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Parent Letter ~ August 21, 2017

Welcome to Sixth Grade, Mt Lassen Field Trip, Block Schedule, Student Materials, Communications…

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Mid Summer Update

Dear Sixth Grade Families,

Please excuse the mid-summer interruption. Exciting things are happening and there’s news to report.

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Call for Mt Lassen Chaperones

We currently have four confirmed and two possible chaperones. For this trip we need a minimum of 6 parent chaperones. See the class website for more information about the trip. If you’d like to join us, please contact me soon.

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Mt Lassen Chaperone Information

Academic Goals Practice low-impact camping. Working in small groups, independently prepare, cook and cleanup for all meals. Explore unique volcanic areas, including Cinder Cone, Bumpass Hell, Devastated Area and Subway Cave. Learn about the history and geology of Mt Lassen. Learn about the plant and animal communities of the Mt Lassen area. Learn orientation skills with topographical maps and a compass. Observe the night sky, find the constellations, and learn star navigation.

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Mt Lassen Itinerary

Friday, September 1 Pack inspection in classroom See Packing Lists: http:ronliskey.com/fieldtrips/mt-lassen-packing-lists Monday, September 4 School Closed Tuesday, September 5 (Partly Cloudy, High: 78°, Low: 50°) 5:52 am Moonset 6:37 am Sunrise 8:00 am Arrive WSS 8:30 am Depart WSS (262 mi; 5 hrs) (Bathroom stops as needed, snacks in cars) 1:30 pm Arrive Butte Lake Campground; Unpack and set up camp 2:00 pm Lunch 3:00 pm Hike to Bathtub Lake (swimming) 6:00 pm Kitchen Rules with Linda Diner 7:00 pm Survival Skills Training (with Jacques) 7:28 pm Moonrise (Full moon all week!

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Mt Lassen Packing Lists

Packing lists for students, chaperones and groups.

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Welcome Tina

Please join me in welcoming Tina as our sixth grade Teacher Assistant.

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Class of 2020 Goes Static

"The only constant is change." -- Heraclitus (paraphrased) Changes Recent changes have had an impact on my available time. In response I’m cutting back on side projects and streamlining work flows. The Class of 2020 website is one obvious casualty, but there are others. The new site is built with Hugo, a static website generator. This simplifies the work and reduces costs. I will also maintain fewer web sites. Look for information on the Class of 2020 at my main site: ronliskey.

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New year, new site

After too many years building websites with overly-complex content management systems, I’m moving to static website generators. Having tested several, I’ve settled on Hugo, a relatively new and promising application written in Go. Working with Drupal was never much fun. The first 80% of a Drupal project is usually easy, the next 10% is tough, and the last 10% almost never seems to get done at all. The thousands of features Drupal offers don’t matter for most websites, and the weight of all that cruft was getting in the way.

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