Carrie's Update 12-16-19

posted Dec 16, 2019, 1:27 PM by Cynthia Friedman

One mission, One Vision, One School, One Community

Please click the link below to get-up-to date calendar information.

Full Calendar: 

Upcoming Events

Mon. 12/23-Mon. 1/6        

NO SCHOOL – Winter Break

Mon 1/6         

(Possible Hazardous Weather Make-Up Day)

Monday, 1/20

No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Friday 1/ 31

No School - Grading Day

Monday  2/17

No School - Presidents Day

 Interested in Eugene IHS ?

If you have 8th grade students interested in Eugene IHS for the 2019-2020 school year, the 4J School Choice Lottery for in-district students opens January 1st and the deadline is January 31st.  We will be holding parent information nights in January. All students interested in enrolling in Eugene IHS must apply through the 4J School Choice Lottery. Students currently enrolled in Eugene IHS do not need to re-apply unless you move outside of the 4J attendance area.


One thing I have heard again and again from people who discover my occupation, is how frustrated they were in college, when they finally understood middle and high school math concepts that they “learned” growing up.  I was definitely one of those people. Many of us, learned how to apply formulas to problems that fit a certain pattern without really understanding the problem or what the formula had to do with the concepts and processes used to solve it.  I certainly was not able to defend my reasoning, or discuss other ways of solving problems with my peers. We use the  CPM Core Connections curriculum because all this metacognition and mathematical thinking is built in.  It is designed to deepen learning of math concepts through hands on labs conducted in small groups. Students are provided the opportunity to discover for themselves, connections between math concepts.  I am a guide. They are the teachers as well as learners. It is very hands on, project based, and aligns with our Montessori philosophy. The following quote provides good reasoning for our small group, project based approach to learning.

“...students need to be active participants as they develop their own mathematical understanding.  The study team structure—students working in teams of two or four—creates a setting in which students are continuously in the presence of others with whom they can discuss, share ideas, and articulate their thinking.  In study teams, students refine their ideas, questions, and approaches in the security of a few classmates, where it may be easier to take risks – especially asking questions – than in a large class setting. Students consistently communicate with teammates who may see things differently, allowing them to discover new connections between ideas and encouraging them to justify their ideas to their peers.” -CPM Core Connections: Using Study Teams for Effective Learning


Last week we wrapped up the third and last Chapter of Unit 1: Building a Foundation with a cumulative Exam.  In Unit 2 we will focus our attention on Interactions and Energy.  As we investigate energy transfer in water, sound, and solids, we will describe these interactions in terms of energy transfer in interaction chains. We will also collect, analyze and describe data on the motion of both objects and waves with constant or changing speeds. 

The key question for this Unit is:

  • How do scientists describe interactions in terms of energy?

With Great Appreciation,

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 CPM ebook.

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

CPM Parent Support Page:

CPM Homework Support