Carrie's Update 4-18-19

posted Apr 18, 2019, 1:32 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Ridgeline Middle School STEM News 4/18/19



May 16

Canopy Connections

May 20

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

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:



On April 18th the University of Oregon ELP students provided our Ridgeline 7th grade students with a Pre-Canopy Connections field trip classroom visit. I love how when people come to our classroom to give presentations, they always comment on how great our students are.  Not just that they are respectful, but that they are attentive, and engaged as well.

A big thank you to all the middle school volunteers for your time and enthusiasm!!  

Life Science

We plotted our Plant Growth as an indicator of water quality experimental data this week. Students graphed their individual group data, and we then graphed the collective data both classrooms.  To create our graphs, we decided which kind of graph to use to plot our data. Our data this year included positive and negative values. Students chose various solutions for scaling this data. We are discussing solutions, and how well various choices serve our purposes in communicating our information to the viewer.

Ask your student:

-What kind of data would you use to create a bar graph, pie graph, scatter plot with or without a line of best fit,  line graph, or a histogram?


Students in CC2 have been using the 5-D process below to solve word problems.  Students who are diving in and doing the work are finding this to be a great tool.  Overwhelmingly, students struggle with word problems. In this set of lessons we walk through the process of reading, and then reinterpreting word problems into expressions and equations.  The scaffolding is thorough. The students begin by using a tedious guess and check process to find the answer. This ultimately leads to the use of variables and a better understanding of them as a tool in problem solving. See lesson excerpt below (from CPM: Core Connections 2, Activity 5.3.3) which illustrates the format and guess and check process.  

Solving Problems with the 5‑D Process

  • The 5-D Process is an organized method to solve problems.  The D’s stand for Describe/Draw, Define, Do, Decide, and Declare.  An example of this work is shown below.

  • Problem: The base of a rectangle is 13 centimeters longer than the height.  If the perimeter is 58 centimeters, find the base and the height of the rectangle.

  • Describe/Draw: The shape is a rectangle and we are looking at the perimeter.

  • Declare: The base is 21 centimeters and the height is 8 centimeters.

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The supportive and connected culture that our staff, students, and families create together at Ridgeline is a great gift that we all simultaneously give and receive.  Our students thrive in this environment. I see proof every day as our amazing middle school students focus, learn, and laugh as they grow towards their adult selves. It is a joy to come to school every day within this amazing community.  


With Gratitude,

Carrie and India