Week of May 1st

Bonjour!

Happy May everyone! It feels like spring is really here. With spring, comes the time to revisit classroom expectations.

Please remind students that they should come to core class prepared, with all materials for the day. These include their History Alive: Medieval World Beyond textbook and Interactive Student Notebook; Lensey Namioka’s novel, Ties That Bind, Ties That Break; their novel for their Independent Novel Project; a writing utensil; lined paper; and their planner. With lockers right outside my classroom, this should be easy to do.

Cell phones, food, gum, sports equipment, and toys are not allowed in the classroom. If you feel your student needs a fidget item in class, please contact me so we can discuss it further.

Students may have one trip out of the classroom per core class per day (to use for the restroom, water, or to go to their locker). It should not be during the first or last ten minutes of Language Arts or Social Studies, during the passing period between Language Arts or Social Studies, or when there is direct instruction going on. Additionally, only one student may be gone from the room at a time.

Students would be wise to bring water bottles (already filled with water) with them to class–it’s better for the environment and will reduce classroom disruptions.

Finally, students should raise their hands and wait to be called upon by me before speaking. It ensures clear, respectful communication for everyone so all students can learn.

Thank you for your help in reminding students about these expectations. I recognize that different teachers sometimes have different expectations, so I wanted to be sure that we’re all on the same page. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Fourth Quarter Midterm Progress Reports: Wednesday, May 10th

Teachers will finalize fourth quarter midterm progress reports on Wednesday, May 10th. Please check Synergy to monitor your child’s academic progress. https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/

Celebration of Excellence: Friday, May 12th

The weather forecast is looking spectacular for May! To reward students for good behavior and academic effort, I will have a Celebration of Excellence on Friday, May 12th. Those students who earn an A, B, or C in my Language Arts and Social Studies classes, and do not demonstrate negative behaviors in class that would necessitate a parent contact between now and May 12th, will be eligible to go to Wilshire Park for two periods, play games, hang out, and bask in the glory of a job well done!! Those students who don’t meet the criteria will have a study hall in an alternate location.

Lensey Namioka’s Ties That Bind, Ties That Break

Students just started their novel study of Lensey Namioka’s Ties That Bind, Ties That Break. Set in China during the early 1900s, the protagonist, Ailin Tao, courageously rebels against the cultural practice of foot binding. Determined to make her own life choices, her decision leads to a surprising turn of events. This week, students will read and summarize chapters 2-6. Summaries should be one full page in length. Students should include information about setting, characters, key plot points, predictions about what might happen next, and a reflection about the reading. Scores for summaries will be based on length, content, spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Students are strongly encouraged to revise summaries to earn a higher score. Additionally, students will include an original drawing, or drawings, to accompany each summary, focusing on literary elements found in the chapter.

Current Event: Due Thursday, May 4th

Students will analyze and summarize informational text, as well as develop grammatical and vocabulary knowledge, through preparation of a current event. The assignment is due on Thursday, May 4th. Current Events Sheet

Ch. 18: Chinese Inventions and Discoveries: Due Friday, May 5th

Students will learn about Chinese discoveries and inventions from about 200 to 1400 C.E. and their effects on China, and the rest of the world. Specifically, students will describe Chinese technological developments during the Tang and Song dynasties and analyze ways in which such Chinese inventions as gunpowder, the compass, and printing affected china and the rest of the world. Students will read pages 195-203 in their History Alive: The Medieval World and Beyond textbooks, and complete pages 115-122 in their Interactive Student Notebooks. https://d3jc3ahdjad7x7.cloudfront.net/IAENkB2dv3dRVtjvVAgqK6G9f0QHcko7nJCXDPaB7UjuDW4g.pdf

Chinese Government Job Application Letter: Past Due

Students will pretend to be a foreigner, an aristocrat, or a scholar looking for a government job. They will write a letter to the emperor to try to convince him to hire them. The letter should be between 500-700 words and follow the form for a business letter. Students should include: the date, their address, the emperor’s address, a salutation, and a closing. Students will introduce themselves in the first paragraph, explaining who they are (a foreigner, an aristocrat, or a scholar) and the type of government job they want. In the second paragraph, they should clearly state why they are best qualified for this position. They should give three reasons for their claim and make their letter personal by adding fictitious details. In the third paragraph, they should give two reasons why the other types of people would not make good officials. The final copy should be free of grammatical and spelling errors, and written in ink or typed. This assignment was due on Monday, April 24th, though I will gladly accept assignments this week.

