Welcome to Cascades School – Home of the Colts!
The staff welcomes you to Cascades School. We want you to enjoy your years here and hope the challenges you face encourage you to do your best in the classroom and in extra-curricular activities. We want you to take pride in Cascades School, appreciating the diversity present in our school. We want Cascades School to be a safe place for all students, and we encourage you to come to school each day ready to give it your best. We will help you be successful and to celebrate your successes!
Cascades School offers a variety of support and services for our children. In addition, every Tuesday a folder with student work and school notices will go home with all students.
Everyone Has a Part to Play
To make sure our children are successful, we all have a part to play. Each of us has unique responsibilities. When we fulfill our responsibilities we assure that every student attains the high standards we expect from them and receives the quality education they deserve.
To ensure that children get the best possible education, the teachers, staff and principal at Cascades will:
- Create an environment that fosters positive interpersonal relations among all members of the Cascades family.
- Nurture all children as valuable and productive members of our school family.
- Provide high quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables children to meet the State’s student academic achievement standards as follows: * small group instruction * skill grouping *academic interventions.
- Hold parent-teacher conferences during which these responsibilities will be discussed as they relate to each student. Conferences will be held in November and March.
- Provide parents with reports on their children’s progress through the use of: * Tuesday folders * bi-annual parent/teacher conferences * notes and phone calls.
- Provide parents reasonable access to staff. Teachers will respond to requests for meetings with parents in a timely manner.
- Provide parents opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s education through: * PTO membership * Site Council * Classroom Volunteering.
Parents will support children’s learning by:
- Making sure children attend school regularly.
- Insuring that homework is completed on time.
- Volunteering in classrooms.
- Participating, as appropriate, in discussions relating to children’s education.
- Promoting positive use of children’s extracurricular time.
- Staying informed by promptly reading all notices from the school and responding as needed.
- Participating in parent-teacher conferences.
- Serving, to the extent possible, on policy advisory groups like the site council.
The students of Cascades will share in the responsibility to insure their high academic achievement by:
- Being at school on time each day, ready to learn.
- Agreeing to complete in-class assignments and homework every day and ask for help when needed.
- Reading every day outside of school time.
- Giving parent(s) or guardian all notices and information received from school.
- Behaving safely.
- Treating others with respect.
- Taking responsibility for own behaviors.
Standards for Student Behavior
Most children try very hard to do their best and to behave well at all times. Yet childhood is a time for making mistakes and learning from those mistakes. When mistakes are made, it is important that adults react consistently, logically and fairly. We establish and teach procedures for how we want children to do things. When children forget or are unable to follow our directions, we remind them or re-teach the behavior we want them to have. On those rare occasions when children continue to misbehave, behave violently or when they lose control of themselves, we may need to provide counseling, an intervention plan and/or consequences.
To ensure the best possible learning environment for all of our students, the Cascades Staff requires pupils to observe the following school-wide expectations for behavior:
- Be Safe!
- Be Respectful!
- Be Responsible!
Be Safe! Be Respectful! Be Responsible! Students are expected to behave politely and peacefully. They are expected to avoid conflict and to settle differences without fighting. They are expected to speak to everyone in a civil, polite manner.
Be Safe! Be Respectful! Be Responsible! Students are expected to use their class time productively, in an orderly and respectful way. They are expected to follow all teacher directions in a timely manner and to follow all school and class rules and procedures.
Be Safe! Be Respectful! Be Responsible! Students are expected to take care of their own property and to respect others’ property. All school property should be treated with care and should be used in the manner in which it was intended.
Be Safe! Be Respectful! Be Responsible! Students must remain in supervised areas at all times. They are not to leave school grounds during school hours without permission from the office or from home. They are to obtain a pass from their teacher before leaving the classroom during the school day. All weapons and dangerous objects are to be left at home.
When Students Are Successful…
A pleasant learning environment and appropriate, challenging and effective teaching provide much of the incentive for good behavior! Many children also need special recognition for academic and behavioral efforts in order to feel and be successful. Therefore, our recognition through certificates, publications, acknowledgements and rewards is an integral part of our behavior management system.
Consequences for misbehavior will be sequential and matched to the frequency or severity of the infraction. Consequences may include but are not limited to:
- Talking to the principal or other staff about the incident and planning ways to avoid such a problem again.
- Informing parents of the infraction in writing or by phone.
- Involving other staff to provide support for the child (IPBS).
- Conferring with the student, parent, teacher and others.
- Development of a Behavior Plan.
- Suspending the student.
- Recommending the child for expulsion (only for the most severe kinds of misbehavior).