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Jon's Weekly Update 6-12-17

posted Jun 12, 2017, 12:43 PM by Cynthia Friedman

IMPORTANT DATES:
Tues, June 13, 5:30pm                        TRUE PERFORMANCE: Ridgeline Picnic!       Thurs, June 15, 6-8pm                                    8th Grade Graduation
Fri, June 16                                          Last Day of School 
Sat, June 17, 1:45-3:15pm                  TRUE PERFORMANCE: Harlow Neighborhood Block Party, North Park Community Church, 3484 Harlow Road, Eugene, Oregon 97401
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Dear Middle School Family,

We're almost there. There are many details to clarify.  Here we go:

Adventure Trip Cleanup!
The Adventure Trip was a great success. There are still coolers, tents, and sleeping bags in my classroom. Please pick them up ASAP!

Return Library Books
We're missing a ton of library books.  Please look around your home for books stamped with "Ridgeline Montessori" and send them back to school, so future students can enjoy them.

End of Year Picnic Tuesday
The end of the year picnic is Tuesday night from 5:30-7pm.  There are lots of fun activities planned!

Locker and Cubby Clean-out Wednesday
We're going to clear out the cubbies and lockers on Wednesday. Just fair warning that there may be a bunch of stuff coming home on Wednesday.

Graduation Thursday!
Graduation is this Thursday in the gym from 6-8pm. All are welcome. There will be a lovely ceremony and entertainment. There will also be a Ice Cream Sundae Bar.  Ridgeline is providing the ice cream. Please bring a topping (fruit or candy or sauce--NO NUTS, please) to share.

Star Wars Party Friday
It's finally going to happen. We're going to watch "Rogue One," and eat pizza.  Costumes are encouraged.  Please help! We need a parent volunteer to pick up pizzas and drinks from Costco and bring them to the party at 11:30am.

Last TRUE Performance this Saturday
Saturday, June 17, TRUE will be performing at the Harlow Neighborhood Block party at 1:45 and again at 2:45pmNorth Park Community Church, 3484 Harlow Road, Eugene, Oregon 97401.  We hope to see you there.

I think that's it. Have a safe summer.

Jon and Maizzy

Jon's Weekly Update 6-5-17

posted Jun 5, 2017, 2:40 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Dear Middle School Family,

Today is Friday.

On Monday, we will leave on our Adventure Trip! 

Please have your student to school by 8:40am, as usual. We will do a gear check, and load up the vehicles with gear. We hope to get on the road by 9:30am. We're not going to sweat it if we run a little late. 

Please pack a lunch for your student for Monday!

I've attached the gear list, in case you lost it. Of particular importance is the mesh bag and the plate/cup/fork/spoon. We will not bring extra dishware. We will have a cleaning station for every meal and will sanitize all dishware. We will have a line up for everyone to hang up their mesh bags with dishware to dry. You can get the bags cheap at TrueValue, or you can buy a cheap mess kit at REI or Walmart.

The weather is predicted to be (and I quote Accuweather) "Sunny and delightful." We will have sunscreen, but you know your kid best. Please send them with the clothing and protection they need to be comfortable. Also be sure to send a raincoat, because we'll be in the mountains, and you never know.

Please send only healthy snacks, but send your child with snacks. We will feed them three meals a day, but it's impossible for us to manage snacks/likes. We're going to be very active. I guarantee we won't be able to feed some of these growing, active teenagers enough. Snacks!

We will have access to clean drinking water and flush toilets! Please make sure your child brings a water bottle or a water pack. I recommend bringing a pack of "wet-wipes" or hand sanitizer, just to keep things clean.

One of the activities students will have to choose from is Disc Golf! If your student wants to participate, they must bring their own discs, or disc. They don't have to be disc golf specific discs. Any old frisbee works. Play it Again Sports has all kinds of discs.

You may hear from one of us again this weekend. Please ask questions sooner rather than later!

Woohoo!

