Student & Parent Handbook



    From the Principal

    Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year.  I am excited to begin this year with several new and very talented staff members.  Our September newsletter will give you a snapshot of who they are and what they like (and dislike), so be sure to check it out!

     I encourage you to participate in your child’s education at school as much as you are able to this year.  There are several ways to become active in the school.  You can volunteer in the classroom and/or library, join our PTO, chaperone fieldtrips and/or become a SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) reader during our after school ExCEL program.   All you need to do is fill out the form in the office so that the district can approve you as volunteer in the school.

     This handbook is designed to answer many questions that you may have.  It does not, however, replace the Hood River County School District Standards for Student Conduct.  Parents/guardians, you are required to read the standards at https://www.hoodriver.k12.or.us/domain/1175 and digitally sign that you understand and agree to them.

     Please do not hesitate to ask any questions that you may have.

     ~ Amy Moreland



    The material covered within this handbook is intended as a method of communicating to students and parents regarding general district information, rules and procedures and is not intended to either enlarge or diminish any Board policy, administrative regulation or collective bargaining agreement.  Material contained herein may therefore be superseded by such Board policy, administrative regulation or collective bargaining agreement.

     Any information contained within this handbook is subject to unilateral revision or elimination from time to time without notice.

     No information in this document shall be viewed as an offer, expressed or implied or as a guarantee of any employment of any duration.


    Cascade Locks School is a Title 1 School

     Our school receives federal funds for Title 1A programs that are part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA).  At Cascade Locks School, most Title 1 funds are used for reading interventions and parent/family education events.

     As a Title 1A school, we must meet federal regulations related to staff qualifications.   Under these regulations, you have the right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of your child’s teacher(s) and/or paraprofessional(s).  If you request this information the district will provide you with the following as soon as possible:

    ●      If the teacher has met state licensing requirements for the grade level and subjects in which the teacher is providing instruction;

    ●      If state licensing requirements have been waived for the teacher on a temporary basis;

    ●      The type of college degree major of the teacher and the field of discipline for any graduate degree or certificate; and

    ●      If your child is receiving Title 1A services from paraprofessionals and, if so, his/her qualifications.

     If you would like to request this information or if you have any questions about your child’s assignment to a teacher or paraprofessional, please contact me at school.

     Some ways Title 1A provides support for your child are:

    ●      Support within classroom during reading

    ●      Extended time for reading instruction

    ●      Staff development training for your child’s teacher

     Some ways parents can support the school programs and be informed about Title 1 are:

    ●      Ask teachers or the principal about the program

    ●      Talk to your child’s teacher about their progress - all students are assessed three times a year in reading (using DIBELS Next) and math (using easyCBM)

    ●      Volunteer to be part of the annual CLS Title 1A plan review

     If you have a question or concern about your child’s participation in a Title 1A program, please contact their teacher or the principal, Amy Moreland.  Thank you for your interest and involvement in your child’s education.


     Cascade Locks Elementary School Staff



    Amy Moreland

    Merideth Cole

    Principal & Reading Specialist


    Classroom Teachers

    Karen Schmidtmann

    Samantha Dorsch

    Leanne Haifley

    Derek Gries

    Kindergarten & 1st Grade

    1st Grade Reading and Math

    2nd & 3rd Grades

    4th & 5th Grades


    Brack Hassell

    David Church

    Jana Arthur

    Physical Education

    Music Education

    Special Education


    Instructional Assistants

    Lacey Kesler

    Sheri Holloway

    Terri Back


    Custodial Staff

     Steve Malone


    Contact Information

    Here at Cascade Locks School we believe that parents and teachers must work together for students to receive their optimal education.  To do so requires communication with one another.  Accordingly, you are always welcome to visit with any teacher at our school.  A few of the contact methods available to you are:

    ●      By phone 541-374-8467 - call during school office hours (7:10am-3:15pm) and Merideth will assist you.  If the staff member is free, you will be connected.  If they are not available, a message will be left and they will contact you as soon as possible.

