Academics

Fall Course Catalog 2021-22

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Class availability is subject to change

Cohorts

Grades 7-8

Crow-hort A (M/W) 9:00 – 11:55

In-Person.  Certificated.  Space Available

OR

Or Crow-hort B (Tu/Th) 9:00 – 11:55

In-Person.  Certificated.  Space Available

This 7-8 Cohort will study Literature, Writing, Art, and Science in an integrated studies model. Students will use time in class to collaborate to achieve common goals and design instruction for first and second grade buddies.

Instructors: Bill, Teresa, Laurie


Grades 7-8

Crow-hort V (M/Tu) 1:30 – 3:25

Remote.  Certificated.  Space Available

This 7-8 Virtual Cohort will study Literature, Writing, Art, and Science in an integrated studies model. Students will use time in class to collaborate to achieve common goals and time out of class to complete asynchronous assignments.

Instructors: Bill, Teresa, Laurie


Grades 5-6

Crow-hort A (M/W) 9:00 – 11:55

In-Person.  Certificated.  Space Available

OR

Crow-hort B (Tu/Th) 9:00 – 11:55

In-Person.  Certificated.  Space Available

This 5-6 Cohort will study Literature, Writing, Art, and Science in an integrated studies model. Students will use time in class to collaborate to achieve common goals. Students will also virtually partner with the 3-4 grade bands to complete science projects.

Instructors: Bill, Teresa, Laurie


Grades 5-6

Crow-hort V (M/Tu) 1:30 – 3:25

Remote.  Certificated.  Fully Enrolled

This 5-6 Virtual Cohort will study Literature, Writing, Art, and Math in an integrated studies model. Students will use time in class to collaborate to achieve common goals and time out of class to complete asynchronous assignments. 

Instructors: Bill, Teresa, Laurie


Grades 3-4

Crow-hort A (M/W) 9:00 – 11:55.

In – Person.  Certificated.  Space Available

OR

Crow-hort B (Tu/Th) 9:00 – 11:55

In-Person.  Certificated. Space Available

We will have monthly themes and projects using an integrated model for learning language arts, math, social studies, science, virtual field trips and social/emotional skills.
This cohort will meet monthly with older reading buddies. We will learn about the reading genres and create exciting projects together (dioramas, puppet shows, author studies, etc). 

Instructors: Scott, Teresa, Laurie


Grades 3-4

Crow-hort V (M/Tu) 1:30 – 3:25

Remote.  Certificated Fully Enrolled

We will have monthly themes and projects using an integrated model for learning language arts, math, social studies, science, virtual field trips and social/emotional skills.

This cohort will meet monthly with older reading buddies. We will learn about the reading genres and create exciting projects together (dioramas, puppet shows, author studies, etc). 

Instructors: Scott, Teresa, Beth


Grades 1-2

Crow-hort A (M/W) 9:00 – 11:55

In-Person.  Certificated.   Space Available

OR

Crow-hort B (Tu/Th) 9:00 – 11:55

In-Person.  Certificated. Space Available

We will have monthly themes and projects using an integrated model for learning language arts, math, social studies, science, virtual field trips and social/emotional skills.
Students will meet bi-monthly with middle school Reading buddies and participate in activities to help develop reading comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary.

Instructors: Scott, Teresa, Laurie


Grades 1-2

Crow-hort V (M/Tu) 1:30 – 3:25

Remote.  Certificated. Space Available

We will have monthly themes and projects using an integrated model for learning language arts, math, social studies, science, virtual field trips and social/emotional skills.
Students will meet bi-monthly with middle school Reading buddies and participate in activities to help develop reading comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary.

Instructors: Scott, Teresa, Beth


Grades K-1

Crow-hort A (M/W) 9:00 – 11:55

In-Person.  Certificated.  Space Available

We are a joyful collection/connection of kindergarten and first grade learners.
Our COMMUNITY of learners we will be integrating literacy, math, the arts, science & social emotional learning. We will be learning about neighborhoods.

Instructor: Beth


Grade Kindergarten

Crow-hort B (Tu/Th) 9:00 – 11:55

In-Person.  Certificated.  Space Available

We are a joyful collection/connection of kindergarten learners.
Our COMMUNITY of learners we will be integrating literacy, math, the arts, science & social emotional learning. We will be learning about neighborhoods. We meet Tuesday and Thursdays 9-11:30 in class. 11:30-11:55 is outdoor family time to all connect with each other.

