Week of February 21st

Bonjour!

 

I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend! What great weather we’re having in Portland!!

Presidents’ Day: Monday, February 20th

There will be no school on Monday, February 20th to celebrate Presidents’ Day.

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.

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.

End of Third Quarter: Thursday, April 6th

The last day of second quarter is Thursday, April 6th. Please check Synergy to monitor your child’s academic progress. https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/

Celebration of Excellence: Thursday, April 6th

To encourage students to do their best academically and to be good classroom citizens, I will hold a Celebration of Excellence on Thursday, April 6th. 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.

Teacher Planning Day: Friday, April 7th

There will be no school for students on Friday, April 7th, so teachers can complete third quarter grades and plan for fourth quarter.

Beverley Naidoo’s The Other Side of Truth

Students will begin their study of Beverley Naidoo’s award-winning novel, The Other Side of Truth. It’s the story of two Nigerian children who travel to London as refugees, as their father is a Nigerian journalist facing political persecution. So far, we’ve read and summarized chapters 1-16 in class. This week, students will read and summarize chapters 17-24: “Lies Thicken,” “Hawk Lady and Hawk Man,” “Welcome,” “Sea of Faces,” “What Kind of Name Is That?,” “Bullies in the Head,” “Marcia Wants You,” and “A Distant Silence.” 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.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Nigeria

Students will watch a short video called “10 Things You Didn’t Know About Nigeria” as additional background for their study of Beverley Naidoo’s novel, The Other Side of Truth. The video contains an overview of the diverse cultures, rich resources, and varied wildlife found there. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zEKOIQbVgA

Current Event: Due Thursday, February 23rd

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, February 16th. Current Events Sheet

Ch. 14: The Influence of Islam on West Africa: Due Friday, February 24th

Students will learn about the influence of Islam on West African culture today. Specifically, they will understand the role of trans-Saharan trade in spreading Islamic influence; identify important ways in which Islam influenced the region; describe the growth of the Arabic language in government, trade, and Islamic scholarship; and analyze Islamic influences in contemporary West African culture. Students will read pages 155-163 in their History Alive: The Medieval Word and Beyond textbooks and complete pages 89-92 in their Interactive Student Notebooks. This assignment is due on Friday, February 24th.

Independent Novel Project: Due Thursday, March 23rd

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 Thursday, March 23rd. Independent Novel Project

Spelling Bee

I will be coordinating Beaumont student participation in this year’s spelling bee. Please let me know if this is something in which you would like your child to participate. Core teachers will hold written spelling contests in their classes, then the school will hold a written spelling contest for class winners, then the district will hold a contest among school-wide winners. Grades 6-8 will compete in Division II. Here is  a link with more information: oregon_spellers_brochure_v15

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/

Warner Pacific Band Festival: Friday February 24th

The Symphonic Band and Jazz Ambassadors will compete in the Warner Pacific Band Festival on Friday, February 24th.

Jazz Celebration at Beaumont Middle School: Monday, February 27th

The Jazz Academy and Jazz Ambassadors will perform in a Jazz Celebration at Beaumont Middle School on Monday, February 27th, at 6:30 pm.

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 February 13th

Bonjour!

The days are getting longer and it’s starting to feel like spring is on its way!

I wanted to congratulate my core students on their great gains in reading from Fall to Winter on their easyCBM tests. In the area of reading fluency, they increased an average of a whopping 21 words per minute. For reading comprehension, they increased a solid 5%. Please congratulate students on their continued hard work and remarkable gains!

I’ve entered grades for all assignments turned into me as of this past Friday. Also, I’ve inputted all assignments into Synergy that students will work on for the remainder of third quarter. Please check Synergy to see what students will be working on this quarter and to monitor your child’s academic progress. https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/

Presidents’ Day: Monday, February 20th

There will be no school on Monday, February 20th to celebrate Presidents’ Day.

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.

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.

