Creston Community News

Week of December 13, 2020

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Students -- Keep up the great work with virtual schooling! I had the opportunity to visit over 25 CIMS virtual classes in the last week, and WOW! I'm so proud of your hard work and the hard work of our Creston teachers & staff, too!


HAVE A QUESTION RELATED TO VIRTUAL SCHOOLING?

  1. Contact your child's teacher(s) for support. Teacher contact information is available HERE.
  2. Contact your child's school counselor or administrator.
  3. Visit Canvas on your student's Chromebook - Students and families can access nearly all academic resources (schedule information, Zoom links, assignments, and more through CANVAS.)

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    Visit our district website's transition to virtual learning page for more information and resources.**


This Coming Week

Monday and Wednesday = Black Cohort Instructional Days

Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday = Gold Cohort Instructional Days

WINTER BREAK BEGINS AFTER DECEMBER 18. SCHOOL RESUMES VIRTUALLY ON JANUARY 4, 2021! All MSD Warren Schools will remain virtual until at least January 15, 2021.


Technology Helpdesk

Families have two options if students have a broken Chromebook:

  1. Visit CIMS between 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM on school days. Enter door 1, wear a mask, bring your device, and our staff will provide a replacement Chromebook.
  2. You can visit the helpdesk at Moorhead Community Resource Center at 8400 E. 10th Street, in back of building, from 10:00 - 2:00 Monday through Friday or submit a request here.


Internet Access

To request a T-Mobile hotspot for your student please completely fill out this form. Once your request is processed (usually within 2 business days) the hotspot will be delivered to your student's home school where you may pick it up.

Helpful Hints:

  • Four is the maximum number of devices that should be connected per hotspot for the best speed. Connection speed can also slow down significantly if the hotspot is being used for any type of streaming (Netflix, Hulu, etc) or online games.
  • If you are having significant issues with a district-issued hotspot, feel free to fill out a help ticket HERE and the technology team will get in touch with you to resolve the issue!


Parent Technology Resources

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!


IMPORTANT: Attendance

Student attendance for all grades will continue to be tracked by their teacher based on participation in Zoom class sessions. If a student does not attend a scheduled Zoom class, the student will be marked ABSENT. Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 should continue to take their own attendance via the attendance app in Canvas on application days.


Food

Food distribution days will be Tuesdays and Fridays from 4:00 - 6:00 PM at Warren Central High School, Creston, Raymond Park, and Stonybrook Intermediate Middle Schools, and Moorhead Community Resource Center. Tuesday distributions will consist of 4 breakfast meals, 4 lunch meals, and 3 supper meals. Friday distributions will consist of 3 breakfast meals, 3 lunch meals, and 2 supper meals. Menus can be found on our website under Food Service and linked here: https://warren.nutrislice.com/menus-eula.


Community Outreach Hotline

Our Moorhead Community Resource Center will remain open during the VIRTUAL window. If you have needs beyond what is being offered, you can either reach out to your child’s school or contact us through the outreach number, 317-608-0545 or email at MSDWarrenOutreach@warren.k12.in.us.


Address Changes

If your family has moved or is planning to move, please make sure to notify the school of any address changes. This helps us have updated information, and it will help ensure accurate transportation (bus) needs when school resumes in person. You can contact our Registrar, Mrs. Threasa Matheis, at tmatheis1@warren.k12.in.us or 317-532-6814 with any changes or updates.


--Mrs. Storm, CIMS Principal

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Sonny Day at Moorhead Community Resource Center

The December drive-through food distribution is scheduled for this Saturday, December 12. There will be special extended hours from 9:00am to Noon. Sonny Day is located at Moorhead Community Resource Center at 8400 E. 10th Street.


The holiday gift area will also be open inside the building. Patrons who wish to enter the building to choose some gifts will be required to wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines.

