Jon's Update 10-1-19

posted Oct 21, 2019, 12:26 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Important Dates

Tues & Thurs 3:10-4:00 pm TRUE Rehearsals

Thurs, 10/10, 9am-3pm Elijah Bristow Park Fieldtrip

Fri, 10/11                                 **NO SCHOOL: State-wide In-Service Day

Wed, 10/23 Picture Retakes

Thurs & Fri, 11/7-11/8          **NO SCHOOL: Conferences

Mon, 11/11                              **NO SCHOOL: Veteran's Day

Fri, 11/15 Barnes and Noble Fundraiser


Dear Middle School Family,

It was fantastic to have such a positive turnout for our classroom meeting last Wednesday. Thanks for taking time to come in and connect. It always cracks me up to see how worked up Carrie and I get when we have the opportunity share about our middle school program. We're proud of the work we do and our role in this community.

By now, you've had the opportunity to log in to Jupiter Ed, and see what your student is up to at school, and what they are, and aren't getting done. I spoke on Wednesday night about the "Grades Game." It's for real.

Right now, we're taking things really slow, and helping the students get into the rhythm of accountability and our systems for supporting their academic progress. Grades are just flags, showing your student where they're at in the process, progress of learning. Please check in with your student regularly, and help support their positive relationship with accountability.

If at any time, you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me or Carrie. We're here to help!


This week, we are beginning a Humanities unit on human origins and the evolution of culture. We'll be watching the BBC documentary, "The Incredible Human Journey" over the course of the next few weeks. Students will also be working in small groups to develop land-based societies, "Bands," literally from the ground up. Resources, social systems, mythology... We will explore the way culture is created in harmony with the physical environment we live in.

Next week Thursday, October 10, we'll be taking a whole class field trip to Elijah Bristow State Park to get a firsthand experience of the regions in which the Bands will be developed. We need 1 more parent chaperone to help us drive students out there, and spend the day with us. We'll leave school at 9am, complete our explorations by lunch, hike and enjoy the park, and be back at school in time for dismissal at 3:05pm.


Every week, the students will have a two-part Article of the Week assignment. They receive the article on Monday for annotation, and are responsible for annotating and responding to the article by the end of the week. While this isn't a homework assignment, necessarily, if your student is going to prioritize anything as a "homework" assignment from my class, this should be the one. As they get more experienced completing this assignment, it will become easier and take them less time, but for now, extra time at spent at home may be time well spent.

Have a great week!

Jon and Maizzy


School wide News

One Mission, One Vision, One School, One Community

2nd Attendance Message:

Here at Ridgeline we have set an attendance goal of 95% for each student.  Essentially, out of about 172 school days, you should strive to miss less than 8.5 total days.  Regular attendance is the base element in a rigorous education. Did you know?


·       83% of students chronically absent in kindergarten and first grade do not read at grade level by third grade.

·       Students that cannot read at grade level by third grade are four times more likely to drop out prior to graduation than students that read at grade level.

·       Build good habits early, most children’s habits are unlikely to change much after age nine.

·       Parents whose children were often absent underestimate the amount of days absent by about 45%


Thank you for being such an important part of your child’s education!

Classroom Parent Reminders

Hi there Middle School Families!

Bike and Walk to School Day next week! - A favorite annual event is Bike & Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 2.  Parent volunteers lead a biking train from the Amazon Station along the new cycle track to school, and a walking train from The Annex. We need at least 4 volunteers to bike and 4 to walk with students. Sign up in the office to volunteer or email Cynthia Friedman at


~Adrena (Dena) Mohtadi and Kathee Palfy, your Middle School room parents

Jon Labrousse
Middle School Teacher