CSD40 Update | September 29, 2023
Important Dates October 3-4 - Every 15 Minutes at CHS October 4 - National Walk & Roll to School Day (CMS on 10/6) October 6 - CHS Playfield Ribbon Cutting Ceremony & Community Event October 11 - CHS Testing Day for PSAT, SAT, ASVAB October 13 - State In Service Day - NO SCHOOL
Dear CSD Families and Staff,
As we prepare to welcome the vibrant colors of fall, I wanted to take a moment to briefly reflect on our student’s performance on the statewide assessment last spring. The statewide results for the Oregon Statewide Assessment System were released on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023, and for the second consecutive year, Creswell students showed improvements over the previous year’s test results. The results also demonstrated that Creswell students' participation rates and proficiency levels on the assessment continue to be above the state and county averages.
Recently, The Register-Guard released an article with the annual statewide assessment results from the Oregon Department of Education. I realize that the assessment is only a snapshot of student performance and only one of many assessments that we use to evaluate student success, however, the results are noteworthy and affirm that we are on the right path. It reinforces the great foundation we have to build upon as our staff works to implement impactful strategies and supports that address all needs for all students. It gives me immense pleasure to see Creswell School District pulling together for the benefit of our kids. Over the past year, our dedicated educators, resilient students, and supportive families have collectively achieved remarkable milestones. Our commitment to fostering a nurturing learning environment and promoting holistic growth has not gone unnoticed. If you want to view the full article and results, you can view the article for free on YahooNews here: The Register-Guard Statewide Data Article .
We are optimistic for continual growth and further improvements as we incorporate newly adopted curriculum and press forward to improve learning environments and opportunities for our students over the next year and beyond. CSD certainly is the place to be as we learn, grow, and develop in all facets of education.
Speaking of learning environments, October 2nd is National School Custodian Day, and we have the hardest working custodians and maintenance staff around! Year round they ensure our students, staff, and community get to experience clean and safe facilities. With the additional Bond projects happening on each campus, there are even more tasks to their list, and while we may not think about it often, their efforts and care are shown to our CSD community each day that we walk onto campus. Please join me in extending a much deserved thank you on this designated day, but throughout the year for their hard work.
In that same spirit of celebration, we are also excited to extend the invitation to our Creswell community for the FREE family event happening on Friday, October 6th from 5:30-6:30pm prior to the CHS Playfield Ribbon cutting ceremony at 6:30pm. The community event will include free Kona Ice for the first 100 customers, free hotdogs at the CHS Booster concessions for the first 50 customers, face painting, games, and the Oregon Army National Guard will be present with other engaging activities as well. We are thrilled to celebrate the completion of the turf and track at Creswell High School, and hope that you will attend this fun event, and stay for the game to cheer on our Bulldogs to victory over the Outlaws from Sisters!
As we embark on the new academic year, I want to encourage each and every one of you to continue this journey of growth and excellence. Let's make this fall a season of renewed determination, exploration, and achievement. I am excited to see what the future holds for Creswell School District, and I am confident that, together, we will achieve remarkable success. As we embrace the beauty of fall and all the opportunities it brings, let us remember that the journey of learning never ends.
Creswell School District
You're Invited! October 6th Community Event & Ribbon Cutting
Join us for a FREE Community Event to celebrate the completion of the CHS Playfield on Friday, October 6th at Creswell High School from 5:30-6:30pm. Kona Ice will have free cups for the first 100 customers, CHS Boosters will have 50 free hotdogs for the first 50 customers, and the Oregon Army National Guard will be present with vehicles, the "Thor Challenge" to test your strength, and, weather dependent, a rock wall! Family friendly games, face painting, and more. We hope you'll join us!
Stick around to see the official Ribbon Cutting at Markley Field at 6:30pm, and stay until the halftime of the Varsity Football game to enjoy over 50 years of Creswell Spirit with a very special Alumni performance. Admission for the CHS Football Game is: $6 adults
$2 for military and seniors, 62 and older
$2 for CHS students w/out sticker
Free with sticker
$2 for 5 years old through Middle School
$3 for visiting students
Walk, Bike & Roll to School Day National Walk, Bike & Roll to School Day is October 4th. Remember the thrill of riding a bike for the first time or walking or rolling to school on the first day? There's a feeling of joy and independence - a sense of adventure - that doesn't fade. Other benefits include building healthier habits with more physical activity, aiding in a cleaner environment, and creating a strong sense of community.
Will you be participating in Walk, Bike, & Roll to School Day? To learn more about this national event and safe routes to school, click here: https://www.walkbiketoschool.org/beyond/safe-routes-to-school/ **CMS will be participating on Friday, October 6th.
Nominate an Amazing Teacher or Education Support Professional!
Do you know an amazing teacher or staff member worthy of a nominate for Oregon's Teacher of the Year? How about Education Support Professional of the year? Nominations are being accepted now through February 14, 2024.
The Teacher of the Year program was created to recognize exemplary public school educators — Oregon teachers who inspire students and make a positive impact in the communities in which they live. The award celebrates knowledge, dedication, innovation and leadership. Exceptional teachers will be honored in up to 19 regions across the state, each awarded $1,000, with Oregon's Teacher of the Year selected from among the regional semi-finalists. and awarded $10,000.
Additionally, Education Support Professionals spend their day in support of students and educators. The Oregon Department of Education, in partnership with the Oregon Lottery, is proud to facilitate the Oregon Education Support Professional of the Year award. This award honors the contributions of individuals across the state who provide exemplary support of Oregon’s most valuable resource: our students. These winners will receive a gift award of $5,000 and a plaque and banner to commemorate this significant achievement. Click Here to Nominate Teacher of the Year . Click Here to Nominate Education Support Professional of the Year . Learn more about Oregon's Teacher of the Year program here: https://oregonteacheroftheyear.org/
Acorn Circle FREE Program for Kids
The Acorn Circle brings Native American learning sessions to all kids ages 6 - 10 and will culminate with a cultural presentation by a local Kalapuya elder, Deitrich Peters.
