Classrooms‎ > ‎

Jon & Carrie's Rooms (Middle School)


Jon's Weekly Update 4-24-17

posted Apr 24, 2017, 1:46 PM by Cynthia Friedman

IMPORTANT DATES:
Tues, April 25, 3:15-4pm, 6-6:45pm TRUE PERFORMANCE: Ridgeline Project Fair
Thurs, April 27, 6pm                          TRUE PERFORMANCE: OSLP Fundraiser, Sam Bonds Foundry
Tues, May 2, 3:15-4:15pm                  TRUE Rehearsal
Thur, May 4, 3:15-4:15pm                 TRUE Rehearsal
Tues, May 9, 3:15-4:15pm                  TRUE Rehearsal
Thurs, May 11                                      Field Trip: 7th Grade: Canopy Connections, 8th Grade: Tree2Tree
Thur, May 11, 3:15-4:15pm                 ****NO TRUE Rehearsal
Tues, May 16, 3:15-4:15pm                  TRUE Rehearsal
Thur, May 18, 3:15-4:15pm                 TRUE Rehearsal
Fri., May 19                                         Jogathon
Sat, May 20, 4-7pm                             TRUE PERFORMANCE: Student Uke Jam, Whirled Pies, Downtown
Mon, May 22                                       Smarter Balanced Testing Begins
Tues, May 23, 12:30pm-12am            TRUE PERFORMANCE: DT Portland and Arlene Schnitzer opening for Jake Shimabukuro and the Oregon Symphony
Sat, May 27, 12pm                              TRUE PERFORMANCE: Spencer Creek Grange 
Mon, June 5-Thurs, June 8              Adventure Trip 2017
Fri, June 9                                          **NO SCHOOL--Middle School ONLY
Thurs, June 15, 6-8pm                       8th Grade Graduation
Fri, June 16                                          Last Day of School
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Dear Middle School Family,

We've spent this school year digging into Democracy. I wish I could say it's been a perfectly planned, streamlined learning process, but... if that were the case, it wouldn't be a Learning process. Learning is messy. So is Democracy.

Democracy is an experiment.  It's an ideal that we're still striving to understand how to make happen. It starts with understanding how the ideal works: By the People, for the People. I refuse to give up hope that this is the true goal of our Democracy. There's no "easy path" when it comes to Liberty and Justice for ALL of our People. There is work. And more work.

In the middle school, we're working out what this means, in practical terms. What does it mean to be a Citizen? What makes Democracy work?

This was the topic of the essay your student has been working on these last two weeks. They read "The Creed of Democracy," published in the 1940s, that laid out 60 essential elements of Democracy. It's an incredible document that resonated deeply with our community. (I've attached it to this e-mail.) I asked the kids to highlight the 10 things they thought were most important. Then I coached the whole class, step by step, through the process of writing a 5 paragraph essay, over the course of two weeks.

As the students wrote each part of the essay, Introduction, Body, and Conclusion, Maizzy and I helped troubleshoot their essays individually, coaching them through their writing process (and their thought process). We've been scribbling all over their drafts and talking about their writing one on one. They've been fixing things up and coming back for more. After I scratched all over a student's third draft today, I told her, "I'm sorry. I know you thought you were done." She told me, enthusiastically, "No. I want to make it better." 

This! is the behavior our Democracy needs: "I want to make it better." What I've learned this year is that the more personally responsive we've been, as teachers, to the students' work, the more they are invested in doing their best work. It all starts with Important Work. There's a lot of important work to be done.

We have four more weeks of strictly "academic" work left in the school year. We will begin Smarter Balanced testing on May 22. Until then, students will be mainly working on their Immigration projects and one final writing project. We're going to treat the testing as just another assignment. It'll be pretty chill. There will be no other academic work while we're doing the testing. Electives will continue through to the end of the year.

Thank you to Peggy, Tiffany, Daniel, and Meredith for taking charge of the ice cream social and decorations for the 8th Grade Graduation on Thursday, June 15. We'll be in touch later in May to sort out details.

