Cascade creates responsible, lifelong learners in a safe and respectful environment where all are inspired to excel, value their community, and celebrate diversity.
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 our Family Liaison, Diana Soto, at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up!
Highline children can eat free breakfast, lunch, and snacks during the summer through the federally funded Simplified Summer Food Program (SSFP). The program provides funding for several of our schools to serve children living in South King County.
A community-led committee of Highline residents, staff, and students spent the past year intensely studying the question of how to address the need for new or renovated schools. Wednesday, the Highline School Board signaled its agreement with the committee’s recommendations.
Check out our online, interactive proposed budget report for the 2016-17 school year. The new online tool gives our community the opportunity to dig deep into the data and view a breakdown by district, school, and department.
Thirty-nine Highline parents, students, and community members spent the last 10 months studying and deliberating about the need to improve or replace schools in Highline. The result is a long-range facilities plan and a recommendation for a bond to fund new school construction.