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Jon's Update 5-26-2020

posted May 26, 2020, 3:39 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Greetings Middle School Family,
There are only two regular weeks of school left! This week, there are no classes or office hours on Monday, 5/25. The Monday Blog class has been re-scheduled for Tuesday, 5/26 at 12pm.
Graduation Update:
We have most of the photos for the 8th grade slide show. Please remember you also need to take a photo of your 8th grader right now, and send it to me. This will stand in for them standing on the stage, accepting their diploma. It's super important! Please e-mail it to me directly, if you haven't already.
Attendance!
We are taking attendance now in Synergy, so it is very important that you connect with us. If you can't make your scheduled Blog Meeting for whatever reason, please Email Me! and let me know. 

Your WEEKLY Com/Human Responsibilities:
1. Read DAILY for 30 minutes (a book of your choosing) Reading Log due on Friday.
2. Work DAILY on your Personal Growth Project for at least 30 minutes.
3. Complete ONE Weekly Blog entry documenting your progress on your P.G.P. (Photos and videos, please! Be intentional!)
4. Complete ONE Weekly Blog entry, thoughtfully reflecting on something you did this week. (Photos and videos, please! Be intentional!)
5.  Complete ONE Weekly Weird Blog Challenge in class.
4. Turn in a link to your Blog Entries in Jupiter Ed.
5. Read other students' Blogs and make comments.

Office Hours:
Jon and Maizzy will be available from 1-2pm Monday through Thursday on Zoom. If you need, or want to talk with Jon and Maizzy,

You can also contact us via e-mail, if you have questions, or if you want to schedule another time to meet. We are frequently checking email between 8:30am and 3:15pm, Monday through Thursday, and 8:30am-1:15pm on Friday.

Class Attendance:
You must attend your scheduled Blogger class once a week. Click on the correct link for your Blogger Group below, on the day and time indicated, to join the Zoom Meeting. Please only attend YOUR Blogger Group Meeting.

Jon's Update 5-18-2020

posted May 18, 2020, 12:46 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Greetings Middle School Family,
The end of the year is sneaking up fast! Please encourage your student to stay connected! Weekly blog meetings are in very small groups of just 9 students, and we always split them into tiny groups of 2-3 to do connective activities. It's fun!
Graduation Planning
The Online Graduation Ceremony will happen at 6pm, Thursday, June 4. We are going to put together a video and host a "Watch Party" with the group. Please please please read the "Graduation Planning" emails we're sending, and please please please get content to us as soon as humanly possible so we can put the video together. (It takes a lot of time to produce the video!)
The absolute deadline for Graduation Ceremony content is Monday, May 25.
Attendance!
We are taking attendance now in Synergy, so it is very important that you connect with us. If you can't make your scheduled Blog Meeting for whatever reason, please Email Me! and let me know.
 

Your WEEKLY Com/Human Responsibilities:
1. Read DAILY for 30 minutes (a book of your choosing) Reading Log due on Friday.
2. Work DAILY on your Personal Growth Project for at least 30 minutes.
3. Complete ONE Weekly Blog entry documenting your progress on your P.G.P. (Photos and videos, please! Be intentional!)
4. Complete ONE Weekly Blog entry, thoughtfully reflecting on something you did this week. (Photos and videos, please! Be intentional!)
5.  Complete ONE Weekly Weird Blog Challenge in class.
4. Turn in a link to your Blog Entries in Jupiter Ed.
5. Read other students' Blogs and make comments.

Office Hours:
Jon and Maizzy will be available from 1-2pm Monday through Thursday on Zoom. If you need, or want to talk with Jon and Maizzy, during the office hour. 

You can also contact us via e-mail, if you have questions, or if you want to schedule another time to meet. We are frequently checking email between 8:30am and 3:15pm, Monday through Thursday, and 8:30am-1:15pm on Friday.

Class Attendance:
You must attend your scheduled Blogger class once a week. Click on the correct link for your Blogger Group below, on the day and time indicated, to join the Zoom Meeting. Please only attend YOUR Blogger Group Meeting.

