Week of May 2nd

Bonjour!

I so enjoyed the Ambassadors’ performance Friday morning! What a talented group of musicians we have at Beaumont. Good luck to those students who will be auditioning this month! I’m looking for parent chaperons for our field trip to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall this Wednesday, to see the White Bird Malpaso Dance Company performance. Our bus leaves Beaumont at 10:15 a.m., and we would return to school by 12:45 p.m. Please let me know if you are interested and available!

 

White Bird Malpaso Dance Company Performance: Wednesday, May 4th

I received free tickets for both core classes and a few chaperons to the White Bird Malpaso Dance Company performance on Wednesday, May 4th. The show is from 11:00 a.m. until noon, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Students will leave Beaumont at 10:15 a.m. and return to school by 12:45 p.m.. Please let me know if you would be willing to chaperon for this event. As background, the Malpaso Dance Company is based in Havana, Cuba, and will be accompanied by a live Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble. I distributed parent permission slips on Friday–please make sure to sign your student’s slip and have him or her return ito to me as soon as possible. Here is the White Bird website with more information: http://www.whitebird.org/event/malpaso/

Spring Break 2017: Paris and the Châteaux

Ever thought of visiting France? I will be taking a group to visit Paris and some of the many gorgeous castles in France next year during Spring Break. Students who have already taken one trip with EF Tours will get a $100 discount if they go on this tour. Check out the EF Tour website to learn more: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1826882ZS.

Synergy

I’ve updated all grades as of assignments turned in on Friday. To see how your child is doing in Language Arts, Social Studies, and other classes, please access Synergy here: https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/.

 

 

 

Ties That Bind, Ties That Break Character Silhouettes

To help students reflect on characterization and point of view in the novel, students will work in groups to complete character silhouettes for one of the following characters in the book: 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. Using descriptors and passages from the reading material, both by the character and about the character, students use the text to support their conclusions. The assignment is due on Monday, May 2nd. Ties That Bind Ties That Break Character Silhouette Student Handout and Rubric

Sequel to Ties That Bind, Ties That Break

Now that students have finished reading Lensey Namioka’s Ties That Bind, Ties That Break, and analyzed setting, characters, plot, theme, and figurative language, they will write a multi-paragraph sequel to the novel, 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 Gilbertson, Miss Scott, Second Sister, Eldest Sister, Little Brother, Mr. Warner, Mrs. Warner, Grace Warner, Billy Warner, Mother, Father, Grandmother, or The Amah. Sequels should be typed in 12 point, Times New Roman font, double-spaced, and formatted in MLA style. The assignment is due on Friday, May 6th. Ties That Bind Ties That Break Sequel

Independent Novel Project

With a new quarter comes the opportunity for new books to read! Students will read a teacher-approved book and complete a variety of choice activities to demonstrate what they learned. The Independent Novel Project for fourth quarter is due on Wednesday, May 25th. Independent Novel Project

Journal

Students will start each class by completing a journal warm-up. This week, journal entries 138-142 are due on Friday, May 6th. It would be fantastic if students could use spiral or composition notebooks to write their daily journals, so entries are all in one place at the end of the week, and students can review words studied from previous weeks. Daily Journal Topics

Current Events

Students will have class time to complete a current event with a partner. Students will have the opportunity to choose an article from one of the many newspapers I have in the room, including: The Portland Tribune, The Portland Observer, El Hispanic News, The Asian Reporter, and The Skanner. Alternatively, they are welcome to use other newspapers they may have available at home or that they find online. Current events are due on Thursday, May 5th. Current Events Sheet

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.”

Homework Club

My hall neighbors, Mr. Aquino and Ms. Meadows, run Homework Club every morning at 8:00 a.m. in their classrooms–Mr. Aquino facilitates Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while Ms. Meadows facilitates Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mr. Columbo facilitates Homework Club after school Mondays through Thursdays. Be sure to sign students up for Homework Club through SUN School if they need extra time or help completing assignments.

Merci et bonne semaine!

Jennifer Coyne

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Week of April 25th

Bonjour!

It’s been a great week at Beaumont! Kudos to sixth, seventh, and eighth grade band and chorus students! The concerts on Monday and Thursday were phenomenal. Also, congratulations to Beaumont students for winning the Pentagames Math Challenge! Way to represent.

Spring Break 2017: Paris and the Châteaux

Ever thought of visiting France? I will be taking a group to visit Paris and some of the many gorgeous castles in France next year during Spring Break. Students who have already taken one trip with EF Tours will get a $100 discount if they go on this tour. Check out the EF Tour website to learn more: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1826882ZS.

