Cascade Elementary School

August 20, 2006

14519 Pennersville Road

Principal: Rosemarie Pellegrino

Phone: 301-766-8066

Fax: 301-241-4037

Web site:

Start time: 7:55 a.m.

Dismissal: 2:25 p.m.

Grades: K-5

Date of construction: 1924

Age of building: 82 years


Latest renovation: 1965

Size of building: 54,646 square feet

State-rated capacity: 468

Projected 2006-07 enrollment: 141

From the principal

Q. What are the biggest challenges this year?

A. Our number-one priority at Cascade Elementary School is to continue our focus on student achievement and learning. By staff reflecting on needs of individual students and using data information, we will determine best practices/strategies for student learning.

Q. What are your goals for the school year?

A. To incorporate collaboration work among grade level K to one, two to three, and four to five teams, we will share among staff expertise to identify relevant research-based instructional and assessment strategies toward student progress in meeting state standards and requirements of No Child Left Behind.

Q. What will help ensure a successful school year?

A. We hope to engage parents with the school to enhance student performance and promote healthy student development. We will work collaboratively with all stakeholders, strengthening our communication with each other through parent newsletters, parent workshops, PTA meetings, reviewing student homework planners and contacting the teacher or principal if there is a question or concern. We encourage parents to join the Cascade PTA.

Q. What message would you like to send as the school year begins?

A. Parents can help their child succeed by providing a home that encourages learning, and supports their child's physical, mental and emotional development. That includes regular attendance as an important element in student achievement and learning.

Q. What special projects will occur during the school year?

A. Cascade Elementary School and the Children's Montessori School of Gettysburg, Pa., are launching a new public-private partnership this school year by collaborating on a new preschool program at Cascade Elementary. We are excited and enthusiastic about extending new opportunities to our preschool population.

Also, Cascade will be implementing a new instrumental music program for children in grades four and five.

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