaumont at 11:00 a.m. on April 26th, and return to school by approximately 2:00 p.m. As background, Che Malambo is a 14-member, all-male Argentinean percussive dance group. http://www.chemalambolive.com/
Spring Break 2018: Spanish Fiesta!
¡Hola! Does the rain in Spain fall mainly in the plain? Learn the answer to this and many other questions about “La Furia Roja” during Spring Break 2018: Spanish Fiesta! On this festive foreign foray to Spain, students will savor the sights, sounds, smells, and spices of cities like Barcelona, Valencia, Granada, Costa del Sol, Seville, Cordoba, Puerto Lapice, Madrid, and Gibraltar! Sign up for this trip by March 31st, and receive a $100 discount on the tour price! For more tour information, check http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1917389uv, or contact Señora Coyne at email@example.com or 503.916.5610. ¡Gracias!
While some students feel that their class workload is just right, other students greatly benefit from enrichment projects in addition to regular class activities. To meet this need, I’ve put together several project options below for your child. These options would be considered extra credit assignments to be done outside of class, with point-values assigned based on the quality, care, and thoughtfulness given to their creation and presentation. Please feel free to contact me if you’d like to talk more about these enrichment project options. https://mscoyne7thgradecore.wordpress.com/enrichment-project-options/
Free Parks Canada Discovery Pass 2017
I was excited to receive my free Parks Canada Discovery Pass in the mail this past week! To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, our friendly neighbor to the north is giving away free passes to all of Canada’s parks and historic sites. I’m not sure if there’s a limited number of passes or not, but order yours now so you and your family can explore Canada on the cheap this year! http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/voyage-travel/admission.aspx
In my classes, I utilize restorative justice practices to build community and handle any behavioral issues that might occur. From time to time, we will have talking circles, to discuss various academic, social, or classroom issues. The goal is to help students talk through and understand how their actions impact others in our community, either positively or negatively, and construct ways to be good classroom citizens.
Cell phones and devices are not allowed in my core classes, and should be stored in student lockers prior to class.
Students write in their planners at the beginning of each week in my class, and in other classes. Please encourage students to bring their planners with them to all classes so they are fully aware of what assignments are coming down the pike.
Volunteers Needed in Office and at Recess
Beaumont has a great need for volunteers to help out in the Office and at Recess. This year, Beaumont does not have the TA elective, so office support is in short supply, especially in the morning. Volunteers are also needed to help supervise the huge number of students at recess. Please contact the front office at 503.916.5610 to get involved.
Please check Synergy to monitor your child’s academic progress. https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/