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Clint's Weekly Update 5-2-17

posted May 3, 2017, 1:23 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Project Fair Success!

A big thank you goes out to every student that contributed in some way to the gym map that finally got assembled just in time for the Ridgeline Project Fair.  It was a fantastic example of teamwork, patience, and commitment.  My hope is that each continent can be checked out and assembled in classrooms for closer geography studies.

Science Fair Success!

I am grateful for forums like the SPICE Science Fair, where kids can share their discoveries and insights about the world, their world.

If you have more photos from the science fair, please share them with me (most of mine didn’t turn out because of the dark room).

Door Decorating

Our room has some newly added brightness and cheer.  Two different doors were decorated this week to honor the community that we are trying to rebuild.  


Lily’s Lessons

Last week, Lily introduced the class to the popular 3D EnviroScape Watershed model, which provided a hands-on, interactive demonstration of the sources and effects of water pollution. With this model she easily demonstrated how stormwater runoff carries pollutants through the watershed to a pond, lake, river, bay, or ocean.

Lily is a Watershed Technician and holds a Masters degree in Natural Resources with a focus on water conflict management through Oregon State University and a BA in Environmental Studies and Anthropology from Western Michigan University. She has worked as a restoration technician for the Audubon Society; a Landscape Technician for Private businesses; a classroom teacher in Arizona schools; an environmental educator for the Science Museum of Virginia and Kalamazoo Nature Center.

Smarter Balanced State Test

Most students have finished the English Language Arts - Computer Adaptive Test and have started the English Language Arts - Performance Task section of this year’s state tests.

Our class’ testing time is 10-11am, Monday-Friday.  Students have a considerable amount of time to complete each test:

  • Computer Adaptive Tests must be completed 45 calendar days after a student first starts.

  • Performance Task Tests must be completed 20 calendar days after a student first starts.

Students that take their time to write thoughtful responses and seriously revise and edit their work tend to very well on these tests.

This description of performance tasks is from the Smarter Balanced website:

A Smarter Balanced performance task involves significant interaction of students with stimulus materials and/or engagement in a problem solution, ultimately leading to an exhibition of the students’ application of knowledge and skills, often in writing or spoken language. Stimuli include a variety of information forms (e.g., readings, video clips, data), as well as an assignment or problem situation. A key component of college and career readiness is the ability to integrate knowledge and skills across multiple content standards. Smarter Balanced will address this ability through performance tasks, because it cannot be adequately assessed with selected-response or constructed-response items.


Clint's Weekly Update 4-19-17

posted Apr 19, 2017, 11:16 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Sadness can be overwhelming.  I have felt so much love since Elijah’s death and want to acknowledge the gift that each of you have offered to me, to the kids, and to each other.

Our classroom community came together to create a safe space. Our counselors, Michael and Curtis, worked extra hours to ensure we had the necessary support for students and parents. Jes Feather and Michelle Lodwig were floating subs, filling in wherever they were needed. Therapy dogs were here for students and Christine Everts facilitated the visits. Dena Mohtadi joined our classroom to support the kids and adults. Kathee Palfy volunteered in the office, classroom and wherever she was needed. 4J sent four counselors to support our students and staff. 4J administration stopped by in the afternoon to see if there was anything else they could provide to help us during this time. Amy provided snacks and Cynthia baked treats. RCO changed their meeting in order to provide a parent grief support meeting.

Love poured in from community members throughout the day. Our PE Teacher Danielle came in extra to provide physical activities for students needing an outlet on Wednesday and Friday morning. The list goes on and on of people from within the Ridgeline community and the larger community supporting our school. We are so grateful for all the love and support that keeps pouring in.

SPICE Science Fair - This Saturday!

The 6th Annual UO Science and Invention Fair is set for this Saturday, April 22 (Earth Day).  As always, the fair will feature many hands on activity tables, free science workshops, and a scientific demo during the awards show.

