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ALD Spring Update/ Actualización de primavera de ALD

March 23, 2022
Ms Seyan’s 8th Grade Academic Language Development (ALD) UPDATE

Dear Families of my 8th Grade ALD students,

Spring has brought renewed energy and enthusiasm to our classes. It’s exciting to see your children’s growth academically and socially! To keep you in the loop, here are the Spring updates for my ALD classes:


*We have mostly completed ELPAC testing– a few students are completing makeups- and are making our way gradually through Springboard Unit 3.


*To create solid reading habits and review essential English skills, students have been assigned online Daily Work in Canvas as well as 20 minutes of reading 3 times per week through the Epic! program. Information on this is available through your child’s Canvas account.

*I hope you will be able to attend Hoover’s Open House on Wednesday, April 6th. The English Language Arts department will present as a team in one of the outdoor courtyards on campus. I would love to meet you and connect family with student! More details about the event will follow soon via Mrs Palmeri’s Principal’s Messages.

*NWEA Reading Growth testing in our classes started Wednesday the 23rd, and students are making great progress! We will continue the NWEA on Friday the 25th; students who finish may complete our class assignments or read in the EPIC app.

*Thank you for reminding your child to charge their Chromebooks and bring them to school each day. Even when we are not testing, we- like many Hoover classes- require Chromebook use daily, so this is a big help.

*Speaking of electronics, students are becoming much more responsible with their cell phone and device use. I see far fewer phones and earbuds in class when I have asked that they be put away, and I have only had to call Admin twice this week for student noncompliance in this regard. Keep up the great improvement!

And finally, speaking of enthusiasm: We have seen a lot of physical displays of energy in the classroom recently. Throwing objects, defacing or damaging school property, and roughhousing with other students are against Hoover and SJUSD rules. Here are the consequences:
-Students who become physical with other students (even if they are “having fun”) will get help from me in calling guardians during class so they can explain to you what they were doing. If students refuse, I will complete an Office Discipline Referral (ODR).
-Defacing or damaging school property- writing with permanent marker on furniture, tearing trim off student tables, breaking the window blinds, or cutting into chairs with the string from face masks, for example- will result in after school detention.
-Throwing any objects – this includes but is not limited to books, pencils, hand sanitizer, paper airplanes, crayons, and wadded up pieces of paper- in class will result in classroom floor cleanup duty, detention, or both.
-Finally, if any or all of these behaviors become chronic, Office Discipline Referrals will be created and a referral to an Administrator made.

Thank you again for supporting your child in being successful at Hoover. Please contact me with any questions, suggestions, or concerns! I look forward to hearing from you.

Warmly,
Ms. Seyan, Educator

Hoover Middle School

*408) 535-6274 x 53208 // sseyan@sjusd.org

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23 de marzo de 2022
Actualización de primavera de ALD de Ms Seyan

Estimadas familias de mis estudiantes ALD de octavo grado,

La primavera ha traído energía y entusiasmo renovados a nuestras clases. ¡Es emocionante ver el crecimiento académico y social de sus hijos! Para mantenerlo informado, aquí están las actualizaciones de primavera para mis clases de ALD:

*Hemos completado en su mayoría las pruebas ELPAC, algunos estudiantes están completando las recuperaciones, y estamos avanzando gradualmente a través de la Unidad 3 de Springboard.
Para crear hábitos de lectura sólidos y repasar las habilidades esenciales en inglés, a los estudiantes se les ha asignado trabajo diario en línea en Canvas, así como 20 minutos de lectura 3 veces por semana a través de Epic! programa. La información sobre esto está disponible a través de la cuenta de Canvas de su hijo.

*Espero que pueda asistir a la jornada de puertas abiertas de Hoover el miércoles 6 de abril. El departamento de Artes del Lenguaje Inglés se presentará como equipo en uno de los patios al aire libre del campus. ¡Me encantaría conocerte y conectar a la familia con el estudiante! Más detalles sobre el evento seguirán pronto a través de los mensajes de la directora de la Sra. Palmeri.

