Classrooms‎ > ‎

Jon & Carrie's Rooms (Middle School)


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

Meridy's Update 5-15-19

posted May 15, 2019, 9:39 AM by Cynthia Friedman

This week in Room 9!  The Wheeler Wagon Train has departed Independence, Missouri and is headed to Oregon Territory!  The rivers are deep, the plains long and dry, and the food scarce. We have made it as far as Fort Laramie.  Ask your emigrant what they found there. In our Unconventional Journal this week students were given $1,000 that they could not spend on themselves.  This class is full of very kindhearted and thoughtful people. How did your student decide to spend their money?


Thank you for all the tea donations!   Students have really enjoyed the different flavors, even in the hot weather.


Dance-a-thon- The Dance-a-thon is coming up next Friday, May 17th 5:30-7:30pm. It’s sure to be a fun family event! A food cart for dinner and an ice cream cart will be in the parking lot.  Students (and adults) can make song suggestions at the front desk.


Planned Parenthood Preview Night- 5th years are scheduled to have Planned Parenthood come and present their Human Growth and Development curriculum at the end of the month.  If you are curious about what they present please attend the preview night May 22 at 6 P.M.


Outdoor School  This year room 9 has the opportunity to be the first class to participate in Outdoor School!  The River House will be leading us on some outdoor adventures with a focus on ecology. There will be a day of tree climbing, rafting on the McKenzie River (Helfrich to Leaburg Dam - Class 1-2), and a day at the challenge course on Spencer Butte.  More information coming in next week’s Friday Folder so keep your eyes open! Please let me know if you have any question.


Ridgeline Calendar

Friday May 17 - Dance-A-Thon 5:30-7:30

Tuesday May 21 - Laughing Planet Fundraiser

Wednesday May 22 - Planned Parenthood Parent Night 6 P.M. (5th years)

Friday May 24 - Move Up Day!

June 4, 5, 6 - Outdoor School with the River House


Jon's Update 5-14-19

posted May 14, 2019, 11:01 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Tues, 5/14                             ELA State Testing Begins
Thurs, 5/16                           Field Trip: Canopy Connections and Tree2Tree
Sat., 5/18, 11:30am              TRUE Performance: Spencer Creek Grange Farmer's Market
Fri, 5/24                                Move-Up Day, 8th Grade Escape
Mon, 5/27                              **NO SCHOOL: Memorial Day
Thurs, 6/6, 6-8pm                 8th Grade Graduation
Fri, 6/7                                    **NO SCHOOL: Grading Day
Mon-Thurs, June 10-13       MS Adventure Trip
Fri, June 14                           Last Day of School

Dear Middle School Family,
It's always a joy to take our middle school students out into the community. Not only because it's important to experience the world outside our classroom, but because our community members affirm what we at Ridgeline already know: we have truly exceptional students. We walked 3.5 miles from Ridgeline to the Eugene city center with 41 students. No problem. There were close to 1000 people at the "Red for Ed" rally in the Park Blocks by the time the formal program started at 11am. Our students respectfully engaged with the other folks gathered there, and listened carefully to what the speakers (teachers, school nurses, and school advocates) had to say during their speeches. 

The students thoughtfully completed their evaluations of the effectiveness of the rally, and this week wrote a letter to the president of the Eugene Education Association, Tad Shannon, to express their feelings about how effective they felt the rally (as part of the larger movement throughout the state) was as a civic action. Pretty effective, apparently, as for the first time since anyone can remember, the State of Oregon significantly INCREASED funding for education in Oregon.

When we got to Amazon Park for lunch, we got to see what real civic action looks like at the middle school level, though. The park was packed with little kids, since there was no school for 4J on May 8. Our big kids ran and frolicked and played with the little folks without any of the teenage angst that one would expect of middle schoolers bombarded by childish adoration. It was joyful to watch. And when some small conflicts arose, our students quite masterfully dissipated them. One of the things we've been talking a lot about this year is how civic action and responsibility isn't necessarily political: it's how we positively engage in the health of our community. 