Each student leading a science fair experiment is asked to make an appearance during the event.  It would be nice for interns to go and support the team as well.  The fair schedule will go as follows:

  • Activity Tables Open 11:00-2:30pm

  • Project Judging 11:30-1:30pm

  • Science Workshops 1:30-2:30pm

  • Physics Demo Show 2:30-3:00pm

  • Awards 3:00 to 3:30pm

Lily’s Lesson on Watersheds

On Monday, Marin’s mom Lily presented the first of three lessons on watersheds.  After Lily’s informational presentation students broke out into small groups to create models of watersheds.

Ridgeline Project Fair - Tuesday April 25!

Students began preparing themselves for Ridgeline’s Project Fair by trying to piece together the gym sized world map that Amary, Elijah, and Quinlan helped create over the summer.   A special thanks goes out to Eric MacCionnaith and Alex Fodor for helping protect the map with a special spray.

Appropriate Clothing for PE and Dance Class

Dance class this trimester is requiring a lot of dramatic/creative movements from students.  Students should wear clothing that can stretch or flow and cover their bodies during all sorts of movement.  Dance is on Fridays.

Clint's Weekly Update 3-15-17

posted Mar 15, 2017, 10:31 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Merren’s Science Fair Experiment

On Tuesday, SPICE Instructors Amelia and Tess returned to Rigeline to help Merren and his research team complete their science fair experiment to test whether or not “the type of material submerged in liquid nitrogen effects the shatter radius when hit with a brick, compared to the shatter radius of unfrozen materials?”

The entire class was able to observe (from a safe distance) the experiment.

The next steps for the team include analyzing the data and completing their write-ups for the poster board, which will be on display at the UofO SPICE Science Fair on April 22.

The seven other approved science fair projects should be entering the “conduct the experiment” phase before Spring Break.

Architects in School

Tina returned last week with building materials for students to experiment with.  

In the coming weeks, Tina will invite students to learn about the basics of architectural design by teaching about plans, sections, elevations, and bubble mapping.  Students completing the study will be asked to work for a fictitious client seeking to hire an architect.  

Touch Typing

A number of students still have not mastered the basics of touch typing and are really suffering the consequences.  Those students that have invested the time to practice typing without looking at the keyboard are experiencing the benefits that come along with this very important skill:

  1. If students are currently typing 20 words per minute (wpm) that means it would take on average about 30 minutes to type up a one page document.  By learning touch typing, students can boost typing speed to 40wpm or even 60wpm and drastically cut down the amount of time it takes to do even the most simple tasks.

  2. Every time a student has to look at the keyboard to find the right key it breaks their focus.  Touch typing relies on motor memory rather than sight to type, freeing students up to direct their focus on the screen instead of the keyboard.

  3. If students spend a significant amount of time in front of a computer and typing it can take a toll on on their body.  Achy shoulders, stiff neck and sore wrists are some of the side effects of poor posture and bad computer habits.  Students that have learned the proper way to sit and type, are able to relax their arms and shoulders, which reduces the risk of injury and provides increased comfort.

  4. By learning the basics of touch typing, students have found they are more productive than before they developed this skill.  Typing emails and reports at closer to the speed of speech allows these students to get more done during the day.

Exhibit Highlights Egyptian Textiles

Over the weekend I was able to visit the Eugene Textile Center Gallery for an exhibit called “Ephemeral Fabrics from Egypt and the Aegean: Before and After Tutan­khamun.” The exhibition is a dazzling display of reproduced fabrics worn by Egyptian pharaohs, and the gods and goddesses depicted in ancient paintings.  The work is by local weaver Nancy Arthur Hoskins, and the samples were part of a research, weaving and writing project.

The exhibition is timely because of our study of ancient cultures, with the clothing and textile suitcase scheduled to make its way to our classroom in the next month.  I encourage you to visit the free exhibit, which will be on display through March 27 at the Eugene Textile Center Gallery.   For more information, visit or call 541-688-1565.  The Gallery is open Monday - Saturday, 10AM to 5:30PM but closed on Sundays.

Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science

Another timely local event is coming to Eugene on Friday, March 24 at 8pm.  Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science show includes songs, multimedia presentations, talk-show antics, and potentially dangerous food demonstrations.  Brown has a knack for mixing together a perfect base of science, music and food into two hours of pure entertainment. Critics and fans alike have raved about the interactive components of Brown’s shows. He promises “plenty of new therapy inducing opportunities during our audience participation segments.”  He’s also contemplating more sophisticated protective gear for folks in the first few rows…just in case things get messy…again.

The show will be performed at the Silva Concert Hall with tickets costing $40-$68.  For more information, visit

Clint's Weekly Update 2-16-17

posted Feb 16, 2017, 11:45 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Dear Families,

After receiving the report card last Friday, one student and his mother met with me to brainstorm solutions for getting work completed on time.  Together we developed something that looks like the daily checklist that is below.  I have already shared this checklist to all of the other students and received positive feedback from many who said they were interested in using something like it for themselves.


  • SRA

  • 40 minutes

  • ½ Computation Card

  • 20 minutes

  • WWS words chosen

  • 10 minutes

  • Math Lesson

  • 30 minutes

  • Math Lesson Follow-up

  • 45 minutes

  • Snack

  • 10 minutes

  • Measurement ½ done

  • 20 minutes

  • Physical activity break

  • 5 minutes




  • SRA Fixies

  • 30 minutes

  • WWS words studied

  • 25 minutes

  • Finish Math Lesson Follow-up

  • 15 minutes

  • Computation Card - 2nd half done

  • 20 minutes

  • Snack

  • 10 minutes

  • Philosophy Statement Story Rough DRAFT

  • 30 minutes

  • Physical activity break

  • 5 minutes

  • Language Arts Lesson with Clint

  • 25 minutes




  • Measurement - 2nd half done

  • 20 minutes

  • Geometry Lesson

  • 30 minutes

  • Geometry Follow-up

  • 30 minutes

  • Editing Card Submitted

  • 20 minutes

  • Language Study Submitted

  • 20 minutes

  • Snack

  • 10 minutes

  • Community Service Rough Draft (Week A) and Forma Draft (Week B)

  • 30 minutes

  • Physical activity break

  • 5 minutes




  • Editing Card fixies and re-Submitted

  • 10 minutes

  • Language Study fixies and re-Submitted

  • 10 minutes

  • WWS Partner Test

  • 10 minutes

  • Math Checking Party

  • 45 minutes

  • Geometry Checking Party

  • 45 minutes

  • Snack

  • 10 minutes

  • Physical activity break

  • 5 minutes

  • Measurement Checking Party

  • 30 minutes



It is my goal to protect each child’s right to a daily uninterrupted work period of 180 minutes.  If that work period is used appropriately, then there is more than enough time to complete the expected works each week.

If you feel that having a checklist like this might help your child improve their time management and focus, feel free to utilize the Google Document with the same tables as above by following this link:

Making a copy of the document will allow it to be personalized.

End of Year Trip Packet

Clint’s Class, End of Year Trip to Southern Oregon

Tuesday, May 23 - Friday, May 26


  1. Student Sign-up Sheet due Friday, February 24

  2. Health History for Student due Friday, February 24

  3. Cost: $55 per participant. Receive a 10% discount if you pay in full ($50) before March 27th (Spring Break).

Architects in Schools

On Wednesday of this week we welcomed Tina Ely, Architect and Project Manager at State of Oregon Department of Administrative Services.  She is volunteering in our classroom as part of the Architecture Foundation of Oregon (afo) six-week residency program for elementary schools.  The program, called Architects in Schools (AIS), is the foundation’s longest-running, signature program. In 2003, afo assumed administration of the program from the Regional Arts & Culture Council. Under afo, the program has grown from annually serving 800 to more than 4,500 students in the Portland metropolitan area, Central Oregon, Salem, Eugene, Medford and Ashland. The AIS curriculum guide supports Oregon’s learning goals and includes environmental sustainability content.

