Week of May 31st

Bonjour!

It was so great to see students and families at the Beaumont Centennial, and at Jimmy Mak’s for the Bobcats, Jazz Too, and Ambassadors concerts!

In celebration of the Latin American poetry we’ll be studying in class this week, here is a video of Madonna reading an English translation of Pablo Neruda’s poem, “If You Forget Me.” Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5yADgMzGJo.

Spring Break 2017: Paris and the Châteaux Interest Meeting: Tuesday, June 7th at 6:00 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. Students who have already taken one trip with EF Tours will get a $100 discount if they go on this tour. I will hold an interest meeting in my classroom on Tuesday, June 7th, at 6:00 p.m.. In the meantime, check out the EF Tour website to learn more: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1826882ZS.

7th Grade OMSI Maker Experience: Wednesday, June 1st

All 7th grade students will attend the OMSI Maker Experience field trip on Wednesday, June 1st, from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m..

OAKS Park Field Trip: Thursday, June 9th

All 7th grade students and teachers will attend the OAKS Park Field Trip on Thursday, June 9th. Permission slips and payment of $20 are due as soon as possible, so we can buy ride bracelets and make sure to have the correct number of buses. Payments can be cash or check. Checks should be made out to “Beaumont Middle School.”

Synergy

I have graded all assignments turned into me by this past Friday, May 27th. 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/.

Diary Entry: Heian-kyo Noble or Samurai

Students will write a diary entry from the perspective of a noble or samurai in Heian-kyo, during Japan’s Golden Age, in the 10th century. They will keep a diary of impressions of daily life during this time, and, specifically, describe one day while visiting the emperor’s court. They should include personal anecdotes and experiences, and focus on tightening sentences, and use active verbs. The assignment was due on Friday, May 27th, but I’ll gladly accept assignments this week. Heian kyo Noble or Samurai Diary Entry Criteria Sheet

Latin American Poetry

This week, students will savor the works from a variety of Latin American poets, including Pablo Neruda, Jorge Luis Borges, José Martí, Nicolás Guillén, Luis Palés-Matos, Octavio Paz, and Giannina Braschi.

Ch. 24: The Aztecs

Students will read, analyze, discuss, and summarize where the Aztecs came from, how they built their magnificent city, and and how they rose to become the masters of a great empire. The Aztec Empire flourished from 1428-1519 C.E., when it was destroyed by invaders from Spain. Students will read pages 271-277 in their History Alive: The Medieval World and Beyond textbooks, and complete pages 167-170 in their Interactive Student Notebooks. The assignment is due on Tuesday, May 31st.

Ch. 25: Daily Life in Tenochtitlan

Students will read, analyze, discuss, and summarize daily life in the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan. They will describe the class structure of Aztec society, including slaves, and  explore daily lives of the Aztecs, including marriage, family life, food, markets, religious practices, and recreation. Students will read pages 279-287 in their History Alive: The Medieval World and Beyond textbooks, and complete pages 171-173 in their Interactive Student Notebooks. The assignment is due on Thursday, June 2nd.

Ch. 26: The Incas

Students will read, analyze, discuss, and summarize how the Inca Empire arose; aspects of  Inca civilization and culture, including class structure, family life, religion, and warfare; and identify how the Inca message-relay system helped the Sapa Inca control a far-flung empire. The Inca Empire arose in the 1400s C.E. and lasted until 1532, when the Incas were conquered by Spanish explorers. Students will read pages 289-299 in their History Alive: The Medieval World and Beyond textbooks, and complete pages 175-178 in their Interactive Student Notebooks. The assignment is due on Friday, June 3rd.

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 Tuesday, May 31st. Independent Novel Project

Journal

Students will start each class by completing a journal warm-up. This week, journal entries 158-161 are due on Friday, June 3rd. Daily Journal Topics

Current Events

Students will have class time to complete a current event with a partner. Students may choose an article from one of the newspapers I have in class, including: The Portland Tribune, The Portland Observer, El Hispanic News, The Asian Reporter, and The Skanner. Alternatively, they are welcome to use other newspaper publications available at home or online. Current events are due on Thursday, June 2nd. 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 May 23rd

Bonjour!

