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Community Action Council of Portage County, Inc. 2018 Summer Food Program for Children

The Community Action Council of Portage County, Inc. is sponsoring the Summer Food Program for Children at sites around Portage County. The program is funded through the US Department of Agriculture, the Ohio Department of Education, and the Community Action Council of Portage County. Any child age 1 to 18 can receive a FREE, nutritious lunch and breakfast (at most sites) at one of the agency’s 10 open sites located throughout Portage County.  NO PAPERWORK IS REQUIRED.  All sites will be closed on July 4, 2018.  

 

Crestwood Scarlet Guard Alumni!

Attention Crestwood Scarlet Guard Alumni!  The current CSG Band Members and Band Boosters will be hosting an alumni night on Friday, September 7th (Potato Festival Weekend).  Please come and join the current CSG and perform under those Friday night lights one more time.  All of the information you need is at the top of the form that is linked below.  Please share the link with friends and family so we can have a large representation of how important music education is in our lives and the lifelong memories and relationships it creates!  The form: https://goo.gl/forms/Z1atLUKp6Ph22AH02

Middle School PenOhio State Qualifiers PenOhio state qualifiers

Congratulations to our PenOhio State Qualifiers who will travel to The College of Wooster on May 24 for the PenOhio writing tournament. There they will compete against the top writers in Ohio!

 

   We are so proud of 7th grader Gabby Opalanko and 8th graders Elizabeth O’Bryant, Emily Marek, and Allie Owen!

 
School Finance Presentation at March 27, 2018 Board Meeting

 

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Crestwood Destination Imagination 2018

Reductions

Dear Community and Staff:

No one likes to see people lose their jobs and suffer. This affects many people in the school district and some of our educational programming. All this makes these decisions very difficult.

 

Every district has unique circumstances.  In Crestwood's situation every two years we are at the mercy of the state reducing our funds.  The last biennium budget we lost roughly 550,000 dollars. This coupled with rising operating cost, deficit spending, and a significant Loss of 583 students over the last 10 years led to the decision to reduce our budget by 1.4 million dollars.

 

Unfortunately similar to most school districts, over 80% of our expenditures are in personnel.  So a significant portion, or 57%, of the reductions are personnel reductions. So without any additional revenue, these reductions were needed and, historically and recently, we have not been successful at the ballot box in seeking additional revenue.

 

I am sorry for the effect this has on our district and community.

 

Thank you,

 

David M. Toth

Superintendent

Funding Our Schools Crestwood Local Schools

Funding Our Schools


Our office receives many inquiries concerning school levies and their effect on property tax bills. This section is intended to help answer questions about the need for, and the timing of, school levies. 

Crestwood Local Schools Happy Trails Summer Camp June 4, 2018 to August 22, 2018 camp

Happy Trails Summer Camp at Crestwood Elementary operates Monday-Friday EXCEPT July 4th. This camp is open to any child K through 5th grade or ages 5-12. If your child has any special needs please call Kim Ule to discuss how our program could fit the needs of your student.

 

Summer Camp Hours

6:30am – 6:00pm

 

 

Full Time $140  Part Time $105

Per week per child

An additional 10% discount for multiple children

 

Camp Information Packet and Registration

WINTER BREAK - Dec 21st through Jan 1st (return to school on Tuesday, January 2nd)

2018-2019 Kindergarten Packets are Available At The Primary School and online

Pete the Cate

 

Kindergarten Registration 

Crestwood Primary School 

 

Tuesday, May 8th  - 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

 

Kindergarten Registration Packet

Earth Day Celebration April 27th at CPS 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm Earth Day

Earth  Day Items Needed:

 

  • Short Glass Jars with openings large enough for Tealights                                                                      
  • Yoplait or Dannon/Activia yogurt containers 

 

Collection Bins at the Primary School Office

 

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Please wash out and clean completely with labels removed

 

Earthday Shirt Order Form

Presentation by Board President December 12, 2017 Board Meeting

Crestwood High School Receives National Athletic Trainers’ Association ‘Safe Sports School’ Award

Program recognizes high schools that help to keep young athletes safe. Congratulations to our outstanding student athletes, coaches, volunteers and families for your support and respective role in this achievement! Click Here to view the press release.

