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.