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Jon's Update 3-11-19

posted Mar 11, 2019, 11:13 AM by Cynthia Friedman

ri, 3/15, 9am                   "We Are Neighbors" Theater Performance at Ridgeline 
Fri, 3/15, 6-8pm                Middle School Spring Formal Dance
Sun, 3/17, 3pm-4pm        TRUE Performance, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Fri, 4/5, 8:45-9:05am        All School Sing Along Assembly
Mon, 4/15, 1:30pm            TRUE Performance, Junction City Retirement
Thurs, May 16                  Field Trip: Canopy Connections and Tree2Tree


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Dear Middle School Family,

Despite the wild weather break, we are still on track to wrap up our Critical Issues unit before we go on Spring Break.We're in the process right now of coming to consensus about the most Critical Issues that we're facing as a citizenry right now: homelessness, poverty, gun control, climate change, racism... In the coming weeks, the students will work in small groups to dig deeper into their chosen Critical Issue.  We will work to better understand its impacts on us as a society, and what our government and 'We the People' are doing to improve the situation. It's pretty exciting, engaging work.

One of the most empowering things about the way we've structured the Humanities curriculum is the students are doing much of the thinking and learning work that teachers traditionally take on. The students are the ones making the critical decisions about what is important to learn and share. They're the ones who are processing and making sense of what they learn. 

In the coming weeks, the students will leverage their growing expertise about these topics to engage in academic dialogue with multiple, 'professional' perspectives on the issues.

Community Building in Upper El
For the rest of the term (until Spring Break), Maizzy will be stepping into the lead position in Jon's place. Jon will be supporting the Upper Elementary in Room 8, helping the students and their new lead teacher build community and get systems in place for the rest of the school year. Jon will be back in the Middle School on April 2. (TRUE rehearsals will carry on, uninterrupted.) 

Middle School Spring Formal Dance

The Dance Committee is excited to announce the Spring Formal on March 15th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.  We are looking for a few parent chaperones to also attend. If you are interested, please email Rhonda Zimlich at rzimlich@gmail.com (must be background checked with office). Also, we will need snacks and refreshments. If you can volunteer to provide chips, cookies, gluten free treats, that would be great. These items must be store purchased and packaged, not homemade. One last thing: we are also looking for white twinkle lights or holiday light strings. Lots of these are needed.  Please email Rhonda if you can provide any of these items. rzimlich@gmail.com. Thank you.

Take care,
Jon and Maizzy

Middle School STEM News 2-7-19

posted Feb 7, 2019, 2:19 PM by Cynthia Friedman


January 28th to February 14th

Human Health and Development Presentations provided by Planned Parenthood during Health from 2:15 to 3:05 over the course of three weeks.

Topics Covered:

  • Birth Control and Sexual Protection

  • STIs

  • Consent

  • Healthy Relationships

  • Sexual Decision Making

  • Biological Sex and Gender Identity

February 8

Lottery

February 11 to February 14

Human Health and Development Presentation provided by CAHOOTS during Health (2:15 to 3:05)

February 18

NO SCHOOL - President's Day

February 22  

Pasta Dinner and DDD Kick-off!

 

Announcements

 

Canopy Connections Field Trip (Seventh Graders)

A big THANK YOU to our Canopy Connections Volunteers - Kathee Palfy, Christine Bender, Briony McFarland, and Adrena Mohtadi. They will be joining the seventh graders, India and myself on the Canopy Connections field trip. More details to come as the date approaches.


Academics


Science

Students designed and created detailed models illustrating the material composition, consistency, relative depth, density, and temperature of each of the layers of Earth.  They decided how to represent the information with clear, easy to follow illustrations and labels. The same skills necessary to create an informative, easy to digest illustration, are necessary in creating an outline for an organized highly communicative essay.  The deep learning of this assignment also included the process of creating a scale for their model that accurately depicts the relative proportions of all of the layers of the Earth. They had to decide the number of millimeters diameter their model would need to be to fit on their page, how many kilometers each millimeter unit represented, and then apply that scale as they drew their model as accurately as possible.  

Presentations and peer evaluations took place on Wednesday. Table groups rotated around the room evaluating each “Earth’s Interior” presentation against a rubric.  They then reflected on their own degree of success in each aspect of the assignment requirements.

Reflection prompts:

  • What made information easier or more difficult to digest?  

