Creswell Middle School Board Report

October 3, 2002


Creswell Middle School Newsletter – enclosed


Student Handbook – has been translated into Spanish and is now available


Open House – was held on September 30, 2002.  Over 125 parents, grandparents and family members attended.  Parents were given a copy of their student’s schedule along with a packet of CMS information which included staff telephone numbers, school calendar, a note from the counselor, GROWL behavior rules, school conference information, curriculum information and more.  Parents followed their student’s schedule for an abbreviated class time – 7 minutes per classes.  Parents were then able to get an idea of what goes on during the school day, with changing classes and getting to class with a 4 minute passing time.


Guidance and Counseling - 

·       ·        Mr. Donner has started 6 communication skill groups.

·       ·         Student council is up and running they have met 3 times and will be attending the Fall Leadership Conference on October 17th.

·       ·         We continue to use the staffing model to help parents and students and staff to get off to a good academic and behavior start. 


Certified Staff – will be having a CPD Plan Workshop on Monday, October 7th from 7:45 AM to 8:45 AM.  Teresa Ferrer from OEA will conduct the training.  New high school and elementary staff members have also been invited.


                  Pat Bettencourt is working with the Ford Family Foundation to achieve National Board Teacher Certification.


                  5 staff members will attend the National Middle Level Conference on October 31st and November 1st in Portland.  The registration costs were funded through grant dollars.


6th Grade – just completed their orientation unit.  Please look over the enclosed list of the student successes.

7th Grade – will be taking a field trip to the Aquarium on Friday, October 4th.


8th Grade – had their first parent meeting to discuss grading policies and state tests.


CSRD Grant Update – All materials for the Renaissance Learning Program have been ordered and should arrive any day.  The staff Accelerated Reading training will take place on October 22nd and the Accelerated Math training will take place on October 23rd. 


Facilities Committee – This committee (a subcommittee of the Strategic Planning Committee) is being formed to collect data regarding the present physical condition of the building. A method of determining the cost for ameliorating the condition of the buildings shall be developed and a report will be made in March regarding the needs, costs associated with addressing the needs, and a recommendation for the next 10 years.


                  The first meeting will take place in the CMS library, on October 24th at 6:45 AM.   We need participants that have an interest in the CMS physical plant and we also need people with structural knowledge.


Magazine Drive  - is now under way.  This is a full school fundraiser.  The money earned will be divided up between the grade levels and special education.


Transportation – Bus evacuation drills were completed on September 24th as required by the ODE. 


Fall Sports – We have 100 student athletes participating in football, cross-country and volleyball.  This produces a lot of TIGER pride. 


                  We hosted our annual TIGER PROWL on October 1st.  We started and ended the event on our brand new track!  We had over 130 athletes competing from 7 different schools.


Tobacco Prevention -  A full school assembly is planned for October 17.  Tom Flick will be the guest speaker.  He brings a great message, regarding healthy choices.


                  Kim Jordan has several activities planned for Red Ribbon Week.