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Carrie's Update 10-24-19

posted Oct 24, 2019, 1:19 PM by Cynthia Friedman

One mission, One Vision, One School, One Community

Upcoming Events

Thursday and Friday, November 7 & 8

NO SCHOOL - Conferences

Monday, November 11

NO SCHOOL - Veterans Day

Friday, November 15 at 6pm

Barnes and Noble Book Fair

Friday, November 22

Term 2 Ends

Tuesday, November 26

Send Vegetables for Stone Soup

Wednesday, Nov. 27

Stone Soup - Bring a Bowl and Spoon!

November 28 & 29

NO SCHOOL - Happy Thanksgiving!


Academics

Absences - Students are required to make up math and science assignments that are missing due to absences.  An ‘abs’ in the grade book negatively affects the students grade as if it were ‘missing.’ Students have up to a week after returning from an absence to get this work checked off.  These are not hard and fast rules, but it is generally better for the student, the quicker this takes place. What they missed is foundational to understand what they will be doing when they return. 


For alternate credit in science, absent students are to:

- Access Jupiter Grades to identify math and science assignments that are being missed.

- Use the link below to gain digital access to our Interactions in Physical Science Textbook.  

- Read through each Lab Activity we conduct during their absence.

- Write out the vocabulary terms (found in bold in the text) and definitions from the portion of the activity that they missed.  

- When students return they can connect with a fellow student (ask India or myself for a reference), and have them explain what we did, and how to answer the key question for the activity.  They will need to copy this answer in their notebook!

- Students will need to place a sticky note on the late or missing assignment to flag that we need to check it.  They are to write on the sticky note if it was not completed due to an absence!


Science 

This week we continued our investigations into interactions. Students apply analysis and communication skills while describing interactions. Supporting their claims by describing their experimental results, using all of their directly observed evidence, not opinion (previous knowledge), your students are building the skills and work habits of scientists!

The questions we explored in Activities 4 and 5 this week:

  • What are the defining characteristics of an electric-circuit interaction? 

    • What materials, elements, and connections are necessary for an electric-circuit interaction?

    • What was evidence of an electric-circuit interaction in one of our investigations?

  • What are some variables that influence an electric-circuit interaction?

    • What happened (did we observe in our light bulbs) when we increased/decreased the number of cells in a circuit?

    • What is the difference between a series circuit and a parallel circuit? Which do you think you have in your house? 

  • How do electromagnets work?

    • Vocabulary terms: Iron core, power source, copper coil. 

  • Do electromagnets need to be connected to a power source to function as a magnet?

  • How do buzzers work?

    • Video:  Build your own Buzzer Project     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3fvpIan5x4


Math 

Homework is checked and graded at the beginning of the math period on the day that it is due. Students trade notebooks with a peer, score it (students get credit for each correct answer), trade back, calculate their percent, and get it checked off with India or myself.  Sometimes this doesn’t happen till Thursday or Friday when we do our notebook checks. 


Late Work - Some students are getting bogged down in late math assignments.  Even if an assignment is only partially completed, students are to trade notebooks in the group, so another student can check what they have completed for the assignment due that day.  Then they are to go work on old math assignments while the rest of the group continues to grade the current assignment. As soon as the group transitions to working on the assignment due the next day, they are to join the group and focus on completing the current assignment. Current work is the priority! Very soon we will implement a restriction on turning in late work. It will be accepted only if under a week overdue.   Late assignments will receive no more than 80% credit. (This rule does not apply to assignments that are late due to excused absences, and are turned in within a week of the absence.)


Math Tests will be taken at the end of each chapter.  Students have up to two class periods to complete the test.  Students are required to show their work on the scratch paper provided.  Tests are heavily weighted in comparison to homework, participation, and notebook organization grades.


Homework and Test Correction Policy - Homework grades are entered into Jupiter Grades as percentage points.  A score of 80% accuracy or higher is considered mastery of the material. We encourage students who have earned below 80% on a test or homework assignment to rework missed problems, note the source of error(s), and specifically describe a new habit they will work on building in the future.  For instance if they didn’t read the directions completely, they can write a note adjacent to the problem, “In the future, I will read all of the directions for problem twice, before beginning work on the problem.” Students can check off Homework Corrections with us during study hall, and Friday work period. Another option is to arrange to meet with us after school.  Test corrections can be turned in to the “Done Correcting” rack provided in the classroom. Students who have achieved 80% mastery are encouraged to turn their energy towards learning new material. Corrected assignments will receive no more than 80% credit.  


Enjoy the fall colors and hot tea weather!

Carrie and India


Resources

Link to the Interactions in Physical Science Textbook:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BxgNrBsjIH5uazNzY0JEQVhXMk0?usp=sharing

NOTE! Ridgeline Middle School students may ONLY access this link using their ridgeline email address.


