Cascades Academy Independent School PK-12
The Beauty and Magic of Traveling School
The Beauty and Magic of Traveling School
As our fourth and fifth graders are making their way back to Bend from their adventures on the Oregon Trail this week, and the second and third graders are still teaching us new camp songs from their adventures at Camp Collins, I am reminded of this quote by Mark Twain:

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness... Broad, wholesome, charitable views of people and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime."

Thank you, families, for entrusting us with your children so they can experience the gift of travel that is so crucial to their development. And thank you, teachers, for providing such rich and memorable experiences for our students.

We believe that when we can give our students the gift of traveling school, our world will truly become a better place.

May the adventure continue!

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Community and the Morning Meeting

Recent studies have shown that students who are the most well-adjusted are children who feel a sense of identity amongst their peers. Here at Cascades Academy, we strive to create this sense of community and our morning meeting is one great place to conduct it. Each individual brings a diversity of backgrounds, cultures, and viewpoints that enrich our program. Fourth and fifth-grade students have been participating in a communal approach that is designed to encourage them to learn more about and celebrate each other. Morning meeting consists of four essentials. Every morning we greet one another, where everyone makes eye contact, and exchanges a genuine hello. We share something about ourselves or what is happening in our lives. Next, we have an activity, generally, this is to establish character or to brush up on previous lessons. Lastly, we have a message to the students about the happenings in class or what they can look forward to in the days ahead. This is a place where students feel secure and supported by everyone. Some of the most important skills needed in school are the ability to communicate with one another and to value each other. This, in turn, supports a collaborative and supportive community.

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