Hello Cougar Community!
This month, the first signs of Spring are blooming around Cascade’s campus:
🌷 We celebrated the 100th day of school!
🌷 Students started new electives in Semester 2, including some new favorites like Dance/Movement!
🌷 Season 3 Girls Basketball and Co-Ed Wrestling began their games/matches!
🌷 Staff began the planning process for 2023/2024, listening to a collection of graduates, families, and community members to draw our direction from an understanding of what futures our students choose!
Together with these community members, we also collaborated to draft this theory of action to drive our work next year:
At Cascade, we deliver an excellent and equitable education for every student, every day. We build strong relationships, engage through relevant learning experiences, and challenge each other to prepare for opportunities ahead.
If Our classrooms are accessible and engaging, rigorous, responsive, and restorative for every student,
Then Our students develop strong relationships with themselves and others, rise to high expectations and big learning goals, feel comfortable with productive struggle and appropriate risk taking, and act on a commitment to their communities to become their best selves and to give back.
Over the coming weeks and months, we’ll explore how to accomplish this goal, and what to prioritize in our learning and work with and for students in the years to come! Keep an eye on social media and this newsletter for future opportunities to engage in this visioning with us.
📅 March 1-10: Student Led Conferences
📅 March 3: Teen Night at Safe Futures Youth Center
📅 March 10: No School
📅 March 16: Fire Evacuation Drill
📅 March 24: Log Cabin’s Got Talent at Steve Cox Park
📅 April 3-7: Spring Break (No School)
📅 April 11-13: Smarter Balanced ELA Tests
📅 April 18-20: Smarter Balanced Math Tests
📅 May 23-25: Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (8th grade ONLY!)
Student Led Conferences (February 27-March 9)
In prioritizing building family and community partnerships, advisors have reached out to families about Spring Student Led Conferences. If you have not already, please anticipate a teacher (most likely their advisor) to be reaching out to you about scheduling a Student Led Conference (SLC).
The purpose of these SLCs is to have students update their own families on sharing their progress thus far in the school year, the students goals (both long and short term), and lastly letting families and teachers know what kind of support they might need to finish the year strong.
Student Led Conferences are February 27th through March 9th. These meetings can take place either via Zoom or in person, and before or after school; whichever works best for the family and the Cascade team.
If you have any questions, please contact Steve Sarangay at (206) 631-5502 or email@example.com.
High School Registration for 8th Grade (March 6-7)
We are excited to announce that representatives from Evergreen and Highline High School will be visiting Cascade to provide our students with information about their schools. On March 6th, the Evergreen staff will be here all day, and on March 7th, the Highline staff will be here during the 6th period. This is an excellent opportunity for our students to learn about the programs, courses, and activities available at these high schools.
Learn more about Evergreen at this link: 9th Grade Registration Presentation
Learn more about Highline with this link: https://bit.ly/3Z7DMyz
News from Prevention Club
This February, our Prevention Club led some great work around our campus, including:
💛 Random Acts of Kindness Week
Students hosted tables during all three lunches, promoting “RAK” by “tagging” others who were spotted doing RAK’s! Students asked others to commit to kindness by writing down something kind they can do for themselves or others, on a big poster, which will be displayed at school!
💚 It’s About Respect Campaign!
Cascade MS and AOC are hosting the “It’s About Respect” Campaign, an awareness campaign sponsored by the Dept of Health WA. The campaign talks about how everything we do has an effect on others, and how to form healthy boundaries and relationships. Students learned more in Advisory lessons, and AOC posted 100 posters throughout school! Keep an eye out for social media messages too.
We are also offering this ongoing opportunity for students of any grade to engage:
💙 Prevention Leadership at Cascade Middle School
In this “Alliance of Change” or “A.O.C.,” students are raising awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health.
For more information, please reach out to Ms. Danielle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yale University: The Science of Well-Being Online Course for Teens
A recent survey found that 38% of teens say they have poor mental health. Yale University is now offering a free, online, 6-week course that aims to curb this mental health crisis by bringing together the best insights from Dr. Laurie Santos’ popular Yale course Psychology and the Good Life.
This course is made for teens! In this course, you will explore what the field of psychology teaches us about how to be happier, how to feel less stressed, and how to thrive in high school and beyond. The lessons along with a short weekly “happiness homework” assignment help young people ultimately prepare to put these scientific findings into practice. The goal is to feel better and build healthier habits.
Parents, teachers, and other professionals supporting teenagers may also find this course beneficial.
From April 11-13th and 18th - 20th, students will complete the Smarter Balanced Assessment. This assessment provides an accurate measure of achievement and growth while challenging students to think critically and solve real-world problems.
Students will be taking tests in Math and English Language Arts (ELA). In preparation for these assessments, please remind your child that this is an assessment that will be taken on a computer. Please check with your child and make sure their district assigned laptop/chromebook is working and charged.
During these testing dates, your child will still come to school as normal with a slightly adjusted bell schedule. Arrival and dismissal is still at 8:05am and 2:35 pm in the afternoon.
Also, in May, the 8th grade students will be taking the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS). The dates set for this exam is May 23rd - 25th. This is also an assessment that they will take online and will need their district assigned laptop/chromebook as well.
More information will be shared as we get closer to the testing time frame.
Please reach out to Steve Sarangay for any questions or more information at (206) 631-5502 or email@example.com.
Evergreen Junior Wolverines
Evergreen Jr Wolverines is looking for athletes interested in joining their 5th/6th grade team or 7th/8th grade team in the 2023 season! This organization is not 100% partnered with Evergreen High School’s program, and affiliated with the Nisqually Junior Football League.
📅 First day of practice is August 1st
📅 First Game August 26th
📅 Games are on Saturdays
📅 Championships are November 11th
If you are a current 8th grader, you're ineligible to participate for the Junior Wolverines because you start in high school in the Fall, so become eligible for that programming instead.
Tryouts are coming up! To prepare, the Junior Wolverines are hosting free workouts at Evergreen High School (see flyer).
For questions or more information, please reach out to Jason Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have a number of openings up on Frontline, and we’d love to hear about great candidates that you know to join our community! Please feel free to forward the job listings to those you know, and/or connect them with us to learn more about the opportunity. See the minimum qualifications bulleted under each job title below.
EBC Lead Teacher (Job 3711) - Open Immediately!
Bookkeeper (Job 3660) - Open Immediately!
LRC Paraeducator (Job 3681) - Open Immediately!
Prospective Staff for 2023/2024
Know someone who would be a great fit for Cascade? Please connect them with Ms. Sinco at email@example.com! Although we haven’t yet finalized staffing and opportunities for 2023/2024, we’d love meeting great people in your network and to connect them to openings as we confirm them at Cascade or in our broader White Center community.
Follow Us for Updates
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).