Thursday, May 23, 2019

Teach In Next Thursday

After all their hard work, the final presentations are upon us. Next Thursday is our Teach In. Please read below for answers to all of your pressing questions.

1. What is this thing?
The Teach In is a day of sharing information about social justice causes. Each student was asked to choose a social justice topic that they feel passionately about, passionately enough that they were willing to stand up for it regardless of the consequences. Students have 10 - 15 minutes to share their topic is some format. Some have chosen speeches, some have chosen documentaries, some have chosen to create websites, zines, art, or children's books.

2. What should they wear?
Today we tie dyed t shirts because what sit in/teach in would be complete without tie dye? Students are permitted to wear jeans or shorts or skirts with their tie dye shirts. We're going for the "hippy" look. If students would like to add bell bottoms, funny glasses, fringed vests, or flower wreaths they are certainly welcome to. They are permitted to alter their shirts to add fringing and beads if they would like.
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3. What should they bring?
Presentation pieces are a must. They may bring a bean bag chair or other comfy pillow to sit on and snack to share. Neither is required.

4. What time will students be presenting?
We will begin presentations at 8:30 and go until they are done. There is no guarantee of what time a particular student will go.

5. May parents attend?
Some students have asked for no adult audience members, but the majority have said you are welcome. If a student wants a student only audience, I may ask you to step out for their presentation. Otherwise, you are welcome to join us and learn from these amazing young adults. 

Monday, May 6, 2019

Who is Notable This Year

Are you ready to see how many notable figures you can guess this Thursday? We have some great ones this year. You may want to look up those you don't recognize. 

Alessandro Volta
Alexander Hamilton
Alice Coachman
Alicia Keys
Ann Bonney
Babe Ruth
Ben Franklin
Carl Brashear
Carole Lombard
Charlie Chaplain
Christopher Columbus
Dorothea Lange
Douglas MacArthur
Earl Lambeau
Eddie Carnett
Eileen Collins
Eleanor Roosevelt
Ellen DeGeneres
Elon Musk
Elsa Schiaparelli
Emily Bronte
Emmy Noether
Frida Kahlo
Georgia O'Keefe
Gordon Parks
Hank Aaron
Harnes Marques
Harriet Tubman
Henri Matisse
Ivar the Boneless
Jacques Cousteau
Jane Colden
Jane Goodall
Joan of Arc
Josephine Baker
Katherine Johnson
Kendrick Lamar
Lady Gaga
Leonidas
Louis Armstrong
Louisa May Alcott
Madam C.J. Walker
Marian Anderson
Marie Curie
Marie Curie
Mark Twain
Mary Cassatt
Mary, Queen of Scots
Michelangelo
Misty Copeland
N. Copernicus
Odette Sansome
Princess Diana
Robert E. Lee
Ronald Reagen
Ruby Bridges
Rudolph Diesel
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Wakefield
Salvador Dali
Samuel L Jackson
Sandra Day O'Connor
Sojourner Truth
Thomas Jefferson
Tom Hiddleston
Walt Disney
William Shakespeare

Middle School Dance


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Promotion Decoration Committee

Anyone who would like to help with promotion decorations, please plan to attend a short meeting at 3:45 on May 15th. We'll spend about half an hour talking about what we want and assigning tasks.

Thank you!

Ashland Packing List

Packing List! 
brush or comb
gel/mousse/hairspray
shampoo/conditioner
hair ties/bobby pins/other hairstyling accessories
hair dryer/curling iron
*deodorant
toothbrush/toothpaste
retainer/ washing stuff
rubber bands/wax/ other braces required stuff
face wash stuff
make up/chap stick
glasses/contacts
*deodorant
3 casual shirts
3 medium dressy shirts (Polo or similiar)
2 dressy shirt/dress/tie/suit jacket
bras
jewelry
*deodorant
3+ pairs of underwear
3 pairs of socks
3 pairs of casual pants
3 pairs semi dressy pants (slacks or school pants with no holes)
2 pair of dressy pants
dress socks/tights/nylons
shoes/dress shoes
*deodorant
pajamas
pillow
sleeping bag
*deodorant
swim suit
towel x2
book
non electronic entertainment for the bus