White Bird Malpaso Dance Company Performance: Wednesday, May 4th

I received free tickets for both core classes and a few chaperons to the White Bird Malpaso Dance Company performance on Wednesday, May 4th. The show is from 11:00 a.m. until noon, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Please let me know if you would be willing to chaperon for this event. As background, the Malpaso Dance Company is based in Havana, Cuba, and will be accompanied by a live Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble. Here is the White Bird website with more information: http://www.whitebird.org/event/malpaso/

Synergy

I’ve updated all grades as of assignments turned in on Friday. To see how your child is doing in Language Arts, Social Studies, and other classes, please access Synergy here: https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/.

Ch. 18: Chinese Discoveries and Inventions

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. This assignment was due Thursday, April 21st, though I will gladly accept assignments this week.

Ch. 19: China’s Contacts with the Outside World

Students will examine China’s contacts with the outside world during the Tang, Yuan, and Ming dynasties. Specifically, they will identify products and inventions that traveled overland trade routes during the Tang dynasty, learn 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: The Medieval World and Beyond textbooks, and complete pages 123-130 in their Interactive Student Notebooks. This assignment is due Wednesday, April 27th.

Imperial China Timeline Challenge

Students will utilize information on pages 212-213 of their History Alive: The Medieval World and Beyond textbooks to complete an Imperial China Timeline Challenge focused on social structure, government, religion, the arts, technology, and writing and literature on pages 132-133 of their Interactive Student Notebooks. This assignment is due Wednesday, April 27th.

Chinese Government Official Job Application Letter

Students will pretend to be a foreigner, an aristocrat, or a scholar, and write a letter of application to the Chinese emperor for a government official job. The letter should be between 500 and 700 words,  and follow the format of a business letter. Students should include the date, their address, the emperor’s address, a salutation, and a closing. The letter should have a minimum of three paragraphs. The first paragraph is where students should introduce themselves, explain who they are, and the type of government job they want. The second paragraph is where students should state why they most qualified for the position. They should give three reasons for their claim and make the letter personal by adding fictitious details. In the third paragraph, students should give two reasons why the two other types of people would not make good government officials. Letters should be free of grammatical and spelling errors and be typed or neatly written in ink. Letters were due on Friday, April 15th, though I will gladly accept them this week.

Lensey Namioka’s Ties That Bind, Ties That Break

Set in early 20th century China, Lensey Namioka’s novel, Ties That Bind, Ties That Break, is the story of one girl’s fight against traditional expectations around foot binding, and the consequences of those choices. This week, students will finish reading this thought-provoking book.

Ties That Bind, Ties That Break Character Silhouettes

To help students reflect on characterization and point of view in the novel, students will work in groups to complete character silhouettes for one of the following characters in the book: 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. Using descriptors and passages from the reading material, both by the character and about the character, students use the text to support their conclusions. The assignment is due on Monday, May 2nd.

Independent Novel Project

With a new quarter comes the opportunity for new books to read! Students will read a teacher-approved book and complete a variety of choice activities to demonstrate what they learned. The Independent Novel Project for fourth quarter is due on Wednesday, May 25th. Independent Novel Project

Journal

Students will start each class by completing a journal warm-up. This week, journal entries 133-137 are due on Friday, April 29th. It would be fantastic if students could use spiral or composition notebooks to write their daily journals, so entries are all in one place at the end of the week, and students can review words studied from previous weeks. Daily Journal Topics

Current Events

Students will have class time to complete a current event with a partner. Students will have the opportunity to choose an article from one of the many newspapers I have in the room, including: The Portland Tribune, The Portland Observer, El Hispanic News, The Asian Reporter, and The Skanner. Alternatively, they are welcome to use other newspapers they may have available at home or that they find online. Current events are due on Thursday, April 28th. Current Events Sheet

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.”

Homework Club

My hall neighbors, Mr. Aquino and Ms. Meadows, run Homework Club every morning at 8:00 a.m. in their classrooms–Mr. Aquino facilitates Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while Ms. Meadows facilitates Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mr. Columbo facilitates Homework Club after school Mondays through Thursdays. Be sure to sign students up for Homework Club through SUN School if they need extra time or help completing assignments.

Merci et bonne semaine!

Jennifer Coyne

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Week of April 18th

Bonjour!

The gorgeous weather continues in sunny Portland! Students have begun studying their China Unit and seem riveted by Lensey Namioka’s novel, Ties That Bind, Ties That Break.

