I hope everyone had a restful and rejuvenating Thanksgiving holiday weekend with family and friends! I know I for one will be eating turkey sandwiches and turkey soup for at least a week!
7th Grade Backstage Pass Field Trip Day: Wednesday, December 2nd
Students who have Backstage Passes, and turned in permission slips and payment by last Wednesday, will walk to the Hollywood Theater to watch The Pacifier this Wednesday. They’ll leave school at 9:30 a.m. and return at approximately 1:30 p.m..
Midterm Progress Reports: Tuesday, December 8th
Midterm progress reports are just around the corner! Be sure to check Synergy to monitor your child’s academic progress. I’ve updated all grades as of assignments turned in last Wednesday. To see how y our child is doing in Language Arts, Social Studies, and other classes, please access Synergy here: https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/.
Suzanne Fisher Staples’ Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind
To further immerse ourselves in our current unit, students will continue their study of the award-winning, coming-of-age story, Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind, written by Suzanne Fisher Staples. The story is narrated by Shabanu, a young girl who lives in the Cholistan Desert of Pakistan with her nomadic family. This week, students will read and summarize one chapter a day: Chapter 15: “Derawar,” Chapter 16: “Ramadan,” Chapter 17: “The Landlord,” and Chapter 18: “Spin Gul.” All summaries should be at least one page in length, if single-spaced. If double-spaced, summaries should be at least two pages in length.
Ch. 9: “The Teachings of Islam”
This week, students will read, discuss, analyze, and summarize the beliefs and practices of Islam, including The Qur’an and the Sunnah; the five pillars of faith (Shahadah = Profession of Faith, Salat = Daily Worship, Zakat = Almsgiving, and Siyam = Fasting, Hajj = Pilgrimage); the difference between an internal and external jihad; and Shari’ah (Islamic) Law. Students will read pages 93-103 in their History Alive: The Medieval World and Beyond textbooks, and turn in pages 55-60 in their Interactive Student Notebooks on Friday, December 4th
Students will start each class by completing a journal warm-up. This week, journal entries 54-57 are due Friday, December 4th. It would be fantastic if students could use spiral or composition notebooks to write their daily journals, so entries are all in one place at the end of the week, and students can review words studied from previous weeks. Daily Journal Topics
Students will have class time to complete a current event with a partner. Students will have the opportunity to choose an article from one of the many newspapers I have in the room, including: The Portland Tribune, The Portland Observer, El Hispanic News, The Asian Reporter, and The Skanner. Alternatively, they are welcome to use other newspapers they may have available at home. Current events are due on Thursday, December 3rd. 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.