Creslane School Board Report

November 10, 2004


Calendar:          Nov. 1:  Technology Grant Workshop (Lane ESD)

Nov. 3:  Creslane’s first choir concert with both choirs (CES 7:00)

                        Nov. 8:  Creslane Site Council (Library 4:00)

                        Nov. 12, 15, 16:  Parent Conferences

                        Nov. 23:  Safe Schools/Emergency Response Meeting (Lane ESD 9-12)

                        Nov. 30-Dec. 1:  Suicide Prevention Meeting (Lane ESD all day)

                        Dec. 3:  City Celebration – Choirs performing (Downtown 6:00 p.m.)

                        Dec. 8:  CES Choir performing at Kiwanis lunch

                        Every Friday is Mighty Mustang Day (read on)



Average Office Referrals Per Day

2003-04                                              2004-05

September   1.43                                                   1.56

October       1.27                                                   1.85


Creslane’s staff has received anti-bullying training this month during their weekly staff meetings.  Amber Dawn Krupicka, Creslane’s child development specialist and I will be planning a parent night this month to train parents on how to assist their children deal constructively with this very destructive behavior.


Mighty Mustang Fridays:

Every Friday, students with exemplary behavior are given opportunities to win small prizes with Creslane’s very own “Wheel of Fortune.”  Thanks go to Keith Kerr, Ron Hanson, and Jack Robertson for this wonderful, colorful motivator.  Keith and Ron donated the materials and time to build the wheel and then Jack painted it.  The children love it!  Thank you guys!



A new Read At Home program has started this year with the help of three Creslane parents (Valerie Frazier, Debbie Windheim and Lou Morgan) and two staff members (Betsy Priddle and Heidi Hansen).  The parents will collect the reading minutes every two weeks.  They have designed rewards for individual accomplishments and school-wide goals.  The kindergarten through second grade students will keep track of minutes, and the third through fifth graders will keep track of points from the Reading Counts program.  (See attached information sheet and notice: The Principal will not be kissing any pigs!)

NCLB Report:

Parents have been notified that all teachers at Creslane Elementary are “highly qualified”.  It is almost impossible for teachers at the elementary level to gain employment without being certificated, which constitutes the requirements of “highly qualified”.


Fund Raisers:

Creslane earned $6,000 from our fall fundraiser, thanks to the outstanding efforts of Barbara Sears, a Creslane classroom assistant and the “go get-‘em” attitude of Creslane students (and of course everyone purchasing our stuff).



Creslane Total:   579 (as of 10/29)                                                               

Kindergarten                   93   (19 per session)                 

First                              103   (26 per classroom)            

Second                           87   (21 per classroom)            

Third                             107   (27 per classroom)            

Fourth                            95   (23 per classroom)            

Fifth                               94   (31 per classroom)            



Student Acknowledgments:

Keira Brown, Creslane’s music teacher, has four students attending the All- State Elementary Honor Choir:  Kelce Bates, Jennifer Fincher-Beard, Hazel Marshall, and Samantha Thomas.  These elementary students will have the opportunity to sing with the most talented peers from across the state.  The choir will have rehearsals at the Phoenix Inn in Eugene and then perform at the Eugene Hilton and Conference Center on January 15.  Each child will have to pay a $110 fee to participate, so we are looking for donations to help these girls meet that requirement.  We are very proud of their hard work.  They were nominated by their music teacher, Mrs. Brown and then went an acceptance procedure by the Oregon Music Educator’s Association (OMEA) Board. 


One of our teachers from last year, Jane Christensen submitted her students’ artwork to be considered for the BRING Recycling Calendar.  Morgan Peacock’s work was selected for one of the month’s pictures.  These calendars will be distributed in late November.  Only 14 winners were selected out of all Lane County.


Eye Screening:

The Lions’ Club provided another eye screening clinic on October 28th for all first graders, new students, and students referred by teachers and/or parents.  About 12 adults volunteered to provide this service.  The volunteers came from Creswell, Springfield, and Eugene.  If the Lions suspect any visual problems they refer the parents to Lens Crafters who give the students a vision exam and a pair of glasses if needed.  What an incredible service!  Thank you Lions!


21st Century Grant:

Carol Campbell, Marge Williamson, Jenny Carmichael and Lonn Robertson have been helping Ellen Adler and I work on a five-year grant to help students with math achievement.  This will be an after-school and summer program.  The minimum amount will be $50,000 a year.  This seems like a lot of money, but it isn’t as much as we really require to address our needs.  However, we are going to proceed hoping this will provide a step toward achieving our highest goals. The grant is due November 22nd.  We will be conducting a Partnership Meeting on Tuesday, November 16 from 3:30-5:00 to disseminate our information and accumulate their ideas and input.



Start Making A Reader Today (SMART) started October 11th.  Nicole Lowery is our new SMART coordinator, and she is doing a great job.  She has recruited 13 volunteers and meeting with 28 students every week.  She is still in need of about 30 more volunteers to reach her goal, but she is working diligently to find these talented, generous people.  Each volunteer can give anywhere from ½ hour a week to 2 hours twice a week.  They read with individual students who are having difficulty in the classroom due to lack of reading opportunities.  SMART occurs every Tuesday and Thursday.