Instructor: Beth


Other Certificated Classes


Grades 7-8

STEM Exploration (Th) 1:30 – 3:25

In-Person.  Certificated.  Space Available

7th and 8th grade students will explore technology, programming and engineering concepts using Lego Mindstorms EV3. Students will design, build, and program robots.

Instructor: Teresa


Grades 6-8

Cartoons and Graphic Novels (Fr) 9:00 – 11:55

In-Person.  Certificated.  Space Available

The class will integrate English Language Arts 6-8, Art, and elements of Goal Setting.

This class will focus primarily on creating and understanding characters in writing. Students will study elements of script writing and art through the process of cartooning. Student will read comics, graphic novels, and additional informative texts to develop an understanding of how this genre is structured and developed.

Students will also be guided through a goal setting process to develop a stronger ability to set goals and create timelines that help meet those goals.

Cartoons and Graphic Novels 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.
Each day we will start with a writing and drawing task.

Next, there will be a mini lesson on the day’s topic followed by practicing the concept. This will be a combination of analysis of other comic books/graphic novels and developing aspects of our own cartoons/graphic novels.

Student’s will workshop cartoons/writing in class to prepare for the home school extension. This will include all aspects of the writing/artistic process with frequent feedback sessions from peers and adults.

Instructor: Bill


Grades 6-8

Feel Like a Debate? (We) 1:30 – 2:25

In-Person.  Certificated.  Fully Enrolled

This 6-8 Debate class will focus on three areas of debate: creating an argument, supporting an argument, and appropriate rebuttal. This course will develop and improve public speaking, argumentative, and critical-thinking skills in communication settings. Students will prepare and deliver speeches and participate in several of in-class debates and forums on varying topics.

Instructor: Bill


Grades 5-8

World Art Connections (Th) 1:30 – 3:25

In-Person.  Certificated.  Space Available

The Art Connections curriculum integrates the four dimensions of Art, Art History, Aesthetic Perception, Creative Expression and Art Criticism into each unit.  Students will develop skills for using the visual arts elements and principals in multiple visual arts mediums and explore art from around the world.  In addition to exploring visual arts students will also discover connections to the performing arts, science, and literature.


Grades 4-8

Team Sports A (Fr) 10:00 – 10:55

In-person.  Certificated.  Space Available

OR

Team Sports B (Fr) 11:00 – 11:55

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.

Instructor: Owen


Grades 4-6

Stand Out and Act Up!

In-Person.  Certificated.  Space Available

I believe that to act is to PLAY and that students learn the most in an atmosphere of relaxed positive reinforcement. The class encourages spontaneity, simplicity, and fun. Students will explore movement, vocalization, character development and ensemble-building through play production and workshop exercises. Students will develop acting skills needed to create truthful characters. The class period will start with improvisation games and characterization exercises designed to teach self-expression and performance skills. Students will develop skills in text analysis through group and written work.

Then we will use class time to enter into the creative process to produce a play. Students will engage in memorization, blocking, characterization, rehearsal, ensemble development.

Instructor: Bill


Grades 3-4

Full STEAM Ahead! (Fr) 9:00 – 10:55

In-Person.  Certificated. Space Available

This engaging and hands-on class integrates Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math into a two-hour block on Friday mornings. Students will take an inquiry-based approach to new learning in these academic areas through stations, projects, games, online research, coding, and experiments. Students will also co-create the class by helping to choose the monthly themes (solar system, rocks & minerals, animals, Rube Goldberg machines, etc.) and designing investigative questions.

Instructor: Scott


Grades 3-4

Water, Science, and Wonder (We) 1:30 – 2:25

In-Person.  Certificated.  Space Available

This will be an interesting, dynamic, and interactive class integrating Science, Geography, Art and Poetry. Can we learn about the chemistry of water, how water has shaped our world AND use watercolor/multi-media to capture our understanding? YES, we can.

Instructor: Beth


Grades 1-2

Building and Engineering with Friends (Th) 1:30 – 3:25

In-Person.  Certificated.  Space Available

We will be having fun while learning about simple machines and problem solving through engineering challenges. We will also be learning about our new friends, having fun, and playing games. Fiction and non-fiction stories about inventions will be shared together.  We will use our classroom, the Gym, and outside with families during nicer weather (3-3:25).

Instructor: Beth


Grades K-3

Team Sports (Fr) 9:00 – 9:55

In-Person.  Certificated.  Space Available

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.

