Classrooms‎ > ‎

Jon & Carrie's Rooms (Middle School)


Jon's Update 1-15-2020

posted Jan 16, 2020, 12:17 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Important Dates
Tues & Thurs 3:10-4:00 pm TRUE Rehearsals
Mon, 1/20 **NO SCHOOL: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Fri, 1/24, 6-8pm Ridgeline Talent Show
Sun, 1/26, 2:15-2:45pm TRUE Performance Lane Home and Garden Show, Lane County Fairground
Fri, 1/31 **NO SCHOOL: Grading Day
Sun, 2/16, 11-11:45am TRUE Performance Asian Celebration, Lane County Fairground

Dear Middle School Family,
We are officially halfway through the school year! Term 3 ends on Friday, January 17, marking the end of the first semester. We will be sending home Semester 1 report cards next Friday, January 24. Please remember that you can log in to Jupiter Ed at any time to monitor your student's progress.

Humanities
Next week, we will begin the first phase of our next big project, returning to John Green's "Crash Course World History." Once again, students will take notes, sifting through the "information overload," in search of topics of deep interest that they feel demand more elaborate explanation. Links to the videos will be in Jupiter Ed, so the students can re-watch the episodes at home if they need more time to take better notes.

Communications
We'll continue to develop our writing and editing skills, as well, with the Article of the Week assignments. Each week, students will be assigned a current event to read and annotate in preparation for their written response. The AOW response assignment is an adaptation I've developed for middle school from the college textbook, "They Say, I Say," by Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein.

Their response is a two-paragraph assignment. Their first paragraph should start with an assertion made in the article, followed by an explanation of the assertion, using evidence directly from the text. Their second paragraph is an assertion of the student's position in response to the assertion in the first paragraph. They use their own experience, as well as evidence from the text to explain their position.

Later in the year, as the students become more adept at these short assignments, we will be using evidence from multiple sources to discuss more complex topics. By the end of their middle school experience, our students are more than prepared for academic writing in high school and college.

The complexity, and the quality of the students' work is going to increase considerably over the next few months. Please check in with your student (and with Jupiter Ed) about their progress, and how they're feeling about the work they're doing. We are happy to meet with you to discuss any questions or concerns you have as the year progresses.

Best wishes,
Jon and Maizzy

Carrie's Update - Week of 12/17/19

posted Jan 16, 2020, 8:59 AM by Cynthia Friedman


One mission, One Vision, One School, One Community

Please click the link below to get-up-to date calendar information.

Full Calendar: http://www.ridgeline.org/calendar 


Upcoming Events

Monday, 1/20

No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Friday 1/ 31

No School - Grading Day

Monday  2/17

No School - Presidents Day


High School Options for 8th Graders

Interested in Eugene IHS ?

If you have 8th grade students interested in Eugene IHS for the 2019-2020 school year, the 4J School Choice Lottery for in-district students opens January 1st and the deadline is January 31st.  We will be holding parent information nights in January. All students interested in enrolling in Eugene IHS must apply through the 4J School Choice Lottery. Students currently enrolled in Eugene IHS do not need to re-apply unless you move outside of the 4J attendance area.


Academy of Arts and Academics in Springfield

We (Academy of Arts and Academics in Springfield) are getting up and running for recruitment for next year, and the Springfield transfer window opens in January. 

(A3 is) particularly interested in (Ridgeline) students because they have been immersed in a whole child environment... We have many students who come from Waldorf and Montessori backgrounds who thrive with our project-based, team focused learning. If you aren't familiar with us and you're interested, we have information on our website. I would suggest viewing the project based learning video we have on the site if you aren't familiar with A3 and would like an outline of what we do. http://a3school.org/

A3 is Springfield’s only arts integrated school. It is a tuition-free school of choice. All students must apply for transfers!  Transfers must be applied for by January 31st.

 A3 information nights: 

  • January 16th, at 6:30 pm 

  • March 4th 6:30 pm


Academics

Here in the Ridgeline middle school, rigorous academics are important for academic advancement, and more importantly, as a vehicle for personal growth.  We believe in our student’s potential, therefore we hold high bars in the arenas of personal initiative as well as academic performance. We provide designated time, reminders, and individual and community support while our students are working towards improvement in these areas.  

We are now finishing up Term 3 in Jupiter Grades. Term 4 begins this coming Tuesday January 21st.  If you or your student have difficulty finding assignments in Jupiter Ed, check the top left corner of the screen to make sure you are searching in the correct term. This is a link, just click to navigate to the desired term.  

