Periods 1, and 3: US History
Period 2: Women's Literature (Trimester 2: Poetry)
Periods 5 and 6: World History
On Tuesdays, during 4th period, Lynch teaches a Mindfulness through Yoga class. All are welcome!
I believe that we are a community of teachers and learners. We are in this together, and are here to learn from one another, and gently teach one another. We are perfectly imperfect every day, and bring much knowledge compassion, and authenticity to this community. We will all make mistakes. We will say unkind things and act in embarrassing ways. All of us. You, me, and your neighbor. I ask that we remember this, and keep TRYING. TRY to be fully present with our class every day. When something is challenging, view it as that: a challenge. Not an impossibility. Keep trying, and tell yourself "I can't do this YET." You'll get there. I believe in you, and I hope you can trust in me and believe in yourself as well. I am confident that we will all do great things this year, and am deeply grateful that you are here and will share this part of my journey.
- Speak your truth with respect and integrity and be patient enough to allow room for others to speak their truths.
- Be mindful of your words & actions and their impact on others in the room and community.
- Practice kindness towards yourself and others.
- Respectfully communicate your needs, especially when they’re not being met. (NVC!)
- Respect the learning needs of all those in the room: check your volume level, your activity level, focus level, distraction level.
- Practice gratitude. 🙂
Letter to Parents and Grading Information
Hello, and welcome to week three of the 2018-19 school year! I hope your student is as happy with the school year as I am.
I know that I've met and talked to some of my parents before, but have yet to reach all of you. As we get the school year under way, I wanted to introduce myself and explain the grades you will see in Synergy. I have been teaching at New Urban for the past 12 years, and I'm very happy to be here. I am certified to teach both English Language Arts and Social Studies, and got my Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree at Portland State University. I am a mother of a very feisty 8-year-old daughter who attends a Spanish-Immersion school. This means that I am also learning to speak Spanish in order to keep up with her! My family enjoys camping, hiking, making music (my husband is a children's musician in the Portland area!), and are enthusiastic Thorns supporters. We have a greyhound dog and a giant cat that also keep us pretty busy. I am a practitioner of yoga, an avid reader, and a willing learner. I am genuinely excited to be your student's teacher and know that my students teach me as much as I teach them. I consider our classroom a space where everyone is simultaneously a teacher and a learner.
Now for the academic stuff: When you look up grades for my class in Synergy, you will see numbers from 1 to 4. That is the quantitative score; in other words, how many passing assignments have been turned in within that category. Here's what that means:
Blank: no assignments have been offered yet
1: the assignment has been offered, but no passing assignment has been turned in (Not Yet Proficient/F)
2: one passing assignment has been turned in. (Proficient/C)
3: two passing assignments have been turned in. (Advanced Proficient/B)
4: three passing assignments have been turned in. (Mastery/A)
In history classes, Students MUST have a 2 or greater in ALL categories by the end of the trimester in order to pass the class. In Women's Lit, students must have a 2 or greater in 70% of each category (reading and writing). If you are interested in talking about the qualitative scores (or how well each assignment was completed), please contact me and I can go over that with you. At the end of the trimester, I will analyze both quantitative and qualitative scores to come up with a final grade. If any of this doesn't make sense (I know a blanket email is sometimes tricky), please don't hesitate to contact me.
On a side note, everyday we practice some form of de-stressing, community building, or mindfulness. I see my job not only as teaching language arts and social studies, but, more importantly, helping my students navigate the world in a healthy, positive, and productive way. Practicing how to do this helps us all get better and stronger at it. If you ever have questions or concerns about this, please let me know so we can discuss it.
I hope that you will feel free to contact me any time with any questions, concerns, advice, or comments about your student or the school/class in general. Email works best for me, but you may also call the school to get my voicemail. I'm fairly prompt at returning both emails and phone messages!
Thank you for all of your support and help making this a successful school year!