CPM Core Connections 2 and Core Connections 3 Student EBook sign In:

  1.  Students are to sign in to their Ridgeline Google account using their Ridgeline address.

  2. Go to https://sso.cpm.org/

  3. Students use the “Sign in with Google” link to sign in to their assigned ebook.

    1. The CPM ebook has supports and homework help for each assignment.


CPM Parent Support Page:

https://cpm.org/parent-support

CPM Homework Support

http://homework.cpm.org


Jon's Update 10-14-19

posted Oct 24, 2019, 1:14 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Important Dates

Tues & Thurs 3:10-4:00 pm TRUE Rehearsals

Mon-Fri, 10/28-11/1 Spirit Week Dress-Up (See Below)

Thurs & Fri, 11/7-11/8          **NO SCHOOL: Conferences

Mon, 11/11                              **NO SCHOOL: Veteran's Day

Fri, 11/15 Barnes and Noble Fundraiser

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Dear Middle School Family,


We made it through the first term of 2019! Monday, October 14 marked the fresh start of a new term. Grades reset and we start over. Please check in with your student regularly and encourage them to stay on top of their school-work. If they're using their time appropriately at school, there should be no need for them to bring work home.


Humanities

Our field trip to Elijah Bristow State Park was a great success. Thanks to Dena, Kathee, and Andi for helping transport students and chaperone the trip. We spent the morning gathering evidence and imagining what it would be like to live in various environments in the park without any modern amenities. After lunch, we spent the afternoon socializing, playing games, and building community.


We finished watching "The Incredible Human Journey" this week. Links to the episodes are in Jupiter Ed. If your student misses those days of school, they are responsible for watching the episodes and taking notes at home.


Over the next few weeks, we'll be putting together the pieces of our land-based communities, BANDS. We will develop their systems of social and economical organization, as well as their cultures, in interaction with their physical environment. We should be finishing up, hopefully, in time for a "Museum Display" in time for conferences in November.


Communications
Starting this week, we'll be diversifying the content for our "AOW" assignments. Students will be writing "They Say/I Say" responses to paintings, graphs, charts, and a variety of writing styles, in addition to articles. We'll also be working on more intentionally crafting sentences over the next few weeks. Writing is difficult! And their progress is already evident.


Art in Middle School

Pete and Melanie Germond-Goldlust came in to teach an art class for the middle school students during Health last week.  They'll be joining us once a month for the rest of the year to do Art lessons between Health units. We're super grateful for their support of our students.


Spirit Week

The Middle School is going to take next week's "Spirit Week" celebration a step further. Please encourage your student to dress up and join in the Fun.

Montessori Monday: Sport your favorite Ridgeline Apparel.

Turtle(neck) Tuesday: Anything Turtle-y goes: Turtlenecks, turtles, green... Be creative.

Pajama Wednesday: Bringing back Onesie Wednesday.

Crazy Socks Thursday: Nuff said.

Rainbow Friday: All the colors!


Conferences

Conferences are on Thursday, November 7, and Friday, November 8. You can sign up here: Carrie Conference Sign-up.   Jon Conference Sign-up.


Please sign up to meet with just one of us (Jon or Carrie). Also, please be sure to bring your student to the conference. We look forward to talking with you about their success!


The second term is off to a good start. Please encourage your kids to keep up the good work. Middle school doesn't get easier with time, it gets easier with practice.


Cheers!

Jon and Maizzy


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Message from our Middle School Room Parents 


Hi All!

I hope you've all had a really nice week. Thank you for opting in to receive Room Parent update and announcement emails. The goal is not to overload, so I will be working closely with Jon and Carrie to make sure we get you the information that is needed and any fun activities our kiddos might be interested in.


Kathee Palfy and I are here to support and assist you, if needed. Please feel welcome to seek our assistance with anything you might need. We will do our best to help or guide you in the right direction.


Our Jog-a-thon event was a great success...all of our Ridgeline students ran a total of 670 miles! This is your friendly reminder to collect and send in your student's Jog-a-thon pledges! They are due on Monday, October 14th. Remember to get receipts to your donors if they need one for tax purposes. Our fundraising goal for the year is $100,000 and the Jog-a-thon is a significant part of that. Here is the link to the online donation form: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/Jog-A-Thon


There are a couple of middle school kiddos who would like me to announce that hanging out at Tugman Park on Fridays after school is a fun activity.  It has been an informal tradition with Ridgeline middle schoolers, off and on, for many years. This is NOT a school-sponsored event and you/your student must assume responsibility for your selves.  With that said, I know a few students (my own, Kaiyon, included) who will try to get down there most Fridays when the weather is decent. 

Have a great week and I'll check back in again soon.

~Dena (Adrena) Mohtadi

adrenam@gmail.com

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One mission, One Vision, One School, One Community

School wide News

3rd Attendance Message:

Thank you for being a part of Ridgeline’s community.  Here are a few ways you can help keep your child’s attendance regular.

