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Clint's Weekly Update 12-7-17

posted Dec 7, 2017, 1:24 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Creative Expressions

I hope you were able to stop by on Saturday for the Marketplace! It was such an amazing event! Our students made fabulous creative items and donated a portion or all of their profits to Ridgeline!  A huge thank you to Shannon (Eli) and all of the other volunteers that helped make our class booth at the Ridgeline Student Marketplace such a success. We ended up netting almost $300 for a big field trip in the spring!

3 Islands Project

Students are drawing parallels between our class’ 3 Islands Project and some history content.

Parents are also catching the excitement! One parent emailed that, “As I tucked (my son) in tonight and asked how his day went, his eyes lit up and he said his day was a '10!'  He couldn't stop grinning as he told me the class had figured out a lot about the Three Islands project.  He proceeded to tell me all the information they discovered...and I could tell he was thrilled to be part of it all.  His satisfaction and feeling of accomplishment and teamwork means a lot.”

I am really impressed by some of the extra research that some students are taking on in order to convince me that their connections are strongly supported. For those of you that are interested in viewing the connections list, please visit Eli’s Google Document aptly titled “3 Islands Evidence” by following this link: “

As a bonus, I am planning on providing history lessons that I will start teaching in January. These lessons may help facilitate further student interest in making historical connections to the 3 Islands...

LuLaRoe – On Saturday, December 9, from 11am-1pm, seven local LuLaRoe consultants will be bringing their inventories to the Ridgeline gym for a fundraising event to benefit Ridgeline Montessori. For each piece sold that day, a donation will be made to the school and LuLaRoe will match that donation! Combined donations for this event will be between $3 and $6 per item sold and are based on the value of each piece. Last year, we were able to donate nearly $1,000 to the school! We hope to make this year even bigger!

There will be over 4,000 pieces of inventory available to shop from, so proceeds to Ridgeline could be substantial. There will also be a raffle for free leggings! Be sure to join the Facebook Event page for photos, updates, and announcements:  

Get those holiday shopping and teacher gift lists, and head on down to the gym on the 9th. You don't want to miss this!

Clint's Weekly Update 11-16-17

posted Nov 16, 2017, 11:42 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Book Fair

Our annual book fair at Barnes and Noble is tomorrow (Friday, November 17)!  Please join us at the Barnes and Noble Book Fair to purchase holiday gifts, watch classroom performances, and enjoy a fun evening together. A percentage of the book fair purchases at Barnes & Noble will go to Ridgeline. This includes friends’ and family purchases at stores around the country! Just give them the book fair ID number 12212015. All purchases need to be made November 17-22. You must tell the cashier you are with our book fair and give the ID number for it to count toward the book fair. Online purchases do count, although the percentage back to Ridgeline is much less.

Book Fair Performance Schedule – (note: times are approximate. Please arrive with plenty of time to spare!)

6:00pm          Diana – reciting poems “What is a Book?” and “I like Fall”

6:15pm          Emily's Class – singing songs “Glorious” and “A Place in the Choir”             

6:30pm          Eric's Class – singing songs “Limerick Song” and “Sixpence”

6:45pm          Cheri's Class – singing songs “Over the River” and “This Little Light”

7:00pm          Middle School – T.R.U.E. performance

7:20pm          Book buying break!

7:35pm          Clint's Class – “Postcards from National Parks”

***Performers are asked to arrive at least 20 minutes early***

7:50pm          Sharon's Class – “The Adventures of Superman” radio show

8:10pm          Mary's Class – “Famous Journeys of Explorers” play

A special thanks to Mary Kate for organizing students for this fabulous event!

Thanksgiving Week Curriculum Focus

During the Thanksgiving week, school is still in session on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, giving us the chance to focus heavily on Calendar Research Projects and 3 Islands work.

For Calendar Projects some students started typing their formal drafts this week, with the hope to have them completed during Thanksgiving week. For others that are still working on revisions (4th Years) or outlining (5th and 6th Years) it is important that you are ready to start typing next week.

Stone Soup Plans

Ridgeline’s long standing tradition of Stone Soup is Wednesday, November 22. 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.

Our class will be slicing veggies on Tuesday, November 21 between 10-11am in Room 11. Thanks to Ami, Ethan, Andi, Sarah Stanley for volunteering to work with our class.

On Wednesday, November 22, an assembly starts at 12:00pm. Students are asked to bring $2 for the assembly and a bowl and spoon from home if they can.

Our class will eat soup line at around 1:20pm.

Creative Expressions

Our last Creative Expression session will be tomorrow (Friday, November 17) and we will put the finishing touches on the array of products for the Ridgeline Student Marketplace on Saturday, December 2. In order to sell the items, we need students and parents to staff the table. Please contact our room parent Shannon ( if you and/or your child is available to help.

