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Carrie's Weekly Update 10-12-17

posted Oct 12, 2017, 10:17 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Middle School Update - Week of 10/13/17

Upcoming Events

Friday, October 13

NO SCHOOL – Statewide In-Service

Monday, October 16

Return Jog-a-Thon Packet (Pledges or Not)

Wednesday, October 18

Curriculum Sharing from 3:05-4:05 pm and 6-7 pm

Friday, October 20

Vision Screening

Saturday, October 21

Skateworld Costume Party from 4:30-6:30pm

Wednesday, October 25

Picture Retakes

Mon & Tues, October 30 & 31

NO SCHOOL - Conferences

Friday, November 3

Term 1 Ends

Friday, November 10

NO SCHOOL - Veterans Day

Friday, November 17

Barnes and Noble Book Fair

Tuesday, November 21

Send Vegetables for Stone Soup

Wednesday, November 22

Stone Soup - Bring a Bowl and Spoon!

November 23 & 24

Thanksgiving Break

 

Conferences

Please sign up for your conference with your child's homeroom teacher (where they eat lunch). Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences are 20 minutes. If you are not in our homeroom, and wish to discuss a subject specific concern with either Jon or me, please contact us individually.


Carrie's conference page is located here:  http://signup.com/go/JzYVbqX

Jon's conference page is located here: http://signup.com/go/xvwYjup


Academics

Absences - Students are required to make up math and science assignments that are missing due to absences.  An ‘abs’ in the grade book negatively affects the student's grade as if it were ‘missing.’  Students have up to a week after returning from an absence to get this work checked off.  These are not hard and fast rules, but it is generally better for the student, the quicker this takes place.  What they missed is relevant to what they will need to be doing when they return.


For alternate credit in science, absent students are to:

- Access Jupiter Grades to identify math and science assignments that are being missed.

- Use the link below to gain digital access to our Interactions in Physical Science Textbook.  

- Read through each Lab Activity we conduct during their absence.

- Write out the vocabulary terms (found in bold in the text) and definitions from the portion of the activity that they missed.  

- When students return they can check this work off with either India or me.


Link to the Interactions in Physical Science Textbook:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BxgNrBsjIH5uazNzY0JEQVhXMk0?usp=sharing

Ridgeline Middle School students may ONLY access this link using their ridgeline email address.


Science

This week we continue our investigations into interactions. Students continue to practice analysis and communication skills while describing interactions using only directly observed evidence, not opinion (previous knowledge). We are building the skills and work habits of scientists!

The questions we explored in Activities 4 and 5 this week:

  • What are the defining characteristics of an electric-circuit interaction?

  • What are some variables that influence and electric-circuit interaction?

  • How do electromagnets and buzzers work?

Math

Homework is checked and graded at the beginning of the math period on the day that it is due. Students trade notebooks with a peer, score it (students get credit for each correct answer), trade back, calculate their percent, and get it checked off with India or myself.

Tests will be taken at the end of each chapter.  Students have up to two class periods to complete the test.  Students are required to show their work on the scratch paper provided.  Tests are heavily weighted in comparison to homework, participation, and Notebook organization grades.

Homework and Test Correction Policy - Math test and homework grades are entered into Jupiter Grades as percentage points.  A score of 80% accuracy or higher is considered mastery of the material.  We encourage students who have earned below 80% on a test or homework assignment to rework missed problems, note the source of error(s), and specifically describe a new habit they will work on building in the future.  For instance if they didn’t read the directions completely, they can write a note adjacent to the problem, “In the future, I will read all of the directions for problem twice, before beginning work on the problem.” Students can check off Homework Corrections with us during math class. Test corrections can be turned in to the space provided in the classroom.  Students who have achieved 80% mastery are encouraged to turn their energy towards learning new material.  

Volunteer Corner

A big thank you to Tiffany and Daniel for covering our math books!


Garden Crew Opportunities

Thank you Thea for offering to water on Saturdays, and for donating ground cover to our garden project!

We still are in need of some kind of netting or small gauge chicken wire material to protect our seedlings before our fence goes up.  If you are willing to donate some, we can get the rest of our plant starts in the remaining three beds.

Thanks!


