Monday, October 7, 2013

October 4 Tim Felderman

Crestwood Secondary (Grades 7-12)
Principal Tim Felderman
Twitter: tfelderman78

Upcoming Events for October 7 – October 11
Monday           Blue Out Day  - Wear #cadetnation t-shirts
                         HS Tornado Drill - Period 3
Wednesday   Three Hour Early Out Schedule
                         Bus Evacuations - Period 1
Thursday        HS Tornado Drill - Period 7

Homecoming Was A Success!
Great students make a great Homecoming Week.  Fantastic hall decorations, great dress-up days, fun parade, lively Powder Puff game, well-attended dance, and energetic coronation were a part of this year’s activities.  THANK YOU to the students, staff, and community for making this week so enjoyable.

Pictures from the week:

Shane Trautsch and Zack Vandervort were presenters at the STEM day for 5th - 8th graders in Elkader on Monday, September 30.  They led three sessions throughout the day introducing the Blender computer program as representatives of VREP (Virtual Reality Education Pathways) which is a class they have been part of since it was started in January 2012.

A Different Learning Environment
The 21st Century Classroom involves more than just the latest technological devices. It is how interactive technology, digital tools, the Internet, and a teacher armed with the right knowledge combine to provide a learning environment that engages today's students in learning.

·       Engages the student and encourages collaboration
·       Combines information and opportunities for learning
·       Recognizes vast sources of information and knowledge on the Internet

One way to promote this is via different student learning spaces.  Ten years ago, we had pencil, paper, and overhead projectors. Today the 21st Century Classroom lets us create a learning environment richer, more engaging, and more customized to a given student's needs than ever before.

Crestwood already utilizes collaboration desks:

What is the next step to promote collaboration and inquiry?  Node and buoy chairs and paper tables.

October 9 Professional Development
Agenda for 6-12 grade PD on October 9:
            Regional Health Services of Howard County Presentation
            Faculty Meeting
 -  Competency Based Education Grant
 -  Evacuation Drill
            Professional Growth PLCs

3-D Printer is Here
The Project Lead the Way lab now has a 3-D printer for student use.  A few examples of what can be created:

Remember:  The first Friday of every month will be #cadetnation days.  Please wear your t-shirts!  Signs in District buildings will go up this week.

Can Food Drive
In a way to give back to the community, students who bring a non-perishable food item to the October 25th Football game against Vinton-Shellsburg will receive $1 off admission.  No more than two items will be accepted for a maximum of $2 off admission.  All items will be donated to Northeast Iowa Community Action.

Building Evacuation Drill
In an effort to test building preparedness, the Cresco campus will be having an evacuation drill on October 23 starting at 9 a.m.  Cresco Police Department, Howard County Sheriff’s Department, Cresco Fire Department, Regional Health Services of Howard County, Iowa State Patrol will be a part of the drill. WE ASK THAT COMMUNITY MEMBERS REFRAIN FROM OBSERVING THE DRILL.

Promotional Items
Flyers highlighting Crestwood are now located at various businesses across the school district.  View the many great aspects of Crestwood and the innovative teaching occurring.

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