Carrie's Weekly Update 11-10-16

posted Nov 10, 2016, 11:41 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Rm 7 Update Week of 11/11/16


November 11th

NO SCHOOL- Veterans Day

November 18th


November 22nd

Bring Vegetables for Stone Soup

November 23rd

Stone Soup

November 24th and 25th

NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Holiday


Salsa Lessons! – Taylor and her fiancé teach a free salsa lesson every Monday night at 7:30 at UO in Global Scholars Hall 123. It's a free lesson (7:30-8:30) and social dance (8:30-10:00). For the rest of this month, they are having a Rueda series and are having professional instructors from the performance group Azucar come to teach those lessons.  Contact Taylor for more information.

Barnes & Noble Book Fair November 18

A percentage of the book fair purchases at Barnes & Noble will go to Ridgeline. This includes friends’ and family purchases at stores around the country! Just give them the book fair ID number 12002556. All purchases need to be made November 18-23. You must tell the cashier you are with the book fair and give the ID number for it to count toward the book fair.

Features at the book fair this year:

  • Welcome table inside the front door of the bookstore for Ridgeline families to get a book fair schedule and bookfair ID sticker. This sticker will assist Barnes & Noble staff in identifying book fair shoppers to ensure that all qualifying purchases count towards our book fair.

  • All performances will be in the music area.

  • Teachers' wish list book bins and OBOB books will be in the children’s department, along with the bookmark-making table.

Performance Schedule:

6:00pm Diana – Reciting poems “What is a Book?” and “I like Fall.”

            Kindergarten singing with Middle School

            Middle School – T.R.U.E. performance

6:25pm Eric's Class - limericks and haikus

6:37pm     Cheri's Class - 2 or 3 songs

6:48pm Emily's Class – poetry recital

7:00pm book buying break!

7:15pm Clint's Class - Greek play "That City is Mine"

7:30pm Mary's Class – “Aesop's Fables"

Note: I would love for the students to have a greater science fiction selection in our middle school library.  Whether it be an anthology, a novel, or a collection of short stories, all are welcome as long as they’re age appropriate.  THANKS!

I would like a mixture of old and new works. Here is a list of older authors that

  • Anne McCaffrey (Dragonflight, Dragonquest, The White Dragon

  • Isaac Asimov

  • Ursula LeGuin (Earthsea Series Specifically)

  • etc.


Math -

Students must show their work when doing the practice problems.  They are required to follow the examples in the book.  Thus, they are learning different ways to solve problems they may be able to do in their head or on paper another way.  The point is for them to learn a new way to do them, which reinforces their understanding of the broader rules and processes in math, rather than “this is how I do it because this is how I learned it.”  In addition, these new methods are often time saving tricks that use processes of great benefit to their fluency in advanced math, in chemistry, etc. Our goal is to set them up with the skills useful to them as they move forward.  We are building math grammar and fluency as much as we are introducing concepts.  We want the habit of rewriting the whole problem on the line beneath to be well established.  They want to save time by skipping steps, but ultimately, thorough processes will save time by improving accuracy and fluency!  At the very least it broadens their repertoire in the language of math.  Later, when they have the fluency without errors, they can skip these steps. They will be tackling deeper understandings of the language of math.  Now we are going to be sticklers about the process.

Students often have the misconception that they “know” a concept because they have been taught it one way and practiced it enough times to gain enough “mastery” to move forward, but if they don’t then continue to use it, often, they forget the process.  The more practice of a concept through repetitions and/or new applications, the more solid the foundation, the better their ability to move through the material as the complexity of the concepts grow.   If we don’t have a good grip on the math basics (fractions, fractions, fractions), our ability to learn and master new concepts is hampered by our struggle with partially learned ones.  Whether your child wishes to be an engineer, or wishes for math to go away, patience, perseverance, setting up a solid foundation, application of learned concepts in a deepening process...these are all good life skills.  We’re trying to give them more than what you see on the surface.  Thank you for your support!


Students have designed their detailed models illustrating the relative thicknesses, consistencies, densities, and temperatures of the layers of the Earth.  They decided how to represent the information with clear, easy to follow illustrations and labels.  The same skills necessary to create an informative, easy to digest poster, are necessary in creating an outline for an organized highly communicative essay.  The deep learning of this assignment also highlighted the process of creating a scale for their model that accurately depicts the relative proportions of all of the layers of the Earth.  They had to decide what units to use, how many would fit on their poster, how many kilometers each unit represented, and then draw their model as accurately as possible.  For good measure, they also had to find the average thickness of the oceanic and continental crust to represent the crust in general. . Presentations and peer evaluations are on Monday.

Enjoy your three day weekend!

Carrie and Taylor