This week, we completed the Oregon State ELA testing. Next week we'll get started on our Civic Action Projects to finish out the school year. Time is racing by!

Volunteers Needed: Move-Up Day/8th Grade Escape
Next Friday, May 24, is Move-Up Day. The 8th graders have a fun day planned at Washburne Park. The 7th graders will be leading the upcoming 6th graders on a hike from Ridgeline to the top of Mt. Baldy. We will leave at 9am and be back at school for dismissal at 1:05pm. If you would like to join us on the hike, please take 47 seconds to fill out this Google Form.

Adventure Trip
Paperwork for the Adventure Trip will be coming home at the end of this week. Please fill it out and return it as soon as possible. This year's adventure trip will be at the Wolf Creek campground just east of Roseburg in the Umpqua National Forest. It's a really terrific spot with a HUGE covered area, fresh water, and flush toilets. We have the entire campground to ourselves. We'll camp from Monday, June 10 to Thursday, June 13. We'll be back at Ridgeline at 4pm Thursday. 

The last day of school is Friday, June 14. We'll spend Friday getting the classroom cleaned up and ready for summer. 


Lots of fun stuff in store!
Jon and Maizzy

Carrie's Update 5-1-19

posted May 2, 2019, 2:40 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Calendar

 

May

Bike and Walk to School Month

May 16

Canopy Connections

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

Canopy Connections

A big thank you to Christina, Adrena, and Kathee for volunteering to Chaperone the Canopy Connections Field trip. It will be a great day!

 

Life Science

This week we are learning about “The Cycle of Matter” as Earth’s atoms cycle through living organisms.  

We discussed:

  • Cells as the basic building blocks of life, organized into tissues, organs, and organ systems that perform various specialized functions. An organism can be single or multi-celled.

  • What is an organelle?

  • Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration-

    • What kinds of organisms do which?

    • What raw materials are required, and what is produced in each process?

    • Which organelle is key to photosynthesis? Which is key to cellular respiration?

  • Trophic Levels- Producers, Primary Consumers, Secondary Consumers, Tertiary Consumers, Scavengers, Detritivores, and Decomposers.

  • Autotrophs vs. Heterotrophs-We analyzed the prefixes and root words. Auto-same, Hetero-other, troph-to nourish.

  • Abiotic vs Biotic Factors Prefixes and root words. A-not, Bio-life, ic-like

 

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 and problem solve.  Students tend to see each problem as a way to earn points for the gradebook. I remind them to step back. Each assignment is an opportunity to practice good learning habits, and each problem is an opportunity to practice processing skills. Points are feedback towards those goals.

  • If a student does not have work to turn in for the current assignment, they are to sit where they can focus on late work while the group checks the day’s assignment.  When we transition to begin work for tomorrow’s assignment, they are to join the group and begin work with the others! Thus they don’t miss out on pertinent information and peer support, which would result in more confusion and bigger hurdles when they get to that assignment later.  

  • The end of the term is this Friday May 3rd.  Part of the reason we do not accept assignments after the term ends, is to discourage students from cramming at the last minute.  It is not a good learning habit, nor is it conducive to skill building. Math is a language. The more frequently it is practiced, the better the fluency.  As students progress through the curriculum they will need to decide when and how to apply and combine the skills we are working on now, 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.  As part of our test correction policy, we have students look for patterns in errors, brainstorm reasons for the pattern, and create a plan for changing those limiting habits.  Process, pattern awareness, and learning about learning. Those are our goals.


With Gratitude,

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

Jon's Update 5-1-19

posted May 2, 2019, 12:38 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Dear Middle School Family,

As you may have heard, the Oregon Education Association (the Oregon state teachers' union) is hosting a state-wide walk-out on May 8 to send a strong message to state legislators that they need to "fully fund education" in Oregon. More information about the walkout can be found here: https://www.may8forstudents.org/. Another source for information regarding ongoing efforts to fully fund Oregon schools is Oregonians for Student Success.

