Academics

Course Catalog Second Semester

Second Semester Course Catalog 2021-22

Cohorts

Grades 7-8

Crow-hort A

Monday/Wednesday 9 – 11:55

In-Person. Certificated. Space Available

OR

Crow-hort B

Tuesday/Thursday 9 – 11:55

In-Person. Certificated. Space Available

ELA – In the second semester of this course, we will begin with a study of various styles of poetry and figurative language. We will end the semester with short story writing. We will end with a portfolio presentation of our semester writing. We will continue to work in Literature Circles throughout the semester.

Math – We will make visual and real-world connections as we explore the following math topics using a variety of resources:

  • Understand and solve Linear Equations
  • Explore Probability
  • Solve Percent problems
  • Solve problems in Geometry

Art – In the Spring of 2022, cohort art students will explore master artist work and multiple purposes for creating art. The work will inspire students to create unique artwork using a range of visual arts materials and techniques

8 hours on the learning plan

Instructors: Bill, Teresa, Laurie


Grades 7-8 Crow-hort V

Monday/Tuesday 1:30 – 3:25

Remote. Certificated. Space Available

ELA – In the second semester of this course, we will begin with a study of various styles of poetry and figurative language. We will end the semester with short story writing. We will end with a portfolio presentation of our semester writing. We will continue to work in Literature Circles throughout the semester.

Math – We will make visual and real-world connections as we explore the following math topics using a variety of resources:

  • Understand and solve Linear Equations
  • Explore Probability
  • Solve Percent problems
  • Solve problems in Geometry

Art – In the Spring of 2022, cohort art students will explore master artist work and multiple purposes for creating art. The work will inspire students to create unique artwork using a range of visual arts materials and techniques

8 hours on the learning plan.

Instructors: Bill, Teresa, Laurie


Grades 5-6:

Crow-hort A

Monday/Wednesday 9 – 11:55

In-Person. Certificated. Space Available

OR

Crow-hort B

Tuesday/Thursday 9 – 11:55

In-Person. Certificated. Space Available

ELA – In the second semester of this course, we will begin with a study of various styles of poetry and figurative language. We will end the semester with the reading and creation of personal Graphic Novels. We will end with a portfolio presentation of our semester writing. We will continue to work in Literature Circles throughout the semester.

Math – We will make visual and real world connections as we explore the following math topics using a variety of resources:

  • Numeric and Algebraic Expressions
  • Represent and interpret Data
  • Understand and use Rate and Percent
  • Solve Area and Volume problems

Art – In the Spring of 2022, cohort art students will explore master artist work and multiple purposes for creating art. The work will inspire students to create unique artwork using a range of visual arts materials and techniques

8 hours on the learning plan.

Instructors: Bill, Teresa, Laurie


Grades 5-6: Crow-hort V

Monday/Tuesday 1:30 – 3:25

Remote. Certificated. Space Available

ELA – In the second semester of this course, we will begin with a study of various styles of poetry and figurative language. We will end the semester with short story writing. We will end with a portfolio presentation of our semester of writing. We will continue to work in Literature Circles throughout the semester.

Math – We will make visual and real world connections as we explore the following math topics using a variety of resources:

  • Numeric and Algebraic Expressions
  • Represent and interpret Data
  • Understand and use Rate and Percent
  • Solve Area and Volume problems

Art – In the Spring of 2022, cohort art students will explore master artist work and multiple purposes for creating art. The work will inspire students to create unique artwork using a range of visual arts materials and techniques

8 hours on the learning plan.

Instructors: Bill, Teresa, Laurie


Grades 3-4:

Crow-hort A

Monday/Wednesday 9 – 11:55.

In-Person. Certificated. Space Available

OR

Crow-hort B

Tuesday/Thursday 9 – 11:55

In-Person. Certificated. Space Available

We will study Literature, Writing, Art, and Science in an integrated studies model. Students will use time in class to collaborate and achieve common goals. Students will use time out of class to complete asynchronous assignments.

