Week of June 12th

Bonjour,

It’s hard to believe, but the last week of school is upon us! It’s been a pleasure teaching your students this year, and working at Beaumont for the past five years. This fall, I’ll be embarking on a new adventure, teaching at Jackson Middle School! I’ll miss working with the Beaumont community, but look forward to teaching so close to home.

In the immortal words of the late, great Jimi Hendrix, “The story of life is quicker than the wink of an eye, the story of love is hello, goodbye, until we meet again.”

It’s been a great year–I hope everyone has a wonderful summer!!

7th Grade Oaks Park Field Trip: Tuesday, June 13th

The entire 7th grade will go to OAKS Park on Tuesday, June 13th. Students need to turn in a signed permission slip form and $25 by Monday, June 12th, to attend. The price will cover the ride bracelet and lunch.

End of Fourth Quarter: Thursday, June 15th

I will accept assignments for Language Arts and Social Studies until 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 15th. Students can share Google docs with me at jcoyne@apps4pps.net. Microsoft Office assignments can be shared with me at jcoyne@pps.net. Please check Synergy to monitor your child’s academic progress. https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/

Celebration of Excellence: Thursday, June 15th

I am planning a Celebration of Excellence for this Thursday, June 15th, for both core classes. Activities might include a trip to Wilshire Park, Grand Central, Starbucks, or a film in class (depending on the weather). Each core class will vote on the activity that appeals to them most. To qualify, students must have an A, B, or C in both Language Arts and Social Studies, and no recent parent contacts home for behavioral issues. Students who don’t qualify will have a study hall in another location.

Hollywood Public Library 

A mere one mile from Beaumont Middle School, the Hollywood Library has computers available for student use with a valid library card.  Students can sign up for their own library cards independently at the age of 13, or with a parent present, if under the age of 13. It’s a wonderful resource for the community. Here’s a link with their address and hours of operation: https://multcolib.org/library-location/hollywood.

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.

 

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

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Week of June 5th

Bonjour,

This week, we will embark on our last unit of the year: Civilizations of the Americas!

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 Thursday, June 1st, though I’ll gladly accept projects this week. Independent Novel Project

Diary Entry: Heian-kyo Noble or Samurai: Due Monday, June 5th

Students will pretend to be a noble or samurai living in Heian-kyo during the 10th century, and write a diary of their impressions of daily life during that time. They will use their Ch. 21 Reading Notes to create a diary entry that describes one day in their life while visiting the emperor’s court. The diary should contain a date from the 10th century (900-999 C.E.); be written in the first person (using “I,” “me,” “we,” and “us;” have information about at least six aspects of their life. These might include a description of the capital city or their house, the leaders of government, their rank, what is considered beautiful or fashionable, what is considered bad manners, games they enjoy, art and literature of the day, or their attitude toward the poor. The diary should include at least one tanka poem that expresses the student’s character’s feelings and have at least three colorful pictures to illustrate key ideas. It should include creative touches to make the diary entry personal. Diary entries should be between 500-700 words in length, be free of spelling and grammatical errors, and be typed or written neatly in ink. Heian kyo Noble or Samurai Diary Entry Criteria Sheet

Civilizations of the Americas Geography Challenge: Due Tuesday, June 6th

Students will read and interpret specialty maps to learn about the location, geography, features, and climate of the areas inhabited by the Maya, Aztecs, and Incas. Students will read pages 256-257 of their History Alive textbooks and complete the Geography Challenge on pages 160-161 of their Interactive Student Notebooks.

Ch. 23: The Maya: Due Wednesday, June 7th

Students will learn how the Mayan civilization arose; the important aspects of Mayan culture, including class structure and slavery, family life, religious practices, and agricultural techniques; and identify various theories to explain the sudden fall of the Mayan Empire. Students will read pages 259-269 in their History Alive textbooks and complete pages 162-166 in their Interactive Student Notebooks.

