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Ridgeline Middle School STEM News 10/24

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

Schoolwide Announcements

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

 

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

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


Academics

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

Reflection Questions from this section:

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

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

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

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

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



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


Warm Regards,

Carrie and India



Resources:

Weather Watch Student Edition Digital Textbook

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


CPM Parent Support

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Please be sure to bring your student to the conference!

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

Take care,
Jon and Maizzy

Jon's Weekly Update 10-11-18

posted Oct 11, 2018, 1:16 PM by Cynthia Friedman

IMPORTANT DATES:
Fri, 10/12: NO SCHOOL! (Statewide Teacher In-Service Day)
Wed, 10/24: Picture Day
Thurs-Fri, 11/8-11/9: NO SCHOOL! (Please Sign up for Conferences)
Mon, 11/12: NO SCHOOL: Veteran's Day
Fri, 11/16, 6pm: Barnes and Noble Bookfair
Tues, 11/20: Bring Veggies for Stone Soup
Wed, 11/21: Bring Bowl and Spoon for Stone Soup
Thurs-Fri, 11/22-11/23: NO SCHOOL: Thanksgiving
Mon, 12/24-Mon, 1/7: NO SCHOOL: Winter Break
Tues: 1/8: School Resumes


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

The Warm-Up Term is over. And we're still warming up! The First official Term of 2018-19 started this Monday. For those of you who were not with us last year, and don't yet have access to Jupiter Ed, I'll be sending out a link with your password shortly after you receive this e-mail.

Jupiter Ed is the online grading system we use to manage and track all of your students' school work. Instructions and due dates are available in Jupiter Ed, and we do our best to keep up to date with our grading, so you should have a pretty accurate, current idea about what your student is doing (or struggling to complete) at school.

This week, we started our US History projects, covering the time span from the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 to the end of the Civil War in 1865. During the previous two weeks, we watched the first six episodes of the A&E "documentary," "America: The Story of Us." 

I want to note right off the bat that the series is not as fully representative of all our stories as I would like. That said, it has given us some really important opportunities to discuss whose stories aren't being told. It's also been a very useful example of a biased narrative.

The students' projects will dig more deeply into a specific story in US History during this timeframe. From slavery on  cotton plantations, to the Trail of Tears, to the transcontinental railroad, to the Louisiana Purchase, to the Oregon Trail, the students are covering a lot of ground, and will fill in many of the holes that the documentary skipped over or sped through.

Students will be wrapping up their research by the middle of next week, and will begin putting together their presentations to share with the class hopefully by October 24. Maizzy and I are working closely with each student every step of the way. We're introducing a whole new way of thinking about information, and what to make of it. It's pretty exciting stuff.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Cheers!
Jon and Maizzy

Ridgeline Middle School STEM News 10/12

posted Oct 11, 2018, 12:56 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Schoolwide Announcements

 

Montessori Parent Education Night, Thursday, October 11 at 6:00

In this interactive workshop, families will learn about Dr. Montessori's Planes of Development. After a short presentation Dr. Casquejo Johnston, will facilitate a discussion/workshop.  Families will leave the workshop with an understanding of the planes of development, how they can support their children and practical strategies and supports to build a Montessori home.

Dr. Casquejo Johnston is the Program Director for the Montessori Teacher Education Program at Saint Mary's College of California which offers both and Early Childhood and an Lower Elementary/Upper Elementary credential.  She has experience every facet of Montessori life - student, parent, lower elementary guide, director(principal) and now program director. Her greatest joy has been raising her children in the Montessori way and watching them become thoughtful, purposeful young adults.  Sofia is in her second year of a masters program in counseling focusing on college student services and Ben is a junior in the sport business program at University of Oregon...Go Ducks!


Attendance

You may have noticed that this year you are receiving a lot more communication regarding the importance of regular attendance.  This year we are beginning an attendance awareness campaign designed to increase awareness, educate, and ultimately improve student attendance at Ridgeline.  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!