Spring Break 2017: Paris and the Châteaux

Ever thought of visiting France? I will be taking a group to visit Paris and some of the many gorgeous castles in France next year during Spring Break. Students who have already taken one trip with EF Tours will get a $100 discount if they go on this tour. Check out the EF Tour website to learn more: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1826882ZS.

2016 Chamber Music Serenade and Dessert Soirée: Monday, April 18th

Come enjoy yummy desserts and hear our 6th and 8th grade musicians perform in the gym at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 18th! Tickets are $8.00.

Late Opening: Wednesday, April 20th

Students will have a two-hour late opening on Wednesday, April 20th while staff receives professional development.

2016 Chamber Music Serenade and Dessert Soirée: Thursday, April 21st

Come enjoy yummy desserts and hear our 7th grade musicians and choir perform in the gym at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 21st! Tickets are $8.00.

Soirée Provençale: Alliance Française de Portland Gala & Auction: Saturday, April 23rd

As many of you may know, I’ve been a board member of the Alliance Française de Portland for several years now, and have served as Secretary for the board over the past year. At our March board meeting, I was elected Vice President, and am very excited to let you know about the Alliance’s annual gala fundraiser, the Soirée Provençale, coming up on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the Multnomah Athletic Club. Inspired by the fêtes de villages of the sunny south, the event will highlight Provence. Your ticket includes dinner presented by the award-winning French chef, Philippe Boulot, wine, and entertainment from the wonderful gypsy jazz group, Boy and Bean. Doors open at 5:30pm. It would be great to see you there! For tickets, check out the following link: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ec65izisb74216c3&llr=59hm8ccab 

Synergy

I’ve updated all grades as of assignments turned in on Friday. To see how your child is doing in Language Arts, Social Studies, and other classes, please access Synergy here: https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/.

Ch. 17: China Develops a New Economy

Students will continue their study of China this week, and explore the growth of China’s economy from the 10th to 13th centuries, during the Tang and Song periods. Students will read Ch. 17: China Develops a New Economy, on pages 187-193 of their History Alive: The Medieval World and Beyond textbooks, and complete Reading Notes on pages 109-114 of their Interactive Student Notebooks. Reading Notes are due on Thursday, April 21st.

Chinese Government Official Job Application Letter

Students will pretend to be a foreigner, an aristocrat, or a scholar, and write a letter of application to the Chinese emperor for a government official job. The letter should be between 500 and 700 words,  and follow the format of a business letter. Students should include the date, their address, the emperor’s address, a salutation, and a closing. The letter should have a minimum of three paragraphs. The first paragraph is where students should introduce themselves, explain who they are, and the type of government job they want. The second paragraph is where students should state why they most qualified for the position. They should give three reasons for their claim and make the letter personal by adding fictitious details. In the third paragraph, students should give two reasons why the two other types of people would not make good government officials. Letters should be free of grammatical and spelling errors and be typed or neatly written in ink. Letters were due on Friday, April 15th, though I will gladly accept them this week.

Lensey Namioka’s Ties That Bind, Ties That Break

Set in early 20th century China, Lensey Namioka’s novel, Ties That Bind, Ties That Break, is the story of one girl’s fight against traditional expectations around foot binding, and the consequences of those choices. This week, students will be reading chapters two through six in class.

Independent Novel Project

With a new quarter comes the opportunity for new books to read! Students will read a teacher-approved book and complete a variety of choice activities to demonstrate what they learned. The Independent Novel Project for fourth quarter is due on Wednesday, May 25th. Independent Novel Project

Journal

Students will start each class by completing a journal warm-up. This week, journal entries 128-132 are due on Friday, April 22nd. It would be fantastic if students could use spiral or composition notebooks to write their daily journals, so entries are all in one place at the end of the week, and students can review words studied from previous weeks. Daily Journal Topics

Current Events

Students will have class time to complete a current event with a partner. Students will have the opportunity to choose an article from one of the many newspapers I have in the room, including: The Portland Tribune, The Portland Observer, El Hispanic News, The Asian Reporter, and The Skanner. Alternatively, they are welcome to use other newspapers they may have available at home or that they find online. Current events are due on Thursday, April 21st. Current Events Sheet

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.”

Homework Club

My hall neighbors, Mr. Aquino and Ms. Meadows, run Homework Club every morning at 8:00 a.m. in their classrooms–Mr. Aquino facilitates Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while Ms. Meadows facilitates Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mr. Columbo facilitates Homework Club after school Mondays through Thursdays. Be sure to sign students up for Homework Club through SUN School if they need extra time or help completing assignments.

Merci et bonne semaine!

