Budget Committee Vacancy

The Board of Directors of Creswell School District 40 is accepting applications from district patrons to fill budget committee vacancies. To be eligible for appointment, a candidate must live in the district; not be an officer or employee of the district; and be a qualified voter of the district. Interested patrons should submit a letter explaining the reasons for wishing to serve on the budget committee, along with a short resume.  These documents must be delivered to the Creswell School District Office, 998  A Street, Creswell, OR 97426. The district will accept applications until April 5th @ Noon.

Superintendent Hamilton Accepts Position with Springfield Public Schools

Dear Students, Staff, Parents, Community Members, and Friends,

It is with mixed emotions that I share with you that my time with Creswell School District is coming to a close. In July, I will become the Superintendent for our neighbor, Springfield Public Schools.

Thank you for eight meaningful and productive years working with students, staff, parents, and community members to prepare Creswell students for success. It has been a deep and satisfying pleasure to work with so many caring and compassionate educators and community members. Together, we have accomplished a substantial amount of meaningful work. Specifically:

  • We increased our overall academic achievement in reading and math, and our 4-year district-wide cohort graduation rate for 2018 reached 86.8% – that’s an increase of 14.2 percentage points since 2014.
  • We developed and expanded our early learning programs – Kids in Transition to Schools (KITS), Preschool Promise, and Family Resource Center – to support a successful transition to school for our youngest students.
  • We expanded our high school catalogue of college-level courses and career technical education (CTE) programs and partnered with Elevate Lane County to offer more real-world experiences and prepare our students for college, apprenticeship, career, and life.
  • We addressed some of the barriers – like hunger, clothing, and basic needs – that prevent students from focusing on learning. This work will continue thanks to strong relationships between the district and community partners.

These efforts have helped our students succeed. It takes an entire community to support such deep success, and you have been a significant contributor to these victories.

It has been a pleasure to be part of this progress. Thank you for the opportunity to serve the students of Creswell.

Best wishes,
Todd Hamilton

The Board will meet in the coming weeks to plan for hiring a new superintendent for Creswell School District. More information will be provided at that time.

2019 Smarter Balanced Assessment Information

Each spring, Oregon students in grades 3-8 and 11 participate in state assessments in English Language Arts and Math. Rather than multiple-choice questions, today’s tests ask students to explain their reasoning and, often, write out their answers. The new assessments measure more complex skills such as critical-thinking, writing, and problem solving so that schools and parents can assess whether children are on-track to graduate high school ready for college or a career.

Students will take the state tests again this coming spring. While the tests in English Language Arts and Math cannot tell us everything about your child’s academic progress, the results do act as a snapshot of your child’s strengths and areas for improvement in those subject areas. The tests help Creswell School District get a more complete and accurate picture of how all Creswell students are performing, as we assess curriculum, review instructional strategies, distribute resources, and continue to improve our educational system.

Creswell School District has always had a high participation rate on state assessments as both parents and staff have found value in this “point-in-time” check on the progress of our students and our educational system. However, parents in Oregon have the option to opt their children out of the state assessments. This Oregon Department of Education form (English and Spanish) and further information explains how you can opt your child(ren) out of state assessments this spring. Should you wish to opt your child out, please read the information carefully then print, complete, and return the form to our school’s main office as soon as possible.

If you have any questions feel free to contact your student’s principal.