Carrie's Weekly Update 3-31-16

posted Mar 31, 2016, 12:43 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Middle School Weekly Update 3/31/16

“Do not waste time thinking about what you could have done differently. Keep your eyes on the road ahead and do differently now.” - Karen Salmansohn

Dear Middle School Families,

This weather has been a gift to us this week. The kids are enjoying the sun and lovely spring air.  It also means the return of allergy season.  A number of students wrestle with allergy symptoms.  They have the option of storing allergy medication in the office at school for use as directed.  All you have to do is drop off a lableled bottle of your student’s medication, and fill out some paperwork for Kayla.  



Friday, April 1


Sunday, April 9, 1-3pm

Grounds Keeping Work Party – Come help us keep Ridgeline beautiful!  We will be mowing, edging, weeding, pruning, seeding, raking and generally having fun; kids welcome too.  Bring gardening tools if you've got 'em, plus gloves and rugged clothing.  Meet at the outdoor classroom. All Family members may log volunteer hours.

Wednesday, April 20

All School Photo

Project Fair, April 26 3:15-4:15pm and 6-7pm

An opportunity to visit all the Ridgeline classrooms to observe student projects, pursuits and learning in action. Let us know if you have any questions.


Personal World – “I am terrible at math.” “I am not a math person.”  Students often labor under the assumption that the brain is a static instrument.  The reality can’t be farther from the truth.  We are researching the brain this week, and creating fun projects to present our learning to the class this coming week.  Upon this foundation we will conduct and share learning about important topics like sleep, neuroplasticity, learning, development, habits, and other areas of individual interest.

Science –We are investigating the relationships between force, mass, and acceleration.  Students are writing analyses and explanations of everyday scenarios in terms of forces and energy: type of interaction, whether or not the forces are balanced or unbalanced, if they are unbalanced is it in the direction of motion, the direction opposite of the object’s motion or neither, and how do all these factors affect the speed and/or direction of the object.  

Math - Many students have busy lives.  We assign the use of planners to encourage our students to think ahead, not just about their school day, but their activity versus homework schedule.  Having assignments completed ahead of time when you know that you have evening obligations is a great way to avoid late night meltdowns.  Students who use their class and study hall time effectively save the whole family some rough evenings.