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  • Hispanic Heritage Month

    Join us on September 20 from 5:00-7:00 pm at Alpine Lakes Elementary School for our Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration! 
    Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

    Peshastin-Dryden Elementary School Building Dedication, Thurs., Sept 26th, 6 pm

    We are excited to invite our community, parents, staff, and students to the Peshastin-Dryden Elementary School Building Dedication program on Thursday, September 26th, beginning at 6 pm.  We will have a 30-minute ribbon cutting ceremony and video followed by self-guided tours of our beautiful new facility.  Please join us!!

     Just Plain Fun Run









    Please join our community for the Erin Hagedorn Memorial Just Plain Fun Run in Plain on September 29. Register online by September 28 at


    Cascade School District is implementing the CharacterStrong curriculum starting in the 2019-2020 school year. The CharacterStrong curriculum is a social-emotional learning curriculum that focuses on character education and creating positive habits. The CharacterStrong curriculum helps educators build relationships with students and helps students learn how to develop and practice qualities such as learning from mistakes, perseverance, compassion, empathy and active listening. Through the activities embedded in CharacterStrong, schools are able to focus on climate and culture, such as how staff and students work together and how students support each other. Cascade School District teachers and paraeducators took part in training on August 21 and 22 to learn how to infuse social-emotional learning and a focus on relationships into the daily fabric of all schools in the district.

    Parents have requested how they can support CharacterStrong at home. As an example, watch this video. The video from a helmet cam allows you to see from a young girl’s perspective what she is about to face. You can hear the fear and nervousness in her voice before she goes down her first ski jump. The best part is her reaction at the end! Debrief: 1) You can hear the girl’s parents encouraging her in the background. What’s the difference between pushing someone and encouraging them? Is either negative? 2) What motivates you to step outside your comfort zone?

    New School Board Appointment
    Yesterday evening at the School Board meeting, the School Board interviewed candidates for the position that will be vacated by Carrie Sorensen as of September 30. Carrie Sorensen is the current Vice Chair of the School Board and has provided thoughtful and caring service to the school district for 14 years. All of the candidates for School Board were excellent and the School Board had a difficult decision to make. After long and thoughtful deliberations, the School Board selected Jennifer Saugen to be Carrie’s replacement. Jennifer’s service will begin on October 1. She will finish out Carrie’s term, at which point the position will go to election. Please congratulate Jennifer! Her bio is below:

    Jennifer is local to Plain, where she lives with her husband Steve and their three children. She’s been a resident of the Plain/Lake Wenatchee area since 1992. Jennifer graduated from Cascade High School, and now her children are attending schools in the same school district. Jennifer has been active on the Board of the Beaver Valley parent group in several capacities, including president and treasurer. Her family is also involved with Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue, Plain Valley Nordic Team, and Plain Community Church, as well as several other youth programs including acting, camping, and sports, Jennifer is also a licensed civil engineer working in transportation design and construction on projects in North Central Washington. In their spare time, Jennifer’s family enjoys camping, hiking, skiing, and biking.

    School Board Candidate Interviews to be Held Monday, August 19
    Cascade School District has been honored and impressed that seven community members in the Plain/Lake Wenatchee district stepped forward to offer their candidacy for the School Board position that will be vacated by Carrie Sorensen as of September 30, 2019. Carrie Sorensen is the current Vice Chair of the School Board and has provided very thoughtful and caring service for 14 years. She will be greatly missed.

    According to Board policy, the seven candidates had to be screened down to five for interviews. The five interviewees are the following, in alphabetical order by last name: Gary Hesse, Mike McComas, Zachary Miller, Jennifer Saugen, and Anne Worden. Their bios can be found here.

    Public interviews will be conducted during the School Board meeting which starts at 7:00 pm on August 19.

    Celebration of Life for Erin Hagedorn
    The celebration of life of Erin Hagedorn will be held on Saturday, August 31 at 2:00 pm. The service will be held at Woodinville Alliance Church - 13940 NE 166th St, Woodinville.

    School Board Opening
    The Cascade School District Board of Directors is seeking applications for School Director Position #3 (Plain/Lake Wenatchee area), held by Carrie Sorensen, who has submitted her resignation effective September 30, 2019.  The board will accept applications for the next three weeks and schedule interviews August 19th.  The successful applicant will be appointed and serve until the next regularly scheduled board election which will occur in November 2021. 

    Persons interested in serving on the school board must reside in the director district they are applying for, be a US Citizen and a minimum of 18 yrs of age.  If interested, please send a letter of interest to the superintendent via email or regular mail.  Dr. Tracey Beckendorf-Edou,  tbeckendorfedou@cascadesd.org / District Admin Office, 330 Evans St, Leavenworth,  WA 98826.

    Tragic Loss
    We are all heartbroken by the loss of Erin Hagedorn, Cascade High School teacher. She was a beloved mom and wife, friend, colleague, teacher, and valued member of the community. If you would like to help the family during this tragic time, there is a Go Fund Me page set up in order to do so: https://www.gofundme.com/f/the-hagedorn-relief-campaign

    Dr. Moholy from Cascade Medical Center will be at the Cascade High School Commons on Friday, July 12 from 1:00-3:00 to support staff and students who are grieving. In addition, a list of our community resources can be found on our website here

    MMR Vaccination Exemption Law Change 2019
    In 2019, the Washington State Legislature passed a bill that removes the personal and philosophical option to exempt children from the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine required for school and child care entry.  

    The bill takes effect July 28, 2019 and applies to all public and private schools and child cares.  The law removes the option for a personal/philosophical exemption to the MMR vaccine.  It also requires employees and volunteers at child care centers to provide immunization records indicating they have received the MMR vaccine or proof of immunity.

    As part of the law change, school staff has followed up with students/families in our district who have a personal/philosophical exemption to MMR vaccine with a letter that was sent from the district on June 6th.

    If you missed the CHS Building Dedication last Tuesday - you can view the dedication video here.  What a wonderful new facility!!! 

    CHS Dedication Video  

    CHS 2019