8 hours on the learning plan.

Instructors: Scott, Teresa, Laurie


Grades 3-4 Crow-hort V

Monday/Tuesday 1:30 – 3:25

Remote. Certificated. Space Available

We will study language arts, math, social studies, science enhancing our experiences with virtual field trips and cultivating our social/emotional skills.

8 hours on the learning plan.

Instructors: Scott, Teresa, Beth


Grades 1-2

Crow-hort A

Monday/Wednesday 9 – 11:55

In-Person. Certificated. Space Available

OR

Crow-hort B

Tuesday/Thursday 9 – 11:55

In-Person. Certificated. Space Available

We will study Literature, Writing, Art, and Science in an integrated studies model. Students will use time in class to collaborate and achieve common goals. Students will use time out of class to complete asynchronous assignments.

8 hours on the learning plan

Instructors: Scott, Teresa, Laurie


Grades 1-2 Crow-hort V

Monday/Tuesday 1:30 – 3:25

Remote. Certificated. Space Available

We will study language arts, math, social studies, science enhancing our experiences with virtual field trips and cultivating our social/emotional skills.

8 hours on the learning plan

Instructors: Scott, Teresa, Beth


Grades K-1 Crow-hort A

Monday/Wednesday 9 – 11:55

In-Person. Certificated. Space Available

We are a community of learners focused on integrating friendship building with literacy development (Readers/Writers Workshop, Art, Science).

8 hours on the learning plan.

Instructor: Beth


Kindergarten Crow-hort B

Tuesday/Thursday 9 – 11:55

In-Person. Certificated. Space Available

We are a joyful collection/connection of kindergarten learners. We are integrating friendship building with Literacy/Art/Science.

8 hours on the learning plan.

Instructor: Beth


Other Certificated Classes


Theatrical Smorgasbord

Grades 6-8

Friday 9 – 11:55

In-Person. Certificated. Fully Enrolled

In this drama class for 6-8 grade students, we will explore different forms of performance from monologues to improvisation to producing a short play and more. Students will be encouraged to act up and get silly and sometimes serious. Students with no or little experience and those with lots of experience will find something for them in the class.

Learning Materials: Scripts will be provided by the classroom teacher. Students will be expected to create/find costumes for different performances.

4 hours on the learning plan.

Instructor: Bill


Passport to Digital Citizenship

Grades 6-8

Wednesday 1:30 – 2:25

In-Person. Certificated. Space Available

Much like travelling to other countries, using computers can seem bewildering and confusing because of jargon, new language, and unfamiliar signs. Students in this class will travel through the world of Office 365 to become more familiar with the language and structures. We will stop and explore different places online: Outlook E-mail, Word, One Drive, PowerPoint, Excel, and One Note. This class will focus primarily on understanding the Office 365 system for use in academic classes, but with more fun content so we can focus on technology.

Students will need to bring school computers to class fully charged every week. If they need headphones, a computer mouse, or other tools for ease, you will need to provide these.

2 hours on the learning plan.

Instructor: Bill


Art Challenge Field Trip Edition

Grades 5-8

Thursday 1:30 – 3:25

In Person. Certificated. Space Available

Discover Seattle neighborhood’s art and nature and be inspired to make extraordinary artwork. On the first Thursday of each month, we will meet for a field trip to a neighborhood, a museum, or a park. Between field trips our class will meet in the Cascade art room at the John Marshall building to explore materials, develop knowledge, workshop ideas, and make art related to our field trip learning and discoveries. Home Extension: Plan for 30 minutes to one hour of weekly home extension Preliminary Field Trip Schedule: Thursday February 3, 2022: Pioneer Square Art Walk Thursday, March 3, 2022: Exploring the CD: Central District Neighborhood Walk Thursday, April 7: Chihuly Museum and Garden of Glass Thursday, May 5: Discovery Park Beach Low Tide & Clay Cliffs (low tide at 2:30 pm) June 2: Pike Place Market Murals Walk.

