Back to School Info - 2023-2024

We are just a few weeks away from another great school year. I am excited to continue leading our great District and look forward to the growth and challenges of a new year. Our families and community are vital to our success. Your support and commitment to our students and staff is greatly appreciated.  Below is information that will help you get off to a great start.  If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please reach out.  We are here to help!

Together, it will be amazing what we can accomplish for our students.

Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year!

Dr. McDowell


If you still need to, please register your student(s) for the upcoming school year.  All students, both new and returning, must complete the registration/information validation process. All of the information can be found at

Free & Reduced Meals
Meals are not free at any CPS building this year. Free and Reduced Meal Applications are available today. Stop by any school or Cardinal Welcome Center to pick one up. You only need to complete one application per household.  Applications will also be mailed home. If you have completed your application, you can disregard the application. Stop by the Cardinal Welcome Center if you need assistance completing your application.

Doane/Community Back-to-School Picnic
The annual Doane/Community back-to-school picnic will be held on Tuesday, August 1, 2023, from 5-8:00 PM at Doane University.  Come out and enjoy free food and drinks, a free bag of school supplies, music, performances, inflatables, and snow cones.  At 7:15, motivational speaker Jaime Caria will share his story of grit and a relentless drive to uplift others.  Mr. Carias’s speech will be delivered in Spanish.  However, translation to English will be available.

School Open House
-    Crete Intermediate (By Appointment Only) - August 14, 2023 - 4:00-8:00 PM
-    High School - August 14, 2023 - 4:00-800 PM
-    Preschool & Elementary (By Appointment Only)  - August 15, 2023 - 4:00-8:00 PM 
-    Middle School (By Appointment Only - August 15, 2023 - 4:00-8:00 PM

If you still need to schedule your appointment, please contact the appropriate school and schedule your time today!


August 16, 2023
-    First day of school for Kindergarten, 3rd Grade, 6th Grade, and 9th Grade only
-    Early Dismissal for grades KG, 3, 6, and 9
-    KG = 1:15 PM
-    3 = 1:25 PM
-    6 = 1:30
-    9 = 1:34

August 17, 2023
-    First Day for ALL K-12 Students
-    Regular Dismissal

August 21, 2023
-    First day of Preschool

Additional Information

School Supply Lists
Grades have different lists of recommended items for school supplies.  These supplies are not a requirement to attend school.  Check out all of our school supply lists here:

District Calendars
All schools open their doors at 7:30 AM each school day.  There is no supervision available prior to this time.  All 2023-2024 district calendars can be found at:

Contact Us
If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please contact us using Let’s Talk.  Let’s Talk lets you connect directly with the source and holds us accountable for a timely response.  Check out Let’s Talk here: