PTSO General Meeting Minutes
Zoom, on May 11th @ 5:30 PM



Board Attendees:  President-Amanda Ring, Vice President-Cindy Tuscano, Treasurer-Michelle Klein, Secretary-Katy Cross, Vice-Principal-Vanessa Tobolski

Special Guests:  Upcoming PTSO board, Mariah Stats (Vice President), Cindy Beck (Secretary), Amanda Lenke (Treasurer). 



Welcome and Introductions
Amanda welcomed everyone.  The meeting minutes from the prior general meeting were read and approved.

Treasurer Update - Michelle Klein
Michelle talked about Staff Appreciation week and how we handled it given COVID times.  Stephen said the staff loved it.  Four web leaders thanked teachers over the loudspeaker, and you could hear the applause throughout the school.  There was a lot of positive energy and many teachers expressed appreciation. 

Michelle also gave an update on 8th Grade Graduation, saying that we are in a bit of a holding pattern, but currently we have KONA Ice and Central Oregon Corn Dog Co.  The plan is to have a field day.  The 8th graders can sign yearbooks, sign the banner, eat from the food carts and hang out with friends.  Current start time is 1:00 PM on Thursday.  Wednesday will be a full day and Thursday will be early release at 3:00 PM.

Principal Update - Stephen Duval
Stephen reports that there were 800 kids in quarantine last week (for 60 COVID cases), district wide.  Still no evidence of school-school spread.  The district wanted more opportunity for teacher check-in, so that’s why no school on Wednesday.  Stephen says PIVOT is the word of the year.  He said it has been great to be back and the kids are great about following protocols.  He is looking forward to a reset in the fall.  He thanked the past PTSO board and welcomed the new board, which is as follows:  Michelle Klein (President), Mariah Stats (Vice President), Cindy Beck (Secretary), Amanda Lenke (Treasurer), Cindy Tuscano/Katy Cross (Apparel/Swag), Katy Bowles (Website), All members will help with fundraising, led by Michelle Klein.

Cindy asked about staffing for next year, and Stephen said that due to COVID, numbers are significantly down.  He said Cascade is hovering around 690 students for next year, but we are currently staffed for 840 students.  Stephen said the staff will be based on the number of students and that they have had to cut 4.3 total staff positions.  There is more uncertainty this year than ever. 

President-to-be - Michelle Klein
Michelle said she will get Stephen PDF’s for the virtual welcome packet for the Fall 2021.  


Adjournment
Meeting was adjourned.

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PTSO General Meeting Minutes
Zoom, on February 23rd @ 5:30 PM

 
Board Attendees:  President-Amanda Ring, Vice President-Cindy Tuscano, Treasurer-Michelle Klein, Secretary-Katy Cross, Vice-Principal-Vanessa Tobolski

Special Guest:  Kristin Killoran, counselor at Cascade Middle School


Welcome and Introductions
Amanda welcomed everyone.  The meeting minutes from the prior general meeting were read and Amanda approved them.

Vice Principal Update - Vanessa Tobolski
Vanessa shared that students are doing a fantastic job with safety procedures, such as mask wearing, using hand sanitizer, and using the one way hallways.  She said that the staff is working hard to make students feel comfortable, providing a way for them to interact with their peers and continue to develop socially.  Vanessa said that the staff knows that the at home learning can be challenging and they are trying to use advisory to help students with this.  She said that the last few months has consisted of planning, designing, and re-designing.

Vice President Update - Cindy Toscano

Cindy talked about an upcoming FAN fundraiser that involves at least a dozen schools.  She said it should be happening in March and for everyone to be aware and be looking for more information about it. 

Special Guest:  Kristin Killoran, Counselor at Cascade
Kristin talked about her role at Cascade and primarily focused on current Advisory classes, as these are becoming a way for kids to check in and feel supported.  There is not mountain time this year. The advisory classes/teachers are also a point for family communication.  She said that now with the hybrid schedule, Advisory is only during red week.  The goal is to create a connectedness with the teacher and with one another.  Kristin shared videos with us that the kids are viewing in their advisory classes and they were really excellent.  These videos were educational in terms of letting students know how things need to be done under these current conditions, and they also encouraged socialization and interaction, as a way for students to learn more about each other and have some fun.  Vanessa shared that they are trying to start off by asking basic questions of the kids and then increasing the depth of the questions as they go on. 


Treasurer Update - Michelle Klein
Michelle discussed our current financials, and shared that our most recent expenses to date have been $5,340, which has been spent on staff and students.  We recently helped the science department with the purchase of 6 camera adapters.  Michelle reported that we have adjusted our budget, with help from the administration.  We will not be asking families to give anymore this year, but still want to be able to say YES to all of the great ideas.