Jon's Update 5-11-2020

posted May 11, 2020, 11:10 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Greetings Middle School Family,
We are taking attendance now in Synergy, so it is very important that you connect with us. If you can't make your scheduled Blog Meeting for whatever reason, please Email Me! and let me know.
Here's the work for the week. Details and instructions are in Jupiter Ed. Please be sure to attend your Weekly Class Meeting. There will be another in-class assignment this week. 

Your WEEKLY Com/Human Responsibilities:
1. Read DAILY for 30 minutes (a book of your choosing) Reading Log due on Friday.
2. Work DAILY on your Personal Growth Project for at least 30 minutes.
3. Complete ONE Weekly Blog entry documenting your progress on your P.G.P. (Photos and videos, please! Be intentional!)
4. Complete ONE Weekly Blog entry, thoughtfully reflecting on something you did this week. (Photos and videos, please! Be intentional!)
5.  Complete ONE Weekly Weird Blog Challenge in class.
4. Turn in a link to your Blog Entries in Jupiter Ed.
5. Read other students' Blogs and make comments.

Office Hours:
Jon and Maizzy will be available from 1-2pm Monday through Thursday on Zoom. 

You can also contact us via e-mail, if you have questions, or if you want to schedule another time to meet. We are frequently checking email between 8:30am and 3:15pm, Monday through Thursday, and 8:30am-1:15pm on Friday.

Class Attendance:
You must attend your scheduled Blogger class once a week. Click on the correct link for your Blogger Group below, on the day and time indicated, to join the Zoom Meeting. Please only attend YOUR Blogger Group Meeting.

Extra Credit: If you read this email and respond to it with the words, "Thanks, Jon!" you will receive 2 extra credit points. (Students only, not parents.)

Take good care,
Jon and Maizzy

Carrie's Update 5-8-2020

posted May 8, 2020, 10:28 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Room 7 Update - Week of 5/4/- 5/8 2020

Warm Up:  Would You Rather

Here’s a few questions we may have pondered and discussed, sometimes with great vigor, while we are doing attendance at the start of our Zoom Meetings.

  • Would you rather live without music or movies for the rest of your life?

  • Would you rather never set foot in your home country again, but be able to travel the world, or stay in your country forever and never be able to leave?

  • Would you rather give up your phone or all other computers/tablets/e-readers in your life?


Dear Middle School Families,

I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation for our amazing students and families who continue to show up with all the challenges each of you face every day. Our community has amazing resilience. It is a testament to the strength of our commitment, that Ridgeline in general, and the middle school in particular, continue to have such amazing attendance and participation rates in this challenging time. Honestly, some days it is all I can do to get up and get dressed in the morning. I am motivated by the opportunity to see my students and hopefully get some joking and ribbing in, and watch them banter and play with each other for a few minutes during attendance, among other things, about whether they’d rather be super fast or super strong, or some other extreme “Would You Rather” option.  


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sadly, our end of the year field trips are cancelled for this year. Happily, the UofO college students who worked so hard to create the curriculum for the Majestic Trees (Canopy Connections) field trip, are excited to offer these to our students in Zoom sessions.  Students have the option to attend any or all of these Thursday morning lessons (10-10:30 am) for the next few weeks.  I am offering science extra credit to students who attend, participate, and complete a small follow up activity.  Links were sent out via Jupiter Edl.

 

ACADEMICS


SCIENCE

Students are to collect all of the completed and edited portions of their science projects into a Google Slides Presentation, due this week. A complete checklist, titled (Carrie's) Science Project Presentation Checklist, has been provided for students to use as a template for their project format. Students are to save a copy to their drive and rename it with their name replacing mine.  They do not have to follow it exactly as to which components are on which pages together, but they do need all the components in the order listed. This document is designed so that students can check off each part of the project after they enter it into the slide show.

 All portions were due over the last few weeks. Students are to read comments and questions offered by myself and India, and address them as revisions. Most have already done this.  They are to submit their final draft as this full Google Slides Document.  India and I will do one last edit, that students will then have a chance to revise one last time before sharing with the class.  

