It was so great to see students and families at the Beaumont Centennial, and at Jimmy Mak’s for the Bobcats, Jazz Too, and Ambassadors concerts!
In celebration of the Latin American poetry we’ll be studying in class this week, here is a video of Madonna reading an English translation of Pablo Neruda’s poem, “If You Forget Me.” Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5yADgMzGJo.
Spring Break 2017: Paris and the Châteaux Interest Meeting: Tuesday, June 7th at 6:00 p.m.
Ever thought of visiting France? I will be taking a group to visit Paris and some of the many gorgeous castles in France next year during Spring Break. Students who have already taken one trip with EF Tours will get a $100 discount if they go on this tour. I will hold an interest meeting in my classroom on Tuesday, June 7th, at 6:00 p.m.. In the meantime, check out the EF Tour website to learn more: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1826882ZS.
7th Grade OMSI Maker Experience: Wednesday, June 1st
All 7th grade students will attend the OMSI Maker Experience field trip on Wednesday, June 1st, from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m..
OAKS Park Field Trip: Thursday, June 9th
All 7th grade students and teachers will attend the OAKS Park Field Trip on Thursday, June 9th. Permission slips and payment of $20 are due as soon as possible, so we can buy ride bracelets and make sure to have the correct number of buses. Payments can be cash or check. Checks should be made out to “Beaumont Middle School.”
I have graded all assignments turned into me by this past Friday, May 27th. To see how your child is doing in Language Arts, Social Studies, and other classes, please access Synergy here: https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/.
Diary Entry: Heian-kyo Noble or Samurai
Students will write a diary entry from the perspective of a noble or samurai in Heian-kyo, during Japan’s Golden Age, in the 10th century. They will keep a diary of impressions of daily life during this time, and, specifically, describe one day while visiting the emperor’s court. They should include personal anecdotes and experiences, and focus on tightening sentences, and use active verbs. The assignment was due on Friday, May 27th, but I’ll gladly accept assignments this week. Heian kyo Noble or Samurai Diary Entry Criteria Sheet
Latin American Poetry
This week, students will savor the works from a variety of Latin American poets, including Pablo Neruda, Jorge Luis Borges, José Martí, Nicolás Guillén, Luis Palés-Matos, Octavio Paz, and Giannina Braschi.
Ch. 24: The Aztecs
Students will read, analyze, discuss, and summarize where the Aztecs came from, how they built their magnificent city, and and how they rose to become the masters of a great empire. The Aztec Empire flourished from 1428-1519 C.E., when it was destroyed by invaders from Spain. Students will read pages 271-277 in their History Alive: The Medieval World and Beyond textbooks, and complete pages 167-170 in their Interactive Student Notebooks. The assignment is due on Tuesday, May 31st.
Ch. 25: Daily Life in Tenochtitlan
Students will read, analyze, discuss, and summarize daily life in the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan. They will describe the class structure of Aztec society, including slaves, and explore daily lives of the Aztecs, including marriage, family life, food, markets, religious practices, and recreation. Students will read pages 279-287 in their History Alive: The Medieval World and Beyond textbooks, and complete pages 171-173 in their Interactive Student Notebooks. The assignment is due on Thursday, June 2nd.
Ch. 26: The Incas
Students will read, analyze, discuss, and summarize how the Inca Empire arose; aspects of Inca civilization and culture, including class structure, family life, religion, and warfare; and identify how the Inca message-relay system helped the Sapa Inca control a far-flung empire. The Inca Empire arose in the 1400s C.E. and lasted until 1532, when the Incas were conquered by Spanish explorers. Students will read pages 289-299 in their History Alive: The Medieval World and Beyond textbooks, and complete pages 175-178 in their Interactive Student Notebooks. The assignment is due on Friday, June 3rd.
Independent Novel Project
With a new quarter comes the opportunity for new books to read! Students will read a teacher-approved book and complete a variety of choice activities to demonstrate what they learned. The Independent Novel Project for fourth quarter is due on Tuesday, May 31st. Independent Novel Project
Students will start each class by completing a journal warm-up. This week, journal entries 158-161 are due on Friday, June 3rd. Daily Journal Topics
Students will have class time to complete a current event with a partner. Students may choose an article from one of the newspapers I have in class, including: The Portland Tribune, The Portland Observer, El Hispanic News, The Asian Reporter, and The Skanner. Alternatively, they are welcome to use other newspaper publications available at home or online. Current events are due on Thursday, June 2nd. Current Events Sheet
Morning Library and Computer Access
If students need computer access, Beaumont’s library opens each morning at 8:15 a.m.. Students can enter with a pass from a teacher, or with a parent, as a “walking hall pass.”
My hall neighbors, Mr. Aquino and Ms. Meadows, run Homework Club every morning at 8:00 a.m. in their classrooms–Mr. Aquino facilitates Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while Ms. Meadows facilitates Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mr. Columbo facilitates Homework Club after school Mondays through Thursdays. Be sure to sign students up for Homework Club through SUN School if they need extra time or help completing assignments.
Merci et bonne semaine!