had another wonderful year of growth and achievement at Cascade! Thank you to
all of our staff, students, families, and community partners for coming
together to support our amazing students on their pathway to college.
Proud Highlights from 2015-16
had the highest performance of all middle schools in Highline on the
Science MSP. We grew from 38% in 2015 to 65% in 2016!
had the highest growth of middle schools on the Math Highline Benchmark
Assessment. From fall to spring, our 7th graders improved by 21%, and 8th
graders by 22%.
with disabilities showed significant improvement through our inclusion
program, increasing proficiency on math benchmarks from 4% to 32% in 7th
grade, and 3% to 48% in 8th grade!
- 75% of our 8th graders are reading on or above grade
level, up from 50% upon entering Cascade last year.
of our 8th graders signed up for the College Bound scholarship.
students participated in after school sports and clubs.
Team involved 40 students in regular volunteer activities in the
added 30 students to our AVID program, and band and choir classes
participated in local competitions.
students were part of academies and advisories, increasing their sense of
belonging at school.
increased attendance at Student Led Conferences from 75 to 300 families
- We continued our partnerships with Navos, SWYFS, Boys
and Girls Club, Consejo, White Center Food Bank, White Center CDA, White
Center Public Library, White Center Promise, Union Gospel Mission,
Treehouse, Northwest Harvest, World Vision, Seola Gardens, College Success
Foundation, Atlantic Street, Neighborhood House, Techbridge, The Pacific
Science Center, and PSESD.
This year at Cascade, we are exploring a new
motto as part of our vision:
Strength in Diversity
believe the diversity of our student body is a huge strength. Our students come
from many different cultures and speak almost 30 different languages. We grow
by learning alongside others who have different perspectives and experiences.
Power from Community
better, together. We are more powerful when we include the voices and
contributions of our families and community partners. As a community, we have
shared hopes and goals for our students.
Opportunity through Excellence
our ultimate goal to close the opportunity gap so all of our students are
academically successful in school and have access to the college and career of
their choice. This starts with academic excellence at Cascade.
Exciting Plans for 2016-17
in Culturally Responsive Instruction – Teachers will engage in deep
professional development to learn how to develop relationships and positive
school climate that is responsive and respectful to the diversity of our
students, who come from many backgrounds, races, and cultures
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports – Design new lessons to teach and
reinforce expectations across the school; begin Cougar Pride assemblies with featured
monthly values and student awards; begin monthly Fun Fridays to recognize
students who are on track behaviorally
- Expand after
school programming – Continue partnerships with our amazing after school programs
and add even more unique offerings for our students
our fitness and electives offerings – Students will once again have full year
PE and Health, as well as full year electives. We are excited to add visual
blended learning – This year, students will take their own Chromebooks home in
the first month of school, and will be expected to bring them to school each
day as a learning tool that helps us differentiate instruction for the needs of
- Expand dual
language programming – 75 incoming 7th graders will join the Dual
Language program in its second year. They will take math, social studies, and
advisory in Spanish.
academies and advisory, which create small learning communities within our
school, enabling us to know each student by name, strength, and need.
family and community engagement - We are currently seeking community and family
volunteers to get involved at Cascade. There are many opportunities, including
popping popcorn on Fridays at lunch, helping teachers in classrooms, or
attending monthly Coffee with the Principal to be part of creating shared plans.
Please contact our office manager, Jeni White, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 631-5500 to sign up!
Proud Principal of Cascade Middle School