Wednesday, October 25, 2017


Good morning Falcon community,

Please check your student for signs of lice . Lice can happen to any child, in any family, in any home. We have had a few cases this week, and we would like to make sure families are able to deal with it as soon as possible.

Please let me know if you have any questions. If your child or family has a case of lice that occurs, please feel comfortable communicating this with the office, teacher and/or myself. Lice is not a reflection of the cleanliness of your home or family. We will hold this information confidentially and communicate only what will help the community. 

Here are some details about our lice policy:
  • Whole school/whole class lice checks will not occur (due to state and district policy as well as to protect the emotional needs of our students).
  • If a pattern of lice incidents occurs (>3 students/classroom) individual students will be sent to the office and checked confidentially.
  • If a teacher sees a student itching excessively or showing other signs, they will be sent to the office discreetly. A trained member of the office team will privately and confidentially check the child. 
  • If live bugs are found, the parents will be contacted and the student will be sent home. 
  • If nits (eggs) are found, the parent will be notified and the student will return to class unless otherwise requested by the parent/guardian.
  • Whole school communication will occur if there's a systemic concern. The specific grade level will not be indicated in order to protect confidentiality.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Jog A Thon

A note from Mr. Weaver about the Jog A Thon...

Good Afternoon Falcon Families, 

We are less than one week away from our 11th Annual Jog-a-Thon! It is thisThursday, October 26th!

I have attached the parent letter that you all should have received, this explains what the jog-a-thon is, why we do it here at CHPCS, and how you can volunteer!

This year we are trying something new. We understand that it can be difficult for anyone to jog for 30 minutes in our school uniforms. So, we have decided to allow our students to wear appropriate athletic attire on the day of the jog-a-thon! They do not have to bring a uniform to change into after they complete the jog-a-thon. They get to wear their athletic attire all day! 

Here are some appropriate athletic attire items:
- t-shirt (no inappropriate logos, field trip t-shirts are great!)
- basketball shorts
- running shorts (please wear running tights, spandex shorts, or leggings under short running shorts)
- athletic shirts (no spaghetti straps)
- tennis shoes
- soccer cleats (to be worn only when jogging in the jog-a-thon)

The uniform closet is available for student who are unable to follow the appropriate athletic attire. 

Here are the times each grade will be participating. You are welcome to come volunteer and cheer on your children when they are jogging!

K - 2nd: 9:00 - 9:30

3rd - 5th: 10:00 - 10:30

6th - 8th: 11:00 - 11:30

Other reminders:
- Hats cannot be worn in the school
- Umbrellas cannot be used while jogging
- It may be raining, so dress accordingly

This is a great event and we all have so much fun. If you have any questions, please read the attached letter. If you still have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us here at CHPCS!

Thank you and have a great day, 

Mr. Weaver

School Pictures

Cascade Height’s photo galleries will be closing at midnight tonight Monday 10/23.

Apple of My Eye Photography has our school pictures ready for you to view and order!  Our school's gallery will be open for one week. Access to the galleries will be available through Monday, October 23rd,  so please be sure to place your order by then.

Every child has their own password protected photo gallery.  Here’s how to access and order your child’s photos.

1.  Click on this link:

2.  Find and click on the Cascade Heights logo. This will bring up a small search box.

3.  Enter your child's password into the search box. 

The password is your child’s birthday in the two-digit MMDDYY format followed by the first initial of their LEGAL first name
For example: if your daughter's name is Ava and her birthday is February 13, 2008, her password would be 021308a

4.  When the correct password is entered, the gallery of images will appear for you to view and place your order. 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

8th Grade Update

Things are going very well in 8th grade! We are working hard and building new habits centered about work completion, kindness, respect towards other, and being proud of our efforts.

We are in the middle of our unit on government. Topics already discussed include the types of government, the foundation of our government, anatomy of the Constitution, and the anatomy of our government. We are currently focusing on the Executive Branch and will be moving into the Legislative Branch next week.

Vectors, Scalars, friction, gravity, free body diagrams, forces, and buoyancy... all things covered in the last few weeks. Yesterday's buoyancy lab was wet, but fun. In the coming weeks we'll continue to cover each of the forces and momentum.

Writing has been going extremely well. I'm seeing greater depth, wider vocabulary, and an attention to detail that makes reading papers a pleasure. This is an incredibly creative group and their narrative essays, business letters, and expository essays are coming along beautifully. We will be continuing with expository essays for a few weeks before moving on to poetry.

