Creston Community News

Creston's Weekly Update for Students & Families

Week of September 13, 2020

UPDATED S.A.F.E. Reopening Plan

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


If you desire to change your child's learning environment (whether virtual or face to face) effective after fall break (to begin Quarter 2), you will need to fill out the form linked below, after reviewing the following information:

The purpose of the form linked below is to allow families to request a change:

  • To move FROM fully virtual instruction (Grades 5-8) TO either traditional in-person instruction (Grade 5 only)/alternating day in-person and virtual instruction (Grades 6-8)


  • To move FROM traditional in-person instruction (Grade 5 only)/ alternating day in-person and virtual instruction (Grades 6-8) TO fully virtual instruction (Grades 5-8).


  • The request window is now open and will close on Monday, September 21st at 3 p.m. No requests will be accepted after the window closes.
  • Families who wish to request a change should submit one form per child. *If families have a student in another building, you will receive a Learning Option Change Request form and information directly from each student’s school.

  • This form should only be completed by those who want to change their learning option. *If you do not want to change your current learning option, please do not fill out the form.

  • A valid parent or caregiver email address is required to submit a Learning Option Change Request form. This email address will be used to send a request confirmation and other important information. Please check and double check that the correct email is entered and be sure to check your inbox daily. (***This should not be a student email or an email ending in

  • Those who move to virtual learning will follow a black/gold alternating day schedule (grades 5-8) and will have a set time schedule for when students must log in to class sessions. Students will also have assignments to do outside of those scheduled class meeting times.

  • Those who move to in person instruction will be required to wear a face covering ALL day while on the bus/in the school building, except when eating or drinking. 5th graders attend school daily. 6th-8th graders attend school on the alternating black/gold schedule, and also have assignments to complete on their application days at home.

  • Please note: At the beginning of the school year, students in grades K-8 were asked to make a 9-week commitment to their chosen learning option. Grades 9-12 were asked to make an 18-week commitment and therefore will receive learning option change request information at a later time.



Please encourage your student to check their Warren email account daily. This is one of the primary ways teachers, administrators, and counselors communicate with our students. All students can access their Gmail inbox by clicking their 9 dot grid of Google Apps in the upper right corner of their internet browser, then clicking the small red M. Students can also find it by clicking the word Gmail in the upper right corner of their internet browser. We are working on lessons to share with students to help them better organize and manage their email accounts.


As shared in our Friday evening phone message, not all classes have posted official midterm grades given technical issues with our student information system. However, any parent/caregiver with ParentVUE access can see students' progress in their courses, or you can reach out to your child's teacher directly. Information is shared later in this newsletter if you are looking for details on how to gain ParentVUE access.

Stay safe!

--Carey Storm, CIMS Principal

El propósito de este formulario es permitir a las familias que lo soliciten una transición:

Para cambiar de la instrucción TOTALMENTE VIRTUAL (grados 5-8) A la instrucción tradicional en persona (solo para el quinto grado) o instrucción virtual y en persona en días alternos (grados 6-8) O para cambiar de la instrucción tradicional en persona (solo 5 grado) / día alterno en persona y virtual (grados 6-8) A la instrucción totalmente virtual (grados 5-8).

  • La ventana de solicitud se abre el viernes 11 de septiembre y se cierra el lunes 21 de septiembre a las 3 de la tarde. No se aceptarán solicitudes después de que se cierre la ventana.

  • Las familias que deseen solicitar un cambio deben enviar un formulario nuevo para cada niño. * Si las familias tienen un estudiante en otra escuela, recibirán un formulario de solicitud de cambio de opción de aprendizaje e información directamente de la escuela de cada estudiante.

  • Este formulario solo debe ser completado por aquellos que quieran cambiar su opción de aprendizaje. * Si no desea cambiar su opción de aprendizaje actual, no complete el formulario.

