Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Life in the 50's Project

 We have moved into our next history unit!  It covers the Cold War and societal changes in the US. Students are working in small groups to complete a project that includes all of the following elements:

Cars: Create a half scale 3D model of the top selling car from your assigned year. 

Suburbs: Create a 3D map that shows how society was changed by the new affordability of automobiles. 

Music: Perform a 50's song as a group on your band instruments, or an instrument played at home. This will be performed live. 

Dance: Choreograph a dance using 50's era dance moves to the hit song from your year. 

Important events: Write and perform 2 newscasts that highlight the most influential events from the two years you're assigned. 

New products: Write and perform two commercials for new products released during your time period. 

Costuming : Either wear an outfit in the style of the 50's, OR, dress a doll in the style of the 50's. 

All of this will be due on February 14th. 

Clackamas Middle College Open House


Monday, January 10, 2022

High School Info Night

By popular request I will be holding a high school info night this Wednesday at 7:00 PM virtually. We will talk about the different charter high schools, application processes, forecasting at your local high school, etc. Please plan to join me if you have any questions I can answer! 

High School Info Night
Wednesday, January 12 · 7:00 – 8:00pm
Google Meet joining info
Video call link:
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 432-693-9018‬ PIN: ‪435 118 903‬#

Friday, January 7, 2022

High School Applications

 Good morning 8th grade families, 

Many of your students have reached out to me this week about high school applications. Believe it or not, it is that time of the year! I'm sure you have a lot of questions about what needs to be done, when, and how to do it. I'm hoping this will answer many of your questions. If not, please feel free to email me and I'm happy to meet with families to help them through the process. 

1. Neighborhood schools - If you are planning for your student to attend their neighborhood school, (Putnam, Milwaukie, Clackamas, Nelson, etc). You do not have apply to these schools. What you do need to do is email the counseling office and let them know that your child attends Cascade Heights and is planning to attend their school. This will get them in the system. Later in the spring, they will get in touch with you about forecasting. Forecasting is the process through which students get to choose which classes they want to take. 

2. Clackamas Middle College - Their applications are currently open. Have your student go to and begin the process. It will ask for a current schedule and transcript. I am happy to print their current schedule for them on Monday. We already started a request list on the white board. We've worked with CMC for many years, so they know we are on semesters and that students won't have their current grades until the end of January. You can submit everything else and then send in the grades when they are released in a few weeks. CMC is first come first served, so please please please make it a priority to sit down together and get the application materials filled out and the testing completed this month. 

Milwaukie Academy of the Arts - Go to to apply. Their application window is February 1st - March 15th. They do not require testing, but there is an essay etc. I'm  happy to work with students to edit their essay. Again, MAA knows we are on semesters and we can send transcripts at the end of January. 

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Planner Signatures


Today 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. 

Enrichment Opportunity

If you're looking for a great family outing over break, OMSI has a new exhibit about Nelson Mandela. Later this year we will be studying the rise of social activism, so this is a great opportunity to learn about the life of one of the best known freedom fighters.

Friday, December 3, 2021

New Literature Unit


On Monday we will begin our new literature book, Twelfth Night, or What You Will by William Shakespeare. This light hearted comedy is a classic. In a typical year students would be assigned parts to memorize and we would perform it in its entirety. This year we are switching things up a little bit and will be doing it as a puppet show. Small groups will be assigned to create a puppet show for each act.