School News

The Crestwood Local School District currently has to make up four calamity days. The Crestwood Board of Education, last evening, passed a resolution to utilize Blizzard Bags to help offset school days missed this past winter.  Blizzard Bags are an option provided by the Ohio Department of Education for school districts to help make up as many as three instructional days during a school year. With the use of Blizzard Bags, the Crestwood Local Schools will only have to make up one day at the end of this school year.

Blizzard Bags are online or take-home lessons that students complete to make up a missed day of school. Assignments will be available online on our individual schools’ websites or as “take home” hard copy assignments for your child to complete beginning Monday, April 14.  Assignments are due two weeks after they are assigned.  For example, the first assignments will be due two weeks from Monday, April 14 which is Friday, April 25.   The second assignments will be assigned Monday, April 28 and will be due Friday, May 9.  The third assignments will be assigned Monday, May 12 and will be due Friday, May 23. 

If you have questions, please contact your child’s teacher or the Principal of your child’s school. We hope that the use of Blizzard Bags will be beneficial to your child’s education and success.

Since one additional day must be added at the end of the year, the last day of school for Crestwood students will now be June 6, 2014.



Crestwood Middle School

Principal:  Mrs. Julie Schmidt
Dean of Students/Athletic Director:  Mr. Jozsef Jakab

10880 John Edward Drive
Mantua, Ohio 44255

Phone Number:  (330) 357-8204
Fax Number:      (330) 274-3705


CEA Helps Kids

Did you see the teachers working a booth at the Potato Festival?

This year’s basket auction raised a record amount. With that money, Crestwood Education Association is offering Summer Camp scholarships to Crestwood Middle School students.  Any student interested in attending a summer camp is encouraged to submit an application for the scholarship.  CEA realizes that there are many wonderful opportunities for summer camps available to middle school age students, yet the cost can sometimes make it difficult for families to send their children. CEA wants to help. Through CEA fundraising efforts, four $100 scholarships have been made available. Applications for all types of camps will be considered.

To apply, simply fill out the application which can be found on the middle school page of Return the completed application to Kim Marfy at Crestwood Middle School in a sealed envelope by May 1st, 2014. Applications can also be picked up at the middle school office.  

You may also click here for application.

Strategic Planning Survey


Dear Crestwood Community:


The survey below has been developed to assist Crestwood Local School District in examining its effectiveness of the district and long range planning.  As a supporter of Crestwood Local School District, your input about our effectiveness and planning is important to us.


The questionnaire consists of 9 statements.  After you read each question, please answer to what you think or feel.


It takes a few minutes to complete the questionnaire.  All of your answers are confidential and will be combined with other community member responses for reporting purposes.


Click Here  Strategic Planning Survey


Hershey Track


Click here for Hershey Information Flyer and Registration Form



Please complete the following survey. Your feedback and responses will help to plan this program next year."

 Click here to link to survey.

Congratulations! CMS Wrestlers are PTC Champions!
Congratulations Students of the Month - February
Terracycle - Outsmart Waste

In an effort to engage students in small environmental initiatives that can have a big impact, Crestwood Middle School is participating in the Terracycle Packaging Brigade.

TerraCycle ( is creating national recycling systems for previously non-recyclable or hard-to-recycle waste. Their goal is to eliminate the idea of waste by creating collection and solution systems for anything that today must be sent to a landfill.

CMS asks that you please help your child collect the following:

Any brand of flexible cheese packaging

Any brand of tooh care product packaging

Any brand drink pouch

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Congratulations! CMS Wrestlers are PTC Champions!

To Crestwood staff, students, friends and families -

We cannot thank everyone enough.  We can feel the hugs from our community and beyond.  Kylee's strength and spirit amazes me daily and we owe a lot of that to the support we are receiving from all of you.  Everyone she has known in her life has reached out to her in some way.

We are now heading down a road I never imagined we would be on just days ago.  With the love that surrounds us I know we can provide Kylee with what she needs to complete her journey.

