Dear Cascade Mountaineer Families,
With spring, the activity bumps up. We have over 200 students signed up for track and field which I love to watch! It is also a time we feel bittersweet as we see culminating events start to happen. We will be watching our band, orchestra, and choir students in their final concerts and see all of the growth they have made throughout the year. Our 7th graders will start to show their leadership as they apply for WEB and help our younger students. The Cascade National Junior Society Induction Ceremony will show off our students in 8th grade who have made tremendous academic success and contributions to our community. Eighth graders will participate in their end of the year celebration as they move on to a new chapter in their life. It is amazing to me how fast they grow up and become young women and men.
As I write this, our students are taking the new National Smarter Balanced exam. We have been preparing our students to think more critically, creatively and collaboratively and it will now be the time to show what they have learned. We know that the test is much more rigorous and they must write multiple paragraphs as well as solve multi-step math problems. It will be a great indicator to us as to what we need to do to prepare them for a future much different than our own.
We will be seeing big changes at Cascade next year. Sadly, twelve of our teachers will be moving on to the new middle school, Pacific Crest. We will miss them very much but wish the best for them at the brand new school. We will be seeing new students from Elk Meadow, Pine Ridge and be welcoming back our students from W.E. Miller, Amity Creek and Highland. Our new 6th grade orientation will take place on April 14th at 5:30 in our gym. The orientation will be going over class offerings, answering questions about middle school, and giving a tour for our new students and parents. Our population will go from 900 students to 650 and it will benefit us as we can make closer connections to a smaller group. Cascade will also be welcoming 7th and 8th graders who have changed boundaries from High Desert and Pilot Butte Middle Schools. CMS will continue to be the district tag program in humanities and we are putting effort in offering electives that embrace the fine arts.
Enjoy the spring!