Clint's Weekly Update 4-10-15

posted Apr 14, 2015, 2:24 PM by Cynthia Friedman

The state testing season is officially upon us, with the first round of testing focussing on English Language Arts via the Computer Adaptive Test (ELA: CAT).  Based on student responses, the computer program adjusts the difficulty of questions throughout the assessment. By adapting to the student as the assessment is taking place, students receive an assessment with an individually tailored set of questions that can quickly identify which skills have been mastered.  A schedule of when each class will be in the Ridgeline computer lab for the ELA: CAT is below.


Supporting Your Child During Testing

  1. The night before any big test, make sure your child gets plenty of zzz's. For optimal school performance, most Upper El-aged kids need about 10 hours of sleep.

  2. On test day,  fuel your child's brain with a healthy breakfast. One study showed that kids who eat a healthy breakfast (about one-quarter of the day's nutritional requirements) make fewer errors on tests.



April 15—April 17

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

April 15

April 16

April 17

8:50-10:10

Clint

Dress Rehearsal

Clint

ELA: CAT

Sarah

ELA: CAT

Clint

ELA: CAT

10:15-11:35

Dana

ELA: CAT

Dana

ELA: CAT

12:00-1:20

Sarah

ELA: CAT

1:25-2:45

Clint

ELA: CAT


April 20—April 24

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

April 20

April 21

April 22

April 23

April 24

8:50-10:10

Clint

ELA: CAT

Eric/Emily

ELA: CAT

Cheri/Eric

ELA: CAT

Emily/ Cheri

ELA: CAT

10:15-11:35

Sarah

ELA: CAT

Sarah

ELA: CAT

Sarah

ELA: CAT

Sarah

ELA: CAT

Clint

ELA: CAT

12:00-1:20

Dana

ELA: CAT

Dana

ELA: CAT

Dana

ELA: CAT

Dana

ELA: CAT

1:25-2:45

Clint

ELA: CAT

Clint

ELA: CAT

Clint

ELA: CAT



Fieldtrip Permission Slip

Permission slips went home on Friday for the April 28 trip to WALMA Restoration Project’s headquarters in Alton Baker Park.  Currently we have enough parent drivers to transport 17 students.  Please consider signing up to drive so our whole class can participate in the wild flower planting.


Registration for the UO Science and Invention Fair 2015

Paper Registration Forms for the UO Science Fair were sent home with lead researchers on Friday.  The SPICE instructors visiting our class on Thursday, expressed how amazed they were with the quality of the projects.  They will be returning next week to help students analyze their data and write their conclusions.


To register electronically please use the online Science Fair Registration Application or download the paper form at http://spicescience.uoregon.edu/science-fair-2015-registration.  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.


Grounds Keeping and Outdoor Classroom Work Party

Come help us keep Ridgeline beautiful!  A volunteer grounds keeping work party will be held Saturday, April 11, 10am-3pm.  We'll be digging a path in the north field, weeding, pruning, raking and generally having fun; kids welcome too.  Bring gardening tools if you've got 'em, plus gloves & rugged clothing.  Meet at the outdoor classroom. All Family members may log volunteer hours.

Starting Soon: Social Skills Curriculum from the UO

Two University of Oregon externs will be visiting our classroom over a period of 4-6 weeks to teach a social skills unit that they are designing specially for our students here at Ridgeline.  Please contact Principal Sharon Martin if you have any questions: sharon.martin@ridgeline.org


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