Jon's Weekly Update 5-25-17

posted May 26, 2017, 11:04 AM by Cynthia Friedman

IMPORTANT DATES:
Thur, May 25, 3:15-4:15pm               ** LAST TRUE Rehearsal**
Sat, May 27, 12pm                              TRUE PERFORMANCE: Spencer Creek Grange
Fri., June 2                                           Move UP Day 
Mon, June 5-Thurs, June 8               Adventure Trip 2017
Fri, June 9                                          **NO SCHOOL--Middle School ONLY
Tues, June 13, 5:30pm                        TRUE PERFORMANCE: Ridgeline Picnic!       Thurs, June 15, 6-8pm                       8th Grade Graduation
Fri, June 16                                          Last Day of School
Sat, June 17, 1-3pm                            TRUE PERFORMANCE: Harlow Neighborhood Block Party
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Dear Middle School Family,

The days are winding up! I've been so proud of how seriously the students have been working on their tests. I've been even more impressed by how supportive they've been of each other in maintaining a "best work environment." Most students will finish by this Friday. We have until the end of next week for students who were out sick this week, or who are taking extra care to finish.

Adventure Trip 2017
The Adventure Trip Permission slips were due today. (I've attached it to this e-mail)  Your student MUST have it in by tomorrow, Friday, May 26, or they will not be able to join us on the trip. We are meeting as a team Friday afternoon to finalize the MASSIVE binder of paperwork we need to compile to be able to do these trips, and organize the final details for the trip. It's going to be AMAZING!

If your student doesn't join us on the trip, they must still attend school. We will make arrangements for them to stay in another classroom, and we will provide a packet of school work for them to complete during the classroom's work periods.

Please contact me or Carrie right away if you have any questions. 541-681-9662

Move Up Day
Next Friday, June 2, the 8th graders will be house-partying it up at the Matsuno's home. We'd like to extend our gratitude to the Matsuno family for making the day special for our 8th graders. Please encourage your student to be extra courteous and respectful.

The 7th graders will be hiking up to Mt. Baldy again this year with the up-coming 6th graders. So far, we have 6 volunteers from the 6th grade families. I'm really hoping we can get a couple of 7th grade parents to join us on the hike. 

The hike is about 6 miles round-trip from Ridgeline. It's mostly shaded. We need you to be in Jon's classroom no later than 9:10am. We'll be back by 1:15pm. It's a lot of fun...

Love and appreciation,
Jon and Maizzy

Jon's Weekly Update 5-22-17

posted May 23, 2017, 9:43 AM by Cynthia Friedman

MPORTANT DATES:
Fri., May 19                                         Jogathon
Sat, May 20, 4:30-6:30pmpm             TRUE PERFORMANCE: Student Uke Jam, Whirled Pies, Downtown
Mon, May 22                                       Smarter Balanced Testing Begins
Tues, May 23, 12:30pm-12am            TRUE PERFORMANCE: DT Portland and Arlene Schnitzer opening for Jake Shimabukuro and the Oregon Symphony
Thur, May 25, 3:15-4:15pm               ** LAST TRUE Rehearsal**
Sat, May 27, 12pm                              TRUE PERFORMANCE: Spencer Creek Grange 
Mon, June 5-Thurs, June 8              Adventure Trip 2017
Fri, June 9                                          **NO SCHOOL--Middle School ONLY
Tues, June 13, 5:30pm                        TRUE PERFORMANCE: Ridgeline Picnic!           Thurs, June 15, 6-8pm                       8th Grade Graduation
Fri, June 16                                          Last Day of School
Sat, June 17, 1-3pm                            TRUE PERFORMANCE: Harlow Neighborhood Block Party
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Dear Middle School Family,

Lots to talk about.  Let's get the important details out of the way first:

Adventure Trip
Currently, we have six parents counted in as confirmed chaperones. That amounts to 10 responsible adults on the trip. Thank you for volunteering, we have enough adults for the trip to be a solid, safe GO. Please let me know ASAP if your plans have changed. Please let me know if you are not listed, but would like to join us, even if for just a day or two. (There's paperwork and background checks that must be filled out!)