Guardians will be responsible for their student’s transportation to and from field trips and for helping to chaperone. Masks are required and museums also require vaccination records or a recent (72 hour) negative Covid test for entry.

3 hours on the learning plan.

Instructor: Laurie


Making the Diagnosis (Metabolism, Biology)

Grades 5-8

Thursday 1:30 – 3:25

In-Person. Certificated. Space Available

Take on the role of medical student in a hospital setting faced with diagnosing a patient with troubling symptoms. This class, Making the Diagnosis, includes this challenge in addition to analyzing the metabolism of world-class athletes. Such experiences provide real-life examples of the connections between our body systems and the processes that take place at the cellular level. Students investigate ideas about cells, body systems, molecules, and energy, and how they are linked. Students will work in a variety of groupings: individually, with partners, in small groups, and as a whole class. Students will use their digital devices to read reference materials and use the metabolism simulation app as a model to explore human body systems and processes. Students will plan and carry out investigations, collect evidence, analyze data, and explain their reasoning. All materials are provided in class.

3 hours on the learning plan

Instructor: Teresa


Team Sports

Grades 4-8

Friday 10:00 – 10:55

In-person. Certificated. Space Available

This on-site, 4-8 class will explore physical activities to strengthen both fine motor and gross motor skills. This class will be developed around team sports, including more traditional games like soccer, dodgeball, rugby and basketball, but will also include team games such as “Capture the flag, “Crossing the river,” etc. Students will be given many opportunities to strengthen the social skills necessary for cooperative games and partner activities. This Team Sports class largely focuses on social emotional well-being and interacting with like-age peers. We will focus on team-building activities, bringing the attention to developing interpersonal skills and working as a team.

The class will provide live, in-person instruction and students are invited into all activities through a lens of curiosity, hard work and celebration of team.

1.5 hours on the learning plan.

Instructor: Owen


The Wonders of The Salish Sea: Science/Research/Writing with Purpose

Grades 4-6

Wednesday 1:30 – 2:25

Remote. Certificated. Space Available

Prepare to be amazed! The Salish Sea is a large part of our region and history. Expect to visit new places (with your family and/or virtually), ‘meet’ animals and plants you have never seen or even imagined. And you will soon learn about local ocean scientists as YOU, too, become a Salish Sea Hero.

2.5 hours on the learning plan

Instructor: Beth


I Made a Comic Book!

Grades 4-6

Thursday 1:30 – 3:25

In-Person. Certificated. Space Available

I MADE A COMIC BOOK! will integrate English Language Arts 4-6 and Art. Students in I MADE A COMIC BOOK! will create a complete comic book by the end of the semester. We will focus on creating hand-crafted products, but students can choose to use digital tools as well, however, learning to use digital drawing/cartooning tools will not be a focus of the class.  This class will focus primarily on creating and understanding story structure. Students will study elements of story writing and art through the process of cartooning. Students will read comics and additional informative texts to develop an understanding of how this genre is structured and developed. 

Learning Materials: All learning materials will be stored in the classroom.  Students will have their own materials stored separately for COVID 19 safety. Students will need access to art materials at home and school such as pencils, markers, crayons, paint, and paper as per their needs to complete home extension work. This class uses a folder to contain work from class and students will need a personal folder to take work from class to home and back again. Students will also need to bring the above art materials to class daily. 

3 hours on the learning plan.

Instructor: Bill


Learning Through Minecraft

Grades 3-5

Friday 9:00 – 10:55

In-Person. Certificated. Fully Enrolled

How often in our lives do we get to work with others on large projects in big giant spaces? In Minecraft students will be able to experience this large-scale collaboration in a virtual world. Students will learn Math, Science, Art/Design and people skills by working on projects and solving problems in Minecraft Education Edition with partners, interacting with them in-person and virtually. Students will need to bring their district issued laptop and a mouse to every class.

3 hours on the learning plan.

