Friday, June 14, 2024

To the Communities in the Cascade School District

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Welcome back to school! We are looking forward to full-time in-person instruction starting on August 31st. There are lots of exciting things in store for the 2021-2022 school year.

First, we are excited to introduce our newly renovated Career and Technical Education (CTE) building on the Cascade High School campus. This building was originally constructed in 1967. Then a shop building was constructed in 1984 over and around the existing wood-framed brick veneer building. Now with the new construction, middle school students will be able to take Pre-Engineering and Robotics courses, and high school students will be able to take Engineering Design, Robotics, and Materials Engineering (woods and metals) courses. We are holding a ribbon cutting on August 19 at 4:30 and we would love to see you there.

 Also, we are building a new greenhouse on the Icicle River Middle School campus. This greenhouse will allow students to learn about growing food, where it comes from, and processing methods. The produce grown on campus can be used by culinary classes and the food services department. 

 In addition, we are grateful to the communities of Cascade School District for supporting our technology and safety levy. This support has allowed us to purchase much-needed replacement computers for our students and staff. We are now in our third year of being fully one-to-one in grades K-12. “One-to-one” means that each student has access to a technology device. Having a one-to-one learning environment levels the playing field so that all students learn technology skills necessary for college and careers.

 Having technology doesn’t mean staying in front of a screen all the time, though. Cascade teachers are receiving professional development in FieldSTEM by the Pacific Education Institute this August. FieldSTEM is defined as integrated, career connected, locally relevant, field-based learning. We are excited to see the innovative outdoor learning experiences that Cascade teachers will develop as a result. 

 CSD has learned a lot over the past year and a half about how to provide students a fun learning environment while keeping students and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are looking forward to a year filled with great learning, experiences and partnerships.

 Thank you for your support of our schools. We’re looking forward to a great 2021-2022 school year!

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