Cascade Middle School
Bethel 8th graders are already making plans for moving on to high school.
All the District’s 8th graders have been touring Willamette High School this week, guided around campus by current WHS Leadership students.
It’s been an eye-opening experience for the students who are the big kids back at their schools. They walked the campus, some sat in on classes, and learned about the multitude of course offerings that await them and how to sign-up for classes now.
Parents of 8th graders get their own introduction to Willamette on March 21st at 8th Grade Parent Night. It will be an opportunity to learn about the International Baccalaureate program, and the many clubs, activities, sports, and electives at Wil-Hi.
It’s all making the transition to high school much more real for everyone.
Dressed in his authentic 18th century costume, Ray Brown brought the Bill of Rights to life for Cascade students.
The self-described Son of Liberty, Brown is a retired Cascade teacher who has made it his personal mission to educate as many people as possible about the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the Constitution.
Brown even spread the word by walking alone across the country immediately after his retirement in 2010.
In his return to Cascade, Brown and wife Cindy Sainz confirmed that two more Cascade students had won the cash award he began nine years ago for any Cascade student who could memorize and recite the entire document.
Daniel Edwards and Cody Melton are the 8th and 9th students to have met that challenge and each received $75, courtesy of the Son of Liberty.
Hundreds of volunteers pitched in on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, making improvements to Willamette, Cascade and Shasta schools.
The Day of Service brought a large group of students from the University of Oregon’s Holden Leadership Center to work side by side with Willamette High School Leadership students and organizers from the Bethel Education Foundation’s Willamette Pride group.
Together they painted in all three schools, and made significant improvements to the landscaping at Willamette.
With construction on Willamette’s new science complex set to begin at spring break, plants near the construction zone were safely transplanted to other areas of the school.
A new way of teaching, learning and grading was on display for Oregon’s Deputy Superintendent of Education, Rob Saxton.
The state’s #2 education official spent the morning at Cascade Middle School, which is making great strides in implementing the Proficiency instruction model.
Simply stated, in Proficiency-based instruction students start a course knowing exactly what they need to master to demonstrate that they know the appropriate material. Teachers assess the progress at every step of the way to measure learning and to gauge and adjust instruction.
When students master the required proficiencies, they are assessed and graded on that basis only.
Cascade is following Willamette High School’s lead in implementing Proficiency-based instruction.