You should have received a permission slip last week. Please return it ASAP. Taking 50 teenagers camping requires a lot of planning. Last minute planning is very stressful.  Please help us out, and get it in early, so we can let this detail go.

Smarter Balanced Assessment
We start working on the Smarter Balanced Assessment next week. Not a big deal. It's just school work. The students are ready. If your student has opted out, I sincerely ask you to reconsider. They're going to do well, and it provides us with good data about how we can support their growth. (Please let me know if you change your mind.)

We will take the morning easy, and start working on the assessment at 9am. We'll take a half hour break at 10:30am, and chase the kids outside. Then we'll swap classes at 11am, and work on the other assessment until lunch at 12:30pm. Afternoons, electives and PE/Foreign Language will continue as usual.

Immigration Project Wrap-up 
We tried a new approach to the student presentations with this immigration project, and it has been an interesting success. Instead of making them stand up in front of the whole class and present, while the rest of the class (not)listens, we broke into small groups and had the students share their newfound expertise with the group to achieve a common purpose. Let me explain.

As you know, we've been studying US immigration policies and human stories for some time now. The students each chose a topic of interest that would help them fill out the "in general" story we all learned. Students asked questions such as: 

"Is Assad to blame for the crisis in Syria?"
"Could the Irish Potato Famine have been avoided?" 
"Were the immigration acts subsequent to the Page Act of 1875 discriminatory in nature?"
"Can an undocumented migrant worker become successful in the US?"
"Is there hope for refugees?"

Students have spent the last several weeks digging deep into the internet to explain the answer to the research question they formulated with careful coaching from me and Maizzy. They all prepared detailed presentations, expecting to present them to the whole class.  Instead, on Monday, we broke the students into diverse teams of 5, and the students presented their findings to their small groups with a clear common purpose.

We asked the students to listen to each other's presentations, and take notes, with a goal: The students had to combine their newfound expertise in their diverse perspectives to answer a single question: "Should the US abandon all immigration policies and allow anyone who wants to become a US citizen to easily become one?"

They spent the next two days putting together group presentations that combined all of their researched perspectives to provide an informed, well-argued explanation of their answer. We listened to 5 presentations in each class on Thursday, and the consensus was largely that our immigration policies need to be more equitable, and the processes more simple and fair. 

The students were particularly concerned about the refugee crises in Africa and Syria, and providing sanctuary for more of the people in the world who have no home to call Home.

I'm so proud of the deep empathy and compassion our students feel, and practice in their daily lives. It's been a joy to grow with them this school year.

One more week of hard work as we show off what we can do, and then we play together to finish off the year.

Love, love, love these responsible young adults.
Jon and Maizzy

Jon's Weekly Update 5-1-17

posted May 1, 2017, 1:04 PM by Cynthia Friedman

IMPORTANT DATES:
Tues, May 2, 3:15-4:15pm                  TRUE Rehearsal
Thur, May 4, 3:15-4:15pm                 TRUE Rehearsal
Tues, May 9, 3:15-4:15pm                  TRUE Rehearsal
Thurs, May 11                                      Field Trip: 7th Grade: Canopy Connections, 8th Grade: Tree2Tree
Thur, May 11, 3:15-4:15pm                 ****NO TRUE Rehearsal
Tues, May 16, 3:15-4:15pm                  TRUE Rehearsal
Thur, May 18, 3:15-4:15pm                 TRUE Rehearsal
Fri., May 19                                         Jogathon
Sat, May 20, 4-7pm                             TRUE PERFORMANCE: Student Uke Jam, Whirled Pies, Downtown
Mon, May 22                                       Smarter Balanced Testing Begins
Tues, May 23, 12:30pm-12am            TRUE PERFORMANCE: DT Portland and Arlene Schnitzer opening for Jake Shimabukuro and the Oregon Symphony
Thur, May 25, 3:15-4:15pm                LAST TRUE Rehearsal
Sat, May 27, 12pm                              TRUE PERFORMANCE: Spencer Creek Grange 
Mon, June 5-Thurs, June 8              Adventure Trip 2017
Fri, June 9                                          **NO SCHOOL--Middle School ONLY
Thurs, June 15, 6-8pm                       8th Grade Graduation
Fri, June 16                                          Last Day of School
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Dear Middle School Family,

Just a few important updates this week:

May 6 Work Party
On May 6, the middle school Groundskeeping and Gardening elective students are going to host a work party at Ridgeline to help get some big jobs done, including building the garden fence. We're going to need lots of help and tools!  Please click here to RSVP if you'd like to help.

