Jon's Weekly Update 5-9-16

posted May 9, 2016, 9:21 AM by Cynthia Friedman


Tues, May 10, 3:15-4:15:                    TRUE Rehearsal

Wed., May 11, 6:00-6:30pm               TRUE PERFORMANCE: Sam Bond's Garage (Opening for Emi Sunshine!) ($5 Cover for parents)

Thurs, May 12                 :                 ******NO TRUE Rehearsal****

Thurs, May 12, 9am-2:30pm             UOTeachOUT Leadership Summit at UO (Carrie and Highly motivated 7th and 8th Graders)

Sat., May 14, 4:30-7pm                      TRUE PERFORMANCE: Cozmic Pizza Student Uke Jam (No Cover)

Thurs., May 19, ALL DAY                7th Graders: Canopy Connections; 8th Graders: Tree to Tree

Thurs, May 19                 :                 ******NO TRUE Rehearsal****

Mon., May 31-June 9                         Middle School Smarter Balanced Testing

Sat., June 4, 11:30-12:30pm              TRUE PERFORMANCE: Spencer Creek Grange (No Cover)

Thurs, June 9, 6:30-8:30pm              8th Grade Graduation

Mon, June 13-Thurs, June 16           Middle School Adventure Trip--Florence



Sat., June 25, Time TBA                    TRUE PERFORMANCE: Em's Stadium

Thurs., June 30, Time TBA               TRUE PERFORMANCE: OSLP Art Reception

July 5-August 11 (Tues/Thurs)           TENTATIVE: Ukulele Summer Camp 10:30am-12pm; $75 Tuition

Sat, August 13, Time TBA                 TRUE PERFORMANCE: Chalk Art Festival, Springfield

Sat, August 14, 12pm                          TRUE PERFORMANCE: 2nd Star Festival, Florence


Dear Middle School Family,

We're steady in the process of wrapping up the school year.  Most of the work students are doing for me right now is putting together all of the pieces they've learned this year into application.  There should be very little homework from my classes at this point.  I'm dominating their time in class with directed process.


We are processing the Malheur Refuge Occupation through multiple perspectives, and learning how to write an academic essay, quoting three sources.  We've been working on analyzing articles all year. We've also been working on constructing these difficult "referential" sentences.  

The students' thought process about everything we've been studying is very complex.  Communicating their great ideas in clear written language is hard to do.  Their growth as writers this year has been impressive.  


We finished the math books last week.  This week we're doing the big Final Exam to see how much of it stuck, and double-check if there are trouble areas we need to work on.  We're going to spend some time graphing linear equations to help freshen them up for the State testing in June.  We'll have all of this wrapped up by the end of this week, or early next week.  

We'll spend the two weeks we have left before State testing on engineering problems for the school.  The students will choose between the Bike Parking Structure design and the Water Tank design projects and put their math skills to work.  Both projects will eventually be built.  The sooner the better!  If we have time, we'll work on getting material donations to make it happen!


The Ridgeline Ukulele Extravaganza is BIG in Junction City.  This is the third time we've played at the JC Retirement Center.  I was approached by the activities director from another Assisted Living facility in town to do another show this summer.  It is delightful to perform for such an appreciative audience.  I received many compliments about how kind and well-behaved our students are.  Yup!  

Our new sound system rocks!  Big thanks to Russ (Raven's dad) for dialing in the sound on Saturday.  We have over 60 minutes worth of music in our repertoire!  And we're cheap.  We'll play parties and weddings for a flat rate of $75 for the first hour or portion.  We'll play two 40 minute sets for $100.  All of the money goes directly into the middle school music program. Spread the word!  We'll learn song requests for paying gigs with a month's notice.

TRUE Summer Camp

Please register on-line ASAP and pay laterSummer Camp Registration

Cost: $75 Payment is due by May 20.

Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting July 7, and ending August 11.

Time: 10:30am-12pm

Location: Jon's Classroom, Ridgeline Montessori

We already have 4 performances booked for this summer.  Students must participate in the Summer Camp to participate in the Summer performances. 

Partial Scholarships are available.  E-mail me.