Ch. 24: The Aztecs: Due Wednesday, June 7th

Students will learn about where the Aztecs, a Mesoamerican people who build a vast empire in central Mexico. The Aztec Empire flourished from 1428-1519 C.E.. Specifically, students will learn where the Aztecs came from and how they built their magnificent capital city. They will read pages 271-277 in their History Alive textbooks and complete pages 167-170 in their Interactive Student Notebooks.

Ch. 25: Daily Life in Tenochtitlan: Due Thursday, June 8th

Students learn about the class structure in Aztec society, including slaves; and learn about the daily lives of the Aztecs, including marriage, family life, food, markets, religious practices, and recreation. Students will read pages 279-287 of their History Alive textbooks and complete pages 171-173 in their Interactive Student Notebooks.

Ch. 26: The Incas: Due Thursday, June 8th

Students will learn about how the Inca empire arose; and study different aspects of Inca civilization and culture, including class structure, family life, religion, and warfare. They will read pages 289-299 in their History Alive textbooks and complete pages 175-178 in their History Alive textbooks.

Ch. 27: Achievements of the Maya, Aztecs, and Inca: Due Friday, June 9th

Students will learn about the important accomplishments of the Maya, Aztecs, and Incas in the areas of science and technology, arts and architecture, and language and writing; identify and categorize a series of artifacts pertaining to Mayan, Aztec, and Inca civilizations; and respond to a series of critical thinking challenges related to the achievements of these three civilizations. Students will read pages 301-307 in their History Alive textbooks and complete pages 179-182 in their Interactive Student Notebooks.

Civilizations of the Americas Timeline Challenge: Due Friday, June 9th

Students will analyze and complete a historical timeline of Civilizations of the Americas to show how major events are related to one another; identify and add key events, places, and periods form the unit to their timelines; and answer timeline challenge questions by analyzing their completed timelines. Students will read pages 308-309 in their History Alive textbooks and complete pages 184-185 in their Interactive Student Notebooks.

Current Event: Due Thursday, June 8th

Students will analyze and summarize informational text, as well as develop grammatical and vocabulary knowledge, through preparation of a current event. Current Events Sheet

7th Grade Oaks Park Field Trip: Tuesday, June 13th

The entire 7th grade will go to OAKS Park on Tuesday, June 13th. Students need to turn in a signed permission slip form and $25 by no later than Thursday, June 8th, to attend. The price will cover the ride bracelet and lunch.

Celebration of Excellence: Thursday, June 15th

I am planning a Celebration of Excellence for this Thursday, June 15th, for both core classes. Activities might include a trip to Wilshire Park, Grand Central, Starbucks, or a film in class. Each core class will vote on the activity that appeals to them most. To qualify, students must have an A, B, or C in both Language Arts and Social Studies, no missing assignments in Language Arts and Social Studies, and no parent contacts home from in May or June for behavioral issues. Students who don’t qualify will have a study hall in another location.

Classroom Expectations

Thank you for your help in reminding students about the following 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.

  • Please remind students that they should come to core class prepared with all materials for my class. 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, sunglasses, food, candy, gum, sports equipment, rubber bands, slime, putty, 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 are required to sign their name, destination, time out, and time in on the class sign-out sheet.
  • Students should bring water bottles (already filled with water) with them to class. It’s better for the environment and will reduce classroom disruptions. If students bring water bottles, they should neither flip, toss, or throw them in the room. If students need to use paper cups, provided by the school, they should only be used for water. They should not be worn as hats, beards, or used as projectiles.
  • 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.

Computers Available Before School in the Beaumont Library

The school library is open daily from 8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., Monday through Friday. Students may use the computers there if they have a note from a teacher or a parent.

Hollywood Public Library 

A mere one mile from Beaumont Middle School, the Hollywood Library has computers available for student use with a valid library card.  Students can sign up for their own library cards independently at the age of 13, or with a parent present, if under the age of 13. It’s a wonderful resource for the community. Here’s a link with their address and hours of operation: https://multcolib.org/library-location/hollywood.