Final Immigration Project
Students are deep in the process of working on their Immigration Projects. Much of our class time is going to be spent putting their projects together (at least 60 minutes every day between May 1 and May 10). Projects are DUE on Wednesday May 10. Students will workshop and refine their finished projects on May 11 and 12. Students will present their projects the week of May 15. Please check in with your student regularly, and encourage them to use their time in class wisely.

8th Grade Slideshow
Only 2 families have uploaded photos for the Graduation Slideshow. The Deadline we're shooting for is May 1. We need photos as soon as possible, so we can get the slideshow put together. Please see the e-mail I sent last week for details and instructions. 

8th Grade Photo Shoot
We're putting together a special gallery of photos of the 8th graders for graduation. Students are encouraged to bring costumes/props that help epitomize who they are (in this time and place). It's a fun project. Please help your student come up with ideas about how they want to dress/act for their photo. For example: One student last week brought her tutu and point shoes and did a ballet pose in front of cherry blossoms.

It's all happening too fast!
Jon & Maizzy

Jon's Weekly Update 4-24-17

posted Apr 24, 2017, 1:46 PM by Cynthia Friedman

IMPORTANT DATES:
Tues, April 25, 3:15-4pm, 6-6:45pm TRUE PERFORMANCE: Ridgeline Project Fair
Thurs, April 27, 6pm                          TRUE PERFORMANCE: OSLP Fundraiser, Sam Bonds Foundry
Tues, May 2, 3:15-4:15pm                  TRUE Rehearsal
Thur, May 4, 3:15-4:15pm                 TRUE Rehearsal
Tues, May 9, 3:15-4:15pm                  TRUE Rehearsal
Thurs, May 11                                      Field Trip: 7th Grade: Canopy Connections, 8th Grade: Tree2Tree
Thur, May 11, 3:15-4:15pm                 ****NO TRUE Rehearsal
Tues, May 16, 3:15-4:15pm                  TRUE Rehearsal
Thur, May 18, 3:15-4:15pm                 TRUE Rehearsal
Fri., May 19                                         Jogathon
Sat, May 20, 4-7pm                             TRUE PERFORMANCE: Student Uke Jam, Whirled Pies, Downtown
Mon, May 22                                       Smarter Balanced Testing Begins
Tues, May 23, 12:30pm-12am            TRUE PERFORMANCE: DT Portland and Arlene Schnitzer opening for Jake Shimabukuro and the Oregon Symphony
Sat, May 27, 12pm                              TRUE PERFORMANCE: Spencer Creek Grange 
Mon, June 5-Thurs, June 8              Adventure Trip 2017
Fri, June 9                                          **NO SCHOOL--Middle School ONLY
Thurs, June 15, 6-8pm                       8th Grade Graduation
Fri, June 16                                          Last Day of School
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Dear Middle School Family,

We've spent this school year digging into Democracy. I wish I could say it's been a perfectly planned, streamlined learning process, but... if that were the case, it wouldn't be a Learning process. Learning is messy. So is Democracy.

Democracy is an experiment.  It's an ideal that we're still striving to understand how to make happen. It starts with understanding how the ideal works: By the People, for the People. I refuse to give up hope that this is the true goal of our Democracy. There's no "easy path" when it comes to Liberty and Justice for ALL of our People. There is work. And more work.

In the middle school, we're working out what this means, in practical terms. What does it mean to be a Citizen? What makes Democracy work?

