1. Who works in the Middle School office?
Mr. Brian Baddick is the principal, Mrs. Patti Dombroski is our secretary and Mr. Andrew Sorber is the guidance counselor.
2. What time must I be at school?
Students may begin to enter the building at 7:15 AM. They go to their lockers and report to homeroom, students are not permitted in the halls prior to 7:15 AM. At 7:28 a.m. the homeroom bell is sounded. All students are to be in homerooms by the 7:30 bell. The homeroom period is from 7:15 – 7:42. Students entering the building after 7:45 a.m. are to report to the office and sign in.
3. If I am late to school, what do I do?
You must report to the office before reporting to class. You will need a note stating the reason you were late. Mrs. Dombroski will issue you a pass for class. (Excessive lateness’ will result in after-school detention as outlined in our school’s handbook.)
4. If I get a ride to school, where is the drop-off point?
To insure safety, students must be dropped off in the front parking lot and walk to the building. Cars are not permitted in the flow of bus traffic. If parents enter through the back entrance by the football field, students can be dropped off in the back and enter the building. Parents must exit the same way they entered when dropping off in the back. Cars may not travel along the side of the Middle School and impede bus traffic.
5. If I need to leave school early for an appointment, do I need a note?
Yes. You must submit a written request for early dismissal to the office before school for verification.
6. If I am absent do I need an excuse?
Yes. A written and signed excuse must be turned into your homeroom teacher within 3 days upon your return to school.
7. How much is a school breakfast/lunch?
The cost of breakfast if $0.85 and lunch is $1.80. If you received a free or reduced breakfast/lunch last year, you will receive the same this year. New forms will be issued at the beginning of the year. Families that qualify for reduced breakfast/lunch will be charged $0.30 for breakfast and $0.40 for lunch.
8. How does my child use the lunch account program?
Each child was assigned a lunch account number last year. This identification number will remain with each student throughout their education with Crestwood. Updates of money in accounts can be accessed through the cafeteria.
9. Can we have backpacks?
You may bring a backpack to school. However, it must remain in your locker the entire day.
10. How should I dress?
The wearing of appropriate clothing in school is a matter of good taste. Clothing should be clean and neat at all times. Your clothing affects the dignity of the school and reflects the attitudes received in the home. Clothing that promotes a drug/or alcohol message is not permitted. Also, clothing that implies any sexual connotation is not permitted. Hoods, hats and scarves should not be worn inside the school at any time. Tank tops, shirts that expose the midriff area, and open fly boxer shorts are also inappropriate. All students must wear their pants to waist level. Shorts, skirts and dresses should be of modest length with a hem that exceeds a student’s fingertips while arms are at his/her side. Coats considered for outdoor use are not to be worn in the classroom. Any other questionable attire including distasteful jewelry may be referred to the office for review.
11. Where do I go on the first day?
Students report to homerooms. Teachers will provide each student with a copy of their schedule and explain how to read their schedule.
12. What should I bring to school?
Come prepared ready to learn! For the first day you will need a pencil or a pen and a notebook with paper. Binders, binders, and more binders! Your classroom teachers will explain the purpose of each binder in their individual classes.
13. Do I need a lock for my locker?
It is strongly recommended that you have a lock for your locker. The building is very busy during the day and after school so it would be in your best interest to have a lock. Use full sized locks, do not use small ‘luggage’ locks.
14. How does the Crestwood Middle School communicate with parents?
Communication comes in many forms. Teachers call, send home progress reports (four times per year), and reports cards are sent home (four times per year). Teachers can meet with parents as a team if a parent would like to meet during the year. We have a homework hotline and website (see Crestwood Middle School Brochure). The office of the principal puts out a calendar and school menu, please ask your child for a copy on a monthly basis. Each student received an agenda planner to record homework and important classroom information. A $4.00 donation to help offset costs is asked for at the beginning of the year. The agenda planner also serves as a hallway pass, so it is imperative that each child keeps their planner for the year. The agenda planner also contains a signature page for parents verifying that they have read the student/parent handbook. If the Crestwood School District does not receive a signature within ten (10) days, it will be recognized as an acceptance of agreement.
15. What do I wear to Physical Education class?
Shorts, T-shirts and sneakers are required. You must change for class so that you can participate without clothes hampering your movement. Your teacher will speak specifically about what to wear or not wear during class.
16. Must I participate in Physical Education class?
Yes. All students are expected to participate in Physical Education class. Non-participation is excused only with a physician’s note.
17. How do students enter and exit the building at dismissal time?
Students may enter at 7:15 AM. The busses will drop students off in front of the High School/Middle School. Students enter through the doors near the cafeteria of the High School/Middle School. Students that enter through the High School doors must make their first right and report immediately to the Middle School. A faculty member is stationed in the lobby area to help guide students toward the Middle School.
Exiting building: Students whose busses are parked in front will exit through the doors near the Middle School Cafeteria only. Students may not enter the High School to leave the building at the end of the day. Students whose busses are in the back will exit through the courtyard. Dismissal time for students to go to their lockers and then to their busses is 2:21.
Note: It is important that students exit the building and get on their bus immediately.
18. What if I have to ride home on my friend’s bus?
Students will not be allowed to ride another bus other than their assigned bus without an approved pass from the office. Students who want to ride another bus, other than their assigned bus, must bring a note signed by a parent or guardian to the office. The note must have a phone number where the parent or guardian can be contacted. No pass will be issued unless verbal confirmation is attained and signed by an administrator.
19. May I stay after school?
Yes, if you are involved in a sport. We do not want students staying after school if their practice does not begin immediately after school. Example, if a practice is scheduled for 4:00 PM, the athlete needs to go home and return at the scheduled practice time. Many students want to wait after school for one and one half hours. Parents need to know that no adult is monitoring their child from 2:30 – 4:00.
20. What about using the weight room?
In the Fall, students are eligible to use the weight room with supervision of their coach. In the Winter and Spring, students may use the weight room under the supervision of a paid supervisor. Parents need to complete a Permission to Participate Form, Weight room Rules Form, Insurance Statement Form and athletic Emergency Data Form. These forms are returned to Mrs. Dombroski in the Middle School Office before any student may use the weight room.
Parents, it is important to understand that an activity bus is available at 5:30, but the weight room is only open until 4:30. Students will need transportation home after using the weight room. They may not stay from 4:30 until the 5:30 bus arrives.
21. What if we decide to take a family trip during the school year?
Students who are absent from school for non-school sponsored tours or trips up to ten (10) days in duration may be granted an excused absence if the following requirements are met:
a. Parents must notify the principal in writing at least two weeks prior to the absence by filling out a Vacation approval Form and submitting it to the office. The principal will review the request and base approval on the student’s attendance record, previous trip requests, teacher recommendation, and academic performance. Upon returning, the parents must write an excuse for the absence even though pre-approval was granted. Please submit a vacation approval form (available in the office) for each child and school that he/she attends.
b. Failure to get pre-approval for an educational trip may result in the absences for the trip being declared unexcused and unlawful. No student may spend more than a total of ten (10) school days on an approved educational trip in any given school year unless discussed with and approved by the principal.
22. How do I know when games are scheduled and if they are postponed due to inclement weather?
The Crestwood website can be used to get a copy of the complete schedules for the athletic events. The website is www.csdcomets.org. From the site you can locate scheduling information by clicking on Sports for the complete sport schedules.