In Eugene, the Eugene Education Association (4J's teachers' union) is hosting a rally at the Park Blocks (Saturday Market) at 11am on Wednesday, May 8. The Ridgeline Middle School team is planning to take the entire middle school class on a walking field trip to observe the rally as part of our US Civics unit in Humanities.

Please fill out this Google Form granting your student permission to participate, and indicate on the form whether you would like to join us. It's a unique opportunity for our students to see peaceful democracy in action, and to reflect on the effectiveness of this sort of civic action.

Thanks for your support,
Jon, Carrie, Maizzy, and India

Jon's Update 4-18-19

posted Apr 18, 2019, 1:34 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Tues, 4/23, 3:15-4:15, 6-7pm   Project Fair: History Projects and TRUE Performance
Sat, 5/4, 12-2:30pm                  TRUE Performance: UkeJam 2019, Whirled Pies
Mon, 5/6, 1:30pm                     TRUE Performance, Junction City Retirement
Mon, 5/6                                     ELA State Testing Begins
Thurs, 5/16                                 Field Trip: Canopy Connections and Tree2Tree
Sat., May 18, 11:30am               TRUE Performance: Spencer Creek Grange Farmer's Market
Fri, 5/24                                      Move-Up Day, 8th Grade Escape
Thurs, 6/6, 6-8pm                      8th Grade Graduation
Mon-Thurs, June 10-13            MS Adventure Trip
----------------------------------------------

Dear Middle School Family,

We are currently deep into research on our civic action projects. Last week, the students wrapped up their research of the "Critical Issues" in US society and how they're being covered in the news media (barely). Homelessness, Healthcare, Education, Gender Equity, Discrimination, Gun Violence, and Immigration were the top issues they identified. This week, they began researching the people and organizations in the United States who are stepping up to do something about these issues.

Over the next couple of weeks, I'm working to arrange for leaders in the Eugene community to come in and talk with the kids about the kinds of actions folks are taking here at home to address some of these critical issues. So far, I've lined up  folks from Whitebird and Cahoots, as well as the Civil Liberties Defense Center. 

Our goal is to learn more about what 'real people' are doing, so we can come up with a plan for what kind of action we can take, either as individuals, or as a middle school collective. We'll be developing an action plan over the next couple of weeks, and spend the last month of school doing what we can to help support our community. If all goes well, I'm hoping that whatever we get put in place this Spring will carry forward into next school year, and become a regular part of what we do and who we are in the Ridgeline Middle School.

In case you missed it last week, here are some volunteering opportunities:

8th Grade Tree2Tree Field Trip
On May 16, the 7th graders will be joining Carrie and India on the Canopy Connections field trip at H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. 

The 8th graders will be going with Jon and Maizzy to Tree2Tree Adventure Park outside of Forest Grove. Cost for the Tree2Tree field trip is $50 per student. Scholarships are available. No one will be left behind. We need some parent volunteers to help us drive students there. If you would also like to participate in the ropes course, the cost will be $50 for you, as well. We'll be sending the link to the permission form to the trip very soon.

Move-Up Day
On Friday, May 24, the 6th graders will be coming up to the middle school to go on our annual hike. We'll be gone all day. Traditionally, the 8th graders have worked with their parents to organize some fun way to spend the day together. If this sounds like something you would like to help the 8th graders organize, please let me know!

8th Grade Graduation
8th grade graduation is on Thursday, June 6, from 6-8pm. Ridgeline tradition is for some 7th grade parents to volunteer to decorate and manage the ice cream social, so the 8th grade families can be present with their graduating students. If you would like to step up to help make the graduation ceremony amazing, please let me know.

