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Crestview Middle School
A Caring Community of R.E.A.L. Learners
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3/03: English (1/3)
3/04: English (2/3)
3/05: English (3/3)
Week of 3/9:
3/10: Science (Grades 5 & 8)/Social Students (Grades 4 & 6)
3/11: Math (1/2)
3/12: Math (2/2)
Week of 3/16:
Make-up tests, as needed
The Ohio NextGeneration Assessments implemented this spring include English and Math tests developed by the PARCC Consortium, of which Ohio is a governing member, and state-developed Science and Social Studies tests.
The PARCC assessments have gained quite of bit of attention in recent weeks, much of it from parents who are concerned about the amount of time and stress the assessments are putting on Ohio’s students.
The tests, especially in this first year, have some shortcomings that the district acknowledges, most notably the amount of time associated with these new assessments, and a turnaround timeline for results that will make the data unusable for positively affecting instruction next fall. We see that, and so do many of you.
Our faculty and administration believe that good assessments should ultimately provide good information on student learning that our teachers can fold back into improving instruction for your child and his/her peers. Good assessment is an essential part of good instruction.
There are some positives to these NextGeneration Assessments:
- A great deal of work has gone into improving the quality of test questions students will encounter this year, ensuring that students can apply what they know, not just repeat it back. Crestview has been fortunate to have staff members on both the PARCC and State-level advisory teams who have overseen the quality standards for these test items.
- In future years, student results will be available to schools just a few days after testing concludes - possibly before the end of the school year. This will make state learning measures more useful than they’ve ever been for schools.
- While we will see an increase in the overall time spent testing, students now have multiple shorter opportunities to demonstrate what they know - test success is no longer limited to one opportunity on a single day of the year.
We are fortunate in our district to have implemented a focus on improved use of technology in day-to-day instruction prior to having it become a necessary consideration for online testing. This has allowed us to focus first on looking at technology as a tool to benefit student learning, rather than allowing test-prep to drive our technology decision-making.
It has been our approach and focus this year, and in years past, to do what’s right for kids. We want to offer good instruction because that’s what our students deserve, not because it’s required for test performance. We want our students to feel confident in their skills and have a balanced perspective on the role of testing in their education.
Increased outside pressures from the legislature continue to compete for our time and focus, but our commitment to students and community remains.
For those families who wrestle with how to best voice your concerns about state testing and the impact it has on instruction, we encourage you to make contact with your state legislators and the state-level board of education to appeal for assessment models that make good, usable measures of student learning the primary focus, and insist that testing for the purpose of accountability always takes a backseat to that student focus.
We thank you for the opportunity to educate your child and the trust you have placed with us to fulfill that role. The changes in this new educational landscape are challenging for us as well, and we are glad to be navigating those changes with a terrific and supportive community around us.
6pm in the High School Auditorium
Blizzard Bag Update
January 28, 2015 - Crestview's Make-up Day Plan for school days missed due to poor weather conditions calls for make-up assignments, known as Blizzard Bags, to be assigned for the 7th, 8th, and 9th days of school cancellations.
We've made several adjustments of our process this year in response to the experiences and feedback on last year's assignments.
Blizzard Bags are intended to fill in some of the gap created by missed instruction when school is closed. Blizzard Bags should include relevant tasks which can be completed by the student with some level of independence in most situations. All Blizzard Bags should reflect material in the classes that is either Reinforcement, Enrichment or Extension, or Exploration/Introductory.
More information, deadlines, schedule of make-up days, and online repository of assignments: Blizzard Bag Central.
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Welcome to Crestview Middle School!
The staff and administration welcome you to Crestview Middle School. It is our sincere hope that you will find this experience challenging, rewarding, and exciting. Your success depends on the development of regular attendance, effective study habits, and self-discipline.
The Crestview Middle School philosophy is that the educators are highly qualified, according to federal guidelines, knowledgeable about and committed to meeting the needs of young adolescent learners.
To meet the needs of adolescent learners, we believe the essential elements are:
- A balanced curriculum that addresses varied readiness levels and learning preferences of young adolescent learners,
- A variety of organizational arrangements,
- The use of a variety of instructional strategies,
- A full exploratory or unified arts program,
- Comprehensive academic advising and counseling,
- Continuous progress for students,
- Assessment and evaluation procedures compatible with the nature of young adolescent learners,
- Cooperative planning by teachers, and
- The creation and maintenance of a positive school climate.
A Middle school preparing students, through varied readiness levels and learning preferences, to be tolerant of individual differences and to be responsible for both academic and social behavior.
Our programs include:
ACADEMICS: Turbo Teens, Relationships Under Construction, Student Council, 6th Grade Outdoor Education, Career Education, Instrumental & Vocal Programs at 5th – 8th grade levels. LEAP, Academic Challenge Team, Title I services in Math and Language Arts for fourth, fifth and sixth grades, 8th grade Algebra, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Collaboration Teams for all core classes and special education teachers at all grade levels.
ATHLETICS: Cross-Country, Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Wrestling, Track, and Cheerleading.
Eric Yetter, Principal
Crestview Middle School
1575 State Route 96
Ashland, Ohio 44805
(419) 895-1700 ext. 18000
Last Updated: 2/26/2015 8:43 PM
3/2/2015 Boys Basketball vs. Margaretta
3/3/2015 6:00 PM Parents Mandatory Spring Sports Meeting
3/4/2015 12:30 PM Senior Citizens Luncheon - HS
3/10/2015 7:00 PM Music Booster Meeting
3/10/2015 End Third 9-Week Grading Period
3/13/2015 6:00 PM Board of Education Meeting - MS Assembly Room