 

·      Make appointments with the doctor or dentist in the late afternoon so your child misses as little school as possible.

·      Call the school as soon as you know your child will be absent and tell the school staff why your child will be out and for how long.

·      Be prepared to get a doctor’s note when requested by school personnel.

·      Schedule trips exclusively during school breaks.

·      Reach out to staff, RCO, or the class parents if you don’t feel connected.  Connection matters!


Jon's Update 10-21-19

posted Oct 23, 2019, 8:13 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Important Dates

Tues & Thurs 3:10-4:00 pm TRUE Rehearsals

Wed, 10/23 Picture Retakes

Thurs & Fri, 11/7-11/8          **NO SCHOOL: Conferences

Mon, 11/11                              **NO SCHOOL: Veteran's Day

Fri, 11/15 Barnes and Noble Fundraiser

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Dear Middle School Family,


We made it through the first term of 2019! Monday, October 14 marked the fresh start of a new term. Grades reset and we start over. Please check in with your student regularly and encourage them to stay on top of their school-work. If they're using their time appropriately at school, there should be no need for them to bring work home.


Humanities

Our field trip to Elijah Bristow State Park was a great success. Thanks to Dena, Kathee, and Andi for helping transport students and chaperone the trip. We spent the morning gathering evidence and imagining what it would be like to live in various environments in the park without any modern amenities. After lunch, we spent the afternoon socializing, playing games, and building community.


We will continue watching "The Incredible Human Journey," episodes 3 and 4, this week. Links to the episodes are in Jupiter Ed. If your student misses those days of school, they are responsible for watching the episodes and taking notes at home.


Over the next few weeks, we'll be putting together the pieces of our land-based communities, BANDS. We will develop their systems of social and economical organization, as well as their cultures, in interaction with their physical environment. We should be finishing up, hopefully, right around conference time in November.


Communications
Starting this week, we'll be diversifying the content for our "AOW" assignments. Students will be writing "They Say/I Say" responses to paintings, graphs, charts, and a variety of writing styles, in addition to articles. We'll also be working on more intentionally crafting sentences over the next few weeks. Writing is difficult! And their progress is already evident.


Art in Middle School

Pete and Melanie Germond-Goldlust came in to teach an art class for the middle school students during Health last week.  They'll be joining us once a month for the rest of the year to do Art lessons between Health units. We're super grateful for their support of our students.


Please encourage your kids to keep up the good work. Middle school doesn't get easier with time, it gets easier with practice.


Cheers!

Jon and Maizzy


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Message from our Middle School Room Parents 


Hi All!

I hope you've all had a really nice week. Thank you for opting in to receive Room Parent update and announcement emails. The goal is not to overload, so I will be working closely with Jon and Carrie to make sure we get you the information that is needed and any fun activities our kiddos might be interested in.


Kathee Palfy and I are here to support and assist you, if needed. Please feel welcome to seek our assistance with anything you might need. We will do our best to help or guide you in the right direction.


Our Jog-a-thon event was a great success...all of our Ridgeline students ran a total of 670 miles! This is your friendly reminder to collect and send in your student's Jog-a-thon pledges! They are due on Monday, October 14th. Remember to get receipts to your donors if they need one for tax purposes. Our fundraising goal for the year is $100,000 and the Jog-a-thon is a significant part of that. Here is the link to the online donation form: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/Jog-A-Thon


There are a couple of middle school kiddos who would like me to announce that hanging out at Tugman Park on Fridays after school is a fun activity.  It has been an informal tradition with Ridgeline middle schoolers, off and on, for many years. This is NOT a school-sponsored event and you/your student must assume responsibility for your selves.  With that said, I know a few students (my own, Kaiyon, included) who will try to get down there most Fridays when the weather is decent. 

Have a great week and I'll check back in again soon.

~Dena (Adrena) Mohtadi

adrenam@gmail.com

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One mission, One Vision, One School, One Community

School wide News

3rd Attendance Message:

Thank you for being a part of Ridgeline’s community.  Here are a few ways you can help keep your child’s attendance regular.

 

·      Make appointments with the doctor or dentist in the late afternoon so your child misses as little school as possible.

·      Call the school as soon as you know your child will be absent and tell the school staff why your child will be out and for how long.

·      Be prepared to get a doctor’s note when requested by school personnel.

·      Schedule trips exclusively during school breaks.

·      Reach out to staff, RCO, or the class parents if you don’t feel connected.  Connection matters!


