Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Applebee's Final Numbers

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Applebee's was a huge success. We served 140 people in just under two hours. Good work everyone! Everyone was incredibly impressed by the professionalism of our students and the students learned a lot about customer service.

We raised a total of $1666, which is incredible. 

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Winter Uniform Reminder

Good Afternoon Cascade Middle School Families, 
Can you believe it's almost the end of January already? The days are getting longer and schedules are getting busier. Another thing that happens every winter is middle school growth spurts. As the days get warmer, students break out the shorts and skirts, but not all of those fit the way they did last year. The uniform policy says:

Below the waist:
  • Pants may not be denim or stretch material
  • Garment must be no more than three inches above the knee cap. 
  • Tights or leggings are allowed UNDER skirts or shorts, but the garment must still meet the length guidelines. 
The two issues we're seeing a lot of at this point are stretch pants and garments that are too short due to growth spurts. Please help your student check their garments and replace what needs replacing. The uniform closet is open before and after school if you find yourself in need of new items. After the 1st of the month, students in garments that are too short will be asked to go the uniform closet and change. 

Thank you! 

Mrs. Adams, Mr. Redmill, and Mrs. Gausman

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Planner Signatures

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Last Monday marked one of many milestones between now and high school for 8th graders. Students who have consistently demonstrated their ability to manage their materials and homework were given the opportunity to practice doing the same without adult supervision. These students received a slip to place in their planner that allows them to not get their planner signed by teachers or parents. 
If at any point they have missing homework, this privilege will be rescinded. 

Students who are not quiet ready at this point will have another chance after Spring Break. 

Missing Work Policy Reminder

Missing Homework Policy

Students who do not turn in homework on time face a variety of escalating consequences.

1. If work is missing on the day it is due, students will stay in during lunch recess to complete it. If they finish it before recess is over, they are welcome to join their peers.

2. If students miss 3 or more assignments in one week OR missing work from earlier in the week is not completed by Thursday afternoon, students will attend Friday school. Friday school begins at 8:00 and ends when students complete all missing work OR at 3:30. Failure to attend an assigned Friday school without making arrangements with the teacher will result in an in school suspension until the work is completed.

3. Students that have missing work as of 3:30 on the Thursday before a field trip day will not attend the field trip. They will instead work in the office to catch up.

Homework includes regular classroom work, special projects, music practice, and World Language. 

American Bandstand Project

Please mark your calendar and join us for our next curriculum showcase!

On February 14th we will be holding a celebration of life in the 50's. The fun begins at 12:30 PM, so break out your poodle skirts and your dancing shoes.

Students will demonstrate understanding of the evolution of music and the birth of rock n roll.
Students will demonstrate understanding of dance techniques from different eras.
Students will demonstrate understanding of the influence of the TV on commercialism.
Students will understand the importance and influence of automobiles on the expanding suburban culture.
Students will demonstrate understanding historical events and their influence on modern events.

As well as content, students will be working on team work, problem solving, and research and planning skills.

Students will have 3 weeks to work with their small groups. Very little time will need to be spent outside of class on these projects. It is quite possible that the only thing they will need to work outside of class on is costuming.

1. A 50's dance - Students are working with Mr. Weaver
2. Perform a hit single from the 50's. - Students will be working in small groups in class and with Mrs. Pridey
2. A live newscast featuring the most influential news story from their assigned year - Students will be working in their small group. Class time will be used for researching, writing, and rehearsing.
3. A live commercial featuring a product popular at the time. - Class time will be used for researching, writing, and rehearsing.
4. Build a 1/2 scale car from the 50's. - Students will build a replica car, supplies and class time will be provided.
5. Costumes are highly encouraged. We will be reviewing attire appropriate to the era. Poodle skirts are easy and inexpensive to make!

Family and friends are not only welcome, but encouraged to join us. Break out your poodle skirts, letterman sweaters, and rolled up jeans.

Science Fair Next Thursday

Science Fair Next Thursday

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We are just over a week away from the 8th grade and friends science fair. I've been very impressed with everyone's work and their ability to manage a large project with a high level of independence. 

The biggest piece of news is that the actual presentation of the projects will be NEXT THURSDAY, January 31 , 2019, from 12:30 - 3:30 PM.  

Dress code for the day is regular uniform but students are allowed to bring dress clothes for their judge interviews. 

Battle of the Books List and FAQ

Battle of the Books Q&A and Official List

Battle of the Books has begun! Third through eighth grade will spend the next six weeks reading and strategizing before going head to head with the other classes in fast paced battles that test comprehension. Tuesday the official list of 30 books was released. Classes will work together to not only read these books, but master them. Because each student can answer only three questions per battle, it must be a team effort. Which class will come out on top? It's anyone's game at this point. Be sure to ask your student what BOB book they are reading. You are more than welcome to read it with them or even to them! 

How are books chosen?

The Battle of the Book list is chosen by a team of teachers and administrators. They review the National Librarian’s Association recommendations, Newberry Medal winners, Caldecott Medal winners, and other notable award winners. From these lists they find books that range from the lowest reading level participating to 3 years above the highest grade participating. From there they ensure that we have fiction and nonfiction, historical fiction, classics, sports fiction, animal fiction, adventure, and a biography. The last consideration is a balance between female and male characters. The idea is to have at least one book in the list that appeals to every child participating.

What if I think a book is over my child’s head or is inappropriate for them?

The beauty of Battle of the Books is that it is a team effort. No one child is expected to read every book. In fact, it’s best if they don’t read every book. Choose 2 or 3 from the list that you are OK with and read those.

Can my child listen to the book/watch the movie/have it read to them etc?

YES! The idea is for children to be exposed to literature and to understand the story. They can have it read to them by an adult or older sibling, listen to it on tape, or read it themselves. They can watch the movie, but be careful; often the movie is not the same as the book.

