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Mission, Vision, and Guiding Principles

Crescent School District provides quality education for every student in a safe and supportive environment. We focus on student success, relevant learning experiences, and building a strong, family-like community. We provide the encouragement and support necessary for every student to become a life-long learner and a contributing citizen.
  1. Our number one goal is student success such that all students meet or exceed performance standards.
  2. We will provide excellent, world class instruction with a robust, engaging curriculum.
  3. Superb teachers and staff will be recruited and retained and their well-being and professional development will be supported.
  4. A safe and respectful campus climate and a clean and comfortable physical environment are essential for student learning.
  5. We will serve the entire Joyce community including all the diverse populations within its boundaries.
  6. All students will graduate as well rounded citizens and prepared for rewarding and meaningful post-secondary endeavors.
  1. Student success is at the center of the mission at Crescent School.
  2. Members of the Crescent community will treat each other with respect and dignity.Members of the Crescent Community value and recognize every individual for their unique skills, talents and contributions.
  3. Mutual trust between stakeholders will be promoted through open, honest communication and easy access to information.
  4. Public funding of Crescent Schools will be applied according to sound fiscal practices and in a manner consistent with our mission.
  5. Crescent School supports and encourages improved staff performance through thoughtful support, recognition, and professional accountability
  6. Crescent staff and students will take ownership of and responsibility for actions, risks, and results using outcomes as learning opportunities.
The Crescent Board of Directors, in conjunction with the administration, staff, and community members implemented in 2019 a Strategic Plan which set goals and objectives for the District. We invite students, staff, parents, and community members to view the plan at
Parents and school staff members have many things in common. We both want to help the child learn, mature and develop. We both want the child to feel good about him/herself and school. We both want to solve problems, not create them. And we both want to be sure our communications with each other are effective.
If you have a problem or question about your child's educational progress, we want to hear about it. It's important that we work with each other on your child's behalf. The simple tips below are offered in an effort to make that partnership more effective for both us and your child.
a)    Don't wait until a small concern becomes big.
There's always the temptation to put off doing something in the hope a problem will go away. It might not though, and if it doesn't, you'll become increasingly frustrated and impatient and angry. It probably is a good idea to wait until the first rush of anger or irritation subsides. But if you have a problem - even if you think it may be a small problem - we want to get it resolved. So, please, call us to make an appointment. When you make your appointment, it helps us to have a little background information. If you aren't sure who to contact, refer to the lists under  “Contacts”.
b)    Remember that your child is still a child.
Verbal reports from your child may not always be accurate. Sometimes children add things that didn't happen or forget to include something that did happen. Because information can get a little distorted, it's usually a good idea to check out the story carefully to see if there is another more accurate and less worrisome version of what's happening at school.
c)    Whatever your problem/question, take it to the staff member most closely involved.
This is usually the most effective way to solve any kind of difficulty. Perhaps you've already thought about this approach and dismissed it. Maybe you don't want to bother the other person. Maybe you think it won't do any good or maybe you're afraid your child will suffer some consequences. But consider this: if you were the other person, wouldn't you want to hear about the problem? Wouldn't you feel it's only fair that you have a chance to respond before the story is told to someone else? And wouldn't you, if approached in a concerned, problem-solving manner, respond positively?
For these reasons principals and other school administrators feel that you get better and faster results if you discuss a concern with the staff member involved before bringing it to the attention of the administrator, your neighbors, or others. You can contact staff members using the school telephone system, 928-3311. Below is a list of school board member contacts, followed by a list of staff school phone numbers and email addresses. (Online, please visit our Staff Directory Page.)
d)    Arrange to meet the other person at a mutually convenient time and place.
We want to devote our full attention to your concern. And sometimes are more effective than others for discussing it. Our staff members will make every effort to meet with you as soon as possible. However, as you are making the appointment, please understand that it is difficult for us to schedule time for you to meet with your child's teacher during the instructional day.