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    After many months of discussion amongst the Cascade School Board along with a lot of prodding from eager buyers and Plain residents - the Beaver Valley property sale saga is pushing toward its last chapter. The Cascade School board met April 29 in a special meeting and reviewed the two bids...

(Photo contributed by Mandi Wickline) Kelsea Turner and Tagen Matthews, strike a pose, and are the duo headed to Nationals in Nebraska this summer.
    After scooping up an impressive second place in Dual Interpretation, at the state competition in Tacoma, speech competitors Kelsea Turner, senior, and Tagen Matthews, junior, aren't finished competing. The duo will travel to Omaha, Nebraska May 9 to compete in Nationals.     "All of our Speech...

The 2018 Cascade High School graduating class had 107 students. During the April 22 meeting, CHS Principal Elia Ala'ilima-Daley said 82 students are expected to graduate this year. File photo
The Cascade School Board of Directors went through several items during their April 22 meeting. In action items, the board approved the hiring of Mindy Wall as the choir director for grades 6-12. Superintendent Bill Motsenbocker said the district had "an amazing pool" of candidates with four...

(Photo by Kalie Drago) D'Andre Vasquez, current Cascade High School DECA president and state officer, heads to Orlando, Florida for the possibility of being elected International Executive President.
    Participating in clubs and sports can be an integral step in getting to the top of the education process. D'Andre Vasquez has not only participated, but achieved reaching leadership positions within the organization, DECA. Vasquez has evolved from a member to doubling as the current Cascade...
The Cascade School board went through a light agenda at its April 8 meeting. In one of the few action items of the evening, the board approved the Washington State Interagency Wildfire Academy trip, scheduled for May 14-20. Superintendent Bill Motsenbocker explained the trip is scheduled for every...

(Photo by Kalie Drago) James Donaldson, former NBA player, faced the eager crowd of students to address a somber topic.
    James Donaldson, a name that resonates with basketball fanatics, spoke to Cascade School District students Tuesday, March 25. Donaldson played 14 seasons in the NBA along with playing for Washington State University.     He didn't come to give tips on how to master lay-ups or discuss the...
    The Monday, March 25 school board revealed the future Cascade School District superintendent and explored the dynamics behind the tiniest tots of the district - the preschool department.     After Procedure 3211 (the procedure regarding transgender students) was passed, with a 4-1 vote, the...
    A divisive topic pushed the community on two sides of the fence and left the school board shouldering a controversial decision at the March 25 school board meeting. Procedure 3211 - regarding transgender students, restroom and locker room accessibility - was approved last night with a 4 to 1...

Photo contributed by Kristen Joy Wilks - A natural in front the camera, pictured is Princess Leia posing for a photo.
    Tools for improving school work vary from neon highlighters, a stack of index cards, that lucky pen for particularly hard tests - and for Cascade School District students, can even come in the form of a furry, four legged girl named Princess Leia. Princess Leia roams among Cascade school...
Tuesday, March 19th and Wednesday, March 20th are the finalist candidate interviews for Cascade School District superintendent position. One of the candidates, Dr. Wade Barringer, has decided to withdraw his application for the position of Cascade school district superintendent.  Wade notified the...

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