Wednesday, November 27, 2013

November 27, 2013

Academics ~ Activities ~ Arts ~ Athletics
Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12)
Tim Felderman
Twitter: tfelderman78

Special Events for the Week of December 2 - December 6, 2013
Tuesday:        Friends of Howard Winneshiek Schools Meeting - 7:30 a.m. 
                       7-12 Academic BLT Meeting - 3:30 p.m.
Junior High Science Fair
The science fair will be held in the High School Student Center on December 9th from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. The displays will be available for public viewing during this time. There will be around 100 displays. Each display will be judged by two different judges from the community. Community members are encouraged to visit displays and ask students about their work. The top three projects from each grade will move on to the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa in March located in Ames, Iowa.

Junior High Parent/Teacher Conferences
Recommendations for the Spring 2014 P/T Conferences from the Junior High Building Leadership Team:
  • Conference Scheduler will now be utilized to help parents plan their visits with teachers.
  • 6-12 grade teachers will now be in a common Conference Scheduler. This will help decrease any confusion between buildings.
  • Teachers will now be located in their classrooms.

Grant through
Kirstin Kerian received a $415 grant through this week. The white boards and markers will be used in her reading class for vocabulary, quick check summaries, and to participate in engaging activities. To better comprehend stories, the students need to increase vocabulary by working on it daily. White boards are a great quick check to use in a short class period. CONGRATULATIONS Ms. Kerian!

Universal Constructs - Competency Based Education
Six themes that will be embedded in CBE are the Universal Constructs. These concepts will provide further definition of 21st Century Learning. 

Critical Thinking

  • thoughtful questioning that challenges assumptions, promotes higher order thinking, leads to new insights, and validates perceptions
  • metacognition that supports reflective practice
  • processes that analyze, select, use, and evaluate various approaches to develop solutions
  • frame critical issues to develop innovative responses
  • analysis and synthesis of multiple sources and points of information
  • intentional use of disciplinary frameworks to analyze complex issues and information
  • suspension of judgment while collecting evidence to make determinations

Complex Communication

  • negotiation processes that generate mutually satisfactory solutions
  • managing and resolving conflicts
  • interacting effectively with people of different cultures
  • selection and integration of various communication processes
  • integration of appropriate forms of information communication technology
  • understanding the interactions among modes of communication
  • meaningful and engaging interactions
  • focus, energy, and passion around the key message
  • navigation through nuances of effective communication


  • a disciplined process that includes skill, knowledge, imagination, inspiration, and evaluation
  • capturing or collecting new ideas for current or future use
  • combination of seemingly unrelated ideas into something new
  • respectful exchange of ideas
  • engagement in formal and informal learning experiences
  • divergent thinking
  • entrepreneurial thinking that encourages unique thoughts and applications
  • a comfort level with open-ended challenges that reflect multiple approaches and results
  • reconfiguration of current thought within a new context
  • pattern recognition across disciplines resulting in an innovative outcome


  • non-hierarchal leadership based on individual skill sets
  • respect for a complex process that requires individuals to contribute and participate in meaningful interactions
  • the belief that group synergy enhances productivity
  • understanding and application of effective group processes to solve problems
  • productive group interactions
  • respectful disagreement

Flexibility and Adaptability

  • engagement in innovation and creativity
  • intellectual agility
  • embracing change
  • expecting and accepting the emotions inherent in change while supporting those involved
  • respect for unique qualities of others and self
  • purposeful and thoughtful response to disruptions
  • acknowledging and responding to dissonance in productive ways
  • reflecting on positive and negative outcomes of risk-taking
  • proactive and reactive approaches to change
  • acknowledging ambiguity inherent in a changing environment

Productivity and Accountability
  • ability to acquire new learning on one’s own  
  • application of appropriate processes and tools to facilitate task completion  
  • self-sufficiency as required in a complex environment  
  • identification of available opportunities 
  • motivation and commitment to achieve  
  • assuming leadership roles building on prior learning and experience to apply knowledge and skills in a variety of contexts  
  • self-confidence and self-respect 

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