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Crestview Elementary School has always strived to create a safe and stimulating learning environment for all students. In an effort to continue to improve our school climate, staff at Crestview Elementary have worked together to form a Positive Behavior Intervention & Support (PBIS) plan. The focus of this plan is to create a positive school climate that fosters having a positive attitude, acting responsibly, working hard, and showing respect.

The students learned about PBIS, our new behavior program, at a whole school assembly on January 5th . The Positive Behavior Intervention & Support Committee created this program to promote the core values of POSITIVE ATTITUDE, RESPONSIBILITY, HARD WORK, AND RESPECT for all students and the entire Crestview community. [Related: See our PBIS Kick-off Video]

In addition to our kick-off assembly, we will display posters around the building and in the classroom, and modify our environment to make it easier for children to move safely and efficiently in the building. All of the staff at Crestview will be teaching our student the positive behaviors they are expected to demonstrate at school on January 6th . We will acknowledge and reward individuals and classes who consistently demonstrate these positive behaviors.

Please take some time to review with your child the positive behavior expectations described on the matrix located on the back of the letter that came home with your child. Ask your child to make sure he/she understands the expectations in different environments around the school. Please discuss the importance of these concepts and encourage your child to use his/her PAWSitive behaviors.

With your continued support and involvement, there is no question that Crestview Elementary will continue to be a place where students can excel in a safe and stimulating environment. Research shows that when the home and school work together, student learning is more successful. We look forward to working with you as true partners in your child’s education! 

Thank Your School Board Member Today...

School board members exemplify local citizen control and decision-making in education.  They volunteer hundreds of hours and an immeasurable amount of energy to assure that our schools are providing the best education possible for the children of our community.  Here are some reasons we are taking this opportunity to show them our appreciation during School Board Recognition Month in January.

School board members are citizens whose decisions affect our children - what they learn, who will teach them and what kinds of facilities house their classrooms.

These are men and women elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for our public schools.  They represent you, and they take this responsibility seriously by attending lengthy - sometimes challenging - meetings, conferences and institutes where they broaden their knowledge about education; during numerous conversations about the schools; and sessions before the Ohio General Assembly.

Out school board is one of more than 700 such boards across the state.  These boards enable us to have local control of public schools, meaning that decisions on school programming are made by local, elected representative who understand the community's unique problems, values, culture and circumstances.

With the advice and counsel of the educational professionals they hire, our school board has an impact on virtually every aspect of our schools.  It's a huge responsibility and one that should not be taken lightly.

Too often we neglect to recognize the dedication and hard work of these men and women who represent us.  The staff and students of our school district are asking all local citizens to take a moment to tell a school board member "thanks for caring about our children's education."

So, hats off to the dedicated men and women who make it possible for local citizens to have a say about education in our communities.  We salute the public servants of Crestview Local School District whose education and civic responsibility make local control of public schools in our community possible.  We applaud them for their vision and voice to help shape a better tomorrow.

The men and women serving Crestview Local School District and their years of service are:

Mr. Dave Kissel - 3 years of service

Mr. Jamie McGraw - 17 years of service

Mrs. Lisa Music - 3 years of service

Mrs. Debbie Reidy - 1 year of service

Mrs. Linda Roney - 1 year of service

On November 14-15th, I had the pleasure of attending the 61st annual Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) Capital Conference and Trade Show at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. More 9,000 people attended this year’s conference, which included nearly 150 sessions of panel discussions, workshops, one-on-one assistance and nationally renowned speakers addressing a variety of educational issues.

Over the two days, I had the opportunity to attend the following sessions in order to gather information that I could bring back to better serve the Crestview Local School District and our children. On Monday, the 14th of November, I attended a session titled “Change Happens - 10 Successful Strategies” that addressed methods to ensure that change, which is inevitable in education, does not reduce the opportunities for success. While change is uncomfortable, and sometimes viewed as constricting, it can be beneficial in the long run when it is allowed to blossom as a result of the strategies that were outlined in the session. I also attended a session on “Poverty - The Real Educational Indicator” which identified the correlations between poverty and student performance in the academic setting. The presenters discussed the social, political, and cultural manifestations that are a result of poverty and the amount of stress that our students are under because of those things that are beyond their direct control. Various methods of support were mentioned from a school standpoint that could support those students who are struggling. Things such as “wrap around” support from local agencies through the school’s intervention, student partners or mentors to be role models for success, goal setting with each student to help them focus on what they want or hope to achieve, and school/community partnerships.

On Tuesday, November 15th, I attended a session on “Spotlight Behind-the-Scenes Departments” using our current resources such as social media and our website. The focus of this session was to take time to identify those people, or departments, that work outside of the classroom but are just as important in supporting the successes of our students and our district each and every day. This is an endeavor that any staff member can partake in simply by taking a minute to recognize the support that they, or a student, has received through the efforts of their daily duties. It goes a long way in making everyone feel a part in the educational processes that take and have a positive impact on our school, our students, and our community. Also on Tuesday, I had the opportunity to attend a rally at the statehouse with numerous superintendents, board members, and community members from around the state as we gathered to offer our help and assistance in addressing the education crisis in Ohio in regards to assessments, report cards, and graduation requirements. Between 300 and 400 people heard from five other superintendents regarding the negative impact of state accountability mandates on schools and the long term potentially negative effect on students. We offered our expertise as professional educators to join with the legislature and the State School Board to correct some of the unintended consequences of past legislation. We are at a crossroads in Ohio regarding public education and we are offering our help as well as solutions.

I want to thank our Board for allowing me to attend this conference. I look forward to sharing what I have learned with the Board as well as our district leadership team so that we may work together to make Crestview Schools and the Crestview community an even better place to live and learn.

In the event of inclement weather or emergency situation, the Superintendent, or his designee, will utilize one or more of the following communication channels, to keep families apprised of updates and developments. Families are encouraged to connect with these services now for other relevant school updates, weather-related cancellations as well as emergency communications:

Text Message: SchoolMessenger is an alert system we started using during the 2015-16 school year. This system is our primary communication and will send a text, make phone calls or send emails to contacts provided on your child’s emergency medical forms.

Phone/Website: The Crestview Local Schools will also post a closing delay message on our phone system and on the district website. Please call 419-895-1700, select option #8 (Closing/Delays).

Households without children enrolled in the district may sign up for text notifications from WMFD.com (Closing Bell to Cell).

Your help is needed regarding parking in fire lanes on the Crestview campus. According to the Uniform Fire Code 8.55.060, “The obstruction of a designated fire lane by a parked vehicle or any other object is prohibited and shall constitute a traffic and fire hazard as defined in state law and the Uniform Fire Code and be an immediate hazard to life and property.” 

We are required by law to keep fire lanes clear and free for the safety of all. We are asking all patrons visiting the Crestview campus to kindly park in provided parking lots for all activities. NO PARKING will be allowed in fire lanes. Areas of concern are at the high school drives around the gymnasium, locker rooms, band rooms, industrial arts and agricultural areas. Also, at the West side of the middle school gymnasium/side walk areas. Parents and patrons are asked to park in the parking lot for picking up students or attending activities.

(8.55.040) “Any vehicle or object obstructing a designated fire lane is hereby declared a traffic and fire hazard and may be immediately impounded pursuant to the applicable state law, and Uniform Fire Code, without prior notification to its owner. Pursuant to state law, the owner may be held responsible for all impound fees.”

The Crestview Board of Education kindly appreciates your cooperation.