Creston Community News

Week of January 10, 2021


CIMS Families -

It was so awesome to see our students back in their virtual Zoom classes last week! Students and staff kicked off Semester 2 with a successful week of virtual learning. Please review the reminders below related to students' schedules for Semester 2.

5th grade learners who were in person before Thanksgiving have Zoom virtual classes every weekday in the coming week.

  • 5th graders who were previously in person learners will have Zoom classes every weekday through January 15th; they will return to school IN PERSON on Tuesday, January 19th. (Monday, January 18th there is no school due to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
  • During virtual learning, attendance will be taken by teachers based on student participation in Zoom classes.

6th grade hybrid learners (who previously attended school every other day in person), and ALL students in grades 7 & 8 will attend Zoom virtual classes on MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, & FRIDAY. TUESDAY & THURSDAY will be APPLICATION DAYS.

  • Students in grades 6 - 12 will remain 100% VIRTUAL until at least Friday, February 12th with a tentative IN-PERSON HYBRID return on Wednesday, February 17th.
  • During virtual learning, attendance will be taken by teachers based on student participation in Zoom classes.
  • Tuesday, February 16th is a scheduled district eLearning day.
  • Families who have students who are 100% virtual will continue that way on February 17th, unless you request a learning environment change (see below).
  • Families with students in grades 6, 7, and 8 will have the option to request that their student remain VIRTUAL or return IN PERSON / HYBRID (every other day in person) for the remainder of the school year. You only need to fill out the form if you are requesting a change to your child's learning environment. The request window for 6-8 students will open on Friday, January 15th and close on Friday, January 29th at 4 PM. This will be the last request window of this school year to make adjustments to your child's learning environment.
  • NOTE: Tuesday and Thursday application days - all teachers will have office hours during which students can visit with them via Zoom as needed. Teachers will share their office hours with students via Canvas and via email.

Students in Grades 5 & 6 who were already virtual before our schools closed in person instruction will maintain their Black/Gold schedule this semester; this is the same schedule they've been using all school year.

Questions related to scheduling can be directed to your child's grade-level counselor or grade-level administrator.

5TH GRADE FAMILIES: As we prepare for receiving students back to in-person instruction and transitioning other students to 100% virtual, you may see changes appear in your ParentVue (Synergy) and your student’s Canvas account. Some possible changes might be seeing a new teacher’s name appear on your student’s schedule or a new classroom dashboard tile in Canvas. Do not be alarmed by these changes. Once your student begins their new schedule on January 19th, you will see their accurate placement and correct teacher connections with Canvas and digital curriculum.

ATTENDANCE REMINDER: If your child cannot attend a virtual Zoom class, please make sure a parent/caregiver calls CIMS to report the student as absent. The virtual learning environment is different from in person learning for many reasons; however, we still expect a parent/caregiver to notify us of an absence. Student self-reporting of absence reasons is not considered appropriate or official; we must hear from parents/caregivers.


  • MONDAY, JANUARY 18 = No School (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
  • MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15 = No School (Presidents' Day)
  • TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16 = District eLearning Day (ALL STUDENTS access learning materials virtually from home)
CLICK HERE to access the CIMS Staff Directory

You can find contact information for all Creston staff members here!


Learning Hubs

  • For any families who received an invitation to in person learning hubs, please note that learning hubs will be held virtually this coming week via Zoom. Your students can check their email inbox on Tuesday AM and/or Thursday AM for teacher invitations. Learning Hubs will start in person on January 19th. These sessions are for specific students, by invitation only.
  • Beginning this coming week, on Tuesday/Thursday afternoons from 2:30 - 4:00 PM, students can connect with teachers via Zoom for office hours. Teachers will also be inviting specific students to attend virtual small group sessions during those hours, as well. If your student receives an invitation, please encourage them to connect with their teacher virtually at the designated time - we hope to support students' efforts on Application Day to help them complete assignments, participate in personalized academic support as needed, and stay caught up with class work.


We are excited to begin offering walk-in tutoring opportunities for CIMS students, starting January 12th, in both math and reading.

WHO: Any 5th - 8th grader who needs reading or math support.

WHAT: Tutoring Sessions with CIMS teachers.

WHEN: Tuesday or Thursday, 4:00 - 5:00 PM (starting this coming week on January 12th). Sessions will continue at least through mid-February. *Next week, we plan to also provide AM tutoring sessions - details to come*

WHERE: Creston - students should enter Door 1 if attending.

WHY: To provide additional support and instructional time to students who would benefit.

HOW: Students must be dropped off at CIMS at 4:00 PM for afternoon sessions. **MSD Warren will provide transprotation, via school bus, home from tutoring Sessions. Any student who lives within Creston's district boundaries can ride the bus home at 5:00 PM.

WHAT TO BRING: Students should bring Chromebooks and any accompanying textbooks or workbooks that support their current class work.

HOW IT WORKS: If your family believes your child would benefit from in-person tutoring, please make sure the student has not been around anyone who is ill, and that the student feels well themselves. Students must wear a mask at all times within the building. Drop your student off at Door 1 at the time listed above, with all needed materials. A CIMS Staff Member wil be waiting at Door 1 to greet your child and provide tutoring services.

OTHER INFORMATION: If you choose to pick your student up rather than have them ride the bus home, please ensure you are prompt at 5:00 PM at Door 1.

QUESTIONS RELATED TO TUTORING? Please direct questions to your grade-level counselor or administrator.

HELPFUL INFORMATION - All grade levels

Food Distribution

Food Distrubtion will continue on Tuesdays and Fridays from 4:00 - 6:00 PM at Moorhead Community Resource Center, Warren Central High School, Creston, Raymond Park, and Stonybrook Intermediate Middle Schools.

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.**

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

Semester 2 Calendar - Grades 6, 7, 8

The schedule below applies to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. 5th grade students will return January 19th in person unless they are 100% Virtual. All 5th & 6th graders who are 100% virtual will maintain their black/gold schedule by last name for all of semester 2.
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Important Information: WIDA Testing

WIDA testing will begin on January 11, 2020 for all identified English Learner students. 5th grade students will begin testing on their return to in-person instruction during the week of January 18th. Parents of 6th - 12th grade students will be contacted to arrange a date and time for your child to be tested. You can bring your child to school on their designated testing date or your school can arrange transportation. Please complete this form if your child will require transportation. Please note that if your child will be using bus transportation, they will remain at school for the entire day. If you have questions, please contact:

Ms. Coffin:

Mr. Thompson:


Las pruebas de WIDA comenzarán el 11 de enero de 2020 para todos los estudiantes aprendices de inglés. Los estudiantes de 5.º grado comenzarán a tomar las pruebas cuando regresen a la instrucción en persona durante la semana del 18 de enero. Se contactará a los padres de los estudiantes de 6.º a 12.º grado para acordar una fecha y hora para que su hijo sea evaluado. Puede traer a su hijo a la escuela en la fecha designada para el examen o su escuela puede organizar el transporte. Complete este formulario si su hijo necesita transporte. Tenga en cuenta que si su hijo va a utilizar el transporte en autobús, permanecerá en la escuela durante todo el día. Si tiene preguntas, comuníquese con:

Ms. Coffin:

Mr. Thompson:


Learn how you can get your future college tuition paid for!

  • January 26th from 5pm -6pm.
  • Please attend the Virtual 21st Century Scholars Event open to all 7th and 8th grade Warren students and families.
  • Here is the link to the virtual session: 21st Century Virtual Event Zoom Link
  • We hope to see you there - via Zoom!


As you know, we have rescheduled school pictures numerous times already. Hopefully, the dates below will work out for students & staff to get their pictures taken! More information will be shared as we get closer to picture day; all ordering will be done online.

  • Grade 5 Students - Pictures on February 1, 2021
  • Grades 6, 7, 8 Students - Pictures on February 24 & 25, 2021

*NOTE: Picture day in February applies to IN-PERSON/HYBRID students only. Fully virtual students had an opportunity for pictures back in November.*

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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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.

Want to get updates from the CIMS Athletics Department sent to your phone? Join our Remind Group -- see below!

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Spring Super Saturday Program - open to ALL K-12 Students!

The registration to enroll for the Purdue Gifted Education Research and Resource Institute’s (GER2I) Spring Super Saturday program held in February 2021 is now open! At these GER2I camps, students take challenging classes related to their area(s) of interest. We offer hands-on classes in a wide range of subjects, including STEM and the humanities, all designed to be one to two grade levels above traditional classroom content. These classes are taught by esteemed professors, graduate students, and teachers from Lafayette and surrounding areas.

GER2I's Virtual Super Saturday program provides learning experiences that explore advanced material and develop critical and creative thinking. We offer a caregiver-child format for children in PreK - 5th grades so caregivers can spend quality time and gain experience working with their children. This is required. The participation of caregivers of students in 6th - 12th grades is not required, but parents are invited to our parent interest sessions.

2021 virtual spring Super Saturday program will fall on February 6, 13, 20, 27 in 2021. REGISTER ONLINE at: The registration fee per student is $145. All the students are eligible to enroll, with no prerequisites.

Our 2020 Spring Super Saturday courses are:


Icky, Sticky, and Fun


Kitchen Chemistry

STEM at Home: Forces & Motion


Colonizing Mars

Fun Filmmaking

The Magical World of Harry Potter


Games with Python®

Get Protected from COVID-19: A Biomimetic Engineering Challenge

Psychobabble: Let’s Talk Neuroscience!


Python® Programming for the Future

Brainiacs! Neuroscience Highlights

Please visit our Facebook or email Yao Yang at for more information!

For more information about Spring Super Saturday program, please visit our website