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
- 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
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
- 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.firstname.lastname@example.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!