I’m looking forward to seeing families at Beaumont’s Centennial tomorrow (Sunday)! Feel free to bring non-perishable food items for our Beaumont Food Pantry, which serves families of Beaumont Middle School.

Also, I was beyond impressed by the Beaumont concert at Madison High School on Thursday night! What a talented bunch of singers and musicians we have at our school.

Beaumont’s 100th Birthday Bash: Sunday, May 22nd, from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Let’s Celebrate Beaumont’s Centennial! Sunday, May 22nd from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The fun starts with a performance by the marching band and flag team, on the field, and then our celebration continues in the gym and cafeteria with: Fun Games! A Dunk Tank!! And a Free‐throw contest!!! Prizes provided by Bagel Land, YoChoice, Pip’s Original and More!! All Beaumont current, past, and future students, staff,  families, friends, neighbors, and local businesses are cordially invited to join the FUN!! Birthday Cupcakes Served! Optional Donation Opportunity: Non‐Perishable Food Items! Feel free to bring along a non‐perishable food item for our Beaumont Food Pantry, which serves families of Beaumont Middle School.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Dance Performances at Lan Su Chinese Garden

Did you know that May is Asian Heritage Month? During the weekends, throughout the month of May, the Lan Su Chinese Garden will feature a variety of different Asian dance performances representing the countries of Nepal, Cambodia, Thailand, China, Japan, Indonesia, Hawaii, the Pacific Islands, and Taiwan. Here’s a link to their website for more information: http://www.lansugarden.org/things-to-do/events/asian-pacific-american-heritage-month

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.

Bobcats and Jazz Too Performance at Jimmy Mak’s: Tuesday, May 24th at 5:30 p.m.

Contact Ms. Plank at cplank@pps.net if you haven’t bought your tickets yet to the Bobcats and Jazz Too Performance this Tuesday at Jimmy Mak’s.

Ambassadors Performance at Jimmy Mak’s: Wednesday, May 25th at 6:00 p.m. 

Contact Ms. Plank at cplank@pps.net if you haven’t bought your tickets yet to the Ambassadors Performance this Wednesday at Jimmy Mak’s.

7th Grade OMSI Maker Experience: Thursday, May 26th

All 7th grade students will attend the OMSI Maker Experience field trip this Thursday.

Synergy

I am about half-way through students’ sequels to Ties That Bind, Ties That Break, and will continue grading them this weekend. So far, I am very impressed by the creativity and care that students have shown with this piece of writing! Students who did not turn in this assignment have a “0” for it until I receive it. 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/.

Japanese Poetry: Tanka and Haiku

Last week, students wrote a variety of haiku and tanka poems. I am currently compiling them for a combined core class publication coming soon!

Ch. 22: The Rise of the Warrior Class in Japan

Students will explore the rise of a warrior class in Japan and the pivotal role the samurai played from the end of the 12th to the 19th centuries. They will analyze the rise of a military society in the late 12th century and the role of the samurai in that society; describe the values, social customs, and traditions prescribed by the lord-vassal system, consisting of shogun, daimyo, and samurai; trace the development of distinctive forms of Japanese Buddhism; describe the lasting influence of the warrior code throughout the 20th century; and compare western Europe in the Middle Ages with the samurai society of Japan. Students will read pages 241-251 in their History Alive: The Medieval World and Beyond textbooks, and complete pages 149-155 in their Interactive Student Notebooks. The assignment is due on Tuesday, May 24th.

Japan Timeline Challenge

Students will complete a culminating Japan Timeline Challenge in the areas of social structure, government, religion, the arts, technology, and writing and literature during Medieval times. Students will read pages 252-253 in their History Alive: The Medieval World and Beyond textbooks, and complete pages 156-157 in their Interactive Student Notebooks. The assignment is due on Tuesday, May 24th.