This was the topic of the essay your student has been working on these last two weeks. They read "The Creed of Democracy," published in the 1940s, that laid out 60 essential elements of Democracy. It's an incredible document that resonated deeply with our community. (I've attached it to this e-mail.) I asked the kids to highlight the 10 things they thought were most important. Then I coached the whole class, step by step, through the process of writing a 5 paragraph essay, over the course of two weeks.

As the students wrote each part of the essay, Introduction, Body, and Conclusion, Maizzy and I helped troubleshoot their essays individually, coaching them through their writing process (and their thought process). We've been scribbling all over their drafts and talking about their writing one on one. They've been fixing things up and coming back for more. After I scratched all over a student's third draft today, I told her, "I'm sorry. I know you thought you were done." She told me, enthusiastically, "No. I want to make it better." 

This! is the behavior our Democracy needs: "I want to make it better." What I've learned this year is that the more personally responsive we've been, as teachers, to the students' work, the more they are invested in doing their best work. It all starts with Important Work. There's a lot of important work to be done.

We have four more weeks of strictly "academic" work left in the school year. We will begin Smarter Balanced testing on May 22. Until then, students will be mainly working on their Immigration projects and one final writing project. We're going to treat the testing as just another assignment. It'll be pretty chill. There will be no other academic work while we're doing the testing. Electives will continue through to the end of the year.

Thank you to Peggy, Tiffany, Daniel, and Meredith for taking charge of the ice cream social and decorations for the 8th Grade Graduation on Thursday, June 15. We'll be in touch later in May to sort out details.

Thank you to Erin, Jen, Laura, Ethan, Darcy, and Erik or Lela Zapata-Minchow for volunteering to join us on the Adventure Trip from June 5-8. That brings the adult total to 10 with Jon, Carrie, Maizzy, and Taylor.  There are 50 students going on this trip! I think we've got it covered, but if you'd like to join us, please let me know, ASAP!

Lot's of uke-tivity in the next month. No after school TRUE Rehearsals this week. We're playing for Project Fair, instead, on Tuesday, and we're playing at Sam Bonds Foundry on Thursday evening.

This is my favorite part of the school year. So much going on!

Best,
Jon and Maizzy

Jon's Weekly Update 4-14-17

posted Apr 14, 2017, 11:11 AM by Cynthia Friedman

IMPORTANT DATES:
Sat, April 15, 1pm                               TRUE PERFORMANCE: Jordan Schnitzer Art Museum, UO 
Tues, April 18, 3:15-4:15pm               TRUE Rehearsal
Thurs, April 20, 3:15-4:15pm            TRUE Rehearsal
Tues, April 25, 3:15-4pm, 6-6:45pm TRUE PERFORMANCE: Ridgeline Project Fair
Thurs, April 27, 6pm                          TRUE PERFORMANCE: OSLP Fundraiser, Sam Bonds Foundry
Tues, May 2, 3:15-4:15pm                  TRUE Rehearsal
Thurs, May 4, 3:15-4:15pm               TRUE Rehearsal
Tues, May 9, 3:15-4:15pm                  TRUE Rehearsal
Thurs, May 11                                      Field Trip: 7th Grade: Canopy Connections, 8th Grade: Tree2Tree
Fri., May 19                                          Jogathon
Sat, May 20, 4-7pm                             TRUE PERFORMANCE: Student Uke Jam, Whirled Pies, Downtown
Mon, May 22                                       Smarter Balanced Testing Begins
Tues, May 23, 12:30pm-12am            TRUE PERFORMANCE: DT Portland and Arlene Schnitzer opening for Jake Shimabukuro and the Oregon Symphony
Sat, May 27, 12pm                              TRUE PERFORMANCE: Spencer Creek Grange 
Mon, June 5-Thurs, June 8              Adventure Trip 2017
Fri, June 9                                          **NO SCHOOL--Middle School ONLY
Thurs, June 15, 6-8pm                      8th Grade Graduation
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Dear Middle School Family,

The school year is wrapping up fast. This week, we started building full-fledged essays out of paragraphs.  The students' writing has improved so much this year. It's exciting to see them put their skills to work on a more complex task.

