Cascade Heights Public Charter School

Falcon Flash: Week of January 5, 2017

05 January 2017 Written by   Debra Dietch, Communication Coordinator

In this issue: 8th grade presents 12th Night / Coffee in the library / Immunization exclusion day info / MAP is coming / Help keep our school lice free / January menu available


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is presented by 8th grade.

Afternoon matinee at 1pm. Evening performance at 6pm. Gym.

All are welcome!


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.


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:


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 the 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. This 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.


Do regular checks at home

The best way to keep your children free of lice is to do lice checks at home and be vigilant in checking them regularly during the year. Current information indicates that wet checks are the most effective method.

If you discover head lice in your family, it is the parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to immediately notify the school as well as parent/guardians of fellow carpoolers and outside contacts.

It is also the parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to ensure an approved treatment has been initiated for all infected housemates and the appropriate environmental cleaning is being conducted in the home, vehicles, etc. the SAME DAY.


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