Creston Community News

Creston Intermediate and Middle School Family Newsletter

Week of December 1, 2019

Parents and Families,


Thank you to those families and students who provided items for our canned food drive - we are still tabulating results, but stay tuned to learn more about our winning classes and grade level!


The month of December is always a busy one for schools - we have numerous events upcoming this month, from music concerts to Cookies & Canvas to athletic and academic team matches! We hope to welcome you into Creston for one or some of these events this holiday season!


Additionally, students will be taking their mid-year NWEA assessments over the next two weeks. This data provides a mid-year look at your student’s progress to help teachers determine what instructional adjustments should be made. It is extremely important for students to give their best effort to achieve optimal results. Please support our efforts by giving students motivation for best effort. Teachers are engaging students in goal-setting and reflection activities prior to testing; in addition, those students who meet their projected growth score will receive a special reward from the CIMS principal!


Lastly, the weeks between Thanksgiving break and winter break often bring with them increased energy, changes in schedules, and other dynamics that can cause distraction for middle-level students. The holidays can often bring intense feelings - sometimes feelings of happiness, and other times feelings of sadness or depression. Please reach out to the staff here at CIMS if your student has specific needs we can support with during this time. The Creston staff will continue to make supervision a priority, along with planning engaging activities to keep students involved in academic efforts throughout this month. We ask for your support in encouraging your student to come to school ready to focus on instruction and learning each day!


Mrs. Storm

Proud Creston Principal

IMPORTANT: Morning Drop-off Reminders

Parents and Guardians,

As the weather becomes increasingly colder, it is important to review our morning drop-off procedures.

  • Students are not able to enter the building until 8:35 a.m. This is the earliest we can guarantee appropriate adult supervision.
  • Students should NOT be dropped off prior to 8:35 a.m. each day; if they are, they will be standing in cold temperatures until staff supervision arrives and students are let in to the cafeteria.
  • Given that school begins at 8:55 a.m., we are allowing families an additional 20 minutes of time for their student to be supervised by inviting students in the building at 8:35 a.m.
  • Please follow the cones and barriers to create the car-rider line safely, and follow the instructions of all staff members outdoors, as they supervise parking lot and drop-off line areas.

Recently, we have had a large number of students on campus prior to 8:35 a.m. Not only does this present a safety concern as those students are unsupervised, it also prevents staff members from being able to complete their morning set-up tasks necessary to begin the school day efficiently and effectively. The safety and supervision of your student and our staff is always our top priority - we ask for you support in helping us with these efforts.

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Cookies & Canvas Event: December 13!

We hope you can join us for our upcoming Cookies & Canvas event on Friday, December 13th at 6:30 PM! Students and families can sign up to attend, send in payment for your canvas in advance, and create a festive, holiday-inspired painting while enjoying some cookies! This event is sponsored by the CIMS PTSA! (Students brought home ticket reservation forms on Friday, November 22!)

From Dr. Hanson, MSD Warren Superintendent

As you know, MSD of Warren Township will be creating a comprehensive strategic plan based on community input that will ensure all students and staff have the conditions necessary to develop and apply Journey of a Graduate (JoG) skills and dispositions. The Journey of a Graduate skills are a set of 6 skills and dispositions that have been identified by our community needed for success in and out of school. The JoG skills are Critical Thinking, Citizenship, Communication, Collaboration, Content Knowledge, and Resilience. These JoG skills will serve as the foundation of the district strategic plan.


One way the district will capture community input is through an online survey. Linked below is a short survey that will ask questions around our strengths as a district and help us identify areas for improvement,

(Click on link below to begin survey)

Strategic Planning Survey (English)

Strategic Planning Survey (Spanish)


Thank you in advance for your participation and thank you for your continued support of MSD Warren Township Schools.


Dr. Tim Hanson

Superintendent of Schools

Field Trip Information

This year, students in each grade level have the opportunity to attend an out-of-state field trip! Our school works with Appian Tours to manage and organize these experiences for students. Students interested in attending are responsible for payment for the trip.

