Friday, November 15, 2013

November 15

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

Special Events for the Week of November 18-November 22, 2013
Wednesday:   3 Hour Early Out - Teacher Professional Development

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
You are cordially invited to attend the Crestwood High School musical "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers."  
When: Friday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m.
Where:  High School Auditorium
Cost: $5 for adults and $3 for students 

Group/Team Pictures
With the generosity of the Crestwood All-Sports Booster Club, the High School will have current team/group pictures displayed in the Student Center. Academics, activities, arts, and athletic groups will be a part of this. Mr. Chad Bordwell from C&S Woodworking is helping to design and implement this great project.

Project Lead the Way Certification
Justin Denner and Nick Ferrie are working on having Crestwood become PLTW certified. This allows students to validate the credits they earn at post-secondary institutions as well as allowing the school district to receive state supplemental funding. The goal is to become certified this spring.

THANKS to Cresco TPD and Lime Springs Herald
The Cresco Times Plain Dealer and Lime Springs Herald are publishing various facts and services provided to Crestwood Secondary School students. These GREAT newspapers are placing the layouts in their papers for FREE! Please look for the items in each week's publication.   

How Is Competency Based Education Designed?
Below you will find a sample template used by students to help guide their learning in a Competency Based Environment.


Junior High Science Fair
Mark your calendars: The JH Science Fair will be Monday, Dec. 9. More details to follow.

General Educational Development (GED)
The GED test will no longer be the instrument used by the state of Iowa for verifying high-school equivalency after Dec. 13. Beginning in 2014, Iowa, along with eight other states to date, has contracted with ETS (the Educational Testing Service) to administer the new HiSET (High School Equivalency Test). ETS, a nonprofit assessment developer since 1947, is also the creator of the TOEIC, TOEFL, and GRE assessments used worldwide.

What does this mean for students not interested in pursuing a High School Diploma? Feel free to contact me for more details.

Learning Spaces
The new learning spaces in the Junior High and High School have been well received by students and staff. Collaborative desks, stability balls, bean bags, couches, and benches allow students to discuss projects in close proximity and with greater interaction. What's next?  
  • Node chairs in Mrs. Nance's room 
  • Collaboration desks, enhanced seating, improved storage, student whiteboards, and enhanced cabinetry will be placed in the HS Science Department

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