  • Se requiere una dirección de correo electrónico válida del padre o tutor para enviar un formulario de solicitud de cambio de opción de aprendizaje. Esta dirección de correo electrónico se utilizará para enviar una confirmación de solicitud y otra información importante. Asegúrese que haya ingresado el correo electrónico correcto y revise su bandeja de entrada diariamente. (*** Este no debe ser un correo electrónico de un estudiante o un @

  • Tenga en cuenta: Al comienzo del año escolar, se pidió a los estudiantes en los grados K-8 que se comprometan durante 9 semanas con la opción de aprendizaje que eligieron. Se pidió a los grados 9-12 que se comprometan por 18 semanas y, por lo tanto, recibirán información sobre la solicitud de cambio de opción de aprendizaje más adelante.

  • ¿Quiere cambiar la opción de aprendizaje de su hijo de virtual a en persona o viceversa? CRESTON ahora se aceptan solicitudes de cambio hasta el 21 de septiembre a las 3 p.m. ¡HAGA CLIC AQUÍ!

Warren's Journey of a Graduate: Focus on Citizenship

As you'll recall, MSD Warren has adopted the Journey of a Graduate, or JoG, as a valuable tool to guide how we prepare ALL Warren students for high school graduation and beyond!

This year, CIMS will focus on one JoG skill each month to encourage our students on their path to graduation!

Throughout the month of September, we are focusing on CITIZENSHIP. Not only does citizenship relate to students following our district CORE values of Civility, Order, Respect, and Excellence... it also focuses on the importance of showing empathy and compassion to embrace diverse cultures and perspectives. Morning announcements this month include brief descriptions of and quotes about good citizenship, and CIMS staff members have the opportunity to recognize students who demonstrate excellent citizenship!
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NWEA Testing Information

NWEA Testing continues next week!

The NWEA test helps us understand where your child is currently related to math and reading skills so we can make sure our instruction is tailored to their specific needs. We thank you in advance for supporting your student to be well-rested and prepared for testing!


Virtual students are being given the opportunity to engage in NWEA testing between September 14th - 25th. Below are a few parent resources that will come in handy during testing:

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This coming week is Bullying Prevention Week in MSD Warren! All students will engage in bullying prevention lessons using the support of our Second Step social-emotional curriculum. Your student will be given a family letter to bring home on Monday or Tuesday with more information, so please be on the lookout for that document! Electronic copies are linked below for your reference:

Grades K-5 Family Letter

Grades 6-8 Family Letter


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Your child's virtual teacher(s) will communicate the weekly schedule for your student to follow virtually. Please note that for the weeks leading up to fall break, the following schedule applies:

Monday/Wednesday = Black Cohort instruction days / Gold Cohort application days

Tuesday/Thursday = Gold Cohort instruction days / Black Cohort application days

Friday = application days for all

**NWEA Testing will take place starting September 14th, so please make sure to review the schedule your child's teacher shares with you.

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.


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 - You will need a pairing code to access your child's Canvas information. Steps to obtain the pairing code can be found here, along with an embedded video to explain how to use the pairing code. You can also visit this link, which will take you directly to additional information related to Canvas for students and parents.


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.


Thank you for your continued cooperation when dropping off students in our car rider line in the morning, or picking them up in the afternoon. It is vital for all guests on our campus to maintain a low level of speed (less than 5 MPH) and to follow the instructions of both school and security staff on campus. We have specific routes and restrictions in place to maintain the safety of all those on the CIMS Campus, and it is expected and required that all drivers adhere to those procedures.

If you drop your student off for athletic practice in the afternoon, stay tuned for continued guidance on how to make sure this process goes smoothly and safely -- while I certainly understand the desire for parents to move quickly when dropping off students as you likely have other obligations to attend to, we cannot compromise safety for speed. The safety and welfare of students, parents/caregivers, and staff are far too valuable to be taken lightly and compromised just so a person or family can leave campus quickly.

Hispanic Heritage Month!

Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off this week! Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

This year’s theme - Hispanic Americans: A History of Serving Our Nation - invites us to reflect on Hispanic Americans' service and contributions to the history of our Nation.

