Jon's Weekly Update 1-3-17

posted Jan 4, 2017, 9:41 AM by Cynthia Friedman
IMPORTANT DATES:
Wed, Jan 4                                         Classes Resume
Thurs, Jan 5, 3:15-4:15:                   TRUE Rehearsal
Tues, Jan 10, 3:15-4:15:                    TRUE Rehearsal
Thurs, Jan 12, 3:15-4:15:                  TRUE Rehearsal
Fri., Jan 13                                         Grandparents' Day
Fri., Jan 13, 6-8pm                            Talent Show
Mon, Jan 16                                        **NO SCHOOL: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Tues, Jan 17, 3:15-4:15:                    TRUE Rehearsal
Thurs, Jan 19, 3:15-4:15:                  TRUE Rehearsal
Fri, Jan 20                                          **NO SCHOOL: Professional Development

FUTURE EVENTS
Mon, June 5-Thurs, June 8              Adventure Trip 2017
Fri, June 9                                          **NO SCHOOL--Middle School ONLY
Wed, June 14, 6-8pm                         8th Grade Graduation

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Dear Middle School Family,

Welcome back!  Let's get our priorities straight, right up front: The Star Wars Party is going down this Friday. Costumes encouraged! Same drill: We will be buying pizza, Caesar salad, and fruit juice and ice tea from Costco with cookie money.  If your student has dietary restrictions, please plan to send something special for them to eat/drink on Friday.  We'll be watching "The Force Awakens," starting at 10:30am, and will take an intermission break at about 11:45 to eat.  Thanks, Michelle Lodwig, for arranging to pick up the food!

Lots of exciting stuff coming up!

Foreign Language
Our Spanish teacher, Erin, accepted a position, offering more hours, that conflicts with her teaching time at Ridgeline.  Things were going so well!  We're committed to providing Foreign Language instruction in the Middle School, so we're going to pilot a new approach: Rosetta Stone.  The Ridgeline Board approved the purchase of a site license for the Middle School to use Rosetta Stone as a tool for learning foreign languages.

We're super excited about the possibilities this unleashes.

The students will have 22 languages to choose from!  Students will engage in teacher-supported self-study lessons twice a week, officially, during school. After that, the sky's the limit!  Students can go at their own pace, at school or at home.  Rosetta Stone will be one of the activities that students can engage in after they've completed their baseline work during their Humanities/Communications work period.  (Along with reading and blogging.)

We will tie in cultural projects in Humanities that will enhance the students' individual language studies.  We also plan to bring in guest native speakers from countries around the world to help add depth to their understanding of how language and culture intertwine. 

This is a new journey for the Middle School, to be certain.  There are going to be details to iron out, for sure, but we are sincerely grateful for this enrichment opportunity.

Adventure Trip 2017
Save the date!  We just booked our campsite today for our Adventure Trip in June.  We'll be going to Wolf Creek Group Campground in the Umqua National Forest, about 30 miles east of Roseburg.  It's a 2-hour drive from Ridgeline.  We will leave first thing Monday morning, June 5, and return home in the afternoon on Thursday, June 8

Middle School will not have class on Friday, June 9 (the rest of the school is off on Monday, June 5).  Cost for the 4 day, 3 night trip is estimated to be $60 per student.  We will provide more details in April.  If you want to join us for the trip (we're going to need 10 parent chaperones), please let me know.  

8th Grade Graduation
Graduation this year will be the biggest in Ridgeline's history.  It's hard to believe we have 28 students graduating this year!  Graduation will be in the gym at Ridgeline on Wednesday, June 14, from 6-8pm.  The tradition is that 7th grade parents step up to help decorate and organize an ice cream sundae bar, so the 8th grade parents (and the teachers) can be present for the ceremony.  Please let me know if you'd like to participate.  (Plenty of time, and plenty of reminders yet to come.) 

We're so glad to be back in business. 

Jon & Maizzy
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