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! 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. Be sure to order your pass 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 May 30th

Bonjour,

I am so saddened by the death of two Portland citizens, and the injury of a third, during Friday night’s horrific attack on the MAX. However, I am beyond heartened that three Portlanders would risk their lives to try and help other people.

As I try to make sense of what happened, I take some solace in the words of the Persian poet, Rumi: “Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.”

Sequel to Lensey Namioka’s Ties That Bind, Ties That Break

Students will write a multi-paragraph sequel to Lensey Namioka’s novel, Ties That Bind, Ties That Break, from the perspective of one of the characters in the book, fifteen years in the future. The sequel should focus on one character and what life is like for him or her. Students may write from the perspective of any of the following characters: Ailin, Xueyan, Liu Hanwei, Mrs. Liu, Big Uncle, James Chew, Miss Gilberson, Miss Scott, Second Sister, Eldest Sister, Little Brother, Mr. Warner, Mrs. Warner, Grace Warner, Billy Warner, Mother, Father, Grandmother, or the Amah. This assignment was due on Monday, May 22nd, but I will gladly accept assignments this week. Ties That Bind Ties That Break Sequel

Tanka Poem: Due Wednesday, May 31st

This week, students will practice writing the ancient Japanese form of tanka poetry, a form that has existed in Japan for over 1300 years. In Japanese, “tanka” means “short song.” A tanka poem has 31 syllables. In Japanese, it is usually written on one line, while in English, it’s usually written on five lines, and follows the syllabic pattern of 5-7-5-7-7.  Traditionally, tanka poems were written to mark a special occasion, and frequently include references to nature and music. How to Write a Tanka

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

Current Event: Due Thursday, June 1st

Students will analyze and summarize informational text, as well as develop grammatical and vocabulary knowledge, through preparation of a current event. Current Events Sheet

Ch. 22: The Rise of the Warrior Class in Japan: Due Friday, June 2nd

Students will learn about the rise of a warrior class in Japan and the pivotal role the samurai played from the end of the 12th to the 19th centuries. Specifically, they will analyze the rise of a military society in the late 12th century and the role of the samurai in that society; describe the values, social customs, and traditions prescribed by the lord-vassal system consisting of shogun, daimyo, and samurai; trace the development of distinctive forms of Japanese Buddhism; describe the lasting influence of the warrior code throughout the 20th century; and compare western Europe in the Middle Ages with the samurai society of Japan. Students will read pages 241-251 in their History Alive textbooks and complete pages 149-155 in their Interactive Student Notebooks. https://d3jc3ahdjad7x7.cloudfront.net/IAENkB2dv3dRVtjvVAgqK6G9f0QHcko7nJCXDPaB7UjuDW4g.pdf

Japan Timeline Challenge: Due Friday, June 2nd

Students will analyze a historical timeline and complete it to show how major events are related to one another in time; identify and add key events, people, and periods from the unit to their timelines; and answer timeline challenge questions by analyzing their completed timelines.Students will review the timeline on pages 252-253 of their History Alive textbooks and complete pages 156-157 in their Interactive Student Notebooks. https://d3jc3ahdjad7x7.cloudfront.net/IAENkB2dv3dRVtjvVAgqK6G9f0QHcko7nJCXDPaB7UjuDW4g.pdf

Diary Entry: Heian-kyo Noble or Samurai: Due Monday, June 5th

Students will pretend to be a noble or samurai living in Heian-kyo during the 10th century, and write a diary of their impressions of daily life during that time. They will use their Ch. 21 Reading Notes to create a diary entry that describes one day in their life while visiting the emperor’s court. The diary should contain a date from the 10th century (900-999 C.E.); be written in the first person (using “I,” “me,” “we,” and “us;” have information about at least six aspects of their life. These might include a description of the capital city or their house, the leaders of government, their rank, what is considered beautiful or fashionable, what is considered bad manners, games they enjoy, art and literature of the day, or their attitude toward the poor. The diary should include at least one tanka poem that expresses the student’s character’s feelings and have at least three colorful pictures to illustrate key ideas. It should include creative touches to make the diary entry personal. Diary entries should be between 500-700 words in length, be free of spelling and grammatical errors, and be typed or written neatly in ink. Heian kyo Noble or Samurai Diary Entry Criteria Sheet

