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

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November Family Newsletter

November Family Newsletter

Hello Cougar Community! 

As the weather has begun to turn from summer to fall, we at Cascade are settling in! Quarter 1 ends this week, and students are deeply engaged in learning, connecting, and growing every day.

🍁 We launched our after school program, which offers diverse activities and mentorship five days a week (Monday-Thursday from 2:45-5:00, Fridays from 1:15-4:00). Read the section about After School below for more information!

🍁 Our Season 1 sports closed out their seasons: Girls Softball joined forced with Pacific Middle School to create a powerhouse collaboration; Boys Soccer won 4 and tied 2 of their 7 games, and lived by the motto, win or lose, “we stay humble”; and in Track, athletes Sii, Brian V, Janay, ALexa, and JJ E. all led the district in their respective events! 

🍁 Math classes used their understanding of scale factor to manipulate shapes, evaluate different types of transformations, and even design their own vacation-cabins! 

🍁 In Spanish 2, students combined their new language learning with their love of different types of foods to design a menu for their dream restaurant! 

🍁 Students in Art have been exploring color theory and analyzing ways that contemporary artists use patterns and color to show people in expressive ways. Check out their diverse interpretations of this learning below! 

🍁 We added Dinners with the Principal back on the calendar–resurfaced for the first time since we closed for the pandemic–and we are so excited to connect again with our community in this way!

                       

By Adonay V                                    By Alexis PW                           By Davin N

We are so proud of our students’ commitment to themselves and their futures! 

This Halloween Week, we’re celebrating with our first Spirit Week of the year! 

  • Monday, October 31: Costume Day (No masks, weapons, or school-inappropriate items!)
  • Tuesday, November 1: Teacher and Students Clothes Swap
  • Wednesday, November 2: Anything but a Backpack
  • Thursday, November 3: Mismatched Day 
  • Friday, November 4: PJ/Comfy Clothing Day

Read on for more information about events in November, details on Waskowitz for our 6th graders and choice-school applications for our 8th graders, opportunities to share your reflections on our goals and needs around social-emotional learning, and more!

In partnership,

Emily Feldtmose
Principal

Sunny Sinco
Assistant Principal

Upcoming Events: 

📅 October 31-November 4: Spirit Week

📅 November 4: School Dance 

📅 November 7-18: Student Led Conferences 

📅 November 11: Veterans Day (No School)

📅 November 15-18: Waskowitz Camp, Round 1 (6th graders)

📅 November 16: Signs of Suicide Info Session for Families (Zoom)

📅 November 23: Teacher Work Day (No School) 

📅 November 24-25: Thanksgiving Break 

📅 November 29-December 2: Waskowitz Camp, Round 2 (6th graders)

📅 December 1: Dinner with the Principal

Standards Based Report Cards

Highline Public Schools grades according to grade-level standards. This means that students’ scores reflect their proficiency relative to the grade level expectations on specific skills. Here’s how to interpret your student’s grades: 

A (4) 

This student demonstrates work that exceeds the standard for the grade level

B (3)

This student demonstrates work that meets the standard of their grade level

C (1-2)

This student demonstrates work that approaches the standard of their grade level and/or requires significant scaffolding and support to achieve this level of work

P

This student has submitted sufficient work to evaluate the standard.

NC 

This student has not yet demonstrated sufficient evidence to evaluate the standard. This is often the result of missing work or significant absences.

Starting this quarter, you’ll see a new report card that looks like this:

  

If you have questions as you interpret these results and the new report card format, don’t hesitate to reach out to your student’s advisor!

8th grade: Choice High Schools Applications NOW OPEN!

Cascade 8th graders will automatically be enrolled in either Evergreen or Highline High School for next year, based on their address. Students can also apply to several other High Schools of Choice. Here is a list of the Choice High Schools that require an application:

  • Big Picture Schools
  • CHOICE Academy
  • Highline Virtual Academy
  • Maritime High School
  • Raisbeck Aviation High School 
  • The International Baccalaureate Programme at Mount Rainier High School 
  • WELS: Waskowitz Environmental Leadership Service at Tyee High School

How to Apply

Applications are posted on each school's website. Read more information about each program and apply. Students must submit a complete application during the application window. All completed applications will be processed in accordance with the admission process for schools requiring an application.

Application Deadline and Timeline

All applications open October 4, 2022 and close January 31st, 2023. Here are additional dates to consider:

  • October 4: Application opens
  • January: School-specific info nights 
  • January 23-27: School Mint Application Support Appointments 
  • January 31: Application window closes
  • February 1: Schools begin reviewing applications 
  • March 1: Lottery for admission
  • March 3: Lottery results posted online
  • March 10: Some school waitlists may reopen 
  • April 1: Final student date to confirm acceptance

Need support?

If you have questions about high school or the application process, please reach out to Ms. McGrady:

Ingebjorg McGrady

8th Grade Counselor

If you’d like support with your applications, please reach out to our Success Dean, Mr. Sarangay or our College and Career Specialist, Ms. Tabby: 

6th grade: Getting Ready for Waskowitz

Waskowitz Outdoor School is an overnight camp of a journey of discovery exploring the diversity of people and nature, while providing a safe, high quality, affordable residential experience for the students of the greater Puget Sound area.  The Objective for the week is: to explore the diversity of people and nature, use observation skills, make scientific explanations based on evidence, engage in productive, respectful discussions about scientific explanations, and make new friends!  This overnight program is held at Camp Waskowitz.  Students are always supervised and the physical and emotional safety of all students is our number one priority.  

