Jon's Weekly Update 10-28-15

posted Oct 28, 2015, 10:08 AM by Cynthia Friedman


Fri, Oct. 30:                        NO SCHOOL - Conferences

Mon, Nov. 2:                      NO SCHOOL - Conferences

Tues, Nov. 3, 3:15-4:15:    TRUE Rehearsal

Thur, Nov. 5, 3:15-4:15:   TRUE Rehearsal

Fri, Nov. 6, 7-7:30pm:     TRUE PERFORMANCE; WOW Hall

Sat., Nov. 7, 6:30-7pm:     TRUE PERFORMANCE; Sam Bond's Garage (on Blair)


Tues, Nov. 10, 3:15-4:15:  TRUE Rehearsal

Wed, Nov. 11                      NO SCHOOL - Veteran's Day

Thur, Nov. 12, 3:15-4:15:  TRUE Rehearsal

Fri, Nov. 13                       Grandparents' Day at Ridgeline

Fri, Nov. 13, 6-8pm:          Barnes & Noble Book Fair--Middle School Ukulele Performance (Everybody who want to perform!)

Sat, Nov. 14, 6:00-7pm:     TRUE PERFORMANCE; Petersen Barn


Tues, Nov. 17, 3:15-4:15:  TRUE Rehearsal

Thur, Nov. 19                     ***NO TRUE Rehearsal

Fri, Nov. 20, 6:00-7pm:     TRUE PERFORMANCE; Friendly St. Market

Sat, Nov. 21, 5:00-7pm:     TRUE PERFORMANCE; Axe & Fiddle (Cottage Grove)


Tues, Nov. 24, 3:15-4:15:   TRUE Rehearsal





Mount Pisgah Field Trip! Wednesday, November 4, and Thursday, November 5.  8:45am-12:30pm. 


I have one volunteer for Wednesday, and one volunteer for Thursday.  Thanks, Michelle and Beth, and Adrena!  We are going to split each group of 22 students into groups of 5 or 6, and each group will be working in different regions of the Arboretum, so each group needs an adult leader.  I absolutely need 2 more volunteers for Wednesday, and 1 more volunteer for Thursday, or we have to cancel the field trip.






Conference sign-ups are in the lobby.  Conferences are intended to create an intentional space for us to connect in our mutually busy lives.  We have met with many of you already in the last 6 weeks.  Face to face connections are important!  Please sign up for a quick check-in (just 15 minutes!) if we haven't connected in person recently.  We're also always open to schedule after school meetings to discuss how we can work together to best support your student.






We wrapped up our "World in 1492" presentations this week.  The kids did a courageous job.  There was a lot of overlap of topics.  It was interesting, important, in fact, that the students recognized the overlap.  In our debrief of the process, the students brought up how cool it was how even though a few people presented on the same topic, their stories built on each other's, and filled in different details.  Multiple perspectives are absolutely necessary to get anywhere near the truth.


I posted the scores for the students' Presentations in Jupiter Grades on Friday afternoon.  The score was an Assessment of their Presentation to the Class (not all the work they did in the background).  I used the same Rubric I created and shared with the students well before the presentations, and they were required to use to assess their own presentation BEFORE they presented.


The effect of the formal Assessment on the students' overall grades is well-bolstered with process assignments that students were given scores for completion of (Project Mockup, Research Completion, Self-Evaluation... all the work they did in the background).  The students will also get credit for the notes they took on all of the other students' presentations (equal point value to the presentations themselves).


Most of the students' Grades are determined by acknowledging their participation in the process: are you doing the work that is building the skills for performance?  The culmination of this process is an Assessment of where they're at when we wrap up the process.  Their performance on the Assessments will improve as the year goes on.


Next week, we begin exploring our next Essential Question: "Why do we need government?"


It starts with an individual trying to survive, Alone, in the wilderness, with no tools, nothing but the will to survive... 




MATH WITH JON (Carrie's Math Students please connect with Carrie)


In case there is still confusion:


We will go over each Math assignment together at the BEGINNING of Math class on the DUE DATE.


It is extremely important that your student keep up with their math work.  If they fall behind, it is very difficult to catch up with the rest of their small group.  


Students who score less than 90% on any math assignment can re-work the problems they missed (not just write the correct answer, but re-work the problem) to gain back a half point.  Make-Up Math Assignments are ONLY ACCEPTED THE VERY NEXT DAY.





Friday, a "Commitment Letter" came home for students who want to participate in TRUE this year.  As I mentioned, there will be a $200 fee for the entire year (monthly payments and scholarships available) for participation.  Rehearsals for new TRUE members start on Tuesday, November 3.  3:15-4:15pm is the commitment, Tuesdays and Thursdays.


November is going to be more singing than playing uke for new TRUE members, because we'll still be rehearsing for the November shows.  (New members will not be participating in our November shows (except Barnes and Noble)).  They'll have plenty of opportunities to perform, I promise!




Have a great weekend,