*Las pruebas de crecimiento de lectura NWEA en nuestras clases comenzaron el miércoles 23, ¡y los estudiantes están progresando mucho! Continuaremos con la NWEA el viernes 25; los estudiantes que terminen pueden completar nuestras tareas de clase o leer en la aplicación EPIC.

*Gracias por recordarle a su hijo que cargue sus Chromebooks y los traiga a la escuela todos los días. Incluso cuando no estamos probando, nosotros, como muchas clases de Hoover, requerimos el uso diario de Chromebook, por lo que es de gran ayuda.

*Hablando de electrónica, los estudiantes se están volviendo mucho más responsables con el uso de sus teléfonos celulares y dispositivos. Veo muchos menos teléfonos y auriculares en clase cuando he pedido que se guarden, y solo he tenido que llamar al administrador dos veces esta semana por el incumplimiento de los estudiantes en este sentido. ¡Sigan con la gran mejora!

Y finalmente, hablando de entusiasmo: recientemente hemos visto muchas demostraciones físicas de energía en el salón de clases. Arrojar objetos, desfigurar o dañar la propiedad escolar y jugar bruscamente con otros estudiantes está en contra de las reglas de Hoover y SJUSD. Aquí están las consecuencias:
-Los estudiantes que se vuelven físicos con otros estudiantes (incluso si se están “divirtiendo”) obtendrán mi ayuda para llamar a los tutores durante la clase para que puedan explicarles lo que estaban haciendo. Si los estudiantes se niegan, completaré una referencia de disciplina de la oficina (ODR)
-Deteriorar o dañar la propiedad escolar, como escribir con un marcador permanente en los muebles, arrancar las molduras de las mesas de los estudiantes, romper las persianas de las ventanas o cortar las sillas con el cordón de las máscaras faciales resultará en una detención después de la escuela.
-Lanzar objetos (esto incluye, entre otros, libros, lápices, desinfectante de manos, aviones de papel, crayones y pedazos de papel arrugados) en clase dará como resultado la obligación de limpiar el piso del aula, detención o ambos.
-Finalmente, si alguno o todos estos comportamientos se vuelven crónicos, se crearán Referencias de Disciplina de la Oficina y se hará una referencia a un Administrador.

¡Gracias por apoyar a su hijo para que tenga éxito en Hoover! Por favor contácteme con cualquier comentario, pregunta o sugerencia. Espero escuchar de usted.
Sra. Seyan, Educadora
Escuela secundaria Hoover
(408) 535-6287 x 53208
sseyan@sjusd.org

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2021-22 Class Procedures and Consequences

Hi Students and Families,

Today I reminded many students about our class expectations and consequences. The above are screenshots from the Hoover Detention Form; below are our class priorities (rules or expectations) and consequences.

Priorities:

  1. Health and Safety: Masks on in class, hands off classmates (social distance), no eating or drinking in class
  2. Cell Phone Limits: Cell phones in backpacks per Hoover expectations and out only during class breaks or with teacher permission; teacher holds phone for entire class after a verbal reminder to student.
  3. Respectful Behavior: Listen to speakers, take turns talking; kind words and actions. Disrespect or disruption includes: insulting anyone, raised voices, swearing, throwing items of any kind (books, paper, pencils, for example), leaving the class without permission, academic or personal dishonesty, saying “No” to a reasonable teacher request or refusing to attempt class assignments, and persistent off task behavior that disturbs others.

Consequences:

  1. Verbal Reminder
  2. Move Seats (disruption)/Teacher holds phone (cell phone violation)
  3. Call/Email home
  4. Detention (see above)
  5. Office Discipline Referral/ Administrator called

Please note that ignoring class’ priorities is considered disregard of teacher procedures. Refusing to accept a consequence, such as moving to an assigned seat or giving me their phone to hold, is disregard of teacher consequence. Any of the behaviors listed in #3 would be considered defiance or disruption.

If you have received emails from more and/or I have spoken with your child, be aware that they may be assigned detention and/or receive an Office discipline referral.

As always, please contact me with your suggestions or any questions at sseyan@sjusd.org.

Warmly,

Ms. Seyan

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Assignment for the C3WP After School Group, May 11-15, 2020

This week’s assignment is pretty light; we will be asking for your opinion on Spelling Bees.