Jon's Update 10-1-19

posted Oct 21, 2019, 12:26 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Important Dates

Tues & Thurs 3:10-4:00 pm TRUE Rehearsals

Thurs, 10/10, 9am-3pm Elijah Bristow Park Fieldtrip

Fri, 10/11                                 **NO SCHOOL: State-wide In-Service Day

Wed, 10/23 Picture Retakes

Thurs & Fri, 11/7-11/8          **NO SCHOOL: Conferences

Mon, 11/11                              **NO SCHOOL: Veteran's Day

Fri, 11/15 Barnes and Noble Fundraiser

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Dear Middle School Family,


It was fantastic to have such a positive turnout for our classroom meeting last Wednesday. Thanks for taking time to come in and connect. It always cracks me up to see how worked up Carrie and I get when we have the opportunity share about our middle school program. We're proud of the work we do and our role in this community.


By now, you've had the opportunity to log in to Jupiter Ed, and see what your student is up to at school, and what they are, and aren't getting done. I spoke on Wednesday night about the "Grades Game." It's for real.


Right now, we're taking things really slow, and helping the students get into the rhythm of accountability and our systems for supporting their academic progress. Grades are just flags, showing your student where they're at in the process, progress of learning. Please check in with your student regularly, and help support their positive relationship with accountability.


If at any time, you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me or Carrie. We're here to help!


Humanities

This week, we are beginning a Humanities unit on human origins and the evolution of culture. We'll be watching the BBC documentary, "The Incredible Human Journey" over the course of the next few weeks. Students will also be working in small groups to develop land-based societies, "Bands," literally from the ground up. Resources, social systems, mythology... We will explore the way culture is created in harmony with the physical environment we live in.


Next week Thursday, October 10, we'll be taking a whole class field trip to Elijah Bristow State Park to get a firsthand experience of the regions in which the Bands will be developed. We need 1 more parent chaperone to help us drive students out there, and spend the day with us. We'll leave school at 9am, complete our explorations by lunch, hike and enjoy the park, and be back at school in time for dismissal at 3:05pm.


Communications

Every week, the students will have a two-part Article of the Week assignment. They receive the article on Monday for annotation, and are responsible for annotating and responding to the article by the end of the week. While this isn't a homework assignment, necessarily, if your student is going to prioritize anything as a "homework" assignment from my class, this should be the one. As they get more experienced completing this assignment, it will become easier and take them less time, but for now, extra time at spent at home may be time well spent.


Have a great week!

Jon and Maizzy

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School wide News

One Mission, One Vision, One School, One Community

2nd Attendance Message:

Here at Ridgeline we have set an attendance goal of 95% for each student.  Essentially, out of about 172 school days, you should strive to miss less than 8.5 total days.  Regular attendance is the base element in a rigorous education. Did you know?

 

·       83% of students chronically absent in kindergarten and first grade do not read at grade level by third grade.

·       Students that cannot read at grade level by third grade are four times more likely to drop out prior to graduation than students that read at grade level.

·       Build good habits early, most children’s habits are unlikely to change much after age nine.

·       Parents whose children were often absent underestimate the amount of days absent by about 45%

 

Thank you for being such an important part of your child’s education!


Classroom Parent Reminders

Hi there Middle School Families!


Bike and Walk to School Day next week! - A favorite annual event is Bike & Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 2.  Parent volunteers lead a biking train from the Amazon Station along the new cycle track to school, and a walking train from The Annex. We need at least 4 volunteers to bike and 4 to walk with students. Sign up in the office to volunteer or email Cynthia Friedman at cynthia.friedman@ridgeline.org.


Cheers!

~Adrena (Dena) Mohtadi and Kathee Palfy, your Middle School room parents

--
Jon Labrousse
Middle School Teacher

Carrie's Update 10-12-19

posted Oct 21, 2019, 11:53 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Middle School Update Week of 10/10/19


Middle School Family,

A skill with which we are experiencing some growing pains around is maintaining focus on the task at hand. Evidence of strength of focus is choosing to consistently and thoroughly read directions.  In science, this is essential for conducting the experiment correctly and completely. In math, there were some near breakdowns this week when students realized that they did not follow the directions for which problems to do for an assignment.  Breakdowns were narrowly averted when we informed them that we’d accept the problems they did for credit, as long as the student practiced the required range of concepts.

Academics

Science - This week, we began work in Chapter 2, in which we conduct experiments to answer the question, “How can you describe interactions?”  Students continue to grapple with the challenge of describing an interaction using only directly observed evidence, not opinion (previous knowledge). 

The questions we explored in Activities 2 and 3

  • What are the defining characteristics of a magnetic interaction? In other words, what pattern of interactions can you observe that indicate an interaction involves two magnets vs a magnet and a magnetic material?  What is a magnetic material, anyway?

  • What are some defining characteristics of an electric-charge interaction?

  • What are some similarities and differences between magnetic and electric-charge interactions?

Math - This week started out pretty rough with many students missing math assignments, but we really pulled it together over the course of the week.  Many students have worked hard to get caught up or almost caught up. Way to go! 