Ashland Schedule

Ashland Schedule

Friday, May 31st, 2019
8:00 - Arrive at school in casual clothing
9:00 - Load bus
11:00- Arrive at Dexter Lake 
http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=179
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)
5:30 - Dinner in the dining hall
7:30 - Attend workshops at Southern Oregon University
   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.
 RENAISSANCE DANCE - An expert dancer shares his/her knowledge of court and country dances of the Renaissance through lessons in cinquepaces, bergomasks, galliards and other dances.
9:30 - Class meeting in the dorms
10:00 - Showers and bedtime
11:00 - Lights out
Saturday, June 1st, 2019
7:30  - Up and dressed in business casual
8:00 - Breakfast in the dining hall
9:00 – Attend class at Southern Oregon University:
Music of Shakespeare’s Time - This interactive presentation puts the class in charge, as Sue fields questions about all aspects of our musical past, present, and future. The resulting discussion explores many subjects- from the origins of music and its effect on the brain, to the invention of instruments and the role of singing in modern life. Ideally, the group leaves with more questions than they came with, and the discussion often continues long after the class is over, as students make new connections between their personal journeys and the fascinating world of the past.

10:15 - Load bus 
10:30 - Workshop at Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Exploring Design - What inspires the designs for this season’s productions? What factors influence the designers’ choices? These questions and more are answered in a one-hour exploration of the creative process. Students discover how the words of a script are turned into a production on stage by investigating the text, visual research, drawings and photos from previous productions.
11:30 - Load bus
11:45 - Lunch in the dining hall
1:15 - Load bus
1:30 - Attend Mother Road
4:00 - Load bus
4:15 – Frolic in the park
5:00 - Dinner in the dining hall
6:00 - Showers and dressed in semi formal attire
7:15-Load bus
8:00 - Attend Alice in Wonderland
10:50 – Load Bus
11:00 - Showers and bed

Sunday, June 2nd, 2019
7:30 - Wake up dressed in business casual 
8:00 - Breakfast in dining hall
9:00 - Load bus
9:15 - Workshop
Two hours of on-your-feet exercises led by two company members, designed to explore themes, characters and language of the plays
11:30 - Load bus
11:40 - Lunch in the dining hall
1:00 - Load bus
1:30 – Hairspray
3:30 - Load bus
4:00 - Shower and dressed in semi formal attire
5:00 –  STAGE COMBAT WORKSHOP
A certified stage combatant leads you safely through some of the steps and skills of hand-to-hand stage combat. 
5:55 – Dinner in the dining hall
6:30 – Load bus
7:00 – Attend Prolouge
8:00 - Attend All’s Well That Ends Well
10:30 – Load bus
10:45 – Lights out
Monday, June 3
7:30 – Up, dressed in casual clothes, pack
8:15 – Load bus
8:30 – Breakfast in the dining hall
9:30 – Load bus and head home
12:00 – Stop in Springfield for lunch

3:30 – Arrive at CHPCS

Civil Rights/Social Justice Assignment - How Parents Can Help

Social Justice/Civil Rights Project - How Parents Can Help

The final project of 8th grade is a social activism project. Students were asked to choose a topic that they felt passionately about, so passionately that they would be willing to stand up before their peers and present it, even if their peers disagreed with them.

Students are allowed to choose their method of presentation as long as it meets the following requirements:


  • 10 - 15 minutes in length
  • Educates the audience about the issue
  •  Motivates the audience to act
  • Represents a significant amount of effort. (10 -12 hours worth of work over a 3 week period)


We talked at length about possibilities. A few I've seen in the past are:

  • Documentary written, filmed, and edited by the student
  • Webpages created by the student
  • Picture books
  • Zines
  • Speeches
  • Album of songs written and performed by the student
  • Murals
  • Social media campaign complete with slogan, graphics, and written business plan
  • Fundraising campaign complete with art and written plan for dissemination
  • Writing a proposal for a bill and meeting with local congressional representatives to pitch their idea
As students get going, they are going to need some help and as parents, you'll want to be involved. This is a great idea, as long as everyone keeps a few main points in mind. 