Adventure Trip Chaperones!
This year's adventure trip will be at the Wolf Creek campground just east of Roseburg in the Umpqua National Forest. It's a really terrific spot with a HUGE covered area, fresh water, and flush toilets. We have the entire campground to ourself. We'll camp from Monday, June 10 to Thursday, June 13. The last day of school is Friday, June 14. We'll spend Friday getting the classroom cleaned up and ready for summer. We'll be sending out the permission slip later in May. 


Thanks!
Jon and Maizzy

Carrie's Update 4-18-19

posted Apr 18, 2019, 1:32 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Ridgeline Middle School STEM News 4/18/19

Calendar

 

May 16

Canopy Connections

May 20

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

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

On April 18th the University of Oregon ELP students provided our Ridgeline 7th grade students with a Pre-Canopy Connections field trip classroom visit. I love how when people come to our classroom to give presentations, they always comment on how great our students are.  Not just that they are respectful, but that they are attentive, and engaged as well.


A big thank you to all the middle school volunteers for your time and enthusiasm!!  


Life Science

We plotted our Plant Growth as an indicator of water quality experimental data this week. Students graphed their individual group data, and we then graphed the collective data both classrooms.  To create our graphs, we decided which kind of graph to use to plot our data. Our data this year included positive and negative values. Students chose various solutions for scaling this data. We are discussing solutions, and how well various choices serve our purposes in communicating our information to the viewer.

Ask your student:

-What kind of data would you use to create a bar graph, pie graph, scatter plot with or without a line of best fit,  line graph, or a histogram?


Math

Students in CC2 have been using the 5-D process below to solve word problems.  Students who are diving in and doing the work are finding this to be a great tool.  Overwhelmingly, students struggle with word problems. In this set of lessons we walk through the process of reading, and then reinterpreting word problems into expressions and equations.  The scaffolding is thorough. The students begin by using a tedious guess and check process to find the answer. This ultimately leads to the use of variables and a better understanding of them as a tool in problem solving. See lesson excerpt below (from CPM: Core Connections 2, Activity 5.3.3) which illustrates the format and guess and check process.  

Solving Problems with the 5‑D Process

  • The 5-D Process is an organized method to solve problems.  The D’s stand for Describe/Draw, Define, Do, Decide, and Declare.  An example of this work is shown below.

  • Problem: The base of a rectangle is 13 centimeters longer than the height.  If the perimeter is 58 centimeters, find the base and the height of the rectangle.

  • Describe/Draw: The shape is a rectangle and we are looking at the perimeter.


  • Declare: The base is 21 centimeters and the height is 8 centimeters.

  • pic


The supportive and connected culture that our staff, students, and families create together at Ridgeline is a great gift that we all simultaneously give and receive.  Our students thrive in this environment. I see proof every day as our amazing middle school students focus, learn, and laugh as they grow towards their adult selves. It is a joy to come to school every day within this amazing community.  

 

With Gratitude,

Carrie and India

Jon's Update 4-5-19

posted Apr 5, 2019, 2:40 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Fri, 4/5, 8:45-9:05am          All School Sing Along Assembly
Mon, 4/15, 1:30pm              TRUE Performance, Junction City Retirement
Sat, 5/4, 12-2:30pm              TRUE Performance: UkeJam 2019, Whirled Pies
Mon, 5/6                                ELA State Testing Begins
Thurs, 5/16                           Field Trip: Canopy Connections and Tree2Tree
Fri, 5/24                                 Move-Up Day, 8th Grade Escape
Thurs, 6/6, 6-8pm                8th Grade Graduation
Mon-Thurs, June 10-13      MS Adventure Trip
----------------------------------------------

Dear Middle School Family,

It's great to be back! This final stretch is always my favorite time of the year. We've been working hard all year to build the knowledge, the systems, and skillsets for the students to engage in deep, meaningful work. 