  • How did individuals organize information differently?  How effective were their choices?

  • What are the elements in a strong presentation? Why?

Next week week we move on to our deep investigations into the study of earthquakes.  

Human Health and Development

The students love this video shown by our Planned Parenthood Educator as an analogy for consent. Check it out!

  • Consent - It’s Simple as Tea

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQbei5JGiT8

She also acted out a scenario with a student volunteer in which the student was prompted to come up and ask to pet her dog (represented by a stuffed animal). She responded in various ways with words and body language. The group then dissected the interaction.  An important example situation she acted out in this scenario was, “OK, I guess.” The volunteer student, inferring her indecision, chose not pet the dog. They talked about how someone could be uncomfortable saying no, but really mean no. Consent has to be enthusiastic.

In another scenario she responded with, “Yes, but just his ears.” In this case, consent was given just to pet it’s ears...not it’s back, or belly, etc. It’s her dog, she knows her dog, and has the right to say when, how, and what, just like we all have that right with our bodies! A very important empowering lesson!

Each time she comes, she raves about the respectfulness and level of engagement of our students.  I love the opportunity to rave about our Montessori philosophy and the members of our wonderful Ridgeline Community.

 

With great appreciation,

Carrie and India

Jon's Update 2-7-19

posted Feb 7, 2019, 2:07 PM by Cynthia Friedman

IMPORTANT DATES:
Sun, Feb 10, 6:30pm TRUE Performance, Whirled Pies
Fri. 2/15 Term 3 Ends
Fri, 2/22 Pasta Dinner
Mon, 3/6, 1:30pm TRUE Performance, Junction City Retirement
Sun, 3/17, 3pm-4pm TRUE Performance, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Thurs, May 16 Field Trip: Canopy Connections and Tree2Tree

You can see all upcoming events and their descriptions on the Middle School Google Calendar by clicking this link!

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Dear Middle School Family,

We're in the final phases of putting together the Project Gallery, covering significant events in US History from 1865 to 1990. It's been quite a production, and the results are impressive. It's been remarkable to see just how tumultuous and contentious and revolutionary our evolution as a country has been. We truly have come a long way, and progress has been painful.

We will have the Project Gallery on display on Monday after school until 4pm, if you would like to stop by and take a peek at what we've collectively accomplished.

Next week, we'll start exploring current events in the United States. These history projects have helped the students "get their feet wet" in the endless pool of information that is the internet. With our current events explorations over the coming weeks, we'll be spending a lot more time seeking out multiple, conflicting perspectives on topics and events, and examining them for bias and motives. Ultimately, we'll work on articulating our own perspectives on the topics, considering what we've learned, and how our own biases and motives inform our opinions.

Yes, in middle school.

Have a great weekend!
Jon and Maizzy

Middle School STEM Update 1-24-19

posted Jan 24, 2019, 11:05 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Calendar

 

January 24, 6:30 pm

Lottery Information Session

January 25, 6-8 pm

Talent Show – Is your student interested in performing? A sign-up sheet will be posted on the bulletin board in the lobby. Questions? Ask Kate Downing.

January 31 and February 1

NO SCHOOL - Conferences

January 28th to February 14th

Human Health and Development Presentations provided by Planned Parenthood during Health from 2:15 to 3:05 over the course of three weeks.

Topics Covered:

  • Birth Control and Sexual Protection

  • STIs

  • Consent

  • Healthy Relationships

  • Sexual Decision Making

  • Biological Sex and Gender Identity

February 11 to February 14

Human Health and Development Presentation provided by CAHOOTS during Health (2:15 to 3:05)

January 31

Lottery Applications Deadline

February 18

NO SCHOOL - President's Day

 

Announcements

Talent Show – On January 25, from 6-8 p.m., Ridgeline students will rock your socks off! Last year’s event was a great success—we had musical acts, fly fishing, and tumbling, just to name a few! A volunteer will go around Friday to give the kids talent show guidelines, and a sign-up sheet will be posted on the bulletin board in the lobby. This year we need someone who can help run the sound booth and we will need help putting out chairs after school and putting away chairs after the event. Questions can go to Kate Downing. Click here to volunteer to set up and put away chairs.