Thank you to Erin, Jen, Laura, Ethan, Darcy, and Erik or Lela Zapata-Minchow for volunteering to join us on the Adventure Trip from June 5-8. That brings the adult total to 10 with Jon, Carrie, Maizzy, and Taylor.  There are 50 students going on this trip! I think we've got it covered, but if you'd like to join us, please let me know, ASAP!

Lot's of uke-tivity in the next month. No after school TRUE Rehearsals this week. We're playing for Project Fair, instead, on Tuesday, and we're playing at Sam Bonds Foundry on Thursday evening.

This is my favorite part of the school year. So much going on!

Best,
Jon and Maizzy

Jon's Weekly Update 4-14-17

posted Apr 14, 2017, 11:11 AM by Cynthia Friedman

IMPORTANT DATES:
Sat, April 15, 1pm                               TRUE PERFORMANCE: Jordan Schnitzer Art Museum, UO 
Tues, April 18, 3:15-4:15pm               TRUE Rehearsal
Thurs, April 20, 3:15-4:15pm            TRUE Rehearsal
Tues, April 25, 3:15-4pm, 6-6:45pm TRUE PERFORMANCE: Ridgeline Project Fair
Thurs, April 27, 6pm                          TRUE PERFORMANCE: OSLP Fundraiser, Sam Bonds Foundry
Tues, May 2, 3:15-4:15pm                  TRUE Rehearsal
Thurs, May 4, 3:15-4:15pm               TRUE Rehearsal
Tues, May 9, 3:15-4:15pm                  TRUE Rehearsal
Thurs, May 11                                      Field Trip: 7th Grade: Canopy Connections, 8th Grade: Tree2Tree
Fri., May 19                                          Jogathon
Sat, May 20, 4-7pm                             TRUE PERFORMANCE: Student Uke Jam, Whirled Pies, Downtown
Mon, May 22                                       Smarter Balanced Testing Begins
Tues, May 23, 12:30pm-12am            TRUE PERFORMANCE: DT Portland and Arlene Schnitzer opening for Jake Shimabukuro and the Oregon Symphony
Sat, May 27, 12pm                              TRUE PERFORMANCE: Spencer Creek Grange 
Mon, June 5-Thurs, June 8              Adventure Trip 2017
Fri, June 9                                          **NO SCHOOL--Middle School ONLY
Thurs, June 15, 6-8pm                      8th Grade Graduation
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Dear Middle School Family,

The school year is wrapping up fast. This week, we started building full-fledged essays out of paragraphs.  The students' writing has improved so much this year. It's exciting to see them put their skills to work on a more complex task.

We finished watching "The New Americans" this week, as well. It's been an extremely humanizing window into the modern immigration experience into the United States. The students are wrapping up their investigation into US immigration laws, and are beginning their "Deep Research" projects. 

Students are digging into everything from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, to what's happening in Syria, to personal family immigration stories, to refugee camps, to the history of immigration law, to...  It's going to be fun to help guide their explorations over the next few weeks.

Adventure Trip 2017
The Adventure Trip is just around the corner.  Thank you Tina Matsuno for volunteering to manage the food situation.  We'll be going to Wolf Creek Group Campground in the Umqua National Forest, about 30 miles east of Roseburg.  It's a 2-hour drive from Ridgeline.  We will leave first thing Monday morning, June 5, and return home in the afternoon on Thursday, June 8

Middle School will not have class on Friday, June 9 (the rest of the school is off on Monday, June 5).  Cost for the 4 day, 3 night trip is $60 per student. If you want to join us for the trip (we need 7 more parent chaperones), please let me know, ASAP! Thank you Jen, Erin, and Laura for signing on early!

8th Grade Graduation
Graduation this year will be the biggest in Ridgeline's history.  It's hard to believe we have 27 students graduating this year!  Graduation will be in the gym at Ridgeline on Wednesday, June 14, from 6-8pm.  The tradition is that 7th grade parents step up to help decorate and organize an ice cream sundae bar, so the 8th grade parents (and the teachers) can be present for the ceremony.  Please let me know if you'd like to volunteer to manage the ice cream.  Thank you Meredith and Daniel for volunteering early!