Science

Image result for energy transfer diagramWe are now working in Unit 2 Chapter 1, and describing interactions in terms of energy transfer. Students have been introduced to energy diagrams as tools to describe interactions (see diagram).

Our recent focus has been on mechanical waves, through the mediums of air and water specifically.  Students have been assigned a Science Consensus Ideas review guide to review this section. This guide is designed to engage student knowledge of transverse and compression waves, and will be an excellent resource for students when they study for the Chapter 1 test. 

Students should be able to answer these questions:

  • What is the difference between a transverse and a compression wave?

  • When a wave travels along a coiled spring, does each individual coil travel from one end of the spring to the other? If not, what does each coil do? How does this help us understand how particles in air and water move when mechanical waves travel through these mediums?

  • What is the evidence that a wave transfers energy through air, and/or water?

  • How does the wavelength change when the frequency of a wave increases?

  • How does your ear perceive an increase in the amplitude of a wave?

  • How does your ear perceive an increase in the frequency of a wave?


Forward Ever,

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 12-16-19

posted Dec 16, 2019, 3:25 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Dear Middle School Family,

It's that time of year again. The new Star Wars movie comes out this week, just in time for Winter Break. We're going to skip electives this Friday, December 20, and watch "Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi."

We will order pizza from Costco, and provide fruit juice. If your student has any special dietary needs, please send them to school with a fun lunch so they can participate in the festivities. (We have microwaves and ovens in Room 12.)

Please encourage your student to dress up as their favorite Star Wars character!

Please contact me with any questions.
Best,
Jon

Carrie's Update 12-16-19

posted Dec 16, 2019, 1:27 PM by Cynthia Friedman

One mission, One Vision, One School, One Community

Please click the link below to get-up-to date calendar information.

Full Calendar: http://www.ridgeline.org/calendar 


Upcoming Events

Mon. 12/23-Mon. 1/6        

NO SCHOOL – Winter Break

Mon 1/6         

(Possible Hazardous Weather Make-Up Day)

Monday, 1/20

No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Friday 1/ 31

No School - Grading Day

Monday  2/17

No School - Presidents Day


 Interested in Eugene IHS ?

If you have 8th grade students interested in Eugene IHS for the 2019-2020 school year, the 4J School Choice Lottery for in-district students opens January 1st and the deadline is January 31st.  We will be holding parent information nights in January. All students interested in enrolling in Eugene IHS must apply through the 4J School Choice Lottery. Students currently enrolled in Eugene IHS do not need to re-apply unless you move outside of the 4J attendance area.


Math

One thing I have heard again and again from people who discover my occupation, is how frustrated they were in college, when they finally understood middle and high school math concepts that they “learned” growing up.  I was definitely one of those people. Many of us, learned how to apply formulas to problems that fit a certain pattern without really understanding the problem or what the formula had to do with the concepts and processes used to solve it.  I certainly was not able to defend my reasoning, or discuss other ways of solving problems with my peers. We use the  CPM Core Connections curriculum because all this metacognition and mathematical thinking is built in.  It is designed to deepen learning of math concepts through hands on labs conducted in small groups. Students are provided the opportunity to discover for themselves, connections between math concepts.  I am a guide. They are the teachers as well as learners. It is very hands on, project based, and aligns with our Montessori philosophy. The following quote provides good reasoning for our small group, project based approach to learning.


“...students need to be active participants as they develop their own mathematical understanding.  The study team structure—students working in teams of two or four—creates a setting in which students are continuously in the presence of others with whom they can discuss, share ideas, and articulate their thinking.  In study teams, students refine their ideas, questions, and approaches in the security of a few classmates, where it may be easier to take risks – especially asking questions – than in a large class setting. Students consistently communicate with teammates who may see things differently, allowing them to discover new connections between ideas and encouraging them to justify their ideas to their peers.” -CPM Core Connections: Using Study Teams for Effective Learning


Science

Last week we wrapped up the third and last Chapter of Unit 1: Building a Foundation with a cumulative Exam.  In Unit 2 we will focus our attention on Interactions and Energy.  As we investigate energy transfer in water, sound, and solids, we will describe these interactions in terms of energy transfer in interaction chains. We will also collect, analyze and describe data on the motion of both objects and waves with constant or changing speeds. 

The key question for this Unit is:

  • How do scientists describe interactions in terms of energy?


With Great Appreciation,

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 CPM 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 12-6-19

posted Dec 9, 2019, 9:20 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Dear Middle School Family,

I've gotten a few emails from families over the weekend asking for clarification about what the heck we're up to with these Humanities Projects.