Independent Novel Project: Due Thursday, June 1st

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. This assignment is due on Thursday, June 1st. Independent Novel Project

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 April 30th, 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 jcoyne@pps.net or 503.916.5610. ¡Gracias!

Enrichment Project Options

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

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.

Synergy

Please check Synergy to monitor your child’s academic progress. https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

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Week of April 24th

Bonjour!

It’s hard to believe that this is the last week of April. May is right around the corner!

Chinese Government Job Application Letter

Students will pretend to be a foreigner, an aristocrat, or a scholar looking for a government job. They will write a letter to the emperor to try to convince him to hire them. The letter should be between 500-700 words and follow the form for a business letter. Students should include: the date, their address, the emperor’s address, a salutation, and a closing. Students will introduce themselves in the first paragraph, explaining who they are (a foreigner, an aristocrat, or a scholar) and the type of government job they want. In the second paragraph, they should clearly state why they are best qualified for this position. They should give three reasons for their claim and make their letter personal by adding fictitious details. In the third paragraph, they should give two reasons why the other types of people would not make good officials. The final copy should be free of grammatical and spelling errors, and written in ink or typed. This assignment is due on Monday, April 24th.

Ch. 17: China Develops a New Economy

In this chapter, students will learn about the growth of China’s economy from the 10th to the 13th centuries. Specifically, they will focus on the agricultural changes that occurred during the Tang and Song periods, including the political conditions and technological discoveries that fueled these changes; describe the growth of commerce and the development of a money paper economy; and identify the causes of urbanization. Students will read pages 187-193 in their History Alive: The Medieval World and Beyond textbooks and complete pages 109-114 in their Interactive Student Notebooks. This assignment is due Friday, April 28th. https://d3jc3ahdjad7x7.cloudfront.net/IAENkB2dv3dRVtjvVAgqK6G9f0QHcko7nJCXDPaB7UjuDW4g.pdf

White Bird-Che Malambo Show: Wednesday, April 26th

I am pleased to announce 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 11:00 a.m.-noon. 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 10:00 a.m. on April 26th, and return to school by approximately 1:00 p.m. They will eat lunch during 5th period at school. As background, Che Malambo is a 14-member, all-male Argentinean percussive dance group. http://www.chemalambolive.com/

Independent Novel Project

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. This assignment is due on Thursday, June 1st. Independent Novel Project

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 April 30th, 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 jcoyne@pps.net or 503.916.5610. ¡Gracias!

Enrichment Project Options

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

Restorative Justice

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.

Core Unplugged

Cell phones and devices are not allowed in my core classes, and should be stored in student lockers prior to class.

Planners

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.

Synergy

Please check Synergy to monitor your child’s academic progress. https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

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Week of April 17th

Bonjour!

They say April showers bring May flowers, but I’ve been enjoying the floral bloom all over our beautiful city of roses!

Smarter Balanced Language Arts Testing

Students in my core classes will take the Smarter Balanced Language Arts test all week long in the computer lab. Students who finish early should read a novel for their Independent Novel Project, which is due Thursday, June 1st.

Imperial China: Geography Challenge

This week, students started with a mapping activity, focused on Asia and China, to orient them for our unit on Imperial China. In class, students read Setting the Stage on pages 176-177 of their History Alive: The Medieval World and Beyond textbooks and should have completed and submitted the Geography Challenge on pages 100-101 of their Interactive Student Notebooks. This assignment was due today, but I’ll gladly accept assignments next week. Here’s an online link to the Interactive Student Notebook, in case you’d like to see the assignment. https://d3jc3ahdjad7x7.cloudfront.net/IAENkB2dv3dRVtjvVAgqK6G9f0QHcko7nJCXDPaB7UjuDW4g.pdf

