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posted Sep 12, 2019, 10:57 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Middle School Family,

It truly has been an exciting start to the year.  We have already had a number of highly productive conversations with this year’s group. This is a strong community of engaged learners!  Thank you for sharing your awesome young adults with us! 


Academics

Science - This week’s engaging Lab Activities provided great vehicles for deepening our fluency with a few key 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.)

  • When you measure something, can you obtain an exact value?

  • What do you need to do to obtain a best value with confidence?

  • What were the manipulated and responding variables in the pendulum 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 the Record Sheet and the Practice Sheet, scores for Exit Tickets illustrating student understanding for key concepts in an Activity, and a Quiz or exam at the end of each Chapter.

Math - Students are taking placement tests this week and learning about math notebook expectations for legibility and format.  


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 assignments are to be made up by the end of the week unless agreed upon otherwise.  At the beginning of the year, we support new students by reminding them often to check off work.. Opportunities to turn in late work are offered daily before school, during break, lunch, and after school. Friday’s are a big check off work day.

We welcome questions and communications from parents.  Please do contact us regarding your student, but as you sit down with your student to go over progress, help them craft questions on points of confusion and create positive plans for action. Send them to us with these questions and plans as much as possible.  Thus they have the opportunity to exercise initiative, independence and self-advocacy. Our program is a safe place to practice these essential skills.

Volunteer Opportunities

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 once a month or so. 

"One mission, One Vision, One School, One Community"

Schoolwide News


The Jog-a-thon is Friday, September 27th! - Fundraiser packets came home last Friday.  Please have your student return of the packet by the 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 will be Wednesday, September 18th. Picture Package order forms were sent home last Friday.


1st Attendance Message - The year is just beginning and it is a great time to build great habits!  Being in school, on time, everyday is important. Good attendance is strongly linked to academic, social, and emotional success.

 

We believe that students and families that feel they are included in the school community are more likely to show up consistently 

We believe that good attendance will allow your child to fully contribute to and fully benefit from the classroom community. 

We believe good attendance will not only build strong academics, but also build strong socially and emotionally capable humans.

Thank you for learning and growing with us!

 

Sincerely,

Carrie and India

Jon's Update 9-11-19

posted Sep 11, 2019, 10:42 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Important Dates
Tues, 9/17, 3:10-4:00pm        First TRUE Rehearsal
Wed, 9/18                               Picture Day!
Thurs, 9/19, 3:10-4:00pm      TRUE Rehearsal
Wed, 9/25, 6-7pm                   Jon and Carrie Class Meeting in Room 7    
Fri, 9/27                                 Jog-a-thon
Fri, 10/11                                **NO SCHOOL: State-wide In-Service Day
Thurs & Fri, 11/7-11/8            **NO SCHOOL: Conferences
Mon, 11/11                              **NO SCHOOL: Veteran's Day
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Dear Middle School Family,

And, we're off! The first week of school was a smashing success. We bonded, we explored Eugene, we got soaking wet! It takes a lot of courage to come to a new classroom and put your whole self out there. This is one of the most "whole-self-out-there" groups we've ever had. It just gets better from here.

Monday, we rolled right into our academic work. We introduced the students to our organizational and grading systems, and eased them into the process for turning in assignments. The work load is pretty light this week, as we stir the students out of their summer slumber. 

Please be sure to join us in Room 7 from 6-7pm on Wednesday, September 25 for our classroom meeting. We'll be going over our program and systems in more detail. Here's a quick glimpse of what we're up to in class this week:

Communications
One assignment that will become a staple in their Communications work is the Article of the Week. Each week, the students will be assigned a news article that they will carefully annotate and craft a written response to. This introduction to academic writing requires them to state and explain an assertion made in the article, and then make and explain an assertion of their own, in response.

It's a growth process, to be sure. There's much to be learned to be successful at this important skill. It's why we invest the time individually conferencing with each student about their writing. Every week.

Humanities
We take a project-based approach to studying Humanities. This year, our focus will be Global Studies. I'll send more information home about our progress as the projects develop over the next few weeks.

