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    Cascade 7th grade students have been learning about Antarctica during their artistic adventures through the continents under the direction of art teacher Teara Dillon. In partnership with scientists studying a penguin colony in Cape Royds, Antarctica, students created a personalized penguin flag that will be flown at the research station, and they created postcards that will be mailed back to them from Antarctica.
    IRMS Penguin Flag      IRMS students with postcards

    a PSA by Students, for Students

    Recently, our high school seniors created a public service announcement to encourage 16 and 17 year olds to register to vote. High school students were both in front of and behind the camera. You can see the video here: Future Voter PSA


    Join the PD-Alpine Lakes PTO for an all-district event featuring the film, Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope

    Following the film will be a Q&A session with Alpine Lakes Principal, Dr. Kenny Renner-Singer, and Counselor, Becky Wilkinson, among other community resources from Cascade Medical Center and the Chelan-Douglas CASA program. 

    Where: Cascade High School Auditorium
    When: December 3rd from 6-8 pm

    Parking will be limited due to other events that evening. We encourage you to park at IRMS or Alpine Lakes Elementary and/or to carpool or walk if possible.

    Childcare will be provided on site in a nearby classroom.

    We hope you can make it!

    Every year the Washington Classified School Employee of the Year celebrates the hard work and dedication of school and district employees. The Washington State Classified School Employee of the Year:

    • Has the respect and admiration of their community.
    • Collaborates with colleagues, students, and families to create a school culture of respect and success.
    • Is a leader who makes connections between their daily work and student success.

    Any school and district classified employee who plans to continue working through the 2020-21 academic year and has not previously been recognized as a Regional or State Classified School Employee of the Year is eligible. Anyone can submit a nomination. Nominees must complete the online application if they want to be considered for the award. Washington's nine educational service districts (ESDs) review applications and select one finalist each. A committee chooses the state recipient from these regional finalists based on the above criteria.   
    The nomination deadline is January 24, 2020.  Nominees will have until February 18, 2020 to complete an application. For more information or to nominate, please see: http://www.k12.wa.us/EducationAwards/ClassifiedEmployees.aspx.

    Congratulations to Judy Derpack for her election onto the Cascade School District School Board. Judy will be sworn in and take office at the first board meeting (Dec 16th) after the Nov. 26th election certification.  Judy will be representing Director District #2 held by outgoing board member, Brenda Biebesheimer.

    Judy has lived in Leavenworth since 2012. She has four daughters and four grandchildren, and she is a 30-year veteran teacher. Judy has a bachelor's degree in early childhood education with a minor in psychology. Judy was the Director and Parent Educator for Shoreline Community College from 1997-2011. She was a substitute instructor for Cascade School District from 2012-2014. She served as an instructor for Mountain Sprouts from 2014-2017, and she helped to create the new Willow Forest School. She has served with 12 nonprofits through the years, 6 of which are in Leavenworth.

    She brings to the district a broad perspective, a unique blend of educational/classroom perspective, parental understanding as a grandparent and parent educator, an appreciation of rural/small community living, an understanding of outdoor youth education, and a commitment to consensus. She is inspired by diversity in culture and education, recognizing that everyone’s path is different. As Judy stated, "There is no power greater than a community that cares about its children and families." 

    Zachary Miller


    Cascade School District was recently notified by the Chelan County Auditors that, even though Jennifer Saugen lives in Plain, she technically resides in District 1 rather than District 3 due to District boundaries. Therefore, we are sad to announce that Jennifer Saugen has resigned her position on the Cascade School Board due to a technicality with districting boundaries.

    Cascade School District is pleased to announce that Zachary Miller has agreed to replace Jennifer Saugen in her role. Zachary Miller resides in District 3 and will take his oath of office at the School Board meeting on October 28. Zachary Miller was one of the finalists for the School Board who interviewed for the District 3 position in August.

    Zachary Miller is the Assistant Director at Tall Timber, a local camp and retreat center that services 4,000 annual guests, including 800 public and private school students, through outdoor education. Zachary grew up in Leavenworth and attended Central Washington University, where he graduated with a B.A. in music, later receiving a master’s degree from Liberty University in pastoral counseling. Zachary owned and operated Miller Stoneworks in the upper valley for 8 years while also working as the Associate Pastor for Plain Community Church. Zachary and his wife Cassie of 15 years live above Lake Wenatchee with their 5 year old daughter Melanie.

    Please join Cascade School District in welcoming Zachary Miller as the next School Board member representing District 3.