March 2016:

Classified Employee Appreciation:

In honor of the 2016 Oregon School Classified Employees Week, Creswell High School would like to acknowledge our appreciation of our fabulous Classified Staff! They are an incredibly important and valuable part of the team at CHS! Please thank these folks when you have a chance:
Jan Scarlett & Lisa Shank, Kitchen Staff; Ryan Hisey & Clydena Bell, Custodians; Barbara Sears & Tristy DuFault, Administrative Assistants; Jodi Pyles, Mark Watt, Ginger Jones, Brandi Wittenborn, Lorena Pearson, and Bridget Fergason, instructional staff; Diana Shumate, Librarian; Mary Tharp, YTP Coordinator, Jennifer Dewey, Distance Learning Coordinator.


ASPIRE Program:

Our ASPIRE program, which matches mentors from the community with 11th and 12th grade students, in order to assist them with planning for life after high school, currently has capacity to serve more students, and is always recruiting more community mentors. If you know a student who could use some assistance navigating the college application process, financial aid forms, scholarships, or career exploration, please have them sign up in the ASPIRE office, located in the library. If you or someone you know would like to become an ASPIRE volunteer mentor, please contact Mary Tharp at 541-895-6028.

VFW Seeks Volunteers:

The local VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Post is seeking student volunteers to help them staff a free coffee stand at the I-5 rest stop near Creswell. If any students are interested, please have them speak with Mr. Bracco for more information.

Yearbook Photo Submissions:

Students and parents can now submit your photos to be possibly published the the next yearbook. Please send photos to for consideration. 12th grade students who are submitting “Senior Pictures,” please send them to Mr. Hollingsworth or Mr. Herren by the end of the month.

The Creswell Education Foundation:

The Creswell Education Foundation (CEF) is a local non-profit organization formed to support educational excellence in The Creswell School District. We do this through the purchase of classroom materials and funding special events or experiences for our students. We also recognize outstanding student achievement and exemplary staff efforts. Funding for our work is provided through contributions from local citizens who support our goals.

Twice each school year, Creswell teachers have the opportunity to make requests to CEF for extra funding to support classrooms or programs. Last fall, CEF provided $600 to Ms. Babbs’s Language Arts program to purchase 60 copies of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, so each of her senior students would have a copy to read as part of a focus on local literature. This year, CEF has already contributed over $1700 to our three schools. Teachers will have the opportunity to submit classroom requests again in March. We invite you to support our schools through CEF by making a donation at or sending a check to Creswell Education Foundation, P.O. Box 206, Creswell, OR, 97426.



-Andy Bracco


January 29-2016:

  • Next week on Wednesday and Thursday we are on a modified schedule for final exams, and there is no school on Friday, as it is a grading day for staff. The final exam schedule is posted on our website:

Finals Schedule

  • Next week, we will be mailing home individual State Assessment Reports to our current 9th and 12th grade students who took the OAKS and Smarter Balanced assessments last school year. If you have any questions about these reports, please give us a call so we can be of assistance.
  • If your student is a senior and plans to attend Lane Community College next year, remember the Oregon Promise grant will pay for most or all of their tuition, regardless of financial status. If students are considering LCC, they should see Ms. Stiffler to sign up for placement testing as well.
  • Creswell High School welcomes a new member to our team, as Miranda McCarthy joins us as an intern from the University of Oregon. Miranda will primarily be assisting us with the ASPIRE program. If you know of any 11th and 12th grade students who would like help with the process of applying for college or financial aid, please encourage them to schedule and appointment with Miranda. Her office is located in the library.
  • The Department of Homeland Security, in a partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are offering youth an opportunity to be trained in a program called Teen CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). The classes are free, and will start some time in late March. This is a great opportunity for students to get involved in their community and gain valuable experience. If you know of any students who might be interested, please have them sign up in the office. More information will be released once the details are finalized. To learn more about the program, please visit this website:
  • Please remember to mark your calendar for the annual Booster Club Auction fundraiser: Saturday, April 30, at Emerald Valley Golf Club. It’s for a great cause, and it’s lots of fun!




Greetings Creswell High School Parents and Families:

If you are planning on doing any holiday shopping on this year, be sure to use the “AmazonSmile” option, where your purchases can help support Creswell High School programs. Simply enter the website: (AmazonSmile), designate “Creswell Education Foundation” or “Creswell Booster Club” as your chosen charity, then proceed to the Amazon website and shop as you usually do. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of all eligible purchases to our local school organizations! Once you have registered for AmazonSmile you will be directed to your “Smile” option each time you make an Amazon purchase in the future. It’s an easy way to donate, and doesn’t cost you anything extra!

There is currently a critical need for stable, nurturing foster homes in our community. The greatest needs are for families that can take larger sibling groups (3-5 children) so that they can stay together, homes for toddlers/preschoolers, and homes for teens. Not everyone can be a foster family, but if you are interested in more information, please call Holly Steer (541-726-6644 ext: 2248) or e-mail: To learn ways that your family can support foster families in our community, contact We also have additional information available in the office.

Special News for Senior Parents:

The 2016 graduation and commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 11th at 7:00 PM on Markley Field.

If your senior is considering attending a community college next year, you should know that the Oregon Promise program will pay for some or all their tuition. This is not a student loan, it is a grant that does not need to be paid back. For more information, please see the link below. If you need assistance with the application, please schedule an appointment with Mona Stiffler, our academic advisor.

Creswell High School is also hosting a Financial Aid Information Night on Wednesday, December 9th at 6:00 PM in the CHS Library. In addition to learning more about the Oregon Promise project, you can also learn more about the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), and other information related to scholarships, student loans, and how to pay for college.

Happy Holidays everyone-




Please join us in welcoming the following teachers to Creswell High School:



Liz Babbs joins our teaching staff as a Language Arts instructor. Ms. Babbs is a graduate of Pleasant Hill High School, and the University of Oregon, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in English. After living and studying abroad in Spain, she earned her master’s degree from Pacific University, and has recently been teaching at Springfield High School. Ms. Babbs is very happy to share her passion for the outdoors and literature with the community of Creswell, and we are glad to have her!




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Some you may know Erica Olson from her two years of teaching science and math at Creswell Middle School. This year, she is joining our science department, teaching Science 9, and some electives. Ms. Olson is a graduate of South Eugene High School, Oregon State University, and Pacific University. With a strong interest in engineering, Ms. Olsen recently took a group of students to a Robotics Solar Car Challenge in Eugene, and performed quite well! We are fortunate to have someone with such talent be a part of the High School.