Clint's Weekly Update 3-20-15

posted Mar 30, 2015, 9:22 AM by Cynthia Friedman

This week I introduced “mind mapping” to students.  Mind maps are diagrams used to visually organize information and are often created around single concepts.  Major ideas are connected directly to the central concept, and other ideas branch out from those.  To guide the discussion about mind mapping, we read a Joy Hakim Chapter about the French and Indian War to identify topics and supporting details.

Registration for the UO Science and Invention Fair 2015

I encourage all students coordinating a science fair project to register for the science fair as soon as possible.  The way in which our class is working in teams and with Google Documents this year is unique and I believe will draw extra attention from judges and visitors.  

To register please use the online Science Fair Registration Application or download the paper form at  There is a $20 registration fee.  This is the only fee associated with the fair.  SPICE wants to ensure that all students who want to are able to participate in the science fair.  For that reason financial hardship scholarships are available.  To request a scholarship simply check the scholarship box on your application form.

Registration Deadline - April 30th, 2015.  Late registrations will only be accepted with director approval.

Work Plans Over Spring Break

In the past, some students have elected to not take their work plan home before long vacations for fear of losing them and not being able to return them.  Instead, they have left them here at school and, then after the vacation, have taken them home for a parent signature.  That is an option again this year.

XtraMath and TypingClub

It is important for students to spend time practicing XtraMath and TypingClub.  If the minimum expectation is not met, then these areas on the work plan will be highlighted.  Many students find it helpful if they have a specific time and place at home to complete tasks like these.

Quiet Space Support/Tutor Needed

We’re looking for volunteers who have time in the morning to support students working in a quiet space outside of the classroom.  Students may be working on individual work plans, on quiet partner work, or on group projects.  The volunteer would introduce herself or himself, ask the children what they’re working on, stay close by to help when needed, and help maintain an attitude of focus in the space. Please contact Cynthia if you’re interested!

Parent Survey

The annual Ridgeline Parent Survey is here! We want to hear your opinions on a variety of topics. Site Council uses the information obtained from the parent survey to continually strive for improvement. The survey deadline is March 20th. Click on the following link to complete the survey or contact the office if you need a paper copy.


Thursday, 3/19 New State Testing Parent Meeting 6:30-7:30pm

Mon. 3/23-Fri. 3/27 Spring Break

Monday, 3/30 Classes Resume

Monday, 3/30 Opt Out Deadline for Smarter Balanced State Testing

Tuesday, 4/7 RCO Meeting 6-7:30pm

Thursday, 4/9 Board Meeting 6:30-8:30pm

Saturday, 4/11 Outdoor Work Party 10am-3pm

Mon. 4/13-Fri. 4/17 Volunteer Appreciation Week

Wednesday, 4/15 Volunteer Appreciation Tea 8:25-9:15am

Friday, 4/17 Parent Input Forms Due