Warmest Regards,


Carrie and India


Carrie's Weekly Update 10-6-17

posted Oct 6, 2017, 1:02 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Greetings Middle School Family,

Upcoming Events
Friday, October 13
NO SCHOOL – Statewide In-Service
Monday, October 16
Return Jog-a-Thon Packet (Pledges or Not)
Wednesday, October 18
Curriculum Sharing from 3:05-4:05 pm and 6-7 pm
Friday, October 20
Vision Screening
Saturday, October 21
Skateworld Costume Party from 4:30-6:30pm
Wednesday, October 25
Picture Retakes
Mon & Tues, October 30 & 31
NO SCHOOL - Conferences
Friday, November 3
Term 1 Ends
Friday, November 10
NO SCHOOL - Veterans Day
Friday, November 17
Barnes and Noble Book Fair
Tuesday, November 21
Send Vegetables for Stone Soup
Wednesday, November 22
Stone Soup - Bring a Bowl and Spoon!
November 23 & 24
Thanksgiving Break

Kudos from a Ridgeline Grandma - The Ridgeline students get big kudos for leaving the walking path after their Jog-A-Thon just about trashless! I was one of the volunteers to walk along the route after the event and all we found were three colored bands and a few paper water cups. Well done. ~Pat Soussan (Ridgeline grandma)

Academics
Science - This week, we continued our work in Chapter 2: Describing Interactions, in which we seek the answer to the question, “How can you describe interactions?”

The questions we explored in Activities 2 and 3

The students continue to grapple with the challenge of describing an interaction using only directly observed evidence, not opinion (previous knowledge).

What are the defining characteristics of a magnetic interaction? In other words, what pattern of interactions can you observe that indicate an interaction involves two magnets and/or a magnet and a magnetic material? What is a magnetic material, anyway?

What are some defining characteristics of an electric-charge interaction?

What are some similarities and differences between the magnetic and electric-charge interactions?

Math - This week started out pretty rough with many students missing math assignments, but we really pulled it together over the course of the week. Most students are either caught up or almost caught up. Way to go!

We are working on some challenging and fun order of operations problems this week. One source of error was the misconception that ‘PEMDAS’ (Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally) means that, after parentheses followed by exponents, multiplication comes before division, which is then followed by addition, then finally subtraction. In truth multiplication and division are equal, except they are to be worked in order from left to right as they appear in the problem. Addition and subtraction operations are to be worked last in order from left to right as they appear in the problem. Students shared some great aha moments when they rooted this misconception out.

Another skill we are experiencing some growing pains around is consistently and thoroughly reading directions. In math, there were some near breakdowns this week when students realized that they did not follow the directions for which problems to do for an assignment. Breakdowns were narrowly averted when we informed them that we’d accept the problems they did for credit, as long as the student practiced the required range of concepts.

Volunteer Corner
Thank you to the multiple parents who offered to do our Room 7 laundry! We are now up and running with back-up!
Also thank you to our middle school parents who offered to cover our math books!

Warmest Regards,
Carrie and India

Jon's Weekly 10-6-17

posted Oct 6, 2017, 12:32 PM by Cynthia Friedman

IMPORTANT DATES: 
Sat, Oct 7, 12pm                             TRUE Alumni Performance, Spencer Creek Grange
Fri, Oct 13                                       NO SCHOOL Teacher Training
Mon-Tues, Oct 30-31                      NO SCHOOL: Conferences
Fri, Nov 10                                       NO SCHOOL: Veteran's Day
Fri, Nov 175:15-6:30pm               TRUE Alumni Performance: City of Eugene's "Light Up Downtown" Celebration
Fri Nov 17, 7pm                              TRUE Performance, Barnes and Noble Bookfair
Sun, Dec 104:00-4:40pm              TRUE Performance, Beer Garden--Opening for 'Olekona
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Dear Middle School Family,

Holy Climate Change, Batman! We've spent the last two weeks digging into three outstanding documentaries about climate change. 'Thin Ice,' 'Chasing Ice,' and 'Time to Choose,' in this order. Maizzy and I were just talking today about how one of them alone wouldn't have been enough. It's been incredible to watch the students move from befuddled concern, to clearer understanding, to "we need to do something about this!" 

Ask your student about it. I'm happy to say that they are all pretty determined that change starts at home, so get ready! In the next few weeks, we're going to research actions and options--for our selves, for our homes, for our school, and in our community--that will make a positive impact. We're going to make critical determinations about meaningful actions versus token gestures. It's going to be exciting to watch the research turn into real action.