Read one of the articles (“max” lexile or grade level) and view each video, below. Then pick one of the texts-article or one of the videos- and share your opinion on it in the comments.

Here are a few language frames to get you started:

-I think it’s OK to have an 8-way tie because________________. That’s just my opinion!
-I think we shouldn’t end up with 8-way ties because___________. That’s just my opinion!
-It’s a good idea to have an online Spelling Bee because_________. That’s just my opinion!
-It’s NOT a good idea to have an online Spelling Bee because_________. That’s just my opinion!
-6 year olds can go to the National Spelling Bee because___________. That’s just my opinion!
–6 year olds should not go to the National Spelling Bee because___________. That’s just my opinion!

I look forward to your responses!

Ms Seyan ;o)

“With spelling bee canceled due to coronavirus,
two teens launch online bee
 By Ben Nuckols, Associated Press on 04.29.20
Word Count 819″

With spelling bee canceled due to coronavirus,
two teens launch online bee
By Associated Press, adapted by Newsela staff on 04.29.20
Word Count 437

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Assignment for the C3WP After School Group, May 4-8, 2020

May 4, 2020

Hi, C3WP-ers!

Back in January we started learning about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. In addition to learning about how viruses spread and how we can stay healthy during an outbreak, we had the chance to peek into life in quarantine through the “eyes” of an Amazon drone flying over Wuhan, China during their lock down in January 2020. Below is the video Noah requested during class, if you’d care to revisit it. As you watch, remember that about 11 million people live in the city of Wuhan – that’s 10 times the population of San Jose.

We also analyzed the relative impact of flu vs. COVID -19. Aarohan applied his analysis skills when he made the claim that COVID-19 was of more concern than the flu, because A. we know very little about the new coronavirus, and B. more people die of it when they get it than die of the flu. I also know Diego was listening when we discussed the Spanish flu epidemic that occurred around the time of World War I. If you’ve been watching the news, you may notice that networks have been discussing the patterns of the Spanish Flu outbreak. There was a “second wave”, more virulent than the first, that came the following winter. Some experts use the Spanish Flu outbreak as a template for what might happen with COVID-19, and are anticipating a second coronavirus outbreak next fall or winter.

You knew more about COVID-19 than many adults did when the Shelter in Place started in March. This week, we will expand our knowledge when we explore how illness spreads from a mathematical perspective in the “It’s Okay To Be Smart” video from PBS titled, “What this chart actually means for COVID-19”.

Instructions:
1. View the Power Point presentation of our lessons for the week.
2. Complete a “Would Your Rather” prompt Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (or any 3 days you can).
3. Read the instructions in the Power Point before watching the video.
4. Follow the instructions for each time you view the video-for example, the first time you watch it, get an overview and tell someone about it. The second time, learn a fact you didn’t before, etc.
5. Post your answers to the questions in the “Reply” field below.
6. When you finish all three tasks for the video, complete your Exit Ticket and write it in ‘”Reply” field below.

Have a wonderful week!
Ms. Seyan :o)

Lesson For May 4-8, 2020

“It’s Okay To Be Smart” video “What is Really Means to flatten the Curve”

 

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May 1, 2020

Thank you for spending the month of April on poetry with me.

As a bonus, below are resources that inspired me to expand my views of what poetry is, who can be a poet,  what poets can talk about, where poets find ideas, and more!

The Poetry of Hip-Hop: A Playlist For Your Classroom

  • Britannica Digital Learning, April 18, 2018
  • “Expand literacy through rap music with a 1-hour playlist that’s squeaky clean for classroom listening.”
  • Includes a Spotify sample list, a description of each song included, and an interview between Neil De Grasse Tyson and GZA of Wu Tang Clan.
  • Top quote: “Your life is dependent on your relationship with words,”-Newbery honoree Jason Reynolds.

Everything is Everything: A Tween Looks for Positive Messages in Songs

  • Sara Sarasohn, January 12, 2011, “The Record” on NPR.com
  • The author’s son “came home from sixth grade with a homework assignment about pop music.”

Tolerance.org Resource: “Window or Mirror?”