A Blast from the Past!

February 20 marks the one year anniversary of our class starting the partnering with 4J’s NATIVES Program and retired teacher Vic Hansen to hand carve Ridgeline’s cedar totem pole.  On February 20, families drove to Roseburg to be part of the very special Cedar Tree Blessing and Smudging Ceremony lead by Brenda and Joe Brainard.  

Clint's Weekly Update 2-9-17

posted Feb 9, 2017, 12:09 PM by Cynthia Friedman

yrus’ Birthday Celebration

To commemorate Cyrus Mohtadi’s would be 14th birthday on January 31, I introduced to the class the virtue of gentleness from the Virtues Project.*  I had been looking through the various cards to see which one I wanted to use but I just couldn’t decide so I placed them back in the box.  On the morning of Cyrus’ birthday I opened the box and the card that was on top was the one focusing on gentleness:

After the card was shared, students wrote what they wanted to do to honor Cyrus on the back of origami paper.  We then created origami butterflies that are hanging from our classroom tree.  Then we ate pumpkin pie.  

*   “The Virtues Project began with an idea -- that all children are born with the virtues in potential, and that when parents and educators awaken these gifts of character, we can change the world.”

University of Oregon SPICE instructors

The 6th Annual UO Science and Invention Fair is set for April 22nd, 2017.  As always, the fair will feature many hands on activity tables, free science workshops, and a scientific demo during the awards show.

To help prepare some of our students for the science fair two SPICE instructors have been visiting our classroom.  They have been working with the six different teams of students, each investigating a different question:

Does changing the type of material in vinegar and water effect if it dissolves or not?  

When extracting DNA from a strawberry, which detergents yield the heaviest sample?

Dish soap, shampoo, or liquid hand soap?

Does the height from which a glass jar is dropped mean it will shatter into smaller pieces?

Does the type of material submerged in liquid nitrogen effect the shatter radius when hit with a hammer?

Does changing the type of herbicide effect the death rate of grass?

How does the length of time kombucha is fermented affect the acidity level?

Does changing the height of the Mould Effect’s beaker change the height of the chain fountain?

Does the weight of ball/type of lubrication effect how fast the ball goes down a Rube Goldberg Machine?

This year the fair coincides with Earth Day! Expect lots of fun related activities.

The science and invention fair is a chance for K-8 children from all over Lane county to complete and share an original science project with the community. More information about the fair and registration information can be found on the SPICE web page:

The fair is open to the public and attendance is free of charge. There is a small registration fee for projects. Scholarships are available. In addition to viewing the wonderful science fair projects, attended can partake of many hands on activity tables, join free science workshops, and attend the award show which includes a highly entertaining science demonstration show.

Human Growth and Development

This week 4th and 5th Year students started discussing Human Growth & Development with some amazing instructors from Planned Parenthood.  The series of informative, fun presentations about human growth and development was created with input from teachers, school nurses, parents and students:

Monday’s session covered:

  • Anatomy & physiology: male and female reproductive systems

Wednesday’s session covered:

  • Prenatal development and birth

  • Puberty: physical, emotional and social changes

The final session on Monday, February 13 will cover:

  • HIV/AIDS.  This program provides an age-appropriate, sensitive discussion about HIV and AIDS; includes review of immune system and HIV disease process; living with HIV.

For more information, please visit:

Changes in the School Calendar to Make-up the Snow Days

Ridgeline’s Site Council decided to add the following three instructional days back to the school calendar: April 3, May 12, and June 16. Thursday June 15, will be a full day of school (3:15pm dismissal) and June 16 will be early release.

Homemade Ceiling Mount for the Class Projector?

After the summer remodel of our classroom, the new room configuration is finally starting to feel normalized and we are ready to add a permanent ceiling mount for the projector.  We are looking for something with a small and sturdy profile that might look something like this:

If you have some special skills in this type of work (or know someone that might), please contact me.