Details and dates can be found here:
The free cultural presentation with Deitz will be at the library on Sat Nov 4th, 2pm -3pm. Deitz will play the flute, talk about his culture, and share about the meanings of his personal regalia. Bring the whole family! There will also be replicas/items of material culture from the Kalapuya and other tribes of Oregon.
These events are sponsored by the Woodard Family Foundation, the City of Cottage Grove, and participating libraries.
Let's Ride the School Bus Safely!
October 16-20 is National School Bus Safety week. As we approach this week, we want to remind you of some of the bus safety expectations and rules for CSD:
keep your body and all objects to yourself and inside the bus
remain seated until it is time to get off the bus
stay in the “Safety Zone” away from the bus
only cross in front of the bus as directed by the school bus driver
be kind to others
use appropriate language and speak quietly
keep your belongings in your backpack and not touching others
keep your area clean
arrive to your stop on time
know and follow bus expectations
NASA TechRise Student Challenge
Are you ready for this year’s NASA TechRise Student challenge? From researching Earth’s environment to designing experiments for lunar and planetary exploration, schools are invited to join NASA in its mission to inspire the world through discovery. If you are in sixth to 12th grade at a U.S. public, private, or charter school – including those in U.S. territories – your challenge is to team up with your schoolmates and develop a science or technology experiment idea for one of the following NASA TechRise flight vehicles:
High-Altitude Balloon with approximately four hours of flight time at 70,000 feet and exposure to Earth’s atmosphere, high-altitude radiation, and perspective views of our planet
Rocket-Powered Lander that will fly for approximately two minutes at an altitude of 80 ft (~25 m) over a test field designed to look like the Moon’s surface
A total of 60 winning teams will be selected to build their proposed experiment. Each winning team will be awarded:
$1,500 to build their experiment
A flight box in which to build it
An assigned spot to test their experiment on a NASA-sponsored flight
Technical support during the experiment build phase from Future Engineers advisors, who will help students learn the skills they need to turn their experiment idea into reality.
Note that no experience is necessary to participate in the NASA TechRise Challenge! Learn More: TechRise Student Challenge
Parent Teens Triple P Seminar Series
Join us for a Lane County sponsored series to gain insights, practical advice, and strategies for building a healthy relationship and deeper connection with your teen. FREE FOR LANE COUNTY FAMILIES.
October 19th November 16th December 21st 6PM-8PM via Zoom Scan the QR Code to register or click the pre-registration link here: Triple P Seminar Series Registration. Attend one, or all three sessions
Share Your Story!
Join us in celebrating the many activities and people of #CreswellSchools . Share your stories with us! We want to hear about what is happening at your school. Classroom activities, lessons, school clubs, athletics, arts, performances, and more! You can share those stories by scanning the QR Code or you can click this link here: Submit Your Story Form
Photos and stories will be shared on our social media platforms and select stories and images will be used on our website.
We can't wait to share your CSD stories!
CSD40 Update | September 15, 2023
Important Dates October 4 - Walk & Roll to School Day October 6 - CHS Playfield Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Dear CSD Families and Staff,
We have had an incredible start to the 2023-2024 school year. The energy and enthusiasm radiating from our students, teachers, and support staff are truly remarkable.
In particular, I want to extend a warm welcome to our youngest learners, the kindergarteners, who embarked on their educational journey this week. Getting familiar with the Creslane terrain and creating new meaningful relationships with peers and staff. Witnessing the wide-eyed wonder and enthusiasm of these new students is a heartwarming reminder of the bright future ahead for Creswell School District.
As we move forward with this exciting academic year, I would like to invite you all to mark your calendars for a special event that holds great significance for our district and community. Please save the date for our upcoming Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Community Event, which will celebrate the completion of the Creswell High School Playfield renovation.
Save the Date: CHS Playfield Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Community Event
Date: Friday, October 6th
Location: Creswell High School Playfield
This long-awaited project has been a labor of love and dedication, made possible through the collaboration of our school district, community members, and generous supporters. The transformed CHS Playfield is a testament to what we can achieve when we work together towards a common goal. It will provide our students and the entire community with a state-of-the-art facility for recreation, athletics, and gatherings.
Our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Community Event will be a joyous occasion. We encourage you to join us in celebrating this milestone and experiencing the positive impact it will have on our community.
In the spirit of unity and growth, we look forward to coming together as a community to commemorate this achievement and share in the excitement of the new school year. Let's continue to work hand in hand to provide the best possible education and opportunities for our students.
The other exciting news is the recent CSD School Board approval of our “CSD Vision of Success.” Since 2019, we've diligently cultivated a shared vision for success, securing unwavering commitment and support from crucial stakeholder groups. Our journey began with an inclusive strategic planning process that involved our entire community, encompassing diverse subgroups such as board members, administrators, staff, students, parents, business owners, law enforcement, retirees, and more. This collaborative effort extended to shaping the ideal CSD graduate, with input from the Strategic Planning Steering Committee, district leadership, school board members, staff, parents, and students through forums, meetings, and surveys. On September 15, 2023, our CSD School Board officially endorsed our aligned CSD Vision of Success, reflecting the board's objectives. If you would like to view this dynamic vision, please head to our website here: https://creswell.k12.or.us/strategic-plan-and-vision/
Thank you for your unwavering support and dedication to Creswell School District. Together, we are shaping the future of our community.
Creswell School District
P.S. Stay tuned for more details about the CHS Playfield Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Community Event in the coming weeks. We can't wait to celebrate with you!
CHS Track Resurfacing to Begin September 18, 2023
Beginning Monday, September 18th, you will begin seeing construction fencing going up around the perimeter of the CHS Playfield as the track resurfacing project begins. There will be no public access during this project. We ask that you please respect this boundary, including keeping animals out of this location, as the surface is sprayed and cures.
