Cresson Principals Perspective from Tonya Copley

Cresson Elementary School is off with flying colors this school year.  Our students have adapted well to the health and safety procedures in place for COVID precautions. We’d like to thank our families for adapting with us, too.

With the new precautions, our Halloween festivities will look a little different this year. Cresson Elementary will have Halloween festivities on Thursday, October 29, 2020, but due to COVID-19 there will be a few changes from the previous years. Our costume parade will be along the high school track.  Please make sure your child will be warm enough for our high elevation weather. Students will be required to wear a health mask. Beginning at 3:00 p.m., the students will start at the south end of the track and parade north along the west straightaway beside the high school.  Parents may view the parade by lining up in the grass on both sides of the track for the parade using appropriate social distancing. We ask that families wear masks while on school grounds. Students will return to their classes for a brief party. We are sorry, but family members may not enter the school for costume assistance or parties. We are happy to announce we will livestream the event on our CC-V School District Facebook page, which you can view here

Our November Awards assembly will also be a livestream event on our CC-V Facebook page at Due to COVID, we cannot admit the public into our building, but we want to share the students’ successes with you. The assembly will be broadcast on November 19th at 10:00 a.m.  

November 19th, the last school day before Thanksgiving break, will be an early release day. Students will be released at 1:00 p.m. after all lunches are completed. The buses will leave the campus at 1:10 p.m. 

As our weather turns colder, please make sure your child arrives at school each day with appropriate outdoor gear. Snow pants and boots are required to play in the snow. The weather conditions will be scrutinized for each day and each recess before decisions are made about taking children outside, but especially with the COVID threat, we want to get students outside, moving, and breathing fresh air. Students will enjoy outside recess unless the temperature, including wind chill, is extreme for high elevation living. 

~ I’d like to spend a few words each month telling you about our wonderful staff here at Cresson. I’ll begin with telling you about some of our returning staff for our new community members.~

Amy Christison is a native Coloradoan with a Bachelor’s Degree from Adams State College in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree from Adams State University in Curriculum and Instruction.  Amy has been teaching here in Cripple Creek since 1993. Amy has taught kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, been a curriculum specialist, our high school volleyball coach for many years, and currently is our behavior interventionist teaching mindfulness to our Cresson students.

Erin Lohmeier also is a native Coloradoan. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Adams State University in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction also from Adams State University. Erin has been with the Cripple Creek-Victor School District since 1998 teaching second and third grades before stepping into the role of Kindergarten teacher.


Malissa Gish is one of our paraeducators. Malissa began working in the preschool in 2004 and has been supporting our classroom teachers and students in all grade levels since 2007. Malissa is an avid seamstress and has created many of the costumes used by Cresson Drama. You can sometimes see her working for the City of Cripple Creek in the summers as a shuttle driver