Diary Entry: Heian-kyo Noble or Samurai

Students will write a diary entry from the perspective of a noble or samurai in Heian-kyo, during Japan’s Golden Age, in the 10th century. They will keep a diary of impressions of daily life during this time, and, specifically, describe one day while visiting the emperor’s court. They should include personal anecdotes and experiences, and focus on tightening sentences, and use active verbs. The assignment is due on Wednesday, May 25th. Heian kyo Noble or Samurai Diary Entry Criteria Sheet

Civilizations of the Americas Geography Challenge

Students will read and interpret maps to learn about the location, geographic features, and climate of the areas inhabited by the Maya, Aztecs, and Incas. Students will answer questions while labeling a map of the Americas. Students will read pages 256-257 in their History Alive: The Medieval World and Beyond textbooks, and complete pages 160-161 in their Interactive Student Notebooks. The assignment is due on Wednesday, May 25th.

Ch. 23: The Maya

Students will explore important aspects of Mayan life and culture, including: how the Mayan civilization arose, class structure, slavery, family life, religious practices, agricultural techniques, and various theories about the sudden fall of the Mayan Empire. Students will read pages 259-269 in their History Alive: The Medieval World and Beyond textbooks, and complete pages 162-166 in their Interactive Student Notebooks. The assignment is due on Friday, May 27th.

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 Tuesday, May 31st. Independent Novel Project

Journal

Students will start each class by completing a journal warm-up. This week, journal entries 153-157 are due on Friday, May 27th. Daily Journal Topics

Current Events

Students will have class time to complete a current event with a partner. Students may choose an article from one of the newspapers I have in class, including: The Portland Tribune, The Portland Observer, El Hispanic News, The Asian Reporter, and The Skanner. Alternatively, they are welcome to use other newspaper publications available at home or online. Current events are due on Friday, May 27th. 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 May 16th

Bonjour!

Did you know that May is Asian Heritage Month? During the weekends, throughout the month of May, the Lan Su Chinese Garden will feature a variety of different Asian dance performances representing the countries of Nepal, Cambodia, Thailand, China, Japan, Indonesia, Hawaii, the Pacific Islands, and Taiwan. Here’s a link to their website for more information: http://www.lansugarden.org/things-to-do/events/asian-pacific-american-heritage-month

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.

Late Opening: Wednesday, May 18th

Students will have a two-hour late opening on Wednesday, May 18th while staff receives professional development.

Spring Concert: Thursday, May 19th at Madison High School

Come see Beaumont Bands and Choir perform on Thursday, May 19th in the Madison High School auditorium. The show starts at 7:00 p.m..

Beaumont’s 100th Birthday Bash: Sunday, May 22nd, from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

All Beaumont current and past students, staff, families, friends, neighbors, and businesses are cordially invited to join us in celebrating Beaumont’s Centennial!  The fun kicks off with Beaumont’s 200+ student Marching Band and flag team strutting its stuff on the Beaumont field, then expands into the school gym and cafeteria for games (with prizes!), races, a staff vs. student free-throw contest, birthday cake, an exhibition of student work and much more. Come celebrate 100 great years and help launch Beaumont’s next 100 years of educational excellence.

Synergy

I will start grading students’ sequels to Ties That Bind, Ties That Break this weekend. Students who did not turn in this assignment have a “0” for the assignment until I receive it. 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/.

Japanese Poetry: Tanka and Haiku

With our study of Japan comes the exploration of Japanese poetry. This week, students will read several examples of Tanka and Haiku poetry, and then write their own tanka and haiku poems, demonstrating their understanding of the poetic forms.