We appreciate your support of these facilities for our students.
Creswell Food 4 Kids Creswell Food 4 Kids (CF4K) delivers food bags designed to help Creswell school children have food for the weekends when their free or reduced school meals are not available. The bags include easy-to-make food items for the children.
Creswell Food 4 Kids is a Creswell community sponsored program, NOT a government funded program. This program is run completely by local volunteers and donated funds, food, and time from our Creswell community. To sign up for the program, each family needs to fill out and sign the CF4K application form , whether they have been on the program previously or not. Information is also available through the CF4K Facebook Page , through Lisa Ross at Creswell Food 4 Kids (email: CreswellFood4KidsProgram@gmail.com | phone: (541) 419-9999), or through Kathryn Dumas, Family Resource Center coordinator at CSD. Food bags are delivered every Friday. There are two delivery options from which to choose:
Pick up bag at CF4K's location at The Hub at 95 S. Front Street on Fridays between 5:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Home drop off by CF4K volunteers Friday evenings between 5:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Food bag deliveries will start Friday, September 22, 2023 . There are no regular deliveries during schools' Thanksgiving, Winter, or Spring breaks. CF4K will have holiday meal boxes available for Thanksgiving and Christmas - details to be shared at a later date.
Back to School Safety Reminders
Now that our buses are back on the road and students are walking to class, driver and bus safety is more important than ever. Please review our bus safety rules and expectations with your student and help protect the safety of our students by driving cautiously, obeying school speed zone limits, and never passing a bus loading or unloading students.
CSD Vision of Success
Since 2019, we've diligently cultivated a shared vision for success, securing unwavering commitment and support from crucial stakeholder groups. Our journey began with an inclusive strategic planning process that involved our entire community, encompassing diverse subgroups such as board members, administrators, staff, students, parents, business owners, law enforcement, retirees, and more. This collaborative effort extended to shaping the ideal CSD graduate, with input from the Strategic Planning Steering Committee, district leadership, school board members, staff, parents, and students through forums, meetings, and surveys. On September 15, 2023, our CSD School Board officially endorsed our aligned CSD Vision of Success, reflecting the board's objectives. If you would like to view this dynamic vision, please head to our website here: CSD Vision of Success
Ensuring the health and well-being of our children is a top priority, and keeping sick kids at home is a crucial step in safeguarding their health and the health of others. When your child is unwell, it's essential to prioritize their recovery and prevent the spread of illness. Please keep them home from school to rest and recuperate. Encourage good hygiene practices such as frequent handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes, and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces at home. By taking these simple yet vital steps, we can create a healthier and safer environment for our children and the entire community. Your efforts make a difference in keeping illness at bay and fostering a stronger, more resilient family.
KITS at Home
This fall, parents and caregivers in rural communities can take advantage of KITS at Home (KAH). If you didn't take advantage of the summer KITS program, we would encourage you to consider this opportunity.
Oregon Classroom WISE
Oregon Department of Education (ODE) developed Oregon Classroom WISE in response to requests from school staff, administrators, families, and community members for additional tools and resources to support the mental and emotional well-being of students and school staff. Rather than just offering a course on mental health topics, Oregon Classroom WISE is a suite of resources including free, online, self-guided modules for adults and youth interested in strengthening mental health and well-being. It includes a host of print and video resources, guided tutorials and role plays, and interviews with youth and school personnel. The content covers many important topics such as how to build safe, healthy relationships, best practices for supporting children and adolescents experiencing life challenges and distress, and skills for handling challenging behaviors.
Specialized course pathways have been developed for various audiences, including classroom teachers as well as families, parents, and caregivers .
Save the Date - Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, October 6th Our Creswell High School Playfield is nearly complete! On Friday, October 6th we will be celebrating the completion of this amazing project with an official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony prior to the start of the Varsity Football Game. We will have the Oregon Army National Guard hosting a pre-game tailgater plus Kona Ice will be present to hand out sweet treats! You'll want to join us for this fun and memorable event. Make sure you mark your calendars and stay tuned as we gear up for a fantastic celebration and showing of community pride with this special event.
Enjoying the New Turf Field at CHS There has been so much excitement surrounding the new CHS Turf Playfield, that we thought we would share some notable highlights so far this Fall season. We have seen Alumni return and help sing the National Anthem, and watched our CHS Cheer Team show us their moves. We felt a great deal of pride in the presentation of our Nation's Colors by the United States Marines. We enjoyed seeing the next generation of student athletes with our CMS Football team performing "TEAM Jacks" at halftime. We have loved watching our Soccer teams get to enjoy the benefit of a Home field for their games!
CSD40 Update | September 1, 2023
Important Dates September 1 - All Offices Closed September 4 - Labor Day September 6 - Classes begin for 6th & 9th Graders September 7 - Classes begin for grades 1-5, 7-8, 10-12 September 7-13 - Staggered start for Kindergartners
Dear CSD Families and Staff,
As we approach the dawn of another exciting school year, I wanted to extend a warm welcome back to all of our students, families, and staff members. The 2023-24 academic year holds immense promise, and we are eagerly looking forward to embarking on the journey of growth, learning, and achievement together. As you may have already seen, or read, we have many Bond projects that have been progressing over the summer. We are thrilled to reveal much of that progress, and for students to enjoy the results of those efforts in the classroom and on the field. Our janitorial and maintenance staff are working diligently to have everything looking perfect for the return of our students next week. I would encourage you to extend a well-deserved thank you to our custodians, maintenance, and service crews as you see them on, or around, campus. Before students arrive at school, our teachers and staff have spent time preparing by reviewing important policies and procedures, welcoming new colleagues, learning new skills through professional development courses, and planning with teammates. At our district-wide kickoff to the school year, we were able to see how our future roadmap of CTE expansion, including the anticipated groundbreaking of the future CHS CTE building in spring 2024, aligns with county partners like Lane Community College. We had the pleasure of hearing LCC President, Dr. Stephanie Bulger, speak about the numerous opportunities and development of their CTE programs. It is an exciting time in Creswell to see how we are able to align with amazing partners, like LCC, to unlock these opportunities for our students and broaden their access to numerous career fields. I want to express my deepest appreciation for your continued trust and partnership with the Creswell School District. Working together, we can create an exceptional educational journey for our students and prepare them for a future filled with possibilities. We are eager to get underway and can't wait to see your students' faces next week. We look forward to an amazing year! With warm regards, Mike Johnson Superintendent
Staff Returns with some "Rock & Roll" CSD Staff was welcomed back to school with an early morning kick off event held at CHS. They received a special message from Dr. Stephanie Bulger, President of Lane Community College, who shared about the amazing strides LCC is making in CTE pathways, which is exciting for Creswell, as we develop our own path towards more CTE opportunities and programs with the upcoming development of the new CHS CTE building slotted for Spring 2024. Staff concluded the morning with the Annual Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament. Check out a video from the morning's event and tune in to the end to see the winner of the tournament!
