Superintendent's Fall Message

Superintendent's Fall Message
Posted on 11/06/2017
Pathways

First Quarter is ending:

It is hard to believe that the first quarter of the 2017-18 school year is already completed. The first quarter is always a busy time as staff and students are learning about each other, routines and expectations are being established and the number of daylight hours reduces. I hope that you had an opportunity to participate in a conference with your child’s teacher during the week of October 30th. Report cards for all students in grades K – 12 will be mailed home on November 15th.  I continue to be amazed by the progress of students since the first of September and now.

Moving forward, staff and students will work to make substantial academic gains before the end of the school year.  I enjoy visiting classrooms observing the challenging, innovative and engaging curriculum that teachers are offering their students.  It is rewarding to see students have “aah-ha” moments as they master a new concept or skill. Students are growing academically and socially has the year moves forward. Please take the time to read about some of the exciting accomplishments of Crescent School District during the first quarter and read about some of the upcoming happenings.

Washington State School Board of Distinction

We were notified on Oct 26th that your board of directors has been nominated as a Washington State School Board of distinction. This recognition comes from the Washington State School Directors Association. Last year the board was recognized as the School Board of the year for school districts that have an enrollment of less than 1000 students. CONGRATULATIONS and thank you to Ann Chang, Sandy Criss Trisha Haggerty, Susan Hopper, and Dara Peppard for your vision and support of the students, staff and programs of the Crescent School District.

2016 -17 School of Distinction Award Winners

On November 2nd we were notified that that Crescent School/ High School has been recognized as a School of Distinction for our improvement in our graduation rate over the past five years. This is the third year in a row that the district has earned this award. Thank you to our teachers’ and staff who teach the required academic skills, provide social emotional support and are present on a daily basis for our students. This award is the result a collective effort on the part of the whole Crescent School District Team.

Engagement Review/Accreditation

This year the district is up for an Engagement review, in the past this was called an accreditation review. This process involves surveys, looking at our programs and analyzing the extent of Engagement our students have in school. We will use the information to update and enhance our School Improvement Plan for the next six years.  There will be a community survey sent out electronically in the next month and you are encouraged to provide your feedback on student engagement. This data and new school improvement plan will be submitted to a committee in late March and then a visitation team will come to Crescent during the week of April 23rd to see how the plan for improvement matches with their observations.

Anti- Bullying/Restorative Justice

In recent months the district has worked to address the issue of bullying. With the help of our counseling staff, the Crescent United Coalition, parents and staff we have provided some parent and student education nights. In June we had a presentation on “Adolescent Anxiety and Suicide Prevention” by staff members Melissa Thetford and Sherri Jones. On October 19 Melissa Thetford presented information on the definitions of bullying, mean, rude, disrespectful, relational aggression and restorative justice. We will continue to host parent informational nights over the course of the school year.

If you would like any of the information that was presented at either of the previous presentations, please contact the school office and we will get you the information.

October was anti-bullying month and the district hosted an assembly on the topic for students on “Point of View” or “Eye to Eye”. Our interventionist Melissa Thetford and the Crescent United Coalition sponsored an anti-bullying poster contest during Red Ribbon. The submissions were displayed in the cafeteria during lunch and student voted for their favorite entry. The winners were, Kaitlin Baar, Raine Westfall, Rose Messersmith and Emmaly Wood. Congratulations and thank you for the time and effort you put into your entries.  The winning submissions will be made into banners to post around the school to help provide visual and common language for our “be kind, no bullying” efforts at school.

 

Importance of Attendance

The single most important indicator of student success is regular attendance. Consistent daily attendance should be a goal for your child/student each school year. If a student is absence only two times per month this would add up to 18 absences over the course of a school year. We will begin contacting families of students that have already missed more than 6 days this year to develop a line of communication between the school and home. Here is a link to information about the importance of regular school attendance.  https://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/school-attendance-issues/

Thanksgiving Lunch

November 21, 2017 will be the annual Thanksgiving lunch and you are invited to come join your student for lunch that day. Our kitchen staff will prepare a meal with all the fixings and it is a great time to enjoy a meal at school with your child. Adult tickets are available for purchase in the school office for $4.30. Parents and guests that come in on the day of the lunch are asked to go to the office first to purchase your tickets. We cannot accept cash at the point of sale in the cafeteria.

Gift Tree and Food baskets

After Thanksgiving we will begin our food drive for the Holiday gift baskets, if you are in a position to donate you can send nonperishable items to school and they will be used in the gift baskets. There will also be a gift tree in the office with ornaments labeled with the gender and grade of a child that you could shop for. Contact the school office for a gift tag if you would like to support this cause.

If you are having a difficult time and could use a hand up during the holiday, please contact the school office and we can put your family name and child’s name on the list for a food basket and gift tree item. The items will be delivered by community members on Dec 15, 2017.

Shop Classes (now more commonly known as) CTE

The district is working hard to provide our students more options in the area of Career and Technical education courses. We have added a culinary art, agriculture science/wood shop and ROBOTICS to your high school offerings this year.

STEM/STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering (Arts) and Math

Our teachers’ are looking for ways to provide more opportunities for our students to have some STEM/STEAM opportunities in school. Many of our teachers’ are looking for ways to provide enriching & engaging activities for students to have STEM/STEAM opportunities in school. The elementary teachers are discussing ways to provide additional learning opportunities in this area.  Watch for a “May the 4th” STEM day in the spring. On Wednesdays, a few classrooms are conducting STEM/STEAM experiments. A visit to the elementary hall would allow you to see some of the projects that students are working on.

Athletics

The high school girls’ volleyball team finished the year with a winning record with a number of younger athletes on the team this year. Their future is bright as the middle school team had 17 players turn out for middle school volleyball this fall.  A number of those eighth graders will move up to the high school team next year.

The football team secured a league playoff spot this year, unfortunately they lost a closely contested game versus Neah Bay on Friday, November 3rd in Forks.

Middle School boys’ basketball started practice on Nov 6th and the High School boys and girls begin practice on November 13th.

College visits

Ms. Lastovica has been very busy in her role as our academic counselor this year. She was busy this summer working with teachers and administration in developing our master schedule of classes for this year. Ms. Lastovica continues her work by helping students develop plans for high years and beyond. Additionally, some of our high school students have visited a college fair at Port Angeles High School, some students visited St. Martins University, Evergreen State and Pacific Lutheran. There will be a few more opportunities for college visits later this year.