Presentation from December 12, 2017 Board Meeting On Possible $1.5 Million Cost Reductions

Join Crestwood Superintendent, David Toth for a Coffee Talk with Community Members and Local Business Owners red devils

Mr. David Toth, Superintendent of the Crestwood Schools, will host Coffee Talk sessions throughout the school year. This is for business owners and community members to visit with Mr. Toth as he shares current events and future plans of the district. It is also a time for attendees to ask questions and provide input.

 

April 12, 2018, 7:30 am-9:30 am • Superintendent’s Office Located at the Intermediate School.   

 

CRESTWOOD BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING MOVED TO PRIMARY SCHOOL CAFETERIA School Board Meeting

Board Meeting Scheduled for Tuesday, December 12th at 7:00 PM at CPS Cafeteria

 

Board Meeting Agenda

Emergency School Closing Procedures Emergency school closing procedures

 

With winter weather approaching, the pos­sibility of school closings is upon us. Closings due to inclement weather or other emergencies are broadcast on all local radio and television stations. We ask that parents avoid calling the schools or stations since incoming calls tie up phones and delay notification.

 

Decisions on whether or not to close schools due to snow or extreme cold are often difficult since forecasts about if and when bad weather will arrive are often inaccurate. Periodically, forecasts are definitive enough that school can be called off in time for the nightly news. Most of the time, however, the decision is based on reports from district supervisors who are assigned the task of driving our roads between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. on the days that bad weather is forecast. We attempt to contact all TV stations as early as we can so that parents can get the information they need in a timely manner.

 

In addition to snow, wind chill factors can also be a determining factor. A wind chill of more than 15 degrees below zero brings consideration for closing school due to the large number of students that wait outdoors for buses in our district. Safety is our greatest concern! The most difficult situation is when bad weather arrives immediately after the decision is made to keep schools open. In such cases, we respect the right of parents to make their own decisions based on neighborhood road and weather conditions. If it becomes necessary to make up school days, the school calendar may be amended using hours at the end of the school year.

 

An additional tool called Black Board Connect may also be used to contact parents who are part of that system. If you did not sign-up for the Black Board Connect system please contact your child’s principal for details. 

Two-Hour Delay Procedures (if Needed)

Dear Crestwood Families,

 

 

Living in Northeastern Ohio presents our school district with many challenges dealing with adverse weather. Often, severe conditions at 6:00 am are much improved one or two hours later making it safe to continue school activities. With this being said - our school district may use the option of a two-hour delay start to the school day for inclement weather or other emergencies.  By using the “two-hour delay”, we may be able to have school and avoid making up any school hours.

The need to close or delay the opening of our schools for the safety of students and staff is a decision we take very seriously. We understand students are better served both academically and socially by being in school, however, student and staff welfare is our top priority.

The following procedures will be implemented for a two-hour delay start situation:

 

 

Two-Hour Delay Procedures (if Needed)

The superintendent, in conjunction with other school officials, will strive to make a decision by 6:00am to either close or delay the opening of school and will announce it to the radio and television media and send out a Blackboard Connect message as in the past.

When a two-hour delay announcement is made, continue to listen to the radio and television for updated information. If conditions deteriorate, a decision will be made to close school for the day by 7:45 A.M. and you will receive a Blackboard Connect call.

 

 

INFLUENZA (FLU)

What is the Flu?

The flu is an illness caused by flu viruses. The flu may make people cough and have a sore throat and fever. They may also have a runny or stuffy nose, feel tired, have body aches, or show other signs they are not well. The flu happens every year and is more common in the fall and winter. People of all ages can get the flu, from babies and young adults to the elderly. 
 