Jennifer Coyne

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Week of April 11th

Bonjour!

The gorgeous weather continues in sunny Portland! Students had a great time celebrating completion of all third quarter core assignments on Thursday Fun Day! I foresee a return to Wilshire Park during fourth quarter.

Spring Break 2017: Paris and the Châteaux

Ever thought of visiting France? I will be taking a group to visit Paris and some of the many gorgeous castles in France next year during Spring Break. People who sign up by April 15th will get a $100 discount, and students who have already taken one trip with EF Tours will get an additional $100 discount if they go on this tour. Check out the EF Tour website to learn more: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1826882ZS.

2016 Chamber Music Serenade and Dessert Soirée: Monday, April 18th

Come hear our 6th and 8th grade musicians perform in the cafeteria at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 18th! Tickets are $8.00.

Late Opening: Wednesday, April 20th

Students will have a two-hour late opening on Wednesday, April 20th while staff receives professional development.

2016 Chamber Music Serenade and Dessert Soirée: Thursday, April 21st

Come hear our 7th grade musicians and choir perform in the cafeteria at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 21st! Tickets are $8.00.

Soirée Provençale: Alliance Française de Portland Gala & Auction: Saturday, April 23rd

As many of you may know, I’ve been a board member of the Alliance Française de Portland for several years now, and have served as Secretary for the board over the past year. At our March board meeting, I was elected Vice President, and am very excited to let you know about the Alliance’s annual gala fundraiser, the Soirée Provençale, coming up on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the Multnomah Athletic Club. Inspired by the fêtes de villages of the sunny south, the event will highlight Provence. Your ticket includes dinner presented by the award-winning French chef, Philippe Boulot, wine, and entertainment from the wonderful gypsy jazz group, Boy and Bean. Doors open at 5:30pm. It would be great to see you there! For tickets, check out the following link: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ec65izisb74216c3&llr=59hm8ccab 

Synergy

We start our very last quarter of the year on Monday! To see how your child is doing in Language Arts, Social Studies, and other classes, please access Synergy here: https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/.

Ch. 16: The Political Development of Imperial China

So far, we’ve studied Medieval Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, and will now head to China in our studies! This week, students will identify and label geographic features of Asia and China and describe ho geography influenced the history of China through a Geography Challenge activity, on pages 100-101 of their Interactive Student Notebooks. The Geography Challenge is due on Tuesday, April 12th.

Then, they will explore the Sui, Tang, and Song Dynasties, as well as the period of Mongol rule in China, from 220 to 1644 C.E.. Students will read Ch. 16: The Political Development of Imperial China, on pages 179-185 of their History Alive: The Medieval World and Beyond textbooks, and complete Reading Notes on pages 103-106 of their Interactive Student Notebooks. Reading Notes are due on Thursday, April 14th.

Chinese Government Official Job Application Letter

Students will pretend to be a foreigner, an aristocrat, or a scholar, and write a letter of application to the Chinese emperor for a government official job. The letter should be between 500 and 700 words,  and follow the format of a business letter. Students should include the date, their address, the emperor’s address, a salutation, and a closing. The letter should have a minimum of three paragraphs. The first paragraph is where students should introduce themselves, explain who they are, and the type of government job they want. The second paragraph is where students should state why they most qualified for the position. They should give three reasons for their claim and make the letter personal by adding fictitious details. In the third paragraph, students should give two reasons why the two other types of people would not make good government officials. Letters should be free of grammatical and spelling errors and be typed or neatly written in ink. Letters are due on Friday, April 15th.

Lensey Namioka’s Ties That Bind, Ties That Break

Set in early 20th century China, Lensey Namioka’s novel, Ties That Bind, Ties That Break, is the story of one girl’s fight against traditional expectations around foot binding, and the consequences of those choices. This week, students will check out books from the library, gain some background for the novel, and start reading the book.

Independent Novel Project

With a new quarter comes the opportunity for new books to read! Students will read a teacher-approved book and complete a variety of choice activities to demonstrate what they learned. The Independent Novel Project for fourth quarter is due on Wednesday, May 25th. Independent Novel Project

Journal

Students will start each class by completing a journal warm-up. This week, journal entries 123-127 are due on Thursday, April 15th. It would be fantastic if students could use spiral or composition notebooks to write their daily journals, so entries are all in one place at the end of the week, and students can review words studied from previous weeks. Daily Journal Topics

Current Events

Students will have class time to complete a current event with a partner. Students will have the opportunity to choose an article from one of the many newspapers I have in the room, including: The Portland Tribune, The Portland Observer, El Hispanic News, The Asian Reporter, and The Skanner. Alternatively, they are welcome to use other newspapers they may have available at home or that they find online. Current events are due on Thursday, April 14th. Current Events Sheet

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.”

