Cascade Heights Public Charter School

Falcon Flash: Week of September 24, 2015

23 September 2015 Written by   Debra Dietch, Communication Coordinator

In this issue: Letter from the front / Menchies "Family Night Out" / School pictures / Jog-a-Thon / Campus safety / What to do if your child is tardy / National Honor Society


Dear Falcon Families,

During October, your child will take assessments called Measures of Academic Progress™ (MAP). We give MAP assessments 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 2 – 8 also take the Science assessment. They will take them again later this year. This yields the second data point 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.

Your child’s MAP 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 you to use it to get 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 on assessment days.


Dr. Kathi Robinson, Interim Director

Debra Dietch, Administrative Assistant-Testing


Menchies Frozen Yogurt fundraiser

The Menchie's fundraiser was a great success! We raised $164. The PTA is donating this to the school's general fund. We had many wonderful volunteers - Mr. Currey, Miss O'Malley, Ms. Cantin, Mrs. Adams, Mrs. Venture, Mrs. Gausman and Mrs. Ketel. Menchie's loved working with us and they have offered to work with us on another fundraiser later in the school year. They were especially wonderful to our staff by dropping off frozen yogurt to them during the Friday Staff meeting!

Please sign the thank you sheet to Menchies! It will be on the table in the alcove by Kindergarten until Tuesday at the end of the day.

Next month Boardwalk Burgers will be working with us on a fundraiser for 2 nights: Wednesday, October 14th, 5-8 pm and Thursday, October 15th 4:30 - 9 pm (before and after the Harvest Festival). Please join us for another night of fellowship and food!


Online ordering available soon

Apple of Your Eye Photography was here for two days this week. You will receive an email on how to view your child’s pictures and complete purchases online as soon as the photos are ready. Note that there will be no retakes because the photographer took a few shots from which to choose.

For anyone who was absent both days, there will be another picture day TBA in October. (Note: Only children participating in the September picture days will be included in the class composite photo.)


Important Dates

  • Monday, October 5th – Pledge sheets due. Return the filled out pledge sheet (just the sheet, no money, please) to your child’s teacher. You still have 10 days to collect pledges! (Pledge sheet attached, below.)
  • Thursday, October 8th - Jog-a-Thon!
    • 9:00 to 9:30: Grades K-2
    • 10:00-10:30: Grades 3-5
    • 11:00-11:30: Grades 6-8
  • Thursday, October 22 - The pledge sheet and the total money collected are due. Put it all in an envelope clearly marked with your child’s name and teacher’s name. Please make checks payable to CHPCS PTA and include your child’s name and teacher in the memo. Donations may also be made online at:

(Note: Any money collected after Oct. 22nd will be gratefully received but cannot be used to qualify for prizes.)

Jog-A-Thon volunteer opportunities

Helpers are needed for marking down laps on the runners' lap cards as they go by, handing out water and treats, collecting lap cards and entering the number of laps on the pledge sheets, and cheering. If you can help for any amount of time on Jog-a-Thon day, just send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Questions may also be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thanks in advance for helping to make our 9th Annual Jog-a-Thon a huge success!


Please remember to check in at the office

ALL parents who are on campus, either as a visitor or volunteer, must check in and out on the HelpCounter computer in the office. Please also wear the appropriate badge. We have to know at all times who is on campus in case of an emergency.


All tardy children must be signed in by an adult

Classroom attendance is taken at 8:00 a.m. Our front doors close at 7:55. Because children need time to walk to their classrooms, put away belongings, and be in their seat by 8:00 a.m., a student arriving at school after 7:55 is tardy and must be signed in by an adult.

This means if the front door is closed when you drive up, park legally, and come in to the office. Children will receive a pass to go to class while the parent or carpool driver signs the student in under “Late Arrival” on the HelpCounter computer located in the office right by the door.


Congratulations to our newest members

The National Honor Society encourages students to reach their fullest potential by celebrating achievement and encouraging excellence. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

On Thursday, October 1, the CHPCS chapter of National Junior Honor Society will honor this year’s inductees with a ceremony and dinner. We are very proud of every Falcon who has achieved this distinction. Congratulations!

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