Jon's Weekly Update 4-9-18

posted Apr 9, 2018, 1:19 PM by Cynthia Friedman
IMPORTANT DATES:   
Thur, May 3, 8am-4pm                Canopy Connections (7th) and Tree2Tree (8th) Field Trips
Sat, May 19 3-5:30pm                  TRUE Performance: Student Uke Jam, Whirled Pies   
Tues, May 29                                  State Testing Begins
Thurs, June 7, 6-8pm                    8th Grade Graduation
Fri, June 8                                      NO SCHOOL: Grading Day
Mon-Thur, June 11-14                  Middle School Adventure Trip 

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Dear Middle School Family,

And we're back! The energy coming back from Spring Break was super positive. The students came back happy to be here and raring to go. 

We're constantly refining the production process for the Ridgeline Middle School News program as the students master the steps they need to complete. Their general knowledge of the regions they're reporting about has improved incredibly. It is mind-opening talking with the students about the stories they're researching. Maizzy and I continue to learn from our students every single day. It's exciting stuff.

Homework?!
One of the things we're working to tighten is adherence to deadlines. There is PLENTY of time in class to complete the work necessary to meet the deadlines. Each step along the way is the only work the students have to focus on for our class. We've made it clear that if they don't complete their work in class it is the students' responsibility to complete it as homework to meet the deadlines.

The school-year is winding up quickly. We are working to finish two more productions before the end of the school year. Most of our academic work will be done for the year on May 25. We save the State testing for the week after Memorial Day.

May 3 Field Trips
Please watch for, and return as soon as possible, Permission forms and money for the May 3 field trips. Carrie and India will be taking the 7th graders to H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, and Jon and Maizzy will be taking the 8th graders to Tree2Tree Aerial Adventure Park. Please ask your students and check your e-mail for more information. If all else fails, please contact Carrie or me right away if you have questions about these fun field trips.

8th Grade Graduation
The Ridgeline Board approved changing the grading day to Friday, June 8 (No school that Friday.) The 8th Grade Graduation has been scheduled for Thursday, June 7, from 6-8pm.

The ceremony will be beautiful. The tradition we've established is for a team of 7th grade parents to organize an Ice Cream Sundae bar. We'll hold the ceremony. We'll break for the Ice Cream. And then the students will provide entertainment. We need a team of three or four 7th grade parents to buy the ice cream and bowls, and set up and run the sundae bar during graduation. If this is something you would like to take on, please e-mail me and let me know!

Ukes for Big Kids
I'm starting up my "Ukes for Big Kids" class again on Thursday, April 19, from 6-7:30pm. Classes will be every Thursday in Jon's classroom in the back of Building B. Cost for the class is $40 per month for 4 sessions. (Short months will be pro-rated.) For more information, please e-mail jon@soundfound.orgInformation and Registration can also be found here.

Have a great week!
Jon and Maizzy
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