Canopy Connections Field Trip (Seventh Graders)

The all day Canopy Connections Field Trip will be May 16th this year.  Seventh graders will be journeying to the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest an hour’s drive up the McKenzie to Blue River area.  UofO Ecology students will host rotating workshops where your students will learn about forest research, and ecology, in this beautiful old growth forest.  Students will also rope climb using the Single Rope Technique System. We have been participating in this workshop for many years, it is very well run, educational, and the students love it!  If you are interested in chaperoning on this field trip please let me know. Thanks to those who have already stepped forward! We are still in need of two more chaperones!


Eugene International High School Options for Eighth Graders

For information on the Eugene International High School Options contact one of the Eugene IHS offices below, or visit the website at www.ihs.4j.lane.edu.  School choice season ends Jan 31.

Eugene IHS @ Churchill:  541-790-5225

Eugene IHS @ Sheldon: 541-790-6636

Eugene IHS @ South Eugene: 541-790-8030


Conferences

We have a second batch of conferences scheduled for Thursday, January 31, and Friday, February 1. These conferences are not mandatory. We would like to reserve these 30 minute conferences for families who have specific concerns they would like to discuss with Jon or Carrie. If you would like to meet with both Jon AND Carrie, please sign up for the same slot with both of them.

We will be reaching out to some families to request that they sign up to meet with us. If you feel that things are going smoothly, please enjoy the long weekend, and leave the slots for someone else. Please remember: Jon and Carrie will make time to meet with you throughout the school year; you don't have to wait for conferences. Please just send us an e-mail.


Academics

Science -

What is the difference between an observation and an inference?  

In order for students to construct their own answer to this question through their own experience, students were given a box with a mystery object in it.  They were not allowed to look in the box, but were to devise ways to interact with the box so their other senses could make observations (gather information) about the object’s shape, composition, size, thickness, etc. Like scientists, they described their test in enough detail to allow someone else to perform the test exactly as they did, and recorded these observations using descriptive adjectives (such as scratchy, rough, smooth, continuous, rapid, repeated, vibration, heavy, etc.).   Then, drawing upon both their observations, and their past knowledge and experience, they inferred a number of the object’s characteristics. Finally, they hypothesized what the object was and estimated their confidence in their guess.

Table groups then shared their process and results, and reevaluated their guess based on new information from their peers.  Perhaps they did not change their mind at all, or they may have adjusted a detail, or become more or less confident. This activity illuminates numerous key aspects of the scientific process: designing experiments, making unbiased, disciplined observations, and clearly differentiating those observations from inferences. The group consultation step parallels how scientists publish their work to share their investigations with other scientists.  This is the process by which our scientific community’s understanding of our universe deepens.

Earlier in this unit, students read and analyzed text describing characteristics of Earth’s crust, mantle and core. This week, they ran a lab investigating properties of density.  Students began this weeks density lab by deciding which order liquids (dish soap, water, baby oil, and glycerin) would stack in a density column. Interestingly, most students hypothesized that the thickness of the liquid is correlated with the density of the liquid.  Some groups correctly guessed the stacking order of the fluids based on this criteria. We then had a great discussion about the differences between mass, weight, and density, and got into a long discussion about how correlation does not necessarily imply causation. We brainstormed examples of thick materials floating on top of thinner (marshmallows on cocoa and olive oil on balsamic vinegar) materials. We applied our improved understanding of density in terms of mass/volume and how it factors into the layering of Earth's interior.  

 Towards the end of this week, the group discussed the strengths and weaknesses of various models of the solar system.  Having examined and evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of a hard boiled egg as a model of the interior of earth. We considered the necessity of compromises in the making of various models, and listed tools (Labels, colors, keys, magnified sections of a graphic, etc.) commonly used to communicate key information.  Now, students are in the process of designing a detailed model of the interior of the earth. Their model is to illustrate the relative thicknesses, consistencies, densities, and temperatures of the layers using the tools gone over in class.

Questions regarding current investigations:

  • How do scientists gather information and make inferences about the interior of Earth when it cannot be directly observed?

  • What are two key features of a model?

  • Why do scientists make models?


Warmest Regards,

Carrie and India


Jon's Update 1-14-19

posted Jan 15, 2019, 9:20 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Thank you! 