This is so exciting!  There are many really great projects that students obviously put lots of effort into.  I love this final stage of this project, where students teach and learn from each other!


CC3 MATH

Students in this class are working through sections in which they are converting units of measurement (weight, length, capacity). The most important aspect of these assignments is for students to show the process for setting up and cancelling values and units, when converting.  They are to multiply the given value/unit by unit fractions (with the unit they are converting to in the denominator). They are to clearly show the process of cancelling.  Just writing the answer is not sufficient.  The whole point is for students to practice the mathematical process described in detail in the book. 

In math in general, if students do not show their own work, this will affect their notebook grade which is heavily weighted.  As students are given the answers to all their math problems, they are checking their own work, and turning in photos of their work digitally. It is imperative that I see their understanding of the processes on the page. This way I can see where there are patterns of errors or misunderstanding that I need to address.

Thank you for all you do to support your students at home. Please encourage your students to contact us via email, and show up to office hours with questions! 


ART AND PE


ART from MELANIE

Greetings Middle Schoolers:

Thank you for sharing your art with me! I know online school can be a little overwhelming, but you should now be in the swing of this new normal. If you are doing art on your own - please send me pictures. I miss you, I want to hear from you : )

This week please choose to do the assignment below - or (as always) come up with your own option.

Drawing With Shapes 

1. 👀 Watch this video (https://youtu.be/Y0eJa9IVEjE) about how to draw animals using simple shapes as a framework. 

2. Pause the video and draw along using the examples in the video —OR—find your own images of animals and do drawings using those. 

3. Take a picture of your work & send it to me at melanie.germond@ridgeline.org

* Note: the link in the video to “biodiversitylibrary.org” does not work. Instead, type in “animals” or “scientific illustration animals” in Google Images to find other animal pictures to work with.


PE from DAN

Hello guys,

Hope all is well with you and miss your faces! I know most kids have mailed it in by now but I will keep sending PE activities over anyway. This one is easy and fun!

Make sure to minimize your space and challenge yourselves. Stay active and hope all is well!


PE Link: https://youtu.be/CIeiNqlb3MM



RESOURCES

Eugene Public Library - With public buildings closed, the Eugene Public Library is expanding free online access in order to support area students and community members by registering new card holders via phone. People who live outside the Eugene city limits will be eligible for temporary cards at no charge. Library online resources for students include free access to Britannica Library and live tutoring service. Additionally, a library card gives free access to subscription sites such as Lynda.com for technology and career skills, Mango Languages for language learners, and more. The library also offers hundreds or thousands of online items such as e-books, audio-books, streaming movies and shows, music and magazines. In recent weeks, library staff have increased the number of online titles and copies of popular titles to further expand choices and availability. https://www.eugene-or.gov/130/Eugene-Public-Library

Jon's Update 5-4-2020

posted May 4, 2020, 1:04 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Greetings Middle School Family,
We are taking attendance now in Synergy, so it is very important that you connect with us. If you can't make your scheduled Blog Meeting for whatever reason, please Email Me! and let me know.
I've only received TP Toss videos from about half of you. Please upload your video to your Ridgeline Google Drive ASAP, and turn in a shared link to the video in Jupiter Ed. The final video will be WAY more fun with you in it! Here are the instructions again.

Here's the work for the week. Details and instructions are in Jupiter Ed. Please be sure to attend your Weekly Class Meeting. There will be another in-class assignment this week.

Your WEEKLY Com/Human Responsibilities:
1. Read DAILY for 30 minutes (a book of your choosing) Reading Log due on Friday.

2. Work DAILY on your Personal Growth Project for at least 30 minutes.
3. Complete ONE Weekly Blog entry documenting your progress on your P.G.P. (Photos and videos, please! Be intentional!)

4. Complete ONE Weekly Blog entry, thoughtfully reflecting on something you did this week. (Photos and videos, please! Be intentional!)
5. Complete ONE Weekly Weird Blog Challenge in class.
4. Turn in a link to your Blog Entries in Jupiter Ed.
5. Read other students' Blogs and make comments.

