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Heidi Flake goes over Xander’s Friendship Project logo.
A small school to meet the needs of families living in Plain, Lake Wenatchee, and Merritt has existed in one shape or another for almost 100 years. Isolated schools often struggle, lacking access to resources more readily available in towns and cities. However, Beaver Valley School (BVS), under...

Rudy Joya
  Rudy Joya strides quickly down the halls of Cascade High School on a Tuesday morning while class is in session. Joya, the new assistant principal in Leavenworth, is used to being on the move; he doesn’t have a desk job. As he walks, he acknowledges students and staff with a friendly greeting,...
  The first year of construction of Alpine Lakes Elementary and Cascade High School is coming to a close, and by all accounts, things have gone pretty well. But in 2018, the school district will face a stern challenge, basically just moving things and people around.  Cascade School District...
  At the Nov. 27 Cascade School Board meeting, Finance Manager Dwight Remick spent considerable time explaining why the balance in the general fund had gone down in 2017.  The board had some years ago set a fund balance goal of 8.5 percent. Since 2011, the fund balance has steadily increased, from...
  The Cascade School Board is establishing a set of goals for the board and district over the course of the coming school year. Cascade Superintendent Bill Motsenbocker said the board goals define what the board does, while the district goals are taking care of the district schools.  There are six...

The construction is going well at Alpine Lakes Elementary School and Cascade High School. As well, plans are nearly complete for the Peshastin-Dryden Elementary School. (File photo)
  The design for Peshastin-Dryden Elementary School is nearly complete, according to Construction Liaison John Henri.  “We are in the final meetings, talking about how we are going to put the bid packages together. We have the estimate for this stage of design,” Henri said, at the Nov. 13 Cascade...

Cindy Puckett
  Some Cascade School Board members have never had to run against anyone. Many times, they ran unopposed. For instance, incumbent Carrie Sorensen ran unopposed and newcomer Trey Ising ran unopposed for the school board.  However, the two times Cindy Puckett has run for school board she has faced...

Cascade School District bus driver George Klein drives the longest route in the district, nearly 80 miles per round trip. (Photo submitted by Marlene Farrell)
  Seventy-six miles. Twice a day. That’s the length of George Klein’s #2 bus route for the Cascade School District. It’s the longest route on the district, and likely one of the longest in the state. Not only does Klein’s route go north of Leavenworth six miles past Cole Corner on Highway 2, but...
  Three years ago Cascade High School embraced a program called AVID to support students who dream of academic success but need guidance to know the steps along that path. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Development and began 35 years ago with one teacher in one classroom. This award-...

The cast of The Foreigner. Top row, from left, Chris Ortiz (Froggy), Jason Stine (Owen), Nathan Hagan (David). Front row, Kassidy Wisemore (Ellie), Tagen Mathews (Charlie), Kelsea Turner (Catherine), Ellie Camp (Betty). (Photo submitted by Mandi Wickline)
  The Cascade High School Theater Arts Department is presenting the comedy, The Foreigner, as their fall play. No, this is not the same as the current Jackie Chan movie, also called The Foreigner.  “It has the same amount of suspense. I know Jackie Chan includes comedy. If it’s funny, it’s just as...

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