Creston Community News

Creston's Weekly Update for Students & Families

Week of August 30, 2020

UPDATED S.A.F.E. Reopening Plan - See pages 9 and 10!

This document has been updated to reflect the latest guidance from the health department.

Parents, Caregivers, & Students -

We have linked the updated Warren Township S.A.F.E. Reopening Plan on our district website, and you will also see the link above. The health department has updated some regulations related to when students/staff can return to school following illness, as well as guidance for families who may need to quarantine due to members’ illness. Please be sure to visit the Warren website (or click the green box above) to read the revisions on pages 9 and 10 in full.


I want to congratulate the nearly 20 CIMS Students who completed their summer work packets! These outstanding students will receive a Warren face covering and a restaurant gift card next week! Well done!


For our virtual students and families:

  • Don’t forget that we will continue to distribute breakfast and lunches for all VIRTUAL students on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 8AM-9:30AM at Moorhead Community Resource Center. We have also added a Tuesday distribution time in the evening from 4:30-6:30PM at the same location.

  • Thank you for continuing to use Moorhead Community Resource Center to support your technology device needs. Their hours of operation are Monday-Friday, from 11-1PM. **Your technology needs can also be supported though submitting a helpdesk ticket through IncidentIQ Support System. If you are in need of a WiFi Hotspot, you can use IncidentIQ Support System to make the request, or you can contact your child's grade-level administrator or counselor.


DRESS CODE:

Be sure to review the dress code with your student and help make sure your child leaves home in school-appropriate clothing and shoes! You can locate a copy of the CIMS Dress Code by clicking here.


CHROMEBOOKS:

Students are responsible for bringing Chromebooks to school each day, charged and ready for their school tasks. Recently, an increased number of students have been leaving Chromebooks on their buses in the morning or afternoon - this is a new routine for everyone! Please encourage your student to keep their Chromebook close and help them establish the routine of bringing it to and from school.


STUDENT ATTENDANCE:

Our students are becoming more familiar with navigating their online platforms, whether on application days at home or for our virtual only learners. See below for details on how parents can access Canvas and ParentVUE to support students' online learning. Please encourage your student to log in to Canvas EVERY DAY, whether it’s an instruction or application day, so they can accomplish their work. Exit tickets (brief tasks consisting of 1 question) are provided on application days to make sure students’ attendance is counted accurately. When students respond to these specific tasks, their attendance is marked as "present" for the application day.


INSTRUCTION & ASSESSMENT

Twice per grading period (nearly once per month), students will complete a language arts assessment and a math assessment. Last week, 7th and 8th graders completed their first language arts assessment of the school year, while our 5th and 6th grade scholars have been individually assessed by their teachers to determine current reading levels. Next week, all students (grades 5-8) will complete their first math assessment of the school year. For now, these assessments are given on instructional days through a platform called Edulastic. The assessments (for both ELA and Math) cover the topics most recently instructed in class.


Each week, teachers can recognize virtual or in-person learners who are doing an awesome job! See below for our most recent Student Shoutouts!


Stay safe!


--Carey Storm, CIMS Principal

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MIDTERMS

Midterm grades will be posted by teachers the first week of September. This year, we will ask that students, parents, and caregivers access midterm and report card grades by visiting ParentVUE, through our student information system. You will be notified when your child's midterm grades are available for your review, via a phone call from Mrs. Storm.

  • If your child just recently began school, they will not be receiving midterm grades. Students in school for 3+ weeks will receive midterm grades for most classes.
  • If your student is part of our virtual high ability math courses, they will not be receiving midterm grades given that the course began a bit later than others.
  • If you have a 5th or 6th grade VIRTUAL student who recently switched teachers, they will not be receiving midterm grades.

Remember that midterm grades serve as a "checkpoint" on your student's current progress. Midterm grades do not become part of a student's official school record. Given that this is our first time sharing midterm grades digitally, we know there may be some questions. Look for further information in next week's newsletter for clarification on midterm grade access!


PARENTVUE ACCESS

**You will need this access to view student midterm reports once posted in early September!**


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. As part of our transition to a new student information system called Synergy, the parent portal has been upgraded to Synergy’s ParentVue. This new portal offers parents 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. Parents who had an address in our old system received a letter with instructions on activating a new account. If you are not a new family to the District, please do not use the Online Registration module.


If you are a new family to the District and used the Online Registration module your ParentVue account is already active. If you are not a new family and you did not receive a letter complete the registration form (link HERE) and you will be contacted. After your information is verified, you will receive a username and password.