    ●      By email - every staff member has a school email address that is available for you to use communicate with them.  The address for any district employee is their first name, followed by a period, then their last name, followed by @hoodriver.k12.or.us with no spaces.  For example, the email address for the principal, Amy Moreland, is amy.moreland@hoodriver.k12.or.us

    ●      Class Dojo - every staff member has access to Class Dojo.  There is a component of the program that allows you to easily communicate with teachers.  If you need assistance please contact Merideth in the office.

     If you need to meet with a teacher in person, please set up an appointment via phone or email. 

    Visiting School

    We welcome parent visitation at Cascade Locks School.  In order to maintain a productive learning environment, we ask that classroom visits be arranged ahead of time.  Parents should contact classroom teachers to arrange a visit.  We also ask that if you are in the classroom observing (as opposed to volunteering) you do not interrupt instruction by talking with the teacher or your student.

    Volunteering at School

    Volunteers at school are welcome and appreciated!  In order to volunteer at school, volunteers must have completed a volunteer form and background checkPlease plan ahead as completing this check generally takes a few days.

     All visitors/volunteers must sign in at the main office and pick up a visitor/volunteer badge to wear while in the building.  Please sign out and return the badge when you leave.


    Student Pick-up and Drop-off

    Parents will drop off their children at the front doors of the school.  Parents picking up their students can park along the west side of School Rd. (the field side) or in the parking lot.  If you do not want to wait for the bus to pull away in the afternoon, we recommend parking in the lot.

     Parents who have business in the office in the morning or at dismissal time will be permitted in the building.  All other parents are asked to drop their children off at the awning and wait for their children outside either in their car or under the awning for afternoon pick-up. 

    Attendance and the School Day

    Oregon law (ORS 339-010) requires that “all children between the ages of 6 and 18 who have not completed the 12th grade to regularly attend a public full-time school during the entire school term.”  Additionally, “all children five years of age who have been enrolled in a public school are required to attend regularly the public school while enrolled in the public school.”

    Excused absences are those approved by the principal in one of the following situations:

    ●      Illness of the student;

    ●      An emergency in the family;

    ●      Pre-excused - please send a note to the office with the student’s name, dates of absence and reason for absence

     Regular attendance is essential if students are to receive full benefits from the educational opportunities provided by Cascade Locks Elementary.  Please make sure to do the following:

    1.    Call the school the morning your child is absent

    2.    Students arriving late (after 7:40 am) must check in at the office before going to class.  If they arrive after 7:50 am, please come in to sign them in.

    3.    Please make all dental and medical appointments after 2:10 pm or on non school days.  ALL instructional time is important, students who miss even part of the instructional day are likely to fall behind in the portion of the day missed

    4.    Sign your child out in the office if you have to leave school early.  This is for the safety of your child!


    Late Start Mondays

    School will start one hour late every Monday that school is in session.  This allows for teacher professional development.  Breakfast will be served between 8:15 and 8:35 am.  Instruction will begin at 8:40 am, school will dismiss at the regular time, 2:10pm.

    School Daily Schedule


    8:10 am


    8:15-8:35 am

    Breakfast Served

    8:40 am

    School Begins

    11:15 am - 12:00 pm


    2:10 pm

    School Dismissal

    Tuesdays - Fridays

    7:10 am


    7:15-7:35 am

    Breakfast Served

    7:40 am

    School Begins

    9:30 am


    11:15 am - 12:00 pm


    2:10 pm

    School Dismissal

    Inclement Weather Delays or Closures

    The district will notify you via a recorded phone message and/or email if there is an inclement weather delay or closure.  If you are unsure, check the district website, www.hoodriver.k12.or.us, on days where there is snow or ice on the roads to see if there is a 2 hour late start or school cancelation.  If a parent does not feel it is safe to transport their student to school they may wait until later in the day or keep their student home for the day.

