Jon's Weekly Update 2-20-15

posted Feb 20, 2015, 12:18 PM by Cynthia Friedman
IMPORTANT DATES
Friday, 2/20 9am-1pm                Spencer Butte Hike
Friday, 2/20, 5-7pm                    Pasta Dinner 
Tuesday, 2/24, 3:15-4:15pm       TRUE  Rehearsal
Thursday, 2/26, 3:15-4:15pm      TRUE  Rehearsal
Tuesday, 3/3, 3:15-4:15pm         TRUE  Rehearsal
Thursday, 3/5, 3:15-4:15pm       TRUE  Rehearsal
Friday, 3/6, 6:30-7pm                 **TRUE Performance: Lincoln Gallery
Mon, 3/23-Fri, 3/27                    NO SCHOOL-Spring Break
Mon, 3/30                                   Classes Resume
Saturday, 5/9, 4-7pm                  **TRUE Performance: Student Uke Jam, Cozmic Pizza
Thursday, 5/28                           Canopy Connections Field Trip
Thursday, 6/4, 6:00-8:00pm      Eighth Grade Graduation
Mon, 6/8-Thurs, 6/11                 Adventure Trip
Wed, 6/10                                   Last Day of School

Dear Middle School Family,

Have I mentioned that Math is not only an important skill, it's something that needs to be practiced daily, like language, in order to develop it?  Please, please, please, encourage your student to prioritize their math work at school.  Pretty please. Carrie and I are working hard to meet your student where they are with math.  If they don't do the work, they won't just not progress, they'll regress (move backwards).  It IS that simple.  

If your student's "Math Progress" grade is a 'C' or less, please consider it an emergency situation.  Time for immediate MPR!  (Math Progress Resuscitation!)

Putting the 'Art' back in EducARTion?
(Yes, that was a terrible stretch.  I'm going with it)  Most of the students jumped into the Zine project enthusiastically.  A few are still struggling with the idea of themselves as an Artist.  We're working hard to stretch our incredibly restricted ideas about what Art is, and how we make it, and who makes it.  

Dave (Allison's Dad) has been working on visual arts with students pretty much all year.  Daniel (Gia's Dad) has been working with a small group of actors for months now.  A few weeks ago Mija (Raven's Mom) opened up her schedule on Wednesday afternoons to work with another small group of students to work on Guerilla Art projects: making Art and putting it in front of people in unexpected places.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  

Three students are learning to write computer code.  Six students are making $100 (netting about $80) a week, baking and selling cookies!  Six students are Acting!  The rest of us are engaged in visual and word Art projects.  

We're producing Zines, and we're working on submissions for OSLA's SELF Exhibit (http://www.artsandcultureeugene.org/self.html) that opens on March 6.  

The Ridgeline Ukulele Extravaganza
Speaking of March 6, TRUE is playing at the Opening of the OSLA SELF Exhibit on Friday, March 6, at 6:30pm.  That's in two weeks.  We have 4 more after-school rehearsals before the show.  Rehearsal is from 3:15-4:15pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Please encourage your student to participate.  

Participation in TRUE performances is not required, but participation in TRUE rehearsals IS required to participate in TRUE performances.  Students must participate in 3 of the next 4 rehearsals to perform on March 6.  It's not too late to join the fun.

I'm working with a local professional Recording Studio to book time in early May to record a CD...  (Kids are writing some of the songs!)

Here's a link to a couple of songs from ourMac Court performance this last Saturday: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKArgD0SZ7fiB0UHUNStZ4Pni3YhmNiPb   (I'm so proud of these rockstars!)

Have a great weekend!
Jon and Carrie
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