Homework Club

My hall neighbors, Mr. Aquino and Ms. Meadows, run Homework Club every morning at 8:00 a.m. in their classrooms–Mr. Aquino facilitates Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while Ms. Meadows facilitates Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mr. Columbo facilitates Homework Club after school Mondays through Thursdays. Be sure to sign students up for Homework Club through SUN School if they need extra time or help completing assignments.

Merci et bonne semaine!

Jennifer Coyne

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Week of April 4th

Bonjour!

I hope everyone had a chance to enjoy the gorgeous weather this weekend! Spring is definitely here in Portland!

Interest Meeting for Spring Break 2017: Paris and the Châteaux: Tuesday, April 5th at 6:30 p.m.

Ever thought of visiting France? I will be taking a group to visit Paris and some of the many gorgeous castles in France next year during Spring Break. This Tuesday evening, at 6:30 p.m., I’ll be having an interest meeting in my classroom, 212, to tell you more about the trip and to answer any questions you might have. People who sign up by April 15th will get a $100 discount, and students who have already taken one trip with EF Tours will get an additional $100 discount if they go on this tour. Feel free to check out the EF Tour website in the meantime to learn more: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1826882ZS.

Soirée Provençale: Alliance Française de Portland Gala & Auction: Saturday, April 23rd

As many of you may know, I’ve been a board member of the Alliance Française de Portland for several years now, and have served as Secretary for the board over the past year. At our March board meeting, I was elected Vice President, and am very excited to let you know about the Alliance’s annual gala fundraiser, the Soirée Provençale, coming up on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the Multnomah Athletic Club. Inspired by the fêtes de villages of the sunny south, the event will highlight Provence. Your ticket includes dinner presented by the award-winning French chef, Philippe Boulot, wine, and entertainment from the wonderful gypsy jazz group, Boy and Bean. Doors open at 5:30pm. It would be great to see you there! For tickets, check out the following link: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ec65izisb74216c3&llr=59hm8ccab 

Thursday Fun Day: Thursday, April 7th

This Thursday, April 7th, students who have all assignments completed and no disciplinary referrals for third quarter will get to enjoy Thursday Fun Day. Students who meet the criteria will get to go on a walking field trip during my class to Grand Central Bakery. Those who do not meet the criteria will have a study hall in another location.

End of Third Quarter: Thursday, April 7th

The end of third quarter is this Thursday, April 7th. I’ve finished grading all assignments turned in as of today. To see how your child is doing in Language Arts, Social Studies, and other classes, please access Synergy here: https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/.

West African Griot Performance: Sundjata, The Lion King

This Wednesday, students will perform the griot tale of Sundjata, The Lion King, in six scenes. Some students will play the part of griot (storyteller), some will be rhythm makers, and others will be performance artists. Based on rehearsals so far, it should be highly entertaining! The big performance will be this Wednesday, April 6th, during core class.

West African Cultural Center Exhibit Guide

Students will create an original guide about West African art, music, and oral and written traditions. The guide should be between 500-700 words and include: a colorful and creative title; at least three pages devoted to art, music, and oral and written traditions; at least five illustrations or drawings; information to help the reader understand African culture; at least three paragraphs that describe the exhibits and explain what they teach us about African culture and society; a list of at least four examples of ways in which West African cultural achievements influence our world today; and be typed or neatly written in ink. The assignment was due on Friday, February 19th, though I will gladly accept exhibit guides this week. West African Cultural Center Exhibit Guide

Nigerian Proverb Essay: Beverley Naidoo’s The Other Side of Truth

A proverb is a wise saying that expresses a commonplace truth or useful thought. Beverley Naidoo sprinkles Nigerian proverbs throughout her novel, The Other Side of Truth. Students will examine the sixteen proverbs included in the book, and choose three that they find most compelling. Students will write out, define, and analyze the proverbs, using evidence from the novel to show how these pearls of wisdom guide characters in making choices. Students should be sure to include: three Nigerian proverbs from the book and their accompanying page numbers; who says the proverb; how the proverbs provide (or do not provide) guidance to a character (or characters) in the book; if the proverb is relevant in the United Kingdom, the United States, and/or Nigeria; how proverbs in the United States are similar to the ones they’ve chosen; and when these proverbs might be useful. The essay was due on Friday, March 4th, though I will gladly accept essays this week. Nigerian Proverb Essay The Other Side of Truth