    If there is a 2 hour late start for inclement weather on a Monday, school will begin at 9:40 am.  The school will open at 9:10 am for breakfast.


    School Breakfast and Lunch

    This year all Cascade Locks Students will receive FREE breakfasts and lunches.

    Thanks to a grant opportunity through the federal government, student will not be charged for school meals.  Parents should check the school meal menus and work with their students to determine their choice for the day before arriving at school.  Lunches must be ordered prior to 8:30 am (Tuesdays - Fridays, 9:15 on Mondays) to insure delivery.    If your student will be arriving late, we encourage parents to call the office to order the desired lunch choice.  Students may always bring their own lunches from home if they prefer.  Students who do not bring a lunch from home will automatically be served a school lunch.


    Food/Snacks at School

    All food brought to school to be shared with the class, (eg: celebrations) must be store bought. We have a number of students with life threatening food allergies.  Please check with your student’s teacher and review the “Oregon Smart Snack Standards” below to determine which foods would be best to bring to the classroom prior to bringing them.

    “Oregon Smart Snacks Standards” (House Bill 2404)  are part of the Child Nutrition Programs.  The standards provide regulations for the nutritional content of food served to students in school.

     The requirements below apply to all food/treats given to  students while at Cascade Locks School.  That means that all snacks or party treats brought into the classroom by parents to be served to a class must fall within the guidelines listed below. This includes snacks that families provide for kindergarten and first grade classrooms. Birthday celebration cupcakes (if you wish to bring them in) must be the mini size in order to meet the new standards.

     If you have any questions or would like further information, please come to the school office.

    Oregon Smart Snacks Standards for grades K-5:

    ●      Serving size: single-serving, per item as packaged or served including any condiments offered with snack

    ●      Calories per serving: 150 calories or less

    ●      Calories from fat: 35% or less of total product calories

    ●      Saturated fat: less than 10% of total product calories

    ●      Sugar content by weight: 35% or less of total product weight from total sugars (in grams)

    ●      Sodium limit: 200mg or less

     Some Exemptions:

    ●      Total calories from fat and saturated fat limits do not apply to reduced fat cheeses, part skim mozzarella cheeses or seeds.

    ●      Sugar limit does not apply to products that consist of only dried fruit with no added nutritive sweeteners or fats.


    General Expectations for Behavior

    Cascade Locks Elementary prides itself on mutual respect that is displayed by its staff, students and community.  The expectation is that this will be modeled by everyone, everywhere, throughout the day.  Students are expected to comply with district guidelines at all times when they are on school property or attending school activities.  This includes non-school hours such as evenings, weekends and vacations. 

    Safe, Respectful and Responsible

    Cascade Locks Elementary is a Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) school.  PBIS is a school-wide program that focuses on positive behavior.  We have 3 “rules”; Be Safe, Be Respectful and Be Responsible.  These rules all have expectations specific to each area of the school.  These expectations will be taught, and retaught, to the students throughout the school year.  We reinforce this system using Class Dojo, which you can check/track on a smartphone or computer.

    Dress Code

    The district’s dress code is established to promote appropriate grooming and hygiene, prevent disruption and avoid safety hazards.  Clothing, bags, hats and/or other personal items that display, promote, or advertise tobacco, drugs or alcohol are prohibited on district grounds, at school-sponsored events and in district vehicles.  Visitors are asked to follow these guidelines when at the school or school events.

    Tops with very narrow straps (eg: “spaghetti straps”) are not appropriate for school.  Please ensure that your student’s top has at least a 2 adult finger width if it is a tank-top style.  Bare midriffs are not appropriate for school, nor are very short shorts.  Please ensure that shorts are no more than 1 adult hand width from your student’s knee. 



    Electronic devices such as handheld video devices, tablets, or music players are not permitted at school.  Cell phones must be turned off and placed in the student’s locker while at school or any school activities, such as on the bus or a field trip.  Students who need to contact their parents or guardians may do so using the phone in their classroom or the front office.   The best way for parents to contact their student is to call the school office.

