New Creswell HS Principal Selected

Creswell School District is pleased to announce that Adam Watkins has been selected as the next principal at Creswell High School. Mr. Watkins comes to Creswell from Salem-Keizer School District, where he currently serves as a district-level administrator supporting instructional services and career technical education programs.

Before joining the Instructional Services Department, Mr. Watkins spent eleven years as a high school assistant principal, curriculum assistant, athletic director, and member of the Oregon Athletic Directors Executive Board. He also spent five years as a middle school teacher. Mr. Watkins is an instructional leader with a great vision for preparing students for success, and he has a clear passion for supporting students, staff, and our Creswell community.

Mr. Watkins earned his B.S. in Secondary Education/Physical Education and Health from Western Oregon University in 2001 and his Masters in Educational Administration from Portland State University in 2005.

Mr. Watkins is a northwest native, originally from Monmouth, Oregon. He and his wife have six children – two girls and four boys.

Mr. Watkins is a welcome addition to Creswell High School and Creswell School District. As time permits, Mr. Watkins will visit the school between now and the end of the school year.

I want to extend my thanks and gratitude to everyone who helped with this hiring process.

Regards,

Todd Hamilton
Superintendent
Creswell School District
“Preparing Students for Success”

Open Enrollment Begins for 2017-18

Creswell School District is now accepting Open Enrollment applications for the 2017-18 school year.

During the regular February meeting, the Creswell SD Board of Directors voted to accept all inter-district transfer requests for grades K-11 received by April 3rd.

Form must be returned to Creswell School District administration office, 998 West A St., by 4:00 p.m. April 3rd.

Snow Days Update

Dear Creswell Families,

As you know, this winter has been unusually severe. Since December 8th, inclement weather has caused multiple school delays (three 2-hour delays) and closures (five full-day closures). These delays and closures were inconvenient on many levels, and we want to thank you for your patience as we assessed our ability to safely transport students and operate our schools.

District staff have carefully analyzed our current instructional hours, and we remain compliant with state rules. After discussing the matter at the February Board meeting, and weighing the advantages and disadvantages of adding days in June, the Board plans to maintain the existing school calendar through June 2017.

If there are any additional inclement weather delays or closures, then the Board will revisit the calendar and begin discussions to restore lost instructional time. Students, staff, and families will be notified as soon as possible, should days be added back to the calendar.

Thank you for your ongoing support to prepare our students for success.

 

Creswell High School – Staffing Update

Dear Families and Guardians,

I have accepted the resignations of Creswell High School Principal Andy Bracco and Assistant Principal Jordan Osborn, effective immediately. Both stated to me that they love their jobs, but that they also love their students, staff and this community. They are very remorseful for their actions and realize their resignations would be best for everyone to begin the process of healing from the events of the last week.

I am putting together a plan to provide administrative leadership at CHS for the remainder of the school year. In the short-term, former Creswell teacher and retired administrator Marcy Rice will step in as principal. Marcy spent many years as a highly-regarded educator in Creswell before retiring as an administrator in Bethel School District. She has deep connections in our community and has a reputation for developing strong and supportive relationships with students and staff at all levels. Also providing support will be Special Services Director David Bascue who already has valuable connections with the high school, and teacher and administrative intern Rob Jerome. We will also begin our search for new permanent academic leaders for our high school.

As always, the most important people on our minds are our children. Creswell schools are filled with wonderful students who are served by devoted and caring educators. We have a supportive community which cares deeply about its students and its schools. This has been a difficult week but we are stronger when we work together. Collectively we will restore the pride and trust that our children, staff and community deserve.

Thank you,

Todd Hamilton

Superintendent