Jupiter Ed--Online Grading System
We use the online grading system, Jupiter Ed, to keep track of assignments and student progress. All of the necessary instructions and files are available for every assignment in Jupiter Ed. Your student can access them from any computer with an internet connection. So can you! I'll be sending you a separate e-mail shortly with your log-in information, so you can keep track of your students' progress. We do our very best to keep up to date on grading, so Jupiter Ed is a powerful communication tool for all of us.

It's going to be an action-packed year, and we're off to a smooth start. As bumps come up along the way, please don't hesitate to contact us. We are in this together!

All the best,
Jon and Maizzy

Carrie's Update 5-31-19

posted May 31, 2019, 1:19 PM by Cynthia Friedman

June 6

8th Grade Graduation

June 7

Grading Day - NO SCHOOL

June 10-13

Middle School Spring Trip!

June 14

Last Day of School!

Link to Ridgeline Full Calendar: http://www.ridgeline.org/calendar


Announcements

A number of students, proctored by Maizzy or India in Room 11, were still taking their state math (and science-8th graders only) tests this week, .  Betsy will be accommodating the few remaining testers this coming week. Meanwhile we are continuing our regular academic routine through the end of next week. It’s not over yet. We can do this!

 

Friday, May 31st is the last Cookie Sale of the year!! Not only will we have cookies and popcorn, but the gardening elective has produced a few spring starts to contribute to our spring trip fundraising! We will have milkweed, swiss chard, pole beans, summer squash, beets, and more for sale. These plants will be available for a half hour after school all next week as well.  Pleased do drop by Room 7 if you would like to support the middle school, grow your garden, and do your part to save the Monarch butterfly!!

 

Plants available for sale this Friday:

6-packs - $3 each

2” pots - $2 each

1” pots - $1 each

Milkweed (Save the Monarch!)

Milkweed (Save the Monarch!)

Zucchini

Swiss Chard



Beets




 

Life Science

Canopy Connections - A great opportunity for our young people to connect with the natural world!  

 

On the Canopy Connections field trip, we enjoyed a perfectly overcast, cool Oregon day in the deep woods. This is a rejuvenating experience I look forward to sharing with our new batch of students every year.  The kids were great, of course. For the tree climbing activity, everyone put on gear and tested their comfort zone (wherever it may be), working their way up the ropes strung in the old growth Douglas Fir. The Canopy Connections staff  included a quiet reflective time in the rotation of activities. Students took turns walking solo down a wooded path, stopping to read prompts designed to encourage a reflective, present state of awareness. What a rich experience for our young people, practicing both outward and inward journeys and challenges.

This week in science, we learned about Gregor Mendel, the father of modern genetics.  After building “Reeze-Ot” organisms based on their gene code and a key, we studied how Mendel used the scientific process to discover how pea plants pass on their genes.  

Questions from this lesson:

  1. Mendel was a scientist who lived a long time ago, but Mendel used the same processes scientists use today.  What scientific processes did Mendel use to make his discoveries?

  2. Mendel began his experiment by crossing two true-breeding plants (Generation 1), one tall (TT) and one short (tt). What was the genotype of each plant? [tall (TT), short (tt)]

When these plants were crossed, they produced the next generation of plants called Generation 2 (G2).  What was the genotype of each G2 plant?

G3 is the result of crossing the two G2 plants. Write the two possible trait combinations of the three ‘Generation 3’ tall plants. The trait combination for tall plants can be either ______ or ________, and the trait combination for the short G3 plant is _______.

  1. The two ‘Generation 1’ plants are true breeding.  What does that mean, and why was that important for Mendel’s experiments?

  2. How would you carry out crosses to find out if any of the three tall plants in Generation 3 were true breeding tall plants?

  3. How would you carry out crosses to find out if any of the three tall plants in Generation 3 were masking a trait for shortness?


Best Regards,

Carrie and India

 

Middle School Science and Math Online Resources

 

CPM textbooks:

- All CPM students are to sign in to their online Textbooks at https://sso.cpm.org/ using Google Sign-In and their Ridgeline Email address.  There is core problem and homework support for every assignment, links to the Desmos online tool and many other resources.