Adjournment
Meeting was adjourned and Amanda reported that the last meeting will be held in mid-May and that another Newsletter will be coming out prior to that. 


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PTSO General Meeting Minutes

Zoom, on October 22nd @ 5:30 PM

Board Attendees:  President-Amanda Ring, Vice President-Cindy Tuscano, Treasurer-Michelle Klein, Secretary-Katy Cross, Principal-Stephen Duval, Vice-Principal-Vanessa Tobolski

Welcome and Introductions

Katy welcomed everyone and went over Zoom etiquette in terms of muting/unmuting. 

Amanda thanked everyone for coming and introduced Principal, Stephen Duval.

Update by Stephen Duval

Stephen talked about the virtual format and that the teachers are trying to get students comfortable with being on Webex.  He said that the Cascade staff is working on promoting further engagement. 

Stephen said they are hoping to get the kids back at a hybrid level and that they may possibly be changing the metrics at the state level, which could help facilitate our return. 

There was a question regarding the culture at Cascade right now and how to promote that and Stephen said that they are always working hard to create a rich learning environment.  They are trying to use advisory time for this to happen and working toward creating a healthy and safe environment, through increased use of counselors and also teachers are trying harder to engage students.

Special Guest:  Shannon Carroll, Art Teacher at Cascade

Shannon introduced herself and spoke of her 8th grade and 10th grade sons and certainly understanding how tough it is as a parent as well as a teacher.  She said she has an online Instagram account to connect students to each other’s art work.  She said this whole process is humbling, but she is working hard to build community.  She has given art kits to students who didn’t have supplies at home.  She says the benefit of all of this is that many kids have become real self starters and have been doing art on their own. 

Fundraiser-Giving Campaign

Discussion regarding the Giving Campaign and how that money will be used.  The needs are different this year, but they are still there.  Teachers have been individually packing kits for students and getting them out.  Design and Tech are needing Apple Pencils for those students who don’t already have them.  There have been Foods kits packed up, language arts highlighters are being distributed, science kits, as well as the art kits already discussed.  PTSO has also paid for all staff to get CMS sweatshirts, and staff were treated to a coffee/treat from Thump on any 2 days of a particular week.  Stephen reported that a big boost in morale is seen when these things happen.

Introduction of Treasurer, Michelle Klein

Sanjay Dholakia nominated Michelle to interim treasurer and Katy Cross seconded.  Michelle talked about having some money left over from last year, which has been appreciated through all of this.  She said we want to find a way to support staff and we also want to be able to say yes to a teacher who has a great idea.  We currently have a $10,000 deficit with what we have made from the Giving Campaign thus far and what we have spent to date.  All of the Giving Campaign money will be spent on what’s needed for this year.  Donations can be made online or by check.  The Giving Campaign is Cascade’s one and only fundraiser. 

Adjournment


This meeting concluded at 6:05 PM

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PTSO General Meeting Minutes
September 26, 2019 @ 2:30 in the Library


Board Attendees:  President-Amanda Ring, Vice President-Cindy Tuscano, Treasurer-Karen Tobiason, Secretary-Katy Cross, Student Representatives:  Curran (8th grade), Macy (8th grade), Liv (8th grade), Emerson (7th grade), and Taylor (6th grade)
General Attendees:  see attached sign in sheet

 Welcome & Introductions

Amanda welcomed all present and called the meeting to order at 2:30 PM.

Students spoke about what has been good for them so far this year.

Secretary Katy Cross Voted In

A motion was made and seconded to vote in Katy Cross to the secretary position

Approval of Previous Minutes

Motion:  After review, a motion was made to approve the minutes from the previous General Meeting held in June 2018.  The motion was seconded and passed.

 Community and Culture-Stephen DuVal

Stephen reports that there are 800 students at Cascade this year.  There is a new Foods 2 class.  He feels that school is off to a positive start and is hearing good things from teachers.  Stephen tells us that the focus in classrooms this year will be on the 4 C’s:  communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.  He said that with this, they will be working on peer to peer feedback.  The Cascade staff feels that this will help to build the foundation for positive relationships and school culture that they strive for.  Challenge Day for the 8th graders is approaching.  It is a day of empathy building and they will be needing volunteers for this day.  Stephen reports that they are starting to develop “Be the Change” Mountain Time Club and are working with counselors to get it going. 

Treasurer’s Report-Karen

The Giving Campaign has made approx. $20,000 each year for the past 2 years, and Karen reports that the majority of the $20,000 goes toward grants.  The Giving Campaign ends on October 31st. 

