Clint's Weekly Update 1-7-16

posted Jan 7, 2016, 11:23 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Dear Families,

Welcome back from Winter Break!  There does seem to be a lot of residual illnesses still infecting a lot of us so please make sure your son or daughter is feeling well enough to be at school.

With the second semester starting in February, there are quite a few events to look forward to:

Winter District EasyCBM Tests

This week students were invited to start taking the 4J district math test.  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.

University of Oregon SPICE Science Fair

I just received an email from Brandy Todd (the SPICE* Coordinator and Assistant Director for Administration of the Oregon Center for Optical, Molecular, & Quantum Science) announcing that the SPICE Science Fair is currently scheduled to be held in early May.  SPICE instructors will be scheduled to work with our class during February, March, and April.


Ridgeline Project Fair

This amazing events is scheduled for April 26, giving our class almost four months to transform the classroom into an interpretive center highlighting the connections between the NUGYRO Project and the Oregon Trail.  Currently we have six projects that students are working on to accomplish this objective.  They will:

  1. Create a graphic novel showing all of the events experienced during the NUGYRO journey.

  2. Create a glossary that translates NUGYRO terms into historical terms.

  3. Assemble the life-size spaceship materials that are in the shed so it looks like a covered wagon.  Create an illustrated assembly guide to go with it.

  4. Continue to write the NUGYRO Storyline.  What happens next?  Will more astronauts join us?  Will more cities be created?  What about an economy?  Taxation?  Government?  These questions, of course, will need to be researched and supported with verifiable historical evidence.

  5. Create a NUGYRO Route Museum or Interpretive Center.  One of the spaceships could be put on display, along with spacesuits and first-hand accounts from captain's logs.  This would require visiting multiple Oregon Trail museums and interpretive centers to see how they communicate their understanding of the past to visitors.

  6. Build Minecraft models of each the six major forts and one mission along the Oregon Trail.

End of the Year Trip

A team of students are working with parents Jen Hackstadt, Dena Mohtadi, and Patrick Steinman to formalize a proposal to Ridgeline’s administration.  This month the team’s goals are to settle on a location, make a reservation, review and decide on the activities, such as what museums they want to visit and hikes in the area. They will also be planning a parent meeting for later in January or early February. A food sign up will be ready for the meeting, along with a few information documents and the beginning of an equipment list.

Restaurant Fundraiser

January 11 and 12 at Dickie Jo's & Dickie Yo's

Talent Show

January 22, 6pm