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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Cascade Middle School
11212 10th Avenue SW Seattle, WA 98146

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Family Letter 9/7/20

Family Letter 9/7/20

Dear Cascade families,

As we are getting closer to the first day of school, we hope you have been able to talk directly with your students’ advisors during these Family Connection Days (September 3, 4, 8). Our teachers have been working non-stop to get ready for next week and cannot wait to welcome your students into our virtual classrooms! We know that this school year is not starting the way we would ideally prefer, but know that we will do our best to welcome and engage your students into their learning this year.

To help you best prepare for what next week will bring, we have included the following sections:

  • Technology Information
  • Tech Hours (beginning September 8)
  • Weekly/Daily Meal Pick up
  • 6th grade virtual orientation (Recording)
  • Overview of the First 3 Days schedule (September 9, 10, 11)

Technology Information

Between Highline Public Schools and Cascade Middle School, there is a lot of technology support created to help you navigate this next week.  We have a list of tutorials included to help you become more familiar with them. Students will also receive instruction and opportunities to practice these programs in their advisories and first week of school.

Synergy (ParentVUE)

Zoom

Internet & Wifi

ParentVUE Instructions
*Activation codes were sent to all families on August 24th. Check your email! 

Best Practices for Digital Learning (English/Spanish)

 

Setting up Zoom on iPhone 

 

Using Zoom for the First Time (English/subtitles any language) 

Internet Access

Google Classroom

Technology Support

Link for Phone Tutorial
(No language)

Highline Technology page

Technology Hours

If your student does not have a Highline School District issued chromebook, we will be providing them a device to use for the rest of their time with Highline. This includes 6th graders and other students that are new to Highline. If you were not able to attend our Chromebook Distribution Days this week, we have ongoing tech hours for drop-in support. Students and families can visit the Cascade library for help and support in using and fixing chromebooks and online platforms starting September 8th, 10:00 AM-2:00 pm on Mondays - Thursdays.

Passwords updated for student logins. Logins are student ID numbers, and passwords are Highline+Birthday.

                                    LOGIN: #######          Password: Highlinemm/dd/yyyy

Weekly/Daily Meal Information

Highline is providing meals differently this year. Starting Wednesday, September 9, meals can be pre-ordered for daily or weekly pick up. For families who would prefer to pick up weekly meal kits on Mondays, there are 3 distribution times at our local site, Evergreen High School. Please see the menu and times below or this link for more information.

TIMES FOR PICK UP:

Morning 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. 

Midday 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Afternoon 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

PRE-ORDER:
                         English                          

Spanish 

Somali 

Vietnamese 

6th Grade Orientation

Thank you to all who joined us for our welcoming 6th grade virtual orientation! If you were not able to attend or had trouble logging in, we have provided you with the recording. This will also be posted on our website.
6th grade Virtual Orientation Link

First Week’s Schedule

Since we are prioritizing Family Connections on Sept. 3, 4, 8 between staff and students/families, the first day students will meet teachers live is for Advisory at 12:30, on Wednesday, September 9, 2020. The first day of content instruction will begin on Thursday, September 10, 2020. Times for the first 3 days will differ from our regular bell schedule.

If by Wednesday you are still unclear about where to go for the first Advisory day, please refer to the following links to connect with our student support teams for each grade level. This will be a live Zoom to help you figure out schedules from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm. 

6th grade Zoom Link: Ingebjorg McGrady, Sunny Sinco, Mallory Lavin

7th grade Zoom Link: Alexa Wayman, Emily Feldtmose

8th Grade Zoom Link: Lisa Theofelis, Kim Tracy

FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL SCHEDULE

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

LABOR DAY

FAMILY OUTREACH

 

Staff Meeting & Professional Learning

Student prep (email, assignments, links for the day)

 

Advisory

8:30 - 9:30

Advisory

8:30 - 9:30

 
 

 

Collaborative Staff Planning

 

PERIOD 1

9:45 - 10:30 (45 min)

 

PERIOD 1

9:45 - 10:30 (45 min)

 

 

PERIOD 2

10:45 - 11:30 (45 min)

PERIOD 2

10:45 - 11:30 (45 min)

 

LUNCH

 

Transition

LUNCH

 

Transition

 

LUNCH

 

Advisory

12:30 - 2:30 pm

 

PERIOD 3

12:45 - 1:30 (45 min)

PERIOD 3

12:45 - 1:30 (45 min)

 
 
   

We hope this has been helpful for getting you started for next week. Please let us know if there are additional ways we can support your family to have a positive launch to the school year. Connect with your advisors, counselors, office staff, or reach out to us directly. Have a good weekend, and we’ll see you on Wednesday for the 1st Virtual Day!

Sincerely,

Daniel Calderon (Principal)

Kelley Schottle (Assistant Principal)