Wednesday, August 30, 2017

8th Grade Planning Meeting

8th Grade Meeting
September 21st, 2017
6:30 PM

September 21st at 6:30 PM is our 8th grade family information night. Every family will want to have at least one person there to learn about:

  • being promoted from 8th grade
  • understanding the wide range of options for high school
  • choosing a high school that best fits your student
  • our end of year trip
  • fundraising possibilities

This is your chance to help shape our end of year trip and have a say in the extent of our fundraising. 

Please come with any questions you have about high schools, GPA translations, deadlines, essays, recommendation letters, etc. 

Also, please bring any ideas you have for fundraisers that align with our school mission. 

Fall Conference Sign Up

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We believe strongly in the value of open communication between parents and school. While parents and students are more than welcome to schedule a meeting with me anytime, our first formal conferences are on October 27th and November 3rd. You may sign up for a conference time at the link below. 

Field Trip Sign Up Genius

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Our field trip chaperone sign up has gone live! If you would like to volunteer on a field trip this year, please sign up for one at . After Back to School Night you are welcome to sign up for any empty spots, but I want to be sure everyone gets a chance to go on at least one. 

Thank you! 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Water Bottles and Classroom Beverages

I believe strongly in the importance of proper hydration by students. I encourage every student to have a full reusable water bottle every day. As you're shopping for one, please avoid glass bottles. They are beautiful, but in the close classroom quarters, they end up in pieces on the floor to often. 

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These are two of the brands that didn't hold up well last year! 

So why do we ask students to drink only water at school? 

Water and Brain Energy

The brain is one of the most important organs in your body to keep fueled. It is approximately 85 percent water and brain function depends on having abundant access to water.
Water gives the brain the electrical energy for all brain functions, including thought and memory processes.
According to Dr. Corinne Allen, founder of the Advanced Learning and Development Institute, brain cells need two times more energy than other cells in the body. Water provides this energy more effectively than any other substance.
Water is also needed for the brain's production of hormones and neurotransmitters. Nerve transmission requires one-half of all the brain’s energy.
When your brain is functioning on a full reserve of water, you will be able to think faster, be more focused, and experience greater clarity and creativity.
The reason why it is important to drink plenty of water throughout the day for optimal brain function is because your brain does not have any way to store water.
When your body loses more water than you are replacing, dehydration will kick in and brain function will be affected. 

Students are allowed to drink all the water they would like. Please do not send them with Starbucks or Black Rock in the morning! I appreciate your support and look forward to seeing everyone soon. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Homework: What to Expect

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In 8th grade, students will have homework every night. I do my best to keep it predictable so that families can schedule other activities without worrying about fluctuating needs. 

1. Math - Students will have one lesson on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. On Thursday they will have 2. This is 30 problems and should take no more than 45 minutes. In order to successfully complete their math in a timely manner, students will need their math book, notes taken in class, calculator (for Course 3 and Advanced Math classes only), and a quiet and well lit work space. This work provides needed practice with new skills and review of past skills. Math homework will be corrected each day. Any day that it is not completed (all problems done AND work shown), students will stay in at lunch to work on it until they are done. If work is still not completed by Friday, students will attend Friday school to complete it. 

2. Vocab - Students will get 6 new words each day. This should take no longer than 15 - 20 minutes. For each word, they must define it, give the part of speech, and write one quality sentence. A quality sentence is defined as one that infers the meaning of the word, begins with a different sentence opener, is grammatically correct, and has a dress up. In order to successfully complete this work in a timely manner, students will need a dictionary or access to an online dictionary, pens, lined paper, and a quiet well lit work space. All work must be completed in italics. Vocabulary work is undertaken to help students be better writers and readers. Our vocab list comes from the SAT list.  Vocab homework will be checked each day after the daily vocab/spelling test. If not completed to these standards, students will work during lunch to complete it. 

