Jon's Weekly Update 2-24-17

posted Feb 28, 2017, 10:51 AM by Cynthia Friedman
IMPORTANT DATES:
Tues, Feb 28, 3:15-4:15:                    TRUE Rehearsal
Thurs, March 2, 3:15-4:15:                TRUE Rehearsal
Fri, March 3, 5:30-7pm                     TRUE PERFORMANCE: Spaghetti Dinner at Ridgeline
Tues, March 7, 3:15-4:15:                  TRUE Rehearsal
Thurs, March 9, 7:30am                   TRUE PERFORMANCE: COSA ELL Conference
Thurs, March 9, 3:15-4:15:                **NO TRUE Rehearsal
Sat-Sun, March 10-11                        PeaceJam Conference UO--Self-selected 8th Graders
Mon. March 13, 1:30pm                    TRUE PERFORMANCE: Emerald Valley Retirement (Next Door)
Mon. March 20, 1:45pm                    TRUE PERFORMANCE: Junction City Retirement
Tues, March 21, 3:15-4:15:                 TRUE Rehearsal
Thurs, March 23, 3:15-4:15:              TRUE Rehearsal
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
Thurs, June 14, 6-8pm                         8th Grade Graduation

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Dear Middle School Family,

Hope is the currency of education.  Promise.  School is such a fixture in our lives that it's easy to forget that it's not just "something everyone has to get through."  We're fortunate, at Ridgeline Montessori, that our families have actively chosen this particular community for their children to spend their time learning in.  The intention makes all the difference.

The world is a topsy turvy place right now.  I read a statistic the other day that in the last 5 years, more consumable information has been produced and made available than in the history of humankind.  The quality of the information available to us was not evaluated; it was simply talking about the sheer amount of raw information at our fingertips.  

Whether the statistical facts are, in fact, that dramatic, there is no doubting that we live in an Information Age, not only because of the sheer volume available to us, but due to the ease of accessing it.  The "world" is literally in our pockets and on our laptops.

"Truth" doesn't exist.  Perspectives do.  We are doing our best, in Ridgeline's Middle School to look at questions from many perspectives, to evaluate the sources, and to be skeptical of information.  We are trying to keep our curriculum responsive to the world we live in, and to provide students with the intellectual and practical tools they need, not just to be successful students, but to be successful adult humans.

And we're doing our best to keep it hopeful, positive, full of promise.

Next week, we'll begin the first steps in our next US Policy unit: Immigration.  We will generate a list of questions, as a class, to help the students interview family members to learn their family's immigrant story.  For some of the students, this story started with one or both of their parents.  Some students' families have been in the United States for generations.  Some students have family members who came to this continent in chains, as slaves.  Some can trace at least some of their family roots back to Native tribes.

Your student will be tasked with learning the story of (at least) two of their ancestors who came to the United States from another country, who came here as immigrants, whether they chose to or not, and to answer as many of the questions about their story as answers are known by your family.  Please help your student complete this important step in connecting them to how they became a US Citizen, and what it meant to you and your ancestors.

In the next many weeks, we'll be studying the history of immigration in the United States, then and now.  We'll be studying US Policies on immigration, then and now.  It's a Hero's story, full of challenges and obstacles, full of hope, and promise, and disappointment.

It's our story. More than any other story in these United States, Immigration is Our Story.

Please help your student learn their story.  (It's a homework assignment due March 10.)

Sincerely,
Jon and Maizzy
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