Academics

Science -

We are currently focusing our attentions on weather patterns in our investigations about how the earth and its organisms change over time.  This week we ask the question “Why are temperatures different near the coast and inland? In order to learn more about this phenomena we conducted a lab in which we compared the heating and cooling of sand and water over a span of time.  We analyzed our data, decided what was important, how to interpret it, if our results agreed with the body of research, and if our results were reliable. The answer was no to the last two concerns, and so we redesigned the experiment and will repeat it next week.  


Math -

Please support your students in completing math homework in the afternoon when their brain is fresh.  If students are stuck on a problem, they are to skip it and ask for help in class when we review homework.  


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 a 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 build. 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. Opportunities to turn in late work are offered daily before school, during break, lunch, during silent reading/study hall,  and after school.

We welcome questions and communications from parents.  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

THANK YOU!!

Thank you to the parents who volunteer on Fridays, so our students can pursue their interests all over campus. Thank you to those who volunteered to shop for cookie crew, do class laundry, and to Saeed Motahdi for making our gorgeous new classroom cubbies!!

You all make a big difference in our community!



Cheers to the return of rain, tea, and boot weather!


Carrie and India


Ridgeline Middle School STEM News 9/21

posted Sep 24, 2018, 12:09 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Welcome Middle School Family!

Welcome to our new and returning families! We are excited to dive into this school year!


Announcements


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


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


Academics


Math -

The first few weeks of the year are in the Warm Up Term in the Middle School Gradebook. Right now new students are using class time to familiarize themselves with our systems, expectations, and unique features of the CPM Math curriculum they will be using over the next two years. Specifically, our class work is focused on organized note taking, organization of math journal assignments, and lessons designed to facilitate deeper learning around fractions.  Students often know how to find an answer to a fraction problem but don’t always understand why it works, or what it represents. For homework, they are reviewing fractions by doing Pizzaz Pun Math. Students will have little time in class to do homework.Generally, there will be math homework due four days a week (Monday through Thursday). By Monday morning, Math assignments through the Following Tuesday are in Jupiter Grades.

It is often a challenge for 7th graders to adjust to the homework load. It takes them a while to get the hang of managing their homework in their personal time.  By the end of 8th grade, they will be juggling responsibilities that may seem daunting at this time. We believe in holding a bar for our students, and providing the tools, and the opportunities for them to rise to their potential.  It is an honor to see how much they evolve and mature over the two years we are working and playing together!


Science -  Our big question for the year is,  “How does the Earth (and the organisms that live on it) change over time?” Our class will use a Project Board to keep track of our learning.  As student scientists, they began with a brainstorm, “What do we think we know about this question?” To inspire our curiosity, we took notes as we watched National Geographic: The Story of Earth. Students then came up with questions inspired by the video.  As we conduct our investigations, we will revisit the project board to check in on our progressing understanding.

Our investigations began this week. We created a model and simulated the Earth’s orbit around the sun in order to develop our understanding of the reasons for seasons.

Sometimes student responses are less than specific when you ask them, “What did you learn in school?” Here are some questions and prompts you can use to spark your student's memory.

  • Rotation and revolution are two different movements a planet makes.

    • Describe the movement of Earth when it rotates.

    • Describe the movement of Earth when it revolves.

    • Which of these movements is responsible for the length of a day?

      • The Earth rotates once per day and revolves around the sun once per year (365.45 days).

  • What happens to the direction of Earth’s axis as Earth revolves around the Sun?

    • It remains pointed towards polaris (the North Star).

  • Why are temperatures different during different seasons?

  • In northern Alaska in June, the length of daylight can be 24 hours. In Florida, the length of daylight in June is about 13 ¾ hours. If the Sun is shining for so many more hours in Alaska, why is it generally warmer in Florida in June?

    • The light reaching Florida is very direct, while the light reaching Alaska is very indirect. The more direct the sunlight, the more concentrated the energy that can be absorbed.