Stephen reports that we were able to get new cross country uniforms, for the 140 runners at Cascade this year. 

Volunteer-Cindy

Cindy says that there are not any volunteer needs at this time, and that the sign up for snacks for teachers is full.  She said there will be further needs as the year goes on, for Staff Appreciation Week, Science Labs, and field trips.  A reminder given to make sure that your background check is current, as it is only good for 2 years. 

Miscellaneous

Stephen says that the first Coffee at Cascade is next Thursday, 10/3, @ 9 AM.

Stephen also reports that there was a conflict this year with Parent Info Nights for Cascade and Summit, and they will make sure to not have these dates conflict next year. 

A raffle was done for some free Cascade gear, and Taylor won!!

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 3:30, and cake was served to celebrate Stephen’s birthday.

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​PTSO General Meeting Minutes
May 30, 2018 @ 1:30 pm in the Library


Attendees:  President- Emily Mickelsen, Vice President- Carlene Perry, Treasurer- Karen Tobiason, Secretary- Amy Harris, Principal- Stephen DuVal; Gail Mithoff, Anita Garland, Cindy Toscano, Judy Rowe, Emerson Williams-6, Macy Barham-7, Liv R. Casellini-7, Ava Lawson-8


Welcome

Emily welcomed all present and called the meeting to order at 1:35 pm. 


Approval of Previous Minutes – Amy

Motion:  After review, a motion was made to approve the minutes from the previous General Meeting held on March 14, 2019.  The motion was seconded and passed.

Treasurer’s Report –  Karen

The bank account balance as of May 30, 2019 is $14,672.82.  This year we have spent $9,019.89 in grants.

Special Guests – Natalie and Layla

These young ladies gave a short presentation on EWB, Every Woman Bleeds, a group that they started on campus that meets during lunchtime.  Their focus is making daily life at school easier for girls on their menstrual cycles, and they brainstorm ideas and implement solutions here at Cascade.

Special Guest – Ava

Ava gave a report on the lunchroom composting program she has spearheaded here on campus.

Special Guests – Judy Rowe

Ms. Rowe gave an update on the Green Team she advises.  They work on helping Cascade conserve energy and all things green.

Principal’s Update – Stephen DuVal

Principal DuVal spoke about end-of-the-year locker clean outs, dedicated electives for next year’s 6th graders, new staff members, the entry way construction, and new clubs on campus.

Staff Appreciation Week – Carlene

This year’s Staff Appreciation Week was hugely successful and Carlene discussed what worked great and also listed some adjustments that next year’s committee should include in future plans.

Grants – Emily

The Board approved many grants between April and June this year.  Some of them were field trips for both 7 and 8th graders, instrument repairs for the band, calculators for math classes, High Desert Museum guest speakers for Social Studies, consumables for science kits, a vacuum cleaner for the library, Earth Week raffle items, iPad insurance and PE uniforms for FAN, and reusable plates and cutlery for the staff room.

Future Board Positions – Emily

Amanda Ring was nominated for the 2019-2020 Cascade MS PTSO President.  The motion was seconded and passed.

Cindy Toscano was nominated for a 2019-2020 Cascade MS PTSO Vice President.  The motion was seconded and passed.

Karen Tobiason was nominated for the 2019-2020 Cascade MS PTSO Treasurer. The motion was seconded and passed.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:35 pm.


Next General Meeting: Thursday, September 26, 2019 @ 2:30 pm in the Library.

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PTSO General Meeting Minutes
March 15, 2018 @ 1:30 pm in the Library


Board Attendees:  President- Emily Mickelsen, Vice President- Cherish Perry Schroeder, Treasurer- Karen Tobiason, Parent-Teacher Liaison Suzanne Moore, Secretary- Amy Harris, Student Representatives: Macy Barham, Evelyne A, Kaitlin Yeomans, Riley Capuano

General Attendees:  Principal Stephen DuVal, Vice Principal Eric Powell, Darcy Buckley, Matt and Rosa Shea, Giselle Beucus, Heather Killebrew, Gail Mithoff, Lisa B, Courtney Bledsoe, Vida Barham, Danielle Vidali, Nanette Termes, Katy Bowles, Katy Booher

Welcome

Emily welcomed all present and called the meeting to order at 1:30 pm.

Approval of Previous Minutes – Amy

Motion:  After review, a motion was made to approve the minutes from the previous General Meeting held on December 14, 2017.  The motion was seconded and passed.

Treasurer’s Report –  Karen

The balance in the PTSO bank account is currently $26,063.  The Grant Budget is $18,900 and $6,925 has been spent so far.

