Annual School Performance Report Cascade Ridge Elementary School
Cascade Ridge Elementary School
2020 Trossachs Blvd. SE, Sammamish, WA 98075 (425) 837-5500 https://connect.issaquah. wednet.edu/elementary/ cascade/ Principal Tia Kleinkopf
Welcome At Cascade Ridge we work to become independent problem solvers by following our Coyote Code: Be Safe, Be Kind and Do Your Job.
Mission Our students will be prepared for and eager to accept the academic, occupational, personal, and practical challenges of life in a dynamic global environment
Demographics Grades: K-5
Teacher Experience Enrollment: 544 96.2%
Teachers with Master’s/Ph.D
Teacher’s with National Board Certification
1 Average Years Teaching Experience
OSPI Data In March 2014, the U.S. Department of Education declined to renew the state of Washington’s conditional Elementary and Secondary Education Act Flexibility Waiver for schools receiving Title I, Part A funds. This decision affects all schools in Washington State, which are now subject to the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Washington is the only state that has lost its waiver and must revert to NCLB standards and timelines of assessment. For schools and districts to be considered succeeding under NCLB, schools must meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standards. For schools to meet AYP, 100 percent of all students, regardless of special needs or English language mastery, must meet proficiency standards. Cascade Ridge met AYP this year. For complete information about the Issaquah School District’s assessment data, highly qualified teachers, annual yearly progress, and state NAEP (of Educational Progress) results, please visit the state’s online district report card.
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For budget details and more go to www.issaquah.wednet.edu/district/annualcommunity-report/ The Issaquah School District believes in seeking continual feedback from a broad and diverse range of constituents regarding their experiences with the District and their neighborhood school. See the Community Polling Study site at www. issaquah.wednet.edu/district/polling for more information and survey results.
Highlights We are grateful for our outstanding, supportive community. The partnership between Cascade Ridge Elementary and our PTSA provides a deep and caring commitment to the important partnership between the school and families. We kicked off the school year with the very successful PTSA Walk-A-Thon – this year dubbed the “Hawk-A-Thon”. Blitz the Seahawk was on hand as were our local firefighters. Our amazing community raised enough to fully fund the PTSA budget and give us an incredible new section of playground. With this substantial financial support, students also benefit from extra reading instruction, science focused guest presenters, the GREAT kid program, a drama residency, Science Fair, the Eager Reader program and teacher/ grade level grants that allow for a variety of enrichment activities and experiences for our students. Our community gives far more than just money – they also give us time and commitment to a great education for their students. Logging hundreds of hours, no job is too big or too small for our amazing volunteers. Cascade Ridge is one of three elementary schools in the District offering a Science Technology magnet program. This program features a multiage classroom for fourth and fifth graders that provides the standard district curricula with an emphasis on science and technology. Students use technology and its resources through engaging projects, simulations, robotics, probes and scientific investigations. Technology enhances student learning experiences daily. Every classroom is equipped
with computers, a projector and document camera, and an interactive whiteboard. Many classes are equipped with student response devices (ActiVotes and ActivExpressions), with some classrooms having additional student i-Pads or small student laptops. Music is also a significant focus at Cascade Ridge. Led by our dynamic music team, all grade levels learn foundational music skills that build on each other each year. All students display their musicianship at their grade level concert, with additional opportunities for students to perform made available through Choir and Marimba Club.
Improving Student Achievement Staff works collaboratively on a weekly basis to plan and implement quality, rigorous curriculum aligned across the grade levels. Wednesday early release provides staff members time to work as teams, as well as a whole staff, to develop and support school improvement plans as well as delve deeper into curricula. The 2016 - 2017 School Improvement Plan focused on writing and through the recently adopted writing curriculum, Units of Study, teachers delivered quality and explicit writing instruction in a variety of genres. Another major focus this school year centered on our new district math curriculum: Eureka. While students, staff and families learned new math vocabulary and techniques, we also discovered a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts. Teachers engaged in staff development and focused conversations with their colleagues around instruction and assessment to strengthen
Improving Student Achievement Continued their classroom practices. The Instructional Coach (IC) provides multiple learning opportunities in individual classrooms and in formal inservice settings. Teachers work closely with the IC to model, design lessons, share instructional strategies, and reflect on their teaching.
