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Cascade creates responsible, lifelong learners in a safe and respectful environment where all are inspired to excel, value their community, and celebrate diversity.

Principal

Dear Cascade Community,

We had a tremendous year at Cascade. Thank you to all of our staff, families, and community partners for coming together to support our amazing students to be college and career ready.

In our Annual Action Plan, we chose three focus areas as a school that we will continue for 2015-16. Below are highlights from this year and plans for next year.

Data-Driven Instruction - Successes

Cascade had the highest growth of middle schools in the district on the Math Highline Benchmark Assessment. From fall to spring, our 7th graders improved by 25%, and our 8th graders improved by 19%.

More Cascade students are reading at or above grade level this year according to F&P testing.  From fall to spring, in 7th grade we grew from 34% to 60% of students reading at grade level. In 8th grade, we grew from 50% to 72%.

School Climate - Successes

  • 100% of our 8th graders signed up for the College Bound scholarship.
  • We cut the number of behavior referrals this year in half compared to last year.
  • Many of our students participated in our after school sports and YMCA programs.
  • The Seahawks and United Way visited Cascade in October to build a Student Lounge for our students.
  • Three of our student athletes won sportsmanship awards.
  • Our students created the first Cascade Multicultural Newsletter through our partnerships with Navos and Puget Sound Educational Service District.

 

Blended Learning - Successes

Through our Blended Learning pilot this year, all of our students received their own Chromebook to use for instructional purposes in school and at home. Our Chromebook roll-out was a huge success. Chromebooks helped us to 1) Collect more data so we know our students better and 2) Break the classroom into small learning environments so teachers can do small groups and students can work on personalized software programs.

For next school year, we will continue to go deeper in each of our three focus areas as a school. We are adding some exciting programs as part of our School Climate area:

  • Students will be part of academies next year, which are small learning environments of 100 students shared by four core teachers. Teachers will meet weekly to support students by tracking progress on grades, monitoring interventions, and celebrating student successes.
  • All students will be part of an advisory of 15 students and one adult. Advisors track and support the progress of each of their advisees through biweekly academic conferences where they review progress reports and set goals. Advisors are the key source of communication with families.
  • Students who demonstrate on-track academic and behavioral progress will participate in monthly Celebration Fridays.
  • We will recognize students who exhibit our core values and demonstrate academic growth at monthly Cougar Pride assemblies.

 

A few more things -

I am excited to announce that 50 of our incoming 7th graders will be part of our first Spanish Dual Language program at Cascade. They will take math, social studies, and advisory in Spanish, and their remaining classes in English.

We are currently seeking community and family volunteers to supervise lunch activities and help teachers in classrooms. Please contact Cathy.munoz@highlineschools.org to sign up!

Incoming 7th grade families - Please sign up for our Summer Bridge program August 18-20! This is an opportunity for your child to make friends and learn school expectations before school officially starts.

Have a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing you in the fall!

In partnership,

Libby DeBell

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