Superintendent's LetterDear Cascade School District Families and Communities:
The region served by the Cascade School District is one of great beauty. People come from all over the country and world to enjoy the continental Mediterranean climate, outdoor activities, delicious fruit, and incredible cultural opportunities. The communities of Cascade School District are great supporters of public education. They have built beautiful schools, they are involved in school activities, and they take pride in the success of their children, grandchildren, and young community members as they strive to succeed in the world. Cascade School District has a reputation as a place where students are known as individuals; the community comes together to help students when they are in need and to celebrate students when they succeed.
Students have unprecedented opportunities in Cascade: some examples include Stevens Pass season passes for students who excel academically, a rock climbing club, ukulele lessons at Beaver Valley, and an equestrian team. Cascade High School has a partnership with the Leavenworth Fire Station to teach students firefighting, fire science, and forest firefighting during which students can earn firefighting certifications. Cascade High School also has partnerships with Eastern Washington University, Central Washington University, the University of Washington and Wenatchee Valley College so that students have the opportunity to earn up to 60 college credits, including in calculus, astronomy, Chicano studies, literature and more. The intent of Cascade School District is for every student, no matter their interests, to find a home at school and a way for them to excel.
Cascade School District has about 1300 students and offers PreK- grade 12 education. The average teacher/student ratio is 15 to 1. There are about 90 certificated teachers with an average of 15 years of teaching experience and about 70 support staff, including administrators. About 12% of our students are considered English Learners (ELs), and Cascade School District honors the Spanish-speaking heritage of many of our students.
The preschoolers who start in 2019 will be in the class of 2033. We are preparing students for a world that we can barely imagine; in order to ensure that they will be ready for whatever comes their way, the Cascade School District communities have allowed Cascade School District to start a digital technology initiative. Due to their generosity, Cascade School District is one-to-one (meaning one technology device per student) in grades K – 12. Skilled teachers use iPads in grades K-2 and laptops in grades 3-12 as well as additional software and hardware to allow students the opportunity to learn essential skills for their futures and to create in ways that we adults may not have been able to create when we were students ourselves. Our digital technology initiative does not mean that students are on their devices all day: children need to play, to do hands-on activities, to create and listen to music, to investigate their world, and to read physical books. That said, digital tools can allow students to explore and create in new and innovate ways, and learning to use them appropriately and creatively is part of 21st century learning.
As educators, we understand that the future of our communities is learning in our classrooms, competing on our athletic fields, and performing on our stages. Involved parents and community members are vital to the success of our students, and I’m proud to be part of a district where public education is valued. I appreciate your continued support as we prepare our students and our communities for bright futures.
Dr. Tracey Beckendorf-EdouAbout the Superintendent
Dr. Tracey Beckendorf-Edou is the Superintendent of Cascade School District. Prior to her arrival in Cascade, she was Executive Director of Teaching and Learning for Oak Ridge Schools, a high-performing STEM district in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. She has also worked as a classroom teacher, a Peace Corps Volunteer, a math coach for the Microsoft Math Partnership out of Renton School District in Washington, an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow, and a senior project manager for science education programs. She has served as Chair of East Tennessee Supervisors, as district co-lead in the Tennessee Early Literacy Network, and as a member of the Tennessee STEM Leadership Council, among other statewide, regional, and local leadership roles.
Tracey graduated from Mariner High School in Mukilteo, Washington. She has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, a master’s degree in math education, and a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership. Tracey was named the 2014 Executive of the Year by the Oak Ridge Chapter of the IAAP. Tracey has particular interests in STEM education, organizational structure, continuous improvement, professional development, and increasing access to opportunities for children. Tracey’s husband Kirk is a science teacher and her daughter Patricia serves in the United States Marine Corps. Tracey’s father Michael Moore graduated from Wenatchee High School; Tracey’s great-grandparents originally arrived in Chelan County in 1904. Tracey is grateful to have returned to her family home and is looking forward to building relationships with the people of Chelan County and Cascade School District in particular.
Dr. Tracey Beckendorf-Edou, Superintendent