Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Class Presidential Campaigns

Congratulations to Kamryn and Miles for being selected as class president and vice president. 

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Fall Concert Info

Good Morning Upper Grade Families,

Reminder: We have our Fall concert next Thursday! I am excited for our students to demonstrate what they have been working on since school began!

Please Note the following reminders: 
Who: 5th-8th grade students and families
What: Fall Music Concert
Student Arrival: Students should plan on arriving at 5:45. This will allow them to properly warm up and be prepared. 
When: Thursday November 15th at 6:30pm (Matinee performance at 1pm)
Where: Cascade Heights Public Charter School Gym

Clothing Attire: Please note the change in concert attire for this school year. Your child may wear their proper Cascade Heights Uniform. They may also choose to wear one of the following:
   Black slacks with a black or white collared shirt
   Black knee length or longer skirt with a black or white collared shirt
   Black dress that is knee length or longer with short or long sleeves.

As a reminder: The performance at 1pm during school hours is expected to be in uniform attire. Only the evening performance may be different.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Performance attendance is expected and appreciated.

Thank You! 
Ms. Pridey

Friday, November 2, 2018

Catapult/Trebuchet Building

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This Monday we will be putting student knowledge of potential and kinetic energy to the test. Working in small groups, students will have 2 hours to build a working catapult or trebuchet that will throw a water balloon the farthest.

We will test their creations at 1:30 PM. Parents are welcome to attend!

Students ARE permitted to bring tools to use but are NOT permitted to bring extra supplies.

Students ARE permitted to look up design possibilities but are NOT permitted to print them out and bring them. Hand drawn instructions are fine. 

Parents are welcome to help students talk through the pros and cons of various designs but in the end, students will have to build with no adult interaction!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Study Tool

We have been discussing in class the idea that just taking notes sometimes isn't enough and working through different techniques for studying material until you actually remember and understand it.

One possibility that many of my students have enjoyed is .

It allows students to find cards others have made, or make their own and then use them in a variety of ways. Give it a try!

Monday, October 22, 2018

Social Development of 8th Graders

Good Evening 8th Grade Families, 

8th grade is a year of change. Students are not only making academic gains but also looking ahead to who they want to be as human beings. This is an exciting process which at times can be uncomfortable for them and for you as parents. 

Personal development during this time takes many avenues. For some this means exploring friendships and what it means to be a friend. People who have been friends for years may find themselves drifting apart as interests develop and change while those who have not spent much time together may suddenly find themselves sharing new interests and thus more time together. In class my expectation is that all students welcome everyone and work with others  respectfully. This particular group of young adults has done that on a daily basis. I have touched bases with the other teachers and they assure me that they are open and welcoming with each other. They keep an eye out for classmates who are hurting, alone, or in need. When placed in groups they welcome their partners and work effectively with them. This does not mean they never get frustrated with each other, but it means they deal with it appropriately and don't hold grudges. As students are exploring new friendships there will be times that individuals invite one or more others to spend time together outside of school. As parents we may question their choices. That is a great time to ask questions which may help students to think through their choices, but in the end, it is time to let them see what comes of their decisions. 

Another outlet for social development is social media. Some students are using 10 - 12 apps or forms of technology on a daily basis. These can be powerful tools that put all of the knowledge of the world at their fingertips. It can also allow them to communicate with each other at all times of the day and night. In 8th grade these communications can be silly, funny, educational, friendly, and appropriate. They also can be the converse. Now is a great time to have honest conversations about what type of communications your family considers appropriate. What are appropriate hours? What are appropriate topics? What should they do if they are being appropriate but someone they are talking to isn't? Taking time to talk these things through when it isn't a problem allows your teen to react appropriately when they find themselves in an uncomfortable situation. These topics will be addressed again in health later in the year, but there is no reason to wait until then. 

This is an exciting time in your family's life. It is emotional, exciting, scary, and joyous. The entire staff of Cascade Heights is here to walk this journey with you, through the ups and downs. Conferences are coming up in two weeks and is the perfect opportunity to discuss your hopes, dreams, and concerns. 

History Update

In history we have been working on our civics unit. So far we have covered why governments exist, types of governments, foundations of our our government, and are now digging deeper into the nitty gritty of our current system. 

As we approach the end of the unit, students should be working on reviewing their notes, memorizing the amendments of the constitution and be able to discuss situations in which each applies, explain the articles of the Constitution, and identify the role of each branch of the government.