Electives

Running - Rain or shine, Mondays and Wednesdays we will get out on the Amazon trail and get moving.  Walk, run, speed walk, whatever, but personal goal setting and improvement are required. Students are to start where they’re at and improve from there.  We meet up with our water bottles and spend the first five minutes stretching. Our warm up walk is between Ridgeline and the intersection of West Amazon and Fox Hollow. From there, we run laps on the Amazon trail between Fox Hollow and Snell, then cool down by walking back to Ridgeline where we stretch again and drink lots of water.  Students in the running elective are to bring running shoes, a water bottle, and a can-do attitude. Students are strongly encouraged to wear flexible clothing, sneakers, and bring a water bottle for this elective. Did I mention water bottles? :o)


Best Regards,

Carrie and India


Jon's Weekly Update 9-19-18

posted Sep 19, 2018, 10:43 AM by Cynthia Friedman

IMPORTANT DATES:


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

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Dear Middle School Family,

It's been an amazing two weeks back to school. The students came back ready for action and game for anything. We spent the entire first week getting to know one another, and practicing and discussing the ways we want to work and live together as a learning community. 

It was fun time well spent.

We are quickly settling into our academic routines, and we're continuing to develop and strengthen our human relationships in this new academic community. Our 7th graders are coming from 3 different classrooms!

This year's Humanities curriculum will focus on US Government and History. In particular, we're going to focus on Civics and Civic responsibility. We're going to look at the US Government from the perspective of the Citizen: what are the privileges of US Citizenship? What are the responsibilities? How does a Citizen participate effectively and proactively in a government "for the People by the People?" What is is government, anyway? What does it do? What should it be doing?

From now until Winter Break (the first of three Trimesters), we'll be delving into our collective identity as a Nation: Who are we? We're starting with the middle school, spending a lot of intentional time getting to know one another better. Not just as individuals, but as members of different families with different cultural values and norms. 

This week, the students are creating "Personal Culture Posters," where they are exploring and sharing the traditions and practices that make them and their family unique. It's an opportunity acknowledge the commonalities we share, and to learn more about and honor the differences between us that make us truly valuable to each other's growth.

As we expand out in the coming weeks to explore the cultural and geographical landscape of the United States, as we seek to better understand who we are as a People, this groundwork is going to be especially valuable. When we can see and value the differences in our 'in group,' it will help support our ability to understand and respect the differences in communities and cultures that are outside our personal experience.

In the second term, up until Spring Break, we will start to look at the challenges our various regions and communities face around the United States, and examine the ways that Citizens and our government is responding to them. In the third, final term, we will explore ways that we, as Citizens, can take positive action in our local community to improve our quality of life. And we will take action with service projects out in our community.

Civic responsibility and action is only part of our learning adventure this year. Your student's days are going to be spent honing their communication skills in the English language and mathematics, as well as their ability to apply these tools to scientific reasoning and problem solving. We have a rich variety of Electives for the students to explore from term to term, as well, with options covering everything from Creative Writing, to Ukulele Performance, to Running and other physical expressions, to painting and crafting, to strategic and roleplaying games. 

In addition to PE twice a week, students will also be participating in a "Health and Real Life Skills" class where we'll be exploring topics like Mindfulness, Nutrition, Physical Fitness, and Emotionally Intelligent Communication.

It's going to be a fun-filled, deep-learning kind of year, filled with social action and self discovery. 

We're so grateful to be here. And we're so glad you're here.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions, or would like to participate more in the good work we're up to this year.

Sincerely,
Jon and Maizzy

Carrie's Weekly Update 6-8-18

posted Jun 8, 2018, 2:43 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Upcoming Events

Thursday 6/7

8th Grade Graduation Ceremony 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Friday 6/8

NO SCHOOL - Grading Day

Rummage Sale

June 9, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Monday 6/11 - Thursday 6/14

Middle School Adventure Trip



Announcements


Items still needed for camping trip:


A Camp Chef free standing camp stove.


