Dear Cascade Families,
We hope you are all staying warm and safe through these winter months. We’re so grateful to be able to partner with such compassionate and hardworking students and families. In this letter, you’ll find the following information:
- Semester 1 Grading
- Semester 2 Preparation
- High Schools & Schools of Choice
- Resources for Families
Semester 1 Grading
The end of our first semester was Friday, January 29th (1/29/2021). Grades will be posted on StudentVUE and ParentVUE and report cards will be mailed to all families next week so you can see your student’s grades for the first semester.
If you see a P on your student’s report card, it means the student has made some attempts towards learning, but it is not enough to demonstrate their understanding and application of a skill at grade level standard. We know that this may or may not have been impacted by specific things happening in their and your lives, which is why we have offered small group support every Wednesday for students this past quarter.
If you see an NC on your student’s report card, it means that the student has not engaged in any work, even with support and multiple opportunities, and there have been no known barriers that would have impacted their ability to participate. If your student has an NC and there have been factors impacting their learning, please connect with your student’s advisor or counselor.
*Please note that this does not apply to Advisory, which is a Pass or No Credit class.
Semester 2 Preparation
As we enter Quarter 3 of Semester 2, our students will be returning to the same classes from Quarter 1. Our teachers are excited to welcome them back and work with them to deepen their learning from the first quarter. You can find your student’s Quarter 3 schedule on StudentVUE and ParentVUE. If you need assistance in accessing either, please contact your student’s advisory or the front office, at (206) 631-5500.
7th Grade Pacific Northwest History
For those of you who have students in 7th grade, our Social Studies course for this semester will focus on a curriculum that is a graduation requirement for Washington State students. As part of the 7th grade PNW History class, students will be engaging with Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty in Washington (STI), a culturally appropriate and accurate curriculum that has been endorsed by all 29 federally recognized tribes and is state mandated curriculum since 2015. Native American history as part of US History has often been one-sided, missing Indigenous voices and often misunderstood, so the goal of STI is not only to engage history from an Indigenous perspective, but to also address some of the gaps or misconceptions about Native American history in US history.
High School and Beyond
Eighth grade students have been working with their advisors and counselors to learn more about their options for high school. Highline currently has 5 schools of choice, including: Big Picture, CHOICE Academy, Raisbeck Aviation High School, Maritime High and work on their applications during advisory. If you did not make the deadline (January 31) but still have questions and want to explore what options are available, please reach out to 8th grade counselor, Lisa Theofelis or your 8th grader’s advisor.
Resources for Families
Finally, a reminder that Highline Schools are continuing to provide daily and weekly meal pick up options. For more information on this and other resources, please visit Highline Public School’s Ready to Learn Resource Page.
Hybrid Learning Questions
A number of families have been calling and asking about hybrid learning for middle school students as many of your younger students are preparing for elementary return. Currently, there is no date set for middle school students to start back on campus except for the IAC (intensive academic center) program, in addition to the ILC (integrated learning center) program. We are working to identify a handful of students who may benefit from additional support around engagement due to connectivity or technology related issues that may be appropriate for a hybrid setting. But at this time, no specific information for grades 6-8 to return has been shared. It would be in good preparation to review your ParentVUE enrollment materials to ensure that your contact information and address is accurate, as well as have updated medical paperwork turned into schools to be ready for when hybrid learning for secondary occurs.
Thank you for taking the time to read through this. As always, take care of yourselves and your families first and foremost.
With love and gratitude,
Daniel Calderon (Principal)
Kelley Schottle (Assistant Principal)
Emily Feldtmose (Dean of Students, Admin intern)