On Thu, Jan 10, 2019 at 8:49 AM Jon Labrousse <jon.labrousse@ridgeline.org> wrote:
IMPORTANT DATES:
Tues: 1/8:                          Term 3 (Second Trimester) Begins
Fri, 1/11:                           Trimester 1 Report Cards Sent Home with Students
Fri, 1/18, 5-5:45pm         TRUE Performs at the Home and Garden Show, Lane County Fairgrounds
Thurs, 1/24, 6:30pm         Middle School Information Session
Friday, 1/25, 6-8pm          Ridgeline Talent Show
Jan-28-Feb 14                   Planned Parenthood Teaches Health and Human Relations
Thurs-Fri, 1/31-2/1          NO SCHOOL: Optional Conferences
Fri. 2/15                             Term 3 Ends
Thurs, May 16                  Field Trip: Canopy Connections and Tree2Tree


Please add the Ridgeline Middle School Calendar to your Google Calendars!
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Dear Middle School Family,

We're back! The students dove right into action on Tuesday morning, getting started on our US History Projects spanning from 1865 to 1990! We've broken the timeline into 25 year periods. The students will be working in groups of five to put together an overview of the most important People, Events, Innovations, Cultural Changes, and Policies in US History during those years. 

The tasks are being broken into very manageable individual chunks, and each student has clearly defined roles and individual responsibilities to complete their part of the project.

Jupiter Ed, Instructions, and Grading
All of the instructions, including details for how each assignment will be evaluated, for each step of the way are clearly laid out in Jupiter Ed. The links to all the documents they need can be found there, as well.

Maizzy or I conference with every student, one on one, for nearly every assignment they complete in Communications and Humanities. We give them feedback and support, and the students have the opportunity to put the feedback to use and make changes to improve their grades. 

In order to take full advantage of our support, it's important that students stay on top of their work, and get things done in a timely manner, so they can conference with us before the deadline.We check in with students frequently throughout the process, and do our best to support students early in the process, as well. Please encourage your student to advocate for themselves and seek our support early on!

Health Guests: Planned Parenthood and Cahoots
Starting January 28, a teacher from Planned Parenthood will be coming in to teach the mandatory annual lessons on human health and development. Additionally, we have guests coming in from Cahoots to discuss mental and emotional health, and self-care. We'll be wrapping up this important health unit on February 14. Please contact Jon or Carrie if you have any questions.

Conferences
We have a second batch of conferences scheduled for Thursday, January 31, and Friday, February 1. These conferences are not mandatory. We would like to reserve these 30 minute conferences for families who have specific concerns they would like to discuss with Jon or Carrie. If you would like to meet with both Jon AND Carrie, please sign up for the same slot with both of them. 

We will be reaching out to some families to request that they sign up to meet with us. If you feel that things are going smoothly, please enjoy the long weekend, and leave the slots for someone else. Please remember: Jon and Carrie will make time to meet with you throughout the school year; you don't have to wait for conferences. Please just send us an e-mail.

Intent to Return & Sibling Enrollment

It’s lottery season and we need to know your plans for the next school year.  Thursday morning you received an important “Intent to Return” email with links. Please read it thoroughly and complete the Intent to Return by January 18.  In order to qualify for sibling preference, you must complete the online enrollment application for any incoming sibling by January 31 (we encourage you to complete this as soon as possible).  Contact Jen Hackstadt if you did not receive the “Intent to Return” email.


Take care,
Jon and Maizzy

Jon's Update 12-7-18

posted Dec 7, 2018, 11:45 AM by Cynthia Friedman

IMPORTANT DATES:
Sun, 12/9, 4:50pm: TRUE Performs at City of Eugene International Human Rights Day, Churchill High School
Fri, 12/21, 8:30am: All-School Sing-Along Assembly
Fri, 12/21: Last Day of Term 2--End of First Trimester
Mon, 12/24-Mon, 1/7: NO SCHOOL: Winter Break
Tues: 1/8: School Resumes
Tues: 1/8: Term 3 (Second Trimester) Begins


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Dear Middle School Family,

As we wind down into the winter holiday season, the flow of our work sessions is becoming more steady and routine. We just finished up the excellent PBS Documentary about the Reconstruction Era following the American Civil War. It's been a long, deep immersion into the impacts of the institution of slavery not just on African American history, but on American history, period, and our identity as a nation. 

In the next couple of weeks before winter break, we will carry on with our Article of the Week, written response assignments. The students are making impressive progress with their writing skills. The Article of the Week will continue on as a regular assignment through the school year, and will continue to expand as the students achieve greater levels of mastery.