French Toast Griddles


If you have a griddle and/or a camp stove we can borrow, please shoot me an email to let me know, and bring it to school by Monday morning!   Remember to put your name on any items you send! This includes tents, flash lights, sleeping bags, etc.


Return Ridgeline Books!

Please help your student search their room to gather up any Ridgeline materials that may have made their way into your home over the course of the year.   Likely stowaways may be things like math books, calculators, rulers, novels from the middle school library (these will have a Ridgeline Montessori stamp on the page edges). Please help your student remember to bring them to school Monday morning!  

We are wrapping up loose ends this week, and we’ll be off camping before you know it!  


Best Regards,


Carrie and India


Jon's Weekly Update 5-11-18

posted May 11, 2018, 11:56 AM by Cynthia Friedman

IMPORTANT DATES:   

Mon, May 14, 3:15-4pm               Global Studies Project Fair, Jon and Maizzy's Classroom

Fri, May 18                                    Dance-a-thon 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Sat, May 19 3-5:30pm                    TRUE Performance: Student Uke Jam, Whirled Pies 
Sat, May 26 12pm                         TRUE Performance: Growers' Market, Spencer Creek Grange 
Mon, May 28                                  NO SCHOOL: Memorial Day
Tues, May 29                                  State Testing Begins
Fri, June 1                                      Move-Up Day Hike **Volunteer Opportunity!
Thurs, June 7, 6-8pm                    8th Grade Graduation
Fri, June 8                                      NO SCHOOL: Grading Day
Mon-Thur, June 11-14                  Middle School Adventure Trip 
Thurs, June 14                               Last Day of School
Sat, June 16, 3-4pm                       TRUE Performance: 2nd Star Festival Dorris Ranch
Sat, July 14, 1:30-2:15pm             TRUE Performance: Oregon Country Fair, Youth Stage

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Dear Middle School Family,

This was a terrible week for me to get sick, I tell you what. It's been very humbling, and also very grounding and reassuring. We've done a great job setting up systems and expectations in our classroom, and the students really stepped up this week to make it all work out without me. 

I'm especially proud of, and grateful for Maizzy's work this week guiding the students through this final, stressful process of piecing their projects together. The projects will be ready to go for Monday's Mini Global Studies Project Fair.

Here are the details again. The students are very proud of the hard work and learning that they've put into these projects. I hope you can come in and witness it first hand.

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Global Studies Project Fair
We are in the midst of our final big project of the year for Global Studies. Each student identified a current issue or topic of deep personal interest and international importance. They have spent the last couple of weeks doing research to better understand the historical and cultural context behind their story. This week, they're putting together the pieces in a formal "Position Paper." Once their papers are completed this week, they'll be putting together a three panel project display board, telling their stories, and inspiring action.

At the end of next week, we will have a mini Global Studies Project Fair, displaying their project boards for the class, and discussing them in small groups. We'd like to make the Project Fair open to parents on Monday, May 14 after school until 4pm. We hope you can make the time to attend. It will be a powerful experience.

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8th Grade Graduation Slideshow
Deadline for the 8th graders' photos are due May 15. SOONER IS BETTER!
Here are the instructions:
1. Please choose 10 pictures of your child to include in the slideshow, preferably chronologically from baby to present.
2. Digitize the photos (if not already digitized).
3. Rename the files in order with your student's name, and the order the photos occur chronologically (Jon1, Jon2, Jon3, etc.)
4. Upload your photos to this album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/3ZXK2v6HVqbLWoCt8

That's it!  We'll add some more of the whole group from events at school.  
 
Please rename the files correctly.  We want to be able to easily sort them by student.

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Take care, and stay healthy! We have a lot of fun and action planned for these last few weeks of school.

