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.
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
Instruction - Successes
Ø 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%.
Ø 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%.
Climate - Successes
Ø 100% of our 8th graders
signed up for the College Bound scholarship.
Ø We cut the number of
behavior referrals this year in half compared to last year.
Ø Many of our students
participated in our after school sports and YMCA programs.
Ø The Seahawks and United
Way visited Cascade in October to build a Student Lounge for our students.
Ø Three of our student
athletes won sportsmanship awards.
Ø Our students created the
first Cascade Multicultural Newsletter through our partnerships with Navos and
Puget Sound Educational Service District.
Learning - Successes
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.
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
Ø 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
Ø 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.
Ø Students who demonstrate
on-track academic and behavioral progress will participate in monthly
Ø We will recognize
students who exhibit our core values and demonstrate academic growth at monthly
Cougar Pride assemblies.
few more things -
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.
are currently seeking community and family volunteers to supervise lunch
activities and help teachers in classrooms. Please contact our Family Liaison, Diana Soto, at email@example.com to sign up!