    Electronics brought to school, including visible or audible cell phones, will be collected and taken to the office and will go home with the student at the end of the day or held to be picked up by the parent/guardian.

    Weapons/Weapon Replicas (toys)

    Students shall not bring, possess, conceal or use a weapon on or at Cascade Locks Elementary or any school sponsored activities.  Discipline related to weapon possession will follow school board policy.

    Weapons may also include, but not be limited to, knives, metal knuckles, straight razors, noxious or irritating gases, poisons, unlawful drugs or other items fashioned with the intent to use, sell, harm, threaten or harass students, staff members, parents/guardians and visitors.

    Replicas of weapons, fireworks and pocket knives are also prohibited by Board policy. Exceptions to the district’s replicas prohibition may be granted only with prior principal approval for certain curriculum or school-related activities.

    Prohibited weapons, replicas of weapons, fireworks and pocket knives will be given to the principal.  The prohibited item will either be released to the parent/guardian or to law enforcement, in the case of weapons.



    Bullying, cyberbullying, harassment, intimidation, and menacing by students is strictly prohibited and shall not be tolerated in the Cascade Locks Elementary.

    Students whose behavior is determined to be bullying, intimidation, or harassment will be subject to discipline, up to and including expulsion. Students may also be referred to law enforcement officials.


    Medication at School

    The district recognizes that the administering of medication to students and self-medication may be necessary when the failure to take such medication would jeopardize the health of the student, or when the student would not be able to attend school if medication were not made available during school hours. Medication shall not be administered nor self-medication allowed until the necessary permissions and written instructions have been submitted as required by the district.  All medication will be kept in the school office.  In the event of a field trip the teacher will bring necessary medications along.

    Medications Administered by School Staff

    All requests for the school to administer medication to a student shall be made in writing by the parent/guardian. For prescription medications, the request must include:

    ●      The written signed permission of the parent/ guardian;

    ●      The written instruction from the physician for the administration of the prescription medication to the student including:

    1.    Name of student;

    2.    Name of the medication;

    3.    Route;

    4.    Dosage;

    5.    Frequency of administration;

    6.    Other special instruction, if any; and

    7.    Medication in original prescription bottle

    The prescription label will be considered to meet this requirement if it contains the information listed above.

    For non-prescription medications, the request must include:

    ●      The written signed permission of the parent/guardian;

    ●      The written instruction from the parent/guardian for the administration of the non-prescription medication to the student including:

    1.    Name of student;

    2.    Name of the medication;

    3.    Route;

    4.    Dosage;

    5.    Frequency of administration; and

    6.    Other special instruction, if any.

    Self-Administered Medication

    Students grades K-12 may be allowed to self-administer medication, following the same procedure as above. The student must be able to demonstrate the ability, developmentally and behaviorally, to self-medicate. A medical protocol regarding each student who self-administers medication will be developed, signed by a physician or other licensed health care professional and parent/guardian and kept on file. Permission for self-administered medication may be revoked at any time if the student violates policy or medical protocol.


    Field Trips

    Field trips are taken periodically to enrich the learning experiences of students.  A field trip slip will be sent home in advance of any trip.  Please be sure to include an emergency contact number in the indicated spot on the form. Safety of self or other students is only reason any student will be excluded from a field trip.  Parents/guardians are often asked to help chaperone field trips, please be sure to complete the volunteer application and background check in advance of the trip.



    Bicycles ridden to school by students must be parked in the designated area on school grounds and should be locked.  Students must wear a helmet as required by law.  If a student rides their bike to school without a helmet, they will not be permitted to ride it home.


    HRCSD Standards of Student Conduct

    Reading, reviewing with students, and digitally signing the Hood River County School District Standards of Student Conduct is required for all parents.  You will find it at this address: https://www.hoodriver.k12.or.us/domain/1175

    If you do not have access to the internet you are welcome to use the school computers between 2:15-3:15 any school day.  If you would like a printed copy, please request one at the office.