Crestview Local Schools are Closed Tuesday, March 3, 2015.
Pictured are Knight Vision and the jazz band with their first runner- up trophy from the Southern Wells competition, the grand champion trophy from the Bishop Dwenger competition and the 2nd runner-up evening finals trophy from the DeKalb competition. The Crestview Vocal Music Department will be presenting their annual dinner theater March 27 & 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Crestview auditeria. Knight-Vision, High school chorus, the jazz band, and the middle school swing choir will be featured. Tickets for this year’s “A Knight in Lights” will go on sale Tuesday evening, Feb. 24. Ticket prices are $12. For more information, you may call Danille Hancock at 419-749-9100 ext. 2113.
Columbus- Crestview and Lincolnview sent a contingent of students, teachers, and administrators to be a part of the “Straight A Day” at the Statehouse in Columbus last Thursday. The concept behind the day was to have schools that received Straight A Fund grants showcase their innovative projects that were established by the grant. Lincolnview and Crestview were a part of the consortium that received a grant that also included Paulding and Wayne Trace. The consortiums innovative project is titled “Beyond the Classroom” and focuses on integrating technology in the classroom to foster 21st century learning skills that promote college and career readiness. The Beyond the Classroom initiative was centered around grades 7-12 and used grant funds to purchase student devices and applications, teacher hardware and professional development centered on blended learning. Crestview, Lincolnview, Wayne Trace, and Paulding also formed partnerships with Vantage as well as Van Wert and Paulding County business development entities to create opportunities for students to make local college and career connections.
During the “Straight A Day” Lincolnview and Crestview, as well as nearly 50 other districts and consortiums were able showcase to state leaders how their innovative projects are being utilized in the classroom. Crestview seventh grade math teacher, Deanna Ray and her students Lexi Gregory and Wyatt Richardson illustrated what blended learning looks like. They explained how Mrs. Ray “flips” her classroom. For “homework” students watch a teacher created 5-10 minute instructional video on their school laptops and take notes at home. Then the next day during class time, Mrs. Ray has students work on their practice problems so that she can provide help and facilitate their practice groups. This helps students to learn at their own pace and allows the teacher to make individual contact more often with each student. Students also have access to videos via Google Classroom so that they can revisit them for review and additional help.
Lincolnview Jr. High School social studies teacher, Paula Johnson demonstrated how she uses Google Classroom as blended learning technique. Mrs. Johnson has students access the site using the Chrome Books that were purchased for the junior and senior high students as a part of the “Beyond the Classroom” initiative. Google Classroom allows Mrs. Johnson to post assignments electronically, manage student work, and provide feedback based on automated scoring add-ons from Google. Students can also collaborate using Google Docs in various ways, as well as ask questions of their teacher. She can also embed videos and links within the site and allow students to share response to the various forms of media. Lincolnview sophomores, Nick Motycka and Andrew Fickert, were available to explain the benefits of the blended learning environment and the 1:1 initiative from a student’s perspective. They each demonstrated different ways their teachers use a variety of online resources for assessments and digital instruction to keep learning interesting and engaging.
During the day students were treated to a tour of the Statehouse, a surprise visit by Governor Kaisich, and a private tour of the Lincoln Room and the Governor’s office. Also, Senator Cliff Hite (Ohio-District 1) spent time talking with the groups about how funding decisions are made and what a week in the life of a state senator looks like. The day was a celebration of innovation and how two Van Wert county districts are attempting to make a difference in student learning.