So far we have covered smoking and the effects of vaping. Next week, we will be beginning the lessons on sexuality. These will cover what sex is, sexual preference, types of protection, where to access accurate information, and sexually transmitted infections. Parents are welcome to sit in. I will be covering this material on Wednesday from 10:30 - 12:00. If you'd like to take a look at the PowerPoint I'll be using, it will be ready on Monday.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Presidential Campaign Writing

This week we are blending Civics with writing. As we study the executive branch of the government, students will be creating their own presidential campaign. Today students were asked to choose three national or global issues that they felt were the most important topics of today. These became their campaign platform.

Step 1 – Decide on your Platform
·      What 5 national or global issues are most important to you?
·      Where do you stand on these?
·      What is the issue and what would YOU do to fix it if you were president?
·      Narrow these 5 down to your top 3. Choose the ones you feel would resonate with the largest portion of the population. 

After some time to brainstorm, we sorted some possible issues into categories: 
1.  Human Rights
a.   Women’s right (equal pay, reproductive rights)
b.  Minority rights (interactions with law enforcement, profiling, economic issues, housing discrimination)
c.   Immigration
2.  Economy
a.   Taxes
b.  Unemployment
c.   Foreign Trade
3.  Environment
a.   Global warming
b.  Role of science
c.   Environmental laws/restrictions
4.  Constitutional Amendment
a.   2nd amendment (gun control)
b.  Military use
5.  Foreign Policy
a.   Aid to other countries
b.  Sending troops
c.   Immigration
6.  Education
a.   What rules or laws?
b.  Funding
c.   Literacy rates
d.  Testing

These were just a few of the ideas that students listed. Everyone was welcome to choose others if none of these spoke to them. 

Next up was to start a letter writing campaign to raise money in order to fund their campaign. This is more difficult than it sounds. Students were asked to identify organizations or companies that shared a common interest in one of their platform issues. Once they had a destination identified, they needed to write a formal business letter to that person requesting support. These are turned in to me and in the morning they will find out if they were successful. Over the next few weeks students will continue to write these letters. This is where you come in! Talk about the issues your student has identified. What groups or companies have a vested interest? Who should they be writing to? These conversations can help them diversify their thinking and foster new connections. 

Over the next week and a half they will be creating campaign posters, designing and pricing merchandise, proposing cabinet members and supreme court judges, and evaluating infographics to decide where to spend their hard earned money. 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Fall Conferences

If you haven't signed up for Fall Conferences, please do! I value this time to sit down and discuss your hopes, dreams, and concerns.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Social Development of 8th Graders

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 is working on that on a daily basis. I have touched bases with the other teachers and they assure me that they are typically 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 usually welcome their partners and work effectively with them. This does not mean they never get frustrated with each other, but it means they are working on dealing with it appropriately and letting go of 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 when we discuss them in health class 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 three weeks and is the perfect opportunity to discuss your hopes, dreams, and concerns. 

Chinese Culture Field Trip

Chinese Culture Field Trip

Image result for dragon boat

Our next field trip is this coming Friday! We're very excited to experience some of the traditions and culture of China, which relates directly to our current literature book. It is going to be a full day of outdoor fun. 

When: October 6th, 2017
Time:  Regular school day. The bus leaves at 9:00 and returns at 3:00

Uniform: Regular uniform with short sleeves.***2*** sweatshirts or jackets. The idea set up would be a warm vest and then a long sleeve jacket or sweatshirt to put on after dragon boating. If they wear long sleeves in the boat, they will end up cold and wet. Also, pants should not be tight, as they will need to sit low in the boat and be able to walk all over downtown. 

Schedule: (Subject to change)
9:00 - Load bus
9:30 - 11:30 - Dragon boating
11:45 - 1:00 - Lunch - No forks allowed! (Even for chaperones)
1:00 - Walking tour of China Town lead by Laio Shi
2:00 - Load bus
2:30 - Thank you notes, wrap up, etc

Mr. Brewer
Mrs. Harkins
Mr. Harkins

I need one more chaperone please!
All chaperones must be dressed for boating as well, since they require all adults to be in the boats! 

8th Grade Progress Reports

Last week we introduced new weekly progress reports! The intent is for students and families to get immediate feedback on student progress in vocabulary, math, world language, music, art, and PE. Teachers will be indicating homework return and in class participation for each day. Once students have 8 consecutive days of full participation and homework return, they will no longer have to get them signed. We're striving for growth and independence, and this is one more tool!

Thank you for your support.