- If a CC3 student cannot access this resource, they can use the CPM Core Connections 3 Homework Help Link:  https://homework.cpm.org/cpm-homework/homework/category/CC/textbook/CC3

 

- For parents with students in CPM Core Connections 2, the link below is to a good resource for getting your head around math concepts in CPM Core Connections, Course 2.

CPM Core Connections, Course 2 Parent Guide with Extra Practice:

http://msbryant.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/CC2-Parent-Guide-FULL.pdf

Carrie's Update 5-16-19

posted May 16, 2019, 12:40 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Ridgeline Middle School STEM News 5/15/19

Calendar

 

May

Bike and Walk to School Month

May 20

Middle School Math (and Science for 8th Graders) State Testing Begins

May 23

UO TeachOut - Carrie and Maizzy on Field Trip with small group

May 24

Move-Up Day/8th Grade Escape

May 27

Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

June 6

8th Grade Graduation

June 7

Grading Day - NO SCHOOL

June 10-13

Middle School Spring Trip!

June 14

Last Day of School!

LInk to Ridgeline Full Calendar: http://www.ridgeline.org/calendar


Announcements

*State Testing - Your students will be taking their state math (and science-8th graders only) tests this coming week.  

 

*Veggiee starts for sale!!! Drop by the cookie crew sale this week!! The middle school will be having a vege-start sale as well.  The Garden Crew has been working hard planting beets, zucchini, swiss chard (lots of swiss chard), and other very exciting vegetables!!!

 



Life Science


Genetics - We began our genetics unit this week.  Students created an imaginary organism named a Reeze-ot, by randomly pulling two alleles for eight different traits from a cup. Half of the trait cards in the cup were dominant alleles represented by capital letters, and half were recessive, represented by lower-case letters. They then used a key to build their organism’s phenotype, demonstrating similar traits to a rice plant. Depending on what combination of dominant and/or recessive alleles they pulled, their organism was tall (HH/Hh-3 marshmallows) or short (hh-1 marshmallow), had two leaves (LL/Ll -2 pipe cleaner loops ), or one leaf (ll -1 pipe cleaner loop), had a large (CC - 4 seed beads on a spike), medium (Cc - 3 seed beads on a spike), or small(cc - 2 seed beads on a spike) amount of seeds, etc.  As you can see there were some genes that showed up in their organism as completely dominant, and some that showed up as partially dominant. Sometimes the dominant trait was desired, sometimes it was the recessive trait. Later in this unit we will use a computer simulation to “breed” fancy birds for ideal feather combinations, and they will put this knowledge into action hatching and breeding virtual birds. This is a fun unit to wrap up the year!

Students love this lab, and not just because of the heady smell of marshmallows!

Question prompts:

  • Which traits showed partial dominance? Which traits showed complete dominance?.

  • How well does a small sample size represent the mathematically predicted presence of a trait in a population?

  • What proportion of the Reeze-ots were expected to have the dominant trait (GG/Gg), green leaves?  What proportion ended up with the recessive trait (gg), white leaves?

  • Is that the portion that ended up with the trait?

  • How many students asked Carrie if they could eat the marshmallows?

  • How old were the marshmallows?  (Hint: I teach this every other year!)


Best Regards,

Carrie and India

 

Middle School Science and Math Online Resources

 

CPM textbooks:

- All CPM students are to sign in to their online Textbooks at https://sso.cpm.org/ using Google Sign-In and their Ridgeline Email address.  There is core problem and homework support for every assignment, links to the Desmos online tool and many other resources.

- If a CC3 student cannot access this resource, they can use the CPM Core Connections 3 Homework Help Link:  https://homework.cpm.org/cpm-homework/homework/category/CC/textbook/CC3

 

- For parents with students in CPM Core Connections 2, the link below is to a good resource for getting your head around math concepts in CPM Core Connections, Course 2.

CPM Core Connections, Course 2 Parent Guide with Extra Practice:

http://msbryant.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/CC2-Parent-Guide-FULL.pdf

Carrie's Update 5-16-19

posted May 16, 2019, 10:09 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Ridgeline Middle School STEM News 5/15/19

Calendar

 

May

Bike and Walk to School Month

May 20

Middle School Math (and Science for 8th Graders) State Testing Begins

May 23

UO TeachOut - Carrie and Maizzy on Field Trip with small group

May 24

Move-Up Day/8th Grade Escape

May 27

Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

June 6

8th Grade Graduation

June 7

Grading Day - NO SCHOOL

June 10-13

Middle School Spring Trip!

