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.