Clint's Weekly Update 1-25-17

posted Jan 25, 2017, 1:39 PM by Cynthia Friedman

10 days in Games

A book by Patricia Wolfe Brain Matters: Translating Research into Classroom Practice described how well designed educational games tend to “involve several senses and involve several learning modalities to engage higher-order thinking skills.”

The 10 Days in... series of games that students are playing every Wednesday afternoon to better their geographic knowledge. There are five different board games to choose from:

  • 10 Days in Africa

  • 10 Days in the Americas

  • 10 Days in Asia

  • 10 Days in Europe

  • 10 Days in the USA

At the start of each game, players fill their 10-day card racks by pulling tiles one-by-one and placing them in an open day slot.  When everyone has filled their racks, the game begins.  Through drawing, swapping and discarding tiles, players replace the tiles in their racks to organize a continuous trip.  Most trips will be a combination of walking, flying and taking a boat from country to country.  In the end, whoever gets their 10 tiles in a fluid order first wins!

These games are very easy to grasp and the more time students play the better at remembering which countries border which.

Homemade Ceiling Mount for the Class Projector?

After the summer remodel of our classroom, the new room configuration is finally starting to feel normalized and we are ready to add a permanent ceiling mount for the projector.  We are looking for something with a small and sturdy profile that might look something like this:

If you have some special skills in this type of work (or know someone that might), please contact me.

And Now a Message from Our Mindfulness Coach Shannon..

I have been so enjoying coming into the classroom on Thursdays to work on mindfulness with the students. Mindfulness is a broad term that can encompass a lot of different practices. So far we have explored guided meditations, breathwork, aromatherapy, mindful movement and self-care using balls and rollers as tools.

For the second half of the year, we will continue in these activities and incorporate more movement with yoga, foam rollers and stretching. My main goal in working with the students is to incorporate the idea that there is a mind/body connection and how you feel in your physical body can influence your mood and your ability to focus and get work done. I want to empower students and give them the tools to take control of how they are feeling and help them be able to make changes so they can feel more in control of themselves and be better able to self-regulate and be productive in class. I welcome any questions and feedback from teachers and parents. The students have been very receptive and a number of the activities we have explored so far have been led by student interest and requests.

If any parents are interested in learning about the soft foam roller work the students have been doing, I am teaching a self-care workshop in the MELT Method for parents on Feb 11th from 1-3 pm. The workshop will be in the Ridgeline gym and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Ridgeline Capital Campaign. You can learn ways to make you body feel better AND help the school at the same time. There is more info about this class in the weekly reader and you can register by emailing



Clint's Weekly Update 1-24-17

posted Jan 24, 2017, 1:03 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Thank you so much for your flexibility with many snow days that we had before and after Winter Break.  With a return to a regular routine next week, we hope that more students will be able to arrive on time and more typing and math homework tracking calendars will be turned in each morning.

Cultural Studies Suitcase

Last week we started our read aloud of the 3rd chapter of A Million Years in a Day by Greg Jenner called “A Spot of Breakfast.”  The chapter describes the history of breakfast, focusing on our transition from foragers to farmers, along with when milk, ham, and eggs made their appearances as breakfast items.

This connects to a new addition to our classroom: a suitcase full of resources that focuses on ancient nutrition and health.  This suitcase will be in our classroom for two weeks before being passed onto another classroom at Ridgeline.  Students are being asked to take notes on the reference material, and complete three works:

  1. Make at least one addition to the class timeline and pushpin map.

  2. Use the Project Proposal Form to propose at least one project for the Ridgeline Project Fair.

  3. Write a 5 paragraph essay about the ancient cultural connection to the suitcase topic.

For work #2 above, many students are really interested in making food that uses ancient grains. According to Chrystell, in order for this food to be served at school, we do ask that the food is prepared with someone that has a Oregon Food Handlers Certificate. An Oregon food handlers permit is good for three years, costs $10, and can be completed online.  It appears that students as young as 10 years old can take the online course and test.  For more information, please visit:

Human Growth and Development Parent Information Session

On Wednesday, January 25 from 6-7pm, Planned Parenthood will give their overview presentation to parents for the upcoming Human Growth and Development unit for upper-el students. Learn what your child will learn about and have your own questions about the curriculum answered!  This session will be held in Sharon Fitzsimmons’ room.

