Creston Community News
Week of February 21, 2021
From the Principal
CIMS Families -
Wow! What an eventful week we had last week between the snow, eLearning days, and bringing most of our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders back to school in person! Thank you for your flexibility and patience throughout the week.
- IN PERSON 6TH GRADERS AND ALL 7TH/8TH GRADERS: These students have all returned to the black/gold schedule. Mondays, Wednesdays, and every other Friday are black cohort instructional days; Tuesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday are gold cohort instructional days. Remember that instructional days are when students either come to school in person OR have their Zoom classes if they are 100% virtual. On their non-instructional days (or application days) our students should take their attendance through Canvas, visit each course on Canvas, and complete the work throughout the day at their own pace.
ALL STUDENTS will start NWEA Testing this week in math. Please help set your student up for success with getting enough sleep and encouraging them to stay focused while working on their test. Students will take their reading test the week of March 8.
Please continue to remind your student about the importance of wearing their mask correctly at all times during the school day. If your child or someone in your family is sick, please call our office to speak to our nurse about next steps to keep everyone safe and healthy.
Black History Month continues throughout February. We are excited for our students to spend some time in the coming week hearing from Creston alumni about the impact of Black History on their own lives! Be sure to check the newsletter next week to learn who our student winners from the Black History Month digital poster contest are! Thank you to all students who entered!
8th Grade Students/Families: 8th grade students will begin selecting electives for high school schedules this coming week in their social studies class. The selection window is open from Feb. 22-March 1. Information regarding summer PE will be coming soon.
UPCOMING DATES TO NOTE:
- MARCH 3 and 4 = School Picture Day for in person learners in grades 6, 7, 8
- MARCH 5 = End of Quarter 3
- MARCH 8 = Spring Athletics Begin (see below for details)
- MARCH 12 = Yearbook Orders DUE!! (see below for details)
- MARCH 12 = Quarter 3 Report Cards available in ParentVUE and StudentVUE
You can find contact information for all Creston staff members here!
Students Attending School IN PERSON Must Follow the CIMS Dress Code
Students (and Caregivers):
We appreciate your efforts to make sure you are meeting our dress code expectations when you attend school in person. We also realize that many factors may make following certain parts of the dress code more challenging right now than in typical school years.
Moving forward, please note that our school administration will be addressing dress code violations that present safety concerns and/or could disrupt the learning environment. Specifically, we expect that students:
Wear a mask that adequately covers your mouth and nose at all times
Wear clothing free from inappropriate or offensive language/imagery
Wear clothing that provides proper coverage from knees to shoulders
Wear safe footwear (feet must be secured with shoes that fasten in front and back)
Avoid wearing hats, hoods, head coverings, sunglasses, etc. in the school building
All outerwear must be stored in locker throughout the school day
Put cell phones, ear buds, headphones away upon entering the school building
CIMS School Administration reserves the right to modify and/or interpret the dress code to ensure a safe, productive learning environment is maintained. Failure or refusal to adhere to these expectations is subject to progressive consequences as outlined in the Student Success Handbook.
Parents/Guardians - See below for important information when teachers contact you via email (through our Synergy gradebook system):
Parent Recommendation for High Ability Program
The High Ability Program Parent Recommendation Form for the 2021-2022 school year is now available through March 26! Students are identified for the program based on state and District criteria, including achievement test scores, student ability, and parent and teacher recommendations. Parent recommendations are considered but do not guarantee placement in the High Ability Program. For placement consideration, please submit a parent recommendation form here.
HELPFUL INFORMATION - All grade levels
Parent Technology Resources
Parents can reach the Technology Helpdesk at 317-869-4321.
Check out our Parent & Caregiver Resource page for resources and tutorials on Canvas, ParentVUE, and more must-haves to support your child's learning, all in one place!
**Visit our district website's transition to virtual learning page for more information and resources.**
We are expanding our technology help desk hours at Moorhead Community Resource Center! Our new hours will be Monday-Friday from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 - 1:00 p.m. K-4 VIRTUAL students with iPad issues should be brought here. Chromebooks can still be brought to any of the three Intermediate Middle Schools during school hours, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday, or the Chromedesk at the High School during 1st and 2nd period, Monday - Friday. If you cannot access the above times and locations for some reason, you can also submit a help ticket through IncidentIQ here.
Semester 2 Calendar - Grades 6, 7, 8The schedule below applies to in person / hybrid 6th graders, and ALL 7th and 8th grade students.
All 5th & 6th graders who are 100% virtual will maintain their black/gold schedule by last name for all of semester 2.
Car Rider Procedures - AM Arrival
--For your safety, stay in your car until directed by staff to exit.
--8:45 AM is the earliest we may allow students to enter the building.
--Exit only when your vehicle is stopped, along the curb, and you are directed to do so by staff.
--Exit your vehicle on the right side (curb side) to stay as safe as possible.
--Be ready to get out of the vehicle as you pull up to Door 1; please have your items ready to go.
--Follow staff directions at all times.
Walker Career Center Videos
Order Your Yearbook!
If you'd like to order a yearbook for the 2020-2021 School Year, please place your order by March 12th! Yearbooks are $20.
Order link: https://inter-state.com/yearbook
Order Code: 54909J
*NOTE: Picture day applies to IN-PERSON/HYBRID students only. Fully virtual students had an opportunity for pictures back in November.*
- Grades 6, 7, 8 Students - Pictures on March 3 and 4, 2021
*Pictures can be ordered online ONLY. Visit www.inter-state.com/order and enter school code: 51320QA.
P-EBT (Pandemic-EBT) Cards: NEW DATE!
All Warren Township Schools will participate and provide the necessary data to the Division of Family Resources for the 3rd round of the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT). The funds will begin to be mailed out to your home on February 28, 2021. It is essential that you keep your card, as additional P-EBT assistance will be loaded back onto this same card. Again, PLEASE KEEP THIS CARD. For additional questions or information, please feel free to call our Food Service Department at 317-869-4381 or 317-869-4389, or you can visit https://www.in.gov/fssa/dfr/dfr-policy-changes-and-actions/pandemic-ebt/.
If you should happen to move and need to complete a change of address form, please visit the following link: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=ur-ZIQmkE0wxBi0WTPYjbJ_x7DdGCFIvwlvRHlpyNNUN1pDMjdWOE1EQ1o5QTJQTkNJTFY0UVlCUi4u
Any Student coming into school for Athletics or Extra-Curricular Activities must follow the procedures below:
Students - ask yourself the following questions BEFORE you leave home to report to school for any athletic or extra-curricular event, practice, or game. If you answer YES to any of the questions, you should stay home and notify your coach/sponsor. If you answer NO to all of the questions, you can enter the building between 4:00 - 4:15 PM. Please contact your coach or sponsor with specific questions!
Click here to see what CIMS Athletics Gear you can purchase - various designs, colors, and sizes to choose from!
Spring Athletics will start the week of March 8th. If your student athlete has participated in a sport at CIMS already this year OR last school year, they do NOT need a new physician's physical. If they have not participated yet, a physical will be required to get started.
Check the CIMS Athletics Website for more information.
Creston Teams include:
Girls Tennis (5th-8th Graders may all participate)
Boys and Girls Track and Field (5th-8th Graders may all participate)
Township Teams include:
Boys Golf (5th-8th Graders may all participate)
Girls Softball (7th and 8th only)
Boys Baseball (7th and 8th only)
Want to get updates from the CIMS Athletics Department sent to your phone? Join our Remind Group -- see below!
HELPFUL LINKS & RESOURCES
You can locate a copy of the CIMS Dress Code by clicking here.