Office Hours:
Jon and Maizzy will be available from 1-2pm Monday through Thursday on Zoom. 

You can also contact us via e-mail, if you have questions, or if you want to schedule another time to meet. We are frequently checking email between 8:30am and 3:15pm, Monday through Thursday, and 8:30am-1:15pm on Friday.

Class Attendance:
You must attend your scheduled Blogger class once a week. Click on the correct link for your Blogger Group below, on the day and time indicated, to join the Zoom Meeting. Please only attend YOUR Blogger Group Meeting.

Jon's Update 4-27-2020

posted Apr 27, 2020, 1:08 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Greetings Middle School Family,
Please note there is NO SCHOOL (haha) on Friday. Ridgeline Staff will be taking on-line classes. Friday's Blog Team has been rescheduled to Thursday at 12pm.

Here's the work for the week. Details and instructions are in Jupiter Ed. Please be sure to attend your Weekly Class Meeting. There will be another in-class assignment this week.

Links to this week's Zoom meetings are DIFFERENT from last week.

Your WEEKLY Com/Human Responsibilities:
1. Read DAILY for 30 minutes (a book of your choosing) Reading Log due on Friday.

2. Work DAILY on your Personal Growth Project for at least 30 minutes.
3. Complete ONE Weekly Blog entry documenting your progress on your P.G.P. (Photos and videos, please! Be intentional!)

4. Complete ONE Weekly Blog entry, thoughtfully reflecting on something you did this week. (Photos and videos, please! Be intentional!)
5. Complete ONE Weekly Weird Blog Challenge in class.
4. Turn in a link to your Blog Entries in Jupiter Ed.
5. Read other students' Blogs and make comments.

Office Hours:
Jon and Maizzy will be available from 1-2pm Monday through Thursday on Zoom. I

You can also contact us via e-mail, if you have questions, or if you want to schedule another time to meet. We are frequently checking email between 8:30am and 3:15pm, Monday through Thursday, and 8:30am-1:15pm on Friday.

Class Attendance:
You must attend your scheduled Blogger class once a week. Click on the correct link for your Blogger Group below, on the day and time indicated, to join the Zoom Meeting. Please only attend YOUR Blogger Group Meeting.

PE Instructions from Dan:
Hello everyone,

Hope everyone is adjusting to the new way of learning. I know that all of this is very challenging but really hope you are finding balance. If you are not sleeping well it may be because you are up late playing Fortnite or not getting enough exercise! Get good exercise, eat well and get good sleep! I miss you guys and hope you all are getting good balance during these challenging times.

In the game of table hockey play with a brother, sister, mom, dad or anyone that would also like to laugh and exercise! If you don't have proper cups or even a lid for this game you can use open hand hits and a crumpled ball, be creative! If you play on the ground set up some boundaries so if the item you are hitting goes to that area you can do any 10 exercises you want. Miss you all and hope you all are hanging in there.

Link is here: https://youtu.be/R7WFOJgjK3M

Have a great week!
Jon and Maizzy

Jon's Update 4-21-2020

posted Apr 21, 2020, 2:38 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Dear Middle School Family,

As you know the work we do with students in Ridgeline's middle school program is very connective, relational. The systems we've set up to evaluate the students' work is highly interactive. And even when we aren't working with the students in small groups, or individually, we are constantly observing what's happening with the students in the room, checking in, connecting. Our classroom is a controlled environment; life and the routines there are predictable. Comfortable.

There is simply no way to replicate the magic of our classroom via "distance learning." Even in our Zoom meetings, most of the students are too freaked out by seeing a live video feed of their faces to show their face. There are no tell-tale smiles, or squinted eyebrows, or nodding heads to help us gauge their understanding. We're faced, instead, with a grid of black boxes with the students' names on them, and hardly a peep from the students when we ask questions.