Fence Building Expertise Needed
The middle school is looking for a consultant to help them with plans for building a garden fence. They need an expert in this area; someone who can guide them in how to build a lovely, durable, well-constructed fence. Students will be working with Middle School Assistant Taylor Makin on this project. She is thinking of livestock paneling with a wooden frame. If you can lend a hand in this area please contact Taylor at taylor.makin@ridgeline.org.

Ukulele Update
This Saturday, April 15, is a big Family Day at the Jordan Schnitzer Art Museum at the UO.  Visit the Museum for free!  There will be storytellers and dancers, and TRUE is performing at 1pm.  It's going to be a fun day. 

Project Fair is April 25. To represent what happens in the back of Building B, TRUE will be performing in front of the school from 3:30-4:00pm, and from 6:15-6:45pm.

The rest of the year is going to be Action Packed!  Hold on to your hats.
Jon and Maizzy

Carrie's Weekly Update 4-14-17

posted Apr 14, 2017, 10:17 AM by Cynthia Friedman

April 17

Track Town Pizza Fundraiser

April 25th

Project Fair

April 28

Canopy Connections Permission Slips Coming Home to Families of 7th Graders.

April 24 - 27

Volunteer Appreciation Week

May 1 - 5

Staff Appreciation Week

May 11th

Canopy Connections Field Trip (7th Graders)

May 11th

8th Grade Tree2Tree Trip

May 12th

SCHOOL IN SESSION - Hazardous Weather Make Up Day

May 19th

Jog-A-Thon

May 29th

Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

June 2

Move Up Day

June 5 - 8

Middle School Adventure Trip

June 12th

Mazzi’s Restaurant Fundraiser

June 13th

End of the Year Picnic

June 14th

Field Day

June 15th

8th Grade Graduation

June 16th

Night at the EM’s


Announcements


Families of Seventh Grade Students

Canopy Connections Field Trip Permission Forms came home FRIDAY.  They are due back April 28th.

We are looking forward to a great day in the woods, learning about ecology with some enthusiastic college students!


Eighth Grade Students Attending South Eugene High School

Eighth grade students attending SEHS next fall and their parents are invited to the Incoming 9th Grade Information and Forecasting Night on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 6:30pm - 9:00pm.  The event will begin in the SEHS cafeteria with a welcome from the SEHS Parent Council. Families will get important information about SEHS, the trimester schedule, credit and class requirements, and the scheduling process.


Department representatives will present information about ninth grade core and elective classes and course options. SEHS students attending IHS in 2017-18 will get information about their IHS courses.  Students will receive a 9th Grade Curriculum Guide/Workbook, a SEHS Curriculum Guide and a Forecasting Course Request form. They can begin the forecasting process that evening.  In early May, SEHS staff will be visiting each local middle school to complete the Forecasting Course Request process with students.

Please plan to attend this important evening designed to give incoming ninth grade students and their families essential information about high school and begin the process of forecasting for Freshman courses.  We look forward to welcoming you.


Elsa Andrew

Registrar, South Eugene High School

Eugene School District 4J

andrew_e@4j.lane.edu

Phone 541-790-8015


Math

Sometimes we get caught up in the details and miss the big picture.  Math is not just getting a problem correct one at a time, it is more importantly an excellent vehicle for learning how to learn.  Students tend to see each problem as an end in itself.  I remind them to step back.  Each problem is an opportunity to practice a skill.  Whether that skill is using conversion unit fractions to convert ounces to gallons, or feet to kilometers, it is knowledge of the relationship between units, and mastery of using conversion unit fractions that is the goal of the work.  

Fluency is required in each skill one learns this year. As students progress through the curriculum they will need to decide when and how to apply and combine those skills as the complexity of the work increases.  

