Clint's Weekly Update 9-30-16

posted Sep 30, 2016, 10:03 AM by Cynthia Friedman

The Cartographer’s Dilemma

This week students attempted to “flatten” a orange peel to experience how making a flat map of a round planet is a challenge all mapmakers have to deal with.

Watch this video to learn why every map projection has some distortion:


Start sending in pumpkins!  We will need at least 29, one for each student (but a few extra would be good because of possible carving goofups).  The larger and more spherical the pumpkin, the better...the surprise theme needs a lot of carving space!

Math Fact and Touch Typing Practice

I have received a total of seven responses to the question I posed last week about XtraMath and TypingClub:

Do these programs have value for the current school year?  

Please email me your responses before September 30.

Three responses were from new families requesting access to both programs so they can try them at home.  For other new students, I can easily set up accounts upon request.

XtraMath is free but TypingClub costs about $100 for a class subscription.  My TypingClub subscription from last year just expired so you you will be experiencing the free version unless we, as a classroom community, make the decision to subscribe.  

Bike Safety Program

More parents volunteers are needed for October 28 community ride, between 9-10am.  Please contact me if you are able to join the ride.

Students are also encouraged to bring their own bikes and helmets.  NOTE: Only helmets that pass inspection will be used during the program.

Our overall goal is for students to learn how to make independent decisions around risk, and also learn the rules of the road (even if they never bike again, they will be safer car drivers and more aware of bikers and pedestrians).

For more information about Safe Routes to School that is running the program, please visit:

Ancient Civilizations - Materials and Resources NEEDED!

Thank you to families that have already begun sending in books and magazines for this year’s Ancient Civilizations cultural studies curriculum that is primarily focused on Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, Greece, Rome, Mayans, and Aztecs.  

While this is an impressive collection, we are still looking more resources, especially replicas and other three dimensional artifacts.

University of Oregon Science Open House - Wednesday, October 5 @ 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Evening of excitement, creativity and EXPLOSIVE Science! For brainiacs, geeks and mad scientists of all ages.

Wednesday, October 5th in Willamette Hall – UO Campus

email or call 541-346-4313 for more information