Zoom meetings are NOT classrooms; they're not where learning is happening. Learning is happening at home, with you. (I know none of you signed up for this! Ha!) All the connectivity and relationship building that is so very important for our adolescents' growth and development is happening with their family, in a confined space. This is not a bad thing, but it is certainly a challenging thing.

The most important thing you can do for your adolescent right now is be in positive relationship with them. Engage with them. Talk with them. Laugh with them. Struggle through with them. 

This is the time in their lives when they start to break away, push back, struggle to assert (and find) their independence and autonomy. For us, as parents, this is the beginning of the painful process of letting go. Not just as our kids grow into adults and leave home, but also letting go of the power and control of parenting. The Montessori mantra of "help me be able to do it myself" is at its strongest and most important at this age.

When I decided to center the "Com/Human" class around Personal Growth Projects, I was thinking very intentionally about your home as the prepared environment our students are learning in. I was also thinking very intentionally about this opportunity for you and your child to work together on something very real, and hopefully something very meaningful to all of you. Something you, as a family can all relate to, and perhaps even collaborate on.

As far as I can tell, that part is going pretty well. Trumpets have been dusted off and oiled up, Mason Bee habitats are being built in backyards, gorgeous meals are being prepared, furniture is being built, gardens dug. This is the learning that matters right now: that you can literally learn to do anything you set your heart and mind to, and that your family is your first, most intimate, and most valuable "teaching team."

I started the Blog communities so the students could share what they're up to with us, and with each other. On the one hand, it's an online attempt to keep us all connected on a regular basis, and give us some insight into each other's lives. On the other hand, it's a valuable, and authentic, way for them to keep writing. To write to be read by a real audience. To write to engage their audience. To give the gift of being an audience for someone.

One of the hardest things for me to gauge from my home, staring at the Zoom grid of black boxes, is how much work is just the right amount of work. Especially "academic" work. While home is most certainly a prepared learning environment, it is just as certainly not a school classroom. We, all of us, do work at school that we would never willfully engage in at home. Much of our academic learning is "unnatural." School creates a context where learning math out of a textbook, and writing essay responses to newspaper articles is "natural." It's normalized.

You're not going to achieve School at home between now and June. And I'm not asking you to. We want to help you find a learning groove that feels natural and organic to your family. We want you to learn something that feels valuable to you and fits into your life in this weird time. 

I definitely want to hear what you're up to, and how it's going. We all do. Write your Blog entries! That's something we can do for each other that gives us all hope and joy in these trying times. Share those guitar videos, artistic creations, and delicious recipes. Read each other's Blogs and comment on them. Let each other know you're there. That you're listening, and hear each other. Show each other that you care what they're up to and what they have to say.

Maizzy and I are on Zoom from 1-2pm Monday through Thursday. We are here for you, parents and students, alike. Reach out. Let us know how you're doing. Let us know how we can help you find your learning groove at home. Please send us an email to set up a time to meet, or just drop in!

We're in this together!

Sincerely,
Jon and Maizzy

Carrie's Update 4-20-2020

posted Apr 20, 2020, 11:08 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Dear Middle School Family,

ATTENTION!

If you HAVE COME to pick up Middle school student's  supply/personal belongings bags ALREADY...and you wish to come pick up or drop off an item, please PREARRANGE TO COME on Tuesday, April 21 5-6pm, by contacting India)

If you HAVE NOT COME to pick up Middle school student's  supply/personal belongings bags ALREADY... PLEASE come either Tuesday, April 21 5-6pm or Thursday, April 23 5-7pm to get your supply/personal belonging bags. You *DO NOT* have to pre-arrange to come during either of these times! 


ZOOM MEETINGS
Apparently, the links sent in my last email home were troublesome for a few students.  Students are to continue to use the links sent through Jupiter Ed, or in my original email home.  Please remind your students to be on time. We meet for a very short period. When they show up late, they miss a lot of information in a very short time.  

ACADEMICS
NOTE: We start Term 6 (the last term of the year) today! Students will not find their continuing assignments in Term 5, because they will be in Term 6.  

