Carrie's Weekly Update 5-2-18

posted May 2, 2018, 1:53 PM by Cynthia Friedman

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” - Maya Angelou

Upcoming Events

May 1 - May 31

Bike and Walk to School Month

Thursday 5/3

Canopy Connections and Tree to Tree Field

Friday 5/4

NO SCHOOL - Professional Development

Friday 5/18

Dance A Thon - 6:30-8:30 pm

Monday 5/28

NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

Tuesday, 5/29

Ridgeline Middle School State Testing Window Begins

Friday 6/1

Move Up Day

Thursday 6/7

8th Grade Graduation Ceremony 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Friday 6/8

NO SCHOOL - Grading Day

Monday 6/11 - Thursday 6/14

Middle School Adventure Trip


The return of the sunshine and lovely spring air has been a welcome change.  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 labeled bottle of your student’s medication, and fill out some paperwork.  


Our classroom table rags need washing.  Please let me know if you would like to volunteer for this task. Thanks!  



Students in CC2 have been using the 5-D process below to solve word problems.  Students who are diving in and doing the work are finding this to be a great tool.  Overwhelmingly, students struggle with word problems. In this set of lessons we walk through the process of reading, and then reinterpreting word problems into expressions and equations.  The scaffolding is thorough. The students begin by using a tedious guess and check process to find the answer. This ultimately leads to the use of variables and a better understanding of them as a tool in problem solving. See lesson excerpt below (from CPM: Core Connections 2, Activity 5.3.3) which illustrates the format and guess and check process.  

Solving Problems with the 5‑D Process

  • The 5-D Process is an organized method to solve problems.  The D’s stand for Describe/Draw, Define, Do, Decide, and Declare.  An example of this work is shown below.

  • Problem: The base of a rectangle is 13 centimeters longer than the height.  If the perimeter is 58 centimeters, find the base and the height of the rectangle.

  • Describe/Draw: The shape is a rectangle and we are looking at the perimeter.

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  • Declare: The base is 21 centimeters and the height is 8 centimeters.


This has been a crazy week!  The students took a cumulative science test. Two math groups also took tests. We wrapped up the term on Wednesday, and we had the Canopy Connections and Tree to Tree Field trips on Thursday.  Much of this short week was devoted to review, tests, and tying up loose ends.

I can’t believe there is only one term left in the year.  We really only have the month of May to wrap up academics before we have testing and the adventure trip! This is a bittersweet time.    In observing the warmth, support, and humor demonstrated by our community members, I see the strong bonds that have formed within our community, and take comfort in the knowledge that our 8th graders take us with them as they move on.

With great appreciation,

Carrie and India