Over the next two weeks, we will also watch the rest of "America The Story of Us," rushing through a very biased perspective of US History from the transcontinental railroad to the modern day. Our focus will be on questioning the perspectives offered on historical events. When we get back from Winter Break, students will start work on projects to seek out and share untold narratives to help us understand the whole story.

Jupiter Ed and Missing Assignments
We are at a point in the year where we're tightening up our grading process. We are currently very caught up with our grading. Please log in to Jupiter Ed and see how your student is doing at keeping up with their work. If your student has excess missing assignments, and they haven't been sick for a long stretch of time, now would be a good time to talk with them about how they are using their class time to get work done. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact Jon, and let's set up a meeting soon, or soon after we get back from Winter Break to come up with some strategies to help support your child's success in school.

Electives Volunteer Opportunity!
We'll be changing up Electives after Winter Break. This is a really fun volunteer opportunity if you have some consistent flexibility in your daily schedule. We teach Electives on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday from 1:25-2:10pm, or on Fridays from 11:20am-1:05pm. The commitment is from when we get back in January until Spring Break. You must be able to commit to come every week. We don't have subs for Electives.

We're going to sign up for Electives the week before Winter Break, so please let me know if you would like to lead one. Yoga, Computer Programming, Sewing, Knitting, Juggling... If you love doing something, please share it with our students!

All-School Sing-Along Assembly
Small teams of 8th graders have been going into every other classroom at Ridgeline each week to help teach and motivate the whole school to participate in the All-School Sing-Along Assembly first thing on Friday morning, at 8:30am on December 21. It's going to be a hoot! 

Best,
Jon and Maizzy

Ridgeline Middle School STEM News 11/29

posted Dec 5, 2018, 11:47 AM by Cynthia Friedman

School Updates


Student Marketplace December 8! - Please join us between 10am-1pm and invite your friends and families!  This was such a fabulous event last year! Come see the creative items our students have made and support their entrepreneurial and fundraising efforts!

Trash Around Campus– We have noticed quite a bit of random garbage around campus. Please remind students to place their trash in the garbage cans and take care of our campus.

 

Powerful Message– I encourage you to take 15 minutes to watch the video "A Time to Listen" from The Promise of Oregon.  There is also a shorter version but I think the full video is well worth the time.  It provides a powerful message regarding the state of school funding in Oregon.  And we are providing high-quality public Montessori education with 80% of the funding (plus community support through fundraising and volunteerism).  Imagine what we could do if all public schools in Oregon were fully and adequately funded!


Help School Stay Healthy!– “Frequent and effective hand washing is the primary prevention measure against the spread of communicable disease.” Please encourage hand washing and inform your students what they should do if they feel bad/sick when they are at school. They should NOT sign themselves out to use the restroom, get sick and then go to the office on their own. Students (not feeling well) should inform their teacher, and go to the office with a trash can (they are to use it if they vomit). Assistants, will spray virustat on the tables and chairs after school each day.


Academics

Science

We wrapped up our section answering the question:  How do oceans affect weather and climate? Written below is an answer to this question based on a class consensus process. Each table group first came up with their best answer to this question, then as a class, we chose one to start with, edited, improved, and crafted it using ideas from all groups to make this final answer.  

How do oceans affect weather and climate?

Oceans have an enormous effect on weather and climate. Water covers over 70 percent of Earth's surface, and is efficient at absorbing energy from the Sun through radiation. The oceans act as a storage place for thermal energy, because water has a high heat capacity. Heat capacity, upwelling and sea breezes are some of the ways the oceans affect the earth's temperature.  That enables it to easily heat or cool the earth's climate. Upwelling is when cold currents from the deep ocean hit a landmass, move to the surface, and cool the local land temperature through sea breezes. Sea breezes are another way that oceans bring different temperatures to the land. When the sea breezes are blowing in the same direction as global winds, then they have more power so they have a larger effect on the lands temperature.

One other factor in climate and weather change is the Global Ocean Conveyor Belt. The Global Ocean Conveyor Belt affects weather by transferring water throughout the oceans through conduction, convection. This conveyor belt is so big that it would take one drop of water 1000 years to travel the whole conveyor belt. Warm water gets transferred from the equator up to the Polar regions, and cold water from the Polar regions gets transferred to the equator. This causes the weather near the equator to be cooler, and the weather towards the North and South Poles to not be as cold as it would be otherwise.  These are some of the ways that oceans control land and air temperatures.



