Jon's Weekly Update 10-27-16

posted Oct 27, 2016, 1:29 PM by Cynthia Friedman   [ updated Nov 10, 2016, 11:29 AM ]

Calendar

October 31st and November 1st

NO SCHOOL- Conferences

November 6th

Daylight Savings Time Ends - Fall Back

November 11th

NO SCHOOL- Veterans Day

November 18th

Bookfair

November 22nd

Bring Vegetables for Stone Soup

November 23rd

Stone Soup

November 24th and 25th

NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Holiday


Announcements

Ridgeline was busy this past weekend! Thanks to Katie Cave, Jessica Schuman and several other consultants for the LuLaRoe fundraiser to benefit the capital campaign! Thanks to the many parents and staff members who stopped by to purchase items in support of the capital campaign! The SkateWorld Costume Party was fun and successful! They reached the $10,000 mark for the DDD, 1/3rd of the way towards their goal of $30,000 before winter break.   Thanks to everyone who participated in these fun events this past weekend!

Dismissal – Please remind your students to watch for you in the pick up line. Parents must pull as far forward as possible (think telephone pole by south field) and the student will walk to the car. This will allow more parents into the main pick up area and speed up the process for everyone.  

Thank you!


Academics

Math -

We have tweaked our routine a bit, which has provided some extra time for Taylor and I to help students who are struggling with a concept. If a student earns below 80% on any assignment whether it is from error or incompletion, they can correct each missed problem on the next page in their math journal, and turn it in for half credit. The header should include the assignment number (eg. 1.4 Corrections).  Each problem is to be neatly numbered and completely reworked from the beginning.  Adjacent to each problem, the student will write a short note explaining the nature of the original error (I miscopied the problem, I forgot to bring down a negative, apparently I thought that 9 - 6 was 18, not completed at time of grading, etc). Students are to note any pattern of errors, including incomplete assignments, and propose a solution or method for improval as they continue this year's progress.   

Note: If a student is turning in incomplete work, it will be noted in Jupiter Grades as ‘inc’ underneath the assignment title.


Science

This week’s investigations into how scientists gather information and make inferences about the interior of Earth when it cannot be directly observed. Students read and analyzed text describing characteristics of Earth’s crust, mantle and core. Then they ran a lab investigating properties of density and made connections between the lab and how density factors into the layering of Earth's interior. Finally, we critiqued a model of the interior of earth presented in the textbook, then students created and discussed alternate models, and improved models of their own.


Electives


Art MW

We made print block cards this week with some great results!  We will continue production for at least one more class.  This activity is a great opportunity to wrap our brains around negative space, and image reversal.  Print, for instance, has to be reversed on a stamp so that it may present accurately on the paper.  Challenge accepted!

Field trip update...

Get your permission slips and entrance fees turned in for the Jordan Schnitzer field trip! A representative will be here on November 2nd to prep the group for the tour and art activity!


Have a great week!
Carrie and Taylor
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