Students in grades 5, 6, and 7 should have received trip information on Conference Day. Students in grade 8 brought home information early this year. See details below:


Grade 5 - Louisville, KY - Friday, May 15, 2020

Grade 6 - Cincinnati, OH - Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Grade 7 - Chicago, IL - Friday, May 8, 2020

Grade 8 - Washington, DC - March 18 - March 22, 2020


To register or view more information, visit this website: http://appiantours.com/

Enter Trip Codes: CIMSLouisville2020 / CIMSCincinnati2020 / CIMSChicago2020


*8th grade - If you haven't yet registered for the trip but have interest, contact Ms. Dennison at sdenniso@warren.k12.in.us

Important Information regarding Child Abuse Prevention Practices

Dear Warren Family,

During the 2017-18 Legislative Session, State Lawmakers passed Senate Bill 355, which required all public schools to provide age appropriate research, evidence-based instruction, and child abuse education and policies on child abuse and child sexual abuse to students in kindergarten through grade 12.

Beginning on November 25, 2019 your child’s school will be using the Teen Lures child personal safety program. Teen Lures teaches students skills to help them stay safe. Presentations will be during CORE Connect time with classroom teachers. Our learners will be taught the importance of treating one another with kindness and respect. They will also learn about personal boundaries and their right to have their boundaries respected by others. The program’s interactive lessons help children differentiate between healthy and unhealthy behaviors. The program gives students regular reminders that trusted adults are available to help with their safety, and are available to talk to any time.

If you have any questions about the Teen Lures curriculum, please do not hesitate to contact your building principal.

Working together, we can all help to ensure the health and personal safety of our children.

Sincerely,

James Taylor, MSW, Director of Student Services




Estimada familia de Warren,

Durante la Sesión Legislativa 2017-18, los legisladores estatales aprobaron el Proyecto de Ley Senatorial 355, que exige que todas las escuelas públicas proporcionen a los estudiantes de kínder al grado 12 información apropiada para la edad de cada estudiante acerca de educación de abuso infantil.

A partir de 17 de diciembre de 2018, la escuela de su hijo utilizará el programa de seguridad infantil Think First & Stay Safe child. Think First & Stay Safe enseña a los estudiantes habilidades para ayudarlos a mantenerse seguros. Los maestros darán presentaciones durante su tiempo de conexión CORE. A nuestros alumnos se les enseñará la importancia de tratar a los demás con amabilidad y respecto. También, aprenderán sobre los límites personales y su derecho a que otros respeten sus límites. La lecciones interactivas del programa ayudan a los niños a diferenciar entre comportamientos saludables y no saludables, El programa les Brinda a los estudiantes recordatorios regulares de que hay adultos de confianza disponibles para ayudarlos con su seguridad, y están disponibles para habla en cualquier momento.

Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre el programa de estudios Think First & Stay Safe, no dude en ponerse en contacto con el director de la escuela de su hijo/a.

Al trabajar juntos, todos podemos ayudar a garantizar la salud y la seguridad personal de los niños.

Sinceramente,


James Taylor, MSW, Director de Student Services

Yearbook Sale!

Does your student want to have something to cherish these school memories? Pre-Order a Yearbook NOW! Visit ybpay.lifetouch.com and enter School Code: 10680020.

Cash or Checks (made payable to Creston) can be turned in to Ms. Dennison in Room 137.

Paperback covers are $23 and hardback covers are $28.

We hope you'll consider purchasing a yearbook to commemorate your child's year of growth at CIMS!

Click the buttons below for helpful information!

Athletic Announcements

7th and 8th grade girls basketball tryouts and 5th through 8th grade wrestling practice will begin on Monday, December 2. Please be sure to have a complete physical on file with Mr. Treesh.


Are you planning on doing track this Spring? If you are not currently in a winter sport, then do your part to get ready for the Spring season. Conditioning will take place on Tuesdays until 5:15 pm before winter break. After winter break, conditioning will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Activity buses will be provided. Reminder that you MUST have a physical on file with Mr. Treesh in order to stay after for conditioning. This is open to all 5th through 8th graders.


Attention any 5th through 8th grader interested in joining the township swimming and diving team. There will be a call-out meeting on Wednesday, December 4 at 6 pm at Warren Central. This meeting will be held in Mr. Sincroft's room (A306). Please enter door 14.