June 14

Last Day of School!

LInk to Ridgeline Full Calendar: http://www.ridgeline.org/calendar


Announcements

*State Testing - Your students will be taking their state math (and science-8th graders only) tests this coming week.  

 

*Veggiee starts for sale!!! Drop by the cookie crew sale this week!! The middle school will be having a vege-start sale as well.  The Garden Crew has been working hard planting beets, zucchini, swiss chard (lots of swiss chard), and other very exciting vegetables!!!

 



Life Science


Genetics - We began our genetics unit this week.  Students created an imaginary organism named a Reeze-ot, by randomly pulling two alleles for eight different traits from a cup. Half of the trait cards in the cup were dominant alleles represented by capital letters, and half were recessive, represented by lower-case letters. They then used a key to build their organism’s phenotype, demonstrating similar traits to a rice plant. Depending on what combination of dominant and/or recessive alleles they pulled, their organism was tall (HH/Hh-3 marshmallows) or short (hh-1 marshmallow), had two leaves (LL/Ll -2 pipe cleaner loops ), or one leaf (ll -1 pipe cleaner loop), had a large (CC - 4 seed beads on a spike), medium (Cc - 3 seed beads on a spike), or small(cc - 2 seed beads on a spike) amount of seeds, etc.  As you can see there were some genes that showed up in their organism as completely dominant, and some that showed up as partially dominant. Sometimes the dominant trait was desired, sometimes it was the recessive trait. Later in this unit we will use a computer simulation to “breed” fancy birds for ideal feather combinations, and they will put this knowledge into action hatching and breeding virtual birds. This is a fun unit to wrap up the year!

Students love this lab, and not just because of the heady smell of marshmallows!

Question prompts:

  • Which traits showed partial dominance? Which traits showed complete dominance?.

  • How well does a small sample size represent the mathematically predicted presence of a trait in a population?

  • What proportion of the Reeze-ots were expected to have the dominant trait (GG/Gg), green leaves?  What proportion ended up with the recessive trait (gg), white leaves?

  • Is that the portion that ended up with the trait?

  • How many students asked Carrie if they could eat the marshmallows?

  • How old were the marshmallows?  (Hint: I teach this every other year!)


Best Regards,

Carrie and India

 

Middle School Science and Math Online Resources

 

CPM textbooks:

- All CPM students are to sign in to their online Textbooks at https://sso.cpm.org/ using Google Sign-In and their Ridgeline Email address.  There is core problem and homework support for every assignment, links to the Desmos online tool and many other resources.

- If a CC3 student cannot access this resource, they can use the CPM Core Connections 3 Homework Help Link:  https://homework.cpm.org/cpm-homework/homework/category/CC/textbook/CC3

 

- For parents with students in CPM Core Connections 2, the link below is to a good resource for getting your head around math concepts in CPM Core Connections, Course 2.

CPM Core Connections, Course 2 Parent Guide with Extra Practice:

http://msbryant.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/CC2-Parent-Guide-FULL.pdf

Meridy's Update 5-15-19

posted May 15, 2019, 9:39 AM by Cynthia Friedman

This week in Room 9!  The Wheeler Wagon Train has departed Independence, Missouri and is headed to Oregon Territory!  The rivers are deep, the plains long and dry, and the food scarce. We have made it as far as Fort Laramie.  Ask your emigrant what they found there. In our Unconventional Journal this week students were given $1,000 that they could not spend on themselves.  This class is full of very kindhearted and thoughtful people. How did your student decide to spend their money?


Thank you for all the tea donations!   Students have really enjoyed the different flavors, even in the hot weather.


Dance-a-thon- The Dance-a-thon is coming up next Friday, May 17th 5:30-7:30pm. It’s sure to be a fun family event! A food cart for dinner and an ice cream cart will be in the parking lot.  Students (and adults) can make song suggestions at the front desk.


