Hello Cascade Parents and Students!
I sincerely hope you had a wonderful winter break with your family. Our staff was so proud of our students right before the break. We had a toy and book drive and finished it off with a parade. Students decorated carts during advisory and then paraded the halls with their carts full of books and toys. The orchestra was playing holiday music and it was nice way for us to end the 2014 year. All items were donated to Operation Elf Box which is an organization that allows parents to come and get free books and toys for their children. Thank you so much to everyone who donated items! We also had an ugly sweater contest that was hilarious. Many staff and students wore ugly sweaters all week!
As many of you know, our students will take the Smarter Balanced National test this year in lieu of the OAKS test. We have been concentrating much more on writing because it is one of the main components of the test. I am extremely proud of our Language Arts and Math teachers for pushing our students harder. With Oregon going to the National Common Core Standards, we need to teach a little differently. We have been piloting proficiency based grading and are starting to see the success. With proficiency based grading, our teachers look at the Common Core Standard and design a rubric for students to set their sights on. If the student does not master the standard, they have a chance to try again. At first, students were a little reluctant to try again because this is not what they have been used to. Now, many students are seeing why this is so important. Their writing and math work have improved significantly. Although it may not show immediately on the grade report, as student redo assignments, the grade will improve. If you would like to know more about this process, I will be presenting information at our next PTSO meeting on January 15th at 5:30 pm.
Our Sparrow Club is in full swing and are gearing up for the Shiver and Shake in February. This year, we would love to see more parents involved in the actual plunge! More information will be coming your way. Sparrow Club wants to thank all of the families that donated gift cards to Tristan's family. They were shocked and excited to see the overwhelming support from our families.
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