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September 2017 Newsletter

Emotions of the New Year

The beginning of the school year always brings many emotions for parents, students, and staff members.  Parents can be anxious about the start of the year for their child regarding being on a certain team, taking a specific class, or for social reasons.   I have learned students can be worried about new teachers and where to sit during lunch.  Teachers can have emotions about the upcoming year regarding new school initiatives, different curriculum, teaching a new grade level, or even their school administrators.  School starts regardless of whether our children, or we as parents, are ready for the school routine to begin again.  My experience has been that teachers are always the ones who are ready to greet a new group of students and set out on a memorable journey.  The Creekside teaching staff has done a remarkable job of preparing for the new year.

For me, I see all of these emotions play out as a parent of four children.  Please know you are not alone in the different emotions a new school year brings.  I have had the opportunity to feel like a “newbie” at Creekside as we start the 2017-18 school year.  I believe the word “new” brings many emotions and feelings in this new opportunity.  Just like a sixth grader or a new student at Creekside might feel, I have been anxious to see how this “middle school thing” works.  I have been nothing but impressed with the students, the faculty, and the day-to-day operations.  I can already tell Creekside is a very special place to call my home away from home.  I am looking forward to many new adventures throughout this school year. 

It has been a fabulous start of the new school year and I hope you and your child feel the same way.  With many different emotions, Creekside is prepared and ready for another successful school year.  Everyone plays a significant role in our success, and we look forward to partnering with you to help your child enjoy his or her school experience.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns as we begin this year. See you soon at The Creek!

Dr. Tim Phares


Welcome back! Hopefully everyone is settling nicely into his or her routines at school and at home.
I want to send a special thank you to all the families who donated to the PTO thus far, as well as those signed up to volunteer this year!  If you are still interested in volunteering on a committee (Media Center, Book Fair, Hospitality, Bookstore and Cultural Fair), please
click here to indicate which committees you are interested in.
The Red Apple Fundraiser is under way and the selling period ends September 22.  Your child should have received a Red Apple packet last week.  This fundraiser raises over $25,000 for the PTO, which covers about 2/3 of the PTO's operating budget.  While this is a lot of money and although many people do not like the idea of selling the Red Apple items, it is imperative that we hold this fundraiser.  Please note, some of the programs the budget covers include:
  • Afternoon Study Halls and Guided Study Halls
  • 9 Academic Team Activities Including the Special Services Team
  • All Academic Departments Including Performing Arts and Wellness
  • Club Sponsorships
  • All Appreciation Days - Teacher, Staff, Bus Drivers etc.
  • Incoming 6th Grade Activities in the Winter and Spring 
We are offering an alternative to this fundraiser. If you are interested in opting out of the Red Apple fundraiser, we are asking for a $50 donation for one child and $75 for two or more.  Please click here to go to the Creekside PTO PayPal page where you can make your 100% tax deductible donation. Please click here for a tax receipt form.
The top 3 sellers will each receive a $50 Visa Gift Card and the right to be the first one in line for lunch for a week. In addition, they can set a table with up to 7 people to join them in line.
As always, we thank you for your time, donations and support. Everything we do is for our kids and for Creekside. With your help and support we can continue to bring the programs that benefit all of Creekside's students.
Trisha Mulligan
PTO President

Welcome to a New Year at Creekside 

Where has the time gone? It’s hard to believe we enter our 14th year in existence as we start this school year!  In these fourteen years we have seen our school grow in size while we’ve created a name for ourselves as one of the best middle schools in the state of Indiana and in the nation.  We have so much to be proud of!

The start to this school year has gone very well, and as we get ready to settle into September, students and teachers have found their rhythm and are charging on through the first quarter, which ends on October 12.  Fall sports are in full swing, with football, volleyball, cheerleading, and cross country competing and practicing several times a week.  All students will enjoy grade-level football tailgates in September, and we look forward to seeing the hard work of our performing arts students as we anticipate concerts and the school musical this fall.  What a great year this is already turning out to be!

All of this would not be possible without the support of our wonderful staff and our outstanding parents.  We truly are a school community that works together for the success of all kids.  Thank you for all you do to support Creekside Middle School.  Here’s to a great year!