We finished watching "The New Americans" this week, as well. It's been an extremely humanizing window into the modern immigration experience into the United States. The students are wrapping up their investigation into US immigration laws, and are beginning their "Deep Research" projects. 

Students are digging into everything from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, to what's happening in Syria, to personal family immigration stories, to refugee camps, to the history of immigration law, to...  It's going to be fun to help guide their explorations over the next few weeks.

Adventure Trip 2017
The Adventure Trip is just around the corner.  Thank you Tina Matsuno for volunteering to manage the food situation.  We'll be going to Wolf Creek Group Campground in the Umqua National Forest, about 30 miles east of Roseburg.  It's a 2-hour drive from Ridgeline.  We will leave first thing Monday morning, June 5, and return home in the afternoon on Thursday, June 8

Middle School will not have class on Friday, June 9 (the rest of the school is off on Monday, June 5).  Cost for the 4 day, 3 night trip is $60 per student. If you want to join us for the trip (we need 7 more parent chaperones), please let me know, ASAP! Thank you Jen, Erin, and Laura for signing on early!

8th Grade Graduation
Graduation this year will be the biggest in Ridgeline's history.  It's hard to believe we have 27 students graduating this year!  Graduation will be in the gym at Ridgeline on Wednesday, June 14, from 6-8pm.  The tradition is that 7th grade parents step up to help decorate and organize an ice cream sundae bar, so the 8th grade parents (and the teachers) can be present for the ceremony.  Please let me know if you'd like to volunteer to manage the ice cream.  Thank you Meredith and Daniel for volunteering early!

Fence Building Expertise Needed
The middle school is looking for a consultant to help them with plans for building a garden fence. They need an expert in this area; someone who can guide them in how to build a lovely, durable, well-constructed fence. Students will be working with Middle School Assistant Taylor Makin on this project. She is thinking of livestock paneling with a wooden frame. If you can lend a hand in this area please contact Taylor at taylor.makin@ridgeline.org.

Ukulele Update
This Saturday, April 15, is a big Family Day at the Jordan Schnitzer Art Museum at the UO.  Visit the Museum for free!  There will be storytellers and dancers, and TRUE is performing at 1pm.  It's going to be a fun day. 

Project Fair is April 25. To represent what happens in the back of Building B, TRUE will be performing in front of the school from 3:30-4:00pm, and from 6:15-6:45pm.

The rest of the year is going to be Action Packed!  Hold on to your hats.
Jon and Maizzy

Carrie's Weekly Update 4-14-17

posted Apr 14, 2017, 10:17 AM by Cynthia Friedman

April 17

Track Town Pizza Fundraiser

April 25th

Project Fair

April 28

Canopy Connections Permission Slips Coming Home to Families of 7th Graders.

April 24 - 27

Volunteer Appreciation Week

May 1 - 5

Staff Appreciation Week

May 11th

Canopy Connections Field Trip (7th Graders)

May 11th

8th Grade Tree2Tree Trip

May 12th

SCHOOL IN SESSION - Hazardous Weather Make Up Day

May 19th

Jog-A-Thon

May 29th

Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

June 2

Move Up Day

June 5 - 8

Middle School Adventure Trip

June 12th

Mazzi’s Restaurant Fundraiser

June 13th

End of the Year Picnic

June 14th

Field Day

June 15th

8th Grade Graduation

June 16th

Night at the EM’s


Announcements


Families of Seventh Grade Students

Canopy Connections Field Trip Permission Forms came home FRIDAY.  They are due back April 28th.

We are looking forward to a great day in the woods, learning about ecology with some enthusiastic college students!


Eighth Grade Students Attending South Eugene High School

Eighth grade students attending SEHS next fall and their parents are invited to the Incoming 9th Grade Information and Forecasting Night on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 6:30pm - 9:00pm.  The event will begin in the SEHS cafeteria with a welcome from the SEHS Parent Council. Families will get important information about SEHS, the trimester schedule, credit and class requirements, and the scheduling process.


