Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Kids Bowl Free This Summer

The Kids Bowl Free Summer Bowling Program is available in our community and we thought that your family might enjoy this great deal.
Each child receives 2 FREE Games of Bowling Every Day All Summer.
Here's How You Can Register Your Children/Family
1. Go to 
2. Click on the State and then select the bowling center that you'd like to 
participate at. 
3. Register your children to receive Free Bowling all summer long 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Spring Clean This Weekend

THIRD Annual Spring Cleaning!
Love Cascade but don't have time to show it during the school week?  Come help us spruce up our space!  Drop in THIS Saturday, April 30, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  

Choose a job off the board you'd like to do, and get to work!  Inside jobs, outside jobs, big jobs, little jobs, there is a job for everyone.  Bring the whole family and a picnic lunch (no childcare provided).  Bring your mower, weed-eater, edger, gardening gloves, litter grabber, carpet steamer, wipes, rags, spray bottles, dusters, anything else you can think of. 

Students will get a homework pass and service hours will be signed off. 

Email Mr. Currey with any questions

Sunday, April 24, 2016

What's Happening This Week

We have a lot going on this week! 

NON Souvenir Workshop - Our souvenir workshop will be in class. On Thursday we talked extensively about what the requirements are for 8th grade souvenirs. The blog post from Thursday gives more details. Students will have two hours to work in class on Monday. The intention is to give them a fun atmosphere, time, and people to bounce ideas off of while working. 

NON Final Drafts Due - All NON final drafts must be printed and turned in. Two copies will be printed, one for me to grade and one to put out with their board on Thursday night. 

Bonneville Power Administration Electricity Field Trip. Tuesday morning we'll be at the BPA lab in Vancouver. We'll be back by lunch. 

NON Boards Due - Boards need to come to school on Tuesday, completed. A blog entry earlier today outlines clearly what is expected. 

Night of the Notables - The big day is here! Please read carefully the email that was sent out last week about the timeline and location. Students need to arrive at Camp Withycombe IN COSTUME with their board, souvenirs, and research paper. Please allow extra time to get through the gate. It takes a few extra minutes because they have to check ID's. (Make sure every adult in the car has ID on them.)

NON Board Layout

1. Size - The display board must be a trifold board. It should be a minimum of 36 x 48 inches. Smaller boards will not have enough room for everything required. Students are encouraged to reuse boards from previous projects. 

2. Border - All boards must have a border. This border should represent the notable character in images. For example, a writer might use a pattern of pencils and books. Other border ideas include quotes or photos. The border should be high contrast and add meaning to the experience. 

3. Center Panel - The center panel includes the notable character's name in large, high contrast letters. They should be at least 4 inches tall. Under the name is the black and white sketch which is being completed in art class this week. It should be backed on a high contrast piece of paper. Below that, along the bottom edge is the time line. This may go on as is or can be backed with another piece of paper for contrast. 

4. Left Panel - The left panel will hold 4 trivia questions. These will be done in class so that they are formatted correctly. 

5. Right Panel - This is the area for them to go wild. There is nothing official that has to be on the right panel, it is where they put other information, images, etc that they feel would enhance the presentation.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Who's Notable This Year

NON Schedule

Night of the Notables and the 4th Grade Oregon History Wax Museum are coming up quickly. This very special night is one of the highlights of middle school and is a chance for your friends and family to see the amazing work done. Please mark your calendar and clear your schedules! The night is not optional for students, as it is the presentation portion of their project and students are excited to share their hard work with you.

This year NON and the Wax Museum are being held at Camp Withycombe because we've outgrown the space available at school. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early since all adults will be asked for ID going through the gate. Once through the gate, please park in front of the main building and proceed in through the front doors. We'll be there to welcome you. 


5:30 - 4th graders arrive in costume and set up for the Oregon History Wax Museum

 5:45 - Wax Museum opens - All visitors are encouraged to visit the Wax Museum

 6:00 - Students must arrive at 6:00 p.m. The doors will open for guests at 6:30 p.m. You may be thinking, "What am I going to do for 30 minutes while my student is getting ready?" Well, I have a great opportunity for you! Ms. Cantin's fourth graders will be entertaining you. They have been studying Oregon history and will have their wax museum set up. While you're waiting, visit each of the wax figures and push their button to hear their recordings.

 6:30 - Wax Museum closes. 4th graders are encouraged to attend the Night of the Notables portion of the evening.

 6:30 - At 6:30 the doors will open and you will be invited to start questioning the notable characters. Each character will be wearing a number and your job is to match that number to the list of characters provided. Remember, you only get three questions per character and you can only ask yes/no questions. If you'd like to do some research ahead of time, the list of characters is below! At 7:15 the notable characters will set up their display boards and you'll have the chance to match your answers to the real answers. How many do you think you can identify correctly? Students will be ready to leave WITH their display boards at 8:05.