Student classes are scheduled from 1:15-2:15 on February 6 and 8 and 10:15-11:30 on February 13th.  

Winter District EasyCBM Tests

This week students were invited to start taking the 4J district tests, called the EasyCBM tests.  Designed by researchers at the University of Oregon as an integral part of the RTI (Response to Intervention) model, EasyCBM brings 30 years of peer-reviewed research experience to help support student learning.  There are four EasyCBM tests that students are asked to take: Mathematics, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, and Reading Fluency.  The first three tests are taken on the classroom computers.  The Reading Fluency test is a one minute read-aloud with me.  Tests will continue into next week.

Geography Games: 10 Days in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the USA

Learning the countries and states in different land areas is no easy task! I give a big thank you to the people at Out of the Box for making this task a little easier. In these fun, yet educational board games, you spend 10 days touring the area by plane, car, and on foot. You chart your course from start to finish, using only the resources available to you. The first traveler to make connections for the 10-day journey wins the game. Cards are color coded to the game board for easy finding and matching.

Clint's Weekly Update 12-8-16

posted Dec 8, 2016, 12:11 PM by Cynthia Friedman


December 12-16

Joy of Sharing

December 16th

Last day of Second Term

December 19th - January 3

Winter Break

January 4th

Term 3 Begins

January 13th

Grandparents’ Day

January 13th

Talent Show

January 16th

No School - In Honor of  Martin Luther King

January 20th

No School - Professional Development

January 30th

No School - Grading Day


OBOB - Upper-el and middle school participants wanted! - We have three sets of the OBOB books from a one time grant and we need more OBOB participants! This is for grades 6-8. OBOB will meet again on Wednesday, December 14th 3:15-4:30pm and then after winter break they will meet weekly on Wednesdays. Questions? Email Tiffany Petry at

Joy of Sharing – Our annual food drive, the Joy of Sharing begins December 12 and runs through December 16. Please bring nonperishable donations to school this week!  In addition to food, other items such as toilet paper and personal hygiene items are welcome.  With the donated items, we will create and distribute food baskets to Ridgeline families in need, to help them over winter break. Please contact Kayla if you would like to suggest a family to receive a Joy of Sharing basket.

Lice in the Middle School Community! - Ridgeline Lice Policy has changed to reflect the safety and needs of our community.  Lice is not considered a health issue, but a nuisance.  Thus, Ridgeline is no longer using academic time to do head checks, and we are not barring students from attending school due to this issue.  Middle School Parents have reported lice issues in the middle school community recently.  Please check your student regularly and educate them regarding behaviors that increase and decrease the risk of transmitting lice.


Math -

Jupiter grades is a large component of parent communication in the middle school.  Grades are posted daily!  Please check on your student’s progress.  Logins and Passwords were sent out early in the year.  If your student has a tutor, you may contact me to give your ok  for them to receive a login and password to access your student’s grades and assignments. Be sure to include their contact information in your email.


Early this week we used a line graph to ascertain the distance P and S waves travelled, by referencing the difference in their arrival times at three seismograph stations. Ask your students how can it be that one can tell the distance the waves travelled using just the difference in arrival times between primary (compression) body waves, and secondary (transverse) waves.  We used compasses to map a circle (the distance was the radius of the circle) describing the possible locations of the epicenter of the earthquake.  Ask your students how the possible locations of the source was narrowed down as we recorded the information from each new seismograph station.  

