It’s hard to believe fourth quarter is already here! What lovely weather to get us started.
This Week in Class
This week, we will continue exploring Imperial China! Students will complete imaginary application letters for a Chinese government job to gain practice with argumentative writing. Letters are due on Thursday, April 23rd.
Additionally, students will continue their study of Lensey Namioka’s historical novel, Ties That Bind, Ties That Break. The story is set in early twentieth-century China, focused on a girl, named Ailin, who refuses to have her feet bound. Foot binding was practiced widely on girls in China from the 10th century until the early 20th century.
Independent Novel Project: Due Wednesday, June 3rd
Students will be responsible for reading a novel of choice and completing a few of the project options described here Indie Novel Project Options. Projects will be due on Wednesday, June 3rd, though students should get started reading their novels as soon as possible.
Current Event: Due Thursdays
Students will analyze and summarize informational text found in newspapers or magazine articles through completion of a current event. The current event sheet can be found here Current Events Sheet and links and passwords for Junior Scholastic and Scholastic Scope magazines can be found below.
- Junior Scholastic: http://junior.scholastic.com/ (Student Password: fantiger175)
- Scholastic Scope: http://scope.scholastic.com/ (Student Password: phonestorm259)
Students will start each class by completing a journal warm-up. This week, students will complete 119-123 this week. Daily Journal Topics
Morning Library and Computer Access
If students need computer access, Beaumont’s library opens each morning at 8:15 a.m.. Students can enter with a pass from a teacher, or with a parent as a “walking hall pass.”
Updated Grades on Synergy
I’ve updated grades as of all assignments completed Friday, April 17th. Be sure to check your child’s progress on Synergy. Also, please remind students to put their first and last names on all assignments before turning them in, so papers don’t end up in the dreaded “no name” pile: https://parent.cascadetech.org/pps1j/.
Smarter Balanced Reading Test: Monday, May 4th – Friday, May 8th
Students will take the Smarter Balanced Reading Test in my core classes from May 4th-May 8th. Make-up testing will happen in June. Peruse the Smarter Balanced Testing website for general information: http://www.smarterbalanced.org/. Access Math and Reading student practice tests here: http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice-test/.
Yo Ghana! Celebration: Sunday, May 3rd
In celebration of all the great letter-writing students have done this year, students and families are invited to the Yo Ghana! Celebration on Sunday, May 3rd, from 1:00-4:00 p.m., in the Portland State University Smith Center Ballroom. The event will feature speakers, Ghanaian drummers, delicious Ghanaian food, games, and more! Space at the event is limited, so reserve at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP if you’d like to attend. There is a suggested donation of $10-$20 per person. For more information about Yo Ghana!, check out their website here: http://www.yoghana.org/.
Spring Break 2016: Paris and the French Riviera
If you’re looking for global travel opportunities for your child, look no further! I’ll be taking a group of students to explore Paris and the French Riviera during Spring Break 2016. Check here for more information: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1681167KE
Video of the Week: Political Development of Imperial China Rap
I found this excellent rap about the chapter we’re studying right now in Social Studies, from New LA Production and Mr. Bloom’s class. It’s an entertaining overview. Enjoy!