  • An activity asking students to evaluate whether texts are a mirror, reflecting their experience, or a window into others’ experiences.
  • Based on ideas in the the essay “Curriculum As Window and Mirror”.
    • Curriculum As Window and Mirror. Emily Style Social Science Record, Fall, 1996. First published in Listening for All Voices, Oak Knoll Schoolmonograph, Summit, NJ, 1988.
    • The National SEED Project – http://www.nationalseedproject.org

National Poetry Month on The Academy of American Poets website

  • Almost all of the poetry you could want, catalogued, categorized, and cross-referenced.

•Books: Hip Hop Speaks to Children and Out of Wonder

 

 

 

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April 30, 2020

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Everything is Everything

Everything is everything
What is meant to be, will be
After winter, must come spring
Change, it comes eventually
Everything is everything
What is meant to be, will be
After winter, must come spring
Change, it comes eventually
I wrote these words for everyone who struggles in their youth
Who won’t accept deception, instead of what is truth
It seems we lose the game
Before we even start to play
Who made these rules? (Who made these rules?)
We’re so confused (We’re so confused)
Easily led astray
Let me tell ya that
Everything is everything
Everything is everything
After winter, must come spring
Everything is everything
I philosophy
Possibly speak tongues
Beat drum, Abyssinian, street Baptist
Rap this in fine linen, from the beginning
My practice extending across the atlas
I begat this
Flipping in the ghetto on a dirty mattress
You can’t match this rapper slash actress
More powerful than two Cleopatras
Bomb graffiti on the tomb of Nefertiti
MCs ain’t ready to take it to the Serengeti
My rhymes is heavy like the mind of sister Betty (Betty Shabazz)
L-Boogie spars with stars and constellations
Then came down for a little conversation
Adjacent to the king, fear no human being
Roll with cherubims to Nassau Coliseum
Now hear this mixture, where Hip Hop meets scripture
Develop a negative into a positive picture
Now everything is everything
What is meant to be, will be
After winter, must come spring
Change, it comes eventually
Sometimes it seems
We’ll touch that dream
But things come slow or not at all
And the ones on top, won’t make it stop
So convinced that they might fall
Let’s love ourselves and we can’t fail
To make a better situation
Tomorrow, our seeds will grow
All we need is dedication
Let me tell ya that
Everything is everything
Everything is everything
After winter, must come spring
Everything is everything
Everything is everything
What is meant to be, will be
After winter, must come spring
Change, it comes eventually
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Lauryn Hill / Lauryn N. Hill
Everything Is Everything lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, BMG Rights Management

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30. Would you rather sneeze cheese or have your tears be chocolate flavored?

 

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April 29, 2020

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The Times They Are A Changing

Come gather ’round, people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you is worth savin’
And you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’
Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who
That it’s namin’
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’
Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
The battle outside ragin’
Will soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’
Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is rapidly agin’
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’
The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is rapidly fadin’
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin’
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Bob Dylan
The Times They Are A Changing lyrics © Audiam, Inc

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29. Would you rather see a song performed by the original artist only once, or by a cover band as many times as you wanted?

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April 28, 2020

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Change is Gonna Come

I was born by the river in a little tent
Oh and just like the river I’ve been running ev’r since
It’s been a long time, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will
It’s been too hard living, but I’m afraid to die
‘Cause I don’t know what’s up there, beyond the sky
It’s been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will
I go to the movie and I go downtown
Somebody keep tellin’ me don’t hang around
It’s been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will
Then I go to my brother
And I say brother help me please
But he winds up knockin’ me
Back down on my knees, oh
There have been times that I thought I couldn’t last for long
But now I think I’m able to carry on
It’s been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Sam Cooke
A Change Is Gonna Come lyrics © Abkco Music, Inc

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28. Would you rather play a villain or a hero in a movie?

