Friday, April 21, 2017

District Perspective
Superintendent / Activities Director
John Carver
Office: 563-547-2762
Twitter: johnccarver      
SKYPE: johnccarver

CADET NATION: St. Louis and Nashville!
Last weekend the Crestwood BAND headed south and experienced St. Louis, the gateway to the west city and Nashville, Music City USA.  Leaving at 5:00 a.m. Thursday and returning Tuesday morning, CRESTWOOD CADETS had a GREAT cultural adventure! 

If you followed the Band on Facebook or Twitter, you were able to see firsthand what the kids were doing!  

It is important to note that the CHS Band performed at the Country Music Hall of Fame!

A BIG THANK YOU to CHS Band Director Jason Dobbs and the chaperones that went on the trip to make this happen for our young people.  THANK YOU also to the CHS Band for being wonderful ambassadors of CADET NATION. 

FINISHING STRONG: The 2016-17 school year
May is just around the corner and the excitement is building for the end of the 2016-17 school year!  Field Trips, Kindergarten Round Up, Prom, so many good things are happening in CADET NATION 

PROM 2017: "An Evening In Paris"
Lots of energy and hard work has gone into transforming the gym for this years PROM! It will be a special evening for ALL! THANK YOU sponsors and chaperones! 

Be sure to have this on your schedule for next week!  

A time to pause and reflect
This past week CADET NATION morned the loss of 10th grader Kyler Bina.  This was indeed a hard thing.  It is a hard thing for Kyler's parents Mike and Becky and a hard thing for Kyler's friends, classmates, and teachers.  

When something like this happens there is always sadness and many questions, questions of which we may never know the answers to. CADET NATION is a family and in times like this, family supports each other. I have seen this support throughout this past week. Young and old, caring for each other.  Continue to do so. 

Going forward please keep Mike, Becky and their family in your thoughts and prayers.

Stadium Update
Work is continuing on the Stadium complex. Next Friday, April 28, is scheduled to begin to change out the stadium lights. This will be VERY interesting to watch! Once the lights are changed, cement work will go forward. Check out the view from the Concession Stand! 

RAGBRAI 2017! 
RAGBRAI will be come to Howard County this year with an over night stop in CRESCO on Thursday, July 27! 

Commemorative T-shirts are on sale at the Cresco Chamber Office for $15! 
Stop by at 101 2nd Ave SW. 
Phone 563 547 3434
Open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

What is happening in CADET COUNTRY next week?
Monday, April 24
 7:15 pm Band Booster Meeting in CHS Band Room (Due to band tour on 4/17)
 Boys Golf at Cresco Golf Course
 Girls Golf at Waukon Golf & Country Club
 5th Grade Concert at CHS auditorium
Tuesday, April 25
 4:15 pm 7/8 grade Boys Track at CHS
 4:15 pm 7/8 grade Girls Track at Charles City
 District Ag Mech @ Calmar
 GIrls Golf vs Turkey Valley at Cresco Golf Course
 Varsity Girls Track @ Waukon
Thursday, April 27
 4:15 pm 7/8 grade Boys Track at Waukon
 JV Boys Golf vs New Hampton at Elma Golf Course
 Varsity Co-ed Track Invitational at CHS
Friday, April 28
 Boys Golf vs Clayton Ridge at Cresco Golf Course
 Girls Golf vs Decorah at Cresco Golf Course
 Junior High Dance
Saturday, April 29
 Girls Golf Tournament at Oneota Golf Course

April 21st, 2017 - Crestwood Secondary

Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12) 

Events for the week of April 22nd - April 28th:  
Saturday, April 22nd:
5:00 - 6:30                Prom Pictures
7:00                          Grand March in the CHS Gym
8:00 - 10:00              Prom Dance
10:30                        After Prom at CHS                   

Monday, April 24th:
4:00           Varsity Girls Golf @ Waukon
4:00           Home Varsity Boys Golf @ Cresco
7:15           Band Booster Meeting in the CHS Band Room

Tuesday, April 25th: 
7:45            7-8 Staff Meeting in Mr. Wiley's Room                            
9:00            High School Success Team Meeting
4:00            Home Varsity Golf vs. Turkey Valley @ Cresco
4:15            7-8 Girls Track @ Charles City
4:15            Home Boys 7-8 Track Meet
4:30            Varsity Girls Track @ Waukon

Wednesday, April 26th:   
1:45             JH Success Team Meeting

Thursday, April 27th:
2:30             Alternative School Meeting
4:00             Varsity Boys Golf vs. New Hampton @ Elma
4:15             7-8 Girls Track Meet @ New Hampton
4:15             7-8 Boys Track @ Waukon
4:30             Home Girls and Boys Varsity Track Meet

Friday, April 28th:
4:00             Home Varsity Girls Golf vs. Decorah
4:00             Home Varsity Boys Golf vs. Clayton Ridge
7:00 - 9:30   Junior High Dance in the K-8 Cafeteria

JH Honor Choir

Mikayla Lane, Karissa Cotant, Chance Carter, Andy Osmonson, Landon Simiele and Reid Wiley represented CJH at the NEIC Honor Choir held in Oelwein earlier this week. 