Behind Schedule This Week
I was over-ambitious in what I thought we could get done this week. Our discussions about the documentaries took longer than I'd planned. The kids are outraged! We also took time in both sections to discuss the gun tragedy that happened in Las Vegas this week. We are so proud of these kids and the depth and sincerity of their care about the world they're inheriting.

I'm pushing all of the work deadlines for this week out to next week. We'll get caught up by Tuesday. I was heartened by how concerned most of the students were about getting everything turned in. They're taking their academic responsibility seriously! 

I reassured many of them, as I will reassure you right now: I will NEVER be unreasonable about deadlines. We will apply pressure to get their work done, and we will support the students' efforts. We will hold the bar of expectation for each student, individually, high. And my deadlines will often change as the reality of the week unfolds. 

Late Work Policy, in General
In general, we'll accept late work up to one week after the deadline. If students miss class, it's their responsibility to check in with Jupiter Ed, and then Maizzy or myself to figure out what they need to do to catch up with their work.

Parent/Teacher Conferences
The middle school has 51 students this year. Carrie and I split the conferences up. You should ONLY schedule a conference with your student's home room teacher. Your student's home room teacher is the teacher whose classroom your student eats lunch in. Click this link to schedule your conference!

Carrie and I are happy to schedule a meeting with you outside of the conference times to discuss subject-specific concerns. Just zap us an e-mail!

We're in this together,
Jon and Maizzy

Carrie's Weekly Update 9-29-17

posted Oct 2, 2017, 2:30 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 4   

Bike and Walk to School Day

Wednesday, October 4

G.A.Y.L.E. Meeting

Friday, October 13

NO SCHOOL – Statewide In-Service

Monday, October 16

Return Jog-a-Thon Packet (Pledges or Not)

Friday, October 20

Vision Screening

Wednesday, October 25

Picture Retakes

Mon & Tues, October 30 & 31

NO SCHOOL - Conferences

Friday, November 3

Middle School Term 1 Ends

Friday, November 10

NO SCHOOL - Veterans Day

Friday, November 17

Barnes and Noble Book Fair

Tuesday, November 21

Send Vegetables for Stone Soup

Wednesday, November 22

Stone Soup - Bring a Bowl and Spoon!

November 23 & 24

Thanksgiving Break


Reminders

Jog-a-thon - Fundraiser packets came home the Friday before last.  Our middle school goal is to have 85% student return of the packet by the October 16 th due date printed on the packet.  NOTE: It is NOT required that the student collect pledges in order to return the packet.


Academics

Science - This week, we began our work on “Chapter 2: Introducing Interactions,” in which we seek the answer to the question, “How can you describe interactions?”

The question we explored in Activity 1: Evidence of Interactions is, “What is the evidence that an interaction has occurred?”

  • The students grappled with the challenge of describing an interaction using only directly observed evidence.  It’s harder than you might think.  For example, I demonstrated an interaction by smacking a paddle against the top of a box.  

    • The interaction was clearly defined:

      • The objects interacting: the paddle and the top of the box

      • The interval: the moment the paddle struck the box

    • Together as a class we described evidence for this interaction.  As good scientists the challenge was to use ONLY what we observed directly with our senses as evidence for the interaction.  The trick is to not jump to using inferences for evidence. (Inference definition: a conclusion reached on the basis of evidence or reasoning.)

      • This is the Evidence we came up with: As the paddle came into contact with the box, there was a change in motion from motion to no motion, and there was a change in sound from no sound to a loud crack.

  • Since an inference is an idea or conclusion that's drawn from evidence and reasoning, it is an educated guess. For example, when we state that the tension is increasing in a rubber band we are making an inference based on our observations that the rubber band is lengthening, thinning, and changing to a lighter color.  This is an important and challenging distinction.  We have been making inferences about interactions since toddlerhood, it takes some thinking about thinking work to interrupt that jump and just describe what we see.  This is a great exercise in scientific process, and our students are engaging in the challenge!

Math - Students began work in their textbooks this week, and we are focusing on good assignment organization in our Math Composition Notebooks as part of our goal to support our students in developing work and study habits that will help them be successful as they continue their educational career and beyond.

Students will be graded on Math Composition Notebook requirements at least once a week.  