End of Third Quarter: Thursday, April 6th

The last day of second quarter is Thursday, April 6th. Please check Synergy to monitor your child’s academic progress. https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/

Celebration of Excellence: Thursday, April 6th

To encourage students to do their best academically and to be good classroom citizens, I will hold a Celebration of Excellence on Thursday, April 6th. 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.

Teacher Planning Day: Friday, April 7th

There will be no school for students on Friday, April 7th, so teachers can complete third quarter grades and plan for fourth quarter.

Beverley Naidoo’s The Other Side of Truth

Students will begin their study of Beverley Naidoo’s award-winning novel, The Other Side of Truth. It’s the story of two Nigerian children who travel to London as refugees, as their father is a Nigerian journalist facing political persecution. So far, we’ve read and summarized chapters 1-5 in class. This week, students will read and summarize chapters 6-16: “Flight,” “Nothing to Declare,” “Victoria Station,” “Where is Uncle Dele?,” “Thieves and Vandals,” “Police Business and Cool Gaze,” “State of Emergency,” “Two Parcels, No Address,” “Voices in the Dark,” “Trouble With the Truth,” and “Refugees.” 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.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Nigeria

Students will watch a short video called “10 Things You Didn’t Know About Nigeria” as additional background for their study of Beverley Naidoo’s novel, The Other Side of Truth. The video contains an overview of the diverse cultures, rich resources, and varied wildlife found there. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zEKOIQbVgA

Current Event: Due Thursday, February 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, February 16th. Current Events Sheet

Ch. 13: Ghana: A West African Trading Empire: Due Friday, February 17th

Students will learn why trade moving through Ghana and Mali resulted in the growth of these West African kingdoms. Specifically, they will identify the trans-Saharan caravan routes through the kingdom of Ghana, describe how trade in gold and salt led to the growth of Ghana and Mali, explain silent bartering, and describe the government of Ghana. Students will read pages 145-153 in their History Alive: The Medieval Word and Beyond textbooks and complete pages 83-87 in their Interactive Student Notebooks. This assignment is due on Friday, February 17th.

Independent Novel Project: Due Thursday, March 23rd

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 Thursday, March 23rd. Independent Novel Project

Spelling Bee

I will be coordinating Beaumont student participation in this year’s spelling bee. Please let me know if this is something in which you would like your child to participate. Core teachers will hold written spelling contests in their classes, then the school will hold a written spelling contest for class winners, then the district will hold a contest among school-wide winners. Grades 6-8 will compete in Division II. Here is  a link with more information: oregon_spellers_brochure_v15

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/

Spirit Week: February 13th-17th

  • Monday: Career Day – Dress up like your future career or a career that you admire.
  • Tuesday: Red and White Day – Wear red and white.
  • Wednesday: College and University Day – Wear something that represents a college or university
  • Thursday: Crazy Hair and Hat Day -Wear a crazy hairstyle or hat of your choice.
  • Friday: Unity Day – Wear Beaumont’s school colors, blue and white.

Beaumont Winter Band Concert: Thursday, February 16th @ 6:30 p.m.

Come out to see Beaumont’s fabulous bands perform in this year’s winter Concert! All bands will perform except the Cadet Band. Students should arrive at Beaumont at 6:00 p.m., and the show starts at 6:30 p.m..

Jazz Celebration at Madison High School: Friday, February 21st @ 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy the Jazz Academy and Jazz Ambassadors perform at Madison High School on Friday, February 21st, at 6:30 p.m.!

Warner Pacific Band Festival: Friday February 24th

The Symphonic Band and Jazz Ambassadors will compete in the Warner Pacific Band Festival on Friday, February 24th.

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 February 6th

Bonjour!

With third quarter upon us, students will begin their study of West Africa this week!! Also, given the inclement weather on last Friday, I will not finalize grades until 4:00 p.m. this Tuesday, February 7th. If students have any missing assignments, I will accept them up until that time.

West Africa Geography Challenge

Students will learn about West Africa’s four regions, vegetation zones, and three kingdoms by completing a mapping activity. Students will read Setting the Stage on pages 134-135 in their History Alive: The Medieval Word and Beyond textbooks and complete pages 76-77 in their Interactive Student Notebooks. The assignment is due Tuesday, February 7th.