Cadet Invitational Track Meet

Congratulations to the Varsity Girls Track team for earning the title of Champions of the Crestwood Invitational Track Meet. The Cadets finished first out of 10 teams. Great work girls.

VREP Showcase and IT Olympics

Eric Trautsch, Tyrone Grant, David Babbitt represented CHS at the VREP Showcase in Des Moines.

The Virtual Reality Education Pathfinder (VREP) is an educational initiative and partnership between government, education, and industry creating an ever-growing consortium of schools and businesses committed to bringing a new kind of learning and teaching to schools across the country.

VREP works by capturing student interest through the use of Virtual Reality and 3D. Students within the program are offered high school and/or college credit for their work and gain valuable 21st Century skills such as: study, computer, and technical reading skills as well as the ability to research, communicate, problem solve, work in teams, collaborate, manage their time, and access resources to accomplish important goals and objectives.

VREP is self-directed, giving students the freedom to decide what areas are of interest to them and what technologies to use. Working with peers within their own school and across the VREP consortia, students complete projects, research and design their own virtual programs, and create 2D and 3D imaging that is then transferred into stereoscopic displays to create immersive virtual environments. Students and other viewers can then interact with the virtual environments, providing learning opportunities that engage today’s learners. Students in VREP are charged with creating virtual reality and 3D models.  

Eric Trautsch, Nik Knobloch, Tyrone Grant, Devin Schott, and Charlotte Stinson represented CHS at the IT Olympics. The IT Olympics is a two-day competition, held on the ISU campus. It features high school students showcasing their IT talents and knowledge in competitions and presentations. 

Teams from across the state compete in four different venues: cyber defense, game design, robotics, and multimedia.

Regional Health Field Trip

On April 20th, Crestwood Students interested in Health Careers made the trip to Regional Health Services for a tour and informational session about Health Careers. NICC, Regional Health, and Crestwood High School have partnered to offer students an opportunity to tour the hospital and visit with a panel of employees.

Prom 2017 will be held on Saturday, April 22nd

Important times for the day:
5:00 - 6:30                Pictures
7:00                          Grand March in the CHS Gym
8:00 - 10:00              Dance
10:30                        After Prom at CHS

The Grand March will be held in the gym beginning at 7:00 p.m.  A $1.00 donation is requested of spectators who come to the Grand March.  All students attending the Prom are encouraged to be involved in the Grand March.  Parents, and other interested people, are welcome to be seated in the gym for this event and to take pictures.  The junior class requests that those persons not attending the Prom leave shortly after the Grand March so that the dance may begin.

The Prom dance will be held in the high school gymnasium following the Grand March, from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.  DJ music will be provided for the dance.  

Juniors, seniors and their guests will be arriving at the Prom at 6:30 p.m.  We ask that those students attending the Prom park in the junior high parking lot so that persons attending the Grand March can park in the high school parking lot.

Thank you parents and business for
making all these prizes available for students.
After Prom
An After-Prom Party will be held at Crestwood High School after the dance. All participants must be signed into the building by 12:00 a.m. or they will not be allowed to enter. Hours of the After-Prom Party are from 10:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Once you leave you cannot return. Festivities will include a casino, movie theater room, human foosball, human Hungry Hungry Hippo, laser tag, bean bags, Minute to Win It games, karaoke, Cash Cab, and more.

NEW ATTRACTION this year: After-Prom Party will also include Hummer Limo Rides throughout the night. Limo rides will be available from 10:30-1:30. 

Prizes will be given throughout the night, but the large prize drawing will be given beginning at 1:30 a.m. Those prizes will be on display at the high school prior to prom and include mini fridge, microwaves, gift cards to local businesses, bean bags, Corn Hole, Lost Island Tickets, Mighty Howard County Fair buttons, Cadet gear, and much more. Students must be present to win and only Crestwood junior and seniors can win. Food will be served through the night. 

All students are welcome, even if they did not participate in the Grand March or dance.

We hope to see you there.

April 21, 2017 Preschool & Elementary

PK-6 Principal
Sara Grimm
Twitter: saramarleygrimm
SKYPE: saramarleygrimm

Teacher Appreciation Day

Howard-Winneshiek Preschools and Crestwood Elementary have tremendous staff members. From our support staff to our teachers we have some of the most dedicated and caring individuals around. 

Tuesday, May 9th is National Teacher Appreciation Day!  This is a great time to reflect on how fortunate we are to have our awesome teachers who not only deliver excellent instruction, but also provide a safe and happy learning environment for our students. Our teachers are not only excellent instructors, but they also serve as cheerleaders, counselors, coaches, and mentors. I want to thank our wonderful teachers for the hours they spend outside of the school, the passion that they have for this incredible job, and their dedication to our fantastic students!  I am extremely lucky to work with these professionals! 

Please take a moment to thank your child's teacher for making your child's learning environment the best that it can be.