SCIENCE
Our Science Projects continue this week as students work through the final stages of the scientific method.  Students are to conduct their experiments and turn in completed data tables by Monday (Block I) or Tuesday(Block II) at the latest.  Data analyses and conclusions will be due by W(Block I)/TH(Block II) of this week.  Assignments are in Jupiter Ed, and will be reviewed in more detail in our Zoom meetings.

MATH
As usual, assignments are in Jupiter Ed.
The Algebra group will be shifting to a different curriculum, as they are finishing up their book. For now, the other math groups will continue work in their current textbook.

The CC3/Prealgebra group will take a TEST tomorrow. I will post it on Jupiter Ed at about 10 am, and take it down at about 4 pm.  Students must take the test in this window unless excused by a parent. 
By the way, we continue to take attendance in Jupiter Ed.  If students are ill or have appointments, requiring an excused absence from Zoom meetings, parents, please contact us, so that we can maintain accurate attendance records. 

We feel fortunate to continue working with your students for the remainder of the year. It is a relief to feel like we are beginning to settle into our new routine.  As ever, please contact us with questions or to check in about your student.

Warmest Regards,
Carrie and India

ART and PE:

ART from Melanie and Pete
Dear Ridgeline Art students:
Below are some choices for your creating this week. I encourage those who haven't sent us any artwork to send some this week - we really want to see what you're making, even if it's just doodles in your sketchbook! If you're not able to send work because of technical difficulties, let us know and maybe we can troubleshoot your issues. 
We went to Ridgeline yesterday to gather your artworks — that we could identify (many pieces didn't have names - sad face: 😢) and put them into your bags. If there's anything that didn't make it into your bag and you desperately want it, email us a description and we'll see if we can find it. We brought all unidentified work home with us.

Without further ado, this week's choices for making art:
1) Create your own Zoom virtual Backgrounds
2) More critters for the Ridgeline Scranimal & Monster Field Guide
3) Art of your choice
***Please read the helpful hints about photographing your work for art class at the very end of this email.

Instructions:

1) Create your own Zoom virtual backgrounds! 
(We encourage you to try and make as many as you can, the possibilities are endless...)
Create a unique look for your Zoom calls and create your own virtual background pictures. You can do this many, many, many different ways, with any kind of artwork or photography, but this needs to be your own original work.

Some ideas for your inspiration:
  • butterfly wings
  • artwork you're proud of
  • optical illusion art
  • trick photography
  • gradient painting
  • watercolor landscape
  • mandala art
  • geometric patterns

[Don't be like me: I found some photos from the web for demonstration purposes only!] 

Tips and tricks:
  • Create & photograph your artwork in wide LANDSCAPE format (like my photos above)
  • When photographing your artwork, frame it so it will FILL THE SCREEN (no edges showing)
  • Consider making DIGITAL ART on a computer or tablet. Some online drawing tools you can try: 
  • Try to take a screenshot of yourself using the Zoom background and send it to me.
How to add the image to ZOOM:
  • When you open the Zoom app, click your profile photo in the top right corner, and click Settings.
  • On the menu to the left, click Virtual Background.
  • You’ll see a few default background options provided by Zoom, but this is where you can upload a photo to use as your background. Click the + icon next to where it says Choose Virtual Background. A box will pop up allowing you to upload a photo from your computer. Click on the one you want, and it will appear alongside the other pictures as an option for you to choose from.
If you need help with this project please let us know!

2) More Additions to the Ridgeline Scranimal & Monster Field Guide!
(see last week's email for instructions) I will be setting up an online gallery page soon so we can all see each other's work. We have some really funny, cute, and absurd submissions, but those of you who didn't get to the assignment last week (or want to make more) - you can still add to the project! It's a great opportunity to reach out and work with a classmate or friend over zoom or the phone. 