Ch. 16: The Political Development of Imperial China

Today, students learned about China’s shifting government between 220 and 1644 C.E, including the unification of China under the Emperor of Qin, the fall of the Han dynasty and breakup of China, the rise of the Tang dynasty, the rise of the Song dynasty, the Mongol capture of China’s capture, and the restoration of Chinese rule under the Ming dynasty. In class, students read pages 179-185 of their History Alive: The Medieval World and Beyond textbooks, and should have completed and submitted pages 103-106 of their Interactive Student Notebooks. This assignment was due today, but I’ll gladly accept assignments next week. Here’s an online link to the Interactive Student Notebook, in case you’d like to see the assignment. https://d3jc3ahdjad7x7.cloudfront.net/IAENkB2dv3dRVtjvVAgqK6G9f0QHcko7nJCXDPaB7UjuDW4g.pdf

White Bird-Che Malambo Show: Wednesday, April 26th

I am pleased to announce 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 11:00 a.m.-noon. 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 10:00 a.m. on April 26th, and return to school by approximately 1:00 p.m. They will eat lunch during 5th period at school. As background, Che Malambo is a 14-member, all-male Argentinean percussive dance group. http://www.chemalambolive.com/

Independent Novel Project

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. This assignment is due on Thursday, June 1st. Independent Novel Project

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 April 30th, 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 jcoyne@pps.net or 503.916.5610. ¡Gracias!

Enrichment Project Options

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

Restorative Justice

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.

Core Unplugged

Cell phones and devices are not allowed in my core classes, and should be stored in student lockers prior to class.

Planners

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.

Synergy

Please check Synergy to monitor your child’s academic progress. https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

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Week of April 10th

Bonjour!

I hope everyone was OK during the enormous wind storm! My neighbor and my husband are slowly but surely removing the remains of what was once a regal red cedar tree from our yards.

I’ve just learned that the district has decided to blend Quarter 3 and Quarter 4 into one giant grading period, due to the loss of instructional time from inclement winter weather, and the loss of a teacher planning day on April 7th. I have also learned that teachers can input Quarter 3 grades into Synergy until Wednesday, April 12th. So, I will now accept any missing student assignments through April 12th.

Please check Synergy to monitor your child’s academic progress. https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/

Imperial China: Geography Challenge

This week, students will embark on a learning journey through Imperial China, starting with a mapping activity to get them oriented about this immense country’s geography. Students will read Setting the Stage on pages 176-177 of their History Alive: The Medieval World and Beyond textbooks and complete the Geography Challenge on pages 100-101 of their Interactive Student Notebooks. This assignment will be due on Friday, April 14th.

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. Signed permission slips should be returned to Mr. Moule.

White Bird-Che Malambo Show: Wednesday, April 26th

I am pleased to announce 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 11:00 a.m.-noon. 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 10:00 a.m. on April 26th, and return to school by approximately 1:00 p.m. They will eat lunch during 5th period at school. As background, Che Malambo is a 14-member, all-male Argentinean percussive dance group. http://www.chemalambolive.com/

Q3 Independent Novel Project

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. This assignment was due on Monday, April 3rd, though I will gladly accept assignments through April 12th. Independent Novel Project

Q3 Nigerian Proverb Essay: Beverley Naidoo’s The Other Side of Truth

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. This assignment was due on Monday, March 20th, but I’ll gladly accept late assignments through Wednesday, April 12th. Nigerian Proverb Essay The Other Side of Truth

Q3 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 through Wednesday, April 12th. West African Cultural Center Exhibit Guide

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 April 30th, 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 jcoyne@pps.net or 503.916.5610. ¡Gracias!

Enrichment Project Options

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

Restorative Justice

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.

Core Unplugged

Cell phones and devices are not allowed in my core classes, and should be stored in student lockers prior to class.

Planners

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.

Synergy

Please check Synergy to monitor your child’s academic progress. https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

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Week of April 3rd

Bonjour!

I hope everyone had a great Spring Break!!

Please note 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 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 always have the opportunity to revise their work and receive a higher score.

Independent Novel Project: Due Monday, April 3rd

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

Sundjata The Lion King Griot Story Performance: Thursday, April 6th

Students will perform the griot tale of Sundjata, The Lion King, in six scenes. Some students will play the part of griot (storyteller), some will be rhythm makers, and others will be performance artists.

End of Third Quarter: Thursday, April 6th

Third quarter ends this Thursday, April 6th. Please check Synergy to monitor your child’s academic progress. https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/

Celebration of Excellence: Friday, April 7th

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.