Location: Camp Waskowitz

When: 2 Cohorts, November 15-18th and November 29th-December 2nd

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the sleeping arrangements?

  • Boys and Girls are in separate cabins
  • Bathrooms are in the same building so students will not be leaving cabins.

How will my student be supervised (ratios)? 

  • There will be supervision at all times. 
  • In addition to adult staff supervision, there will be trained high school student leaders as well.
  • There will be a minimum of 1 staff member per 20 students.  There will be additional supervisors as well.

What does my student need to bring?

  • This will be covered in advisory, please be on the lookout for materials to bring as we get closer to the dates.

What is the plan for my student if he/she/they don’t go?

  • If a student does not plan on going to Waskowitz, they will continue to follow their schedule at school.  They will be paired with another content class or there will be a guest teacher in their class.  The students will have lessons provided from their teacher to work on during this time.

Clubs and After School Activities Information

After school activities and clubs have begun, and run daily for all Cascade students! All students, regardless of what club they are in, must check-in at the Cafeteria.  Once in the cafeteria, they can grab a snack and wait for their club-leader to pick them up.  When a student is done at the club, they must check out at the cafeteria as well.

We wanted to highlight a few clubs that students can attend: 

Boys and Girls Club at Cascade Middle School

A Middle School afterschool Program that provides after school care, homework help, athletic activities (such as basketball, volleyball, and soccer in the gym) and more!  The goal is to create a safe and inviting place for youth can come, get help for homework, and build relationships with other youth and community!  

  • They meet Mon-Thurs 2:35 - 4:45pm, and Friday 1:05 - 4:00pm
  • This program is held at Cascade Middle School and it is different than the Southwest Boys and Girls Club

Register HERE. If you stop by the office we can also help sign your student up as well.

Cascade Eco Heroes Club

Does your scholar enjoy being outdoors, getting your hands dirty, and making a difference? Join the Eco Heroes Club! We will learn about science, nature, and create projects to improve campus and your school ecosystems!

Projects may include: Planting and caring for gardens, picking up trash, building bird feeders and bug homes, growing and cooking food, and so much more!

  • This club meets on Tuesdays or Thursdays, 2:45pm - 4:45pm
  • Sign up in the office now!

Season 2 Sports

Season 2 sports begins today! Check out the full game schedules.

  • Boys Basketball with Coaches Mr. Lommen and Mr. Lexx 
  • Girls Soccer with Coaches Sr. Gomez and Ms. Corona

Health Physicals

In Season 1, we learned that appointments with doctors to secure health physicals were hard to come by! If you haven’t yet scheduled your physical, we encourage you to set it up as soon as possible! If you need more information on health physicals, reach out to Healthpoint at Evergreen. More information

Other Paperwork

Create an account on Final Forms to see additional paperwork that needs to be completed for new athletes.

Season 2

Starts 10/31/2022

Season 3

Starts 1/23/2023

Season 4

Starts 3/27/2023

Boys Basketball 

Girls Soccer

Girls Basketball

Wrestling

Volleyball 

Cross Country 

Football

Mental Health This Month

Mental Health Night (Zoom)

Families across the district are invited to an informational night on Zoom on Wednesday, November 16, 6-7:30pm. 

Here is the link for the meeting: https://highlineschools.zoom.us/j/92602701251

Hear from mental health experts in the South King County Community about:

  • Youth Suicide Prevention Basics
  • ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell–model for suicide prevention)
  • How to talk to your child about suicide
  • Building coping skills
  • Resources

Mental Health Screener 

We want students to feel safe and have the support they need to be successful in school. To ensure their safety and wellbeing, Highline middle schools and two high schools participate in a mental health and substance use prevention and intervention program called SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral To services.) SBIRT is an evidence-based program used nationally.

This school year, Cascade Middle School students may participate in the SBIRT Check Yourself survey during class. The 15- to 20-minute online screener asks students about their strengths, goals, drugs/alcohol/nicotine use, mental health, and safety. 

After the screening, a designated staff member will follow up with students who may benefit from additional support. This could include goal-setting, supportive conversations, referrals to services/resources, and parent/guardian contact as needed. This program will not impact class performance or grades. Participation is voluntary.

Listening Session: Social-Emotional Learning

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is an educational method that aims to foster social and emotional skills within school curricula. Our staff at Cascade is always looking for new and innovative ways to improve our SEL work, and we want to hear from you! We will be hosting a family SEL listening session where we will hear what families need and hope for from our SEL program. 

If you are interested in joining us, please sign up!

COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund

The COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund for Undocumented Individuals officially launched Yesterday, Sept 19th and will run until November 14th. The application to apply is here: Home - English - Immigrant Relief Fund (immigrantreliefwa.org).  Approved applicants will receive at least $1,000. Approved applicants will receive either a check or debit card (their choice) between December 2022-January 2023. 

 To be eligible the applicant must: 

  • Live in Washington State
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have been significantly affected by the pandemic
  • Not be eligible to receive unemployment benefits or federal stimulus funds because of your immigration status

Get Involved

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: 

  • Website: cascade.highlineschools.org 
  • Facebook: @cmscougs
  • Instagram: @cmscougs
  • Twitter: @cmscougs
  • ParentVUE: Read THIS GUIDE to learn how to set up and activate your account
  • SchoolMessenger:  Confirm that your contact information is correct in ParentVUE to receive updates
  • Google Classroom: Read THIS GUIDE to learn how to monitor your student’s work in class

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).