Planned Parenthood Preview Night- 5th years are scheduled to have Planned Parenthood come and present their Human Growth and Development curriculum at the end of the month.  If you are curious about what they present please attend the preview night May 22 at 6 P.M.


Outdoor School  This year room 9 has the opportunity to be the first class to participate in Outdoor School!  The River House will be leading us on some outdoor adventures with a focus on ecology. There will be a day of tree climbing, rafting on the McKenzie River (Helfrich to Leaburg Dam - Class 1-2), and a day at the challenge course on Spencer Butte.  More information coming in next week’s Friday Folder so keep your eyes open! Please let me know if you have any question.


Ridgeline Calendar

Friday May 17 - Dance-A-Thon 5:30-7:30

Tuesday May 21 - Laughing Planet Fundraiser

Wednesday May 22 - Planned Parenthood Parent Night 6 P.M. (5th years)

Friday May 24 - Move Up Day!

June 4, 5, 6 - Outdoor School with the River House


Jon's Update 5-14-19

posted May 14, 2019, 11:01 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Tues, 5/14                             ELA State Testing Begins
Thurs, 5/16                           Field Trip: Canopy Connections and Tree2Tree
Sat., 5/18, 11:30am              TRUE Performance: Spencer Creek Grange Farmer's Market
Fri, 5/24                                Move-Up Day, 8th Grade Escape
Mon, 5/27                              **NO SCHOOL: Memorial Day
Thurs, 6/6, 6-8pm                 8th Grade Graduation
Fri, 6/7                                    **NO SCHOOL: Grading Day
Mon-Thurs, June 10-13       MS Adventure Trip
Fri, June 14                           Last Day of School

Dear Middle School Family,
It's always a joy to take our middle school students out into the community. Not only because it's important to experience the world outside our classroom, but because our community members affirm what we at Ridgeline already know: we have truly exceptional students. We walked 3.5 miles from Ridgeline to the Eugene city center with 41 students. No problem. There were close to 1000 people at the "Red for Ed" rally in the Park Blocks by the time the formal program started at 11am. Our students respectfully engaged with the other folks gathered there, and listened carefully to what the speakers (teachers, school nurses, and school advocates) had to say during their speeches. 

The students thoughtfully completed their evaluations of the effectiveness of the rally, and this week wrote a letter to the president of the Eugene Education Association, Tad Shannon, to express their feelings about how effective they felt the rally (as part of the larger movement throughout the state) was as a civic action. Pretty effective, apparently, as for the first time since anyone can remember, the State of Oregon significantly INCREASED funding for education in Oregon.

When we got to Amazon Park for lunch, we got to see what real civic action looks like at the middle school level, though. The park was packed with little kids, since there was no school for 4J on May 8. Our big kids ran and frolicked and played with the little folks without any of the teenage angst that one would expect of middle schoolers bombarded by childish adoration. It was joyful to watch. And when some small conflicts arose, our students quite masterfully dissipated them. One of the things we've been talking a lot about this year is how civic action and responsibility isn't necessarily political: it's how we positively engage in the health of our community. 

This week, we completed the Oregon State ELA testing. Next week we'll get started on our Civic Action Projects to finish out the school year. Time is racing by!

Volunteers Needed: Move-Up Day/8th Grade Escape
Next Friday, May 24, is Move-Up Day. The 8th graders have a fun day planned at Washburne Park. The 7th graders will be leading the upcoming 6th graders on a hike from Ridgeline to the top of Mt. Baldy. We will leave at 9am and be back at school for dismissal at 1:05pm. If you would like to join us on the hike, please take 47 seconds to fill out this Google Form.

Adventure Trip
Paperwork for the Adventure Trip will be coming home at the end of this week. Please fill it out and return it as soon as possible. This year's adventure trip will be at the Wolf Creek campground just east of Roseburg in the Umpqua National Forest. It's a really terrific spot with a HUGE covered area, fresh water, and flush toilets. We have the entire campground to ourselves. We'll camp from Monday, June 10 to Thursday, June 13. We'll be back at Ridgeline at 4pm Thursday. 

