Creswell High Principal Ophus reports a successful opening to the school
year. On Tuesday,September 2, "Frosh Day," following remarks by Mr. Ophus
and introductions of the faculty and staff, members of student government
and class officers gave the freshmen a tour of the campus, engaged them in
team-building activities, and led discussions about campus life. In the
afternoon, the freshman followed an abbreviated seven-period schedule,
meeting with all of their teachers. The frosh enjoyed ice cream provided by
the district at lunch, and student leaders were treated with pizzas.
On Wednesday, the entire student body met in the gymnasium at 8:25. Mr.
Ophus extended a welcome and introduced the faculty and staff. Mr. Apo
encouraged students to get involved in athletics, and Miss Haleigh Harrold,
ASB President, offered her welcome as well. Because no forecasting was done
this past spring, many students did not have complete schedules at the
beginning of this school year. Mrs. Zacharias and our new registrar, Ms.
Barry, met with as many as 60 students each period throughout the first and
second days for the purpose of completing student schedules. CHS has 7
fewer teachers this year than it did last year and about the same number of
students. As a result, there are fewer electives for students to take and
some classes are larger than normal. Many students have "Early Releases"
and "Late Starts." The library tech., Mrs. Shumate, has as many as five
library aides some periods to accomodate the need students have for minimum
course loads. Students are requesting study hall time because they have no
classes to take. No staff is available to supervise study halls.
CHS has no music program. Neither band nor chorus are available to
students. A member of our community has volunteered to work with a few
students before school twice a week for the purpose of creating a "Pep
Band." The restoration of the agriculture science program has enabled many
students to explore their interests in the agriculture field. CHS's
Alternative Program has ten students, who meet after school with Ms. Coop.
This program is funded by a grant. Ms. Coop also teaches two elective
business courses during the day.
The buildings and the grounds are in good condition for the most part.
Computers are operating in each classroom. The food service program is
providing attractive meals to students and staff.
Despite the problems with the schedule, the students, faculty, and staff at
CHS are positive and upbeat about the year. A "Frosh Free" dance was held
on Friday following the football game.