Back to School Date Reminders We wish you a fun and relaxing summer ahead and look forward to sharing additional updates and information as the next academic year approaches. Following are a few dates you may wish to note for back to school:
Wednesday, September 6th - Classes begin for 6th & 9th graders
Thursday, September 7th - Classes begin for grades 1-5, 7-8, 10-12
September 7-13 - Staggered start for Kindergartners
September 14th - Classes stat for KG
To view our academic calendar for next year, click here: 2023-24 School Year Calendar
Turf Launch Party Kicks Off Fall Sports Season
Just a little over a week ago, CHS students, student-athletes, and community members were invited to a "Turf Launch Party" to come see the next evolution in the installment of the artificial turf on the CHS playfield. This event was a much anticipated step in the realization of this substantial project. Party-goers enjoyed a sweet cool treat and got to enter a fun raffle, which included a special "This Is Our Turf" shirt prizes made just for this event thanks to Impact Northwest and additional swag items provided by the CHS Boosters. Students, community, and board members walked away with some fun prizes! Attendees were also able to watch as crews worked on the removal and installation of one of the new LED light poles next to the Booster stand. The field is now COMPLETE, but what remains is asphalt in the D-Zones, and the installation of a new track surface, which will be RED. If you want to see the field in person, you will have the opportunity to view the Creswell Bulldogs football team play their first home game TONIGHT, September 1st at 7pm!
CSD Students and Staff #CreswellAroundtheWorld If you read our CSD Summer Edition, you may have read a little about our summer feature that started in June called #CreswellAroundtheWorld. We asked Creswell students, families, and staff to share where they went this summer and about the fun activities they enjoyed. We have greatly enjoyed sharing in the many summer adventures of our students and staff.
We are no longer running this feature, but hope additional families will participate next summer when we bring this unique feature back. Here are a few of our late-summer features that make us look forward to next summer!
Tune in to our social media platforms on Facebook and Instagram to see all the amazing #CreswellAroundtheWorld photos!
School Supply Assistance Need some extra help preparing for school this year? Let the Family Resource Center know by filling out the form HERE , or give us a call/text at 541-246-4368. We will do our best to assist every family who requests. Priority will be given to children who have no other way to obtain supplies for the school year. Supplies will be ready for pick-up on Tuesday September 5th.
2023-24 Transportation Registration Reminder
Our 2023-23 School Year Transportation Registration deadline was August 20, 2023. If your student needs transportation services, please contact our office directly at (541) 895-6009. Please note, there may be a delay in when your student may begin riding the bus due to late registration. Thank you.
2023 Relief Nursery Community Resource Guide Access extensive community resources for Lane County for mental health, parenting, education, employment, and more!
Click here for the guide: 2023 Relief Nursery Community Resource Guide
New Floors at Creslane! Among the many projects this summer, one of the most visible ones is the new flooring at Creslane Elementary. On the west side of the building, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms, the main hallway, and the cafeteria were all redone. In the asbestos removal and work in the cafeteria, the old flooring was exposed from the prior gymnasium. Now the space looks and feels more cohesive with the rest of the facilities. We know our students, staff, and families and going to be super impressed with the updates. You can see some of the work completed in the images below.
CSD40 SUMMER EDITION | July 28, 2023
Important Dates August 1 - Fall Sports Sign-ups Open August 7 - School Offices Open August 14 - Fall Sports Begin August 30 - CMS Back to School Night
Dear CSD Families and Staff,
We may still be in the midst of summer, but our three campuses have been flurried with activity, and there are some really exciting things we want to share, so enjoy this special CSD40 Update - Summer Edition!
In June we began reporting on the initial work and development of several Bond projects being addressed this summer. We have been working diligently to communicate those projects to local contractors to provide equitable access to the bidding process. Several Creswell contractors did win bids on projects and those jobs are supporting Creswell families and our local economy. Thanks to those professional and timely efforts by district staff and the contractors that we hired, we are getting projects completed so that we are able to open school on-time, and our students and staff will receive the benefit of a safer and healthier environment this Fall. We are grateful for the benefit and support our kids are receiving from these projects!
We also are moving toward new steps in other projects, which will include the research and design of the new CHS CTE facility and renovating buildings throughout the CHS campus. Hand-in-hand with this work is the development of creating a safe and more secure facility for our district. Creating an environment where students and staff feel safe in our schools to learn and teach effectively. As we confirm details of these projects and create firmer plans, we will continue to report on those details as they become available.
For those who are interested in participating in the Bond Oversight Committee, I will remind you that applications are due no later than August 15, 2023. You can find additional details and the application here: Bond Oversight Committee .
In addition to the amazing improvements this summer, we saw a number of students participate in our summer school and summer enrichment programs. Taking part in writing and recording their own music, learning the basics of cooking and baking, diving into chemical reactions, or engaging in a new skill, like leathercraft, our students received thoughtful instruction and cultivated new experiences that help build upon the great work of our staff during the school year. Join me in applauding the efforts of our summer school staff and celebrating our students continued achievements!
