Cascade Heights Public Charter School

Falcon Flash: Week of January 12, 2017

10 January 2017 Written by   Debra Dietch, Communication Coordinator

In this issue: Coffee in the library / Refresher on CHPCS' scoring scale / MAP is coming / Immunization exclusion day info /

With the threat of more wintery weather in the forecast, this week's Falcon Flash is being issued early.

PTA meeting scheduled for 1/10 at 6:30pm is cancelled. All NC12 schools are closed as of 6pm due to weather.


Monday January 23rd at 8:00 am

The best addition to a cold winter morning is a mug of something warm and the company of good people. Please join Mrs. Macy for a special coffee in the library!

Over the next couple of months, CHPCS will participate in the renewal process with North Clackamas School District. This is a routine matter and will be largely driven by the accreditation work that we completed in November. Join Mr. Campbell, CHPCS Board Chair, and Mrs. Macy for an informational presentation on renewal, and a discussion to follow.


and Cascade Heights' scoring scale

Our first semester ends on February 2 and midyear progress reports will come out soon after. CHPCS progress reports are based on a numeric scoring scale. The scores describe current learning progress towards mastery of end of year standards. Our scale is based on half points from 0 to 4. It may remind you of a GPA but it is not a GPA!

A score of 3 or "SM" means Standard Mastered and represents proficiency. In other words, the student shows mastery of all material which was explicitly taught. A 3 is a goal to reach for always and would be considered the highest score possible in other grading scales. For example, a student who answered all questions correctly on a quiz based on standards that were explicitly taught would get 100% on a total point system and a 3 on our scoring scale.

A 4 or "AA" represents Advanced Application of Standard and means that, in addition to mastery of all the information and processes taught, the student demonstrated in-depth inferences and applications that go beyond what was explicitly taught. 4’s do NOT represent extra credit, bonus points, or other means used to boost grades in other types of grading systems. Projects and assessments at Cascade Heights include opportunities for students to demonstrate advanced application. A 4 on a progress report is extremely unusual (but possible) because that would indicate that there was advanced application on EACH assessment of the learning standard throughout the term. 4 scores on daily assignments are very possible when the student takes what has been learned and makes applications or in-depth inferences that go beyond what was explicitly taught.

At the midpoint of the year, most learning goals are still "in progress." Not all material has even been presented yet in many instances, so it would be hard for a student to demonstrate full mastery! In this case, a 2 or "MP" indicates that no errors or omissions have been made on the material presented thus far. In other words, it is an indication that a student is making good progress towards mastery.


During January and February, 2017, children at Cascade Heights will take assessments called Measures of Academic Progress™ (MAP). We use MAP to determine what your child knows and is ready to learn, as well as to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year.

All students take the assessments in Reading, Language Usage and Mathematics. Grades 3 – 8 also take Science. These assessments were given in the fall and children will take them again in the spring. This yields three data points which allows for measuring growth through the course of the year.

MAP assessments are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for your child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward assessment. And with MAP, we can administer shorter assessments and use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate information about your child’s academic growth. 

The assessments are completed in multiple sessions and are taken on a computer. Results are reported in RIT scores. RIT is an equal-interval scale, like feet and inches, that measures item difficulty and is independent of grade level which is different from tests that give results based on percentage correct or by comparing your child to others in the same grade. This makes RIT scores a valuable tool to improve student learning. With it, we can easily measure each child’s growth, allowing teachers to use it to inform instruction, students to use it for goal setting, and to provide parents with a clear picture of student growth and how to support your children's learning.

Partnering to help all children learn, parents and teachers have a profound positive effect on the lives of our children. We are truly excited to be able to use MAP to focus on every child’s individual growth and achievement. For more information on assessments at CHPCS as well as resources for parents, see the Assessment page on our website ( under Academics. There you can download the Parent Toolkit, Strategies Packet for Parents and Students, and read our FAQ. You can also help by making sure your child gets a good night’s rest and eats a healthy breakfast not only on assessment days, but every day.


Exclusion day is February 15

February 15 is the exclusion day set by the state for 2017. On this day, any children who do not have up to date immunization records on file will not be allowed to attend school and will be sent home. Families will receive a letter directly from the state advising if children will be excluded. There are no exceptions to exclusion on this date.

If you are unsure if your child is up to date on all immunizations, or if they are, but immunization records with the school are not up to date, please contact your pediatrician. For more information on immunization requirements in Oregon, go to:

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