Math

All of your student’s assignments are accessible using the link sent home for Jupiter Grades access.  They do have math homework due every day Monday through Thursday of each week. Sometimes they will have homework due on Friday if we have a short week, or the group needs extra practice.  Please support your students in carving out time early in the afternoon to get their math homework finished. If a student is stuck on a problem, they are not to spend an undue amount of time struggling unproductively.  If they are truly stuck, they are to skip it, complete the assignment, and either come back to it later, or save it for going over in class. Odds are some other student(s) will be struggling with the same problem as well. I provide an opportunity to go over such problems before we check the assignment.


~ Carrie and India

Jon's Bi-weekly Update 11-16-18

posted Nov 19, 2018, 12:34 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Dear Middle School Family,

Thanks to all of you who participated in Family Conferences. It's always a pleasure to connect with families and sit around the table together to talk about how things are going. Please don't hesitate to contact Carrie or myself if you have questions, concerns, of if you'd just like to check in. We're happy to schedule time to meet and talk. We're in this together!

Humanities
The last two weeks have been pretty heavy in the back of Building B. While I was preparing to dive into the Reconstruction era following the US Civil War, I realized our students simply didn't have a deep enough understanding of the Reality of slavery in the birth and construction of the United States. 

We spent the two weeks up to parent conferences watching the first couple of episodes of the original Roots series from the 1970s. It's one of the most chilling, yet safe, introductions to the horrors of American Slavery that I've seen. Slavery is an institution that half the country at the time was willing to kill other Americans (and risk being killed) to maintain. An entire culture was built on the framework of institutionalized racism and cruelty. The South fought for their right to enslave Black people, and only Black people, with their lives.

Think about that reality for a second.

When the Civil War ended, and the Union remained intact, the culture of hatred did not simply evaporate into goodwill and new-found united patriotism. Quite the contrary. A whole new (legalized) system of racism and oppression was established nation-wide, and continues to evolve to this day, despite the progress we feel like we've made. 

We still have a lot of progress to make as a Nation 'for the People, by the People' if we're going to get anywhere near achieving "Liberty and Justice for All." We the People have a lot of work to do. Work is where we're headed as a middle school community. We're going to continue our study of who we are as a Nation, as a hopeful work in progress. 

Come Spring, we will engage in Service Learning Projects in our local community to exercise our civic duty in service of the Greater Good, to support our positive evolution as a Nation. It's good, important work. It's what progress looks like.

Communications
Holy sentence structure, Batman! We have been deeply workshopping, in small groups and as a whole class, how to write a Powerful Assertion. A Powerful Assertion is the spring the slender creek of sentences flows from to carve a Meaningful Paragraph.

The process we've been engaging in has been sincerely enlightening for me. Using the Article of the Week, the students start by writing what they think is the Powerful Assertion the AOW is making. Then they work in their table-groups to choose and revise one Best Sentence. Then each group writes their Best Sentence on the whiteboard and as a class, we revise their collective attempts into the most Powerful Assertion we can come up with. Then we strategize how to complete the paragraph based on the Powerful Assertion we've come up with, so they can complete it on their own. 

The strategic process I'm leading our students through for writing Meaningful Paragraphs is time-consuming. And absolutely invaluable. Together, the students are internalizing the editorial decisions that every writer has to make to write well. Soon, I'll be able to step back from the process for most of the students, and will still be able to work with smaller groups of folks who need more guidance through the process.

The students are already making leaps and bounds with their writing.

Electives Volunteer Opportunity!
We'll be changing up Electives after Winter Break. This is a really fun volunteer opportunity if you have some consistent flexibility in your daily schedule. We teach Electives on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday from 1:25-2:10pm, or on Fridays from 11:20am-1:05pm. The commitment is from when we get back in January until Spring Break. You must be able to commit to come every week. We don't have subs for Electives.

We're going to sign up for Electives the week for Winter Break, so please let me know if you would like to lead one. Yoga, Computer Programming, Sewing, Knitting, Juggling... If you love doing something, please share it with our students!

Maizzy and I love the work we get to do. Thank you for sharing your children with us. We grow together!

