Carrie's Update 2-13-2020

posted Feb 13, 2020, 3:13 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

Monday  2/17

No School - Presidents Day

Monday 3/2

Term 5 Begins

Monday  3/23-Monday 3/30

No School - Spring Break

Thursday 4/30

Field Trips:

7th Graders - Majestic Trees

8th Graders - Tree to Tree


Eugene School District (4j) School Transfer Information


Guardians of 7th Graders who wish to Chaperone on this year’s Mystic Trees (Formerly Canopy Connections) Field Trip!!

Chaperone Duties: The 7th grade cohort will be divided into 5 groups, each facilitated by a college student, who will be supported by a Ridgeline Chaperone.  India and I will cover two groups, so we will need at least 3 chaperones for this trip. We will also need one parent driver, as the motor pool vans that India and I will be driving will each carry 11 people.  


Majestic Trees (Formerly Canopy Connections) Field Trip Information

Methods/topics:  Hands-on, experiential learning. One station will continue our tradition of integrating writing and art (and we have several artists on the team, so there may be painting this year). The other three stations will focus on forest ecology, centered on the long-term ecological research being conducted at HJA, including a focus on climate change. Note: we will not have tree climbing this year (although this may change if I find another vendor to provide this) 

Location:  H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest (HJA), which is located just an hour and 15 minutes from Eugene, in the Willamette National Forest. 


Facilitators:  The Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) is a service-learning program that provides undergraduates an opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge to address local environmental issues.  The ELP team will be responsible for developing the curriculum during winter term and then implementing it with your students in the spring.


Field trip agenda: 

  • 9:30         Arrive at HJA

  • 9:30 – 10:00    Welcome, introduction, agenda, group agreements. Break into four groups (6-8 students each, pre-determined by teacher).

  • 10:00- 12:00 Two morning stations

  • 12:00-12:45     Group lunch - (bring own), bathroom break, refill water bottles

  • 12:45- 2:45      Two afternoon stations

  • 3:00ish        Students leave HJA

Information about the AVID 9 program at South Eugene High School

Dear Families of 8th Grade Students,

Applications for the AVID 9 program at South Eugene High School are now available for all incoming 9th grade students. AVID is a program that supports students in achieving academic success in high school while preparing them for admission to college. An attachment to our application has been included with this letter. Applications are due to SEHS no later than Tuesday, February 18, 2020 by 3:45pm.

 Additional information about AVID is available on the South Eugene High School webpage. If you have any questions or would like to discuss the SEHS AVID program, please contact Laura Queirolo, SEHS AVID Teacher, at

We will be holding our incoming 9th grade information night a bit later this year (April 1st), with visits to middle schools later in April.  Stay tuned for more information.

Best Regards,

Christy Gonenne



We continue our investigations into mechanical interactions and energy transfer, in which we answered the questions:

  • Motion Energy: Where does it come from? Where does it go? How does it change?

  • How can you change the motion energy of an object?

  • What defines an applied interaction? Describe specific properties of the objects involved (source and receiver). How specifically do the source and receiver change in energy?

  • What defines a drag interaction? Describe specific properties of the objects involved (source and receiver). How specifically do the source and receiver change in energy?

  • What defines a friction interaction? Describe specific properties of the objects involved (source and receiver). How specifically do the source and receiver change in energy?

This week we added a new component to our energy diagrams.  An oval is connected below the energy source and another is connected below the energy receiver.  Students describe what type of energy is either being decreased or increased in the object during the energy interaction. Some examples of types of energy introduced this week are stored chemical, motion, and thermal energy. Image result for energy diagram source receiver


Students are actively encouraged to review their tests, correct their problems and look for patterns of errors to practice reviewing and improving math habits.  Students who choose to do test corrections will receive .5 point for every corrected point. This is actually a significant portion of their grade, because tests are heavily weighted in comparison to homework.  Students are provided with a template on which they can show their test revisions. It is to be neatly stapled over the top of their test. On it, they first figure out their mistake(s) on each problem they missed, rework the problem correctly, then write a note describing what their error was and what they did differently.  The most common kinds of errors are: copied the problem incorrectly, didn’t read the directions carefully, didn’t carry the negative, made a simple operations error, didn’t reduce the final answer, switched up order of operations, didn’t show their work, and/or forgot to label with units. Generally each student will find a pattern where they do one or two of these regularly. These are simple fixes whose only requirement is attention to changing a habit. It takes mindful intention to neglect old habits and work on building new ones..  Each student who is doing this, is steadily improving in their repertoire of math skills!  

I would like to reiterate that you and your students have access to math and science support online.  Access links listed below!

Thank you for sharing your amazing students!

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

Carrie Culliton
Middle School Teacher