Miss Amber Beyer

Grade 7

Contact: abreyer@stjohnskenmore.com

FEBRUARY NEWS

Welcome back to school students and families! I am looking forward to learning this school year with my 7th and 8th graders. We are going to have a great year filled with memories, a rigorous learning environment, and exceptional human beings that we call "students." Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to teach your children, but also to learn from them.  

"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Textbooks

ELA 8: Voyages in English textbook (8th grade)

ELA 7: Voyages in English textbook (7th grade)

LIT 7: (for families to purchase) The Giver, by Lois Lowry, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

REL: Books stay in the classroom

Daily Specials: 

Students in homeroom 219 will follow the following schedule for daily specials:

Monday: Physical Education (don't forget to pack your gym clothes!)

Tuesday: M.A.C.: Music (1st semester); Art (2nd semester); Computer (3rd semester)

Wednesday: Physical Education 

Thursday: M.A.C.

Friday: M.A.C.

Curriculum Information:

ELA 8: Students have begun the unit on Night by Elie Weisel. We watched an interview of Elie Weisel by Oprah at the concentration camp of Auschwitz. This was a very humbling experience for the students; even some were in shock that images like that were real and a part of history. I think this unit will open their eyes to the concepts of faith and hatred and what some people are capable of, such as forgiveness. We will begin reading the week of February 5th, so please begin ordering the book, Night.    

VOCAB REMINDER: Vocab- Unit 6 HW pages due: February 2nd, Unit 7 HW pages due February 15th

                                            Unit 6 QUIZ: February 9th                   Unit 7 QUIZ: March 2nd

ELA 7:  Students are working on a new narrative writing unit for ELA where they are able to write the sequel to the story, "The Lady or the Tiger?" Students have already completed some vocabulary, some character analysis, and are now prewriting their stories. The first rough draft is due Wed. February 7th. We will also be self assessing and peer editing in the week of Feb 12th.   

VOCAB REMINDER: Vocab- Unit 6 HW pages due: February 2nd, Unit 7 HW pages due February 15th

                                            Unit 6 QUIZ: February 9th                   Unit 7 QUIZ: March 2nd

REL: Students right now are going to begin a unit on bullying, racism, and prejudice throughout history as it pertains to religion. There will be a rewarding project at the end, and small quizzes within as well. Students are watching Remember the Titans as well during Religion in order to visualize the acts of hatred and the effects they can have on a group of people. We have also been working with a program "Too Good For Violence" which helps students focus in on goals and being a good Christian in life. We will also be learning about different cultures and how they practice religion. 

LIT 7: Wow! I cannot believe the energy I have seen from the 7th grade while reading Pygmalion! It is so wonderful seeing their enthusiasm and passion towards the characters of this play. On February 14th students are going to be able to work with a performer from Shea's Performing Arts center in order to further understand themes, characters, and other theatrical details. 

EXTRA INFO:

- If interested in after school help, I am available by appointment only until 2:45 p.m. I coach Alden Volleyball after school everyday for the months of September, October, and a portion of November. Most days I can stay after, but if it is a game day I may need to leave right after school. Please email me if you would like to explore this option. Also, please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions regarding grades or with updates on student work.