Clint's Weekly Update 5-2-17

posted May 3, 2017, 1:23 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Project Fair Success!

A big thank you goes out to every student that contributed in some way to the gym map that finally got assembled just in time for the Ridgeline Project Fair.  It was a fantastic example of teamwork, patience, and commitment.  My hope is that each continent can be checked out and assembled in classrooms for closer geography studies.

Science Fair Success!

I am grateful for forums like the SPICE Science Fair, where kids can share their discoveries and insights about the world, their world.

If you have more photos from the science fair, please share them with me (most of mine didn’t turn out because of the dark room).

Door Decorating

Our room has some newly added brightness and cheer.  Two different doors were decorated this week to honor the community that we are trying to rebuild.  


Lily’s Lessons

Last week, Lily introduced the class to the popular 3D EnviroScape Watershed model, which provided a hands-on, interactive demonstration of the sources and effects of water pollution. With this model she easily demonstrated how stormwater runoff carries pollutants through the watershed to a pond, lake, river, bay, or ocean.

Lily is a Watershed Technician and holds a Masters degree in Natural Resources with a focus on water conflict management through Oregon State University and a BA in Environmental Studies and Anthropology from Western Michigan University. She has worked as a restoration technician for the Audubon Society; a Landscape Technician for Private businesses; a classroom teacher in Arizona schools; an environmental educator for the Science Museum of Virginia and Kalamazoo Nature Center.

Smarter Balanced State Test

Most students have finished the English Language Arts - Computer Adaptive Test and have started the English Language Arts - Performance Task section of this year’s state tests.

Our class’ testing time is 10-11am, Monday-Friday.  Students have a considerable amount of time to complete each test:

  • Computer Adaptive Tests must be completed 45 calendar days after a student first starts.

  • Performance Task Tests must be completed 20 calendar days after a student first starts.

Students that take their time to write thoughtful responses and seriously revise and edit their work tend to very well on these tests.

This description of performance tasks is from the Smarter Balanced website:

A Smarter Balanced performance task involves significant interaction of students with stimulus materials and/or engagement in a problem solution, ultimately leading to an exhibition of the students’ application of knowledge and skills, often in writing or spoken language. Stimuli include a variety of information forms (e.g., readings, video clips, data), as well as an assignment or problem situation. A key component of college and career readiness is the ability to integrate knowledge and skills across multiple content standards. Smarter Balanced will address this ability through performance tasks, because it cannot be adequately assessed with selected-response or constructed-response items.