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As we draw to the conclusion of a very eventful school year, Crestview Middle School would like to thank our parents and community members for the tremendous support you have shown throughout the year, and especially this spring.

Despite the difficulties presented by the spring stay-at-home order and the disruption to instruction, we had the exceptional opportunity to grow and stretch as learners and teachers. I look forward to our hopeful return in fall and we have already begun conversations about how the lessons of this spring can be brought forward to further improve daily instruction, regardless of its context.

As always, I want to encourage all of our Cougar families to take advantage of summer break to explore new learning opportunities! Summer is a great time to explore the outdoors, pursue hobbies, take on projects that are engaging and challenging, and read the things that you find most interesting! Never stop learning!

Stay safe! We can’t wait to see you all soon.

Mark your calendar for Thursday, May 28th, when we will hold livestream Year-End Awards Ceremonies for each of our grade levels. These presentations will be archived online after the events as well for families who can’t view the live event. youtube.com/user/cmsvidpro

GRADE 4 - 11:00 AM
GRADE 5 - 12:30 PM
GRADE 6 - 10:00 AM
GRADE 7 - 9:00 AM
GRADE 8 - 1:30 PM

When we think of side effects we usually jump to the negative side effects, how could this negatively impact my life? 

What about the beneficial side effects of kindness? February 17th is the kick off for kindness week. 

There are 5 main side effects of kindness!

  1. JOY- Caused by the elevated levels of dopamine in our brain, which helps in lifting our spirits. When we do something good for others it makes us feel good as well. 
  2. Healthy Heart- Acts of kindness often come with the feeling of emotional warmth produced by the oxytocin in the brain and body. Nitric oxide that is released runs in and expands the blood vessels, which helps in lowering blood pressure. 
  3. Anti-Aging- Oxytocin also helps in slowing down the ageing process by reducing high levels of free radicals and inflammation in the cardiovascular system.
  4. Better Relationships- Kindness helps to reduce the emotional barrier between two people and allows people to be more open and bonded with each other. 
  5. Contagious- Kindness works in the form of ripple effects. The effect is continuously passed on and more people are inspired to be kind. 

In what ways will you spread kindness not just this week but every week?

 

 

 

 

https://drdavidhamilton.com/the-5-side-effects-of-kindness/

A few notes for the second half of the week

Again we want to thank you for your continued support throughout this transition. I have nothing but positive to say about our interactions with Crestview families this week!

Online Assignments
If at all possible, I want to strongly encourage families to take advantage of the online instruction our teachers are preparing as the primarily method of instructional delivery. This promises to be the most educationally rich option for our students as we move forward.

Assignments for online instruction have been posted on our Student Resources page at crestviewschools.net. Each grade level’s materials are linked from there. Google Classroom is the common base camp for most grade levels and courses. Most students are familiar with this tool.

Print-based Assignments
We are making print assignments available for those students who absolutely cannot access the online materials. If your child work -off-line and did not receive a paper packet before departing school, those will be available tomorrow (Wednesday) from 11:00-1:00 at the middle school entrance. Updated packets will be available weekly on Mondays from 11:00-1:00. If you cannot pick up a pack during this time, contact Mr. Lemon.

Food Distribution
Plans for food distribution are nearly complete and will be out soon. You should have received a text and email asking you to complete a quick survey about food support needs this afternoon. Your feedback is critical.

Student Recognition - One of our middle school targets this year is to purposefully recognize our students in many ways. With nearly 440 students at CMS, I want each student to realize that their presence and engagement makes a difference in our school, its climate, and its character. Student of the Month recognizes individuals for a wide variety of accomplishments. Each nominee for a student of the month award is recognized by a specific teacher with a statement from that teacher highlighting his or her contribution to the school community. In the first three months, we’ve had the opportunity to meaningfully recognize 84 students based on individual merits. 

As we’ve worked to focus on areas of our building culture, we continue with Cougar Character awards. These quarterly awards serve to highlight students who stand out in exhibiting Outstanding Leadership, Outstanding Respect, Outstanding Responsibility, and Outstanding Engagement. This four areas align with focal areas within our school behavior structure.

Family Night - We want to invite the community to join us on Thursday, March 12 for Family Night. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., each grade level will highlight a Student Learning Showcase. Students will have the opportunity to show off some of the great learning they are doing every day. At 7:30 p.m., following the Student Learning Showcase, families are invited to join us for a student vs. faculty basketball game, pitting a select team of 8th graders against the CMS Staff’s most fearsome competitors. Admission to the game is free.

Parent-Teacher Conferences - Scheduling for February 13 Parent-Teacher conferences is now open. Contact Mrs. Spencer at the middle school office to make an appointment.

State Testing - State testing will get underway in early April. Please mark your calendars for the dates below. If you anticipate an absence on one of these dates, please contact the school in advance.

2019-2020 Assessment Schedule
April 1 ELA All English/LA (Part I)
April 2 ELA All English/LA (Part II)
April 22 Math (Gr. 6 only - Parts I & II)
April 28 Math (Gr. 4-5, 7-8 Parts 1 & II)
April 29 Science (Gr. 5 & 8) (Parts I & II)

*IMPORTANT: If you anticipate your student’s absence on any of the testing dates... please contact your building principal as soon as possible.

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