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Ridgeline Middle School STEM News 9/21

posted 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.

  • pic

  • 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

Carrie's Weekly Update 4-27-18

posted Apr 27, 2018, 11:02 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Middle School Update - Week of 4/27/18

“A positive attitude can cause a chain reaction of positive  thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results - Wade Boggs


Upcoming Events

May 1 - May 31

Bike and Walk to School Month

Thursday, 5/3

Canopy Connections (7th Graders) and Tree to Tree (8th Graders) Field Trips

Friday 5/4

Term 5 Ends

Tuesday, 5/29

Ridgeline Middle School State Testing Window begins

Thursday 6/7

8th Grade Graduation Ceremony

Friday 6/8

NO SCHOOL - Grading Day

Monday 6/11 - Thursday 6/14

Middle School Adventure Trip



Announcements

A big thank you to all the middle school volunteers!!  You have given the greatest gift you can give. Your time.  

On that note, our classroom table rags need washing.  Please let me know if you would like to volunteer for this task. The best arrangement is to just let me know when you can drop by and pick them up after school. Thanks!  


Canopy Connections Field Trip Thursday, May 3rd

7th Graders are To Bring:

Rain Jackets

Rain pants

Warm Mid-layer (Wool or fleece is preferable to cotton if available)

Water bottles (we can refill at H. J. Andrews)

Lunch and snacks (NO peanuts or tree nuts – no exceptions)

Appropriate footwear (waterproof, closed toe, hiking boots or rain boots are preferable)

Gloves

Hats

Sunglasses and sunscreen depending on weather

Warm socks

Extra socks if shoes are likely to become soaked


Inhaler for any students with asthma!

Epi-pen for each student with allergies

Itinerary:

7:30 am morning arrival at Ridgeline, take attendance, use restroom, load up

7:40 am Depart Ridgeline

9:00 am | Bus arrive at H. J. Andrews at 9 a.m., bathroom break, split into groups, orientation

9:30 -10:45 | Station One

10:45-12:00 | Station Two

12:00-12:30 | Group Lunch - (everyone brings their own)

12:30 - 1:45 | Station Three

1:45-3:00 | Station Four

3:00-3:15 | Wrap

3:15 | Students leave H. J. Andrews

4:25 Students Dismissed from Ridgeline




Attention families who are attending Churchill High School 2018-2019!

Forwarded Message from Trisha

CHS Registrar

On May 2 at 6:00pm Churchill High School welcomes any current 8th grade family who is planning on attending Churchill in the fall to our Incoming 9th Grade Family Night. (They) will be going over general graduation requirements, providing information about electives and discussing course requests for next year.

The meeting will be held in the cafeteria starting at 6:00pm.


Academics


Science

These are just a sampling of a few questions covered in science last week.  

How is density measured?  

What is the standard density by which all other densities are compared?  

What is the relationship between kinetic energy and potential energy?  

What kind of astronomical bodies compose the solar system, and what is the basis of the Astronomical Unit used to measure distances in our solar system?

What is the unit used to measure distances in space?  How many AU’s make up this unit?


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 4-17-18

posted Apr 19, 2018, 8:54 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Middle School Update - Week of 4/20/18


Upcoming Events

Thursday, 4/19

Volunteer Appreciation Tea 2:20-3:03 p.m.

Thursday, 5/3

Canopy Connections (7th Graders) and Tree to Tree (8th Graders) Field Trips

Friday 5/4

Term 5 Ends

Tuesday, 5/29

Ridgeline Middle School State Testing Window begins

Thursday 6/7

8th Grade Graduation Ceremony

Friday 6/8

NO SCHOOL - Grading Day

Monday 6/11 - Thursday 6/14

Middle School Adventure Trip



Academics

Our students work both independently and collaboratively in groups every day.  They show courage in sharing ideas, diplomacy in debate, initiative in asking for help, and community spirit in their willingness to assist each other in the process of learning.  The academic concepts are a vehicle for these greater life skills, and they are given just enough freedom to exercise and develop these skills in their daily interactions. It is a great pleasure to observe how far they have come!


Science

Some questions we addressed over the course of this week are:

  • Use interaction ideas and force ideas to write an explanation of what keeps the earth in orbit around the sun.

    • We have been studying and discussing the concept of gravity as understood and explained by Isaac Newton, but I did introduce Einstein’s description of gravitational interactions, based on his Theory of Relativity with these two videos. The kids loved this lesson!  

  • Analyze and explain why a wadded up coffee filter hits the ground before an open filter.

  • If you drop an object from a great height, would it continue to speed up as it falls or would it reach a final speed?

  • Explain how a skydiver reaches terminal speed.

  • How do you combine multiple forces to determine their total effect on an object?

  • How do you determine the force necessary to balance other forces?

  • Why do things float or sink?




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


Jon's Weekly Update 4-9-18

posted Apr 9, 2018, 1:19 PM by Cynthia Friedman

IMPORTANT DATES:   
Thur, May 3, 8am-4pm                Canopy Connections (7th) and Tree2Tree (8th) Field Trips
Sat, May 19 3-5:30pm                  TRUE Performance: Student Uke Jam, Whirled Pies   
Tues, May 29                                  State Testing Begins
Thurs, June 7, 6-8pm                    8th Grade Graduation
Fri, June 8                                      NO SCHOOL: Grading Day
Mon-Thur, June 11-14                  Middle School Adventure Trip 

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Dear Middle School Family,

And we're back! The energy coming back from Spring Break was super positive. The students came back happy to be here and raring to go. 