Instructor: Scott


The Wonders of The Salish Sea: Science/Research/Writing with Purpose

Grades 3-4

Tuesday 1:30 – 2:25

Remote. Certificated. Space Available

Prepare to be amazed! The Salish Sea is a large part of our region and history. Expect to visit new places (with your family and/or virtually), ‘meet’ animals and plants you have never seen or even imagined. And you will soon learn about local ocean scientists as YOU, too, become a Salish Sea Hero.

2.5 hours on the learning plan

Instructor: Beth


Salish Sea Science

Grades 1-3

Thursday 1:30 – 2:25

In-Person. Certificated. Space Available

In this cross-curricular class we will be reading, writing, and exploring the wonders of our nearby Salish Sea. We will learn and observe keystone species (Chum salmon are being raised in our school until April), having ocean experiences (virtually and/or visiting a local beach for super low tides with family)-as well as becoming ‘Jr. SeaDoc Society members’. Art/Science/Reading& Writing!

2.5 hours on the learning plan.

Instructor: Beth


Team Sports

Grades K-3

Friday 9:00 – 9:55

In-Person. Certificated. Fully Enrolled

This on-site, K-3 class will explore physical activities to strengthen both fine motor and gross motor skills. This class will be developed around team sports, including more traditional games like soccer, dodgeball, rugby and basketball, but will also include team games such as “Capture the flag, “Crossing the river,” etc. Students will be given many opportunities to strengthen the social skills necessary for cooperative games and partner activities. This Team Sports class largely focuses on social emotional well-being and interacting with like-age peers. We will focus on team-building activities, bringing the attention to developing interpersonal skills and working as a team.

1.5 hours on the learning plan.

Instructor: Owen


Non-Fiction Reading & Writing Fun!

Grades K-1

Monday 1:30 – 2:25

Remote. Certificated. Space Available

We will be reading and writing all about the world around us. Specifically, Seattle and our local environment (Flora/Fauna/Ocean). We will learn and have fun every Monday!

1.5 hours on the learning plan

Instructor: Beth


Elective Courses Taught by Contractors


Cooking

Grades 5-8

Friday 1:30 – 2:25

Remote. Elective. Space Available

14-week course. Class ends on May 13.

Once a week, parents and kids will work together to make a delicious dish that feeds a family of 4-6! Students will join our teacher in walking through and completing our easy steps-by-step meals! We use the perspective of food, cooking, and nutrition to learn about geography, math, science, and culture, while helping kids develop a life-long love of fresh ingredients. Our class is hands-on, active, and offers a uniquely engaging virtual experience! Students will be working with knives and will be doing some stove-top cooking or oven-baking during parts of class, so adult support may be needed.

INGREDIENTS: For the safety of our staff and your family, all ingredients will need to be purchased and prepped by parents before each class. We will send out detailed emails a week prior to each class, highlighting lesson details and providing a shopping list, parental prep guide, and all class materials needed!

WHAT DOES PARENT SUPPORT LOOK LIKE?

  • Shopping for needed ingredients and gathering tools before class.
  • Doing some food prep like cooking meats, rice, or pasta.
  • Dependent on student’s skill level, parents may need to support during class by, helping monitor knife skills and safety, and helping cook what is being cooked on the stove during the class.

REQUIREMENTS: Students will need internet access and can be seen and heard during the ZOOM Class. (laptop or smart phone could work) Use of a stove, oven, and standard cooking pots and utensils is needed during class.

2 hours on the learning plan.

Instructor: Rainy Day Dinner Club


Video Game Design A

Grades 4-8

Monday 11:00 – 11:55

Remote. Elective. Space Available

OR

Video Game Design B

Grades 4-8

Tuesday 11:00 – 11:55

Remote. Elective. Space Available

OR

Video Game Design C

Grades 4-8

Tuesday 2:30 – 3:25

Remote. Elective. Space Available

NOTE: Video Game Design will start the week of February 7th. This will give us time to get the software licenses ready for students.

Students will learn about many different disciplines and game design principles to make video games that are engaging, unique, and most of all, fun in this 4-8 class.

1.5 hours on the learning plan.