Later this week we practiced navigating the US Geological Survey website.  We were all impressed by the number earthquakes occurring worldwide on a daily basis. Each group noted the locations of a week’s worth of earthquakes within a certain region, and shared them on our classroom Big World Map.  Together we will look for patterns in this earthquake data, and discuss with other student scientists what we need to investigate further to understand the reason for these patterns.  Many students already associate plate boundaries with earthquake activity.  If that is the case, then why is there no earthquake activity in Iceland where there is a high concentration of plate boundaries, and there is a high number of earthquakes in Oklahoma and Hawaii where there are no plate boundaries? Our investigations continue...



Most students are needle and wet felting at this point.  One prolific student has her holiday present stockpile almost complete.  It’s a pretty sweet deal we have, creating art while we listen to TRUE practice their tunes.  Just another rough afternoon in the Ridgeline Middle School.

Room 7 Volunteer Opportunities

Thanks to the parents who volunteered to launder our classroom rags!  We appreciate you!

Every day I wake up with gratitude for my life and community.  We live in the beautiful state of Oregon, and together, create a positive caring learning community at Ridgeline.  In class, we share laughter, engage in discussion and debate, revel in a-ha moments… We work hard and have fun.  This may just make up for my own middle school experience.  Thanks for sharing your amazing students!

Carrie and Taylor

Clint's Weekly Update 11-22-16

posted Nov 22, 2016, 12:50 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Calendar Project

This week I received 5 orders from families for extra printed 2017 Calendars (only a couple were sent back because there wasn’t any money included).  Thank you for supporting your child by placing your order early and emphasizing the importance of meeting the deadlines that we have for completing this very long and complex work.

Also, thank you to those parents that are available to word process student writing.  My hope is that students will take the responsibility of doing this themselves and will only contact you if they need extra typing support.

As students finish having their paragraphs edited and typed up, I am asking that they transition to creating their hand drawn images.  For 4th Years, it is really helpful if students can bring in pictures of each of the family members or friends that they chose to write about.  

Below are some unique artwork that students chose to include in their 2016 Calendar:

Alden’s drawing to accompany his description of Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi.

Ethan’s artwork to go along with is paragraph on Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee:


Jack Armstrong’s cover decorations describing how he feels about his family and friends:

End of the Year Trip

The student team members have been hired to serve on the End of the Year Trip Committee!  The following students are currently working to learn their new roles:




Budget/Fundraising Director and Assistant to the Educational & Camp Activities Coordinator


Gear Guru and Assistant to the Budget & Fundraising


Educational/Camp Activities Coordinator and Assistant to the Food/Meals


Transportation Chief and Assistant to the Gear Guru


Food and Meals Manager and Assistant to the Transportation Chief


Editor for Fundraiser publicity and Food preferences collector from peers;


Camp Activities (Part Time)


Assistant fundraiser (Part Time)

Sage M

Assistant Transportation (Part Time)

International Math Competition

We’d like to let you know that the UO Mathematics Department is hosting an international math competition, Math Kangaroo, for students in grades 1-12. It is especially good for the Elementary and Middle school students. It is an excellent opportunity for the advanced learners to try their abilities at solving interesting problems. All participants receive T-shirts and gifts, and the winners receive extra prizes. In the past the children who came enjoyed the experience. For more information please check the Math Kangaroo in USA website:

Please share this information with the students who might be interested. The competition date is March 16 and the registration deadline is December 15. The registration is done through the national website:

Clint's Weekly Update 11-9-16

posted Nov 9, 2016, 10:20 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Thank you for taking the time to attend your child’s annual conference. We had 100% participation this year and set many meaningful goals with students.  

“Live” Conference Notes

The Google Document that Mary Kate created and shared with you during the conference can be a useful source of information when you are discussing work and work plans with your child.  Please consider this document as a “live” document that you can edit by adding strategies and goals to at any time.  If you want me to see any revisions, please share the document with me again or select the “Email collaborators…” option under the File Menu.

