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posted Sep 12, 2019, 10:57 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Middle School Family,

It truly has been an exciting start to the year.  We have already had a number of highly productive conversations with this year’s group. This is a strong community of engaged learners!  Thank you for sharing your awesome young adults with us! 


Science - This week’s engaging Lab Activities provided great vehicles for deepening our fluency with a few key requirements for valid experiment design.  Here are some questions we explored:

  • How do you find the Best Value and the Uncertainty for a set of data points?  

  • What makes the design of an experiment good or poor? (hint: It has to do with whether it is a fair test or not.)

  • When you measure something, can you obtain an exact value?

  • What do you need to do to obtain a best value with confidence?

  • What were the manipulated and responding variables in the pendulum activity we did this week?

Science Routine: In class Monday through Thursday, students conduct lab activities in table groups.  The students record their lab work in their corresponding Activity Record Sheet. Almost all Record Sheets are followed by a Practice Sheet to be completed in class, or as homework.  Science grades you see in Jupiter Grades are a combined score for the Record Sheet and the Practice Sheet, scores for Exit Tickets illustrating student understanding for key concepts in an Activity, and a Quiz or exam at the end of each Chapter.

Math - Students are taking placement tests this week and learning about math notebook expectations for legibility and format.  

Jupiter Grades - Opportunities to turn in assignments are provided by the middle school team on a daily basis. If a student has a  / in the gradebook, it means that the work is missing. If there is marked absent (abs) in the gradebook, the student is to check in with an adult to discuss how to make up the assignment.  Math and science curriculum builds. Each assignment addresses key concepts required to understand successive assignments.  Missed assignments are to be made up by the end of the week unless agreed upon otherwise.  At the beginning of the year, we support new students by reminding them often to check off work.. Opportunities to turn in late work are offered daily before school, during break, lunch, and after school. Friday’s are a big check off work day.

We welcome questions and communications from parents.  Please do contact us regarding your student, but as you sit down with your student to go over progress, help them craft questions on points of confusion and create positive plans for action. Send them to us with these questions and plans as much as possible.  Thus they have the opportunity to exercise initiative, independence and self-advocacy. Our program is a safe place to practice these essential skills.

Volunteer Opportunities

Laundry Help - If your student is in my Block II science class, you have the fabulous opportunity to earn volunteer hours by laundering our classroom towels once a month or so. 

"One mission, One Vision, One School, One Community"

Schoolwide News

The Jog-a-thon is Friday, September 27th! - Fundraiser packets came home last Friday.  Please have your student return of the packet by the due date printed on the packet.  NOTE: It is NOT required that the student collect pledges in order to return the packet.

Picture Day – Ridgeline’s annual picture day with Lifetouch will be Wednesday, September 18th. Picture Package order forms were sent home last Friday.

1st Attendance Message - The year is just beginning and it is a great time to build great habits!  Being in school, on time, everyday is important. Good attendance is strongly linked to academic, social, and emotional success.


We believe that students and families that feel they are included in the school community are more likely to show up consistently 

We believe that good attendance will allow your child to fully contribute to and fully benefit from the classroom community. 

We believe good attendance will not only build strong academics, but also build strong socially and emotionally capable humans.

Thank you for learning and growing with us!



Carrie and India