The last day of school is Friday, June 14. We'll spend Friday getting the classroom cleaned up and ready for summer. 


Lots of fun stuff in store!
Jon and Maizzy

Carrie's Update 5-1-19

posted May 2, 2019, 2:40 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Calendar

 

May

Bike and Walk to School Month

May 16

Canopy Connections

May 20

Middle School Math (and Science for 8th Graders) State Testing Begins

May 23

UO TeachOut - Carrie and Maizzy on Field Trip with small group

May 24

Move-Up Day/8th Grade Escape

May 27

Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

June 6

8th Grade Graduation

June 7

Grading Day - NO SCHOOL

June 10-13

Middle School Spring Trip!

June 14

Last Day of School!

LInk to Ridgeline Full Calendar: http://www.ridgeline.org/calendar


Announcements

Canopy Connections

A big thank you to Christina, Adrena, and Kathee for volunteering to Chaperone the Canopy Connections Field trip. It will be a great day!

 

Life Science

This week we are learning about “The Cycle of Matter” as Earth’s atoms cycle through living organisms.  

We discussed:

  • Cells as the basic building blocks of life, organized into tissues, organs, and organ systems that perform various specialized functions. An organism can be single or multi-celled.

  • What is an organelle?

  • Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration-

    • What kinds of organisms do which?

    • What raw materials are required, and what is produced in each process?

    • Which organelle is key to photosynthesis? Which is key to cellular respiration?

  • Trophic Levels- Producers, Primary Consumers, Secondary Consumers, Tertiary Consumers, Scavengers, Detritivores, and Decomposers.

  • Autotrophs vs. Heterotrophs-We analyzed the prefixes and root words. Auto-same, Hetero-other, troph-to nourish.

  • Abiotic vs Biotic Factors Prefixes and root words. A-not, Bio-life, ic-like

 

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 and problem solve.  Students tend to see each problem as a way to earn points for the gradebook. I remind them to step back. Each assignment is an opportunity to practice good learning habits, and each problem is an opportunity to practice processing skills. Points are feedback towards those goals.

  • If a student does not have work to turn in for the current assignment, they are to sit where they can focus on late work while the group checks the day’s assignment.  When we transition to begin work for tomorrow’s assignment, they are to join the group and begin work with the others! Thus they don’t miss out on pertinent information and peer support, which would result in more confusion and bigger hurdles when they get to that assignment later.  

  • The end of the term is this Friday May 3rd.  Part of the reason we do not accept assignments after the term ends, is to discourage students from cramming at the last minute.  It is not a good learning habit, nor is it conducive to skill building. Math is a language. The more frequently it is practiced, the better the fluency.  As students progress through the curriculum they will need to decide when and how to apply and combine the skills we are working on now, 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.  As part of our test correction policy, we have students look for patterns in errors, brainstorm reasons for the pattern, and create a plan for changing those limiting habits.  Process, pattern awareness, and learning about learning. Those are our goals.


With Gratitude,

Carrie and India

 

Middle School Science and Math Online Resources

 

CPM textbooks:

- All CPM students are to sign in to their online Textbooks at https://sso.cpm.org/ using Google Sign-In and their Ridgeline Email address.  There is core problem and homework support for every assignment, links to the Desmos online tool and many other resources.

- If a CC3 student cannot access this resource, they can use the CPM Core Connections 3 Homework Help Link:  https://homework.cpm.org/cpm-homework/homework/category/CC/textbook/CC3

 

- For parents with students in CPM Core Connections 2, the link below is to a good resource for getting your head around math concepts in CPM Core Connections, Course 2.

CPM Core Connections, Course 2 Parent Guide with Extra Practice:

http://msbryant.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/CC2-Parent-Guide-FULL.pdf

Jon's Update 5-1-19

posted May 2, 2019, 12:38 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Dear Middle School Family,

As you may have heard, the Oregon Education Association (the Oregon state teachers' union) is hosting a state-wide walk-out on May 8 to send a strong message to state legislators that they need to "fully fund education" in Oregon. More information about the walkout can be found here: https://www.may8forstudents.org/. Another source for information regarding ongoing efforts to fully fund Oregon schools is Oregonians for Student Success.

