Middle School Principal's Message

Trent Kreischer The 2019-2020 school year is upon us which means many new opportunities for students, parents, and staff.  It’s exciting for me to see many of the students for the first time since last spring and to see the growth both in physical stature and in maturity.  I thank the parents for the role that they are playing in that maturation process with their children.  It’s great CMS has the opportunity to be a part of that growth, as well as the partnership that our school is able to form as a school with parents. That partnership means everything to the development of children.  

Crestview Middle School provides students opportunities to grow in the transitional years between the elementary and high school where young adolescents learn skills that are necessary for entering enter young adulthood.  In doing so, the middle school focuses on the growth and maturity of the whole child.  Our staff prides itself on being child-centered.  Our middle school students experience career and real-world explorations through the utilization of Junior Achievement, the Career Connections Students center and various specials classes that allow for creativity outside of the “four cores.”  Also, students are given the opportunity to participate in community service projects that reveal the importance of being a good citizen.  The “Guys with Ties and Fierce Females” program is just one way we are promoting communication skills, manners and effective life habits.  A collaborative focus and peer-to-peer interactions with culminating projects like the Renaissance Fair and weekly cooperative learning experiences in the classroom create opportunities for students to sharpen crucial soft skills.  Crestview’s focus has always been on excellence in the classroom as it relates to academics.  As students progress through the middle school years the curricular expectations build toward high school; however, the student-centered support structures are in place should they struggle.  Lastly, and certainly not least, the social and emotional well-being of students is the number one priority of our staff.  With team time daily, teachers are afforded the opportunity to discuss interventions and strategies that support overall student growth and development, not just in the classroom.  Also, our teachers spend time working with students to see that they are safe and have opportunities for success as human beings.

Our theme this year is “Cultivate Kindness.”  I have asked the students to focus on the word “cultivate” in finding ways that they can grow and harvest kindness to themselves and others.  Our staff has also been hard at work planning ways to build relationships that model kindness and other character traits with our students, as well as recognizing those young ladies and gentlemen who are leading the way in doing so with their peers.  I saw a quote on the Random Acts of Kindness website that really caught my attention- “Wherever there is a human in need there is an opportunity for kindness and to make a difference.”  I want our students to see those opportunities and make meaningful connections that make a difference. Please feel free to email at [email protected] or call me at 419.749.9100 option 3 if you have any questions or concerns.  You can also follow me on Twitter, @CK_Coach and on my YouTube Channel, for news and views as it relates to education and our middle school.

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