A Word from Principal Lindsay
I hope this message finds you well. It was another great week to be a Rambler. We had students compete at the Idaho State competition in track and in golf. Go Ramblers! Please note that our end of year assemblies have been scheduled. Secondary will take place on May 24 at 2:30. Elementary will take place on the last day of school at noon. Come and celebrate with us.
Speaking of celebrating. It is hard to believe but this week brings one of the biggest celebrations and accomplishments of all, High School graduation. I am so proud of these Ramblers. Though we will miss their presence in the hall, I know that this group will continue to do amazing things in this world.
Please continue scrolling for additional information about your child's education and important dates.
Communication Feedback Requested
We are always striving to improve our communication with families and the community of Cascade. There are a few identified areas that we are actively working on but we are in need of feedback from you to verify that we are or are not on the right track. Would you please take some time to take this anonymous Communication Survey so we can continue to improve?
Thank you to everyone that provided feedback on our Safe and Orderly school survey, the results are shown in graphics below. The feedback that was given in the typed responses has already been used to adapt small practices in attempt to make our school a better place for all. I hope you trust that we look at the comments in order to understand how we might do better.
Breakdown of # of Responses
22 parents = 41.5%
16 students = 30.2%
15 employees = 28.3%
1 community member = 1.9%
53 responses Total
How safe has our school been lately?
52.8% = Excellent
39.6% = Adequate
7.5% = Unsatisfactory (4 responses)
Safe & Orderly School Data Analysis
Overall we are very pleased with the outcomes of this survey - the response rate was appropriate, although we will strive to get more in the future. Quick analysis of the data shows:
92.5% of respondents feel safe in our school.
100% of Students that responded feel safe.
14/15 employees that responded feel safe.
19/22 of parents that responded feel like our school is safe.
96.2% of respondents feel like our school is orderly.
100% of Students that responded feel that our school is orderly.
15/15 of employees that responded feel that our school is orderly.
20/22 of parents that responded feel like our school is orderly.
- 23 - Open Gym for Girls Basketball - 7:30pm (Grades 8-11)
- 24 - Secondary End of Year Awards Ceremony
- 24 - Final Decision on Graduation location (weather dependent)
- 24 - Library Committee Meeting - 4pm - Room 135
- 24 - Donkey Basketball, 6:30pm
- 25 - K-2 Field Trip to Boise Zoo (school hours)
- 25 - 4th grade Field Trip to Old State Penitentiary (school hours)
- 25-27 - Cascade Schools Basketball Camp - Grades 3-12 (see flier below)
- 25 - Senior Walk of Fame - 8:15 (our Senior class' final walk through the hallways of Cascade Schools)
- 26 - Last day for Senior Students
- 27 - Graduation - 10am - Location: TBD (Either Kelly's or Cascade School Gymnasium)
- 29 - No School - Memorial Day
- 30 - Junior High Step Up, 8:00am, 5th Grade Classroom
- 30 - Open Gym for Girls Basketball - 7:30pm (Grades 8-11)
- 31 - National Guard Blackhawk Helicopter Visit
- 1 - Freshmen class College of Western Idaho Field Trip (school hours)
- 1 - Jr/Sr Concert - 6:30pm - Novotny Gymnasium
- 1-3 - Cheer Camp (see flier below)
- 6 - Open Gym for Girls Basketball - 7:30pm (Grades 8-11)
- 7 - Jr/Sr Ice Skate Day (Not confirmed yet)
- 7- Elementary Movie at the Roxy (Movie TBD - will be G rated and announced)
- 8 - Elementary Awards Assembly & Kindergarten Graduation - noon - Novotny Gymnasium
- 8 - Kindergarten Graduation -
- 8 - Last Day of School - Regular Release time (3:45pm)
Headed to State!
Congratulations Cole Olson for qualifying for the State Golf Tournament!
We are so proud to have a student athlete qualify for the State tournament in only the second year of a golf program. Cole will travel to Idaho Falls to compete early next week, we will keep you posted on his progress.
Heading to State
School Attire Expectations
A quick note regarding the warmer temps. It looks like they are finally on their way. Warmer temperatures do bring short weather. Please make sure that your students clothing adheres to the Cascade Student Handbook. Specifically, that shorts (and holes in jeans) are past a fingertip length. When in doubt, bring them in or pack an extra appropriate pair of shorts. This goes for both our ladies and gentlemen. At Cascade Schools we firmly believe in preparing our Ramblers for the future. The majority of jobs, especially entry level jobs, have some form of clothing that is appropriate to wear in that setting, and those that are not appropriate to wear. Our students have done an amazing job this year of showing up on time, dressed properly, and ready to engage in their school work. We will be working hard to end on that note. If you would like to share some input on the dress code for next year, please set up a time to chat with me.
