Thursday, October 24, 2013

October 25, 2013 Greg.Adams Admin.Update

                                            Greg Adams
Grade 2-6 Principal (Crestwood, Elma, Lime Springs/Chester)
gadams@howard-winn.k12.ia.us
Twitter  @GregAAdams7     #2020HowardWinn














Red Ribbon Week
Monday – Respect Ourselves and Others be Drug Free!
It is Red Ribbon Week, so what better way to start off Character Counts week by celebrating being drug free and respecting ourselves and others?! Thank you to Howard County Sheriff, Mike Miner, and Deputy Sheriff, Adam Hanson, for coming to the school and presenting red ribbons with "Our School Rocks...Bully & Drug Free" messages. Making that connection and establishing that relationship is important.

Character Counts Week
It was great to see everyone dress up in colors and themes for Character Counts Week.
Monday - Yellow for respect.
Tuesday - Red for caring.
Wednesday - Green to show that we are responsible.
Thursday - Purple to show that we are active citizens and global learners.
Friday - CADET Blue for fairness and being trustworthy.

Grade 4- Kim Kerian's class learning during #GeniusHour
Student in Kim Kerian's 4th grade classroom publishing their first book!
Evacuation Drill
Thank you to all students and staff for their cooperation with our evacuation drill on Wednesday. The purpose of the drill is to provide an organized method for evacuating the building and accounting for students.  

4th grade to visit State Capitol and Science Museum on Oct. 24th.

Three C's for Teacher Leadership: Culture, Collaboration, Cultivation
Julie Wilson, Shirley Sovereign, Kim Kerian, and Greg Adams attended this conference on Thursday in Des Moines. The activities and goals are listed below:

During this interactive workshop, participants will explore the evolving roles of teacher leaders — including the bold brand of the TEACHERPRENEUR — and their often untapped potential to help in transforming schools.

Activities will focus on framing plans for a teacher leadership compensation system, including the following:
  • tools necessary for administrators to assess how "ready" their school culture is for integrating teacher leadership into the system,
  • models of successful teacher leadership,
  • actions of leaders who are supporting and expanding teacher leadership opportunities,
  • and concluding with elements necessary for the three Cs to lead to systemic changes.
An addition to the day will be a brief Q&A with Ryan Wise and Peter Ansingh from the Department of Education. Both DE representatives will be present throughout the day so come prepared with any questions you may have.

MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support)
We continue to revise the K-5 schedule at Crestwood to provide 90 minutes of core instruction in literacy and 60 minutes in math each day.  

Spirit Night is Oct. 25th
Thank you to Nancy Henry and our music department for teaching our students the school song. We have begun each day by singing the Crestwood Fight Song and the plan is to gather as many as possible to sing the song as LOUD as possible prior to Friday's home football game vs. Vinton-Shellsburg. Here are the words so that all are familiar.
CRESTWOOD FIGHT SONG
GO CRESTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL,
LOYALTY’S OUR AIM.
WITH OUR COLORS FLYING,
WE WILL CHEER YOU ALL THE TIME!
RAH! RAH! RAH!
GO CRESTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL,
FIGHT FOR VICTORY.
SPREAD FAR THE FAME OF,
OUR FAIR NAME!
CRESTWOOD HIGH WIN THIS GAME!
FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!
FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!
CRESTWOOD CRESTWOOD GOOO CRESTWOOD! 

(REPEAT)

Upcoming...
  • The nurses have been in contact with public health and are planning a flu based clinic here at the school to try to immunize as many students and their families as possible.  The dates for the flu clinic will be Oct. 28th from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the elementary/jr. high and on Oct. 30th from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the HS. The consent, payment etc. will be handled by Community Health so if any of your parents have questions please refer them to Howard County Community Health by calling 563-547-2989. The families have received this information in an email or letter. This will be like other community flu clinics, we are just holding it here for convenience.
  • Finalize teachers' Individual Career Development Plans
  • Finalize SINA plans for the Nov. 1st submission to the Iowa Department of Education
  • Nov. 4th and 7th are parent-teacher conference dates

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