Themes Essay: Beverley Naidoo’s The Other Side of Truth

The theme of any literary work is the base topic or focus that acts as a foundation for the entire literary piece. The theme links all aspects of the literary work with one another and is basically the main subject. The theme can be an enduring pattern or motif throughout the literary work, occurring in a complex, long winding manner, or it can be short and succinct and provide a certain insight into the story. There are a variety of themes present in Beverley Naidoo’s novel, The Other Side of Truth.  Using evidence from the novel, including at least three quotations from the book, analyze how three different themes are present in the text. Some themes present in the book are: internal conflict, external conflict, corruption, truth/honesty, freedom of speech, prejudice, racism, bullying, oppression, cultural identity, and overcoming adversity. In this essay, students should include: three themes from the book, how the themes are evident, and how scenes that exemplify the themes apply to different characters in the book. The essay was due on Thursday, March 17th, though I will gladly accept essays this week. Theme Essay The Other Side of Truth

Independent Novel Project

With a new quarter comes the opportunity for new projects! Students will read a teacher-approved book and complete a variety of choice activities to demonstrate what they learned. The Independent Novel Project was due on Wednesday, March 30th, though I will gladly accept projects this week. Independent Novel Project

Journal

Students will start each class by completing a journal warm-up. This week, journal entries 120-122 are due on Wedneday, April 6th. It would be fantastic if students could use spiral or composition notebooks to write their daily journals, so entries are all in one place at the end of the week, and students can review words studied from previous weeks. Daily Journal Topics

Current Events

Students will have class time to complete a current event with a partner. Students will have the opportunity to choose an article from one of the many newspapers I have in the room, including: The Portland Tribune, The Portland Observer, El Hispanic News, The Asian Reporter, and The Skanner. Alternatively, they are welcome to use other newspapers they may have available at home or that they find online. Current events are due on Wednesday, April 6th. Current Events Sheet

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.”

Homework Club

My hall neighbors, Mr. Aquino and Ms. Meadows, run Homework Club every morning at 8:00 a.m. in their classrooms–Mr. Aquino facilitates Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while Ms. Meadows facilitates Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mr. Columbo facilitates Homework Club after school Mondays through Thursdays. Be sure to sign students up for Homework Club through SUN School if they need extra time or help completing assignments.

Merci et bonne semaine!

Jennifer Coyne

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Week of March 28th

Bonjour!

I hope everyone had a relaxing and rejuvenating Spring Break! I had a great time in France with students, and am looking forward to leading another tour to France next year!

Spring Break 2017: Paris and the Châteaux

Ever thought of visiting France? Check out the EF Tour website to find out more about next year’s Spring Break trip to Paris and the Châteaux! http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1826882ZS.

Soirée Provençale: Alliance Française de Portland Gala & Auction: Saturday, April 23rd

As many of you may know, I’ve been a board member of the Alliance Française de Portland for several years now, and have served as Secretary for the board over the past year. At our March board meeting, I was elected Vice President, and am very excited to let you know about the Alliance’s annual gala fundraiser, the Soirée Provençale, coming up on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the Multnomah Athletic Club. Inspired by the fêtes de villages of the sunny south, the event will highlight Provence. Your ticket includes dinner presented by the award-winning French chef, Philippe Boulot, wine, and entertainment from the wonderful gypsy jazz group, Boy and Bean. Doors open at 5:30pm. It would be great to see you there! For tickets, check out the following link: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ec65izisb74216c3&llr=59hm8ccab 

 

 

Thursday Fun Day: Thursday, April 7th

On Thursday, April 7th, students who have all assignments completed and no disciplinary referrals for third quarter will get to enjoy Thursday Fun Day. Students who meet the criteria will get to go on a walking field trip during my class to Grand Central Bakery. Those who do not meet the criteria will have a study hall in another location.

End of Third Quarter: Thursday, April 7th

The end of third quarter is next Thursday, April 7th. I’ve finished grading all assignments turned in as of today. To see how your child is doing in Language Arts, Social Studies, and other classes, please access Synergy here: https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/.