Our success in math provides feedback we can use to explore how our work habits impact our learning.  We can practice looking for patterns in our errors, brainstorming reasons for the pattern, and creating a plan for changing those limiting habits.  Process, pattern awareness, and learning about learning. Those are our goals.


Life Science

Last week we decided that our data was correlated, so we moved forward to analyzing our results.  This week, each student group decided how to graph our class results.  Since each group did their own iteration of the experiment, so we have 7 repetitions of the same experiment in each class.  In order to graph our results, some students decided to create an area graph and average the number of fronds counted each day we collected data.  Some groups created a bar graph of the increase in frond growth overall between the first day and the last day data was collected.  Students graphed the uncertainty in our results as well.  Students will explain why they chose to use one graph over another, and what they illustrate about our experiment results.  

We now are interpreting our graphs, and writing our conclusions for the experiment.  


Carrie and Taylor


carrie.culliton@ridgeline.org

taylor.makin@ridgeline.org

Carrie's Weekly Update 4-7-17

posted Apr 7, 2017, 12:09 PM by Cynthia Friedman

April 17

Track Town Pizza Fundraiser

April 25th

Project Fair

April 28

Canopy Connections Permission Slips Coming Home to Families of 7th Graders.

April 24 - 27

Volunteer Appreciation Week

May 1 - 5

Staff Appreciation Week

May 11th

Canopy Connections Field Trip (7th Graders)

May 11th

8th Grade Tree2Tree Trip

May 12th

SCHOOL IN SESSION - Hazardous Weather Make Up Day

May 29th

Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

June 2

Move Up Day

June 5 - 8

Middle School Adventure Trip

June 12th

Field Day

June 12th

Mazzi’s Restaurant Fundraiser

June 13th

End of the Year Picnic

June 15th

8th Grade Graduation

June 16th

Night at the EM’s


Dear Middle School Families,

This has been a rough week for Ridgeline Staff and Families.  The supportive and connected culture that we have created and continue to create together here at Ridgeline is a great gift that we all simultaneously give and receive.  Our students thrive in this environment.  I see proof every day in our amazing middle school students.  It is a joy to come to school every day and work, laugh, and face challenges with your students.  I embrace the poignant paradox, and embrace the people in my life fully, as I continue to walk around with a full and breaking heart.  


Life Science

We are plotting our Plant Growth as an indicator of water quality experimental data this week, and comparing it to results from the same experiment conducted by Ridgeline Students two years ago.  In order to better compare and analyze our results, we created scatter plots of the data from both experiments.  To create our graphs, we found the highest and lowest values in the data sets, created a reasonable and consistent scale to best illustrate the information, and plotted our points.   If we decided the data is correlated, we then found the line of best fit.   After comparing and discussing our results, we will write our data analyses and conclusions.


With Highest Regard,

Carrie and Taylor

carrie.culliton@ridgeline.org

taylor.makin@ridgeline.org

Jon's Weekly Update 3-23-17

posted Mar 24, 2017, 10:38 AM by Cynthia Friedman

IMPORTANT DATES:
Mon-Fri, March-31                          ***NO SCHOOL--Spring Break
Tues, April 4, 3:15-4:15:                  TRUE Rehearsal
Thurs, April 6, 3:15-4:15:               TRUE Rehearsal
Tues, April 11, 3:15-4:15:                TRUE Rehearsal
Thurs, April 13, 3:15-4:15:             TRUE Rehearsal
Sat, April 15, 1pm                           TRUE PERFORMANCE: Jordan Schnitzer Art Museum, UO 
Thurs, April 27, 6pm                      TRUE PERFORMANCE: OSLP Fundraiser, Sam Bonds Foundry
Sat, May 20, 4-7pm                         TRUE PERFORMANCE: Student Uke Jam, Whirled Pies, Downtown
Mon, May 22                                   Smarter Balanced Testing Begins
Tues, May 23, 12:30pm-12am        TRUE PERFORMANCE: DT Portland and Arlene Schnitzer opening for Jake Shimabukuro and the Oregon Symphony
Sat, May 27, 12pm                           TRUE PERFORMANCE: Spencer Creek Grange 