We have slowed down our math assignment process for students working in the CPM curriculum. We often will conduct a lesson during one math period, and correct it the next.  This would mean on the day we spent correcting a math assignment, there would be no homework. Math is a language that must be practiced every day, and you can never have too much practice at this level in manipulating fractions.  On the days we do not require CPM homework we will be requiring the students to do an assignment out of the Martin-Gay Math Packet. Copies of the assignments will be in a green folder that your student is to use as a textbook (not to write in).  There is front matter with excellent examples for how to conduct the problems assigned out of the Exercise Set. Most of the time, the problems assigned will be #3 to some number, every third problem (3,6,9,12,15,...) 



Message from our Middle School Room Parents 


Hi All!

I hope you've all had a really nice week. Thank you for opting in to receive Room Parent update and announcement emails. The goal is not to overload, so I will be working closely with Jon and Carrie to make sure we get you the information that is needed and any fun activities our kiddos might be interested in.


Kathee Palfy and I are here to support and assist you, if needed. Please feel welcome to seek our assistance with anything you might need. We will do our best to help or guide you in the right direction.


Our Jog-a-thon event was a great success...all of our Ridgeline students ran a total of 670 miles! This is your friendly reminder to collect and send in your student's Jog-a-thon pledges! They are due on Monday, October 14th. Remember to get receipts to your donors if they need one for tax purposes. Our fundraising goal for the year is $100,000 and the Jog-a-thon is a significant part of that. Here is the link to the online donation form: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/Jog-A-Thon


There are a couple of middle school kiddos who would like me to announce that hanging out at Tugman Park on Fridays after school is a fun activity.  It has been an informal tradition with Ridgeline middle schoolers, off and on, for many years. This is NOT a school-sponsored event and you/your student must assume responsibility for your selves.  With that said, I know a few students (my own, Kaiyon, included) who will try to get down there most Fridays when the weather is decent. 

Have a great week and I'll check back in again soon.

~Dena (Adrena) Mohtadi

adrenam@gmail.com

One mission, One Vision, One School, One Community

Schoolwide News

3rd Attendance Message:

 

Thank you for being a part of Ridgeline’s community.  Here are a few ways you can help keep your child’s attendance regular.

 

·      Make appointments with the doctor or dentist in the late afternoon so your child misses as little school as possible.

·      Call the school as soon as you know your child will be absent and tell the school staff why your child will be out and for how long.

·      Be prepared to get a doctor’s note when requested by school personnel.

·      Schedule trips exclusively during school breaks.

·      Reach out to staff, RCO, or the class parents if you don’t feel connected.  Connection matters!

 

Volunteer Corner

Sadly, not one parent has offered to do our Room 7 laundry!  Please do contact me if you are willing to earn Ridgeline volunteer hours by doing this task once a term.


With Warm Appreciation,

Carrie and India




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posted Sep 12, 2019, 10:57 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Middle School Family,

It truly has been an exciting start to the year.  We have already had a number of highly productive conversations with this year’s group. This is a strong community of engaged learners!  Thank you for sharing your awesome young adults with us! 


Academics

Science - This week’s engaging Lab Activities provided great vehicles for deepening our fluency with a few key requirements for valid experiment design.  Here are some questions we explored:

  • How do you find the Best Value and the Uncertainty for a set of data points?  

  • What makes the design of an experiment good or poor? (hint: It has to do with whether it is a fair test or not.)

  • When you measure something, can you obtain an exact value?

  • What do you need to do to obtain a best value with confidence?

  • What were the manipulated and responding variables in the pendulum activity we did this week?


Science Routine: In class Monday through Thursday, students conduct lab activities in table groups.  The students record their lab work in their corresponding Activity Record Sheet. Almost all Record Sheets are followed by a Practice Sheet to be completed in class, or as homework.  Science grades you see in Jupiter Grades are a combined score for the Record Sheet and the Practice Sheet, scores for Exit Tickets illustrating student understanding for key concepts in an Activity, and a Quiz or exam at the end of each Chapter.

Math - Students are taking placement tests this week and learning about math notebook expectations for legibility and format.  


Jupiter Grades - Opportunities to turn in assignments are provided by the middle school team on a daily basis. If a student has a  / in the gradebook, it means that the work is missing. If there is marked absent (abs) in the gradebook, the student is to check in with an adult to discuss how to make up the assignment.  Math and science curriculum builds. Each assignment addresses key concepts required to understand successive assignments.  Missed assignments are to be made up by the end of the week unless agreed upon otherwise.  At the beginning of the year, we support new students by reminding them often to check off work.. Opportunities to turn in late work are offered daily before school, during break, lunch, and after school. Friday’s are a big check off work day.

We welcome questions and communications from parents.  Please do contact us regarding your student, but as you sit down with your student to go over progress, help them craft questions on points of confusion and create positive plans for action. Send them to us with these questions and plans as much as possible.  Thus they have the opportunity to exercise initiative, independence and self-advocacy. Our program is a safe place to practice these essential skills.

