Jon's Update 4-18-19

posted Apr 18, 2019, 1:34 PM by Cynthia Friedman
Tues, 4/23, 3:15-4:15, 6-7pm   Project Fair: History Projects and TRUE Performance
Sat, 5/4, 12-2:30pm                  TRUE Performance: UkeJam 2019, Whirled Pies
Mon, 5/6, 1:30pm                     TRUE Performance, Junction City Retirement
Mon, 5/6                                     ELA State Testing Begins
Thurs, 5/16                                 Field Trip: Canopy Connections and Tree2Tree
Sat., May 18, 11:30am               TRUE Performance: Spencer Creek Grange Farmer's Market
Fri, 5/24                                      Move-Up Day, 8th Grade Escape
Thurs, 6/6, 6-8pm                      8th Grade Graduation
Mon-Thurs, June 10-13            MS Adventure Trip

Dear Middle School Family,

We are currently deep into research on our civic action projects. Last week, the students wrapped up their research of the "Critical Issues" in US society and how they're being covered in the news media (barely). Homelessness, Healthcare, Education, Gender Equity, Discrimination, Gun Violence, and Immigration were the top issues they identified. This week, they began researching the people and organizations in the United States who are stepping up to do something about these issues.

Over the next couple of weeks, I'm working to arrange for leaders in the Eugene community to come in and talk with the kids about the kinds of actions folks are taking here at home to address some of these critical issues. So far, I've lined up  folks from Whitebird and Cahoots, as well as the Civil Liberties Defense Center. 

Our goal is to learn more about what 'real people' are doing, so we can come up with a plan for what kind of action we can take, either as individuals, or as a middle school collective. We'll be developing an action plan over the next couple of weeks, and spend the last month of school doing what we can to help support our community. If all goes well, I'm hoping that whatever we get put in place this Spring will carry forward into next school year, and become a regular part of what we do and who we are in the Ridgeline Middle School.

In case you missed it last week, here are some volunteering opportunities:

8th Grade Tree2Tree Field Trip
On May 16, the 7th graders will be joining Carrie and India on the Canopy Connections field trip at H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. 

The 8th graders will be going with Jon and Maizzy to Tree2Tree Adventure Park outside of Forest Grove. Cost for the Tree2Tree field trip is $50 per student. Scholarships are available. No one will be left behind. We need some parent volunteers to help us drive students there. If you would also like to participate in the ropes course, the cost will be $50 for you, as well. We'll be sending the link to the permission form to the trip very soon.

Move-Up Day
On Friday, May 24, the 6th graders will be coming up to the middle school to go on our annual hike. We'll be gone all day. Traditionally, the 8th graders have worked with their parents to organize some fun way to spend the day together. If this sounds like something you would like to help the 8th graders organize, please let me know!

8th Grade Graduation
8th grade graduation is on Thursday, June 6, from 6-8pm. Ridgeline tradition is for some 7th grade parents to volunteer to decorate and manage the ice cream social, so the 8th grade families can be present with their graduating students. If you would like to step up to help make the graduation ceremony amazing, please let me know.

Adventure Trip Chaperones!
This year's adventure trip will be at the Wolf Creek campground just east of Roseburg in the Umpqua National Forest. It's a really terrific spot with a HUGE covered area, fresh water, and flush toilets. We have the entire campground to ourself. We'll camp from Monday, June 10 to Thursday, June 13. The last day of school is Friday, June 14. We'll spend Friday getting the classroom cleaned up and ready for summer. We'll be sending out the permission slip later in May. 

Jon and Maizzy