Cresson Elementary News

Happy New Year! It is great to see everyone back at school and ready to learn. I hope you enjoyed the holidays with your family.

We are saddened and stunned to hear the news about Mary O’Donnell. She was important not only to the CC/V school, but also to the community. If there was a Cripple Creek/Victor Hall of Fame, she would certainly be in it, having taught here since 1972 and influencing so many of our lives. Her 38 years of teaching represent about 5472 school days, at least 650 students, about 109 classroom parties, 8 principals, 6 superintendents, and 3870 recess duties. Those are amazing numbers! Mary knew at an early age that she was destined to teach, and she dedicated herself to teaching when she was in the 8th grade. I worked with Mary for 21 years, and was amazed at her kindness, innovation, energy, and willingness to help students learn. Mary loved her students and they loved her. With her frank and honest advice, she was a resource for many a teacher and parent and she will be deeply missed. There is a memorial service on Saturday, January 29 at 10:00 in the cafetorium at the CCV High School.

Starting in January we will have a new system called the “Step Up Program” for dealing with students’ behavior problems. We will define behaviors that are minor or major. When a student has a major behavior problem teaching and learning is disrupted to the point that the student needs to leave the classroom. Minor problems cause a slight interruption in class but the student recovers quickly, allowing teaching and learning to continue. If a student commits a major infraction they will be asked to spend a period of time in an alternative classroom where they will be expected to work quietly and follow rules. The rules are defined on a special checklist so that student knows what is expected. If the student demonstrates good behavior and completes class work, he/she goes back to the regular classroom, continuing to follow rules and complete work. This system has worked very well for a number of our students and is similar to the system used at the Jr. High/High School. We believe it will help students be accountable for their behavior. You will be receiving more information in the coming weeks to help you understand our program. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher to discuss them.

Cresson received an Honorable Mention Award for our increased student participation in eating breakfast at school. The award came from the State of Colorado’s School Breakfast Challenge and the Campaign to End Childhood Hunger in Colorado. The award included a plaque and $2,000 for our school. With our new Breakfast in the Classroom program virtually all of our students are eating breakfast at school.

The School District will be closed on Monday, January 17 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

If you are interested in becoming a school board member we have an opening. One of our board members resigned in December because he moved out of his district. Check with Jean at the administrative offices for details at 689-2685.

Our district accountability committee is looking for new members, including parents and community members who do not have children in our schools. The committee meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 5:00-6:30 pm. We discuss and make recommendations regarding school budget, calendar, curriculum, and other important elements of our district. If you would like to be involved in helping our students achieve excellence, please call Sue Holmes at 689-2685.

We have openings for preschool students who qualify for Head Start, Colorado Preschool Program, or Tuition. We look forward to increasing our preschool capacity, preparing our students for success in school.