Meet your Principal
I hope you have enjoyed your summer break. Our custodians have been working hard to prepare the building for your arrival. Your teachers have been involved in trainings this summer to learn new ways to support you in your academic endeavors such as our new science curriculum. We are excited for you to meet our staff members who are new this year. Joining us will be Richard Kirkpatrick who will be teaching 8th grade science and Rhonda Wathen who will be teaching our Pervasive Special Education class. Our new librarian is Laura Ofstun, who many of you may already know.
6th Grade Orientation: On August 27th, 6th grade students will take part in our WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) program. Our program runs from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Students should be dropped off no later than 9:45 as we will begin right at 10:00. Students should come to the main gym. Sixth grade students will participate in a number of activities, get to know the building, learn their locker combinations, meet the staff, and build relationships with each other and our WEB leaders. This is an important opportunity for our sixth graders and we encourage them to attend. This WEB orientation is for students only.
Schedules: Sixth graders will receive their schedule at the WEB orientation. Seventh and Eighth graders are encouraged to print theirs from home through the Parent Portal or pick it up between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. on the 27th.
Open House: Cascade open house is August 27th beginning at 5:00 p.m. and ending at 7:00 p.m. At that time, students and parents participate in a scavenger hunt and can find their lockers, meet their teachers and find their classes. Completed scavenger hunt cards will be deposited in the office for a drawing for gift cards. Student winners will be announced during our daily announcements at school.
Interactive Notebooks: This year we will continue working with students on organization and study skills. Our biggest initiative is teaching them to use Interactive Notebooks. Interactive notebooks not only keep student work organized but also help them learn to interact with the content to increase retention and understanding. If you are interested in finding out more about interactive notebooks, there are many videos on YouTube that show how to put one together and how it is used. Here is a link to one such video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivY–12Iafs.
School Hours: The office is open 7:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. School starts at 7:50 a.m. and ends at 2:20 p.m. except for Wednesdays when we release 1 hour early at 1:20 p.m. On the first day of school release time is 2:20 p.m. The Café opens at 7:10 a.m. for breakfast beginning the first day of school.
Meals: Breakfast cost is $ 1.15 (no charge for free or reduced), lunch cost is $2.65 (reduced price is 40 cents) and milk cost is $0.50. Free or reduced lunch applications are available at the school and online. If you have been on free or reduced in the past, it will continue for the first few days of school while you update the forms. These forms are processed at the district and one form can be used per household regardless of the school your child attends.
Transportation: Please refer to the district website for bus routes and times or call the bus garage at 575-7867.
7th & 8th Grade Sports: The office is collecting sports paperwork. Paperwork can be found on the Cascade website or picked up from the main office. All sports paperwork must be completed and returned before students can participate in their first practice. All athletes must have medical insurance. If you are not insured, you may purchase a low-priced student insurance policy through the school.
Looking forward to seeing you soon,
Chris Rugg, Principal
Students at Cascade come from many of the district’s elementary schools and make up a student body of about 475 students in grades 6-8. At each grade, the staff considers the developmental needs of middle schoolers in designing programs and activities that reach a wide range of interests and performance levels.
We will have a safe and welcoming environment where students will experience academic rigor and prepare to be career, college and community ready. Students will receive the message, “You are important, you can do it, I will not give up on you.”
At Cascade, students understand that one of the expectations for all students is that they know what it means to be a learner. It is critical that students understand what it is that they are to learn in each class each day. They also need to know what they have to do to demonstrate their learning. Evidence of learning needs to be observable in all classes.
Cascade Middle School’s mission is to empower responsible decision makers, develop lifelong learners, and inspire caring and contributing members of our community.