Students in Mr. Ruiz's middle school science class started the year off with several inquiry based experiments. Students worked together to complete a given task through experimenting. Students started the week off with a notecard tower challenge. Using only notecards, students worked to build the tallest tower they could that would hold a ping pong ball on top. On the second day, students worked together to design the best paper airplane. After finding a good design, students used poster board to recreate their best design on a much larger scale. One of the big airplanes flew over 76 feet. The next challenge had students working to figure out how to use 2 sheets of paper and 1 foot of tape to make the longest chain. Students were only given about 15 minutes and one group made a chain that was almost 26 feet long! The fourth day brought with it a new teambuilding challenge. Students worked together to try to open escape boxes. Students were given clues to help them figure out the combinations to a variety of locks. If they could unlock all 5 locks, they escaped! The final experiment had students working with film canisters, alka-seltzer, and water. When students combined all three, they were able to make a film canister rocket! Their goal was to see how many pennies they could attach to their rocket and still launch above a meter.
Garry Michael: Nominated by Mr. Ruiz. Overall, Garry has started the year off strong in my class. He always is in the best spirits with a smile on his face. There has yet to be a day where Garry hasn't stopped to talk to me and tell me about his day and I like being able to hear about how things are going. I truly enjoy having him in science class and cannot wait to see all the great things he does throughout the year!
Ian Moore/Gabe Ranta: Nominated by Mrs. Taylor. Ian Moore is a wonderful student to have in and outside of the classroom. Ian continually works hard in all of his classes and is a model student to others. He is always willing to help any teacher, staff member, or student. I have loved watching Ian go out of his way to help all of our new students get around Ridgeview.
Alex Schaefer: Nominated by Mrs. Tay and Mrs. McDowell. Alex is always smiling and he is willing to help everyone he meets. He works hard in classes and shows respect to all staff members and cares enough to ask everyone how they are doing.
On Monday, August 22nd, the entire district of Ridgeview was able to witness the partial solar eclipse here in Colfax. The entire school dismissed from their classes around 1pm, grabbed their glasses and headed outside to experience the partial eclipse at its maximum at 1:19pm. Using eclipse glasses and projection viewers, students were able to see the 92% coverage of the sun by the moon. Students noticed the drop in temperature, the darker sky, and the difference in the shadows. Some students used their solar eclipse glasses as a filter for taking pictures of this amazing event!