FUTURE EVENTS
Thurs, May 11                                   7th Grade: Canopy Connections, 8th Grade: Tree2Tree
Mon, June 5-Thurs, June 8              Adventure Trip 2017
Fri, June 9                                          **NO SCHOOL--Middle School ONLY
Thurs, June 15, 6-8pm                      8th Grade Graduation

-------------------------------------------------------------------
Dear Middle School Family,

It's been a fascinating week. We started Monday by putting our families on the map.  As best we could find out, students marked on a collective Google Map where their families came from, and where they settled in the United States. It was harder than most of them imagined to find out this information.  (I wish I had had them change the color of the Country of Origin Tab and the US Tab, but it's pretty clear: anything outside the US is a Country of Origin.)

The map (and dates--scroll through the name list) are completely fascinating. We all come from somewhere else.  We are a nation of immigrants. The diversity of the stories that brought our families here is mind-boggling.  And, for many of us, completely unknown.  They are stories of struggle, hardship, luck, oppression, hard work--that much we know.  

The fact that we are here, in the United States, healthy and strong, educated, asking after these stories is a true testament to the Heroism of our ancestors' stories.

We've been learning just how true that is. It's no easy task to become a US citizen if you aren't born into it.  After a quick overview of the Immigration process, we started watching the documentary, "The New Americans," to get a better idea of how the process works in real life.  

So far, we've been following the story of a family who fled violence in Nigeria, and their transition to life in Chicago after two years in a refugee camp, waiting their turn, the story of a young college graduate from Palestine and her marriage to a Palestinian American, and the emotional struggle of leaving her homeland, and the story of a pair of Major League Baseball hopefuls from the Dominican Republic, being trained in the Dodgers' training camp.

We'll return to their stories after Spring Break, and we'll also hear stories of other folks who are working through the process of becoming an American.  We'll be bringing in guest speakers as well.

The students have a ton of questions about how this whole process works.  We've pared it down to 70 questions, and the students are working in teams to find the government policies and come up with the answers.

In mid-April, after we've set the "common ground" for understanding, students will engage in either Research or Service projects of deep personal interest around immigration issues.  We'll hold an "Immigration Conference" at the end of May, so the students can share their what they've learned.  I'm still processing how big a deal we should make of this. A lot will depend on how deeply the students embrace it, how far they want to take it.  Our community is in desperate need of what the students are learning...

I am sincerely humbled by the curiosity, inquisition, and compassion the students are bringing to this important topic. 

Please enjoy your time together this Spring Break. Share stories!  Make some new ones!

Best wishes,
Jon & Maizzy

Jon's Weekly Update 3-10-17

posted Mar 10, 2017, 12:57 PM by Cynthia Friedman

We are PLANNING A FIELD TRIP for Thursday, March 23rd to visit the Gordon House in Silverton, and we NEED DRIVERS! If you can drive and chaperone for this event, PLEASE let me or Cynthia know. We will be leaving Ridgeline at 9am and returning by 3pm for an 11am tour, with lunch at a nearby park. Please join us!

Room 9 has the opportunity to work with Vic Hansen, who supervised last year's totem project! Vic is asking Room 9 students and parents to help restore two totem poles from other places in Eugene. The poles are projected to be delivered before Spring Break. Can you help? Parents would be most appreciated for supervising on Fridays and after school.

Ask your student about this week's geometry. 6th year students are comparing water bottle sizes using the volume of a cylinder. 5th year students used a grapefruit to find the area of a circle, and 4th year students are learning about the area of a triangle by comparing it to a grilled cheese sandwich. Perhaps your student would like to make sandwiches at home!

SPRING BREAK is Mar. 27-31. We will return to school on MONDAY, APRIL 3. Please note that this is a change from our previous schedule due to hazardous weather.

--Sharon

Ridgeline 8th Grade Graduation

posted Feb 28, 2017, 10:56 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Thursday, June 15, 2017
6:30-9:00pm
Ridgeline Gym

It's going to be Ridgeline's biggest graduation yet, with 27 students! Nearly double last year's graduates.