3) Art of your choice!
As always, you are free to choose your own art project. Just remember to send it to us!  Email us if you have any questions, or need suggestions. We would loooove to hear from you!!!!! Also if you want to zoom with us we can do that too. :)

IMPORTANT: We want to be able to see your work!
We have been getting some photos sent to us where it's hard to see the details of your artwork because the picture quality is too poor, or the angle that you took the picture is slanted. Here are some tips on how to photograph your art:
  • make sure the art is well-lit - photograph near a light source or outside
  • place your camera or device directly ABOVE the artwork if photographing on a surface (called "bird's eye view") 
  • or you could hold the work up and someone else could photograph you holding your creation. We miss seeing your faces : 0
  • or you could photograph the work on the wall or refrigerator 
  • lastly - if you are able to change the settings on your device or camera, please choose the HIGHEST QUALITY setting before taking the picture. Otherwise details get blurry in the photo and we can't see them.

Looking forward to seeing your work this week! We love getting your art presents in our Inbox : ) Also, if you have any suggestions for art projects for your class, please let us know!

- Melanie & Pete

PE from Dan
Hello all,
Video Link Message From Dan:

Hope all is well with you, here is your PE lesson for this week! Please let me know if you have any questions. I'd love to hear what you all have been doing. All my best.

Activity Link here: https://youtu.be/BGWKdT60IHc

Carrie's Update 4-13-2020

posted Apr 14, 2020, 9:02 AM by Cynthia Friedman

ATTENTION!!!
Opportunity to pick student belongings/supplies!! Directions for how at the end of this email!

Our Middle School Family,
Last week felt very long, filled as it was with so much newness! It was a balm for my spirit to see everyone's faces again, and do the work of building our new routines.

Zoom Meetings
Students will continue to use all the Zoom meeting links sent out previously. For your convenience, I have included them again at the end of this email. Note: Passwords are not necessary. They are embedded in the links.
Students wait in the waiting room to get admittance. It is a good idea to sign in a few minutes early. Roll is taken (in Jupiter Ed) at the beginning of every Zoom meeting. After taking attendance, I will begin the lesson/ directions for the next assignment. We are meeting for short periods, and it is very important that students arrive on time in order to get all the necessary information. Students, please turn on your video, and turn off your mike as you come in. Raise your (digital hand) if you have a question or response. When called on, if your computer gets glitchy with both video and sound, turn off the video while speaking, then turn it back on when not speaking. I feel it is important for us to see each others' faces as much as possible for normalcy and connectivity.

All assignments due this week are to be found in Jupiter Ed., except for Art and PE assignments, which will be found at the end of each of these weekly communications.

Assignments
Students continue to have math and science assignments due M-Th. We are working out the technical issues relatively well. Please encourage your student(s) to come to office hours with India or myself (between 2 and 3 M-Th) if they are having any trouble. We are thrilled to see their faces and help with any issues!
A Notebook Check assignment will continue to be part of math grades throughout the rest of the year. India and I will base it on the pictures of completed mathwork turned in by students over the course of each week. A rubric is embedded in each Notebook Check assignment. The criteria and point breakdown are:
Notebook Rubric:
/2 - Clear visible picture showing all work.
/2 - Written work clearly shown step by step process working down the page.
/2 - Completer header with percentage calculated.
/2 - Legible writing

This Week in Science:
  1. Science Project Background Research Spreadsheet. This should be completed by the beginning of your students first science class this week.
  2. Create and turn in an Experiment Data Table designed specifically to record the results of the experiment students will conduct by next week. Students will fill in the data when they conduct their experiments. This should be completed by the beginning of your students second science class this week.
  3. Gather Project Materials, take a picture, and turn it in. This should be completed by the beginning of your students second science class this week.
  4. Students are to conduct experiments over the weekend. This should be completed by the beginning of your students first science class this coming week.

ART from Melanie!

PE from Dan!
(I sent this out (early) in my last letter home.)


Before the video starts I would like the students to run and touch each door in the house!
 
Please have students familiarize themselves with the video the first time through and instead of them holding the lightsaber, the students can absolutely use a broom, foam noodle, anything to give a little weight or even visual to go along with the video. This video is perfect for exercises and rest time in between, and as always it should be fun!!! Each exercise is 20 seconds long, I would like them to add a little time if the exercises aren't challenging. I would like for the students to go through the video 3x. 