West African Cultural Center Exhibit Guide

Students will create an original guide about West African art, music, and oral and written traditions. The guide should be between 500-700 words and include: a colorful and creative title; at least three pages devoted to art, music, and oral and written traditions; at least five illustrations or drawings; information to help the reader understand African culture; at least three paragraphs that describe the exhibits and explain what they teach us about African culture and society; a list of at least four examples of ways in which West African cultural achievements influence our world today; and be typed or neatly written in ink. The assignment was due on Friday, February 19th, though I will gladly accept exhibit guides this week. West African Cultural Center Exhibit Guide

Nigerian Proverb Essay: Beverley Naidoo’s The Other Side of Truth

A proverb is a wise saying that expresses a commonplace truth or useful thought. Beverley Naidoo sprinkles Nigerian proverbs throughout her novel, The Other Side of Truth. Students will examine the sixteen proverbs included in the book, and choose three that they find most compelling. Students will write out, define, and analyze the proverbs, using evidence from the novel to show how these pearls of wisdom guide characters in making choices. Students should be sure to include: three Nigerian proverbs from the book and their accompanying page numbers; who says the proverb; how the proverbs provide (or do not provide) guidance to a character (or characters) in the book; if the proverb is relevant in the United Kingdom, the United States, and/or Nigeria; how proverbs in the United States are similar to the ones they’ve chosen; and when these proverbs might be useful. The essay was due on Friday, March 4th, though I will gladly accept essays this week. Nigerian Proverb Essay The Other Side of Truth

Themes Essay: Beverley Naidoo’s The Other Side of Truth

The theme of any literary work is the base topic or focus that acts as a foundation for the entire literary piece. The theme links all aspects of the literary work with one another and is basically the main subject. The theme can be an enduring pattern or motif throughout the literary work, occurring in a complex, long winding manner, or it can be short and succinct and provide a certain insight into the story. There are a variety of themes present in Beverley Naidoo’s novel, The Other Side of Truth.  Using evidence from the novel, including at least three quotations from the book, analyze how three different themes are present in the text. Some themes present in the book are: internal conflict, external conflict, corruption, truth/honesty, freedom of speech, prejudice, racism, bullying, oppression, cultural identity, and overcoming adversity. In this essay, students should include: three themes from the book, how the themes are evident, and how scenes that exemplify the themes apply to different characters in the book. The essay was due on Thursday, March 17th, though I will gladly accept essays this week. Theme Essay The Other Side of Truth

Independent Novel Project

With a new quarter comes the opportunity for new projects! Students will read a teacher-approved book and complete a variety of choice activities to demonstrate what they learned. The Independent Novel Project is due on Wednesday, March 30th. Independent Novel Project

Journal

Students will start each class by completing a journal warm-up. This week, journal entries 115-119 are due on Friday, April 1st. It would be fantastic if students could use spiral or composition notebooks to write their daily journals, so entries are all in one place at the end of the week, and students can review words studied from previous weeks. Daily Journal Topics

Current Events

Students will have class time to complete a current event with a partner. Students will have the opportunity to choose an article from one of the many newspapers I have in the room, including: The Portland Tribune, The Portland Observer, El Hispanic News, The Asian Reporter, and The Skanner. Alternatively, they are welcome to use other newspapers they may have available at home or that they find online. Current events are due on Thursday, March 31st. Current Events Sheet

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.”

Homework Club

My hall neighbors, Mr. Aquino and Ms. Meadows, run Homework Club every morning at 8:00 a.m. in their classrooms–Mr. Aquino facilitates Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while Ms. Meadows facilitates Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mr. Columbo facilitates Homework Club after school Mondays through Thursdays. Be sure to sign students up for Homework Club through SUN School if they need extra time or help completing assignments.

Merci et bonne semaine!

Jennifer Coyne

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Week of March 14th

Bonjour!

What a fun-filled week! First, there was the highly entertaining Staff vs. 8th Grade Student Basketball Game on Thursday! Then, the Beaumont Jazz Ambassadors took first place at the Clackamas Community College Jazz Festival! Finally, there was last night’s fabulous UnAuction! The Foundation put together an amazing, circus-themed evening, including a fire-breathing, unicycling bagpiper!

Spring Break 2017: Paris and the Châteaux:

Ever thought of visiting France? Check out the EF Tour website to find out more about next year’s Spring Break trip to Paris and the Châteaux! http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1826882ZS.

English Language Arts Smarter Balanced Testing: Monday, March 14th-Thursday, March 17th

Students will continue Smarter Balanced Testing for English Language Arts in my core classes this week. Students should be sure to eat well and get enough sleep so they can continue to do their best.

Late Start: Wednesday, March 16th

School will open for students at 11:00 a.m. this Wednesday, March 16th, so Beaumont staff can meet for professional development.

Science Fair: Thursday, March 17th

The Beaumont Science Fair will be on Thursday, March 17th. I’m curious to see the variety of projects that students have been working on third quarter!