7th Grade Oaks Park Field Trip: Tuesday, June 13th

The entire 7th grade will go to OAKS Park on Tuesday, June 13th. Students need to turn in a signed permission slip form and $25 by Friday, June 2nd, to attend. The price will cover the ride bracelet and lunch.

Celebration of Excellence: Thursday, June 15th

I am planning a Celebration of Excellence for this Thursday, June 15th, for both core classes. Activities might include a trip to Wilshire Park, Grand Central, Starbucks, or a film in class. Each core class will vote on the activity that appeals to them most. To qualify, students must have an A, B, or C in both Language Arts and Social Studies, no missing assignments in Language Arts and Social Studies, and no parent contacts home from in May or June for behavioral issues. Students who don’t qualify will have a study hall in another location.

Classroom Expectations

Thank you for your help in reminding students about the following 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.

  • Please remind students that they should come to core class prepared with all materials for my class. 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, sunglasses, food, candy, gum, sports equipment, rubber bands, slime, putty, 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 are required to sign their name, destination, time out, and time in on the class sign-out sheet.
  • Students should bring water bottles (already filled with water) with them to class. It’s better for the environment and will reduce classroom disruptions. If students bring water bottles, they should neither flip, toss, or throw them in the room. If students need to use paper cups, provided by the school, they should only be used for water. They should not be worn as hats, beards, or used as projectiles.
  • 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.

Computers Available Before School in the Beaumont Library

The school library is open daily from 8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., Monday through Friday. Students may use the computers there if they have a note from a teacher or a parent.

Hollywood Public Library 

A mere one mile from Beaumont Middle School, the Hollywood Library has computers available for student use with a valid library card.  Students can sign up for their own library cards independently at the age of 13, or with a parent present, if under the age of 13. It’s a wonderful resource for the community. Here’s a link with their address and hours of operation: https://multcolib.org/library-location/hollywood.

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! 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 May 22nd

Bonjour!

Did you know that May is National Barbecue Month and National Salad Month? With warm weather on the way, I hope everyone has a chance to enjoy both!

Sequel to Lensey Namioka’s Ties That Bind, Ties That Break: Due Monday, May 22nd

Students will write a multi-paragraph sequel to Lensey Namioka’s novel, Ties That Bind, Ties That Break, from the perspective of one of the characters in the book, fifteen years in the future. The sequel should focus on one character and what life is like for him or her. Students may write from the perspective of any of the following characters: Ailin, Xueyan, Liu Hanwei, Mrs. Liu, Big Uncle, James Chew, Miss Gilberson, Miss Scott, Second Sister, Eldest Sister, Little Brother, Mr. Warner, Mrs. Warner, Grace Warner, Billy Warner, Mother, Father, Grandmother, or The Amah. Due to limited computer availability, students will need to type their assignment outside of class. Ties That Bind Ties That Break Sequel

Current Event: Due Thursday, May 25th

Students will analyze and summarize informational text, as well as develop grammatical and vocabulary knowledge, through preparation of a current event. Current Events Sheet

Ch. 21: Heian-kyo: The Heart of Japan’s Golden Age: Due Friday, May 26th

Students will summarize court life and the cultural accomplishments of Japan during the Heian Period, from 794-1185 C.E.. Specifically, they will describe the Golden Age of literature, art, and drama during the 9th, 10th, and 11th centuries; explain the effects of the Golden Age, including the Tale of Genji, on Japanese culture today; and understand the reasons for the end of the Heian era and the rise of the military class in the late 12th century. Students will read pages 229-239 in their History Alive textbooks and complete pages 143-247 in their Interactive Student Notebooks. https://d3jc3ahdjad7x7.cloudfront.net/IAENkB2dv3dRVtjvVAgqK6G9f0QHcko7nJCXDPaB7UjuDW4g.pdf

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

7th Grade Oaks Park Field Trip: Tuesday, June 13th

The entire 7th grade will go to OAKS Park on Tuesday, June 13th. Students need to turn in a signed permission slip form and $25 by Friday, June 2nd, to attend. The price will cover the ride bracelet and lunch.