Any questions, please let me know! 
Hope all is well!
Dan

ATTENTION!!!
Opportunity to pick student belongings/supplies!!
Middle school personal belongings distribution Tuesday, April 14 5-7pm in the Ridgeline drop off/pick up circle.

Here is what you need to know. Parents are to come pick up items. Please do not send your student as we are working hard to minimize interactions between people, and want to keep both your family and Ridgeline staff safe!

1. Arrive at school anytime between 5-7pm. Pull into the pick up circle. REMAIN IN YOUR VEHICLE. (Please do not ride a bicycle).

2. India and Clark will be on site to give you a bag with your student's belongings in it. Please BRING A SIGN WITH YOUR STUDENT'S NAME(s) on it to hold up in the window of your vehicle so India & Clark know who you are. They will bring the bag to you in your car. If other families arrive at the same time please remain in your vehicle until they are able to get to you.

Warmest Regards,
Carrie and India



Resources

Directions for Turning in Math Assignments can be found in the math assignment:
--------"Directions for How to Turn in Your Math Notebook Photo."    Due 4/2 ---------
NOTE: All students have this same assignment due the same day in all math classes.

Jon's Update 4-13-2020

posted Apr 13, 2020, 12:52 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Greetings Middle School Family,

Last week went really well, all things considered. It sure is delightful to see the students' shiny faces, even if only on a screen. Almost everyone made it to class last week, which was great! 

This week, it's going to be really important you show up, because we're going to break into partners and do a FUN! assignment during your class time.

Please remember to take it easy and do your best to establish a daily routine. Since middle school online classes are from 1-3pm, I recommend you create your school day around that block of time, and just get it done! (And be sure to get outside and enjoy the socially distanced sunshine!)

Grades:
As usual, please refer to Jupiter Ed to see your assignments and instructions, and grades. I am moving back to our usual plus, check, minus grading system this week. Otherwise known as: 'Great,' 'Good Enough,' 'More Effort, Please.' Showing up is great, but we really do want you to put a little effort into these blog posts. Have fun with them. Share pictures! Share videos! Write for an audience. Make them fun to read.

I'll be grading on a Pass/No Pass basis. To earn a Pass, you need to earn a 70%. You can easily do it!

Your Daily Com/Human Routine:
1. Read for 30 minutes (a book of your choosing) Reading Log due on Friday.
2. Work on your Personal Growth Project for at least 30 minutes.
3. Complete a Blog entry documenting your progress on your P.G.P. (3 total each week plus 1 Weekly Weird Blog Challenge in class.)
4. Turn in a link to your Blog Entry in Jupiter Ed.
5. Read other students' Blogs and make comments.

Office Hours:
Jon and Maizzy will be available from 1-2pm Monday through Thursday on Zoom. If you need, or want to talk with Jon and Maizzy, please use this Zoom Link during the office hour. 

You can also contact us via e-mail, if you have questions, or if you want to schedule another time to meet. We are frequently checking email between 8:30am and 3:15pm, Monday through Thursday, and 8:30am-1:15pm on Friday.

Class Attendance:
You must attend your scheduled Blogger class once a week. Click on the correct link for your Blogger Group below, on the day and time indicated, to join the Zoom Meeting. Please only attend YOUR Blogger Group Meeting.

PE Assignment for the week (From Dan):

Before the video starts I would like the students to run and touch each door in the house!
 
Please have students familiarize themselves with the video the first time through and instead of them holding the lightsaber, the students can absolutely use a broom, foam noodle, anything to give a little weight or even visual to go along with the video. This video is perfect for exercises and rest time in between, and as always it should be fun!!! Each exercise is 20 seconds long, I would like them to add a little time if the exercises aren't challenging. I would like for the students to go through the video 3x. 

Art Assignment from Pete and Melanie:
Melanie sent a link to a Google Doc with instructions for the Art Assignment this week. Here it is:

Hope you are all taking care of each other. Please reach out if there's anything we can do to help!

All the best,
Jon and Maizzy

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