If you have any questions, please let us know!

Adam Savage
Alex Morgan
Alexander Fleming
Alexander Hamilton
Alvin C. York
Annie Peck
Ansel Adams
Babe Ruth
BB King
Betsy Ross
Bill Gates

Charlie Chaplin
Clara Brown
Cy Young
Eleanor Roosevelt
Elizabeth Hamilton
Elizabeth Taylor
Ella Fitzgerald
Ellen Degeneres
Esther Williams
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Fred Rogers
Frida Kahlo
Gala Dali
George Lucas
Gustav Klimt
Hideo Kojino
Indira Gahndi
J.R.R. Tolkien
Jane Addams
Jane Austen
Joan of Arc
John Augustus Larson
John Steinbeck
John Williams
Joseph Smith
Judy Garland
Julie Andrews
Katherine Hepburn
Leon Foucault
Lindsey Aedario
Lord Baden - Powell
Louisa May Alcott
Margaret Fonteyn
Marie Curie
Mary Cassatt
Maximilien Robespierre
Michael Jackson
Nellie Bly
Niccolo Paganini
Niels Henrik Abel
Peter the Great
Robert Ripley
Robin Williams
Rube Goldberg
Sergei Korolev
Simon Bolivar
Sophie Germain
Stephen Curry
Steve Jobs
Steven Spielberg
T. E. Lawrence
Teddy Roosevelt
Walt Disney


Possible Ideas:

  • Keychains
  • Pencils
  • Magnets
  • Figurines
  • License plate holders
  • Hats
  • Pins
  • Shirts
  • Postcards
  • Posters
  • Finger puppets
  • Pennants
  • Scarves
  • Bobblehead
  • Snowglobes
  • Bumper stickers
  • Decorative glasses
  • Christmas  ornaments
  • Stuffed dolls or figures
  • Jewelry
  • Music box

Must include at minimum the person's name, birth date, death date, and occupation. Please do not spend more than $15.00 total. 

May Lunch Menu

Monday, April 18, 2016

April 22nd Field Trip

Which small group will earn the most points and make it back in time? This Friday we'll find out. 

Students will arrive at school by 8:00 in their regular school uniform armed with $7.00 for lunch and their wits. After the morning briefing, students will discover which fellow travelers they will be teaming with and what they are in search of. Then, with at least one smart phone per group, an all day Trimet pass per person, and a supervising adult, they're off on the adventure of their life. 

Who: All 8th graders that have 100% of their work completed
What to bring: $7.00 and a smart phone if you have one
What to wear: Regular uniform
Time: 8:00 - 3:30

Friday, April 15, 2016

Ashland Schedule

Fundraising is complete and we are a go! Here is what our schedule looks like: 

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
8:00 - Arrive at school in casual clothing
9:00 - Load bus
11:00- Arrive at Dexter Lake
  • BBQ lunch, swimming, disc golf, shenanigans

1:00 - Load bus and depart for Ashland

4:30 - Arrive in dorm

  • get assigned dorms, set up, learn dorm rules, change in to business casual clothes
5:00 - Dinner in the dining hall
5:45 - Attend workshops at Southern Oregon University
  • MASKS AND MOVEMENT  - Use masks and movement as tools for the imagination to explore how the body expresses itself.  Exercises range from studies of each person’s “neutral” posture to ways of creating characters and creatures.

  •  STAGE COMBAT WORKSHOP  - A certified stage combatant leads you safely through some of the steps and skills of hand-to-hand stage combat. Please specify which workshop level you are requesting.
  • YE OLDE PROJECT RUNWAY - Learn about Elizabethan and Renaissance silhouettes and costumes, then create them from newspaper and tape. Students will work together in small groups, with one student from each group acting as Merry Olde’s next top model.