Math Composition Notebook requirements are:


Title: Write assignment title across top of page: (eg. 1.7: Problems 3-102, Every Third Problem.)

Components:

- Exercise #

- Problem #s

- Assignment directions


Conservation of Resources:

- Use both sides of each page.  Do not skip pages between assignments.

- Do not doodle on, or rip notebook pages.

- Use a pencil or erasable pen


Organization of Work:

-The problem number should be easy to locate (circled, boxed, etc.)

- Problems are to be worked in vertical columns down the page (not across the page). Each step should be shown on the line beneath the previous step.

- The problem answer should be clearly shown on the last line of the problem.

- There is to be a space between each problem.

- Show Your Work!  


Volunteer Opportunities

Montessori students are taught care for the environment.  They do jobs every day as part of a community where each student does his part to care for the space we all share.  In Room 7, each table group is assigned a set of jobs that rotates each week.  One such job is to spray and wipe down all the tables.  Our community cares about preserving resources, and so chooses to use rags to do this task.  These rags need laundering every two to three weeks.  Please help support your students in their care for their environment!  Contact me to make arrangements for laundry pick-up and drop off.  We’re flexible.


Thanks!

Carrie and India

Jon's Weekly Update 9-29-17

posted Sep 29, 2017, 12:20 PM by Cynthia Friedman

IMPORTANT DATES: 
Fri, Sept 29                                     Jog-a-Thon!
Tues, Oct 33:15-4:15pm               TRUE Rehearsal
Thurs, Oct 53:15-4:15pm             TRUE Rehearsal
Sat, Oct 7, 12pm                              TRUE Alumni Performance, Spencer Creek Grange
Fri, Oct 13                                       NO SCHOOL Teacher Training
Mon-Tues, Oct 30-31                      NO SCHOOL: Conferences
Fri Nov 17, 7pm                              TRUE Performance, Barnes and Noble Bookfair
Sun, Dec 104:00-4:40pm              TRUE Performance, Beer Garden--Opening for 'Olekona
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Dear Middle School Family,

We're wrapping up the Warm-Up Cycle this Friday. Deep breath. Let it go. We won't accept work from the Warm-Up Cycle after Friday. It's okay. This Cycle was practice. Don't panic. This is part of the learning process.

On Monday, each student is going to look back at the Warm-Up Cycle and what they got done. And what they didn't get done. They're going to do a reflection about how they used their (plenty of) time, how they could spend it better, and what help they need to make it happen. 

We start fresh on Monday. This is a good Life Practice: Define your Self four weeks at a time. Pay attention to your Actions. Forgive your Mistakes. Get Up and Act in a way that better aligns with the Human you Want to Be. 

(Please forgive my Emphatic Capitalization.)

Rosetta Stone!
Your student can go as crazy with their chosen language as they want. We're only setting aside 45 minutes twice a week. Rosetta Stone recommends this amount of time 5 days a week! If you want to help super-charge your students' foreign language study at home, please do. They can do it with the speaker and microphone built into most computers. It may work better with a headphone/microphone headset...

Here's the link:

Room Parent Team
We still need at least one parent to help us organize parents. Help!

Have a great weekend!

Jon's Weekly Update 9-25-17

posted Sep 25, 2017, 1:52 PM by Cynthia Friedman

IMPORTANT DATES:

Tues, Sept 263:15-4:15pm            TRUE Rehearsal/Performance at Laughing Planet Ridgeline Fundraiser!
Wed, Sept 276-7pm                       Middle School Class Meeting: Start in Carrie's Room!
Thurs, Sept 283:15-4:15pm          TRUE Rehearsal
Tues, Oct 33:15-4:15pm               TRUE Rehearsal
Thurs, Oct 53:15-4:15pm             TRUE Rehearsal
Sat, Oct 7, 12pm                              TRUE Alumni Performance, Spencer Creek Grange
Fri, Oct 13                                       NO SCHOOL Teacher Training
Mon-Tues, Oct 30-31                       NO SCHOOL: Conferences
Fri Nov 17, 7pm                              TRUE Performance, Barnes and Noble Bookfair
Sun, Dec 104:00-4:40pm              TRUE Performance, Beer Garden--Opening for 'Olekona

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Dear Middle School Family,

We're getting down to business this week. Our first major project this year is going to be climate change. We're all swimming in the same atmospheric soup. We're going to dig deep into the science and the social implications and controversy. Most importantly, we're going to Take Action. Personal actions have a tiny impact. One hour with the lights off makes little difference. Multiply that by 1 billion, however... We're going to get Socially Active with our Actions.