How does the flu spread?

People who have the flu can spread the virus by coughing or sneezing. Droplets released when a sick person coughs, sneezes, or talks can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. The droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs. People may also catch the flu by touching their mouth or nose after touching something with the virus on it, such as doorknobs, tables or an infected person’s dirty hand. 

  
How long can a person with the flu spread the virus to other people? 
Most people may be able to spread the flu from 1 day before showing symptoms to 5-7 days after symptoms begin. Severely sick people or young children may be able to spread the flu longer.

 

 

If you are worried that your child or family member is showing symptoms of flu, please take them to the doctor. If you need help finding a doctor, your school health nurse can advise you. 

 

Influenza (FLU) Information click here

 

School Finance and Tax Rates in Portage County

Recently, I have been asked about school finance and tax rates in Portage County relative to tax rates in other school districts throughout the county.  Below is the information and the source for this information.   

 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8WfQthuNdtgQWZvd0JsX1dnSjVfSTlWMTBYdkxLdzlhaWFJ/view?usp=sharing

 

http://www.tax.ohio.gov/tax_analysis/tax_data_series/school_district_data/publications_tds_school/SD1CY16.aspx

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions in this regard, or our School Treasurer, Ms. Jill Rowe, at 330-357-8206.

 

Thank you

 

 

David M. Toth

Superintendent  

Information About Proposed 7-12 Campus and Safety

Possible Vision of New 7-12 Campus

This video showcases the possible rendering of a new 7-12 campus with two separate entrances and wings.  If the Crestwood Bond Issue passes on November 7, 2017, community forums will be developed to gather feedback to design the actual structure.  To learn more visit www.crestwoodschools.org.

Letter from David Toth, Superintendent September 15, 2017

 

Dear Community Members, Parents, Guardians, and Crestwood Staff Members,

 

At the board meeting on Tuesday, September 12, during an open discussion, the possibility of re-configuring the school district by moving sixth grade students to the elementary campus and relocating seventh and eighth grade students to the current high school was discussed.  The Board of Education has directed me to look at this option.  This option is being discussed by the Board of Education for financial reasons as well as enrollment decline in the district.

 

 

Financially, the State Legislature has reduced our revenue over the next two years by a total of $543,000.  This was passed by the legislature on June 30, 2017.    Second, the Crestwood Local School District is on what is called a state guaranteed funding model.    Out of the over 600 school districts in the State of Ohio, the Crestwood Local School District is in the top one percent of districts receiving state guaranteed funds.  We receive roughly 4.5 million dollars in guaranteed state funds.  These funds can be reduced at any time the State Legislature revises its budget.  This occurs every two years.   Historically, these funds have been reduced or are in jeopardy to be reduced.   The school district’s five year financial forecast in October will detail that the cash balance for the school district will be in deficit in the year 2021.  If there are any more reductions to our state guaranteed money, this will exacerbate that deficit.

Todd Monroe, Board President Communication 9/12/17


    

 

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Superintendent Community Announcement for 9-8-17

Stay Safe Speak Up

 

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Substitute Teachers Needed

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Crestwood Community Announcement

 

 

 

Welcome Back! Welcome Back

Dear Parents, Students, Guardians, and Community Members:

 

Welcome back everyone to the 2017-18 school year.   As always it has been a busy, productive summer.  Our building custodians have been doing a great job of making sure our school buildings are shiny and clean and ready for our students and staff to return. Our transportation staff have our busses ready to roll.  Our maintenance staff have been busy as well, making sure our grounds are kept and our school buildings maintained.   We have installed 10 new security cameras throughout the school district, repaired playground equipment, painted hallways, and are creating an expanded engineering lab at the middle school.  Here is a complete list of our summer maintenance projects that are completed or will be completed https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8WfQthuNdtgYUM0YUxJRjN4WjA/view?usp=sharing.