Volunteer Opportunities

Laundry Help - If your student is in my Block II science class, you have the fabulous opportunity to earn volunteer hours by laundering our classroom towels once a month or so. 

"One mission, One Vision, One School, One Community"

Schoolwide News


The Jog-a-thon is Friday, September 27th! - Fundraiser packets came home last Friday.  Please have your student return of the packet by the due date printed on the packet.  NOTE: It is NOT required that the student collect pledges in order to return the packet.


Picture Day – Ridgeline’s annual picture day with Lifetouch will be Wednesday, September 18th. Picture Package order forms were sent home last Friday.


1st Attendance Message - The year is just beginning and it is a great time to build great habits!  Being in school, on time, everyday is important. Good attendance is strongly linked to academic, social, and emotional success.

 

We believe that students and families that feel they are included in the school community are more likely to show up consistently 

We believe that good attendance will allow your child to fully contribute to and fully benefit from the classroom community. 

We believe good attendance will not only build strong academics, but also build strong socially and emotionally capable humans.

Thank you for learning and growing with us!

 

Sincerely,

Carrie and India

Jon's Update 9-11-19

posted Sep 11, 2019, 10:42 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Important Dates
Tues, 9/17, 3:10-4:00pm        First TRUE Rehearsal
Wed, 9/18                               Picture Day!
Thurs, 9/19, 3:10-4:00pm      TRUE Rehearsal
Wed, 9/25, 6-7pm                   Jon and Carrie Class Meeting in Room 7    
Fri, 9/27                                 Jog-a-thon
Fri, 10/11                                **NO SCHOOL: State-wide In-Service Day
Thurs & Fri, 11/7-11/8            **NO SCHOOL: Conferences
Mon, 11/11                              **NO SCHOOL: Veteran's Day
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Dear Middle School Family,

And, we're off! The first week of school was a smashing success. We bonded, we explored Eugene, we got soaking wet! It takes a lot of courage to come to a new classroom and put your whole self out there. This is one of the most "whole-self-out-there" groups we've ever had. It just gets better from here.

Monday, we rolled right into our academic work. We introduced the students to our organizational and grading systems, and eased them into the process for turning in assignments. The work load is pretty light this week, as we stir the students out of their summer slumber. 

Please be sure to join us in Room 7 from 6-7pm on Wednesday, September 25 for our classroom meeting. We'll be going over our program and systems in more detail. Here's a quick glimpse of what we're up to in class this week:

Communications
One assignment that will become a staple in their Communications work is the Article of the Week. Each week, the students will be assigned a news article that they will carefully annotate and craft a written response to. This introduction to academic writing requires them to state and explain an assertion made in the article, and then make and explain an assertion of their own, in response.

It's a growth process, to be sure. There's much to be learned to be successful at this important skill. It's why we invest the time individually conferencing with each student about their writing. Every week.

Humanities
We take a project-based approach to studying Humanities. This year, our focus will be Global Studies. I'll send more information home about our progress as the projects develop over the next few weeks.

Jupiter Ed--Online Grading System
We use the online grading system, Jupiter Ed, to keep track of assignments and student progress. All of the necessary instructions and files are available for every assignment in Jupiter Ed. Your student can access them from any computer with an internet connection. So can you! I'll be sending you a separate e-mail shortly with your log-in information, so you can keep track of your students' progress. We do our very best to keep up to date on grading, so Jupiter Ed is a powerful communication tool for all of us.

It's going to be an action-packed year, and we're off to a smooth start. As bumps come up along the way, please don't hesitate to contact us. We are in this together!

All the best,
Jon and Maizzy

Carrie's Update 5-31-19

posted May 31, 2019, 1:19 PM by Cynthia Friedman

June 6

8th Grade Graduation

June 7

Grading Day - NO SCHOOL

June 10-13

Middle School Spring Trip!

June 14

Last Day of School!

Link to Ridgeline Full Calendar: http://www.ridgeline.org/calendar


Announcements

A number of students, proctored by Maizzy or India in Room 11, were still taking their state math (and science-8th graders only) tests this week, .  Betsy will be accommodating the few remaining testers this coming week. Meanwhile we are continuing our regular academic routine through the end of next week. It’s not over yet. We can do this!

 

Friday, May 31st is the last Cookie Sale of the year!! Not only will we have cookies and popcorn, but the gardening elective has produced a few spring starts to contribute to our spring trip fundraising! We will have milkweed, swiss chard, pole beans, summer squash, beets, and more for sale. These plants will be available for a half hour after school all next week as well.  Pleased do drop by Room 7 if you would like to support the middle school, grow your garden, and do your part to save the Monarch butterfly!!

 

Plants available for sale this Friday:

6-packs - $3 each

2” pots - $2 each

1” pots - $1 each

Milkweed (Save the Monarch!)

Milkweed (Save the Monarch!)