With August just around the corner, we know that the start of the school year is close-at-hand. Squeeze what you can out of this last bit of summer, and continue to build cherished memories that will last a lifetime!
With warm regards, Mike Johnson Superintendent
CSD Is The Place To Be! Creswell School District is seeking professional educators, dedicated staff, and individuals who are ready to prepare students for success. If you see yourself here, or think someone you know may be interested, please share this video and link with them. Learn about our openings and opportunities here: CSD Employment Opportunities .
CHS Turf Field & Track Rendering
We were thrilled to be able to share these two renderings of the CHS Turf field and the new track facilities. With the impactful partnership with the CSD Council, we will be able to bring state-of-the-art facilities to Creswell students. Along with what you see here, there will be new LED lighting. There are also steps being made towards getting a cover over the football stands as well! As with all of our bond projects, we will share those updates on our website here: CSD Bond Projects .
And you can also stay in-the-know by following our social media platforms: CSD Facebook & CSD Instagram .
Summer Enrichment Brings Impactful Experiences
From June 26 - July 20, Creswell students were able to participate in our summer school and enrichment courses. Students were able to access one-on-one time with teachers, and receive "hands on" experience that they might not receive in a traditional classroom setting. Case in point, CHS science teacher, Erica Olson, expressed that some labs require extra care and attention, especially in regard to safety around certain chemicals, so coordinating a small group lab versus a large classroom allows her to give a special opportunity to students during summer enrichment courses. Students at CMS also received special instruction and opportunities, like getting to try golf at the Emerald Valley Golf Course or create pouches and bracelets in a leathercraft class. CES students enjoyed some fun and memorable experiences from seeing the Oregon Reptile Man to their own private Magic Show in the CES Library. We're certain our students received amazing instruction and meaningful experiences this summer! Thank you to our summer school staff for crafting those experiences and providing those opportunities
Going the Distance with #CreswellAroundtheWorld
In June, we kicked off a special summer feature called #CreswellAroundtheWorld. We asked Creswell students, families, and staff to share where they went this summer and about the fun activities they enjoyed. It has been so fun to see Creswell represented in international locations like Rome or Puerto Vallarta, but also enjoying scenery in NYC or at the White House. We also love seeing our students staying active in sporting activities too, like football and softball.
There are still a few more weeks of summer, so if you want to participate, please make sure you submit your photos ASAP to firstname.lastname@example.org In the meantime, tune in to our Facebook and Instagram pages to see these amazing students and staff. Enjoy some of our favorites in this newsletter!
School Supply Lists Our School Supply Lists are available for Creslane and Creswell Middle School. Find your list here:
Creslane Elementary Supply List Creswell Middle School Supply List
2023-24 Transportation Registration Reminder
Our 2023-23 School Year Transportation Registration is open. For eligible CSD students, please make sure to register for your transportation here: CSD Bus Registration Page
CSD Bond Oversight Committee Applications - Due August 15th!
The Creswell School District is seeking applicants for the Creswell School District School Bond Oversight Committee! The purpose and authority of the Oversight Committee is to convene quarterly or as needed to review progress of the Creswell School District Bond Measure 20-342. The Oversight Committee shall be composed of no more than 9 at-large community members and 2 high school students.
The oversight committee will have its initial meeting no later than August 31, 2023 and will be dissolved on January 1, 2027, or upon issuance of a final report by the Oversight Committee after all projects authorized by the Creswell School District Bond Measure 20-342 have been completed, whichever is earlier. The Oversight Committee shall meet no fewer than four times per year and monthly as needed. Applications are due no later than 4:00 p.m. on August 15, 2023.
You can access more information about the Bond Oversight Committee and download the application here:
Apply to the Bond Oversight Committee!
Stay Up-To-Date on CSD Bond Projects If you are interested in staying up-to-date on all of our CSD Bond Projects, we have developed project pages for each school to show what is being planned and worked on at each campus. We have included a timeline with projects and a running blog to share additional details and information about the work being completed. These pages are designed to be an ever-evolving reference for our community to see their bond dollars at work, and to understand the positive impact these projects will have for our students. Check out the pages here: Creswell Bond Projects .
Sports Physicals Coming in August
Hello families, We are reaching out to remind you of our Sports physicals coming up August 9th and 10th from 3:00 to 6:30 pm at Camas Swale Medical Clinic located at 170 Melton Road in Creswell. If you plan to take advantage of these $25.00 physicals please be sure to follow the steps before the dates arrive. Please call the clinic ahead of time to register so check in is quicker and easier. Be sure to have a current OSAA physical form and have your portion filled out when arriving to the clinic. These will be available at the clinic as well as on osaa.org . These will also be available at the High School office beginning August 7th. You can call and register at 541-658-5301. Don't forget to take advantage of this great opportunity if your student athlete is in need of a physical.
CSD40 Update | June 9, 2023
Important Dates June 9 - CHS Graduation June 13 - CMS 8th Grade Promotion June 14 - FULL DAY of School & CES 5th Grade Promotion June 15 - Early Release Day & Last Day of School
Dear CSD Families and Staff,
It's hard to believe that we are concluding the 2022-23 school year. There are many reasons to celebrate across the district. Among them is our 115th commencement of CHS graduates today, June 9th. Our soon-to-be graduates have already had a full day receiving high-fives and congratulatory messages from former teachers, staff, and our elementary students in their annual Grad Walk at CES earlier this morning. We hope you will join us in offering enthusiastic congratulations to our Class of 2023 - Way to go Bulldogs!
Next week we will continue to see students being celebrated at CMS and CES with 8th and 5th Grade Promotions to their new respective schools. If you haven't already taken a moment to watch our CSD Student Perspectives video that we released last week, we have included it in this newsletter for you to enjoy and hear, in their own words, what it is like to be a CSD Student. You may want to consider having a tissue handy.
