Carrie's Weekly Update 10-6-17

posted Oct 6, 2017, 1:02 PM by Cynthia Friedman
Greetings Middle School Family,

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

Kudos from a Ridgeline Grandma - The Ridgeline students get big kudos for leaving the walking path after their Jog-A-Thon just about trashless! I was one of the volunteers to walk along the route after the event and all we found were three colored bands and a few paper water cups. Well done. ~Pat Soussan (Ridgeline grandma)

Academics
Science - This week, we continued our work in Chapter 2: Describing Interactions, in which we seek the answer to the question, “How can you describe interactions?”

The questions we explored in Activities 2 and 3

The students continue to grapple with the challenge of describing an interaction using only directly observed evidence, not opinion (previous knowledge).

What are the defining characteristics of a magnetic interaction? In other words, what pattern of interactions can you observe that indicate an interaction involves two magnets and/or a magnet and a magnetic material? What is a magnetic material, anyway?

What are some defining characteristics of an electric-charge interaction?

What are some similarities and differences between the magnetic and electric-charge interactions?

Math - This week started out pretty rough with many students missing math assignments, but we really pulled it together over the course of the week. Most students are either caught up or almost caught up. Way to go!

We are working on some challenging and fun order of operations problems this week. One source of error was the misconception that ‘PEMDAS’ (Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally) means that, after parentheses followed by exponents, multiplication comes before division, which is then followed by addition, then finally subtraction. In truth multiplication and division are equal, except they are to be worked in order from left to right as they appear in the problem. Addition and subtraction operations are to be worked last in order from left to right as they appear in the problem. Students shared some great aha moments when they rooted this misconception out.

Another skill we are experiencing some growing pains around is consistently and thoroughly reading directions. In math, there were some near breakdowns this week when students realized that they did not follow the directions for which problems to do for an assignment. Breakdowns were narrowly averted when we informed them that we’d accept the problems they did for credit, as long as the student practiced the required range of concepts.

Volunteer Corner
Thank you to the multiple parents who offered to do our Room 7 laundry! We are now up and running with back-up!
Also thank you to our middle school parents who offered to cover our math books!

Warmest Regards,
Carrie and India
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