  1. The idea behind this entire project is for the student to become socially active about a topic of their choosing. 
  2. Students should do the vast majority of the work. It is perfectly OK for parents to hold the camera while students interview someone for their documentary, not OK for parents to contact people for the student to be interviewed. Please ask them questions to clarify their process or thoughts, please do not provide them with a step by step to do list. Please drive them to the store to pick up supplies, please do not make the supply list for them. 
  3. There are many great ways to help! Ask questions, introduce them to community resources on their topic, visit the library, read articles together and discuss, shop for supplies, and most of all, tell them you believe in their ability to do this. 
  4. On May 30th your student will be in front of the class for 10 - 15 minutes. They need to know their topic and feel passionately about it. Work that is done for them will leave them feeling unsure of themselves and nervous about standing up there. Work they have done will leave them confident and excited.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask via email or phone. I am excited by the range of topics that students chose and can't wait to see their presentations. 

Final Project of the Year

Civil Rights/Social Activism Final Project

In history we are in the midst of our unit on civil rights and social activism. Over the next few weeks students will use the historical knowledge they have learned to attack a current civil rights or social justice issue of their choice. Students have multiple options for presenting their ideas. They may create a children's book complete with illustrations, write and deliver a speech, film a documentary, paint a mural, create a website, write several songs and produce an album, or create a zine. If nothing of these speak to them, they may propose an alternative project. These projects will be due on May 30th, giving them plenty of time to work on it. 

On May 30th, we will hold a day long Teach In. Students will have 10 - 15 to present their project and speak their hearts. I look forward to seeing what each student is passionate about. I expect it to take in the range of 10 - 12 hours spread out over the next month to complete this assignment. We will not have any at home writing assignments during this month in order to ensure they have time to work on it.

Students must identify their social justice issue by Monday and identify their method of presentation by next Wednesday.

Plant Sale

The plants are here! Thank you to everyone who ordered plants from our spring plant sale. They are here for pick up, just check in to the office and then we can direct you to your order.

Thank you!

NON Presentation Board

1. Size - The display board must be a tri-fold 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 - 8th graders are to fill the right side with items that highlight their person's social justice impact. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

NON Artifact

NON is going exceptionally well in class. Students are finishing up their rough drafts and realizing that a 15 - 20 page paper isn't that hard when you break it down bit by bit.

The next thing up is the artifact. These are due next Tuesday. Students are to create an item to sit next to their board that will help the viewer understand their person's notability. This needs to be hand created, not purchased. To get an idea of possibilities,  here are some of the exceptional ones from last year.








Monday, April 22, 2019

What We Learned On the Scavenger Hunt


  • It is so much easier to get around by bus than I thought. 
  • I learned what a job application looked like. 
  • Planning rest room breaks are important. 
  • When you spring, make sure you know how far you're actually going. 
  • Check your bus numbers. 
  • Public transportation is not the most reliable, it takes much longer than expected. 
  • Walking everywhere is faster than taking the bus in downtown. 
  • Leave yourself lots of extra time. 
  • The most random people know the most information. 
  • Dial the phone before you put the money in. 
  • Do the harder things first. 
  • You need a resume even before you can get an application. 
  • The majority of the places have online applications. 

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Concert Tonight

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I look forward to seeing everyone tonight at the concert! Students are to report to the cafeteria at 6:20 while parents find seats in the gym. Concert attire is regular uniform or black and white.

See you tonight!

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Spring Band Concert Next Thursday

Next Thursday is our all school Spring Music Concert!! This year will be a little different than years past, please make note of the changes.

