Carrie's Update 10-24-19

posted Oct 24, 2019, 1:19 PM by Cynthia Friedman

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Upcoming Events

Thursday and Friday, November 7 & 8

NO SCHOOL - Conferences

Monday, November 11

NO SCHOOL - Veterans Day

Friday, November 15 at 6pm

Barnes and Noble Book Fair

Friday, November 22

Term 2 Ends

Tuesday, November 26

Send Vegetables for Stone Soup

Wednesday, Nov. 27

Stone Soup - Bring a Bowl and Spoon!

November 28 & 29

NO SCHOOL - Happy Thanksgiving!


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 students 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 foundational to understand what they will 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 connect with a fellow student (ask India or myself for a reference), and have them explain what we did, and how to answer the key question for the activity.  They will need to copy this answer in their notebook!

- Students will need to place a sticky note on the late or missing assignment to flag that we need to check it.  They are to write on the sticky note if it was not completed due to an absence!


This week we continued our investigations into interactions. Students apply analysis and communication skills while describing interactions. Supporting their claims by describing their experimental results, using all of their directly observed evidence, not opinion (previous knowledge), your students 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 materials, elements, and connections are necessary for an electric-circuit interaction?

    • What was evidence of an electric-circuit interaction in one of our investigations?

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

    • What happened (did we observe in our light bulbs) when we increased/decreased the number of cells in a circuit?

    • What is the difference between a series circuit and a parallel circuit? Which do you think you have in your house? 

  • How do electromagnets work?

    • Vocabulary terms: Iron core, power source, copper coil. 

  • Do electromagnets need to be connected to a power source to function as a magnet?

  • How do buzzers work?

    • Video:  Build your own Buzzer Project


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.  Sometimes this doesn’t happen till Thursday or Friday when we do our notebook checks. 

Late Work - Some students are getting bogged down in late math assignments.  Even if an assignment is only partially completed, students are to trade notebooks in the group, so another student can check what they have completed for the assignment due that day.  Then they are to go work on old math assignments while the rest of the group continues to grade the current assignment. As soon as the group transitions to working on the assignment due the next day, they are to join the group and focus on completing the current assignment. Current work is the priority! Very soon we will implement a restriction on turning in late work. It will be accepted only if under a week overdue.   Late assignments will receive no more than 80% credit. (This rule does not apply to assignments that are late due to excused absences, and are turned in within a week of the absence.)

Math 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 - 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 study hall, and Friday work period. Another option is to arrange to meet with us after school.  Test corrections can be turned in to the “Done Correcting” rack provided in the classroom. Students who have achieved 80% mastery are encouraged to turn their energy towards learning new material. Corrected assignments will receive no more than 80% credit.  

Enjoy the fall colors and hot tea weather!

Carrie and India


Link to the Interactions in Physical Science Textbook:

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

CPM Core Connections 2 and Core Connections 3 Student EBook sign In:

  1.  Students are to sign in to their Ridgeline Google account using their Ridgeline address.

  2. Go to

  3. Students use the “Sign in with Google” link to sign in to their assigned ebook.

    1. The CPM ebook has supports and homework help for each assignment.

CPM Parent Support Page:

CPM Homework Support