Jon's Weekly Update 2-14-17

posted Feb 14, 2017, 11:06 AM by Cynthia Friedman
IMPORTANT DATES:
Tues, Feb 14, 3:15-4:15:                    TRUE Rehearsal
Thurs, Feb. 16, 3:15-4:15:                TRUE Rehearsal
Mon. Feb 20                                        ***NO SCHOOL--President's Day
Tues, Feb 21, 3:15-4:15:                    TRUE Rehearsal
Thurs, Feb. 23, 7pm                          TRUE PERFORMANCE: Whirrled Pies (With NEHS)
Fri, March 3, 5:30-7pm                     TRUE PERFORMANCE: Spaghetti Dinner at Ridgeline
Thurs, March 9, 7:30am                   TRUE PERFORMANCE: COSA ELL Conference
Sat-Sun, March 10-11                        PeaceJam Conference UO--Self-selected 8th Graders
Mon. March 20, 1:30pm                    TRUE PERFORMANCE: Emerald Valley Retirement (Next Door)
Mon. March 20, 1:45pm                    TRUE PERFORMANCE: Junction City Retirement
Mon-Fri, March-31                            ***NO SCHOOL--Spring Break
Thurs, April 27, 6pm                         TRUE PERFORMANCE: OSLP Fundraiser, Sam Bonds Foundry

FUTURE EVENTS
Thurs, May 11                                    7th Grade: Canopy Connections, 8th Grade: Tree2Tree
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,

Term 3 is wrapping up this week, officially marking the halfway point through the year.  Please encourage your student to turn stuff in!  Too many of the "City Tourism" projects "steps" didn't get turned in properly.  Help your student make sure their grade reflect the work they did!  I'll also accept Book Reviews until Noon Sunday.  I have to print up report cards on Sunday afternoon.  They should come home by the end of next week.

TRUE Happenings
Holy TRUE Performances, Batman!  We already have six gigs booked for the next two months.  Three of them are paying gigs!  I've made arrangements with a local recording studio to get us back into the studio to record a CD in May.  We're working on a whole new batch of songs with Isaac L. on the drum kit, and a few songs with Joey on harmonica, and Luke on violin.  It's a whole new TRUE.  If you have a 7th grader, please encourage them to take drum lessons, so we have a drummer next year.  Please come support the band at Whirrled Pies on February 23rd.  The kids sound amazing.

Writing
We're upping our game with the Article of the Week.  We're examining Media and building the students' background knowledge from many perspectives before they respond to the weekly articles.  This will eventually grow to the point where the Articles of the Week assignments will be in preparation for more elaborate papers, exploring ideas with the support of multiple sources.  

We're also going to start incorporating this process of writing and discussing ideas into talking about fiction and poetry.

Civic Action
These City Projects took over our work period this week.  Next week, we'll get back to the important business of writing Real Policy to manage some of our community's behavior here at Ridgeline.  We have many steps to move through before the Policies can be put in place, if they make it that far.  It's been a good, very real, experience of how change in a community happens.  Slowly.  We're determined, though, to see it through.

Next week returns to a more "Normal" routine.  (If you can call what we do, "Normal...")

Best,
Jon and Maizzy
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