Jupiter Ed and Accountability
You will literally be able to help oversee all of the school work your student is responsible for. Shortly after you receive this e-mail, you will receive an e-mail with a quick link to your personal log-in to your student's account. All of our assignments are logged, and your student's progress recorded in Jupiter Ed. They'll turn in much of their work here, as well. 

Most of their assignments for Communications and Humanities will be completed using Google Docs. Even if their work is "in progress," they can show it to you at home. Please help us hold your student accountable to complete their work. I work very hard to make sure the work we do is meaningful, productive. Every exercise they engage in is carefully planned to support their success as an effective communicator. There is no "busy work." Even the "fun stuff" is learning in disguise.

Woodshed Ukulele Practice
Almost half the class is learning to play the ukulele this year. I used to "force everyone to do it, whether they wanted to or not." Many students surprised themselves with their love for making music when I did it this way. The thing I like least about doing this as a twice a week elective is that it feels like something extra. Instead of something, like writing, that humans should learn how to do. Please encourage your kid to practice practice practice. Learning to play music is literally the most powerful tool for building students' self-esteem that I've ever witnessed. 

I practice, when I'm learning a new song, in my classroom, after hours, when no one is around to judge me. It helps me let go of my inhibitions and take risks. No one can hear me! My son closes his bedroom door and the world fades away. Help your kid find a safe way to take risks in their musical journey. Encourage them! (And don't insist they play for you just yet...)

Room Parent Team
We're still in need of a Room Parent Team we can count on to help the extra events, like Jogathon and Adventure Trip get done. It's even more critical this year with such a large group split between two classrooms. Help!

Your kids are feeling more comfortable, and showing their TRUE SELF more each day. It is a glorious thing to experience.

Thanks for sharing your kids with us.
Jon and Maizzy

Carrie's Weekly Update 9-25-17

posted Sep 25, 2017, 1:49 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Middle School Weekly Update 9/22/17


Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 26

Laughing Planet Fundraiser

Friday, September 29

Jog-a-thon

Wednesday, September 27   

G.A.Y.L.E. Meeting 3:10-4:00pm

Wednesday, September 27

Middle School Class Meeting 6-7 pm

Wednesday, October 4   

Bike and Walk to School Day

Friday, October 13

NO SCHOOL – Statewide In-Service

Friday, October 20

Vision Screening

Wednesday, October 25

Picture Retakes


Reminders

Jog-a-thon - Fundraiser packets came home last Friday.  Our middle school goal is to have 85% student return of the packet by the October 16th due date printed on the packet.  NOTE: It is NOT required that the student collect pledges in order to return the packet.


Picture Day – Ridgeline’s annual picture day with Lifetouch was Wednesday, September 20th. Picture Package order forms were sent home the previous Friday.   If your student was absent for picture day, or you do not like the photos, retakes will be available on Wednesday, October 25th.


Planned Absences - The text below is included in the 2017-18 Family and Student Handbook.   

Ridgeline urges families to plan vacations and travel to coincide with scheduled school breaks. Nationwide and schoolwide data show that a lengthy planned absence frequently leads to a student being chronically absent over the course of the year. While there are obvious benefits to travel, research consistently shows that chronic absenteeism hurts students academically and socially, and adversely impacts classroom communities. Parents are required to contact the school principal well in advance of any planned absence. If the absence is unavoidable, students will be asked to create a project, with the help of their family, to reflect on the time away from school and, hopefully, to share their experience with their classmates. Teachers may provide make-up work for students who take planned absences. The school is required to withdraw a student after any absence lasting 10 consecutive school days or more.   


Badges & Volunteering - Ridgeline policy requires all visiting non staff to sign in and obtain a badge at the front desk.  If you see an adult without a badge between 8:30am-3:05pm, kindly escort them to the front office where Cynthia or Jen will help them.


Academics

Science - This week in science, our Lab Activities continued to illustrate requirements for valid experiment design.  Here are some questions we explored:

  • How do you find the Best Value and the Uncertainty for a set of data points?  

  • What makes the design of an experiment good or poor? (hint: It has to do with whether it is a fair test or not.)