Clint's Weekly Update 10-9-17

posted Oct 6, 2017, 1:06 PM by Cynthia Friedman   [ updated Oct 9, 2017, 2:45 PM ]

Electronic Conference Sign-up

Ridgeline’s annual Parent/teacher/student conferences are scheduled Monday, October 30 and Tuesday, October 31. If you haven’t signed up yet, please click to sign up. Your child is expected to attend the conference with you.  If that is not possible, please ask me about rescheduling so he or she can be part of this very important meeting.

3 Islands Storyline Update

A storyline is a structured approach to learning and teaching that builds on the key principle that learning, to be meaningful, has to be memorable, and that by using learner's enthusiasm for story-making, the classroom, the teacher's role and learning can be transformed. Storyline is a strategy for developing the curriculum as an integrated whole. It provides an opportunity for active learning and reflection as essential parts of effective learning and teaching. At the same time it develops in learners a powerful sense of ownership of their learning.

The 3 Islands Storyline Project is progressing at a steady pace with student groups finalizing their proposals for wall friezes and individual students creating their 3 Island characters.

Math Lessons

Students received their first formal math lessons starting two weeks ago.  Fourth years are reviewing their math facts; fifth years are reviewing the distributive property; and sixth years are either studying squaring or reviewing fractions.  I began introducing the topics in small groups of no more than five students with the premise that each student will complete the follow up assignments at his or her own pace, but by Thursday morning, in time for the weekly checking party.

For more detailed descriptions about what your child has been working on, please look at the top portion of their work plan.

4th Grade Support Meeting:The transition to 4th grade can be a significant transition to many students at a variety of schools, magnified perhaps at Ridgeline as the student makes the leap to upper elementary.

That is why we have scheduled a q&a panel discussion with teachers, administration and recent 4th grade parents for October 10th at 6:30pm. We are hoping this panel can help normalize the transition and answer questions you may have about expectations and adjustments your 4th grader may be experiencing.

In addition, or in lieu of, we are working on identifying parent mentors to answer questions and offer collegial support. Please reach out to your room parent or teacher if you need help connecting with someone.” --Stephanie Edwards

Please contact Stephanie Edwards at if you have any questions or need help navigating support resources.

The Pledge of Allegiance in Oregon Public Schools

Students requested that I send a description of Oregon law regarding the Pledge of Allegiance. Below is a description that I found posted on the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon’s website:

Many public schools in the United States ask students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Some students object to the practice for reasons of conscience. Both the Oregon Legislature and the courts have developed a common-sense solution to the conflict: a school may lead students in reciting the Pledge, but it must also respect the wishes of students who choose not to join in.

This has been the rule since the early 1940's. Nonetheless, some school officials impose school discipline or other punishments on students who refuse to recite the Pledge or require students to stand even though the student does not wish to participate in the flag salute. Such actions violate state and federal law.

The right of a student to refrain from participating during the pledge is part of Oregon's law governing school districts.

ORS 339.875  Procurement, display and salute of flags. (1) Each district school board shall:

(b) Provide students with the opportunity to salute the United States flag at least once each week of the school year by reciting: "I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

(2) Students who do not participate in the salute provided for by this section must maintain a respectful silence during the salute. [Formerly 332.100 and then 336.045 and then 336.630; 1999 c.137 §1] (emphasis added)

This statute clearly indicates that student participation in reciting the Pledge is optional. This does not mean that non-participating students have license to cause disruptions while the rest of the class recites the Pledge. It does mean that if a student chooses to remain silent, the school must honor that decision.

Constitutional Sources for Oregon’s Statute

Oregon's statute is written this way to avoid infringing on students' freedom of belief, as guaranteed by the federal constitution. Many years ago, in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a compulsory flag salute would violate students' First Amendment rights. The Court said:

"If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein."

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Clint's Weekly Update 9-8-17

posted Sep 8, 2017, 11:12 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Room 10’s Weekly Update for September 6-15

Hello Returning and New Families of Room 10!

Successful Start to the School Year

Having a strong group of 5th and 6th Graders to perpetuate such a supportive classroom culture was so evident this week.  This week we played games, shared stories, learned about the 3 Islands Project, and started the year-long process of working and playing together.

Work Plans

There are two main reasons that we ask students to use a work plan here in Room 10.  First, it provides students with a convenient way of tracking their own progress on the work they are asked to engage with.  Second, it gives you an opportunity to ask specific questions about those works that your child has completed, are still working on, or have yet to begin.  Please take the time to go over the work plan at the end of each week and feel free to contact me if you have any questions that your child cannot clarify.  

Whole Class Parent Meeting - Monday, September 11, 6:00 pm

This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for us to share ideas about curriculum, routines, and procedures that make our classroom work so well. This parent meeting also serves to help new families build meaningful connections with returning families. Plus, this year you will have the chance to get to know the classroom’s new and improved layout.


This year a hardy crew of volunteers helped Mary Kate and me prepare for the first day of school. The list below is long and varied. Thank you all for contributing!

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



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