Instructor: BEAM Experiences


Improv Theater

Grades 4-8

Thursday 11:00 – 11:55

Remote. Elective. Fully Enrolled

Improv is the theatre of collaborative storytelling. During this class the children will learn a variety of fun games and activities that will teach them to work together to best tell stories. Learning that it is okay to be goofy and that sometimes you need to let others stand in the spotlight, the kids will build confidence on stage as well as off.

1.5 hours on the learning plan.

Instructor: Jet City Improv


Field Trip Fridays – Playground Adventures

Grades 4-8

Friday 1:30 – 2:25

On location – Field trips. Elective. Space Available

This on-site, 4-8 Outdoor Adventures/Field Trip Class will include outdoor trips to the following areas and more, to discover and learn about native flora and fauna, wildlife, create art, and learn about Seattle’s history. Class will meet rain or shine.

Possible adventures include:

1 – Greenlake – scavenger hunt – find nature items

2 – Discovery Park, Daybreak Star to Beach/tide pool exploration

3 – Woodland Rose Garden – flower and plant observation, nature drawings

4 – The Locks – Salmon observation and discovery

5 – Golden Gardens – sensory writing, observations

6 – Gas Works –painting, examine historic gasification remnants

1.5 hours on the learning plan.

Instructor: Jennifer


Lego Robotics

Grades 3-5

Friday 9:00-10:25

In-Person. Elective. Space Available

Build and design real, functioning robots! Each day, students receive a short lesson, followed by guided creative building time. We will tackle creative team challenges, construct robots that automatically react to their environment using motors and sensors and learn to program complex robotic behaviors. The session ends with an awesome battle-bot tournament!

2 hours on the learning plan.

Instructor – BEAM Experiences


Pixel Art and Animation

Grades 3-5

Tuesday 1:30 – 2:25

Remote. Elective. Space Available

Pixel is being offered as a remote class for 2nd semester.

Learn the art of the pixel! Join us for an in-depth, on-site 3-5 class about drawing with the smallest squares on any screen – pixels. We will be using an online pixel art creation program called Piskel to make retro-style video game art, animated characters, and other art projects. Students will learn fine-art concepts such as color theory, light & shadow, perspective, tiling, animation principles and more. They will also learn the history of pixel art and how it is used in modern games and videos. At the end of the class, students will have a completed gallery of original artwork to share with friends and family!

1.5 hours on the learning plan.

Instructor: BEAM Experiences


Cooking

Grades 1-4

Friday 10:00 – 10:55

Remote. Elective. Fully Enrolled

14-week course. Class ends on May 13.

Once a week, parents and kids will work together to make a delicious dish that feeds a family of 4-6! Students will join our teacher in walking through and completing our easy steps-by-step meals! We use the perspective of food, cooking, and nutrition to learn about geography, math, science, and culture, while helping kids develop a life-long love of fresh ingredients. Our class is hands-on, active, and offers a uniquely engaging virtual experience! Students will be working with knives and will be doing some stove-top cooking or oven-baking during parts of class, so adult support is needed.

INGREDIENTS: For the safety of our staff and your family, all ingredients will need to be purchased and prepped by parents before each class. We will send out detailed emails a week prior to each class, highlighting lesson details and providing a shopping list, parental prep guide, and all class materials needed!

WHAT DOES PARENT SUPPORT LOOK LIKE?

  • Shopping for needed ingredients and gathering tools before class.
  • Doing some food prep like cooking meats, rice, or pasta.
  • Also, washing and halving produce, so that it is safer to cut.
  • During class, helping monitor knife skills and safety, and helping cook what is being added or cooked on the stove during the meal.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Lessons are designed for kids to cook with their parents or another adult. Use of knives, kitchen tools, stoves, ovens, or other sharp or hot items should always be closely supervised.
  • Students will need internet access and can be seen and heard during the ZOOM Class. (laptop or smart phone could work)
  • Stove, oven, and standard cooking pots and utensils.

2 hours on the learning plan.