Volunteers Needed
Ice Cream Sundae Bar
We will hold with tradition and host an ice cream sundae bar as part of the celebration. We need a couple of 7th grade parents to volunteer to lead this effort, so the teachers can focus on the ceremony, and the 8th grade parents can be present with their students. The ice cream team will purchase the ice cream and bowls and spoons (and be reimbursed by the school). They will also set up and scoop ice cream. Each family will bring a topping to share. It's a lot of fun.

Decorations
The gym is... a gym. We need a team of creative types to help us spruce it up a bit. At least the front area around the stage where the ceremony will be held.

Please let me know if you would like to volunteer to 'pay it forward,' and help make the ceremony special for our graduates.

Best,Jon, Carrie, Maizzy, and Taylor

Jon's Weekly Update 2-24-17

posted Feb 28, 2017, 10:51 AM by Cynthia Friedman

IMPORTANT DATES:
Tues, Feb 28, 3:15-4:15:                    TRUE Rehearsal
Thurs, March 2, 3:15-4:15:                TRUE Rehearsal
Fri, March 3, 5:30-7pm                     TRUE PERFORMANCE: Spaghetti Dinner at Ridgeline
Tues, March 7, 3:15-4:15:                  TRUE Rehearsal
Thurs, March 9, 7:30am                   TRUE PERFORMANCE: COSA ELL Conference
Thurs, March 9, 3:15-4:15:                **NO TRUE Rehearsal
Sat-Sun, March 10-11                        PeaceJam Conference UO--Self-selected 8th Graders
Mon. March 13, 1:30pm                    TRUE PERFORMANCE: Emerald Valley Retirement (Next Door)
Mon. March 20, 1:45pm                    TRUE PERFORMANCE: Junction City Retirement
Tues, March 21, 3:15-4:15:                 TRUE Rehearsal
Thurs, March 23, 3:15-4:15:              TRUE Rehearsal
Mon-Fri, March-31                            ***NO SCHOOL--Spring Break
Thurs, April 27, 6pm                         TRUE PERFORMANCE: OSLP Fundraiser, Sam Bonds Foundry

FUTURE EVENTS
Thurs, May 11                                    7th Grade: Canopy Connections, 8th Grade: Tree2Tree
Mon, June 5-Thurs, June 8              Adventure Trip 2017
Fri, June 9                                          **NO SCHOOL--Middle School ONLY
Thurs, June 14, 6-8pm                         8th Grade Graduation

-------------------------------------------------------------------
Dear Middle School Family,

Hope is the currency of education.  Promise.  School is such a fixture in our lives that it's easy to forget that it's not just "something everyone has to get through."  We're fortunate, at Ridgeline Montessori, that our families have actively chosen this particular community for their children to spend their time learning in.  The intention makes all the difference.

The world is a topsy turvy place right now.  I read a statistic the other day that in the last 5 years, more consumable information has been produced and made available than in the history of humankind.  The quality of the information available to us was not evaluated; it was simply talking about the sheer amount of raw information at our fingertips.  

Whether the statistical facts are, in fact, that dramatic, there is no doubting that we live in an Information Age, not only because of the sheer volume available to us, but due to the ease of accessing it.  The "world" is literally in our pockets and on our laptops.

"Truth" doesn't exist.  Perspectives do.  We are doing our best, in Ridgeline's Middle School to look at questions from many perspectives, to evaluate the sources, and to be skeptical of information.  We are trying to keep our curriculum responsive to the world we live in, and to provide students with the intellectual and practical tools they need, not just to be successful students, but to be successful adult humans.

And we're doing our best to keep it hopeful, positive, full of promise.

Next week, we'll begin the first steps in our next US Policy unit: Immigration.  We will generate a list of questions, as a class, to help the students interview family members to learn their family's immigrant story.  For some of the students, this story started with one or both of their parents.  Some students' families have been in the United States for generations.  Some students have family members who came to this continent in chains, as slaves.  Some can trace at least some of their family roots back to Native tribes.