Jessica Tubbs and Dave Jennings
Assistant Principals

Start a New Club and Join In the Cat Race

Welcome back! It’s hard to believe that we are back in school. Another school year means another start to clubs, activities, and athletics! Last year, we had 25 student-generated clubs and we’re hoping to have even more this year, but we need your help. Clubs are a great way for students to get involved, make new friends, and share a common interest. To start a club here at Creekside, a student needs to follow three very simple steps:

  1. Think of a club to start. We have had clubs ranging from athletic clubs to the duct tape club to the acapella club. The options are limited only by your child’s imagination. What are your child’s interests?
  2. Find a sponsor. Ask any of the Creekside staff members if they will sponsor a club for you.
  3. Find individuals interested in starting the club with you! Club sponsors can even have a callout meeting to gauge student interest before the club begins.

It’s that easy! Please encourage your child to start a club at Creekside today!

Don’t forget about the Cat Race, a 5k family and community event to help support Creekside Athletics and Activities! This year’s race is scheduled for Saturday, September 23rd at 8:30am in the Village of West Clay at 12775 Horseferry Road. If you haven’t already registered, make sure you do so as soon as possible! Last year, we had our biggest race to date with almost 1400 runners and we’re looking to make this year’s race even bigger!

Cat Race registration is now online! Use the address below to register:


Thank you to our 2017 Cat Race Platinum Sponsors!  Click the icons below to learn more about these amazing local businesses that support Creekside students:

Randy Hartog
Athletics and Activities Director


Counselors Corner

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!  The Creekside school counseling department is so excited for our new school year.  Here is a breakdown of who does what in our department this year:

  • Kristen Sprunger—school counselor for all of 8th grade and 6th grade Marlin and Piranha teams.  ksprunge@ccs.k12.in.us
  • Nicole Wolfe—Student services coordinator for all 8th grade and 6th grade Marlin and Piranha teams.  nwolfe@ccs.k12.in.us
  • Susan Schad—school counselor for all 7th grade and 6th grade Barracuda team.  sschad@ccs.k12.in.us
  • Carolyn Penn—student services coordinator for all 7th grade and 6th grade Barracuda team. cpenn1@ccs.k12.in.us
  • Joe Pesut—counseling intern for 2017-2018 school year

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns!  

Anti-Bullying Presentations
Each year, the guidance department oversees and helps provide instruction regarding bullying prevention and intervention with all Creekside students.  This includes reviewing the definition and types of bullying, talking with them about how to respond to potential bullying situations and discussing possible consequences for all parties.  We also provide the teachers with material and encourage them to have meaningful and ongoing small group conversations with their students.  These presentations and discussions with be completed by mid-October.

We will also be welcoming theatre students at the high school on 9/21 when they will perform their original play aimed at techniques and skills that help not only with keeping bullying down, but helping all of us get along in general ☺

Motivation vs. Manipulation
“There is no such thing as unmotivated behavior.”  Jane Bluestein

Please check out this article on Jane Bluestein’s fantastic website.  Here’s the link:


Other Creekside Business

We want YOU!
AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination), although new to Creekside in the past couple of years, is not a new program, nor are the skills taught in class new to the necessity of success in school or the workforce.  AVID focuses on five main areas: Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading. AVID teaches students to learn and apply these skills in all aspects of school and life with the goal of helping students advance in their educational career and beyond.  
While AVID strategies are useful, applicable, and beneficial for all students, the program prides itself on focusing on those students in the “academic middle,” who are motivated to achieve high academic and career success but may need a little extra assistance in certain areas of school and life to find that success they are looking to achieve.  
With AVID’s focus being to prepare students to be college and career ready, it’s important they are exposed to as much of that information as possible. This is where you come in.  We need you to come in and speak to our AVID students about the importance of these focused skills in your workplace.  What is your career/job field and how do you utilize these skills on a daily basis and why are they so beneficial and crucial to your success?
We have opportunities open now for you to come in to our AVID classrooms and talk about topics such as, but not limited to:

  • your college major
  • how the AVID skills of writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading apply in your workplace
  • your career (what, why, how, etc.)

If you are willing and able to impart your knowledge, expertise and advice on the next generation, please click here  to complete the form to let us know a little bit about you.
Bob Loy
Instructional Coach
AVID Coordinator

Girls Lacrosse Clinic
Carmel High School added lacrosse as a varsity sport for 2017-18.  Click here for dates, times and more information.  This clinic is open to middle school girls of all levels, whether just interested in learning about this new varsity sport or improving upon their skills.
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