We would like to express extreme gratitude to those leading fundraisers in Kylee's name: Beth and Laney Velek for the “Kisses for Kylee” shirts, Terry and Laurie McHone for the fast pitch raffle, the Sara family for making bracelets, CMS PTO for hosting a dance and Lauren Barrios for creating “Kylee's Prosthetic Journey” website.

We would also like to send a special thank you to Kelly Cole, Dave Ivory, and all of our wonderful friends for providing us with lovely dinners each night.  This was not only extremely thoughtful, but also very helpful.

And, of course, to our incredible family who has been there for us every step of the way.  We have an incredible support system and for that we are so very grateful.


Greg, Lisa, Clay and Kylee Reid


January 2014 newsletter

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District Spelling Bee Winner - Joey Peters

Congratulations to Joey Peters for placing first, Ephraim Oliphant for placing fifth, and Zach Johnson for placing sixth the Portage County District Spelling Bee.  Joey and Ephraim will be advancing to the Regional Competition.  This is the fifth year in a row that the District Spelling Bee Champion has been a Crestwood Middle School student.  We would like to wish the very best to Joey and Ephraim at the Regional Spelling Bee in Akron.

Power of the Pen District Tournament 1st Place Team

    Once again Crestwood Power of the Pen students proved their power by winning nine awards and an honorable mention on Saturday at the District Tournament held at James A. Garfield Middle School.  Placing first, above fifty-five other 7th graders competing from nine other schools, our very own Amelia Wysong also earned a Best of Round Award and a Best of Round Honorable Mention.

     Scoring the highest possible rank points for all three rounds of writing, 8th grader Katie Fosnight won first place and two of the three possible Best of Round Awards.  The entire 8th grade team took first place among nine other schools from Summit and Portage counties.  Sara Miller continued Crestwood’s triumph by placing second.  Competing against sixty other 8th graders, Zoe Catcott placed fourth and Lillian Bissell placed ninth.

     Crestwood students continued to shine throughout the entire day as many of our alternates volunteered to help our host school who was in need of extra student “runners” thus playing an important role by assisting judges.

     Congratulations again to all of our traveling team members for their wonderful contributions to Crestwood’s success.

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Tom Carson - Most Valuable Player

~~"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle..." is a quote you will see displayed throughout Crestwood Middle School. 
Eighth grade Crestwood Middle School Wrestler, Tom Carson, acted in the very spirit of this quote showing the finest character and integrity during a wrestling tournament at West Geauga the weekend of January 11th, 2014.
Crestwood Middle School 8th Grader, Tom Carson, without any prompting or coaxing by his coaches, exemplified pure class by helping a special needs wrestler from an opposing school earn his first takedowns of the season.  Tom’s wrestling style was clean and gentle, yet did not embarrass or make a mockery of this opponent, nor the sport of wrestling.  In this wrestling tournament, where every wrestler was guaranteed a minimum of five matches before the championship finals take place, every other opponent pinned this special needs wrestler within a few seconds.  Tom allowed his opponent to earn 14 points to Tom's 17, including the first takedown.  Tom also allowed his opponent to have a slight lead for the majority of the match, deep into the final period.  According to the opponent's coach, Tom's match was the highlight of his wrestler's career.  Tom Carson went on to earn the tournament's award for Most Valuable Wrestler, pinning every opponent in his weight bracket, excluding this one heartfelt exception.  This is why Tom is one of the Crestwood Middle School Team Captains for the 2013-14 wrestling season.  Tom Carson’s future in wrestling for Crestwood is going to be very bright. 

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Congratulations! 7th/8th Grade Wrestling Team wins West Geauga Tournament

Tom Carson voted Most Valuable Player

December 2013 Newsletter

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November 2013 Newsletter

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Crestwood's 2013-2014 Box Tops Challenge

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Click here for Parent Letter

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Click here for Butterfly Form

Click here for Sky Form

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Congratulations! October Students of the Month
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