You can find other recent maintenance projects that have been completed in the district on our website at http://www.crestwoodschools.org/administrativeDepartment.aspx?aid=11.

Among other various upgrades and installs, our technology staff added three new Chromebook Carts to the Intermediate School and added a cart of touch-screen flip Chromebooks to the primary school. At the high school, two PC computer labs were upgraded, the computers were replaced in the art classroom, 60 new wireless access points were installed, and a new STEM lab has been created.  

Response by Jill Rowe Treasurer to a Recent Mailing in the District in Regards to School Finance and the Bond Issue Facts

Statement #1 – Did you know that the figures are on top of what you are currently paying.  While this statement is true.  The elementary buildings will be paid off in 2022 and your taxes will go down due to these buildings being paid off.

 

Statement #2 – Did you know your property taxes will go up due to reevaluation.  This statement is untrue.  Yes there is a reevaluation in 2018, however in the late 1970’s HB920 was passed.  This bill stated that voted millage cannot increase due to inflationary increases.  So as property is reevaluated the school district does not see an increase if the property values are increased.  The school district only sees an increase on 5.2 mills if property values are increased.  The remaining millage the school district receives does not increase.  The Ohio Department of Taxation rolls the millage back so the district does not see any increases.  For example the Permanent Improvement levy was passed in 1987 at 3.5 mills and the District collected around $420,000 on that levy.  Today the District still collects $420,000 on that levy.  Even though property rates have increased since 1987 the District is still collecting the same amount as when it was passed due to the HB920 law.

Crestwood Schools were well represented at the 2017 Wooster Music Camp held at Wooster College July 9-13. Woosterbandcamp2017

Sixteen Crestwood band students and two former retired music teachers participated in this annual camp. Band students grew in musicianship, technique, listening skills, and performance along with students from all over Ohio and several other states in one of three concert bands. Rehearsals, sectionals, recitals, and recreational activities were led by an exceptional staff of music educators with a total of nearly 750 years of teaching experience! Enrichment activities included African drumming, choir, conducting, and jazz band.

Crestwood participants are Lauren Pallato, Emma Blake, Addie Oliphant, Ethan Brady,  Jaedon Guegold, Lilly Engelhart, Ali Sabol, Raeann Quibble, Rachel Quibble, as well as the following students who earned principal/first chair positions: Quinn Mattern, Zoe Catcott, Ephraim Oliphant, Kenny Stoots, Bryce Papp, Alexis Wilson and Payton McMahon.  Dr. William Guegold was camp coordinator and Mrs. Judith Guegold was the oboe instructor.  Crestwood had the largest contingent of students attending the camp. Congrats to all of our outstanding band participants!

Crestwood Community Pep Rally August 20, 2017 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the High School (pep rally will start at 7pm)

Crestwood Local Schools in collaboration with local community organizations invites the Crestwood community to an evening of family fun.

 

Kids will enjoy bouncy houses and inflatable TWISTER, and families can enjoy playing GIANT XXL games (Jenga, Operation, Checkers, Connect 4 and Ker-Plunk)!

 

“Patriot 500 Racing”(patriot500racing.com) will be there!!! It’s a STEM lab that is making visual connections between racing technology and performance; hands-on demonstrations of mathematics and physics within real-world applications. There will be a demonstration, hand-on opportunities to learn about racing technology and Q&A about the Patriot 500. This is a great example of 21st century learning and what an opportunity for our community!

 

If you would like to participate in “Stuff the Bus”  American Legion Post 193 will be collecting school supplies and non-perishable items for our local food pantry.

 

If you are interested in hosting a booth please sign up through the Crestwood Local School district website(http://www.crestwoodschools.org/index.aspx) Click Here to sign up or contact Tara Reid at treid@crestwoodschools.org or at the Crestwood Schools Board Office 330.357.8206.

 

 Looking forward to seeing your family on August 20th  at the Annual Crestwood Community Pep Rally.

ISSUE # 1 August 8, 2017

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July 10, 2017
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