BLACK/GOLD SCHEDULE for GRADES 6-8 IN PERSON, & GRADES 7-8 VIRTUAL - SEE BELOW

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5TH AND 6TH GRADE VIRTUAL LEARNER SCHEDULE - SEE BELOW

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Technology Support Information & Guidance

Signing into Gmail & Canvas through Google

Finding student passwords on ParentVUE


Parent Tech Support: If you need remote support with your device or with accessing information within our systems, please visit our Parent Tech Info page. If your student is a virtual only learner, you can directly report an issue with your device by visiting IncidentIQ Parent Support. There, you can create a ticket so that our technology department can support you.


CANVAS

Students - Please see this short video on how to access Canvas via the "9 dot grid" or bookmarks in your Chrome browser. If you are able to access Canvas in general, but have issues with a particular course, please contact the course instructor/teacher directly.


Parents/Caregivers - Please visit this link, which will take you directly to additional information related to Canvas for students and parents.

CAR RIDER DROPOFF

Thank you for your continued cooperation when dropping off students in our car rider line. To maintain safety and supervision of all students, your child should not be dropped off or released from your vehicle until CIMS Staff is present on the sidewalk.


Students are permitted into the building each day around 8:45 a.m. This schedule allows us to make sure student supervision is in place within the building and avoids students having too much "down time" with no class assignment before their school day officially begins at 8:55 a.m.

ATHLETICS INFORMATION

We are looking forward to kicking off fall sporting events in the coming week! Fall athletes - be sure to check your email for an important message from CIMS Athletic Director, Mr. Apple, for guidance on your practice/game day check-in procedures. You will now be able to complete the self-screening process online to save you time when you arrive on campus!


CIMS SPORTING EVENT SAFETY GUIDELINES

Spectators for all sports will be limited to immediate family members. 250 total spectators will be allowed admission into CIMS events. Immediate family does include grandparents and step-parents.

  • Home Football and Volleyball: Tickets will go on sale on site 45 minutes before the start time of the event and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Tickets will be $5 general admission, $3 for children ages 5 and up, and $13 for a family pass which includes two adults and three children.

  • Employees planning to attend games will be granted entrance for just the badge holder.

  • Away game/match ticketing and safety information will be determined by the opposing school. Ticketing and safety information for away games/matches will be provided to coaches for distribution as soon as it is available to athletic directors. Families should assume masks will be required at away events.

Game Day at CRESTON

  • Face coverings are REQUIRED for all indoor events; face coverings are strongly recommended for outdoor events when social distancing does not occur.

  • Family units may sit together but must maintain 6 feet of social distancing between another family unit.

  • Fans should avoid congregating near concessions or bathrooms when applicable.

  • Fans are encouraged to arrive 45 minutes prior to start time.

  • Concessions will be provided utilizing guidelines from ISDH and MCPHD. Concessions will be prepackaged, and concessionaires will be required to wear face coverings and gloves at all times.

  • Creston and MSD Warren administration are responsible for the safety of all guests on the CIMS Campus; any safety concerns will be addressed immediately. Fans and athletes are expected to comply with the expectations and guidance of school staff and game officials.

**Please note, all guidelines listed above follow the direction provided by the MCPHD, IHSAA, and NFHS**

Be on the lookout for upcoming informational Zoom meetings held by our Fall Sports Coaches - they will share information with athletes and their families on how to "attend" these virtual meetings! Parents/guardians, please plan to attend and make sure to bring your questions!


Due to COVID 19 restrictions on our campus, parents or other family members will NOT be permitted to stay for practices. Students should be picked up at their designated areas no later than 6:15 pm. A valid physical dated after April 1,2019 is required for participation, as well as the accompanying documents which should be filled out on our digital platform, Final Forms. Please access all of our forms at our CIMS Athletics Website. All of us here at CIMS are focused on the health and safety of our student athletes, and we are very excited to begin another Athletics season here.


QUESTIONS? Contact CIMS Athletic Director Matt Apple:

mapple@warren.k12.in.us

317-532-6808

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.

Skating Party!

Save the Date - our first school skating party of the year is coming up:

Monday, September 14th from 6:30 - 8:30 PM at the Roller Cave! Students in grades 5-8 are invited. Students should have a parent/caregiver attend with them in order to make sure they have a ride home promptly at 8:30 PM.


ALL STUDENTS who attend must wear a face covering at ALL times.

We will share information in next week's newsletter about ticket sales, safety precautions, and more.

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Covid-19 Information for Parents

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2020 Pesticide Notification Registry

The Indiana Pesticide Review Board has regulations that impact how school corporations may use pesticides on school grounds. MSD Warren Township follows these guidelines and we are inviting parents and guardians to join our Pesticide Notification Registry. By signing up for this registry, you will be notified via email at least 48 hours prior to a pesticide application at your child’s school, subject to certain exceptions. You will be invited to sign up for this notification each school year.

You will need to sign up for this notification every school year.

If you would like to participate, please complete the required form found at www.warren.k12.in.us.