Friday, November 8, 2013

November 8

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

Special Events for the Week of November 11 - November 15, 2013
Monday:        Veteran's Day Assembly - 8:30 a.m. (Regular Schedule)

All State Band Selection
Junior High School Band Member Ashley Madsen attained the high honor of 2013 Iowa All-State Musician. This is the highest honor an Iowa School Musician can attain. Through audition, she was one of only six French Horn players selected in the North Central region of Iowa. The All-State Music Festival Concert will occur at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 23rd at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames. Iowa Public Television will broadcast this concert on Thursday, Nov. 28th at 7:00 p.m.

National Honor Society Induction
The Induction Ceremony for new initiates to the Crestwood Chapter of the National Honor Society will be Nov. 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the HS Auditorium. This year's featured speaker will be Mr. Jeff Boecke. We invite all community members to the ceremony with a reception afterwards in the HS Student Center. 

Calling All Communities!
US Cellular is sponsoring the "Calling All Communities" Contest.  Please help Howard-Winneshiek win its share of $500,000! 

Junior High Climate/Culture BLT
The JH Climate/Culture BLT met last week to set priorities for the school year. Below are highlights of the meeting.
Displays of student recognition:
Things that we already do: Students in the paper, student of the month sponsored by the Kiwanis, Citizenship Award for the 6th grade. How to improve: Could do better displaying student achievement around the school; it would be nice to have a bulletin board for displaying this - could use bulletin board outside the office. Could hang pictures from the columns in the lunch room. Could have a flat screen TV in the lunch room to show news and other items. WILL BE COMPLETED THIS FALL. Students could help create this slideshow. Could have a Twitter feed devoted to student achievement, students could be in charge of this. A mass email could also be used for this. A banner or a color could be used for each hallway to set them apart.
Bullying and Harassment data:
95 percent of comments from students are positive.  Many students are reporting bullying as a bystander. What do you think could be done to stop bullying in your school? Students said - monitor the hallways.

Competency Based Education Committee
Crystal Johnson, Justin Denner, Deb Day, Chris Lentz, Karen LeFebvre, Jill McConnell, Libby Schwade, another teacher, Shirley Sovereign, and Tim Felderman will be a part of the District's Competency Based Education committee. This will consist of monthly meetings and the collaboration with the Pittsfield, New Hampshire, school district.

Collaborative Face-to-Face Meeting Dates for 2013-14 School Year
November 19, 2013          January 22, 2014              March 12, 2014       May 14, 2014
December 18, 2013          February 18, 2014             April 15, 2014          June 23-25, 2014

Competency Based Education KIMT Interview
KIMT-TV interviewed representatives from Howard-Winneshiek regarding CBE this past week. The link to the interview is below.
Courtesy: KIMT-TV3

Competency Based Education Assurances
In order for Student-Centered learning to truly take hold and produce the high standards of success our community is seeking, it will be very important to ensure that those engaging our students and collaborating with them be supported by sound professional development. Below are some of the possible ideas to be implemented to achieve those goals.

Common Planning Time  Teachers are provided regularly scheduled time to meet and collaborate in teams. This time is used for the planning of curriculum and interdisciplinary units, looking at student work, organizing support for students, providing collegial support and sharing best practices. 

Peer Supported Professional Development – Teacher growth and learning is pursued in a manner that allows for collaboration and action research to occur utilizing the skills of the faculty in addition to the traditional professional development. It allows for teachers to work on teams and grow through mentoring and the sharing of best practices.

Common Rubrics and Assessments – The school engages the entire faculty to collaboratively create common rubrics and assessments that promote greater coherence and compatibility across grade levels and course curricula. The faculty continually validates their relevance, suitability and consistent application.

Teachers as Facilitators  Teachers are facilitators of student learning as opposed to deliverers of content. In this model of teacher as facilitator, the student is active and takes ownership for his/her learning while the teacher provides coaching and support. 

Differentiation and Student Choice – The school provides professional development to see that every teacher has the tools to meet individual student needs. Teachers develop and implement intervention strategies to maximize students learning and growth.  

Teacher Evaluation System – The teacher evaluation system is designed to promote professional growth and student learning. 

• School Visits – Students, teachers and community members participate in visits to regional schools to observe and discuss best practices.

Tessellations at the Junior High

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