Instructor: Owen


Grades K-1

Fun with Ms. Beth! (Mo) 1:30 – 2:25

Remote.  Certificated.  Space Available

This is a Virtual Literacy Class with Ms. Beth that meets on Mondays between 1:30-2:25pm. This class focuses on shared read-alouds, interactive class discussions and reflections/responses to stories using writing, drawing, and other forms of self-expression.

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 accomplishment.

Instructor: Beth


Elective Courses Taught by Contractors

Grades 5-8

Cooking (Fr) 1:30 – 2:25

Remote.  Elective.  Fully Enrolled

Students will create delicious dishes focusing on the importance of local ingredients, scratch cooking, and natural preservatives while practicing knife skills and kitchen safety.

As students follow recipes, they will learn the science behind the use of different ingredients involved and the important role herbs, spices and veggies play in flavoring our favorite dishes.

Instructor: Rainy Day Dinner Club


Grades 4-8

Video Game Design A (Mo) 11:00 – 11:55

Remote.  Elective.  Fully Enrolled

OR

Video Game Design B (Tu) 11:00 – 11:55

Remote.  Elective.  Fully Enrolled

OR

Video Game Design C (Tu) 2:30 – 3:25

Remote. Elective. Space Available

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 remote 4-8 class.

Instructor: BEAM Experiences


Grades 4-8

Improv Theater (Th) 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 tell stories collaboratively. 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.

Instructor: Jet City Improv


Grades 4-8

Hiking – Flora and Fauna (Fr) 1:30 – 2:25

On location. Elective. Space Available

This class will meet on location for hikes in local parks such as Greenlake, Disovery Park, Gasworks, etc to learn about native flora and fauna. Students will explore and observe nature and record their findings in writings, drawings and paintings.

Instructor: Jennifer


Grades 3-5

Pixel Art and Animation A (Mo) 1:30 – 2:25

In-Person.  Elective.  Space Available

OR

Pixel Art and Animation B (Tu) 1:30 – 2:25

In Person.  Elective.  Space Available

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!

Instructor: BEAM Experiences


Grades 1-4

Cooking (Fr) 10:00 – 10:55

Remote.  Elective.  Fully Enrolled

Students will create delicious dishes focusing on the importance of local ingredients, scratch cooking, and natural preservatives while practicing knife skills and kitchen safety.

As students follow recipes, they will learn the science behind the use of different ingredients involved and the important role herbs, spices and veggies play in flavoring our favorite dishes.

Instructor: Rainy Day Dinner Club


Grades K-3

Improv Theater (We) 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 tell stories collaboratively. 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.

Instructor: Jet City Improv


Grades K-3

Musical Theater (Mo) 11:00 – 11:55

In-Person. Elective. Space Available

Join us for creative fun as we use your student’s imagination to write new lyrics for popular songs and create our own original 30 minute musical. Students will learn basic vocal techniques and acting skills as well as learning what makes a great story.

Instructor: Jennifer


Grades K-3

Musical Theater (Tu) 11:00 – 11:55

Remote. Elective. Fully Enrolled

Join us for creative fun as we use your student’s imagination to write new lyrics for popular songs and create our own original 30 minute musical. Students will learn basic vocal techniques and acting skills as well as learning what makes a great story.

Instructor: Jennifer


Grades K-3

Woodworking (We) 1:30 – 2:25

In-Person. Elective Enrollment Closed

OR

Woodworking (Th) 1:30 – 2:25

In-Person. Elective Enrollment Closed

Instructors from Kid’s Carpentry Seattle offer project based learning through the fun of wood working. They create unique opportunities for children to construct fun and exciting projects while empowering them to become independent thinkers-building confidence, self-esteem and a repertoire of practical skills that will last them a lifetime. Hands-on building classes are designed to teach practical woodworking skills with an emphasis on the safe use of hand tools. Kids’ Carpentry Teachers bring all necessary supplies, tools and wood.

Instructor: Kids Carpentry Seattle


Grades K-8

Martial Arts A (Mo) 1:30 – 2:25

In-Person.  Elective.  Space Available

OR

Martial Arts C (Fr) 1:30 – 2:25

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.

Instructor: Master Chang


Grades K-8

Martial Arts B (We) 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.

Instructor: Master Chang


Grades K-8

Intro to Guitar (Fr) 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.

Instructor: Jennifer


Grades K-8

Guitar Open Chords (Fr) 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.

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.