Celebration of Excellence: Wednesday, June 14th

I am planning a Celebration of Excellence for this Friday, May 19th, for both core classes. Activities might include a trip to Wilshire Park, Grand Central, Starbucks, or a film in class. Each core class will vote on the activity that appeals to them most. To qualify, students must have an A, B, or C in both Language Arts and Social Studies, no missing assignments in Language Arts and Social Studies, and no parent contacts home from in May or June for behavioral issues. Students who don’t qualify will have a study hall in another location.

Classroom Expectations

Thank you for your help in reminding students about the following 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.

  • Please remind students that they should come to core class prepared with all materials for my class. 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, sunglasses, food, candy, gum, sports equipment, rubber bands, slime, putty, 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 are required to sign their name, destination, time out, and time in on the class sign-out sheet.
  • Students should bring water bottles (already filled with water) with them to class. It’s better for the environment and will reduce classroom disruptions. If students bring water bottles, they should neither flip, toss, or throw them in the room. If students need to use paper cups, provided by the school, they should only be used for water. They should not be worn as hats, beards, or used as projectiles.
  • 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.

 

Computers Available Before School in the Beaumont Library

The school library is open daily from 8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., Monday through Friday. Students may use the computers there if they have a note from a teacher or a parent.

Hollywood Public Library 

A mere one mile from Beaumont Middle School, the Hollywood Library has computers available for student use with a valid library card.  Students can sign up for their own library cards independently at the age of 13, or with a parent present, if under the age of 13. It’s a wonderful resource for the community. Here’s a link with their address and hours of operation: https://multcolib.org/library-location/hollywood.

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! 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 May 15th

Bonjour!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend. This week, students will delve into our Medieval Japan unit!

Celebration of Excellence: Friday, May 19th

I am planning a Celebration of Excellence for this Friday, May 19th, for both core classes. Activities might include a trip to Wilshire Park, Grand Central, Starbucks, or a film in class. Each core class will vote on the activity that appeals to them most. To qualify, students must have an A, B, or C in both Language Arts and Social Studies, and no parent contacts home this upcoming week for behavioral issues. Students who don’t qualify will have a study hall in another classroom.

Classroom Expectations

Thank you for your help in reminding students about the following 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.

  • Please remind students that they should come to core class prepared with all materials for my class. 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, sunglasses, food, gum, sports equipment, rubber bands, slime, putty, 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 are required to sign their name, destination, time out, and time in on the class sign-out sheet.
  • Students should bring water bottles (already filled with water) with them to class. It’s better for the environment and will reduce classroom disruptions. If students bring water bottles, they should neither flip, toss, or throw them in the room. If students need to use paper cups, provided by the school, they should only be used for water. They should not be worn as hats, beards, or used as projectiles.
  • 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.

Sequel to Lensey Namioka’s Ties That Bind, Ties That Break: Due Monday, May 22nd

Students will write a multi-paragraph sequel to Lensey Namioka’s novel, Ties That Bind, Ties That Break, from the perspective of one of the characters in the book, fifteen years in the future. The sequel should focus on one character and what life is like for him or her. Students may write from the perspective of any of the following characters: Ailin, Xueyan, Liu Hanwei, Mrs. Liu, Big Uncle, James Chew, Miss Gilberson, Miss Scott, Second Sister, Eldest Sister, Little Brother, Mr. Warner, Mrs. Warner, Grace Warner, Billy Warner, Mother, Father, Grandmother, or The Amah. Due to limited computer availability, students will need to type their assignment outside of class. Ties That Bind Ties That Break Sequel

Computers Available Before School in the Beaumont Library

The school library is open daily from 8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., Monday through Friday. Students may use the computers there if they have a note from a teacher or a parent.