Best,
Jon and Maizzy

Ridgeline Middle School STEM News 10/24

posted Oct 25, 2018, 1:53 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Schoolwide Announcements

Lifetouch Picture Day –  Ridgeline’s Picture Day was Wednesday, October 24. Lifetouch order forms were sent home last week. If you didn’t get them in on time, you may still order photos online at Lifetouch. If your child missed picture day, retakes will be on Wednesday, November 28.

 

MOD Pizza - Our first restaurant fundraiser of the school year is coming up on Monday, October 29th. Bring in the flier (attached in your recent Ridgeline e-news) and MOD Pizza will donate 20% of your purchase to Ridgeline.

Family Conferences - Family Conferences are Thursday, November 8 and Friday, November 9th! We are excited to connect with you regarding your student’s progress.  Ridgeline highly recommends student attendance and participation during conferences. We also acknowledge that some conversations are best to have without the student present. Conferences will begin promptly with whomever is present and end at the scheduled time. Click HERE to sign up.  These are no school days.


Academics

Science - We have been investigating the relative heat capacity of water compared to land, reflection vs absorption of electromagnetic energy, and the processes of conduction, convection, and radiation. All this, in preparation to understand the processes driving Earth’s weather systems. The Project Based Inquiry Science textbook we are using in class is available digitally via the link provided in the Resources section at the end of this email.

Reflection Questions from this section:

Why is air over land warmer in the day than air over water?

-Students should refer to how water’s high heat capacity causes it to heat up and cool down more slowly than land.  

Which reflects more sunlight-dark soil or white sand? Green grass or a blacktop street? Why?

-How are conduction, convection alike? How are they different?

How does conduction transfer energy from hot substances to cold substances?



Math -  New students are adjusting well to our classroom math practices.  They are working well together in groups to solve problems and communicate their reasoning.  They are approaching concepts from many directions and in many ways in order to gain understanding of what they are actually manipulating when using math symbols to represent processes.  It is a joy to watch them gain understanding, and engage deeply with math processes. In order to understand and better support your student working in the CPM textbook, the “CPM Parent Support” link has been provided for you below.  


Warm Regards,

Carrie and India



Resources:

Weather Watch Student Edition Digital Textbook

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BxgNrBsjIH5uamJYMmhJRkM0QkE?usp=sharing


CPM Parent Support

https://cpm.org/parent-support/

Jon's Bi-weekly Update 10-24-18

posted Oct 24, 2018, 10:00 AM by Cynthia Friedman

IMPORTANT DATES:
Thurs-Fri, 11/8-11/9: NO SCHOOL! (Please Sign up for Conferences)
Mon, 11/12: NO SCHOOL: Veteran's Day
Fri, 11/16, 6pm: Barnes and Noble Bookfair
Tues, 11/20: Bring Veggies for Stone Soup
Wed, 11/21: Bring Bowl and Spoon for Stone Soup
Thurs-Fri, 11/22-11/23: NO SCHOOL: Thanksgiving
Mon, 12/24-Mon, 1/7: NO SCHOOL: Winter Break
Tues: 1/8: School Resumes


Please add the Ridgeline Middle School Calendar to your Google Calendars!
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Dear Middle School Family,

Students are wrapping up the scripts for the US History presentations early this week, and will be presenting to the class starting on Wednesday, October 24. Maizzy and I have been busy helping the students condense and edit what they've learned into clear, engaging scripts. We're proud of the effort they've put into these projects. It really shows.

Next week, we'll move forward into the Reconstruction Era (post Civil War, post Slavery), and on into the present. Once we have the context of how the United States has grown into being, we'll move into learning more about the work in progress that is our system of government. We have a lot of exciting work ahead of us!

Family Conferences
Please note that Family Conferences are on November 8th and 9th this year. There is no school on those days. It's a little different for Middle School than with the other grades, since Carrie and I both teach your student. You will schedule a conference with just one of us: your student's homeroom teacher. Your student's homeroom is where they eat their lunch. If you are not sure which teacher to schedule your conference with, just ask your student whose classroom they eat their lunch in.  Here's the link to sign up:


Please be sure to bring your student to the conference!

If you would like to talk about class-specific concerns, please don't hesitate to contact Carrie for Math/Science, or Jon for Communications/Humanities. We'd be happy to set up a time to meet.

Take care,
Jon and Maizzy

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