Department representatives will present information about ninth grade core and elective classes and course options. SEHS students attending IHS in 2017-18 will get information about their IHS courses.  Students will receive a 9th Grade Curriculum Guide/Workbook, a SEHS Curriculum Guide and a Forecasting Course Request form. They can begin the forecasting process that evening.  In early May, SEHS staff will be visiting each local middle school to complete the Forecasting Course Request process with students.

Please plan to attend this important evening designed to give incoming ninth grade students and their families essential information about high school and begin the process of forecasting for Freshman courses.  We look forward to welcoming you.


Elsa Andrew

Registrar, South Eugene High School

Eugene School District 4J

andrew_e@4j.lane.edu

Phone 541-790-8015


Math

Sometimes we get caught up in the details and miss the big picture.  Math is not just getting a problem correct one at a time, it is more importantly an excellent vehicle for learning how to learn.  Students tend to see each problem as an end in itself.  I remind them to step back.  Each problem is an opportunity to practice a skill.  Whether that skill is using conversion unit fractions to convert ounces to gallons, or feet to kilometers, it is knowledge of the relationship between units, and mastery of using conversion unit fractions that is the goal of the work.  

Fluency is required in each skill one learns this year. As students progress through the curriculum they will need to decide when and how to apply and combine those skills as the complexity of the work increases.  

Our success in math provides feedback we can use to explore how our work habits impact our learning.  We can practice looking for patterns in our errors, brainstorming reasons for the pattern, and creating a plan for changing those limiting habits.  Process, pattern awareness, and learning about learning. Those are our goals.


Life Science

Last week we decided that our data was correlated, so we moved forward to analyzing our results.  This week, each student group decided how to graph our class results.  Since each group did their own iteration of the experiment, so we have 7 repetitions of the same experiment in each class.  In order to graph our results, some students decided to create an area graph and average the number of fronds counted each day we collected data.  Some groups created a bar graph of the increase in frond growth overall between the first day and the last day data was collected.  Students graphed the uncertainty in our results as well.  Students will explain why they chose to use one graph over another, and what they illustrate about our experiment results.  

We now are interpreting our graphs, and writing our conclusions for the experiment.  


Carrie and Taylor


carrie.culliton@ridgeline.org

taylor.makin@ridgeline.org

Carrie's Weekly Update 4-7-17

posted Apr 7, 2017, 12:09 PM by Cynthia Friedman

April 17

Track Town Pizza Fundraiser

April 25th

Project Fair

April 28

Canopy Connections Permission Slips Coming Home to Families of 7th Graders.

April 24 - 27

Volunteer Appreciation Week

May 1 - 5

Staff Appreciation Week

May 11th

Canopy Connections Field Trip (7th Graders)

May 11th

8th Grade Tree2Tree Trip

May 12th

SCHOOL IN SESSION - Hazardous Weather Make Up Day

May 29th

Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

June 2

Move Up Day

June 5 - 8

Middle School Adventure Trip

June 12th

Field Day

June 12th

Mazzi’s Restaurant Fundraiser

June 13th

End of the Year Picnic

June 15th

8th Grade Graduation

June 16th

Night at the EM’s


Dear Middle School Families,

This has been a rough week for Ridgeline Staff and Families.  The supportive and connected culture that we have created and continue to create together here at Ridgeline is a great gift that we all simultaneously give and receive.  Our students thrive in this environment.  I see proof every day in our amazing middle school students.  It is a joy to come to school every day and work, laugh, and face challenges with your students.  I embrace the poignant paradox, and embrace the people in my life fully, as I continue to walk around with a full and breaking heart.  


Life Science

We are plotting our Plant Growth as an indicator of water quality experimental data this week, and comparing it to results from the same experiment conducted by Ridgeline Students two years ago.  In order to better compare and analyze our results, we created scatter plots of the data from both experiments.  To create our graphs, we found the highest and lowest values in the data sets, created a reasonable and consistent scale to best illustrate the information, and plotted our points.   If we decided the data is correlated, we then found the line of best fit.   After comparing and discussing our results, we will write our data analyses and conclusions.