Warren's High Ability Program Information

Warren's High Ability Program is designed to meet the unique academic needs of gifted and talented students. The curriculum in these classes is differentiated and faster paced and students will be working above grade level if they qualify. As a district, we look at all students in grades 1, 4, 6 and 8 to see if they qualify for the following school year based on eligibility criteria. Parent recommendations are considered along with achievement scores when determining placement in high ability. More detailed identification information can be found here. If you would like to complete a recommendation for the broad based planning committee to consider you can do so here 2020-2021 High Ability Parent Recommendation Form The parent recommendation form will be open until January 31, 2020.

Parent Portal - Important Information

You can access the Parent Portal registration form by clicking here. You can also pick up a copy in the CIMS Office - completed forms must be turned in to the CIMS Main Office.


As a parent or guardian of a student attending a Warren school, you have online access to your child or children's courses, grades, attendance, discipline, and academic history. The student and parent portal has been upgraded to Tyler SIS Student 360. This new portal offers parents, students and district staff online access to student information via the Web on PCs or tablets or on a smartphone application — providing comprehensive functionality with a touch-friendly, intuitive interface.

You must obtain a username and password through your child's school (CIMS) in order to access your child's information. Once your information is verified (after completing the form linked above), a username and password will be generated by the school and given to you.

Raptor Visitor Management System

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Warren Township Schools is pleased to announce that we are using the Raptor Visitor Management System in all of our schools to strengthen our program of campus safety for students and staff. Part of keeping students and faculty safe is knowing who is in our buildings at all times, and the Raptor System allows us to do that. The Raptor System allows us to screen visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our schools and provide us with a safer environment for our students and staff. Our goal is to keep a balance of being a welcoming school district as well as maintaining the safety of our students and staff.


Currently, every visitor who enters our building is asked to present a state or federal ID, such as a Driver’s License, and it is scanned into the Raptor System. Once the visitor has been approved, the office staff enters the reason, destination of the visit and the Raptor System will print a photo ID visitor badge. If for any reason a parent or guardian does not have a U.S. government-issued ID, the staff member can use any form of ID and manually enter the person’s name into the Raptor System. Beginning November 11, 2019, this will apply to our PreK-4 campuses as well.


A photo ID visitor badge is not required for those who visit our schools to drop off an item or pick-up paperwork at the front desk. Further, they may drop off their items(s) or remain in the waiting area until their student is available. Please be aware that current practices established in each building remain in effect.


The safety of our students is our highest priority. The Raptor Visitor Management System provides us with a consistent process of knowing who is in our buildings at all times as well as a tool to identify those individuals who may present a danger to our students and staff.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support towards enhancing school safety protocols in our district. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Creston Intermediate & Middle School at 317-532-6800.


Sincerely,

Mrs. Carey Storm, CIMS Principal

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21st Century Scholars Program

Take advantage of the 21st Century Scholars Opportunity. Apply online @ www.scholars.in.gov or submit the application through your school counselor. Students must sign up before June 30th during their 8th grade year.


Class of 2025 - Mrs. Maya Jones (7th grade counselor)

mjones8@warren.k12.in.us

317-532-6800 ext 1313.


Class of 2024 - Ms. Rebecca Goff (8th grade counselor)

rgoff@warren.k12.in.us

317-532-6800 ext 6900

Homework Help!

If your student needs Math or Science homework assistance, they can call AskRose. Please see information below:

Tutors are available by phone Sunday - Thursday, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm (ET) at:

877-Ask-Rose (877-275-7673)

Warren Central Athletic Events

MSD Warren Township strives to maintain a safe and orderly environment for all students while in school and at after-school events, especially our Warren Central athletic events. We ask for your support in helping us achieve this by ensuring that your intermediate and middle school student is accompanied by an adult or older Warren Central sibling, who has a WCHS student ID.

Also, for your convenience, we are including a reminder about approved items that may/may not be brought into athletic events at Warren Central High School.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT PUBLICATIONS/NEWS MEDIA USE

The occasion may arise when the school district wants to recognize your child or your child's school. This may include your child's photo, your child's name or your child's work in district publications, newsletters, on school district websites, and in electronic/ social media or in staff training videos. We may also want to tell the media (including newspapers, television, and radio) about your child's achievements. We never knowingly release information about a student to anyone who wants to use it for commercial/ political purposes. However, we will honor your request to not include your child in these types of recognitions if you notify your child's school office in writing that you do not want this type of information released.

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