Ch. 20: The Influence of Neighboring Cultures on Japan

Students began exploring the influence of India, China, and Korea on the development of Japanese culture last week. They will define cultural diffusion and illustrate the concept; describe the significance of Japan’s proximity to China and Korea and the intellectual, linguistic, religious, and philosophical influences of those countries on Japan; and discuss the reign of Prince Shotoku, and the characteristics of Japanese society and family life during his reign. Students should read pages 219-227 in their their History Alive: The Medieval World and Beyond textbooks, and complete the Reading Notes on pages 138-142 of their Interactive Student Notebooks. The assignment is due on Monday, May 16th.

Ch. 21: Heian-kyo: The Heart of Japan’s Golden Age

Students will summarize court life and the cultural accomplishments of Japan during the Heian period, which lasted from 794-1185 C.E.. They will describe the Golden Age of literature, art, and drama in Japan during the 9th, 10th, and 11th centuries; explain the effects of the Golden Age, including the Tale of Genji, on Japanese culture today; and record the reasons for the end of the Heian era and the rise of the military class in the late 12th century. Students should read pages 229-239 in their their History Alive: The Medieval World and Beyond textbooks, and complete the Reading Notes on pages 143-147 of their Interactive Student Notebooks. The assignment is due on Thursday, May 19th.

Diary Entry: Heian-kyo Noble or Samurai

Students will write a diary entry from the perspective of a noble or samurai in Heian-kyo, during Japan’s Golden Age, in the 10th century. They will keep a diary of impressions of daily life during this time, and, specifically, describe one day while visiting the emperor’s court. They should include personal anecdotes and experiences, and focus on tightening sentences, and use active verbs. The assignment is due on Friday, May 20th. Heian kyo Noble or Samurai Diary Entry Criteria Sheet

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 148-152 are due on Friday, May 20th. 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 may choose an article from one of the newspapers I have in class, including: The Portland Tribune, The Portland Observer, El Hispanic News, The Asian Reporter, and The Skanner. Alternatively, they are welcome to use other newspaper publications available at home or online. Current events are due on Thursday, May 19th. 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 May 9th

Bonjour!

Students had a great time watching the White Bird Malpaso Dance Company Performance at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Wednesday! Thanks again to the parents who chaperoned and helped make this event possible.

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.

Midterm Progress Reports: Tuesday, May 10th

I will finalize midterm progress report grades after school on Tuesday, May 10th. 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

Students did a fantastic job on their character silhouettes projects and presentations! They did a lot of analysis around characterization, and specifically, point of view, pointing to evidence from the text to support their ideas. Way to go, students!

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. Students started writing stories in class on Friday, and will have a period in the computer lab on Monday and Tuesday to work on them. They might need to do some work at home on their writing to ensure it meets the criteria and to get them in in time for midterm progress reports. The assignment is due on Tuesday, May 10th. Ties That Bind Ties That Break Sequel

Japan Geography Challenge

Wrapping up our China unit, on Tuesday, students will begin their exploration of Medieval Japan on Wednesday. They’ll start by completing a Japan Geography Challenge, where they will use maps to identify and label physical features and population regions of Japan and summarize how physical features may have affected settlement of Japan. Students will read Setting the Stage on pages 216-217 in their History Alive: The Medieval World and Beyond textbooks, and complete the Geography Challenge on pages 136-137 of their Interactive Student Notebooks. The assignment is due on Thursday, May 12th.

Ch. 20: The Influence of Neighboring Cultures on Japan

Students will explore the influence of India, China, and Korea on the development of Japanese culture. They will define cultural diffusion and illustrate the concept; describe the significance of Japan’s proximity to China and Korea and the intellectual, linguistic, religious, and philosophical influences of those countries on Japan; and discuss the reign of Prince Shotoku, and the characteristics of Japanese society and family life during his reign. Students will read pages 219-227 in their their History Alive: The Medieval World and Beyond textbooks, and complete the Reading Notes on pages 138-142 of their Interactive Student Notebooks. The assignment is due on Friday, May 13th.

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 143-147 are due on Friday, May 13th. 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 12th. 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 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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