Thanks!
Jon and Maizzy

Carrie's Weekly Update 5-10-18

posted May 10, 2018, 12:55 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Middle School Update - Week of 5/11/18


Upcoming Events

May 1 - May 31

Bike and Walk to School Month

Friday 5/18

Dance A Thon - 6:30-8:30 pm

Monday 5/28

NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

Tuesday, 5/29

Ridgeline Middle School State Testing Window Begins

Friday 6/1

Move Up Day

Thursday 6/7

8th Grade Graduation Ceremony 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Friday 6/8

NO SCHOOL - Grading Day

Monday 6/11 - Thursday 6/14

Middle School Adventure Trip



Announcements

Do you have building skills?  Do you want to be a part of making a great garden enclosure for the Ridgeline Community?  We need volunteer help to put up the cross braces for the garden fence. The wood is here.  Now we just need your skilled hands to build it!

A big thank you to Paul Hammer at Hammer Lumber in Eugene for donating the lumber for this phase of the project!!


Room 7 needs a volunteer to wash our classroom rags one last time. The students use them to wash the tables every day, and they get a workout. Just shoot me an email and we'll iron out the details.


Thanks for all your help! You make a difference!


Academics

Math

This week CC3 is analyzing interest patterns.  Specifically they are comparing the growth rates of simple vs interest patterns.  My block two group was appalled at what a “bad deal” compound interest at 6% was. They were shocked when I told them that many credit cards charge between 17 and 24 percent.  Another plug for the real world applications of teaching math in schools! If you pen it out, you can borrow to buy something now and pay it back over 12 weeks and end up paying many times it’s market value, or you can wait 12 weeks, save your money, and buy it for the purchase price outright.  We discussed how this is a good choice for smaller ticket items, but not buying a house, and how you do have to borrow (responsibly) to get a credit score in the first place. It was a great conversation!



Science

We have been delving into the nature of matter and existence this week.  I love talking about atoms with the students. How mind bogglingly small they are. If you blew up an orange to the size of the earth, each atom would be the size of a cherry.  If you blew up one of the ‘cherries’ so that the nucleus was the size of an orange, the nearest electron cloud would end about a mile away, and the miniscule electrons would have a 95% chance of being observed in that region.  What? Does matter even exist?

Then we moved on to introductions of covalent and ionic bonds, and the students built models of molecules.


Appreciating every day!


Carrie and India




Online 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 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 Weekly Update 5-2-18

posted May 2, 2018, 1:53 PM by Cynthia Friedman

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” - Maya Angelou


Upcoming Events

May 1 - May 31

Bike and Walk to School Month

Thursday 5/3

Canopy Connections and Tree to Tree Field

Friday 5/4

NO SCHOOL - Professional Development

Friday 5/18

Dance A Thon - 6:30-8:30 pm

Monday 5/28

NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

Tuesday, 5/29

Ridgeline Middle School State Testing Window Begins

Friday 6/1

Move Up Day

Thursday 6/7

8th Grade Graduation Ceremony 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Friday 6/8

NO SCHOOL - Grading Day

Monday 6/11 - Thursday 6/14

Middle School Adventure Trip



Announcements

The return of the sunshine and lovely spring air has been a welcome change.  It also means the return of allergy season. A number of students wrestle with allergy symptoms.  They have the option of storing allergy medication in the office at school for use as directed. All you have to do is drop off a labeled bottle of your student’s medication, and fill out some paperwork.  


HELP!

Our classroom table rags need washing.  Please let me know if you would like to volunteer for this task. Thanks!  


Academics

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.

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



Science

This has been a crazy week!  The students took a cumulative science test. Two math groups also took tests. We wrapped up the term on Wednesday, and we had the Canopy Connections and Tree to Tree Field trips on Thursday.  Much of this short week was devoted to review, tests, and tying up loose ends.


I can’t believe there is only one term left in the year.  We really only have the month of May to wrap up academics before we have testing and the adventure trip! This is a bittersweet time.    In observing the warmth, support, and humor demonstrated by our community members, I see the strong bonds that have formed within our community, and take comfort in the knowledge that our 8th graders take us with them as they move on.


With great appreciation,


Carrie and India

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