Your student will be tasked with learning the story of (at least) two of their ancestors who came to the United States from another country, who came here as immigrants, whether they chose to or not, and to answer as many of the questions about their story as answers are known by your family.  Please help your student complete this important step in connecting them to how they became a US Citizen, and what it meant to you and your ancestors.

In the next many weeks, we'll be studying the history of immigration in the United States, then and now.  We'll be studying US Policies on immigration, then and now.  It's a Hero's story, full of challenges and obstacles, full of hope, and promise, and disappointment.

It's our story. More than any other story in these United States, Immigration is Our Story.

Please help your student learn their story.  (It's a homework assignment due March 10.)

Sincerely,
Jon and Maizzy

Jon's Weekly Update 2-14-17

posted Feb 14, 2017, 11:06 AM by Cynthia Friedman

IMPORTANT DATES:
Tues, Feb 14, 3:15-4:15:                    TRUE Rehearsal
Thurs, Feb. 16, 3:15-4:15:                TRUE Rehearsal
Mon. Feb 20                                        ***NO SCHOOL--President's Day
Tues, Feb 21, 3:15-4:15:                    TRUE Rehearsal
Thurs, Feb. 23, 7pm                          TRUE PERFORMANCE: Whirrled Pies (With NEHS)
Fri, March 3, 5:30-7pm                     TRUE PERFORMANCE: Spaghetti Dinner at Ridgeline
Thurs, March 9, 7:30am                   TRUE PERFORMANCE: COSA ELL Conference
Sat-Sun, March 10-11                        PeaceJam Conference UO--Self-selected 8th Graders
Mon. March 20, 1:30pm                    TRUE PERFORMANCE: Emerald Valley Retirement (Next Door)
Mon. March 20, 1:45pm                    TRUE PERFORMANCE: Junction City Retirement
Mon-Fri, March-31                            ***NO SCHOOL--Spring Break
Thurs, April 27, 6pm                         TRUE PERFORMANCE: OSLP Fundraiser, Sam Bonds Foundry

FUTURE EVENTS
Thurs, May 11                                    7th Grade: Canopy Connections, 8th Grade: Tree2Tree
Mon, June 5-Thurs, June 8              Adventure Trip 2017
Fri, June 9                                          **NO SCHOOL--Middle School ONLY
Wed, June 14, 6-8pm                         8th Grade Graduation

-------------------------------------------------------------------
Dear Middle School Family,

Term 3 is wrapping up this week, officially marking the halfway point through the year.  Please encourage your student to turn stuff in!  Too many of the "City Tourism" projects "steps" didn't get turned in properly.  Help your student make sure their grade reflect the work they did!  I'll also accept Book Reviews until Noon Sunday.  I have to print up report cards on Sunday afternoon.  They should come home by the end of next week.

TRUE Happenings
Holy TRUE Performances, Batman!  We already have six gigs booked for the next two months.  Three of them are paying gigs!  I've made arrangements with a local recording studio to get us back into the studio to record a CD in May.  We're working on a whole new batch of songs with Isaac L. on the drum kit, and a few songs with Joey on harmonica, and Luke on violin.  It's a whole new TRUE.  If you have a 7th grader, please encourage them to take drum lessons, so we have a drummer next year.  Please come support the band at Whirrled Pies on February 23rd.  The kids sound amazing.

Writing
We're upping our game with the Article of the Week.  We're examining Media and building the students' background knowledge from many perspectives before they respond to the weekly articles.  This will eventually grow to the point where the Articles of the Week assignments will be in preparation for more elaborate papers, exploring ideas with the support of multiple sources.  

We're also going to start incorporating this process of writing and discussing ideas into talking about fiction and poetry.

Civic Action
These City Projects took over our work period this week.  Next week, we'll get back to the important business of writing Real Policy to manage some of our community's behavior here at Ridgeline.  We have many steps to move through before the Policies can be put in place, if they make it that far.  It's been a good, very real, experience of how change in a community happens.  Slowly.  We're determined, though, to see it through.