As our students move to new stages at the end of the school year, so too do some of our staff. Please join me in sharing good wishes and thanking our CSD employees who are retiring for their service to our students and community.
Thank you to our families for your support, volunteerism, and for entrusting us with your student's education. We are proud to be your partners in preparing them for success.
Additionally, as the academic year comes to an end, we will begin to see a new kind of energy on our campuses. With the passing of the Bond Measure, we will now be coordinating facility upgrades and repairs, including breaking ground on the playfield at CHS with the transition to a turf field, stadium lighting, and resurfacing of the track. Perhaps less visible over the summer will be the school building improvements with floor repair, asbestos removal, new roofing, HVAC renovations, and electrical work - just to name a few. Our team at the district office will be diligent this summer in helping share more about this amazing work and the many improvements to be enjoyed by our students and community this coming fall and in the years to come.
Our schools are looking forward to welcoming students for summer enrichment opportunities, starting June 26th, and will be eager to resume classes again in the fall. We have included some back to school date reminders at the conclusion of this newsletter plus the 2023-24 Calendar link as well.
We are excited to welcome our summer school students for a fun and engaging set of learning experiences and to see our students, including our new district families and kindergartners, when school resumes in September. Until then, I wish you all a wonderful relaxing summer filled with fond memories and time spent with those you love.
With warm regards, Mike Johnson Superintendent
2023 Creswell School District Student Perspectives In honor of Creswell High School Graduation, we spoke with some of our CSD students to learn what it's like as a graduating Senior from Creswell HS, an 8th grader moving from Creswell MS to Creswell HS, and a 5th grader moving from Creslane Elementary to Creswell MS. We hope you will enjoy their perspectives on what it is to be a CSD student, including special memories they have made, their favorite teacher or staff member, advice they have for students starting school, and what they feel most proud of during their time at their respective schools. We hope you will enjoy this fun and heartwarming video!
End of Year Staff BBQ
As we close the 2022-23 school year, we wanted to celebrate the hard work and dedication of our CSD staff. Thank you to our volunteers and helpers - including members of the CHS Cheer Team, IRC, and community volunteers - for helping in extending the many thanks and appreciation for our tremendous staff!
CMS Students Enjoy Adventurous Activities
CMS Students have been partaking of some wild adventures for their end of the year field trips! 7th Graders were able to partake of the Hellsgate Jetboat and most recently our CMS 8th Graders have been enjoying a ropes course. A big THANK YOU to the staff and parent chaperones who have helped supply a fun conclusion to the year.
Preschool Promise's Application has launched!
Preschool Promise is offering FREE Full-Time Preschool for Lane County kids ages 3 and 4. Enrollment is open NOW for the 2023-24 school year. Preschool Promise offers culturally relevant early child care and education programs. All preschools offer hours comparable to full-day kindergarten and provide supplies and meals. Families are able to apply for whichever program meets their needs best. You can learn more about or apply for the 2023-24 school year here: Preschool Promise .
Congratulations to our CSD 2022-23 Retirees!
Congratulations to our 2022-23 Creswell School District retirees! We would like to extend our deepest gratitude and thanks for a collective 126 years of dedication and service to CSD and our students. Thank you for the many ways that you have shown care and professionalism and made an impact on staff and students alike. We extend our best wishes as you begin an exciting new chapter!
Transportation Reminders! 2023-24 Transportation Registration Opens June 12th!
June 12th is your LAST DAY to register for Summer School Transportation. You can register for that service here: 2023 Summer Bus Registration For those who are advanced planners, our 2023-23 School Year Transportation Registration opens on June 12th. Check back for registration information here: CSD Bus Registration Page
Looking Glass Community Services
Looking Glass Community Services is a non-profit organization that has been dedicated to serving Lane County since 1970. In addition to providing comprehensive services to teens in crisis, Looking Glass has established programming for children and adults, allowing us to provide outstanding care to a larger portion of our community. Our programs span the diverse fields of behavioral health, alcohol and drug abuse support, basic human services, juvenile justice, education, youth development, and workforce readiness. You can find out more about this organization and other resources on our CSD Community Resources page.
Thank you IRC!
Creslane Elementary School is fortunate to celebrate over 10 years of the Intergenerational Reading Collaboration (IRC) Program this year. This school-based volunteer program supports kindergarten through third grade (K-3) student reading and the school's positive behavior culture. We are very grateful for another fun and successful year with our IRC volunteers! Thank you for your dedication and positive influence with our CES students. You are greatly valued in their many successes this year.
Senior Awards & Scholarship Night, held June 1st, was a memorable moment for CHS students, staff, and families. A number of our CHS seniors were bestowed with honor cords, staff and scholar athlete awards, and $28,000 in scholarships! Way to go Bulldogs!
Creswell Public Library Summer Reading Program
Don't forget to take advantage of the CPL Summer Reading Program this summer! The Summer Reading program is FREE and you don't even need a library card to participate. Reading journals will be available June 27th. Track your reading hours and earn special prizes! The Creswell Public Library will also be hosting several fun, family-friendly events this summer. The first event is June 28th with the Oregon Reptile Man 11am-Noon at Creswell Middle School. Find out more about the Summer Reading Program and Event Calendar here: Creswell Public Library Summer Reading Program .