7 Peaks Cell Tower – Giselle B. and Heather K.

Giselle and Heather approached the group with the goal of partnering up with CMS to approach the Bend Parks and Recreation District regarding the removal of a Verizon cell tower they lease that is currently installed on a post in the Skyliner Field area adjacent to the 7 Peaks campus, and near CMS.  While its EMF levels are within the current FCC limits in America, the levels exceed those currently adopted by European countries.

School Safety & Start Times – Stephen DuVal

Short-term improvements to the CMS entryway include funneling all persons through a single door leading to the window of the Main Office.  Longer-term plans are for a permanent knee-wall to be installed in this location by 2020.  CMS will also be using the Raptor background check software.  The BLSD is still actively debating the pros and cons of changing school day start times.

Challenge Day – Eric Powell/ Students Reps

A brief review of Challenge Day was given, then comments were made by students and previous adult volunteers.  A student reported they felt the program brought the 8th grade community together.  An adult volunteer shared that the feel may be long-lasting because Juniors at Summit High still talk about its effect on them.  The Summit High newspaper cited the program as a preventative measure for school shootings.

Movie Night – Amy Wilde

Movie night raised $150 for our Sparrow.  They are looking for ideas to increase attendance.

Parent Survey – Mr. McKae

It was reported that data suggests that family involvement in Middle School increases performance in a host of learning measures.  He is currently designing a parent survey for our school community to be rolled out in May. (Handout)

Grant Proposals – Emily

Motion:  A motion was made to approve Shannon Carroll’s grant of $3000 for a screen printing press.  The motion was seconded, voted on, and passed.

Motion:  A motion was made to approve $1200 for Artist-in-Residence Mosley Watta to visit the Language Arts classes.  The motion was seconded, voted on, and passed.

8th Grade Celebrations – Darcy Buckley

Darcy reported on plans in progress for the 8th grade dance (May 11), brunch and pool party (June 14).  Everything looks amazing.

Staff Appreciation Week – Emily

Plans for SAW were reported including soup & salad lunch, Taco Del Mar luncheon, smoothie day, spa day, coffee day, and a dessert bar.


Next General Meeting: Thursday, December 13 @ 1:30 pm in the Library.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:45 pm.
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PTSO General Meeting Minutes
December 14, 2017 @ 1:30 pm in the Library

Board Attendees:  President- Emily Mickelsen, Vice President- Cherish Perry Schroeder, Treasurer- Karen Tobiason, Parent-Teacher Liaison Suzanne Moore, Secretary- Amy Harris, Craig Chisholm (8th grade student), Evie Anderson (8th grade student), Macy Barham (6th grade student)

General Attendees:  Stephen DuVal (Principal), Eric Powell (Vice Principal), Sandy Schmidt (FAN Advocate), Carrie Deaver (Sparrow Club coordinator), Michelle Klein, Kelli L. Schlussel-Edens, Carlene Perry, Gail Edwards, Gary A. Holbrook, and Lisa Rivas

Approval of Previous Minutes – Amy

Motion:  After review, a motion was made to approve the minutes from the previous General Meeting held on September 21, 2017.  The motion was seconded and passed.

Cascade Giving Campaign Update

This year’s fundraiser raised $22,108.75 ($10,308.75 from families and $11,800 from businesses).

Guest Speakers

Carrie Deaver, Cascade’s Sparrow Club coordinator, described the club and the involvement of Cascade’s student community before presenting Jade’s touching biographic film.  Sandy Schmidt, Cascade’s Family Access Network (FAN) coordinator, described the resource and its services. She is CMS’s point person for accessing all types of family resources and social services offered in Bend.

Treasurer’s Report –  Karen

The proposed Cascade PTSO Annual Budget for 2017-18 was presented.  Two handouts illustrating the proposal were passed out.

Motion:  A motion was made to approve the 2017-18 PTSO budget as proposed.  The motion was seconded, voted on, and passed.

Grant Proposals – Emily

Grants that have been approved so far this year were announced.  A grant proposal seeking $1064 to fund lunches given to the WEB leaders and 6th graders at their Orientation Day in September 2017 was presented.  It was noted that the general membership was required to approve this grant because it was above a designated $1000 threshold.

Motion:  A motion was made to approve the $1064 grant proposal.  The motion was seconded, voted on, and passed.

Volunteer Opportunities – Emily

Volunteer activity will be needed in the future for Staff Appreciation Week, monthly teacher meeting treats, and Spring Conferences meals. 

Next General Meeting: Thursday March 15 @ 1:30 pm in the Library.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:30 pm.

Future PTSO General Membership Meetings:
March 15, 2018 @ 1:30 in the Library
June 7, 2018 @ 1:30 in the Library