Zucchini

Swiss Chard



Beets




 

Life Science

Canopy Connections - A great opportunity for our young people to connect with the natural world!  

 

On the Canopy Connections field trip, we enjoyed a perfectly overcast, cool Oregon day in the deep woods. This is a rejuvenating experience I look forward to sharing with our new batch of students every year.  The kids were great, of course. For the tree climbing activity, everyone put on gear and tested their comfort zone (wherever it may be), working their way up the ropes strung in the old growth Douglas Fir. The Canopy Connections staff  included a quiet reflective time in the rotation of activities. Students took turns walking solo down a wooded path, stopping to read prompts designed to encourage a reflective, present state of awareness. What a rich experience for our young people, practicing both outward and inward journeys and challenges.

This week in science, we learned about Gregor Mendel, the father of modern genetics.  After building “Reeze-Ot” organisms based on their gene code and a key, we studied how Mendel used the scientific process to discover how pea plants pass on their genes.  

Questions from this lesson:

  1. Mendel was a scientist who lived a long time ago, but Mendel used the same processes scientists use today.  What scientific processes did Mendel use to make his discoveries?

  2. Mendel began his experiment by crossing two true-breeding plants (Generation 1), one tall (TT) and one short (tt). What was the genotype of each plant? [tall (TT), short (tt)]

When these plants were crossed, they produced the next generation of plants called Generation 2 (G2).  What was the genotype of each G2 plant?

G3 is the result of crossing the two G2 plants. Write the two possible trait combinations of the three ‘Generation 3’ tall plants. The trait combination for tall plants can be either ______ or ________, and the trait combination for the short G3 plant is _______.

  1. The two ‘Generation 1’ plants are true breeding.  What does that mean, and why was that important for Mendel’s experiments?

  2. How would you carry out crosses to find out if any of the three tall plants in Generation 3 were true breeding tall plants?

  3. How would you carry out crosses to find out if any of the three tall plants in Generation 3 were masking a trait for shortness?


Best Regards,

Carrie and India

 

Middle School Science and Math Online Resources

 

CPM textbooks:

- All CPM students are to sign in to their online Textbooks at https://sso.cpm.org/ using Google Sign-In and their Ridgeline Email address.  There is core problem and homework support for every assignment, links to the Desmos online tool and many other resources.

- If a CC3 student cannot access this resource, they can use the CPM Core Connections 3 Homework Help Link:  https://homework.cpm.org/cpm-homework/homework/category/CC/textbook/CC3

 

- For parents with students in CPM Core Connections 2, the link below is to a good resource for getting your head around math concepts in CPM Core Connections, Course 2.

CPM Core Connections, Course 2 Parent Guide with Extra Practice:

http://msbryant.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/CC2-Parent-Guide-FULL.pdf

Carrie's Update 5-16-19

posted May 16, 2019, 12:40 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Ridgeline Middle School STEM News 5/15/19

Calendar

 

May

Bike and Walk to School Month

May 20

Middle School Math (and Science for 8th Graders) State Testing Begins

May 23

UO TeachOut - Carrie and Maizzy on Field Trip with small group

May 24

Move-Up Day/8th Grade Escape

May 27

Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

June 6

8th Grade Graduation

June 7

Grading Day - NO SCHOOL

June 10-13

Middle School Spring Trip!

June 14

Last Day of School!

LInk to Ridgeline Full Calendar: http://www.ridgeline.org/calendar


Announcements

*State Testing - Your students will be taking their state math (and science-8th graders only) tests this coming week.  

 

*Veggiee starts for sale!!! Drop by the cookie crew sale this week!! The middle school will be having a vege-start sale as well.  The Garden Crew has been working hard planting beets, zucchini, swiss chard (lots of swiss chard), and other very exciting vegetables!!!

 



Life Science


Genetics - We began our genetics unit this week.  Students created an imaginary organism named a Reeze-ot, by randomly pulling two alleles for eight different traits from a cup. Half of the trait cards in the cup were dominant alleles represented by capital letters, and half were recessive, represented by lower-case letters. They then used a key to build their organism’s phenotype, demonstrating similar traits to a rice plant. Depending on what combination of dominant and/or recessive alleles they pulled, their organism was tall (HH/Hh-3 marshmallows) or short (hh-1 marshmallow), had two leaves (LL/Ll -2 pipe cleaner loops ), or one leaf (ll -1 pipe cleaner loop), had a large (CC - 4 seed beads on a spike), medium (Cc - 3 seed beads on a spike), or small(cc - 2 seed beads on a spike) amount of seeds, etc.  As you can see there were some genes that showed up in their organism as completely dominant, and some that showed up as partially dominant. Sometimes the dominant trait was desired, sometimes it was the recessive trait. Later in this unit we will use a computer simulation to “breed” fancy birds for ideal feather combinations, and they will put this knowledge into action hatching and breeding virtual birds. This is a fun unit to wrap up the year!