Friday Fun Day: Friday, March 18th

On Friday, March 18th, students who have all assignments completed and no disciplinary referrals for third quarter will get to enjoy Friday Fun Day. Students who meet the criteria in my morning core will go on a walking field trip to Batter, and students who meet the criteria in my afternoon core will go to YoChoice. Those who do not meet the criteria will have a study hall in another location.

Spring Break: Monday, March 21st-Friday, March 25th

School will be closed for Spring Break the week of Monday, March 21st through Friday March 25th. Classes will resume on Monday, March 28th.

Synergy

I’ve finished grading all assignments turned in by last Friday. If you see a “0” for an assignment, your child has not yet turned it in to me. To see how your child is doing in Language Arts, Social Studies, and other classes, please access Synergy here: https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/.

West African Cultural Center Exhibit Guide

Students will create an original guide about West African art, music, and oral and written traditions. The guide should be between 500-700 words and include: a colorful and creative title; at least three pages devoted to art, music, and oral and written traditions; at least five illustrations or drawings; information to help the reader understand African culture; at least three paragraphs that describe the exhibits and explain what they teach us about African culture and society; a list of at least four examples of ways in which West African cultural achievements influence our world today; and be typed or neatly written in ink. The assignment was due on Friday, February 19th, though some students are still finishing up their projects. West African Cultural Center Exhibit Guide

Nigerian Proverb Essay: Beverley Naidoo’s The Other Side of Truth

A proverb is a wise saying that expresses a commonplace truth or useful thought. Beverley Naidoo sprinkles Nigerian proverbs throughout her novel, The Other Side of Truth. Students will examine the sixteen proverbs included in the book, and choose three that they find most compelling. Students will write out, define, and analyze the proverbs, using evidence from the novel to show how these pearls of wisdom guide characters in making choices. Students should be sure to include: three Nigerian proverbs from the book and their accompanying page numbers; who says the proverb; how the proverbs provide (or do not provide) guidance to a character (or characters) in the book; if the proverb is relevant in the United Kingdom, the United States, and/or Nigeria; how proverbs in the United States are similar to the ones they’ve chosen; and when these proverbs might be useful. The essay was due on Friday, March 4th, though I will gladly accept essays this week. Nigerian Proverb Essay The Other Side of Truth

Themes Essay: Beverley Naidoo’s The Other Side of Truth

The theme of any literary work is the base topic or focus that acts as a foundation for the entire literary piece. The theme links all aspects of the literary work with one another and is basically the main subject. The theme can be an enduring pattern or motif throughout the literary work, occurring in a complex, long winding manner, or it can be short and succinct and provide a certain insight into the story. There are a variety of themes present in Beverley Naidoo’s novel, The Other Side of Truth.  Using evidence from the novel, including at least three quotations from the book, analyze how three different themes are present in the text. Some themes present in the book are: internal conflict, external conflict, corruption, truth/honesty, freedom of speech, prejudice, racism, bullying, oppression, cultural identity, and overcoming adversity. In this essay, students should include: three themes from the book, how the themes are evident, and how scenes that exemplify the themes apply to different characters in the book. The essay is due this Thursday, March 17th. Theme Essay The Other Side of Truth

Independent Novel Project

With a new quarter comes the opportunity for new projects! Students will read a teacher-approved book and complete a variety of choice activities to demonstrate what they learned. The Independent Novel Project is due after Spring Break, on Wednesday, March 30th. Independent Novel Project

Journal

Students will start each class by completing a journal warm-up. This week, journal entries 111-114 are due on Thursday, March 17th. It would be fantastic if students could use spiral or composition notebooks to write their daily journals, so entries are all in one place at the end of the week, and students can review words studied from previous weeks. Daily Journal Topics

Current Events

Students will have class time to complete a current event with a partner. Students will have the opportunity to choose an article from one of the many newspapers I have in the room, including: The Portland Tribune, The Portland Observer, El Hispanic News, The Asian Reporter, and The Skanner. Alternatively, they are welcome to use other newspapers they may have available at home or that they find online. Current events are due on Thursday, March 17th. Current Events Sheet

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.”

Homework Club

My hall neighbors, Mr. Aquino and Ms. Meadows, run Homework Club every morning at 8:00 a.m. in their classrooms–Mr. Aquino facilitates Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while Ms. Meadows facilitates Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mr. Columbo facilitates Homework Club after school Mondays through Thursdays. Be sure to sign students up for Homework Club through SUN School if they need extra time or help completing assignments.

Merci et Joyeuse Fête de la Saint-Patrick!

Jennifer Coyne

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