September 4, 2017
Hello Crestdale Families,
I am excited as we begin the 2017-2018 school year! This summer, our team has worked hard to develop processes and procedures to help set the table for a successful school year focused on instruction and learning. The feedback gained from parents, students, and our staff have helped to identify areas needing change and areas that were previously thriving at Crestdale Middle School. I would like to explain some of the changes that we have put into place this year and encourage you to reach out with any questions.
This past week, we worked with students during homeroom, a newer initiative at Crestdale, which allowed them to understand new policies and procedures that have been put into place. This includes our school's dress code, agenda and student ID requirement, discipline policy, what to do if an item is left at home, cell phone policy and others. Each of these is covered in detail at the beginning of their agenda. This tool is required of all students and will be used as an organizational tool and school safety tool throughout this school year. The week ended with a grade level assembly hosted by both myself and their grade level administrator to clarify procedures. Students were also given a gift prior to leaving for the weekend! Homeroom will continue during the month of September and one week per month for the remainder of the year, as a tool for students to be exposed to character building activities, current events, and team building within their grade.
Next month, we will begin PAW Time, which will be a data driven, 30-minute period for students to recieve enrichment or additional support in areas of need. This will be structured this year through students' team of teachers. If additional support is not needed for a specifc content, students will be given a selection of PAW Time locations to choose from that they can go to for the three weeks of PAW Time for the month. We are excited to provide our students with the specific support that they need in smaller academic groups, while giving them the option of academic enrichment if that support is not needed.
Crestdale Middle School has returned to the teaming model of middle school teaching. This will allow for better communication and more individualized support for our students this year. Teams of teachers meet regularly to discuss the needs of their students, while working collaboratively with parents to ensure their needs are met.
Each grade will have their own administrator this year. The grade level administrators, along with the grade level counselors, have been moved directly on to students' hallways, allowing them to work more closely with students. They will be visible to students throughout the school day, and have an eagerness to work more directly with students this school year. Parents' direct line of communication within a grade level will be their administrator this year - they are the "experts" within that specific grade. They will be in classrooms weekly to ensure instruction is at the appropriate level of expectation, and they will be working with students to ensure that they recieve the support that they need.
Finally, communication will continue to remain an important tool throughout this school year. I will continue to host "Coffee with Ms.Schroeder" throughout the school year, work with our School Leadership Team on decisions that affect our school, and encourage you to reach out to me with questions and concerns. I also hope that you continue to be a large part of Crestdale by participating in parent events and volunteering when possible.
I am very excited for what the 2017-2018 school year will bring for our students! With the high expectations that we will hold for one another, we strive to provide the best education for your child. As always, if there is anything that you need, please do not hesitate to let me know.