August 26th, 2021
I can imagine the start of school next week is full of mixed emotions for many of our students and families. I have been experiencing many emotions myself as a principal new to the community and supporting the return to full time in person learning. Our staff is eager to welcome students back to school and have been working tirelessly to create a safe and welcoming space for your students. We care deeply for the well being and safety of our community and have done our best to create processes aligned with district and state guidance with the resources and staffing we have at CSS.
Below is an overview of some of the updated safety procedures we will have in place for the start of school. More detailed procedures will be shared prior to the start of school for you to review with your students. Students will also be given mini lessons during the first week of school in all classes to ensure all students have an opportunity to learn and practice our safety protocols as they transition into the school setting. There is also a link to survey for you to share your questions and concerns, so we can continue to be responsive to the needs of our community.
As a reminder, our Community Care Day and Ice Cream Social are this Saturday, August 28th at 9 am. I look forward to meeting you and your students in the coming week.
Dr. Kristy Mize
August 16th, 2021
It is with great pleasure that I write to you as your incoming principal of Creative Science School. I am honored to become part of the CSS community and vision of building critical thinkers, courageous problem-solvers and compassionate community-builders.
This year I begin my 19th year as an educator, and I still am full of excitement and anticipation to greet students and staff at the start of the school year. I hope to get to know you and your students this year. I am a parent of six children, and like many of you, am starting our annual back to school rituals to get prepared for the 21-22 school year. This fall my oldest child will be starting his junior year at OSU, and my youngest will be starting 4th grade. While I am hopeful for a healthy start to the school year, like many of you, I have questions and concerns about what the upcoming year will hold.
PPS has recently shared their multi-layered approach to supporting the safe return of students to school this September which can be viewed on the PPS website. Be assured, our team is working diligently to set up social distancing protocols and cleaning procedures in accordance with district guidelines. More specific information about these procedures and guidelines will be shared prior to the start of school. We continue to work with our local health officials to support and implement safe practices to help our whole community to reduce the risk of the spread of Covid. Thank you for being flexible as we respond responsibly.
As a new member of the CSS community, I would like an opportunity to connect with our CSS community members. At the close of our CSS Community Care Day, I would like to invite you to a socially distanced, outdoor Ice Cream social from 12-1 at the school. Please see more detailed information about the event below.
Below you will also find information about our Kindergarten and 1st Grade Ramp Up Schedules and details on how to find your student's schedule or teacher assignment for this fall.
I am looking forward to working together as a community to support a safe return of students to school this fall. I will be sending out more detailed information about processes and procedures regarding the start of school at the end of the month.
Kristy Mize, Ed.D.
Creative Science School