Who: K-4 and 5-8
What: Spring Music Concert
When: Thursday April 11th(Matinee performance at 2)
            K-4 5:45 please plan on arriving at 5:30
            5-8 6:45 please plan on arriving at 6:20
Where: Cascade Heights Public Charter School Gym
          
Due to space constraints, we are splitting the performance in half. Kindergarten through 4th grade will perform first. Parents and students may arrive at 5:30 and get seats in the gym. At the end of their performance, families without older students are welcome to leave at that time. This will make room for those families with older students who will be arriving at 6:20. Older students should report to the cafeteria where they will get warmed up while their families take their seats. 
            
Attire: 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 or shorts with a black or white collared shirt
   Black dress that is knee length or longer with short or long sleeves.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Oregon Healthy Teen Survey

Each year schools are randomly selected for participation in the Oregon Healthy Teens Survey. The survey is done anonymously and covers topics like nutrition, tobacco, drug, and alcohol use as well as social behaviors. The information is used by the state to facilitate needed changes in curriculum and social programs.
Cascade Heights was chosen this year and students will be taking it tomorrow.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Ashland Schedule

Friday, May 31st, 2019
8:00 - Arrive at school in casual clothing
9:00 - Load bus
11:00- Arrive at Dexter Lake 
http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=179
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)
5:30 - Dinner in the dining hall
7:30 - Attend workshops at Southern Oregon University
   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.
 RENAISSANCE DANCE - An expert dancer shares his/her knowledge of court and country dances of the Renaissance through lessons in cinquepaces, bergomasks, galliards and other dances.
9:30 - Class meeting in the dorms
10:00 - Showers and bedtime
11:00 - Lights out
Saturday, June 1st, 2019
7:30  - Up and dressed in business casual
8:00 - Breakfast in the dining hall
9:00 – Attend class at Southern Oregon University:
Music of Shakespeare’s Time - This interactive presentation puts the class in charge, as Sue fields questions about all aspects of our musical past, present, and future. The resulting discussion explores many subjects- from the origins of music and its effect on the brain, to the invention of instruments and the role of singing in modern life. Ideally, the group leaves with more questions than they came with, and the discussion often continues long after the class is over, as students make new connections between their personal journeys and the fascinating world of the past.

10:15 - Load bus 
10:30 - Workshop at Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Exploring Design - What inspires the designs for this season’s productions? What factors influence the designers’ choices? These questions and more are answered in a one-hour exploration of the creative process. Students discover how the words of a script are turned into a production on stage by investigating the text, visual research, drawings and photos from previous productions.
11:30 - Load bus
11:45 - Lunch in the dining hall
1:15 - Load bus
1:30 - Attend Mother Road
4:00 - Load bus
4:15 – Frolic in the park
5:00 - Dinner in the dining hall
6:00 - Showers and dressed in semi formal attire
7:15-Load bus
8:00 - Attend Alice in Wonderland
10:50 – Load Bus
11:00 - Showers and bed

Sunday, June 2nd, 2019
7:30 - Wake up dressed in business casual 
8:00 - Breakfast in dining hall
9:00 - Load bus
9:15 - Workshop
Two hours of on-your-feet exercises led by two company members, designed to explore themes, characters and language of the plays
11:30 - Load bus
11:40 - Lunch in the dining hall
1:00 - Load bus
1:30 – Hairspray
3:30 - Load bus
4:00 - Shower and dressed in semi formal attire
5:00 –  STAGE COMBAT WORKSHOP
A certified stage combatant leads you safely through some of the steps and skills of hand-to-hand stage combat. 
5:55 – Dinner in the dining hall
6:30 – Load bus
7:00 – Attend Prolouge
8:00 - Attend All’s Well That Ends Well
10:30 – Load bus
10:45 – Lights out
Monday, June 3
7:30 – Up, dressed in casual clothes, pack
8:15 – Load bus
8:30 – Breakfast in the dining hall
9:30 – Load bus and head home
12:00 – Stop in Springfield for lunch

3:30 – Arrive at CHPCS