• District News - January 2018

    Congratulations to our Newest Nationally Board Certified Teachers!
    Congratulations to our newest Nationally Board Certified Teachers, Madeline Praye and Caitlin Knox and Congratulations to Lea Boggs, Andrea Brixey and Vicki Harrod who have successfully renewed their certifications. 

    Certification is a one- to five-year process that includes taking an assessment and assembling three portfolios. According to the NBPTS, completing the certification shows that each teacher knows and practices “the definitive standards of accomplished teaching.”

    “Congratulations to all the newly-certified teachers and those who renewed their certificates,” said Chris Reykdal, Superintendent of Public Instruction. “It takes a lot of sustained and intentional work to become a National Board Certified teacher, and it’s a testament to the dedication of our teachers that so many continue to pursue it.”

    “The popularity of the program has taken a statewide effort,” Reykdal continued. “Governor Jay Inslee, the Washington Education Association, and the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession – as well as broad bipartisan legislative support – has not only put Washington State on the NBCT map, but has kept us there.”

    “Washington’s teachers are some of the finest in the country and this additional certification will make a tremendous difference to their students, schools, and communities,” Gov. Inslee said. “There is no more important job than a teacher as their work impacts countless lives and futures. I applaud these Nationally Board Certified teachers for their hard work and determination.”

    January is National School Board Recognition Month
    Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed January as School Board Recognition Month. This marks the 23rd year of the annual observance initiated by the National School Boards Association in 1995. 

    The Washington State School Directors’ Association, Association of Educational Service Districts and the broader education community take time in January to honor board members from Washington’s 295 school districts and nine elected educational service district boards. 

    “Through leadership and governance, Washington’s 1,477 school directors are building the future of public education in Washington state,” said WSSDA Executive Director Tim Garchow. “Not only do they fortify one of the pillars of our democracy—public education, they also shoulder responsibility for helping all of us realize the hopes and dreams we have for Washington’s youth.”

    $17,700 Grant Awarded for Cascade High School Computer Science Education
    Cascade School District is pleased to announce the receipt of a $17,700 Computer Science Education grant.  This grant will pay for computer upgrades in the advanced computer science program at the high school. 

    According to Kirk Sunitsch, CTE Director/Tech Director at the Cascade School District, “these state grant funds had to be matched by private source funding.  I was very pleased to have the organization Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) step forward to work with us.  It’s pretty exciting that they will pair trained computer science professionals from Microsoft and other tech industries with Dane Lewman, our classroom teacher to team-teach our computer science class.  Their grant match leveraged our original award by another $138,500.  It is an exciting time to be building a new advanced computer science curriculum here at Cascade.” 
    Alpine Lakes Elementary is moving steadily forward on time and on budget.  The block section on the left of the photo is the mult-purpose room and cafeteria.  The two-story academic wing is on the right in the photo and will contain the classrooms and library.  The administrative office, staff room, conference rooms, and teacher work space will be on the main floor just to the right of the multi-purpose room.  Alpine Lakes is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018 for grades 3-5.  For more information, please visit our Construction pages.

    Alpine Lakes Elementary


    The Cascade High School  (see photo below) construction and modernization project is on time and budget with a final completion expected in winter of the 2018-19 school year.  This is a phased project with occupation of portions of the new school happening at scheduled times.  This allows students to continue to utilize the school and not be placed in portables during construction. For more information, please visit our Construction pages

    Cascade High School


    If your address or phone number(s) change you can go online and update your information beginning August 1st.  Located under Quick Links on the right side of this page, click on Family Access and log in.  The parent/guardian then clicks on the "Student Data Verification" (upper left) in family access for each of their currently enrolled students.  This is where you update or verify your mailing address, phone numbers, emails, etc.  You can also fill out the FREE/REDUCED LUNCH APPLICATION ON LINE HERE!!  

    Once you fill out information for one of your students and complete the step, the relevant information automatically populates into your other students.  Complete all of the steps (green check mark shows) and finish.  Free and Reduced lunch application information will then appear under "food service" on this same family access area.  Once the application is approved or declined, you will see it appear on "food service" tab, upper right side under "applications".

    Our families now have the ability to pay for fees (any sports participation fees, ASB cards, yearbooks, and food services, etc) online through family access!  You can do this anytime.  There is a $1.75 convenience fee per “cart”.  

    1. Family access can be found on the district website at www.cascadesd.org, right side under “Quick Links”
    2. Log in (get your login and password from your school building office if you don’t have it).
    3. All of your children should appear on one page. You can purchase for all of your children here.
    4. On the left side, click “Fee Management”.
    5. This should bring up the fee management page.  Click “add a fee” at your students account.
    6. At the bottom of the page you can choose the fee(s) that you would like to add – VERY IMPORTANT – click on DISPLAY FEES and check ALL OF THE BOXES, then SAVE.  This brings up ALL sports for the year.  Add as many as are applicable or that you wish to pay at this time.  Hit the back button at top right and you will see these fees then populate under your students’name.  Then go to your next student and do the same steps.  There is a family sports fee cap of $200 per family for CHS & IRMS - the system will automatically adjust when your purchase is over $200.
    7. Once you have finished adding all the fees to all of your students (including food service).  Now click “make a payment”. At this screen you update the payment amount for fees and you can also make a payment for food services (make sure you use “update payment amount” on each of these for each student). At any time if you make a mistake you can “empty the cart”.  Once you have finished with updating the amounts – you will then end up at the screen asking you to Update the cart (you will see a total line next to this button).
    8. At this point, you should have all amounts ready (fees and food service) to go for all of your students.  Click the button at the top “Pay with Vendor”.

    9.  If you have already made a previous payment on line (food service) – all of your credit card and account information will be in the system and you just click through to the end.  If not, you will need to type in and create an account along with a credit/debit card you wish to use (don’t forget an email too so the program can email a receipt to you).  
    Online Athletic Registration is now available for high school and middle school athletes.    

    Family ID


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    The system is intended to be used for emergency alerts, as well as non-emergency incidents that may have significant impacts to residents. Emergency Alerts could be related to specific hazards that require some kind of action be taken such as evacuation, shelter in place, boil water orders, etc. Non-emergency alerts could include significant transportation problems with prolonged impacts or significant ongoing police or fire activity. This list is not meant to be all inclusive, and demonstrates that this system will not be used for routine information. In addition to receiving information on your wireless device, you may also receive notification on your land telephone line (if you have one) depending on the type of incident or event. 

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