9:30 - Class meeting in the dorms
10:00 - Showers and bedtime
11:00 - Lights out

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
7:30  - Up and dressed in business casual
8:00 - Breakfast in the dining hall
9:00 - Load bus
9:15 - Workshop at Oregon Shakespeare Festival
  • Two hours of on-your-feet exercises, led by one or two company members, designed to explore the themes, characters and language of the plays your students will see on their visit to OSF. 
11:30 - Load bus
11:45 - Lunch in the dining hall
1:15 - Load bus
1:30 - Attend Twelfth Night
  • Illyria is a topsy-turvy place full of romantics and eccentrics. At least that’s how it seems to Viola, who’s been cast adrift in this merry world. Out of necessity, she disguises herself as a boy but quickly becomes an object of desire to the woman her employer sent her to woo. Time eventually sorts it all out, but not before Viola and everyone around her are bewitched, bothered and bewildered as they traverse the often contradictory landscapes of their hearts. This sumptuous production sets Shakespeare’s wise, lovely comedy in a shimmering, tune-filled 1930s Hollywood.
4:30 - Load bus
 5:00 - Dinner in the dining hall
5:45 - Showers and dressed in formal attire
7:15 -Load bus
7:30 - Prolouge
  •  These dynamic, 30-minute introductions to the plays are presented by a company member. Students who attend Prologues, especially for plays with challenging themes or complex language, such as Shakespeare’s, are better able to understand the plays and get more out of the experience. Prologues introduce characters, themes, language and other background information.
8:00 - Attend Great Expectations
  •  Young Pip hasn’t had it easy—orphaned early, knocked about by a bad-tempered sister and headed for a life of hard labor. A terrifying encounter in a graveyard and a summons to meet the eccentric Miss Havisham aren’t helping matters. But when a mysterious benefactor sends Pip to London to become a gentleman, his dreams come true. Or do they? Charles Dickens’ thrilling tale of friendship, love, the price of revenge and the true nature of generosity comes to life in this new adaptation by OSF favorites Penny Metropulos and Linda Alper.
 11:00 - Showers and bed

Thursday, May 26, 2016
7:30 - Wake up, pack, dressed in business casual
8:00 - Breakfast in dining hall
9:00 - Load bus
9:15 - Exploring Design Workshop

  • What inspires the designs for this season's production? What factors influenced the designers' choices? These questions and more are answered in a one-hour exploration of the creative process. Students discover how the words of the script are turned into a production on stage by investigating visual research, drawings, photos from previous productions and fabric samples. 
11:30 - Load bus
12:00 - Lunch in the dining hall
1:00 - Load bus
1:30 - Attend Yeoman of the Guard
  •  How do you save a good man who’s wrongly accused and facing the ax in 24 hours? That’s how high the stakes are in Gilbert and Sullivan’s funny, pun-filled musical that mines a richer emotional world than the duo’s other comic operettas. Bristling with bad cases of unrequited love, a prison break and plots running amok, this world-premiere adaptation inspired by classic country-and-western music makes for a rousing musical event the whole family will enjoy. 
3:00 - Load bus
5:30 - Stop in Springfield for dinner at Coburg Pizza Company
7:00 - Load bus
9:00 - Arrive at CHPCS

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Summer Exchange Students

April 13, 2016
Dear Parents:
Our 3rd annual Riggs Institute and Institute for Excellence in Writing International Summer Camp will be held July 11th – July 22nd at Cascade Heights.  It is our goal to offer this fun English immersion camp to Chinese students who desire to learn more English in a formal way. It is a program we hope will continue to grow and become a regular source of income for our school. 
From July 11th to July 22nd,   we will host 15 middle school students (5th and 6th
Grades ) from China. Chinese students will be coming to Oregon through our sister school, Suzhou Experimental Elementary School and Skybridge Inc.  They will be attending Riggs Spelling and Writing Camp with Mrs. Adams, Ms. Cantin and Mr. Currey in the mornings. Afternoons , Mr. Weaver, Miss Devlin, Mrs. Adams and Mr. Currey and Ms. Cantin will offer Sports, American Cooking, Lego Robotics and Wood Crafts. We are seeking host families to welcome students during this time (13 days) and provide transportation to camp each day.  Preference is to have no more than two Chinese students per host family. If you have never hosted a student from another country, it is indeed a wonderful experience for everyone. We hope your children will have the chance to visit abroad in the coming years and stay with a wonderful family too!  There will also be one teacher who desires to experience true” American family life.
The specific purpose of this visit is for students to learn English so it is an opportunity for any family to host a student. You do not need to be a student of Chinese; in fact, we would prefer that you speak only English!
If your family would like to host, please email Wenny Laoshi at no later than May 5th, 2016.
Each family will have an option to choose either a $200 stipend to cover gas and meals OR a $400 credit towards attending any classes during these two weeks with Chinese students.
July 10thPicked up at 5:30 p.m. at a designated hotel in downtown Portland
July 11-14th- Week One- Delivered to Cascade Heights at 8:00 am and picked up at 3:30 pm each day(lunch and snacks will be provided by the school program)
July 15thDelivered to school at 8:00 am- Chinese students only will be picked up at school at 2pm to go camping on the Oregon Coast for the weekend.
July 17thPick up your student(s) at Cascade Heights at 5pm.
July 18-22- Week Two- Delivered to Cascade Heights at 8:00 am and picked up at 3:30 pm each day (lunch and snacks will be provided by the school program)
July 23rdStudents delivered to Portland International Airport in morning.
It is an exciting opportunity for Cascade Heights to once again live its mission to “educate children for the global society”.
Kind Regards,
Holly Denman – Director                              
Wenny Chunwen Liao-Chinese Teacher

Sunday, April 3, 2016

April Field Trip

We have two field trips this month, one of the 22nd and one on the 28th. 