PLEASE READ: Grading Information

The 20-21 school year has been like no other students have faced before. In Warren, we have prioritized safety while providing students opportunities learning in ways we would never have envisioned just a year ago. The impact COVID19 has had on our students was undoubtedly unavoidable. Warren's teachers have responded to this challenge in an incredible way. Their limitless dedication to our students demonstrates their compassion and commitment toward our students.


Teachers and students alike have had to navigate the effective teaching and learning of instructional and application days in our schools. In an effort to be responsive to this unique circumstance students who have struggled to earn a passing grade for each class will continue to be supported in the following ways:


  • Tutoring/remediation opportunities will be available both virtually and in-person.

  • Schools will continue to reach out to parents/caregivers as they identify students who are struggling with academic achievement and/or social emotional needs.

  • Students who fail to earn a passing grade for a course will be given a “No Grade” (NG) on their report card in replacement of an “F.”


It is important to know that when a student receives a “NG” on their report card, it is a clear signal that additional learning is required to successfully complete the school year. A grade of “NG” will impact a student's participation in extracurriculars in the same way a failing grade does. It will be transcripted into the student's academic history that the student did not successfully complete the class. While students are accountable for their grades, we do not believe grades are the primary motivation for a student's success. It is our hope that a “NG” will communicate to students they did not meet the requirements of the class but recognize the extenuating circumstances that accompany learning during the COVID19 pandemic. A “NG” will factor into a student's end of year grade at the percentage received in the gradebook.


We have all been impacted by COVID19 in some way. This reporting option provides students an opportunity to recover and provides some relief from drastic consequences a failing grade would have on their future success and aspirations.

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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!
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ATHLETICS INFORMATION

Please note that in order to follow guidance from the Marion County Public Health Department, we will be limiting spectators at all upcoming athletic events to PARENTS and GUARDIANS of our current student athletes ONLY.

Only up to TWO (2) parents/guardians of the athletes participating will be permitted into each athletic event. We cannot safely accommodate younger siblings, Creston students who are not athletes, extended family, or friends. We appreciate your understanding of this.

Girls' Basketball - Still Time to Join the Team!

7th/8th Grade Girls Basketball is still open for try outs!! Must have physical on file, meet at Door 7 Monday at 4:00pm. Questions can be directed to Coach Dittrich, Coach Smith, or Athletic Director Apple.


5th through 8th Grade District Swimming & Diving Callout Meeting:

December 16th at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom

https://warren-k12-in-us.zoom.us/j/83046532365pwd=a2JtcTZNRk9INUZldGRKYSs4UktRUT09


Wrestling Team Update for 5th - 8th Grade:

Due to COVID 19, the number of participants in wrestling this year has decreased to a point where no single school can fill a complete roster; therefore, we will be combing all three middle schools into a township wrestling team for 2021.


Other school districts in the local area that are experiencing the same issues are Washington, Pike, and Wayne Townships. After reviewing what was left of our schedules, we made our decision to combine, as well. Below are the new wrestling details:


· Practices are now daily at Warren Central High School

· Drop off time is 4:30pm at Door 14

· Pick up is at 6:00pm at same location as drop off

· Each middle school will have a Coach on the Township Staff

· Wrestling open to 5th-8th graders who have a Doctors Physical on File

· Meet nights will be divided up between the Creston, RP, and Stonybrook

· Please make sure that you are continuing to answer our COVID Self Screening Health questions listed below, every afternoon before arriving for practice/meets.


1. Are you currently experiencing a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, or

at least two of the following symptoms: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills,

muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell?

2. Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19?

3. Within the past 14 days, have you been near anyone who has been diagnosed with or

experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19?


*NOTE: If you answer ‘YES’ to any of the above questions, you must immediately notify

your coaches. DO NOT come to school/practice until further guidance is provided.


Please reach out to Stonybrook Athletic Director Jeff Cummings (jcumming@warren.k12.in.us) or Coach Andy St Laurent (dstlaur2@warren.k12.in.us) with any wrestling questions going forward.

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