This week, the students started digging into current events around the U.S. that relate to the Critical Issues they have become experts about. We're looking for trends in the way that communities around the U.S. are working to make a difference (or not) about things like homelessness, quality education, and climate change. The last few weeks of school, students will be taking on service learning projects to make a positive difference in our own local community. 

8th Grade Tree2Tree Field Trip
On May 16, the 7th graders will be joining Carrie and India on the Canopy Connections field trip at H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. 

The 8th graders will be going with Jon and Maizzy to Tree2Tree Adventure Park outside of Forest Grove. Cost for the Tree2Tree field trip is $50 per student. Scholarships are available. No one will be left behind. We need some parent volunteers to help us drive students there. If you would also like to participate in the ropes course, the cost will be $50 for you, as well. We'll be sending the link to the permission form to the trip very soon.

Move-Up Day
On Friday, May 24, the 6th graders will be coming up to the middle school to go on our annual hike. We'll be gone all day. Traditionally, the 8th graders have worked with their parents to organize some fun way to spend the day together. If this sounds like something you would like to help the 8th graders organize, please let me know!

8th Grade Graduation
8th grade graduation is on Thursday, June 6, from 6-8pm. Ridgeline tradition is for some 7th grade parents to volunteer to decorate and manage the ice cream social, so the 8th grade families can be present with their graduating students. If you would like to step up to help make the graduation ceremony amazing, please let me know.

Adventure Trip
This year's adventure trip will be at the Wolf Creek campground just east of Roseburg in the Umpqua National Forest. It's a really terrific spot with a HUGE covered area, fresh water, and flush toilets. We have the entire campground to ourself. We'll camp from Monday, June 10 to Thursday, June 13. The last day of school is Friday, June 14. We'll spend Friday getting the classroom cleaned up and ready for summer. We'll be sending out the permission slip later in May. 


We have so many exciting things going on to wrap up the school year. These last days of school are going to zip by! Please encourage your student to continue to do their best work. It really is their time to shine, and show off what they've learned.

Best,
Jon and Maizzy

Ridgeline Middle School STEM News 3/21/19

posted Mar 22, 2019, 11:36 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Calendar

 

March 25-April 1

Spring Break - NO SCHOOL

May 16

Canopy Connections

May 27

Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

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

Ridgeline 8th graders continuing in a 4j high school took a science pre-assessment this week.  This test is intended to give high school science departments information about the overall science understanding of incoming students.  The results will not affect the placement of the majority of students. They will begin in the freshman physical science sequence. A few who are highly driven, and test out of freshman science, will start further and continue further in high school science courses.


Academics

As part of our water quality unit, we are conducting investigations to answer the big question “How do you determine water quality in a community?” Last week we planned our experiment on the effects of water quality on plant growth.  Each table group created a proposal for an experiment designed to answer the question, “How does fertilizer concentration affect the growth of duckweed?” They defined the independent variable, the dependent variable, and controlled all other conditions in our experiment through carefully structured setup and data collection procedures.  We shared ideas, came up with a class consensus for our plan, and began collecting data at the end of last week.


Ask your student about our continuing Plant Growth as an Indicator of Water Quality Experiment.  

-How did we decide to control our variables?  

-What are our manipulated and responding variables?

-What issues have your group encountered in how to define the responding variable (# of green/yellow duckweed fronds)?  How did your group come to an agreement on how to define this variable?

As our plant growth investigation continues, we will conduct labs on other indicators of water quality.

Later this week, our students practiced pipette skills in goggles and lab aprons, while adding pH indicator to test tubes containing solutions varying from acid to base.  

Some questions we answered were:

-After adding the pH indicator, what does the color of the solution tell you about the acidity of the solution?

-What happened when we add an alkaline solution to an acidic solution?

-What is the number assigned to a neutral pH?

-Are lower numbers on the pH scale acid or basic?

-How do you properly remove contaminated gloves?

-What are important behavior and gear requirements for lab safety?



Have a wonderful spring break!


Carrie and India

1-10 of 244