  • What were the manipulated and responding variables in the pendulum activity we did this week?

  • What were the manipulated and responding variables in the magnet activity we did this week?

Science Routine: In class Monday through Thursday, students conduct lab activities in table groups.  The students record their lab work in their corresponding Activity Record Sheet.  Almost all Record Sheets are followed by a Practice Sheet to be completed in class, or as homework.  Science grades you see in Jupiter Grades are a combined score for both the Record Sheet and the Practice Sheet, scores for Exit Tickets illustrating student understanding for key concepts in an Activity, and students will take a Quiz or exam at the end of each Chapter.

Math - Our fraction review continued this week.  Next week some groups will begin work in their textbooks while others continue to review fractions.


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 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 builds. Each assignment addresses key concepts required to understand successive assignments.  Missed work is to be made up as soon as possible.  During the warm up term, students are reminded often to check off work during class. Opportunities to turn in late work are offered daily before school, during break, lunch, and after school.

 Please do contact us regarding any concerns or special circumstances that may impact your student's school day. As you sit down with your student to go over their progress, help them craft questions on points of confusion and create positive plans for action. Empower them to come 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

Laundry Help - If your student is in my Block II science class, you have the fabulous opportunity to earn volunteer hours by laundering our classroom towels every other week.

THANK YOU for volunteering Megan H., Jen W., and Deanna and Eric K.!   You have already made a big difference in getting things rolling this year!



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

Carrie and India


Jon's Weekly Update 9-15-17

posted Sep 15, 2017, 11:01 AM by Cynthia Friedman

IMPORTANT DATES:
Sat, Sept 16, 7pm                            TRUE Alumni Performance: Slug Queen Coronation,Thinking Tree Spirits
Tues, Sept 193:15-4:15pm            TRUE Rehearsal
Thurs, Sept 213:15-4:15pm          TRUE Rehearsal
Wed, Sept 20                                    Picture Day
Wed, Sept 276-7pm                       Middle School Class Meeting: Start in Homeroom
Sat, Oct 7, 12pm                              TRUE Alumni Performance, Spencer Creek Grange
Fri Nov 17, 7pm                              TRUE Performance, Barnes and Noble Bookfair
Sun, Dec 104:00-4:40pm              TRUE Performance, Beer Garden--Opening for 'Olekona

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Dear Middle School Family,

I don't think we've ever had a crew of 7th graders who are so ready to get down to business right away. We're still taking it slow and easy in the back of Building B. The 8th graders are feeling confident on this familiar ground, but Summer happened! In every one-on-one writing conference I've done this week, I've had the opportunity to reinforce and coach effective habits. 

Communications Work
We're going to continue to spend the next couple of weeks easing the students into the processes and routines for managing, completing and turning in their 'routine work.' As the year progresses, these assignments truly will become routine. And the students' writing ability is going to impressively improve.

The students will annotate and write an academic response to a news article every week. They'll learn to fact check and weigh the validity of the sources in the articles. They'll learn to quote authoritative sources to support their own arguments. They'll learn to critically respond to any argument. 

One student commented on Tuesday, as I was leading them through the process of breaking down the argument in the first article this week, "I feel like you're trying to get us to take the author to court." Well, yeah. Kind of. We're trying to train them to get under the surface of the media we're inundated with. We're preparing them to lead others through the cloud of misinformation.

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Grading
We are currently in the Warm Up term. Grades now will not affect the students' report cards. We kick it in for real with the first Cycle on October 2. There are 6 Cycles in the school year. Grades reset every Cycle. 

We use Jupiter Ed to communicate the assignments and grading with the students, and with you! I will send a separate e-mail shortly after this e-mail with a link for you to log in to your students account and keep up with their progress. You can even set it up to text you updates on missing assignments.

One of the most important things we're doing in the Middle School is making sure our students' transition from a Montessori environment to a Public High School environment is successful. Transparency and accountability is key. The students will know exactly what work they're supposed to do each week (and how to do it)  and when it's due. So will you. They will learn to play the Grades game. (If you complete the work, and turn it in, your grades will be okay!)

We'll go into more detail about how we assess and measure the work, and how we assign grades at our Middle School Meeting on Wednesday, September 26, at 6pm. Please come!

Work next week is going to get a little more busy. Please prepare for some stress. It's normal. We'll all settle down by October, I promise. Learning is uncomfortable. 

