CSD40 Update

Creswell School District - 10/1/21

In this update:

  • Message from the Superintendent
  • CSD 25+ Heroes
  • What is i-Ready?
  • Nutrition Services Update
  • September in CSD

Message from Superintendent Mike Johnson

October is here! While days are getting shorter and leaves are changing colors, Creswell students, teachers and staff are busy using each day to build community, explore ideas, and express their creativity. Seeing enthusiastic classroom discussions and interaction between students deepens my appreciation for and strengthens my commitment to do all we can to protect and promote in-person learning. How can you help keep students in class?

  • Please keep your student home and notify the school if a child is experiencing symptoms of illness or has been exposed to a positive case of COVID-19. This is a critical step in preventing the spread of the virus and keeping our schools open.
  • Get vaccinated if you are eligible.
  • Wear face coverings.
  • Wash your hands often and follow cough etiquette.

When educators and parents work together, we improve the educational experience. Thank you for partnering with us in service to our students -- we are stronger together!

CSD 25+ Heroes

The strength of a school district depends on the dedication of its teachers and staff. In CSD, we are fortunate to have educators who are not only are determined to help Creswell students succeed, but have demonstrated their commitment through more than 25 years of service to the district. The next time you see one of these CSD teachers and staff, please thank them for all they do to support our community's children.

Our first featured 25+ Hero is Mary Lou Neill, who has served CSD for 31 years. Mary Lou is a 3rd grade teacher at Creslane Elementary and says she has enjoyed the camaraderie and friendships made at Creswell School District. In addition to teaching, Mary Lou is also an artist. She is currently working on some original paintings and a children's book.

Mary Lou, you are an important part of CSD. We appreciate you!

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What is i-Ready?

i-Ready is an online reading and/or mathematics assessment program that helps teachers determine students' needs, personalize their learning, and monitor progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows teachers to meet students exactly where they are, pinpointing strengths and identifying areas of focus to increase skill gains.

The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit a student's needs. Each item a student sees is individualized based on their answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier questions.

Following assessments, i-Ready personalized instruction provides students with lessons based on their individual skill level and needs, so they can learn at a pace that is just right for them. During our upcoming in-service day on October 8th, CSD staff will be reviewing initial i-Ready diagnostic data to see how best to support students with opportunities to accelerate learning or review specific skills. Diagnostic assessments will be administered three times during the year and will be used to inform instructional decisions in the classroom.

Nutrition Services Update

Like many school districts across the country, Creswell SD is experiencing supply shortages and substitutions from our food services vendors due to nationwide production and transportation issues. Please be aware, especially for students with allergy and special diet concerns, that we may need to make last minute changes to our planned menus.

We know this impacts your decisions to pack meals and we appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we continue to feed CSD students.

September in CSD

Please enjoy this brief glimpse into some of the fun activities that took place in CSD in September!
September in CSD