Carrie's Weekly Update 10-12-17

posted Oct 12, 2017, 10:17 AM by Cynthia Friedman
Middle School Update - Week of 10/13/17

Upcoming Events

Friday, October 13

NO SCHOOL – Statewide In-Service

Monday, October 16

Return Jog-a-Thon Packet (Pledges or Not)

Wednesday, October 18

Curriculum Sharing from 3:05-4:05 pm and 6-7 pm

Friday, October 20

Vision Screening

Saturday, October 21

Skateworld Costume Party from 4:30-6:30pm

Wednesday, October 25

Picture Retakes

Mon & Tues, October 30 & 31

NO SCHOOL - Conferences

Friday, November 3

Term 1 Ends

Friday, November 10

NO SCHOOL - Veterans Day

Friday, November 17

Barnes and Noble Book Fair

Tuesday, November 21

Send Vegetables for Stone Soup

Wednesday, November 22

Stone Soup - Bring a Bowl and Spoon!

November 23 & 24

Thanksgiving Break



Please sign up for your conference with your child's homeroom teacher (where they eat lunch). Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences are 20 minutes. If you are not in our homeroom, and wish to discuss a subject specific concern with either Jon or me, please contact us individually.

Carrie's conference page is located here:

Jon's conference page is located here:


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 student's 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 relevant to what they will need to 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 check this work off with either India or me.

Link to the Interactions in Physical Science Textbook:

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


This week we continue our investigations into interactions. Students continue to practice analysis and communication skills while describing interactions using only directly observed evidence, not opinion (previous knowledge). We 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 are some variables that influence and electric-circuit interaction?

  • How do electromagnets and buzzers work?


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.

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 - Math test and 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 math class. Test corrections can be turned in to the space provided in the classroom.  Students who have achieved 80% mastery are encouraged to turn their energy towards learning new material.  

Volunteer Corner

A big thank you to Tiffany and Daniel for covering our math books!

Garden Crew Opportunities

Thank you Thea for offering to water on Saturdays, and for donating ground cover to our garden project!

We still are in need of some kind of netting or small gauge chicken wire material to protect our seedlings before our fence goes up.  If you are willing to donate some, we can get the rest of our plant starts in the remaining three beds.


Warmest Regards,

Carrie and India