December is here, and Crestview Middle School is participating in an event that touches our students as well as others at this special time of year. However, before I proceed, I want to say thank you for your participation in parent/student-led conferences held recently. Overall attendance was outstanding with the sixth grade achieving 75% attendance, the seventh grade 79% and the eighth grade “taking the cake” with 90% student-led conference participation. The response was overwhelmingly positive, and again, we thank you for your participation and interest in your child’s academic progress. It takes a community to raise a child, an awesome responsibility that we respect and honor.
Back to December and the here and now! We have a major upcoming event at the middle school level this month--our fifth annual Celebrating Christmas Caring (CCC) project. On Friday, December 18, our middle school staff will take the lead in helping our middle school students continue to be cognizant of the needs of our society in today’s world. We are going to Celebrate Christmas Caring by executing a project to help others at this special time of year. Each grade level will be participating in its own unique activities on this day. Our sixth graders will be venturing to Ft. Wayne to spread the joy of the season at Horizon Christian Academy. They will be assisting K-3 grade students in crafts and composing/performing a skit.
Our seventh graders will be completing community service projects by assisting the food pantry at First United Methodist Church in Van Wert, caroling in the community, and helping at the Village Ministry Center. Seventh graders will also be going to Wal-Mart to purchase presents to give to families in our school district who are in need. To this end, we are encouraging seventh grade students to do work/chores at home or for a friend or relative above what is normally expected to raise money for this endeavor. Doing the dishes, doing the laundry, shoveling some snow (if we get any!), serving mom or dad breakfast in bed (!!) or anything else to earn a few dollars for this project would be awesome! Each home room class is setting a goal to raise a minimum of 50 dollars (average is $3 per student) with 90% of the class participating.
Our eighth graders will be traveling to Lima where our boys will be serving at Our Daily Bread soup kitchen; our girls will be working at the West Ohio Food Bank. Food donations are also being collected by our eighth graders to benefit Our Daily Bread and the food bank.
I want to again express my appreciation as the principal of your middle school child. It is our goal to work collectively to make Celebrating Christmas Caring better than ever, especially with adding the sixth graders to the project for the first time! We have great families in the Crestview community. It is a pleasure to be involved in helping our young people take steps on the way to becoming young adults. I wish you a blessed holiday season!
Middle School Principal