Hollywood Public Library 

A mere one mile from Beaumont Middle School, the Hollywood Library has computers available for student use with a valid library card.  Students can sign up for their own library cards independently at the age of 13, or with a parent present, if under the age of 13. It’s a wonderful resource for the community. Here’s a link with their address and hours of operation: https://multcolib.org/library-location/hollywood.

Current Event: Due Thursday, May 18th

Students will analyze and summarize informational text, as well as develop grammatical and vocabulary knowledge, through preparation of a current event. Current Events Sheet

Japan Geography Challenge: Due Thursday, May 18th

Students will identify and label physical features and population regions of Japan and analyze how geography affected settlement patterns. Students will read pages 216-217 in their History Alive textbooks and complete pages 136-137 in their Interactive Student Notebooks. https://d3jc3ahdjad7x7.cloudfront.net/IAENkB2dv3dRVtjvVAgqK6G9f0QHcko7nJCXDPaB7UjuDW4g.pdf

Ch. 20: The Influence of Neighboring Cultures on Japan: Due Thursday, May 18th

Students will analyze and summarize the influence of India, China, and Korea on the development of Japanese culture in the areas of government, city design, religion, writing, literature, sculpture, architecture, and music. Students will read pages 219-227 in their History Alive textbooks and complete pages 138-142 in their Interactive Student Notebooks. https://d3jc3ahdjad7x7.cloudfront.net/IAENkB2dv3dRVtjvVAgqK6G9f0QHcko7nJCXDPaB7UjuDW4g.pdf

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 May 8th

Bonjour!

I hope everyone had a relaxing and rejuvenating weekend! The weather turned out great!

Classroom Expectations

Thank you for your help in reminding students about the following 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.

  • 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, slime, putty, 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 are required to sign their name, destination, time out, and time in on the class sign-out sheet located on my desk.
  • Students should bring water bottles (already filled with water) with them to class. It’s better for the environment and will reduce classroom disruptions. If students need to use paper cups, provided by the school, they should only be used for water. They should not be worn as hats, beards, or used as projectiles.
  • 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.

Fourth Quarter Midterm Progress Reports: Wednesday, May 10th

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

Lensey Namioka’s Ties That Bind, Ties That Break

Students are in the midst of 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 7-10. 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 11th

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 11th. Current Events Sheet

Ch. 19: China’s Contacts with the Outside World: Due Friday, May 12th

Students will learn about China’s contacts with the outside world during the rules of three dynasties: the Tang, the Yuan, and the Ming. Specifically, they will identify products and inventions that traveled along overland trade routes during the Tang dynasty, understand the importance of overland travel and trade during the Yuan dynasty, describe the importance of maritime expeditions during the Ming dynasty, and evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of foreign contact during each dynasty’s rule. Students will read pages 205-211 in their History Alive textbooks and complete pages 123-130 in their Interactive Student Notebooks. https://d3jc3ahdjad7x7.cloudfront.net/IAENkB2dv3dRVtjvVAgqK6G9f0QHcko7nJCXDPaB7UjuDW4g.pdf

Imperial China Timeline Challenge: Due Friday, May 12th

Students will complete a timeline challenge focused on Chinese social structure, government, religion, art, technology, and writing and literature. They will review the timeline on pages 212-213 in their History Alive textbooks and complete pages 132-133 in their Interactive Student Notebooks. https://d3jc3ahdjad7x7.cloudfront.net/IAENkB2dv3dRVtjvVAgqK6G9f0QHcko7nJCXDPaB7UjuDW4g.pdf

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 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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