Carrie's Weekly Update 1-11-18

posted Jan 11, 2018, 12:58 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Upcoming Events

January 10 & 11

Dickie Jo’s Fundraiser

January 12

Grandparents’ Day

January 12, 6-8 pm

Ridgeline Talent Show

Friday, January 26, 5:30-8:30 pm

Ridgeline Middle School Winter Formal Dance!




Ridgeline Middle School Winter Formal Dance!


    The Middle schoolers are ringing in the New Year with a Formal Dance! The theme is Winter Wonderland! Formal dress is encouraged but not required. The date set for this event is Friday, January 26 from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm in the Gym.  The dance is exclusively for Ridgeline Middle Schoolers. Admission is free.

     There will be a decorated photo booth corner. Students are welcomed to bring devices to capture the moment.  Parent volunteers will assist taking photos and will have a set camera at the booth.  Use of cell phones is discouraged during the event with the exception of photos.  

      There will be light snacks and drinks available.  We have room for 2 additional adult chaperones from 6:00-8:30 on the event day.  Let us know if you would like to join the fun!


Jenn & Elin


Upon return from winter break, our second trimester began with a clean slate for everyone!  We are now in Term 3 in Jupiter Grades. If you or your student are having difficulty finding assignments, check the top left corner of the screen to make sure you are searching in Term 3, 2017-18. If it says Term 2, click it with your cursor and change it to Term 3.  


This past week we wrapped up Unit 2 Chapter 1 by answered the questions:

  • How does the wavelength change when the frequency of a wave increases?

  • How does your ear perceive an increase in the amplitude of a wave?

  • How does your ear perceive an increase in the frequency of a wave?

  • What property or properties of a wave determine its speed?

This week I assigned chapter review guides for your students to use while studying for the Chapter 1 test.  Over all, the class did very well!  Next we move on to Chapter 2 in which we investigate mechanical interactions and energy! Students really enjoy this section.

Personal World

Personal world this year consists of two main parts: Mindfulness and Health. Maizzy and I are enjoying working together with your students on this course. An overview of the course topics is provided below.

Mindfulness (led by Carrie) - We began our mindfulness course this week discussing our experiences with emotions. We kicked off with the Inside Out trailer ( as a conversation starter. Being human, we all have some similar experiences with emotions taking over at one time or another.  The Mindfulness technique we will be practicing involves being intentionally present in the moment. Throughout this course, we will practice intentionally observing by focusing on our breath, our 5 senses, our thoughts, our emotions and routine activities such as walking and eating. The technique is simple, and can have a tremendous impact on our lives by increasing our awareness in the moment.  We are cultivating a space within ourselves where we can choose how to respond rather than just react in the moment.  

Mindfulness class began with a quick survey of students. I asked them to raise their hands if they had ever said or done something they later regretted, were in a bad mood and didn’t know why, were in a bad mood and didn’t even know what they were feeling, or had trouble sleeping because of spinning minds or restless bodies. Mindfulness is a tool that can help us improve

The Mindful Schools Organization is the source of my training and curriculum. Check them out here: (

Our topics in health follow the Oregon Health Standards


Grades K-12 - Adopted December 2016

Standard 1: Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.

Standard 2: Students will analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology, and other factors on health behaviors.

Standard 3: Students will demonstrate the ability to access valid information, products, and services to enhance health.

Standard 4: Students will demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks.

Standard 5: Students will demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills to enhance health.

Standard 6: Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health.

Standard 7: Students will demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid or reduce health risks.

Standard 8: Students will demonstrate the ability to advocate for personal, family, and community health.

In addition, an educator from Planned Parenthood will come talk with the students about Healthy Relationships. Birth Control/Protection, and STIs and HIV/AIDs. We will let you know when the scheduling for this is finalized.

Best Regards,

Carrie and India