We're constantly refining the production process for the Ridgeline Middle School News program as the students master the steps they need to complete. Their general knowledge of the regions they're reporting about has improved incredibly. It is mind-opening talking with the students about the stories they're researching. Maizzy and I continue to learn from our students every single day. It's exciting stuff.

Homework?!
One of the things we're working to tighten is adherence to deadlines. There is PLENTY of time in class to complete the work necessary to meet the deadlines. Each step along the way is the only work the students have to focus on for our class. We've made it clear that if they don't complete their work in class it is the students' responsibility to complete it as homework to meet the deadlines.

The school-year is winding up quickly. We are working to finish two more productions before the end of the school year. Most of our academic work will be done for the year on May 25. We save the State testing for the week after Memorial Day.

May 3 Field Trips
Please watch for, and return as soon as possible, Permission forms and money for the May 3 field trips. Carrie and India will be taking the 7th graders to H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, and Jon and Maizzy will be taking the 8th graders to Tree2Tree Aerial Adventure Park. Please ask your students and check your e-mail for more information. If all else fails, please contact Carrie or me right away if you have questions about these fun field trips.

8th Grade Graduation
The Ridgeline Board approved changing the grading day to Friday, June 8 (No school that Friday.) The 8th Grade Graduation has been scheduled for Thursday, June 7, from 6-8pm.

The ceremony will be beautiful. The tradition we've established is for a team of 7th grade parents to organize an Ice Cream Sundae bar. We'll hold the ceremony. We'll break for the Ice Cream. And then the students will provide entertainment. We need a team of three or four 7th grade parents to buy the ice cream and bowls, and set up and run the sundae bar during graduation. If this is something you would like to take on, please e-mail me and let me know!

Ukes for Big Kids
I'm starting up my "Ukes for Big Kids" class again on Thursday, April 19, from 6-7:30pm. Classes will be every Thursday in Jon's classroom in the back of Building B. Cost for the class is $40 per month for 4 sessions. (Short months will be pro-rated.) For more information, please e-mail jon@soundfound.orgInformation and Registration can also be found here.

Have a great week!
Jon and Maizzy

Jon's Weekly Update 3-16-18

posted Mar 16, 2018, 9:16 AM by Cynthia Friedman

IMPORTANT DATES:               
Fri, March 23 6-8pm                  'Olekona (Jon's Hawaiian Band) Performs with Neal Chin FREE!
Mon-Fri, March 26-30               NO SCHOOL: SPRING BREAK
Mon, April 2                               NO SCHOOL: Professional Development
Thur, May 3, 8am-4pm              Canopy Connections (7th) and Tree2Tree (8th) Field Trips
Sat, May 19 3-5:30pm                TRUE Performance: Student Uke Jam, Whirled Pies   
Fri, June 1, 6-8pm                      8th Grade Graduation
Mon-Thur, June 11-14               Middle School Adventure Trip

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Dear Middle School Family,

Today, Wednesday, March 14, 2018, was a very emotional day for all of us. Over half of our middle school students, and many upper and lower el students, chose to accept the consequences of an "unexcused absence" to walk out of school and march in support of stricter gun laws.

Horns were honked by passing cars, fists were raised, parents showed up in force to support the students who chose to stand up. The students gathered in the small open patch of mud and grass at the intersection of Fox Hollow and the Amazon Parkways to share strong words about fear. Strong words about empowerment of our youth.

I went along to make sure that everyone stayed out of traffic, and out of trouble.

When we got back to school, spirits were high, and so was tension. Not all of the students chose to march. After our class meeting, a small group of students was arguing in a corner of the classroom, so we reconvened our community circle.

At the beginning of the school year, we identified the three main ground rules for our community: protect each other's Physical, Intellectual, and Emotional safety. Brandon made it easy to remember: "Safety Pie."

Today being Pi day, it was a brilliant segue into an important conversation. The risk of an armed gunman coming into our classroom is small. The risk each of us face every day as we come to school and try to be our full Self is great. How we treat each other when we disagree will literally change the World.

We had a deep conversation about listening to understand each other's reality, and accepting them as Real and Authentic! And expecting the same in return. There is no 'winning' a conversation by convincing someone you're right. The best we can hope for is improved understanding on both sides of the conversation. Getting to know one another better.

Our Global Studies projects have opened our students to some deep and hard truths about the world we live in. Their writing is improving, their speaking is improving. Their depth of understanding and care for the world we live in, and they are inheriting, is literally blowing my mind.

We filmed our fourth episode of the RMS World News last Tuesday, while I was out sick.

It just gets better and more real.

I am deeply proud of our kids. Both those who chose to march, and those who chose not to march. Neither group just "went along for the ride." They all stood for something. They all had a reason for how they chose to participate in the National student uprising.

We're proud of ALL of our kids for their courage today.

Sincerely,
Jon and Maizzy

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