Library Policy & Materials Committee
We are in the process of assembling a library policy and materials selection committee for Cascade School District and we need parent and community representatives.
The committee will be responsible for reviewing our current library policy, identifying areas in need of improvement, and making revisions to ensure that our policies reflect best practices in library management. We will also be selecting new materials for our library, taking into account the needs and interests of our students/community members as well as the budget and other resources available to us. The policies & procedures that we will look at revising are: Library Materials - 2500, Selection of Library Materials - 2510, & Selection of Library Materials Procedure - 2510P
The committee will meet 3-4 time over the next 4 month, beginning on May 24 at 4:00pm in Room 135. If you are interested in participating, please let me know by May 22 so that we can finalize our list of committee members. firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to working with you on this important project.
Welcome new NHS Members!
Playground Expectations for Elementary Students:
The weather looks like it has cleared up enough to be able to be outside more frequently and comfortably.
Here is a list of common playground expectations that we have for playground use. If you have any questions or concerns about these, please contact email@example.com.
Stay where you can be seen.
One at a time on slide, feet first, bums only.
Sit on swings, one person at a time, no twisting the chains and no jumping off of the swings.
Hands and feet to yourself.
Be properly attired for weather.
Snow, ice, wood chips and other natural materials stay on the ground. Do not throw these things.
Pick up after yourself and throw trash away.
Healthy snacks only and only eat them on the ramp. No candy.
Listen respectfully while adults speak.
If you have a problem, tell that person how you feel and try to solve the problem yourself first. See Kelso’s choices.
Stay out of other people’s problems.
Report purposeful mean behavior to an adult.
Stay in front of the trees.
Slide on hills on bottom only, No snow pants no hill. One at a time.
Close toed shoes only. (No sandals or flip flops)-If you are unable to purchase a pair, please reach out to Lindsay or Christine Swanson for a pair of recess shoes to keep next to their gym shoes.
CAP is hiring for CAmP in June
Cascade After School Program (CAP), a Nita Lowey 21st CCLC Grantee, is seeking enthusiastic and energetic Student Support Specialists during CAP’s Summer CAmP 2023 (staff days are June 12-23) in Cascade, Idaho. Youth activity, educational paraprofessional, guest teaching, or education background is preferred.
Student Support Specialists support our campers, attend a 4-hour 21st CCLC Orientation and Curriculum Training prior to June 12 (TBA), staff a community Family Engagement Event June 16, and attend a staff debrief session on June 23, 2023. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and must submit to a background check and random drug tests upon hire.
Student Support Specialists join an exemplary teaching team of professional educators and community volunteers who build positive relationships,academic capacity, life sports abilities, and outdoor skills with students in grades 1-6. Student Support specialists teach and model growth mindset, build individual academic goals, and facilitate an active life sports curriculum in the outdoors. Staff is on duty 9 hours per day Monday-Thursday and 4 hours on Fridays. Hourly wage begins at $15.00 per hour, DOE. This position is a temporary position and does not provide benefits, but offers fun and wonderful life-time memories.
For more information see the Summer CAmP 2021 CAP Student Support Specialist job description on the Cascade Schools website at cascadeschools.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To apply please email a letter of intent to Kristal Kangas-Hanes, Director CAP email@example.com. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
AM & PM Drop Off/Pick up pattern:
The Safety and Security committee has been asked to examine the morning and afternoon routine for student drop off and pick up. The goal of examining this timeframe is to look for areas to improve safety and security of students during the chaotic times. If you have ideas or would like to give input on how we might improve this area of our school day, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREE Sports Physicals:
Week of July 31 - August 4, 2023
** Required for ALL 6th, 7th, 9th, and 11th grade student athletes to be able to participate (Or if the student is a first time student athlete that does not have a current physical), students may not even practice without a physical **
By Appointment Only
Thank you Cascade Medical Center for providing this required screening for all of our Athletes.
Cascade Students at the Annual Youth Summit in McCall
Next School Board Meeting - June 14 @ 6:00pm
Bus Barn Construction:
We are getting ready to break ground on construction of a new bus barn facility, this new bus barn will be located where the buses are currently parked. The funding for this project has come from our Pandemic Relief sources (sometimes referred to as ESSER money). This project was granted approval and will be monitored by the Idaho State Department of Education. We are very excited about this project and will be communicating throughout the duration of the project.
Title IX is a federal civil rights law passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972. This law protects people from discrimination based on sex, including sexual harassment and sexual assault, in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX states that:
"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."
Cascade School District
Location: 209 North School Street, Cascade, ID, USA