With Highest Regard,

Carrie and Taylor

carrie.culliton@ridgeline.org

taylor.makin@ridgeline.org

Jon's Weekly Update 3-23-17

posted Mar 24, 2017, 10:38 AM by Cynthia Friedman

IMPORTANT DATES:
Mon-Fri, March-31                          ***NO SCHOOL--Spring Break
Tues, April 4, 3:15-4:15:                  TRUE Rehearsal
Thurs, April 6, 3:15-4:15:               TRUE Rehearsal
Tues, April 11, 3:15-4:15:                TRUE Rehearsal
Thurs, April 13, 3:15-4:15:             TRUE Rehearsal
Sat, April 15, 1pm                           TRUE PERFORMANCE: Jordan Schnitzer Art Museum, UO 
Thurs, April 27, 6pm                      TRUE PERFORMANCE: OSLP Fundraiser, Sam Bonds Foundry
Sat, May 20, 4-7pm                         TRUE PERFORMANCE: Student Uke Jam, Whirled Pies, Downtown
Mon, May 22                                   Smarter Balanced Testing Begins
Tues, May 23, 12:30pm-12am        TRUE PERFORMANCE: DT Portland and Arlene Schnitzer opening for Jake Shimabukuro and the Oregon Symphony
Sat, May 27, 12pm                           TRUE PERFORMANCE: Spencer Creek Grange 

FUTURE EVENTS
Thurs, May 11                                   7th Grade: Canopy Connections, 8th Grade: Tree2Tree
Mon, June 5-Thurs, June 8              Adventure Trip 2017
Fri, June 9                                          **NO SCHOOL--Middle School ONLY
Thurs, June 15, 6-8pm                      8th Grade Graduation

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Dear Middle School Family,

It's been a fascinating week. We started Monday by putting our families on the map.  As best we could find out, students marked on a collective Google Map where their families came from, and where they settled in the United States. It was harder than most of them imagined to find out this information.  (I wish I had had them change the color of the Country of Origin Tab and the US Tab, but it's pretty clear: anything outside the US is a Country of Origin.)

The map (and dates--scroll through the name list) are completely fascinating. We all come from somewhere else.  We are a nation of immigrants. The diversity of the stories that brought our families here is mind-boggling.  And, for many of us, completely unknown.  They are stories of struggle, hardship, luck, oppression, hard work--that much we know.  

The fact that we are here, in the United States, healthy and strong, educated, asking after these stories is a true testament to the Heroism of our ancestors' stories.

We've been learning just how true that is. It's no easy task to become a US citizen if you aren't born into it.  After a quick overview of the Immigration process, we started watching the documentary, "The New Americans," to get a better idea of how the process works in real life.  

So far, we've been following the story of a family who fled violence in Nigeria, and their transition to life in Chicago after two years in a refugee camp, waiting their turn, the story of a young college graduate from Palestine and her marriage to a Palestinian American, and the emotional struggle of leaving her homeland, and the story of a pair of Major League Baseball hopefuls from the Dominican Republic, being trained in the Dodgers' training camp.

We'll return to their stories after Spring Break, and we'll also hear stories of other folks who are working through the process of becoming an American.  We'll be bringing in guest speakers as well.

The students have a ton of questions about how this whole process works.  We've pared it down to 70 questions, and the students are working in teams to find the government policies and come up with the answers.

In mid-April, after we've set the "common ground" for understanding, students will engage in either Research or Service projects of deep personal interest around immigration issues.  We'll hold an "Immigration Conference" at the end of May, so the students can share their what they've learned.  I'm still processing how big a deal we should make of this. A lot will depend on how deeply the students embrace it, how far they want to take it.  Our community is in desperate need of what the students are learning...

I am sincerely humbled by the curiosity, inquisition, and compassion the students are bringing to this important topic. 

Please enjoy your time together this Spring Break. Share stories!  Make some new ones!

Best wishes,
Jon & Maizzy

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