There's no simple answer, so here's the deal:

We teach Humanities on an A/B schedule. Last year, we studied "U.S. history and government." This year we're studying "Global Studies." This conforms with the State of Oregon requirements for what we cover in 7th and 8th grade. That's where the conformity ends.

For Global Studies this whole school year. we are centering our learning around the Big Question: "How should humans live together?" 

Over the last few weeks, we have watched the first 8 episodes of "Crash Course World History" by John Green. It started with the agricultural revolution around 10,000 BCE, and ended with Alexander the Great, just before the beginning of the Common Era.

We watched them with the Big Question in mind. The students took notes of names and places and historic events that might be of use for answering the Big Question. Because the videos are so short, and lack detail, the students then chose 3 things from their notes from each episode, and wrote short "Elaborations" about them. Just a quick explanation of the person, place, or phenomenon.

Then they chose a topic that they thought would help provide some examples from history to help answer the Big Question.  After 8 episodes, they should have had 24 topics that they had elaborated on to choose from. 

Topics chosen included: Confucianism, Ancient Indian Bhuddism, Ancient Greek City-States, the Persian Empire, Ancient Egypt, the Han Dynasty in China... The task: Students must dig into these topics to find examples of what can we learn from these various attempts at organizing humans. Both things that worked well, and things that didn't work out so well.

How should humans live together? We tend to simply accept that our way of living is the way. We're going to spend the year exploring the ways we've gone about organizing around this problem throughout human history up to now.

My plan is that by the end of the year, we'll all know a lot more about the recurring mistakes we've made, and a little more, at least, about how we can do a better job.

As for the process for these projects: we're teaching your student how to think for their self. It's a difficult process, and there are at least 45 different ways for our 45 students to think for themselves. Once we make it through the process of this first project, they'll have a much better understanding of how to literally make meaning. 

The next projects won't be nearly this difficult. We're teaching them a very personal process for digesting information. They're not being asked to memorize or even regurgitate "facts." They are being asked to dig and explore, to interpret information, and to synthesize meaning. They are contributing to our collective understanding of the Big Question. Every student's contribution to our evolving and expanding consciousness about our human interactions is invaluable.

By the end of the school year, we will have this whole humanity problem sorted out. 

In the meantime, please be patient with me, and support your student in their struggle to understand. We are deep in the learning zone, right now. It's uncomfortable. True learning and growth always is. 

It's going to be a busy, valuable week. On Monday, I'm going to share a basic example of what I want their presentations to look like. That should help alleviate some of the stress that's happening right now. 

Timing is everything. Now that they've wrestled with their research, and are at a point where they know A LOT about their chosen topic, they will be more open and receptive to the detailed explanation of what they're supposed to do with it.

Please don't hesitate to e-mail me, or schedule an appointment to sit down with you and your student if you would like additional support, or explanation.

We're in this together!
Jon

Jon's Update 12-5-19

posted Dec 5, 2019, 11:13 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Important Dates
Tues & Thurs 3:10-4:00 pm TRUE Rehearsals
Mon, 12/23-Mon, 1/6 **NO SCHOOL: Winter Break
Tues, 1/7 Classes Resume
--------------------------------------------
Dear Middle School Family,

The energy is always high for the three weeks between Thanksgiving and Winter Break. Please encourage your student to stay on top of their work and make good use of their time at school. We don't assign specific homework in Communications and Humanities, but if they don't use their time wisely at school, they're going to fall behind on their assignments. Please check in regularly with Jupiter Ed and with your student about how they're doing.

As of this week, we are deep into our Global Studies projects. Students are researching people, empires, and ideologies from Ancient Civilizations in an effort to find lessons from history to answer the question "How should humans live together?" Next week, students will put together short powerpoint presentations. Presentations will happen the week before Winter Break.

There's no time to fall behind! And there is PLENTY of time for them to get their work done in class.

HELP: Weekly laundry
We desperately need a family to volunteer to bring home and wash the rags every week that we use to wash the tables. Pretty please!

IHS Information for 8th Grade Students

If you have 8th grade students interested in Eugene IHS for the 2019-2020 school year, the 4J School Choice Lottery for in-district students opens January 1st and the deadline is January 31st. We will be holding parent information nights in January. All students interested in enrolling in Eugene IHS must apply through the 4J School Choice Lottery. Students currently enrolled in Eugene IHS do not need to re-apply unless you move outside of the 4J attendance area.

Best wishes,
Jon and Maizzy

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

---------------------------------------------


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


------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

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

---------------------------------------------


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


------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

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

---------------------------------------------


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

_________________________________________________

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

1-10 of 258