 

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April 27, 2020

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Pain

Pain will make you better
Tell me how you feel
Look over your shoulder
Time will make it real
Give me no excuses
I know how ya feel
Pain will make it better
Pain will make it better
Pain will make it better
Let me see how many palms go up high
If you’ve ever felt the world had you licked (put ’em up high)
And what you waving side to side to symbolize
Needing help on the sand ‘fore you under quick
Big mama said “the Devil’s up to no good”
But we can heal it on a Sunday with a good book (but)
Oft we deal it on a Monday for a good look (and)
Make it part of the campaign, to withstand pain
Me, myself, place it all on my shoulders
And give it my all, like heavy lifting
No gain without tears and sweat
They claim blue skies with white clouds, steady drifting
When pain come to get ya (it hit ya like flu)
Better times will pick ya (do what you gotta do)
To earn focus in the stormy weather
Come out the tunnel to the light saying
Pain will make you better
Tell me how you feel
Look over your shoulder
Time will make it real
Give me no excuses
I know how ya feel
Pain will make you better (yeah)
Pain will make it better (oh whoa whoa ah)
(I hear the people say) pain will make it better (oh whoa whoa ah)
(I hear my people say) pain will make it better
No wetter, four-letter, mo’ better
Slow pain, no gain, go getta
Change like the weather
Solid as a rock, small piece of leather
But well put together
Flames are endeavors
Time to find out that game makes it better
Pain makes it better
Shades of epiphany, can’t let it get to me
Move so differently, do it so swiftly
Ease into my style, lay mine down
King be crowned, look at me now
Teaching my classes by the masses
Used to gang bang, used to love the clashes
Now cash is the only motivation, but not for me G
I’m into public relations
That’s food for your De La Soul, word to the letter
Pain will make you better
Tell me how you feel
Look over your shoulder
Time will make it real
Give me no excuses
I know how ya feel
Pain will make it better (yeah)
Pain will make it better (oh whoa whoa ah)
(I heard my nana say it, say it)
Yo, the bigger the headache, bigger the pill
The harder you fall, stronger the will
We came from the back of the bus
Talking “Watch the mobile, ” now we’re on a house on a hill
The struggle went from filling ya gas tank
The bank wasn’t feeling your loan
The OT couldn’t cover the bills
And life came with a couple of spills
But we’re gonna use that pain fo’ fuel so
Give me no excuses
I know how ya feel
Pain will make it better (yeah)
Pain will make it better (oh whoa whoa ah)
(I hear the people say) pain will make it better (oh whoa whoa ah)
(You hear my people saying) pain will make it better (oh whoa whoa ah)
(I hear the people say) pain will make it better (oh whoa whoa ah)
Pain will make it better (oh whoa whoa ah)
Pain will make it better (oh whoa whoa ah)
Pain will make it better
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Calvin Broadus / David Jolicoeur / David West / Kelvin Mercer / Vincent Lamont Mason
Pain lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, BMG Rights Management, Jellybean Music Group

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27. Would you rather do your own stunts in an action movie, or have a stunt person do them?

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April 26, 2020

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Ego Tripping (there may be a reason why)

Nikki Giovanni – 1943-

I was born in the congo
I walked to the fertile crescent and built
    the sphinx
I designed a pyramid so tough that a star
    that only glows every one hundred years falls
    into the center giving divine perfect light
I am bad

I sat on the throne
    drinking nectar with allah
I got hot and sent an ice age to europe
    to cool my thirst
My oldest daughter is nefertiti
    the tears from my birth pains
    created the nile
I am a beautiful woman

I gazed on the forest and burned
    out the sahara desert
    with a packet of goat’s meat
    and a change of clothes
I crossed it in two hours
I am a gazelle so swift
    so swift you can’t catch me

    For a birthday present when he was three
I gave my son hannibal an elephant
    He gave me rome for mother’s day
My strength flows ever on

My son noah built new/ark and
I stood proudly at the helm
    as we sailed on a soft summer day
I turned myself into myself and was
    jesus
    men intone my loving name
    All praises All praises
I am the one who would save

I sowed diamonds in my back yard
My bowels deliver uranium
    the filings from my fingernails are
    semi-precious jewels
    On a trip north
I caught a cold and blew
My nose giving oil to the arab world
I am so hip even my errors are correct
I sailed west to reach east and had to round off
    the earth as I went
    The hair from my head thinned and gold was laid
    across three continents

I am so perfect so divine so ethereal so surreal
I cannot be comprehended
    except by my permission

I mean . . . I . . . can fly
    like a bird in the sky . . .

 

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26. Would you rather set the table before dinner or clean up after dinner?

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