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About Crestview

Principal Jon Mendoza

Principal Jon Mendoza

Hello, I'm Mr. Jon Mendoza, the new principal at Crestview School of Inquiry. I want to say a big welcome to all our families, whether you're new or coming back, and to our students. I've heard great things about our special and close-knit community of teachers, students, and parents/guardians.

At Crestview, we use a special way of learning called Project Based Learning (PBL). This helps students learn by doing real tasks and working together. It also helps them learn to work in a team, talk with others, be creative, think carefully, and solve problems. This way, students really understand what they're learning.

Just like before, we promise to help all students learn and we have high expectations for them. Our teachers will keep finding new and fun ways to teach, so every student has an valuable education.

We want our students to feel like they're part of a big family and that they have a say in what they do and learn. We aim to make Crestview a great place for everyone – students, teachers, and families. I'm excited to work with you all to make this school year fantastic for OUR kids.

Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS)

At Crestview, we have something called PBIS, which stands for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. This helps us make sure students behave well and creates a positive place for learning. We focus on four main qualities: Respect, Responsibility, Safety, and Collaboration. We teach, show, and celebrate these qualities.

We have a team of teachers who work on making sure PBIS works well. Here are some ways we use PBIS with students:

  1. We have special assemblies to talk about good behavior and the six behavior qualities.
  2. We have Fitness Fridays to encourage being active and healthy.
  3. We have a Tiger Paw Store where students can get cool things for showing good behavior.
  4. We use something called the Zones of Regulation to help students understand and manage their feelings.

We also do other things to create a happy and healthy learning place:

  1. We start our days with morning meetings to connect and share.
  2. We teach students about six qualities that help with social and emotional health.
  3. We have Soft Starts to ease into the day calmly.
  4. We use something called Restorative practices to fix problems in a positive way.
  5. We teach, show, and give feedback about Essential Life Skills.

All these things together make Crestview a great and positive place for everyone!

Crestview Information

ADDRESS:  8355 Franklin Ave, Clive, IA 50325
PHONE: 515-633-5700 
FAX: 515-633-5799 

PRINCIPAL: Jon Mendoza
COUNSELOR: Teresa Fritz
NURSE: Jennifer Anderson
SECRETARIES: Ashley Knepper, Alba Perez

School Times

HOURS: 8:20 a.m.-3:10 p.m. | Breakfast: 8:05 a.m.
COLLABORATION SCHEDULE: Wednesdays 8:20 a.m.-2:25 p.m.
PRESCHOOL: 8:20-11:05 a.m. and 12:25-3:10 p.m.

Crestview History

Back in December 1961, when Crestview Elementary first opened, the school was on a high piece of land with nice views in every direction. The name "Crestview" came from this setting.

Crestview Elementary, along with another school that is now called Clive Learning Academy, joined the West Des Moines Community Schools in 1962. 

In the school year 2015-16, Crestview changed its name to Crestview School of Inquiry and became a Project-Based Learning school. This means students learn by doing real projects, and each child gets a personal digital device.

Since 1991, when Crestview expanded, the school has been full in almost all grade levels. It's been a place of learning and growth for a long time!