We promise to keep your student uncomfortable all year. =)

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After School Ukulele Program
There are currently only 4 students registered to participate in TRUE this year. If your student plans to participate, please find details and register by clicking this link. Please register as soon as possible! The first all-in rehearsal is Tuesday, September 19, from 3;15-4:15pm.

Have a great weekend!
Jon and Maizzy

Jon's Weekly Update 6-12-17

posted Jun 12, 2017, 12:43 PM by Cynthia Friedman

IMPORTANT DATES:
Tues, June 13, 5:30pm                        TRUE PERFORMANCE: Ridgeline Picnic!       Thurs, June 15, 6-8pm                                    8th Grade Graduation
Fri, June 16                                          Last Day of School 
Sat, June 17, 1:45-3:15pm                  TRUE PERFORMANCE: Harlow Neighborhood Block Party, North Park Community Church, 3484 Harlow Road, Eugene, Oregon 97401
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Dear Middle School Family,

We're almost there. There are many details to clarify.  Here we go:

Adventure Trip Cleanup!
The Adventure Trip was a great success. There are still coolers, tents, and sleeping bags in my classroom. Please pick them up ASAP!

Return Library Books
We're missing a ton of library books.  Please look around your home for books stamped with "Ridgeline Montessori" and send them back to school, so future students can enjoy them.

End of Year Picnic Tuesday
The end of the year picnic is Tuesday night from 5:30-7pm.  There are lots of fun activities planned!

Locker and Cubby Clean-out Wednesday
We're going to clear out the cubbies and lockers on Wednesday. Just fair warning that there may be a bunch of stuff coming home on Wednesday.

Graduation Thursday!
Graduation is this Thursday in the gym from 6-8pm. All are welcome. There will be a lovely ceremony and entertainment. There will also be a Ice Cream Sundae Bar.  Ridgeline is providing the ice cream. Please bring a topping (fruit or candy or sauce--NO NUTS, please) to share.

Star Wars Party Friday
It's finally going to happen. We're going to watch "Rogue One," and eat pizza.  Costumes are encouraged.  Please help! We need a parent volunteer to pick up pizzas and drinks from Costco and bring them to the party at 11:30am.

Last TRUE Performance this Saturday
Saturday, June 17, TRUE will be performing at the Harlow Neighborhood Block party at 1:45 and again at 2:45pmNorth Park Community Church, 3484 Harlow Road, Eugene, Oregon 97401.  We hope to see you there.

I think that's it. Have a safe summer.

Jon and Maizzy

Jon's Weekly Update 6-5-17

posted Jun 5, 2017, 2:40 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Dear Middle School Family,

Today is Friday.

On Monday, we will leave on our Adventure Trip! 

Please have your student to school by 8:40am, as usual. We will do a gear check, and load up the vehicles with gear. We hope to get on the road by 9:30am. We're not going to sweat it if we run a little late. 

Please pack a lunch for your student for Monday!

I've attached the gear list, in case you lost it. Of particular importance is the mesh bag and the plate/cup/fork/spoon. We will not bring extra dishware. We will have a cleaning station for every meal and will sanitize all dishware. We will have a line up for everyone to hang up their mesh bags with dishware to dry. You can get the bags cheap at TrueValue, or you can buy a cheap mess kit at REI or Walmart.

The weather is predicted to be (and I quote Accuweather) "Sunny and delightful." We will have sunscreen, but you know your kid best. Please send them with the clothing and protection they need to be comfortable. Also be sure to send a raincoat, because we'll be in the mountains, and you never know.

Please send only healthy snacks, but send your child with snacks. We will feed them three meals a day, but it's impossible for us to manage snacks/likes. We're going to be very active. I guarantee we won't be able to feed some of these growing, active teenagers enough. Snacks!

We will have access to clean drinking water and flush toilets! Please make sure your child brings a water bottle or a water pack. I recommend bringing a pack of "wet-wipes" or hand sanitizer, just to keep things clean.

One of the activities students will have to choose from is Disc Golf! If your student wants to participate, they must bring their own discs, or disc. They don't have to be disc golf specific discs. Any old frisbee works. Play it Again Sports has all kinds of discs.

You may hear from one of us again this weekend. Please ask questions sooner rather than later!

Woohoo!

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