Official List
Battle of the Books 2019
1. Left Out by Tim Green
2. The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
3. The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
4. It’s Our World, Too! Young People Who are Making a Difference: How they Do It - How you can too! by Phillip M. Hoose
5. Native Women of Courage by Kelly Fournel
6. All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson
7. Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
8. Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
9. Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsey Mattick
10. Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca
11. We the Children (Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School) by Andrew Clements
12. Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
13. The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies
14. Brothers of Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan by Mary Williams
15. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O'Brian
16. Luna and Me: The True Story of a Girl who Lived in a Tree to Save a Forest by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
17. Frida by Jonah Winter
18. Queen of the Track: Alice Coachman, Olympic High-Jump Champion by Heather Lang
19. Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci by Joseph D’Agnese
20. The Lord of the Rings by J. R.R. Tolkien
21. The Way Home Looks Now by Wendy Wan Long Shang
22. The Fallen Man by Tony Hillerman
23. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
24. Fantasic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
25 In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall and James Mark Yellowhawk
26. Ties that Bind Ties that Break by Lensey Namioka
27. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (Young Reader’s Edition) by William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer
28. Dumpling Days (A Pacy Lin Novel) by Grace Lin
29. South Sudan by Lisa Owings

Staff vs Middle School Basketball Game

Good Morning Falcon Families, 

The Staff vs Middle School Basketball game is tomorrow, January 24th at 6:00 pm! We hope to see you there!

Remember, seating is limited to this event. You can buy your tickets anytime today and tomorrow in the morning, or during PE time. If you have a ticket and your name is on the list, you will be able to get into the event faster!

Here are some details about the game:

1. Doors open at 5:30! Show up early to get your snack, raffle tickets, and find your seat!
2. There will be two lines to come into the gym, please stand in the correct one (prepaid and have not paid).
3. Middle school student and 5th grade helpers do not have to pay for the event. 
4. Seating will be on the stage and black benches.
5. Students may sit on the edge of the stage during the game
6. Snacks will be for sale ($1/each item) on the stage.
7. Raffle tickets can be purchased on your way in ($1/each).
8. Remember to not block any neighborhood driveways when you are parking. 
9. If you choose to sit on the black benches, remember they are right on the edge of the basketball court. 
10. It may get to standing room only. If that is the case, feel free to stand at the door and off to the sides. 
11. Only the teachers and middle school students are allowed to warm-up between 5:30 and 6:00. 
12. 5th grade helpers need to be at the school at 5:15 to help set things up and get everything ready.
13,.Have a great time and enjoy watching your CHPCS teachers and middle school students battle it out on the basketball court. 
14. Please do not enter the playing area anytime the game is going on. If you need to use the restroom, or leave early, please wait for a safe time to go around the basketball court. 

Here is the tentative schedule for the night:

5:30 - doors open
5:30-6:00 - get a snack, purchase raffle tickets, find your seat
6:00 - 6:25 - first half
6:25 - 6:40 - half time show and games
6:40 - 7:05 - 2nd half
7:05 - 7:15 - closure 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. 

Have a wonderful day, 

Mr. Weaver

Monday, January 14, 2019

January Field Trip Photos

We had a wonderful time exploring a new lifetime sport at the Northwest Fencing Association. Students learned how fencing works, what it takes to be a fencer, and saw some National Champions at work. After lunch we went to the Oregon Historical Society to visit the Psychedelic Portland exhibit which covered the 60's music scene in Portland. Can you identify your student while suited up?

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Field Trip Friday

Destination: NW Fencing Center and Oregon Historical Society

Time: 8:00 - 3:30

Uniform: Students should arrive in class shirts and comfortable athletic pants (sweats or stretch pants) but BRING a regular uniform to change in to after lunch. 

Bring: Uniform, healthy lunch in a reusable container, water bottle

Mrs. Mitchelldyer
Mr. Stores
Mrs. Marks

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Winter Conferences

As we approach the middle of the year and conference season, we are pleased to announce that 4 classes will be trying out a new method of sharing information. Instead of individual conferences, these classes will be holding one meeting, from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM on February 7th. During this meeting you will receive your child’s report card, winter MAP scores, and their portfolio. These will each be explained in detail and questions answered. Then, we’ll look forward. Examples of end of the year material will be provided so you can easily compare where your child is at and see where they are going. Finally, we’ll take a look at upcoming events so you know what to look forward to. If at the end of this time you have individual concerns, teachers are happy to schedule further time. Childcare and light snacks will be provided.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Applebee's Fundraiser

Our next fundraiser is upon us. January 27, we will be hosting an Applebee’s pancake breakfast from 8:00 - 10:00 AM at the Clackamas Applebees. There are two ways for us to make the most of this fundraiser.

  1. Over the next few weeks families are asked to help us sell as many tickets as possible. Our goal is to raise at least $1500. Tickets are $10 each, with our profit being $6.00 of that. So we need to sell just under 250 tickets to meet our goal. That seems like a lot, but when we divide that by 22, it’s only about 12 tickets per family. We will also be advertising to all Cascade families, which will help. For their $10, attendees will receive pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee, milk, juice, and soft drinks. You will find 8 tickets for your 8th grader to work on selling in your student's backpack today. We can accept cash or checks made out to Cascade Heights Public Charter School. If you need more, please let me know and I’ll get you another set. If you have not sold the original 8 by January 15th, please return to them to school so we can pass them out to others. There is a limit of 300 total tickets we can sell, and we would love to sell out.
  2. The second way to help is to work the day of the fundraiser. Students 14 and older will help seating people and clearing dishes. We need 10 people to help, so everyone that is able is highly encouraged to work that day.