It’s hard to believe it but December is upon us. Midterm Progress Reports are also around the corner, on Wednesday, December 14th. Be sure to check Synergy to monitor your child’s grades.
Nine Free Days at Lan Su Chinese Garden: December 3rd-December 11th
Lan Su Chinese Garden is partnering with the Oregon Food Bank to present Nine Free Days Saturday, December 3rd through Sunday, December 11th. Lan Su is offering complimentary admission (regularly $9.50) to the garden with a donation of canned or non-perishable food items. For more information, check out the Lan Su Garden website: http://www.lansugarden.org/.
Celebration of Excellence: Friday, December 16th
To encourage students to do their best academically and to be good classroom citizens, I will hold a two-period Celebration of Excellence in my classroom during both core classes on Friday, December 16th. I will show a student-chosen film and provide hot cocoa and hot apple cider. Students are welcome to bring snacks if they would like. To qualify for the celebration, students: 1) should have no D’s or F’s, 2) no parent contacts home regarding classroom behavior issues, and 3) receive a positive note from the substitute I will have on Tuesday, December 13th, for a district-required Language Arts training. Students who don’t qualify for the celebration will partake in a study hall in Ms. Wortham’s classroom.
In my classes, I utilize restorative justice practices to build community and handle any behavioral isssues 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.
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.
Students will analyze and summarize a newspaper article. The assignment is due on Thursday, December 8th. Current Events Sheet
A Day in the Life of a Muslim Teenager Essay
To further understand what life is like for Muslim people, students will pretend to be a newspaper columnist whose work is published in the religion section of a national newspaper. In the role of the columnist, students will write a story entitled, “A Day in the Life of Muslim Teenager,” focused on how Islamic beliefs and practices influence one devout Muslim teen. The story must be a minimum of 500 words, be typed or neatly handwritten in ink, and include: the name of the main character and appropriate dates; at least eight of the following words: Allah, Muhammad, Qur’an, Sunnah, zakat, shahadah, salat, siyam, Ramadan, hajj, jihad, and shari’ah; include details about how Islamic beliefs influence the character’s daily life; and include supporting evidence in the form of anecdotes (stories), descriptions, and examples.Students will have time to type their essays in the computer lab this week, though they may need additional time outside of class to complete the assignment. The essay is due on Friday, December 9th.A Day in the Life of a Muslim Teenager Essay
Suzanne Fisher Staples’ Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind
Students will continue to read Suzanne Fisher Staples’ 1996 coming-of-age novel, Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind. Taking place in Pakistan’s Cholistan Desert, the story explores how Shabanu transitoins from childhood to adulthood in her culture, and explores the themes of connectedness to nature, family bonds, arranged marriage, and the social position of women. This week, students will read and summarize chapters thirteen through seventeen: “Desert Storm,” “The Thirsty Dead,” “Derawar,” “Ramadan,” and “The Landlord.”
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, January 19th. Independent Novel Project
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/
Beginning Band and 7th/8th Wonder Band Showcase: Thursday, December 8th
Come enjoy Beginning Band and the 7th/8th Grade Wonder Band Showcase on Thursday, December 8th, at 6:30 p.m.!! At the concert, I will play the part of a French chef in the operetta, “Aunt Rhodie’s Appetite.”
Second Quarter Midterm Progress Reports: Wednesday, December 14th
Second Quarter Midterm Progress Reports will be calculated on Wednesday, December 14th. Please be sure to check Synergy to monitor your child’s progress. https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/
No School: Monday, December 19th-Monday, January 2nd
There will be no school from Monday, December 19th through Monday, January 2nd for Winter Break.
No School on Monday, January 16th
There is no school on Monday, January 16th in honor of Martin Luther King Day.
Late Opening on Wednesday, January 18th
There will be a Late Opening on Wednesday, January 18th so Beaumont staff can partake in Professional Development. Students may enter the building at 11:00 a.m. that day.
End of Second Quarter: Thursday, January 26th
Second Quarter ends on Thursday, January 26th. Please be sure to check Synergy to monitor your child’s progress. https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/
No School on Friday, January 27th
Students will not have school on Friday, January 27th so teachers can complete report cards and plan for Third Quarter.
Please be sure to check Synergy to monitor your child’s progress. https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/