Next week returns to a more "Normal" routine.  (If you can call what we do, "Normal...")

Best,
Jon and Maizzy

Carrie's Weekly Update 2-9-17

posted Feb 9, 2017, 9:49 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Calendar

February 11th

Melt Class-Registration Required

February 20th

No School - President’s Day

February 21st

Pre-Lottery Information Session

February 25th

LuLaRoe Fundraiser

March 8th

Ridgeline Lottery Applications Due

March 11th

OBOB Regionals at Willamette High School

March 12th

Daylight Savings Time - Spring Forward!

March 27th - 31st

No School - Spring Break


Announcements

MELT Workshop - Do you wake up stiff and sore in the morning? Do you feel like you do not bounce back from injuries quite as quickly as you used to or do you have chronic pain? Come learn some strategies for dealing with aches and pains at a MELT Method workshop AND do something nice for Ridgeline! 100% of the admission cost will be donated to Ridgeline so you will be helping your body and the school at the same time. The workshop is in the Ridgeline Gym on Sat Feb 11th from 1-3 and the cost is $25.

MELT is a self-care treatment technique that uses soft foam rollers and small balls to decrease pain and inflammation in the body while increasing balance and stability. Basically, you will be learning how to give yourself a massage. It is fun and easy to do. Registration is required. Email shannon@fullcirclefitnesseugene.com to reserve a spot! For more information about The MELT Method, visit www.fullcirclefitnesseugene.com. Feel better in your body!

LuLaRoe fundraiser to benefit the Capital Campaign! On Saturday, February 25, from 1-4pm, six local LuLaRoe consultants will be bringing their inventories to the Ridgeline gym for a fundraising event to benefit Ridgeline Montessori. For each piece sold that day, a donation will be made to the school and LuLaRoe will match that donation! Combined donations for this event will be between $3 and $6 per item sold and are based on the value of each piece. There will be over 3,000 pieces of inventory available to shop from, so proceeds to Ridgeline could be substantial. There will also be a raffle for free leggings! Be sure to join the Facebook Event page for photos, updates, and announcements:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1733799846880212/

LuLaRoe is an affordable and comfortable clothing line designed with all shapes, sizes, and lifestyles in mind. There is a HUGE selection of leggings, dresses, skirts, tops, and more in unique and exclusive fabrics. We carry styles in sizes 2T-14 in kids and XXS-3XL for women.


Instructional Days – Site Council decided to add the following three instructional days back to the school calendar: April 3, May 12, and June 16. Thursday June 15, will be a full day of school (3:15pm dismissal) and June 16 will be early release.


Academics

Science -

Your student’s efforts are evident in their Earth Science presentations. There was a lot of overlap in the presentations, the reiteration of which, turned out to be important points for understanding.   It really worked out wonderfully. The presentation topics were designed to come at the topic from many angles.   Student presentations, varying greatly in both depth and relavent topic, provided a full and multi layered middle school overview of what processes within earth cause geological activity.  This has been a great wrap up to the unit!  

Taylor, myself, and many of the students are looking forward to the upcoming life science unit. We will focus on, ecology, heredity, evolution, and a little chemistry.  So excited!


Health and Human Development

Health and Human Development representatives from Planned Parenthood led a discussion this Tuesday on Healthy Relationships. Our students were amazing!  The depth of their contributions to the class discussion about the qualities of healthy and unhealthy relationships, and their ability to differentiate between consent and an opportunity to communicate, were beyond their years. Our visitors were highly impressed by their mature and respectful engagement with the material.  Your students love the video, “Consent, It’s Simple As Tea” Check it out on You Tube:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQbei5JGiT8   

Planned Parenthood returns again Thursday February 9th, and again on Wednesday February 15th.


We are bursting with pride. Your students are a testament to the holistic achievements of this wonderful school!  

Carrie and Taylor


1-10 of 183