In Eugene, the Eugene Education Association (4J's teachers' union) is hosting a rally at the Park Blocks (Saturday Market) at 11am on Wednesday, May 8. The Ridgeline Middle School team is planning to take the entire middle school class on a walking field trip to observe the rally as part of our US Civics unit in Humanities.

Please fill out this Google Form granting your student permission to participate, and indicate on the form whether you would like to join us. It's a unique opportunity for our students to see peaceful democracy in action, and to reflect on the effectiveness of this sort of civic action.

Thanks for your support,
Jon, Carrie, Maizzy, and India

Jon's Update 4-18-19

posted Apr 18, 2019, 1:34 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Tues, 4/23, 3:15-4:15, 6-7pm   Project Fair: History Projects and TRUE Performance
Sat, 5/4, 12-2:30pm                  TRUE Performance: UkeJam 2019, Whirled Pies
Mon, 5/6, 1:30pm                     TRUE Performance, Junction City Retirement
Mon, 5/6                                     ELA State Testing Begins
Thurs, 5/16                                 Field Trip: Canopy Connections and Tree2Tree
Sat., May 18, 11:30am               TRUE Performance: Spencer Creek Grange Farmer's Market
Fri, 5/24                                      Move-Up Day, 8th Grade Escape
Thurs, 6/6, 6-8pm                      8th Grade Graduation
Mon-Thurs, June 10-13            MS Adventure Trip
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Dear Middle School Family,

We are currently deep into research on our civic action projects. Last week, the students wrapped up their research of the "Critical Issues" in US society and how they're being covered in the news media (barely). Homelessness, Healthcare, Education, Gender Equity, Discrimination, Gun Violence, and Immigration were the top issues they identified. This week, they began researching the people and organizations in the United States who are stepping up to do something about these issues.

Over the next couple of weeks, I'm working to arrange for leaders in the Eugene community to come in and talk with the kids about the kinds of actions folks are taking here at home to address some of these critical issues. So far, I've lined up  folks from Whitebird and Cahoots, as well as the Civil Liberties Defense Center. 

Our goal is to learn more about what 'real people' are doing, so we can come up with a plan for what kind of action we can take, either as individuals, or as a middle school collective. We'll be developing an action plan over the next couple of weeks, and spend the last month of school doing what we can to help support our community. If all goes well, I'm hoping that whatever we get put in place this Spring will carry forward into next school year, and become a regular part of what we do and who we are in the Ridgeline Middle School.

In case you missed it last week, here are some volunteering opportunities:

8th Grade Tree2Tree Field Trip
On May 16, the 7th graders will be joining Carrie and India on the Canopy Connections field trip at H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. 

The 8th graders will be going with Jon and Maizzy to Tree2Tree Adventure Park outside of Forest Grove. Cost for the Tree2Tree field trip is $50 per student. Scholarships are available. No one will be left behind. We need some parent volunteers to help us drive students there. If you would also like to participate in the ropes course, the cost will be $50 for you, as well. We'll be sending the link to the permission form to the trip very soon.

Move-Up Day
On Friday, May 24, the 6th graders will be coming up to the middle school to go on our annual hike. We'll be gone all day. Traditionally, the 8th graders have worked with their parents to organize some fun way to spend the day together. If this sounds like something you would like to help the 8th graders organize, please let me know!

8th Grade Graduation
8th grade graduation is on Thursday, June 6, from 6-8pm. Ridgeline tradition is for some 7th grade parents to volunteer to decorate and manage the ice cream social, so the 8th grade families can be present with their graduating students. If you would like to step up to help make the graduation ceremony amazing, please let me know.

Adventure Trip Chaperones!
This year's adventure trip will be at the Wolf Creek campground just east of Roseburg in the Umpqua National Forest. It's a really terrific spot with a HUGE covered area, fresh water, and flush toilets. We have the entire campground to ourself. We'll camp from Monday, June 10 to Thursday, June 13. The last day of school is Friday, June 14. We'll spend Friday getting the classroom cleaned up and ready for summer. We'll be sending out the permission slip later in May. 


Thanks!
Jon and Maizzy

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