Carrie's Weekly Update 3-11-16

posted Mar 11, 2016, 9:37 AM by Cynthia Friedman

“You know what seems odd to me, numbers that aren’t divisible by two.”  ~ Unknown

Greetings Fellow Travelers,

Announcements

Friday, March 7

Student Opportunity to Speak about Ridgeline on Video

Wednesday, March 16, 10:00 AM

Enrollment Lottery

Monday, March 21 – Friday March 25

NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

Friday, April 1

NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, April 20

All School Photo

Academics

Personal World – This week we used the Awareness Wheel and “I” statements in conflict situations, we discussed why always and never are always right and never wrong, and how hyperbole is the best thing ever!

Science –We started this week with the Unit 2 Test, and began our investigations into force and motion with the question, “How do forces affect motion?”  We observed the motion of an air puck, and postulated whether or not, if given one initial push and supplied with a constant source of air, it would continue to speed up, slow down, or maintain a constant speed.

Math – Word problems, working with decimals, percentages, and finding unit rates to compare costs at the grocery store. Are these rare concepts for the mathematician or physicist, or are these essential skills for managing finances, paying bills, calculating tips and commissions? I was just last night helping my son fill out a W-4 form for a new job.  I embarked on a long explanation about exemptions, and the connection between taxes withheld and whether or not you end up owing year-end taxes or getting a refund. If he had not learned the concepts above, my explanation would have been exponentially more difficult for him to grasp.  Esteemed readers, I would welcome email with a simple example of how you use these math concepts in your daily life.

Warm Regards,

Carrie

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