Principal’s Corner


Dear Crestview Families,


We are off and running for the 2021-2022 school year, and there is excitement in the hallways! We have a larger enrollment, and we have adjusted our logistics to address how we do the simple things in schools, such as lunch, recess, and specials classes.  Please know we think through every minute of the day for each grade level and predict and troubleshoot issues before they happen.  Even with this high level of planning, we may experience challenges throughout the year.  We have 260 plus students that we are continually managing, and we will continue to be diligent with our messaging, masking, and sanitation.


This fall, we have a full-time music teacher.  Mr. Belleque joins us from an international experience and has hit the ground running.  We are excited to add music to our day and even more excited to begin some after-school music programs for various ages.  We will be working to align these programs with the 21st Century after-school programs to provide transportation on the late route. Mrs. Anderson takes over the counseling role, and we welcome Ms. Ulmer as our reading specialist.


I believe early childhood is a crucial element to improving our K-12 experience for all students. The district has asked Crestview Heights to lead some preschool development through the Children’s Institute to build high-quality early childhood experiences.  This work, if effective, will expand programs in our community for the birth to five-year-old children we serve. These options will help us close the opportunity gap for students and set the stage for academic success at an early age.


Please keep our students safe as we work through the year and always err on the side of caution if they are feeling under the weather.  We can work with absences in an effort to avoid excluding students due to COVID illness.


I am humbled to “Get To” do this job every day!


Mike Gass

Principal Crestview Heights Elementary School