Back to School Date Reminders
We wish you a fun and relaxing summer ahead and look forward to sharing additional updates and information as the next academic year approaches. Following are a few dates you may wish to note for back to school:
Wednesday, September 6th - Classes begin for 6th & 9th graders
Thursday, September 7th - Classes begin for grades 1-5, 7-8, 10-12
September 7-13 - Staggered start for Kindergartners
September 14th - Classes stat for KG
To view our academic calendar for next year, click here: 2023-24 School Year Calendar
Dear CSD staff, families and community members, It appears that Creswell voters have approved a school bond on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, that will fund repairs and upgrades to the district’s three schools. At the first posting of the voting last night at 8:00 P.M., 70% (1107) of the ballots returned (1587) for Creswell were "Yes" in favor of the bond, and 30% (480) were "No" in opposition. As of 11:00 A.M. today, the ballot returns increased to 1937 and the "Yes" votes have also increased slightly to 70.31%. The voting results demonstrate that the Creswell community puts kids' needs first and that they have a lot of love and pride in our schools. I am genuinely humbled by the generosity of the community and the level of trust that they have demonstrated in the District leadership with passing this bond. The bond is a significant investment in the future of our children and we are excited about the impact that it will have on their education. Additionally, this bond will have a positive effect on the Creswell community and our local economy. I would like to thank the Board for their full support of the bond proposal, and the many dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers that participated in the bond campaign for their hard work and determination to make it successful. They can take comfort in knowing that their efforts will make a positive difference in the lives of so many Creswell kids. Planning for the bond projects will begin immediately, and work is scheduled to begin this summer. A citizen Bond Oversight Committee will be appointed by the Board to monitor the progress, schedule and costs of the bond work and regularly report out to the community. Again, thank you to the Creswell community for your love and support for our kids and schools and to the many volunteers for hours and hours of work on the bond campaign. Sincerely, Mike Johnson, Superintendent
CSD40 Update | May 12, 2023
Important Dates May 12 - KITS Sign Up Deadline May 13 - CHS Prom May 17 - CHS National Honor Society Induction & CES Jog-a-thon May 23 - CHS Spring Concert No School Days May 29 - Memorial Day
Dear CSD Families,
Just two weeks into the month of May and we are starting to enjoy the transition to warmer weather, celebrate the numerous staff members who make CSD so wonderful, and see the culmination of a year spent working hard in reaching towards the vision and goals set for the 2022-23 school year. As we conclude Teacher Appreciation Week at CSD, we want to applaud all of our amazing educators and staff that make such a positive lasting impact on our students. The appreciation shown and expressed in such a finite time of a day or a week never feels like enough for the tireless work that many of our fine staff do day in and day out. For that work and your passion for educating our kids, we say THANK YOU! On Wednesday, May 10th the CSD School Board approved the math curriculum for both CES and CMS, and also approved the district vision for the Development of a CSD Graduate. Thank you to the Creswell community for all of your input via ThoughtExchange and several surveys and community forums and to the steering committee for their hard work on the development of this vision. This is just one of the visuals that will be included in the comprehensive vision of improvement developed by our Strategic Planning Design Team. You can view the approved visual of a CSD Graduate here: Recently, on April 28th, House Representative, Charlie Conrad visited with superintendent Johnson to learn about the funding challenges facing the Creswell School District and see the state of our facilities firsthand. During his tour he observed that the schools have high needs for repairs and updates and was very concerned with the level of funding that school districts receive through the state schools funding formula. He has endorsed the CSD Bond Measure 20-342. The Creswell School District has referred to voters a $18.2 million bond measure that, if passed, would:
Fund repairs and updates to schools
Improve safety and security
Expand access to vocational training
Estimated to not increase current bond tax rate
The School Board considered several factors in deciding to submit a bond measure to voters in the May 16, 2023 election.
The school bond tax rate is estimated to remain at the current $1.94 per $1,000 of assessed property value if the proposed bond measure passes.
The District would receive a $4 million state matching grant if the proposed bond measure passes.
For more information about Bond Measure 20-342, please watch the video below and please remember to vote on or before May 16th. With warm regards, Mike Johnson Superintendent
Walk & Roll to School Day - May 3rd On May 3rd, you may have spotted Creswell students around town taking to the streets to walk or roll to school. We spotted Creslane Elementary students with Principal Halley and the Mighty Mustang walking and rolling to school that morning. Thank you to the numerous students and families who safely participated in this special day!
1st Place for the Bulldogs! Electronics Recycling Competition
The Electronics Recycling Competition was sponsored by NextStep Recycling, Partners for Sustainable Schools, Oregon Green Schools, and Lane County. The competition ran from January to Earth Day in April and invited all county elementary, middle, K8, and high schools—staff, students, and parents—to divert toxic electronics from the waste stream. Schools competed to see which could donate the most electronic recycling materials to NextStep Recycling. Schools entered into the competition were eligible for prizes and grant monies.
Creswell High Sch ool placed first in the Electronics Recycling Competition for Schools with 301-500 Students. Way to go Bulldogs!
The event has proven popular, with schools collecting 14,105 pounds of electronic waste in the 2021-22 school year.
Creswell Public Library Youth Events for May 2023
Learn about the exciting May events for Kids & Teens at the Creswell Public Library! You can find the events calendar here: May 2023 CPL Youth Event Calendar . During the month of May, CPL representatives will be visiting CMS and Creslane Elementary to talk to students about the summer reading program as well. Learn more about the program and possible prizes you can win by participating: 2023 Summer Reading Program .
Check out the Creswell Public Library's upcoming STEM Activity: Construction Junction on May 25th!
Summer Transportation Reminder
For eligible Creswell students participating in summer school, please register for transportation May 1-June 12, 2023. Click this link to get registered:
2023 Summer Bus Registration
The 2023 Client Resource Guide is Here!
Access your 2023 guide to inclusive activities, camps, community supports, educational services, and employment programs available to youth and families with disabilities in Lane County.
Download the guide here: 2023 Client Resource Guide .
Teen Suicide Prevention
Join Lane County mental health advocates for a free public forum on teen suicide prevention Wednesday, may 24th at 6:30pm at the Creswell Grange Hall. Sponsored by the Creswell Grange #496.
