May Family Newsletter
Hello Cougar Community!
With only about 30 days remaining of the school year, students are thinking about all the growth they’ve demonstrated this year, and what skills they want to foster as they promote to the next grade level. In April:
🎒 Students completed their Smarter Balanced Assessments in English Language Arts and Math!
🎒 Music students performed in a variety of concerts, including joint performances with Evergreen High School!
🎒 Students in 6th grade Language Arts watched contrasting versions of the Aladdin movie, inspiring them to write their own “fractured fairy tales,” in which they choose essential details of their favorite stories to change in order to study how these story elements contribute to the author’s purpose and meaning!
🎒 Art students moved into making Ceramics, learning several strategies of hand-molding to cultivate their own objects, ideas, and style!
🎒 We celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week, with a week’s worth of fun events and special gratitude for all the ways that our teachers serve our students, our families, and our whole community!
🎒 Cascade grad and current staff member Lexx White got nominated for Coach of the Year!
🎒 We welcomed our new bookkeeper, Mr. Ceja, to our Cascade Staff!
Please read on for more information about the year-end events at Cascade, and opportunities for students to learn, grow, and lean into their interests this summer.
📅 May 1: SBA Finishers Party
📅 May 23-25: Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (8th grade ONLY!)
📅 May 26: VDL Move Up Celebration
📅 June 1: Multicultural Showcase
📅 June 9: 8th grade Move Up Dance/Party (After School)
📅 June 15: 8th grade Move Up Celebration
📅 June 16: Last Day of School
📅 June 16: Field Day
WCAS Science Testing (8th grade ONLY)
The Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) measures the level of proficiency that Washington students have achieved based on the Washington State 2013 K-12 Science Learning Standards, which are the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). All students are assessed on their knowledge of the standards through the WCAS in grades 5, 8, and 11. The tests fulfill the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirement that students be tested in science once at each level: elementary, middle, and high school.
The Middle School WCAS test assesses Science knowledge learned across 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.
Cascade students will test in their Science classes on May 23, 24, and 25. Support your 8th grader to attend school each of these days, and to come ready with a fully-charged laptop!
Multicultural Showcase (June 1)
We are so excited to celebrate our students’ growth, accomplishments, and cultures through this year’s Multicultural Showcase! Events will include:
🎓 Welcome sessions and tours for our Future Cougars from Hazel Valley, Shorewood, Mt. View, and White Center Heights Elementaries
🏫 Walkthrough opportunities for families to meet & greet teachers, and see displays of what students have been learning this year in your classes
🌞 A community resources fair, for families to learn more about summer offerings in our area and meet-and-greet with school leaders from Highline’s choice schools and high school athletic departments!
🍲 Local food trucks and pop-ups, selling delicious dinner options for $5 or less!
🤩 Multicultural performances by Cascade students and other, local White Center talent!
For Future Cougars, an information session for students and families will begin at 4:30 PM in the Library. All other events will begin at 5 PM throughout campus. Bring your whole family to join the fun!
HPS Summer School 2023
Newcomer language development classes in summer school provide opportunities for recently arrived multilingual students to develop language skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Dates and Times
Programming runs from July 5 to August 1, 2023. The program will be held Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Glacier Middle School
2450 S 142nd Street, SeaTac, WA 98168
Breakfast and lunch will be provided free for all students
Transportation will be provided. Bus stops will be at the nearest elementary school. The Transportation Department will notify families about bus stop information by letter after June 21.
For all other questions, please email email@example.com.
8th Grade Move Up Celebration (June 15)
Our 8th graders have worked so hard and come so far during their middle school career, and we are excited to celebrate them on June 15! We invite families to attend the 8th Grade Move Up Celebration, where we will acknowledge each student by name, hear from student and staff speakers, and gather together to celebrate our amazing kids!
The Move Up Celebration will take place on Thursday, June 15th from 1:30-2:30. Doors will open for family seating beginning at 1:00 PM. A reception with light refreshments will immediately follow.
In order to make sure that we have space enough for everyone to join the fun, graduates are limited to 6 tickets per student. 8th graders will receive more information on registration and tickets this month.
Have a sibling or cousin in another grade level? Please note, families will need to check this student out from the Main Office in order for him/her/them to be able to join the event.
For Cascade classmates and those celebrating from afar, the event will also be available on Zoom.
Other End of the Year Celebrations
🎉 8th grade Move Up Party (June 9, 1:30-3:00 PM)
8th graders ONLY will get to join this after school event, including a dance, fair games, and other fun!
🎓 Evergreen Grad Walk (June 15, 8:30-9:00 AM)
Evergreen High School Seniors will process through Cascade’s campus in their graduation robes and caps, while our students cheer them on to their next adventures!
🏫 High School Orientation Panel (June 15, 9:00-9:30 AM)
8th graders will get to hear from current EHS students and newly-minted graduates about the opportunities and challenges of high school, and ask questions to help them anticipate how to prepare over the summer!
🎒 Evergreen Campus Tour (June 15, 10:50 AM-12:30 PM)
8th graders who will be attending Evergreen High School may opt-in to a campus tour and Move Up assembly celebration! Students who choose not to attend will stay on-campus.
🏅 Field Day (June 16)
All students will celebrate the end of school with choices of Field Day activities, special treats, and more!
Consejo Youth Leadership Conference (June 3)
The 2023 Youth Leadership Conference sponsored by Consejo provides a place and day of support, empowerment, and voice for Latinx and BIPOC youth and young adults in our communities. The targeted audience is middle school to high school students from 7th to 12th grade. On the day of the conference, one can expect a well-organized and secure setting where food, music, and prize drawings are interspersed with essential conversations relating to enhancing the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual health of the youth we serve.
Workshops cover topics such as:
Programming will be available in English and Spanish.
For more information and to sign up, visit this link.
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We’ll send monthly newsletters like this one to keep you up-to-date on school-wide events and details. But we also distribute regular updates via social media and these communication platforms:
Join the Family and Community Engagement Team
The purpose of the Family and Community Engagement Team is to collaborate around our current needs, priorities, and strategies for building our community. We meet biweekly on Mondays from 8:15 to 9:15 AM. In addition, this year we’ll focus on taking a deep look at our social-emotional learning (SEL) program: what SEL means, what’s working for our students, and what should come next in terms of our partners and programs.
Join the Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA)
The PTSA is excited to continue to connect, celebrate, advocate, and provide resources this year. Be a part of the action and stay informed by following PTSA’s CC the Cougar on Instagram (@cascadecougsptsa) and our FB page (@CascadeMSPTSA).