Instructor: Rainy Day Dinner Club


Improv Theater

Grades K-3

Wednesday 11:00 – 11:55

Remote. Elective. Fully Enrolled

Improv is the theatre of collaborative storytelling. During this class the children will learn a variety of fun games and activities that will teach them to work together to best tell stories. Learning that it is okay to be goofy and that sometimes you need to let others stand in the spotlight, the kids will build confidence on stage as well as off.

1.5 hours on the learning plan

Instructor: Jet City Improv


Musical Theater

Grades K-3

Tuesday 11:00 – 11:55

Remote. Elective. Space Available

Join us for creative fun as we use your student’s creativity to sing, explore emotions and how to use them when acting, and to participate in acting out short skits. Students will learn basic vocal techniques and acting skills as we prepare a show open to parents and friends at the end of each session.

2 hours on the learning plan.

Instructor: Jennifer


Woodworking

Grades K-3

Wednesday 1:30 – 2:25

In-Person. Elective. Fully Enrolled

12-week course. Class ends on May 11.

No Class on March 2nd.

OR

Thursday 1:30 – 2:25

In-Person. Elective. Fully Enrolled

12-week Course. Class ends on May 12.

No class on March 3rd.

Kids’ Carpentry is a hands-on toy building experience designed to teach students practical woodworking skills with an emphasis on the safe use of hand tools. We create unique opportunities for students to construct fun and exciting projects while empowering them to become independent thinkers-building confidence, self-esteem, and a repertoire of practical skills that last them a lifetime. At the end of the session, each student will go home with wooden toys that they have made and painted by hand.

*Students who have never had this course will have priority to register for this class.

1.5 hours on the learning plan

Instructor: Kids Carpentry Seattle


Martial Arts

Grades K-8

Monday 1:30 – 2:55

In-Person. Elective. Space Available

OR

Martial Arts

Friday 1:30 – 2:55

In-Person. Elective. Space Available

This on-site, K-8 class will focus on balance, strength, and core development, as demonstrated through students performing katas and different blocking, striking and defensive poses.

3 hours on the learning plan

Instructor: Master Chang


Martial Arts

Grades K-8

Wednesday 1:30 – 2:25

Remote. Elective. Fully Enrolled

This virtual, K-8 class will focus on balance, strength, and core development, as demonstrated through students performing katas and different blocking, striking and defensive poses.

3 hours on the learning plan.

Instructor: Master Chang


Intro to Guitar

Grades K-8

Friday 10:00 – 10:25

In-Person. Elective. Fully Enrolled

Students will learn the basics of how to tune their guitar, how to read and play three string chords, and how to read and play single string tab. Students will learn familiar old and current songs while simultaneously learning about pitch, tone, rhythm, and tempo. As students progress, they may be introduced to the CAGED chord system, more challenging tab, and more challenging songs. Students may also explore songs of their choice. Regular practice is required for success and students may perform for family members or for a group.

3 hours on the learning plan.

Instructor: Jennifer


Guitar Open Chords

Grades K-8

Friday 10:30 – 10:55

In-Person. Elective. Space Available

Students will continue to explore the CAGED chord system as well as additional chords and patterns. Strum patterns will become more complex and more difficult tab will be introduced. Pitch, tone, rhythm and tempo will all be covered as students seek out songs appropriate to their skill level and will be encouraged to create their own chord patterns, tab, and songs. Regular practice is required for success and students may perform for family members or for a group.

Pre-requisite – Intro to Guitar or previous guitar experience.

3 hours on the learning plan.

Instructor: Jennifer


Homerooms/SEL (Social Emotional Learning)

All Cascade students participate in Homeroom/SEL.

Homeroom/SEL is integrated into the cohorts.

Students not enrolled in a cohort will instead enroll in a half hour homeroom session.

These homeroom sessions meet remotely throughout the week during the lunch hour (12:00 – 12:30, 12:30 – 1:00, and 1:00 – 1:30).

Students will be assigned to a homeroom within their grade band.