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 BEFORE 8:30 PM.

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

You can buy your tickets online IN ADVANCE by visiting:

Ticket Prices: Students = $7.00 Non-Skaters = $5.00

**Roller Cave is operating at 25% Capacity -- therefore, ticket sales are limited! Be sure to purchase yours in advance to guarantee your spot!

***Students will bring home a pink flyer on Tuesday or Wednesday with more details.

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Grade 8: JobSpark Virtual Field Trip Information

Coming up on September 23rd, all 8th grade students, whether they are attending school in person, virtually, or will be at home for an application day, will have the awesome opportunity to participate in the annual JA JobSpark event! This "field trip" will be held virtually this year - all 8th graders will be expected to participate, whether in school or at home.

JobSpark is a virtual hands-on career expo impacting over 10,000 Indianapolis eighth graders. The JA JobSpark initiative includes in-class or remote curriculum and activities prior to and after attending the virtual event. JA JobSpark is meant to “spark” an interest in students and get them excited for their future. Students will learn about skills needed for jobs that will be in demand when they graduate and will learn about the equipment that is used on those jobs daily. Students will have a better understanding of the courses they will need to take in high school, a track for post-secondary, and a clear career pathway for what they find they are interested in.



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**

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:



Every ten years, everyone living in the United States – regardless of immigration status – is counted in the census.

  • The census is important. From school boards to the U.S. House of Representatives, the census is used to distribute power – and resources – to the people. The 2020 Census will determine how much federal funding our community receives for education, healthcare, housing, transportation, emergency services, and more.
  • The census is safe. By federal law, individual responses to the census are confidential for 72 years and cannot be shared with anyone, including law enforcement, immigration, tax agencies, or even the President of the United States. Your information is private and cannot be used against you.
  • The census is easy. Completing the census for your household should only take about ten minutes and is simpler than ever to do. Your household should have received a form by mail earlier this year, but if you’ve misplaced it don’t worry! You can still respond by calling [English version: (844) 330-2020/Spanish version: (844) 468-2020] or online at
  • The census’s deadline is approaching. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline to respond to the 2020 Census was extended earlier this year until September 30, 2020. The date your household will reference when completing your census is April 1, 2020. Make sure you count everyone who was residing in your household on this date, including roommates, extended family, friends, and – of course – children!


Estimados Padres o Guardianes:

Le escribo hoy para llamar su atención a un evento muy importante que tendrá un impacto para nuestra escuela, comunidad y país durante la próxima década, y que se está llevando a cabo ahora mismo en todo el país: el Censo de los Estados Unidos.

  • El censo es importante. Desde juntas escolares hasta la Cámara de Representantes y Senadores de los Estados Unidos, el censo se usa para distribuir poder y recursos a la gente. El Censo de 2020 determinará cuántos fondos federales recibe nuestra comunidad para educación, atención médica, vivienda, transporte, servicios de emergencia y más.
  • El censo es seguro. Según la ley federal, las respuestas individuales al censo son confidenciales durante 72 años y no se pueden compartir con nadie, incluyendo las agencias de policía, las agencias de inmigración, las agencias de impuestos, ni el presidente de los Estados Unidos puede acceder sus respuestas. Su información es privada y no se puede utilizar en su contra.
  • El censo es fácil. Completar el censo de su hogar solo toma diez minutos y es más sencillo que nunca. Su hogar debería haber recibido un formulario por correo a principios de este año, pero si no lo lleno, ¡no se preocupe! Aún puede responder en español llamando al (844) 468-2020 o en línea en .
  • Se acerca la fecha límite del censo. Debido a la pandemia de COVID-19, la fecha límite para responder al Censo del 2020 se extendió principios de este año hasta el 30 de septiembre de 2020. La fecha de referencia de su hogar al completar su censo es el 1 de abril de 2020.

September 21 - 25 is College Go Week! Stay tuned for details!

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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.

Covid-19 Information for Parents

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