Miss Amber Beyer

Grade 7

Contact: abreyer@stjohnskenmore.com

SEPTEMBER NEWS

Welcome 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)- stays in the classroom

ELA 7: Voyages in English textbook (7th grade)- stays in the classroom

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

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: Welcome back students and parents! I am excited to introduce so many new articles, narratives, and memoirs this year to students. We are going to begin with The Slave Narrative by Frederick Douglass. This powerful autobiography will definitely arouse emotion in the 8th graders. We will read together and answer questions on the text as we go through. 

ELA 7: Welcome to 7th grade! I am so excited to have met all of you and cannot wait to begin the year! We have begun working through what vocabulary homework and quizzes will look like and studying strategies. We will start off reiterating what a paragraph should look like, such as using R.A.C.E. when we write and respond to prompts. After that, we will begin work on a personal narrative.   

LIT 7: During Literature, we will be going over specifics about the summer reading books, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, When You Reach Me, and Brown Girl Dreaming. We will be able to review specific literary devices such as theme, characterization, plot, and symbolism. Once we get through summer reading, we will begin our first novel as a class, The Outsiders, which is usually a class favorite! They will need to purchase this book by the last week of September.   

EXTRA INFO:

- Unfortunately I am NOT available for after school help during the months of September and October because I coach a varsity volleyball team in Alden, N.Y.. Therefore I must leave school right as students leave to ensure I am back to Alden on time. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions regarding grades or with updates on student work.