Nigerian Proverb Essay: Beverley Naidoo’s The Other Side of Truth

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. This assignment was due on Monday, March 20th, but I’ll gladly accept late assignments this week. Nigerian Proverb Essay The Other Side of Truth

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

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 announce 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 11:00 a.m.-noon. 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 10:00 a.m. on April 26th, and return to school by approximately 1:00 p.m. They will eat lunch during 5th period at school. 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 April 30th, 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 jcoyne@pps.net or 503.916.5610. ¡Gracias!

Enrichment Project Options

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

Restorative Justice

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.

Core Unplugged

Cell phones and devices are not allowed in my core classes, and should be stored in student lockers prior to class.

Planners

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.

Synergy

Please check Synergy to monitor your child’s academic progress. https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

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Week of March 20th

Bonjour!

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.

Independent Novel Project: Due Monday, April 3rd

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 announce 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 11:00 a.m.-noon. 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 10:00 a.m. on April 26th, and return to school by approximately 1:00 p.m. They will eat lunch during 5th period at school. 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 jcoyne@pps.net or 503.916.5610. ¡Gracias!

Enrichment Project Options

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

Restorative Justice

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.

Core Unplugged

Cell phones and devices are not allowed in my core classes, and should be stored in student lockers prior to class.

Planners

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.

Synergy

Please check Synergy to monitor your child’s academic progress. https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

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Week of March 13th

Bonjour!

As students are busily working on their Science Fair projects, I’ve extended the due dates for three major assignments: The West African Cultural Center Exhibit Guide, the Nigerian Proverb Essay, and the Independent Novel Project. These changes are reflected in Synergy, and should provide students with more time to get their work done.

¡Hola! Does the rain in Spain fall mainly in the plain? Come learn the answer to this and many other questions about “La Furia Roja” at the Spring Break 2018: Spanish Fiesta! interest meeting on Wednesday, March 15th, at 6:00 p.m., in my classroom (Room 212). 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! ¡Gracias y nos vemos! http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1917389uv

Please note that I am focusing heavily on corrective writing this quarter, as scores on writing work samples indicate that conventions–spelling, grammar, capitalization, and punctuation–are wherestudents need the most practice.

West African Cultural Center Exhibit Guide: Due Monday, March 13th

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. West African Cultural Center Exhibit Guide

Spring Break 2018: Spanish Fiesta! Interest Meeting: Wednesday, March 15th

¡Hola! Does the rain in Spain fall mainly in the plain? Come learn the answer to this and many other questions about “La Furia Roja” at the Spring Break 2018: Spanish Fiesta! interest meeting on Wednesday, March 15th, at 6:00 p.m., in my classroom (Room 212). 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! ¡Gracias y nos vemos! http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1917389uv

Current Event: Due Thursday, March 16th

Students will analyze and summarize informational text, as well as develop grammatical and vocabulary knowledge, through preparation of a current event. The assignment is due on Thursday, March 16th. Current Events Sheet

Cadet Band Showcase: Thursday, March 16th

Come enjoy the Cadet Band Showcase on Thursday, March 16th from 6:30-8:00 p.m..

Beaumont Un-Auction: A Night of Revolutionary Fundraising: Saturday, March 18th
Please join Beaumont parents and staff on Saturday, March 18th, at 6:00 p.m., at the German American Society (5626 NE Alameda) for an escape to the islands at this year’s Cuban-inspired Un-Auction: The Beaumont Vista Social Club. The Un-Auction is a fun, festive, adults-only celebration that raises funds to support staffing at Beaumont. Come catch up with old friends and meet new ones; enjoy food, beer, wine, entertainment; and try your luck on fabulous raffle prizes. It’s revolutionary fundraising at its best! Early Bird Tickets are $75 per person. Purchase tickets online here: http://beaumontmiddleschool.schoolauction.net/unauction2017/homepages/show

 

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

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.

Independent Novel Project: Due Monday, April 3rd

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 announce 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 11:00 a.m.-noon. 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 10:00 a.m. on April 26th, and return to school by approximately 1:00 p.m. They will eat lunch during 5th period at school. As background, Che Malambo is a 14-member, all-male Argentinean percussive dance group. http://www.chemalambolive.com/

 Enrichment Project Options

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

Restorative Justice

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.

Core Unplugged

Cell phones and devices are not allowed in my core classes, and should be stored in student lockers prior to class.

Planners

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.

Synergy

Please check Synergy to monitor your child’s academic progress. https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

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