Students love this lab, and not just because of the heady smell of marshmallows!

Question prompts:

  • Which traits showed partial dominance? Which traits showed complete dominance?.

  • How well does a small sample size represent the mathematically predicted presence of a trait in a population?

  • What proportion of the Reeze-ots were expected to have the dominant trait (GG/Gg), green leaves?  What proportion ended up with the recessive trait (gg), white leaves?

  • Is that the portion that ended up with the trait?

  • How many students asked Carrie if they could eat the marshmallows?

  • How old were the marshmallows?  (Hint: I teach this every other year!)


Best Regards,

Carrie and India

 

Middle School Science and Math Online Resources

 

CPM textbooks:

- All CPM students are to sign in to their online Textbooks at https://sso.cpm.org/ using Google Sign-In and their Ridgeline Email address.  There is core problem and homework support for every assignment, links to the Desmos online tool and many other resources.

- If a CC3 student cannot access this resource, they can use the CPM Core Connections 3 Homework Help Link:  https://homework.cpm.org/cpm-homework/homework/category/CC/textbook/CC3

 

- For parents with students in CPM Core Connections 2, the link below is to a good resource for getting your head around math concepts in CPM Core Connections, Course 2.

CPM Core Connections, Course 2 Parent Guide with Extra Practice:

http://msbryant.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/CC2-Parent-Guide-FULL.pdf

Carrie's Update 5-16-19

posted May 16, 2019, 10:09 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Ridgeline Middle School STEM News 5/15/19

Calendar

 

May

Bike and Walk to School Month

May 20

Middle School Math (and Science for 8th Graders) State Testing Begins

May 23

UO TeachOut - Carrie and Maizzy on Field Trip with small group

May 24

Move-Up Day/8th Grade Escape

May 27

Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

June 6

8th Grade Graduation

June 7

Grading Day - NO SCHOOL

June 10-13

Middle School Spring Trip!

June 14

Last Day of School!

LInk to Ridgeline Full Calendar: http://www.ridgeline.org/calendar


Announcements

*State Testing - Your students will be taking their state math (and science-8th graders only) tests this coming week.  

 

*Veggiee starts for sale!!! Drop by the cookie crew sale this week!! The middle school will be having a vege-start sale as well.  The Garden Crew has been working hard planting beets, zucchini, swiss chard (lots of swiss chard), and other very exciting vegetables!!!

 



Life Science


Genetics - We began our genetics unit this week.  Students created an imaginary organism named a Reeze-ot, by randomly pulling two alleles for eight different traits from a cup. Half of the trait cards in the cup were dominant alleles represented by capital letters, and half were recessive, represented by lower-case letters. They then used a key to build their organism’s phenotype, demonstrating similar traits to a rice plant. Depending on what combination of dominant and/or recessive alleles they pulled, their organism was tall (HH/Hh-3 marshmallows) or short (hh-1 marshmallow), had two leaves (LL/Ll -2 pipe cleaner loops ), or one leaf (ll -1 pipe cleaner loop), had a large (CC - 4 seed beads on a spike), medium (Cc - 3 seed beads on a spike), or small(cc - 2 seed beads on a spike) amount of seeds, etc.  As you can see there were some genes that showed up in their organism as completely dominant, and some that showed up as partially dominant. Sometimes the dominant trait was desired, sometimes it was the recessive trait. Later in this unit we will use a computer simulation to “breed” fancy birds for ideal feather combinations, and they will put this knowledge into action hatching and breeding virtual birds. This is a fun unit to wrap up the year!

Students love this lab, and not just because of the heady smell of marshmallows!

Question prompts:

  • Which traits showed partial dominance? Which traits showed complete dominance?.

  • How well does a small sample size represent the mathematically predicted presence of a trait in a population?

  • What proportion of the Reeze-ots were expected to have the dominant trait (GG/Gg), green leaves?  What proportion ended up with the recessive trait (gg), white leaves?

  • Is that the portion that ended up with the trait?

  • How many students asked Carrie if they could eat the marshmallows?

  • How old were the marshmallows?  (Hint: I teach this every other year!)


Best Regards,

Carrie and India

 

Middle School Science and Math Online Resources

 

CPM textbooks:

- All CPM students are to sign in to their online Textbooks at https://sso.cpm.org/ using Google Sign-In and their Ridgeline Email address.  There is core problem and homework support for every assignment, links to the Desmos online tool and many other resources.

- If a CC3 student cannot access this resource, they can use the CPM Core Connections 3 Homework Help Link:  https://homework.cpm.org/cpm-homework/homework/category/CC/textbook/CC3

 

- For parents with students in CPM Core Connections 2, the link below is to a good resource for getting your head around math concepts in CPM Core Connections, Course 2.

CPM Core Connections, Course 2 Parent Guide with Extra Practice:

http://msbryant.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/CC2-Parent-Guide-FULL.pdf

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