Ch. 12: Early Societies in West Africa

Students will explore the origins, as well as political and economic organization, of West African family-based communities, villages, cities, and kingdoms. Students will read pages 137-143 in their History Alive: The Medieval Word and Beyond textbooks and complete pages 79-82 in their Interactive Student Notebooks. This assignment is due on Friday, February 10th.

Beverley Naidoo’s The Other Side of Truth

Students will begin their study of Beverley Naidoo’s award-winning novel, The Other Side of Truth. It’s the story of two Nigerian children who travel to London as refugees, as their father is a Nigerian journalist facing political persecution. This week, students will check out their books from the library, gain some background on the country of Nigeria, and begin reading the book.

Current Event

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, February 9th. Current Events Sheet

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 Thursday, March 23rd. Independent Novel Project

Spelling Bee

I will be coordinating Beaumont student participation in this year’s spelling bee. Please let me know if this is something in which you would like your child to participate. Core teachers will hold written spelling contests in their classes, then the school will hold a written spelling contest for class winners, then the district will hold a contest among school-wide winners. Grades 6-8 will compete in Division II. Here is  a link with more information: oregon_spellers_brochure_v15

Lunar New Year: The Year of the Rooster

There are a variety of activities in and around Portland over the next two weeks to celebrate Lunar New Year, including a dragon dance parades and cultural fairs. Check out this article from The Oregonian to learn more: http://www.oregonlive.com/events/index.ssf/2017/01/2017_lunar_new_year_celebrations_in_portland_welco.html

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/

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 January 30th

Bonjour!

It’s hard to believe, but it’s the last week of second quarter! Please check Synergy to monitor your child’s academic progress. https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/

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, January 19th, though I will gladly accept projects this week. Independent Novel Project

Rise of Islam Unit Project

Students will work in groups to develop creative presentations reflecting their knowledge of one aspect of the Rise of Islam Unit. Areas of focus may include Ch. 7: The Geography of the Arabian Peninsula, Ch. 8: The Prophet Muhammad, Ch. 9: The Teachings of Islam, Ch. 10: Contributions of Muslims to World Civilization, or Ch. 11: From the Crusades to New Muslim Empires. Presentations will begin on Monday, January 30th.

Alliance Française de Portland Fête des Rois: Sunday, January 29th

The annual Fête des Rois celebration will be held on Sunday, January 29, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event will include a presentation in English (with some easy-to-understand French) by Alliance teacher Marie-Pierre Wolfe on the origins of the celebration and the current-day practices. The presentation will be held in Versailles, the new events space and classroom, located on the second floor of the Kamm House. (Note that this space is accessible by stairs only.) Following the presentation, guests will enjoy refreshments which will include authentic galettes, as well as cider and Perrier. This event is suitable for all ages. Register here for this family-oriented event. Tickets $8 for members, $12 for non-members, and free for children under 5. Not able to attend the event but wishing to try galettes? Alliance members save 10% on orders for galettes at St. Honoré (use code AFPDX10 when ordering online.) This is a family-friendly event. All ages welcome!!

End of Second Quarter: Thursday, February 2nd

The last day of second quarter is Thursday, February 2nd. Please check Synergy to monitor your child’s academic progress. https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/

Celebration of Excellence: Thursday, February 2nd

To encourage students to do their best academically and to be good classroom citizens, I will hold a Celebration of Excellence on Thursday, February 2nd. To qualify for the celebration, students will need: 1)  no D’s or F’s, 2) no parent contacts home regarding classroom behavior for the second half of second quarter, and 3) receive a positive note from any substitute teachers I may have during the second half of second quarter. Students who don’t qualify for the celebration will partake in a study hall.

Teacher Planning Day: No School on Friday, February 3rd

There is no school for students on Friday, February 3rd, so teachers can finalize second quarter grades and plan for third quarter. Classes will resume on Monday, February 6th.

Jazz Celebration at Madison High School: Friday, February 3rd @ 6:30 p.m.