We need at least 3 more chaperones for the 22nd. Please take a moment to look at your schedule and see if you can join us for that day. 

 The parent chaperones need to have extreme self control because this particular trip will be challenging, both for the students and for the parent. 

Student teams will start at school where they will be given their first clue in the Amazing Race. Teams of four (and one adult) will be making their way around the city using only public transportation. Along the way they will need to complete tasks, find information, and work together while attempting to be the first team back to school. 

If you are adventurous, willing to stand back and watch the students figure things out while ensuring safety, and are available on the 22nd, please let me know right away! 

It's going to be great fun and one huge learning experience. 

This much fun can't be educational right? Wrong! Students will learn/practice: 
1. Using public transportation (MAX, bus, and street car)
2. Self reliance
3. Using maps
4. Reading charts and tables
5. Teamwork
6. Budgeting
7. Reading labels
8. Problem solving
9. Effective search terms
10. Questioning techniques
Current Chaperones:
Mr. Crittenden
Mrs. Gounder

What We're Learning This Week

Reading: (I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings)
Last week we started I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. This beautiful novel depicts life in the south during the early days of the civil rights movement. We will do all reading together due to the sensitive nature of the themes. I encourage parents to read along with us so they are prepared for discussions at the dinner table. Last week we read the first few chapters and will continue at a pace 5 - 6 chapters per week.

These questions will be answered in class this week.
Chapter 3

  • How does Marguerite feel about the Store? Why? 
  • What does Marguerite think of Mr. Steward and his “act of kindness”?
Chapter 4
  • What is unique about Mr. McElroy? 
  • Describe the relationship between Bailey and Marguerite.
  • Describe the segregation in Stamps and how it influences Marguerite. 
Chapter 5
  • Compare and contrast the “customary laws” that Marguerite and her peers follow vs. those of the “powhitetrash children.” 
  • What is the “contest” between Momma and the girls, and how does Momma win? 
Chapter 6
  • How do Marguerite and Bailey feel about Reverend Howard Thomas? Why? 
  • What does Momma expect of Bailey and Marguerite in church? What happens during the Sister Monroe incident? 
Chapter 7
  • What are the main characteristics of Annie Henderson? 
  • What is the significance of the legend that involves Mrs. Henderson?
Chapter 8
  • Compare/contrast the conditions in the white and black communities. 
  • Explain why the Christmas presents have such an impact on Bailey and Marguerite. 
Chapter 9
  • Describe Bailey and Marguerite’s father and mother. 
  • Compare and contrast the reactions of Bailey and Marguerite to their parents. 
Chapter 10
  • Describe Grandmother Baxter and her family. 
  • Compare and contrast the educational experiences in St. Louis vs. Stamps for Bailey and Marguerite. 

History: (Civil Rights Movement)
Last week we began our study of Civil Rights by addressing segregation in schools. We will continue this week by talking about the Little Rock Nine.
Students will:
  • Explore how personal stories are written with political goals;
  • Identify how Daisy Bates uses her story to speak about the larger experiences of Southern African Americans living during the Jim Crow Era;
  • Locate passages in the text where Bates makes her life political;
  • Reflect on the resiliency of the African-American community; and
  • Determine how some black activists’ development was shaped by their childhood experiences.
  • Explore the diversity of opinions within a larger community as well as subgroups within that community;
  • Distinguish between conservative, moderate and liberal points of views;
  • Differentiate between objectivity and subjectivity; and
  • Analyze the ways the intersection of race, class, gender, and age shaped individual experiences with Jim Crow, as well as reactions to it.
  • Understand the role African-American children played in the civil rights movement;
  • Analyze the impact the Little Rock Crisis had on American society;
  • Recognize the power that youth possess in society; and
  • Connect the experiences of the Little Rock Nine to their own experience
Writing: (Night of the Notables)
Students will: 
  • Take notes from a variety of resources
  • Create key word outlines, choosing the most appropriate details, for education and adulthood
  • Create the rough draft for the timeline (20 total events, 10 from their notable person, 5 world events, and 5 personal events)
  • In art on Thursday, create the first draft of the portrait