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
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.
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.
Cell phones and devices are not allowed in my core classes, and should be stored in student lockers prior to class.
Students write in their planners at the beginning of each week in my class, and in other classes. Please encourage students to bring their planners with them to all classes so they are fully aware of what assignments are coming down the pike.
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.
Please check Synergy to monitor your child’s academic progress. https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/