The Beaumont Jazz Academy and Jazz Ambassadors will be performing at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, February 3rd at Madison High School.

Spelling Bee

I will be coordinating Beaumont student participation in this year’s spelling bee. Please let me know if this is something in which you would like your child to participate. Core teachers will hold written spelling contests in their classes, then the school will hold a written spelling contest for class winners, then the district will hold a contest among school-wide winners. Grades 6-8 will compete in Division II. Here is  a link with more information: oregon_spellers_brochure_v15

Lunar New Year: The Year of the Rooster

Now that the snow is gone, it’s time to get out and celebrate! There are a variety of activities in and around Portland over the next two weeks to celebrate Lunar New Year, including a dragon dance parades and cultural fairs. Check out this article from The Oregonian to learn more: http://www.oregonlive.com/events/index.ssf/2017/01/2017_lunar_new_year_celebrations_in_portland_welco.html

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/

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 January 23rd

Bonjour!

The last vestiges of snow have melted and I look forward to a full week with students at school!!

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, January 19th, though I will gladly accept projects this week. Independent Novel Project

Suzanne Fisher Staples’ Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind: Character Silhouettes

Students will continue to construct group character silhouettes based on major and minor characters in Suzanne Fisher Staples’ novel, Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind. For this project, students trace the outline of another student on a long sheet of butcher paper. Then, they include quotations said by the character, with page number, on the inside of the body. On the outside of the body, they include quotations said to or about the character, with page number. This activity is a fun way for students to practice extracting textual evidence and learn about characterization. This assignment is due Tuesday, January 24th.

Current Event

Students will analyze and summarize a newspaper article. The assignment is due on Thursday, January 26th. Current Events Sheet

Rise of Islam Unit Project

Students will work in groups to develop creative presentations reflecting their knowledge of one aspect of the Rise of Islam Unit. Areas of focus may include Ch. 7: The Geography of the Arabian Peninsula, Ch. 8: The Prophet Muhammad, Ch. 9: The Teachings of Islam, Ch. 10: Contributions of Muslims to World Civilization, or Ch. 11: From the Crusades to New Muslim Empires. Presentations will begin on Friday, January 27th.

End of Second Quarter: Thursday, February 2nd

The last day of second quarter is Thursday, February 2nd. Please check Synergy to monitor your child’s academic progress. https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/

Celebration of Excellence: Thursday, February 2nd

To encourage students to do their best academically and to be good classroom citizens, I will hold a Celebration of Excellence on Thursday, February 2nd. To qualify for the celebration, students will need: 1)  no D’s or F’s, 2) no parent contacts home regarding classroom behavior for the second half of second quarter, and 3) receive a positive note from any substitute teachers I may have during the second half of second quarter. Students who don’t qualify for the celebration will partake in a study hall.

Teacher Planning Day: No School on Friday, February 3rd

There is no school for students on Friday, February 3rd, so teachers can finalize second quarter grades and plan for third quarter. Classes will resume on Monday, February 6th.

Jazz Celebration at Madison High School: Friday, February 3rd @ 6:30 p.m.

The Beaumont Jazz Academy and Jazz Ambassadors will be performing at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, February 3rd at Madison High School.

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/

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 January 18th

Bonjour!

I hope everyone stayed safe and warm through yet another Portland Snowpocalypse!!

Suzanne Fisher Staples’ Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind: Chapter 23 

Students will finish reading Suzanne Fisher Staples’ 1996 coming-of-age novel, Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind this week in class. Taking place in Pakistan’s Cholistan Desert, the story explores how Shabanu transitions 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 summarize the last chapters, twenty-three: “Cholistan.”

Suzanne Fisher Staples’ Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind: Character Silhouettes

Students will construct group character silhouettes based on major and minor characters in Suzanne Fisher Staples’ novel, Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind. For this project, students trace the outline of another student on a long sheet of butcher paper. Then, they include quotations said by the character, with page number, on the inside of the body. On the outside of the body, they include quotations said to or about the character, with page number. This activity is a fun way for students to practice extracting textual evidence and learn about characterization. This assignment is due Tuesday, January 24th.