Calendar Project

Calendar projects are an ambitious research and writing project that has become a tradition for students here in Room 10.  The 4th Years are busy putting the finishing touches on some first drafts, with some students making a lot of progress with their revisions.  Fifth and 6th Years are starting their first drafts this week by identifying key information from their research that can serve as “Concrete Details” for each paragraph.

Important information about the 2017 Calendars:

  • Calendars must be ready to print by December 9th to guarantee copies will be made in time for Winter Break.

  • Any calendars received after December 9th will be considered late work and should be completed at home over the Winter Break.  We will not dedicate any class time to this project after the break.

  • One spiral bound calendar will be made for each student, free of charge.  Additional copies cost $1.75 each.  

Please follow the link below for the electronic copy of the 2017 Calendar Project Order Form that will also be sent home next week:

Cultural Studies

Our class has been continuing to focus on the history of sanitation.  The class has decided to continue our read aloud of the first chapter of “A Million Years in a Day” by Greg Jenner: “Answering the Call of Nature.”  The chapter is transitioning from describing the history of toilet paper during pre-literate and ancient times to the “unsanitary” habits during the medieval time period.  

Groups of students are currently forming to research the locations where some of the already discussed cultures existed.  Once two or more teams verify the location, then a marker goes up on the classroom wall map, along with a marker on our wall-length timeline.  So far we have verified the location of the fascinating ancient settlement of Skara Brae, a stone-built Neolithic settlement, located on the largest island in the Orkney archipelago of Scotland.

Students conducting research at home is strongly encouraged.

The Physics of Rock 'n Roll - Thursday, November 10, 7pm

The Physics of Rock 'n Roll - Mark your calendars and spread the word!  UofO Physics Instructor, Stanley Micklavzina and Ridgeline alum, Alden Micklavzina bring The Physics of Rock 'n Roll to Ridgeline on Thursday, November 10th.  It will be an evening of sound, lights and physics phun!  Gym doors open at 6:30pm and the show starts at 7pm.  $5 donation per person or $20 per family to benefit the capital campaign.  Ridgeline Rising thanks Dr. Stan Micklavzina for supporting our forever home!

Barnes & Noble Book Fair – Friday, November 18, 6pm

Ridgeline’s annual Barnes & Noble Bookfair is Friday, November 18th. A percentage of the sales using our bookfair ID at Barnes & Noble during the bookfair event day (and through November 22), will go to the teachers to buy books for their classrooms. We will have an event at Barnes & Noble 6-8pm on November 18th. Each classroom is working on a performance. Stay tuned for more details in future eNews and teacher’s weekly updates.

Performance Schedule (All performances will be in the music area).:

  • 6:00pm            Diana – Reciting poems “What is a book?” and “I like fall.”

                Kindergarten singing with Middle School

                    Middle School – T.R.U.E. performance

  • 6:25pm            Eric's Class - limericks and haikus

  • 6:37pm            Cheri's Class - 2 or 3 songs

  • 6:48pm            Emily's Class – Poetry Recital

  • 7:00pm            book buying break!

  • 7:15pm            Clint's Class - Greek Play "That City is Mine"

  • 7:30pm            Mary's Class - “Aesop's Fables"

  • 7:45pm            Sharon's Class – Skit from Miss Peregrine’s   “Home for Peculiar Children”

  • 8:00pm            Adult Uke Group

Features at the book fair this year:

Welcome table inside the front door of the bookstore for Ridgeline families to get a book fair schedule and book fair ID sticker. This sticker will assist Barnes & Noble staff in identifying book fair shoppers to ensure that all qualifying purchases count towards our book fair.

Teachers’ wish list book bins and OBOB books will be in the children’s department, along with the bookmark-making table.

Stone Soup – Wednesday, November 23

Ridgeline’s long standing tradition of Stone Soup is Wednesday, November 23rd. Students bring vegetables to school on Tuesday and slice them in the classrooms for the communal soups that our amazing volunteers cook outside the gym the next day.

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