Welcome to Creston Intermediate Academy, home of the Cougars, where our focus is on educating 5th and 6th grade students to obtain mastery on the Indiana College and Career Readiness Standards, as well as working together to guide our students towards lifelong learning and achievement. CIA is student centered and driven by the continuous improvement model. The curriculum at CIA is aligned with the Indiana College and Career Readiness Standards and the district instructional calendar. These two sources provide an excellent framework that ensures continuity and rigor within our school. At CIA and in Warren, our goal is to personalize learning by providing students with voice and choice and allowing students to work at their academic level. Our staff is dedicated to providing engaging learning experiences, so that students will develop the skills and knowledge to transition from the intermediate level to the middle school setting.

Effective managed classrooms do not just happen on their own. As a school, we will encourage all children to embrace the CORE values of “Civility, Order, Respect and Excellence” in their daily interactions and choices. Culturally Responsive Positive Behavior Interactions and Supports (CR-PBIS) is a nationally recognized, research based framework focused on the use of proactive behavior management strategies implemented to reduce the incidence of problematic behaviors at school. At CIA, our staff have shifted their mindset regarding discipline from reactionary to preventive by using CORE values and expectations. Educators focus their attention on what they want students to do. This model provides consistent, positive approach to discipline which includes focus on explicit instruction of appropriate behavior, acknowledgement of desired behaviors, cultural relevancy, and problem solving to meet the needs of our students.

I would like to encourage all parents and guardians to make a special effort to join with our fantastic staff to improve the channels of communication between CIA and your home. Our goal is to provide the most effective level of communication to you in order to best support your child. It is vital that we continue to build the home-school partnership that drives student success. Teachers provide daily/weekly CORE behavior sheets, DoJo notifications, emails, School Messenger calls, as well as utilize our Facebook and Twitter accounts. We utilize the social
media sites to deliver instant updates on school news to students, parents and the community.

I am excited to serve as Creston Intermediate Academy’s principal where we educate students today to become leaders of tomorrow.

Your Principal,

Mrs. Jina Simmons