Current Event: Due Thursday, January 19th

Students will analyze and summarize a newspaper article. The assignment is due on Thursday, January 19th. Current Events Sheet

Ch. 11: From the Crusades to New Muslim Empires: ISN Pg. 67-70

In this chapter, students will explain the causes and course of the crusades and their effects on Christian, Muslim, and Jewish populations, and describe the larger effects and aftermath of the crusades, including the Reconquista, and the rise of the Ottoman Turks and other Muslim empires in the 1500s. Students will read pages 119-129 in their History Alive: Medieval World and Beyond textbooks, and complete pages 67-70 in their Interactive Student Notebooks. This assignment was originally due on Friday, January 13th, but I will gladly accept assignments this week.

Independent Novel Project: Due Thursday, January 19th

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

End of Second Quarter: Thursday, February 2nd

The last day of second quarter is Thursday, February 2nd. Please check Synergy to monitor your child’s academic progress. https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/

Celebration of Excellence: Thursday, February 2nd

To encourage students to do their best academically and to be good classroom citizens, I will hold a Celebration of Excellence on Thursday, February 2nd. To qualify for the celebration, students will need: 1)  no D’s or F’s, 2) no parent contacts home regarding classroom behavior for the second half of second quarter, and 3) receive a positive note from any substitute teachers I may have during the second half of second quarter. Students who don’t qualify for the celebration will partake in a study hall.

Teacher Planning Day: No School on Friday, February 3rd

There is no school for students on Friday, February 3rd, so teachers can finalize second quarter grades and plan for third quarter. Classes will resume on Monday, February 6th.

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/

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 January 9th

Bonjour!

It was great to host the “fun” room for Friday’s Celebration of Excellence! Kudos to all the students worked so hard this quarter and got to reap the benefits of that diligence. There will be another “Celebration of Excellence” on Thursday, February 2nd, the last day of second quarter.

Suzanne Fisher Staples’ Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind: Chapters 22-23

Students will finish reading Suzanne Fisher Staples’ 1996 coming-of-age novel, Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind this week in class. Taking place in Pakistan’s Cholistan Desert, the story explores how Shabanu transitions 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 the last two chapters, twenty-two and twenty-three: “The Wedding” and “Cholistan.”

Current Event: Due Thursday, January 12th

Students will analyze and summarize a newspaper article. The assignment is due on Thursday, January 12th. Current Events Sheet

Ch. 11: From the Crusades to New Muslim Empires: ISN Pg. 67-70 Due Friday, January 13th

In this chapter, students will explain the causes and course of the crusades and their effects on Christian, Muslim, and Jewish populations, and describe the larger effects and aftermath of the crusades, including the Reconquista, and the rise of the Ottoman Turks and other Muslim empires in the 1500s. Students will read pages 119-129 in their History Alive: Medieval World and Beyond textbooks, and complete pages 67-70 in their Interactive Student Notebooks. This assignment is due on Friday, January 13th.

Martin Luther King Day: No School on Monday, January 16th

There is no school on Monday, January 16th in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

Late Opening: 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.

Independent Novel Project: Due Thursday, January 19th

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

End of Second Quarter: Thursday, February 2nd

The last day of second quarter is Thursday, February 2nd. Please check Synergy to monitor your child’s academic progress. https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/

Celebration of Excellence: Thursday, February 2nd

To encourage students to do their best academically and to be good classroom citizens, I will hold a Celebration of Excellence on Thursday, February 2nd. To qualify for the celebration, students will need: 1)  no D’s or F’s, 2) no parent contacts home regarding classroom behavior for the second half of second quarter, and 3) receive a positive note from any substitute teachers I may have during the second half of second quarter. Students who don’t qualify for the celebration will partake in a study hall.

Teacher Planning Day: No School on Friday, February 3rd

There is no school for students on Friday, February 3rd, so teachers can finalize second quarter grades and plan for third quarter. Classes will resume on Monday, February 6th.

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/

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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