Outstanding Students + Amazing Teachers + Involved Parents = Crestwood Elementary


Sara Grimm

Enrollment guidelines for Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

If you are the parent of a 4-year-old we would like to invite you to enroll your child in our preschool program in Cresco. This is not a mandatory program, but it will help provide your child with learning experiences that will prepare them for a more successful learning experience when they reach Kindergarten. If your child will be age 5 by September 15 they are of compulsory attendance age and you must enroll them in either our Transitional Kindergarten Program or our Kindergarten Program. The only exception to this is if a parent notifies the district, in writing, of their intent to withdraw the child from the school district. If you have questions or need more information we invite you to call us at (563) 547-2340.

Arrival and Dismissal

School begins each day at 8:15. Students who are eating breakfast may begin eating at 7:45. Please do not drop off your child or send them to school until 7:45, as there is no supervision until that time. School is dismissed at 3:20/3:25 each day. Dismissal time may be a bit chaotic with all the parents who pick up children at that time. Please be patient when picking up your children as there are a lot of students coming out of the building at the same time. We ask that you drive slowly through our loop and be on the lookout for children crossing the street. Thank you in advance for your help in making dismissal time safe.

Emergency Drills

Fire drills, tornado drills, and lock down drills are conducted several times during the year. For fire drills each class has an escape route to an outside area a safe distance from the building. During tornado drills each classroom goes to a designated area within the building. Children are moved to these designated areas in a safe, quiet and orderly manner. 

Teachers conduct practice sessions under guidelines developed for their building before building-wide drills are conducted. We will be conducting emergency drills (fire, tornado, and evacuation) soon, so please discuss this with your child. 

Planning ahead is important in most of the activities that we do. Planning ahead is also important for emergency situations. At Crestwood Elementary we have developed an emergency evacuation plan that will be implemented in emergency situations. In an actual emergency, students may be forced out of the school quickly without jackets, hats, boots, or mittens. Having a pre-arranged location and plan available will do several things to reduce the trauma of an emergency evacuation.

The emergency plan will proceed in the following steps:

1. The school building will be evacuated as soon as the emergency situation occurs such as: fire, bomb threat, etc.

2. Students will be escorted by staff members to emergency locations.

3. District administration and local emergency responders will be advised of the emergency situation.

4. Students will be assembled at the first available emergency location.

5. Bus transportation will be arranged through the district transportation director's office.

 6. Parents will be able to pick up students in person.

Field Trips

Various classroom teachers throughout the school year schedule field trips. These trips are designed to supplement different aspects of the classroom curriculum and to introduce students to the resources of the community. Parents will receive notices of field trips in advance of the scheduled trip date. Teachers may ask a few parents to accompany the class to act as chaperones. Each student must have a field trip permission form completed and signed by his/her parents before participating in these trips. Students will conduct themselves on these trips in the same manner as in the classroom.

Parents and students don't forget that there is NO SCHOOL on MONDAY, May 1st.


Preschool Registration Spring Open House 
Our annual Preschool Open House will be on Friday, April 28th at the Crestwood Preschool Building,1135 Canterbury Street, in Cresco from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM OR 4:30-5:30 PMPlease attend the time that best fits your schedule to fill out district registration paperwork and preschool forms.  Plan on spending about 20 minutes filling out paperwork. This is also an opportunity to talk to and ask the preschool teachers questions. It is up to you if you want to bring your child.  Please bring your child’s most recent physical, immunization record and birth certificate.  (An official document that has your child’s birthdate on it such as a Medicaid insurance card or a passport can be accepted in place of a birth certificate.)

Kindergarten Round-up 
Kindergarten Round-up will be held at Crestwood Elementary on Friday, April 28th
from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Children only, Parents do not need to attend.

Classroom Redemption Collection

The Crestwood Cadet PTO is sponsoring a Classroom Redemption Collection. Be sure to ask friends, neighbors and out of town and in town relatives to start collecting on your behalf.

Substitute Teachers and Associates Needed
Do you like working with children and helping them learn? Do you enjoy working in a high-energy, creative learning/working environment? If your answer is "YES" we need you! Howard-Winn is looking for substitute teachers and associates to work in our classrooms. In the absence of the regular classroom teacher or associate you would be helping students to learn subject matter and/or skills that are required for curriculum lessons and providing meaningful instruction for our students in their classrooms. If interested please submit a letter of application and a resume to: Superintendent, 1000 Schroder Drive, Cresco, IA 52136

A little of our learning this week in pictures . . .

Students learned about food groups. 
They took notes by drawing their favorite food from each group.

Each member of the class made food collages of their favorite healthy foods. 
They could select one “sometimes” food for the class collage.

 Observations of their plant growth are documented in their science journals. 
Students are already noticing the difference between their sand and soil cups.

Grades 3 and 4 got to participate in a Bike Rodeo


Friday, April 21              Extreme Science Assembly for K-6 students
Monday, April 24           6:30 5th Grade Concert
Tuesday, April 25          PTO Family Night from 5:00-8:00 at A&W/Long John Silvers
Thursday, April 27         3rd Grade Arbor Day at Nature Center
Friday, April 28              Preschool Open House 11:30-12:30 and 4:30-5:30
Friday, April 28              Kindergarten Round-Up 8:30-10:30
Monday, May 1              NO SCHOOL--Teacher Inservice