Clint's Weekly Update 4-8-16

posted Apr 8, 2016, 12:38 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Dear Families,

During our Wednesday practice session for the Smarter Balanced English Language Assessment students became familiar with the structure of the test.  Students gave each other the following advice:

  1. Read the directions!

  2. Take your time.

  3. Use the paragraph model that you know works for you: TS CD E1 E2 CS.

  4. Cite your sources.

  5. Revise. Revise. Revise.

  6. Self edit. Seriously... Self edit! Nobody is going to be there to catch the fixies you don't catch.  

To access the practice test at home, you or your child can follow this link:

The testing schedule for next week’s actual English Language Arts test is:






April 11

April 12

April 13

April 14

April 15










Supporting Your Child During Testing

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

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.

Human Growth and Development Parent Information Session Confirmed

On Monday, April 11 at 5:30pm, 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!

Student classes are scheduled for 1:30-2:45 on April 19, 21, and 28.  

Registration for the UO Science and Invention Fair 2015

Last year the science fair judges loved the projects our class submitted!  All students coordinating a science fair project are being asked to register for this year’s science fair as soon as possible.  

The fair will be held on the UO Campus on May 7, 2016.  This event is open to the public and family friendly.  To register please use the online Science Fair Registration Application at  There is a $20 registration fee. (To request a financial hardship scholarship simply check the scholarship box on your application form.)

Groundskeeping Work Party

Come help us keep Ridgeline beautiful!  A volunteer grounds keeping work party will be held Sunday, April 9, 1-3pm.  We will be mowing, edging, weeding, pruning, seeding, raking and generally having fun; kids welcome too.  Bring gardening tools if you've got 'em, plus gloves and rugged clothing.  Meet at the outdoor classroom. All family members may log volunteer hours.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, 4/9                       Groundskeeping Work Party 1-3

Saturday, 4/9                       TRUE Opening for NEHS 6pm

Mon. 4/11-Fri.15                  Volunteer Appreciation Week!

Monday, 4/11                       Start Bringing Books for the Book Swap Cart

Monday, 4/11                       Smarter Balanced State Testing Begins for grades 3-8

Monday, 4/11                       Planned Parenthood Parent Meeting 5:30pm

Wednesday, 4/13                 Volunteer Appreciation Tea 2:30-3:07pm

Thursday, 4/14                     Ridgeline Rising Capital Campaign Meeting 9-10am

Friday, 4/15                          Parent Input Forms Due (see below for details)

Friday, 4/15                          Read-a-thon Packets Sent Home