Dear Rebel Families:
Wow! It is hard to believe that we are about to put a close to the 2016-17 school year. The wonderful thing about being educators is that we are always in continuous improvement. For me, due to my new position and district, I have had much to learn. I am grateful for the many people that have assisted me with learning about the history and the people in this community. The Crestview Local School District is family. It is a warm place with a tremendous sense of community.
The Class of 2017 will always hold a special place in my heart. It will be the first class that I get to see graduate. I cannot thank these students enough for their gifts of honesty and for their sense of humor. I will miss all of them. They have welcomed me into the school and made me a part of their activities. I will never ever forget the pep rallies, concerts, academic honors, and athletic events. This is a talented class with great oratorical skills. I look forward to hearing about their success and future. My deepest fear was losing the “kid part” when I chose a career switch. This group has helped remind me why I am an educator. I have appreciated the conversation and relish the fact that we have a student representative on the school board. It is and will always be about students. Their needs come before our own.
As Superintendent, there are sometimes tough circumstances that I must navigate. The best part of the job is celebrating the many successes of our youth. For example, our Destination Imagination team qualified for the Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee, from May 24 -27. We finished in the top three in Ohio, and we will compete against the rest of the country and several other countries in Knoxville. This is our first year, and we qualified for Globals! I would like to thank the teachers, administrators, and Mr. and Mrs. Bulick, the DI coaches, for the preparation of these fine students. Can you imagine that a group of elementary children can use flimsy balsa wood to build a structure that holds over 700 lbs. of weight? If you would like to donate to our Destination Imagination Team and support their trip to Knoxville, please contact the elementary office and we would be honored for your assistance. Your donation is tax deductible. With registration, hotel, and food, we need about $6,000 to cover all expenses for our children.
The month of May offers us still many more chances to celebrate students. We start the month with Track and Field days at the elementary. We have many athletic events to compete in on the local level. We have middle school and high school band and choir concerts ahead. We will have our Wax Museum ahead and many award ceremonies at all three buildings. But, the highlight and pinnacle of what we do is graduation. The Class of 2017 will graduate on Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Our students have worked diligently and High School Graduation is a milestone that we together celebrate as a community. We wish them the best on whatever path they take and soon will welcome them to the Crestview Alumni Association!
We will have one more publication in June, but school will be completed by then. We wish all of you a great summer or NOT….the CHOICE is YOURS!
Matthew T. Manley, Superintendent