Although students have enjoyed a break from class schedules and homework, many Crestwood students have been just as busy this summer. On June 12th and 13th, the Crestwood High School Envirothon team traveled to Ohio Christian University in Circleville Ohio to compete in the 29th annual State Envirothon Tournament. The team (pictured above), which consisted of Karli Bigler, Alyssa Blake, Frank Fugman, Catherine Hoover, and Sara Miller, earned a bid to the tournament by finishing second in their region in May. They competed against 19 other teams from the other four regions of the state.

Day One consisted of four very difficult field examinations in the categories of forestry, aquatics, soil, and wildlife. The students examined specimens and completed calculations over a four-hour period in 90+degree heat. At the end of the day, the team was asked to create a business pitch for an agrotourism farm, using political, economic, and environmental justification for their choices. The students were sequestered for four hours on Monday evening to work on their ideas. On Tuesday morning, they were ushered into a room with four state officials who judged their completed presentation. The four tests and the presentation were combined to give an overall score for the competition. When all was said and done, the Crestwood team finished in eighth place overall in the state. Even more impressive, they took the top honors as the high scoring team in the presentation category, which is a very rare feat for a first-year team.

The Director of the Envirothon recognized Crestwood’s team for this honor when bestowing them with their championship medals. It’s important to note that Austin Shafer was also a member of the team, but could not attend the tournament as he was participating in Buckeye Boys’ State at Miami University during that same time frame. The team could not have been as successful without his contributions at the regional level.
In July, sixteen Crestwood band students participated in the annual Wooster Music Camp at Wooster College. While at camp, students participated in rehearsals, sectionals, recitals, and recreational activities. This intense program helped students grow in musicianship, technique, listening skills, and performance, along with students from around Ohio and neighboring states. Crestwood had the largest contingent of students, which included Lauren Pallato, Emma Blake, Addie Oliphant, Ethan Brady, Jaedon Guegold, Lilly Engelhart, Ali Sabol, Raeann Quiggle, Rachel Quiggle, Quinn Mattern, Zoe Catcott, Ephraim Oliphant, Kenny Soots, Bryce Papp, Alexis Wilson, and Payton McMahon.

As summer draws to a close, here are some important dates to remember: On Thursday, August 24th, all district schools will be holding open house events. CHS and CMS will be held from 5 – 7 pm, while CIS and CPS will be held from 6 – 8 pm. On those evenings, students will have the opportunity to meet their teachers, catch up with friends, and drop off their school supplies prior to the first day of classes.

For the first day of class, CPS & CIS will continue with ‘getting to know you’ days, where students whose last names’ are at the beginning of the alphabet (A-M) will begin class on Monday, August 28. The first day of class for students whose last name is at the end of the alphabet (N-Z) will be on Tuesday, August 29th. All CPS and CIS students will attend together from August 30th on. At the Middle, High School, and Maplewood Career Center, all students will begin the school year on Monday, August 28th.

At CPS, the district is pleased to provide a Safety Town program to all Kindergarteners during the week of September 11th – 15th. Topics covered include bus safety, stranger awareness, fire safety and bike safety. The program is made possible with financial support from Sky Lane Bowling Alley.

The next regularly scheduled School Board meeting will be held in the CHS library on Tuesday, September 12th at 7 pm.