3. Reading - Students are expected to read 30 minutes a night seven days a week. Each week they will be assigned one article to be read on . This assigned passage allows students to practice reading non fiction text in short bursts and looking for specific information within it. Each passage is followed by several questions that must be answered. This passage will be assigned on Monday and is to be completed by the following Monday. If students score less than 80% they will be asked to reread and correct their answers. Last year many students found it useful to complete this passage on Monday night so that they could correct on Tuesday if need be. The rest of the week students are to read books of their choice. The expectation is that they will complete a minimum of one book per month. The last week of the month, students will present about the book they read. Book presentation requirements will be discussed in class and posted to the blog in a separate post. I insist that students read every day for a variety of reasons. Here are the most important ones: 

  • Reading teaches students about the world around them. Through reading, they learn about people, places and events outside their own experience. They are exposed to ways of life, ideas and beliefs about the world which may be different from those which surround them. This learning is important for its own sake however it also builds a store of background knowledge which helps students learn to read confidently and well.
  • Reading improves a student's vocabulary, leads to more highly-developed language skills and improves the student's ability to write well. This is because students learn new words as they read but also because they unconsciously absorb information as they read about things like how to structure sentences and how to use words and language effectively.
  • Reading helps humans develop empathy. This is something I’ve only recently realized but it makes sense. As my fifteen-year-old son said to me when we were discussing it, ‘Of course it does because you’re identifying with the character in the story so you’re feeling what he’s feeling.
    • ~ From Every Day is an Adventure

That's it! When there are other things that need to be done, one or more of the regular daily assignments will be cut to make time. Almost everything for big projects like NON and Science Expo are done in class. 

Friday, August 11, 2017

September Calendar

5th - Kindergartners begin (half day)
6th - First day of school for all other students
7th - Back to School Night - 6:30 PM
11th - Homework Club begins
18th - Board of Directors Meeting - 6:30 PM
21st - 8th Grade End of Year Meeting - 6:30 PM (Parents and students)
28th - All School Assembly 8:00 AM
28th - Mrs. Adams' Birthday

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Welcome Back Class of 2022 - Supply List and Uniform Update

The summer is winding down quickly and school is just around the corner. This is your last year with Cascade and it is going to be a wild and crazy ride. First thing up is school shopping. Our supply list is as follows: 

1 3 subject spiral notebook
scissors (reuse the pair you have from past years)
3 ring binder (1")
1 stick O'Glue (roll on gel glue)
Colored Markers (not sharpies)
Highlighters (multi color: yellow, blue, pink)
1 pkg colored pencils
Fine tip black Sharpie
white board markers (low odor)
2 dozen ball point pens (any color but yellow or gel pink)
1 set of headphones (earbuds or over the ear, dependent on student preference)
** Communal Supplies (will be shared/stored with the whole class):No names on supplies **
3 Reams College rule paper
1 ream of copy paper (white)
1 box facial tissue
1 tub Clorox wipes
2 rolls masking tape
1 package 3x5 notecards lined
Math Course 3 (revised 5/17/16)
1 3 subject spiral notebook
pencil pouch for supplies 
fine tip colored markers 
1 pk white board markers
scissors (reuse the pr you have from past years) 
ruler with metric 
(1) 70 page college rule spiral notebooks or (1) 1" three ring binder
1 folder with pockets
1 tub Clorox wipes
(1) 70 page college rule Spiral notebooks or (1) 1" three ring binder
1 folder with pockets
1 tub Clorox wipes  

New this year! 
Student Dress Code: Last year's policy will be amended to allow freedom in the following areas: Hair, fingernails, sock color, and shoe color.  Navy blue bottoms and white collared shirts are still required. Shirts and blouses must be tucked in, so please be sure to purchase shirts long enough to do so! 

Faculty/Staff Dress Code: CHPCS faculty and staff will adhere to a business casual dress code instead of following a student uniform dress code. 

If you have found uniform on sale, please post them here! Let's help each other get the very best deals.