CSD40 Update | April 28, 2023
Important Dates May 1 - Principal Appreciation Day May 3 - Walk & Roll to School Day May 5 - CES & CMS Summer Enrichment Sign Up Deadline May 8-12 - Teach Appreciation Week May 12 - KITS Sign Up Deadline
We are so fortunate to have many talented professionals at Creswell School District. Often we forget the long hours and the amount of energy it takes to create a positive and meaningful education experience for our students. Thankfully we have a reminder on special days and seasons to celebrate our staff. Recently we were able to extend our thanks to CSD secretaries on Wednesday, April 26th for National Administrative Professionals Day, and coming up next week is National Principal Day on Monday, May 1st along with Teacher Appreciation week, May 8-12. Additionally, you may not have known, but there is also School Lunch Hero Day on Friday, May 5th! We are very grateful for our amazing staff who keep things running, educate and care for our students, and ensure they enjoy a healthy meal. Thank you for your many efforts! In addition to our appreciation for staff, we are proud of our CSD students as they have been tackling State Assessments. Working diligently to do their best in this annual testing. Keep up the great work! Looking ahead we have sign ups for KIT and Summer Enrichment Programs for CMS and CES students soon to wrap up, which also includes Summer School transportation sign-ups. You can review those due dates and information below. If you haven't already seen it, the CSD Board adopted our 2023-24 School Year Calendar and you can view that below as well. We also have some enjoyable family friendly activities coming up: Walk & Roll to School Day on Wednesday, May 3rd, and numerous healthy activities with Eugene YMCA for Healthy Kids day on May 6th.
We have a lot to be excited about, including a campus visit by House Representative, Charlie Conrad on April 28th. I hope you will join me in celebrating our students achievements, appreciating our amazing staff, and looking forward to the many activities coming up to engage our students and families. With warmest regards, Mike Johnson Superintendent
Proposed Bond Measure 20-342 This spring Creswell School District has referred to voters a $18,210,000 school bond measure that, if passed, would repair and update schools, increase safety and vocational training, and more. The school bond tax rate is estimated to remain at the current $1.94 per $1,000 of assessed property value and the district would receive a $4 million state matching grant if passed. You can review the bond information here: Proposed School Bond Measure 20-342 . P lease remember to vote May 16th.
House Representative Charlie Conrad to Visit CSD Creswell is hosting a special guest! House Representative, Charlie Conrad, is scheduled to meet with Superintendent Johnson Friday, April 28th to gain first-hand knowledge of the conditions of the CSD facilities.
Tigers show SWEET Spirit kicking off State Assessment Week!
CMS Students geared up for their State Assessment week with some spirited costumes and a fun-filled, candy-themed rally last week. If you haven't spotted some of the fun on our social media pages, you can enjoy a few of the moments here. We're sure the Tigers are going to do SWEET on their State Test!
CSD Board Adopts 2023-24 School Year Calendar
The 2023-24 School Year Calendar was adopted by the CSD Board on April 12, 2023. The criteria for developing the calendar was met and input from District and CEA leadership was considered. Please see the Board adopted calendar here: 2023-24 School Year Calendar
Creswell Online Academy Discontinued Creswell Online Academy will be discontinued for the 2023-24 school year. The Acellus online program was originally purchased for the Creswell Online Academy to provide a distance learning platform to assist staff and students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since returning to in-person learning in 2021, there is less need to move to a distance learning model at this time.
Summer School Bus Registration available May 1st! For those families needing summer school transportation, registration opens May 1st! You can access the registration when it is live here: 2023 Summer Bus Registration . The last day to register for summer school transportation is June 12th!
Cottage Theatre 2023 Youth Summer Camps
Cottage Theatre invites youth ages 4 through 14 to join them for one of their Summer Youth Camps! Registration opens May 1st. For more information visit: www.cottagetheatre.org or call 541-942-8001.
Nothing "TOPS" Spanish Club! This week, Creslane Spanish Club had a special guest, Matilda Garcia, daughter of Lynette Quick Garcia, who taught students how to play some Mexican playground games. Each student received a "top" or trompe and she demonstrated how to use this fun toy!
Summer Learning & Enrichment Programs Enrollment is OPEN CMS and Creslane Elementary will be offering FREE Summer Learning & Enrichment Programs June 26-July 20. All students will participate in reading, writing, math, and weekly enrichment activities. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Creswell Middle School The CMS summer program is a 4-week program that runs Monday-Thursday, June 26-July 20, from 8:00 a.m. - Noon at CMS (no session on July 4th). Complete one form for each student you wish to enroll by May 5, 2023. *Enrollment notification will be made by June 2nd to the registering parent. Please only sign your child up if you plan on them attending all 4 weeks. Bus transportation for Summer School needs to completed by June 12. Completed forms need to be returned to the CMS Office. **Spots will be filled on a first come first served basis.
Creslane Elementary The CES summer program is a 4-week program that runs Monday-Thursday, June 26-July 20, from 8:00 a.m. - Noon at CES (no session on July 4th). Complete one form for each student you wish to enroll by May 5, 2023.
*Enrollment notification will be made by June 2nd to the registering parent. Please only sign your child up if you plan on them attending all 4 weeks. Bus transportation for Summer School needs to completed by June 12. Onsite childcare is available. Registration for Champions can be made by visiting:
Students entering Kindergarten are encouraged to register for KITS .
Students entering 6th grade can sign up for CMS summer school.
**Spots will be filled on a first come first served basis.
Healthy Kids Day - May 6th!
At Healthy Kids Day, children and families will have the opportunity to learn about the importance of healthy eats, nutrition and physical activity, mental and emotional well-being and developing healthy habits. Join the Eugene Family YMCA on Patterson Street in Eugene on May 6th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to celebrate Healthy Kids Day! Fun events, games, activities, open swim, group exercise and youth class demonstrations, healthy snacks, contests and prizes, local vendors and community partner booths - plus more - are all FREE and open to the community. The first 300 families can get a free bike helmet from Safe Kids West Oregon, and the first 200 families can get a free life jacket thanks to Oregon Paddle Sports and the Y's Water Watchers Project.