What do parents and students love about Crestview Elementary?
I posed this question on Facebook (the go-to place for questions of importance, right?). Parents and students from Crestview chimed in to answer.
1. When you walk into Crestview one of the first things you’ll see is a banner that reads, “Character is what you do when no one is watching.” The teachers place a really big emphasis on building character in addition to academics. Kindness and community are emphasized in the classrooms and in the school.
2. As a parent, I’ve found the teachers and administrators at Crestview to be very responsive anytime we have a question or concern. They are willing to go the extra mile to ensure my child has what he needs, academically.
“The teachers are really nice. They make it fun to learn. We got to use jellybeans when we learned about fractions. You don’t just sit and do worksheets all day. ” ~Xavier, 3rd grader at Crestview
3. The annual Turtle Race is one of a kind! This is a really fun part of the Spring Fling festivities and has been going on for decades – literally! The sight of nearly 500 students cheering pet turtles to the finish line is something to see (and hear…bring your earplugs!).
4. Like many area schools, the PTO coordinates really fun events throughout the year to motivate students toward healthy behavior and get families involved. For instance, students who read at home for 15 minutes/night are rewarded with a fun event mid-year, such as a Friday evening family dance or movie night. For the past few years, the Promotion Motion fundraiser has encouraged physical activity and healthy eating, while also providing fun family events like a Bike-A-Thon. There is Family Bingo and an annual Family Picnic in May. The students get excited about these activities and, by bringing families together, it build a great sense of community.
5. The principal, Ms. Holly, is amazing. There are over 500 students in the school and she seems to know every single one by name, not to mention all of the parents. She is very responsive, always visible at student and family events, and clearly committed 110% to Crestview!
6. Crestview has a number of after school programs including basketball and LEGO club. The service club offers students an opportunity to give back to the community in various ways. Mighty Milers, an after school running club, is extremely popular. About 1 in 10 students participate!
7. School-to-home communication is plentiful. Classroom teachers send home weekly newsletters letting parents know what is happening in the classroom, and Ms. Holly sends out regular emails about what is happening school-wide. This really keeps parents in the loop.
8. The school musicals are – to quote one staff member – “legendary.” Every two years the 4th and 5th grade students perform a musical, with the help of the music teacher and other staff. Weeks of practice and preparation culminate in an evening performance on the high school stage.
More about Crestview
A few more things you might like to know about Crestview Elementary School…
- Crestview is the largest elementary school in Carlisle Area School District, with upwards of 500 students. The school draws largely from North Middleton Township and growth in the township (i.e., new neighborhoods being built) has resulted in a growing student body. In spite of this, Crestview also boasts some of the lowest class sizes in the district. For instance, for the 2015/16 school year each of the three kindergarten classes has 19 or 20 students (plus a full-time aide), while the typical 3rd grade class has 22 or 23.
- During the 2014-2015 school year, a new wing was added to the school, with a dedicated cafeteria and four new classrooms.
- The school mascot is the cobra and the school color is red.
Learn more about Crestview at….
- Crestview Elementary School webpage
- Crestview PTO website
- Pennsylvania School Performance Profile
- “Comparing Local Schools By The Numbers,” Part 1 and Part 2, here on Carlisle Kids
This post is part of a series highlighting local elementary schools. We reached out to PTOs and asked, “What makes your school great?” While there will be probably be some overlap in the responses from different schools – particularly those in the same district – we hope these “what we love” lists will highlight the strengths and unique character of each school. We hope to highlight all area schools. If you are interested in making sure your school is featured, please contact Liz at CarlisleKidsPA@gmail.com.