Special Programs At Cascade Ridge we are proud to host three Learning Resource Center (LRC) classrooms delivering quality education to students with special needs, as well as those needing additional academic support. Both the Learning Assistance Program (LAP) and Reading Club offer support for students who may benefit from additional help with reading. Highly capable students participate in the Primary Enrichment Program (PEP)/ Special Approach to Gifted Education (SAGE) program for added academic challenge. Also, English Language Learners (ELL) benefit from quality instruction in the whole class and small groups.
Before/After School A few of our clubs include Awesome Brigade (Student Leadership), Safety Patrol, Choir, Marimba Club, Math Club, and many Eastside Enrichment class/ club offerings. We also have a wonderful before and after school child care program—Coyote Club where kids play, laugh, continue to learn and have enriching shared experiences.
What’s New... With a new Principal, Dean of Students and many other new staff members a lot of our work focused on building relationships, learning about our students and families and what makes them unique. We continued our PBSES (Positive Behavior Social Emotional Support) work by emphasizing our Coyote Code – Be Safe, Be Kind, Do Your Job. We implemented a Voice Level Chart in all our classrooms, hallways and other learning areas. All of our classrooms had at least one or more lessons from our newly adopted Social Emotional Learning Curriculum. We continued to “be green” sustaining Level 4 Green School Status. Safety was a focus as we implemented “Safety Week” where we taught all emergency drills and then practiced at least one a month throughout the school year. We look forward to another year of building relationships, improving our social emotional health, staying safe, being green and having a great time doing it all!
Grade Level Total ELA
Assessment Two tests given to elementary school students—The Smarter Balanced Assessments and the Measurement of Student Progress (MSP)—help indicate how well Issaquah students are learning.
Smarter Balanced Assessment The results of Washington State’s Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) and Measures of Student Progress (MSP) help parents know how well their student is meeting learning targets. They also help schools plan instruction and curriculum based on these learning targets. The Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) is a state-mandated test that measures students’ progress toward College and Career Readiness in English Language Arts (ELA) /Literacy and Math. The SBA replaced existing tests in English and Math in the spring of the 2014-2015 school year. The tests are given as part of Washington State’s education reform efforts which began in 1993 and involve annual state-specific tests for students in grades 3-8 in ELA (SBA), Math (SBA), and Science (MSP) and then again in high school (SBA in ELA and End of Course assessments in Math and Biology). The SBA consists of two parts: a computer adaptive test and a performance task. Writing is included at every grade
level and students are asked to solve multi-step, real-world problems in Mathematics. Performance tasks ask students to demonstrate an array of research, writing, and problem solving skills. The SBA results accurately describe student achievement (how much students know at the end of the year) and are reported in two ways: scaled scores and achievement levels. A scaled score is the student’s overall numerical score. These scores fall on a continuous scale (from approximately 2000 to 3000) that increases across grade levels. Scaled scores are used to illustrate students’ current level of achievement. Based on their scaled scores, students fall into one of four categories of performance called achievement levels. Levels 3 and 4 represent “Meeting Standard” and reflect “adequate understanding” and “thorough understanding” of the learning standards. Levels 1 and 2 represent “Not Meeting Standard” and reflect “minimal understanding” and “partial understanding” of the learning standards.
Grade Level Total Math 91.1 86.6 79.5
Grade 5 MSP-Science
The MSP is an exam developed and mandated by the state; it replaced the state’s original annual exam, the WASL, in spring 2010. The MSP measures what students know and can do on the 2009 science standards. Next year the MSP will be replaced by the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science which will measure what students know and can do on the Next Generation Science Standards. MSP scores show the learning level of each student as compared to the state’s expectations for a well-taught student at that grade level. The numbers on the chart below represent the percentage of students who meet or exceed standard.