Friday, December 20, 2013

December 20, 2013

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


Special Events for the Week of January 6 - January 10, 2014
Monday:         Classes Resume - 2nd Semester

g2 Presentation Day

Freshman students in the g2 Program presented their "Myth Buster" videos on Tuesday. Topics included:
  • Sticky Situation
  • Click, Click, Boom!
  • Cutting Fruit   
  • The Hardhat Dilemma 
  • Soda Explosion   
  • Fruit Charger 
  • Coke Launcher

Competency Based Education Meeting 
Agenda for the December 18 Iowa CBE Collaborative Meeting:
  • Welcome and Overview
  • What Does CBE Look Like? 
  • Ning Tutorial  
  • How Does the Collaborative Function?   
  • Phone-a-Friend - Discussion Time with Other Districts     
  • Phone-a-Friend - Processing in District Teams
  • Connections and Reflections
Final Report of Competency Based Education State Task Force

Objectives of the Collaborative: The collaborative will develop a statewide network of CBE districts to study, take action, monitor results, adjust actions, and learn together in order to describe key structures, policies, and best practices for transitioning from the current educational system to a competency-based system that increases the number of students who meet college- and career- ready indicators at all grades. The collaborative will:
  • Investigate, develop, and implement competency-based educational pathways for students
  • Establish demonstration sites among the participant schools
  • Define college- and career-readiness consistent with deeper learning
  • Identify college- and career-ready indicators
  • Develop model competencies and performance assessments
  • Identify appropriate assessments (formative and summative) and tools to monitor learning
  • Identify professional development needs for educators to make this transformation in their districts
  • Develop models for community and parent engagement 
  • Facilitate seamless transitions within the PK-12 system
  • Facilitate seamless pathways to college and career 
  • Create tools and processes to document and share results, challenges, and lessons learned from implementation
  • Describe the learning environment needed to accomplish these goals for students
  Spirit Lake High School

2012-13: Core Courses are CBE
First Semester
Second Semester
*Not yet proficient at semester
8 (7%)
13 (12%)
*Must retake a core course (Ds/Fs)
5 (4.4%)
10 (9%)
Non-CBE Ds/Fs
33/20 (20%)
43/28 (28%)

2011-2012: No CBE Courses

*Must retake a core course* (Ds/Fs)
15 (16%)
30 (32%)
Ds or Fs
46/19 (20%)
82/35 (38%)
* In a CBE course, Ds and Fs are not awarded. The student is simply not yet proficient and must work on the competencies that are not yet proficient or retake the course.

K-12 Spanish Position Update
Mr. Josh Shimak will fill the role of the K-12 Spanish position for the 2nd Semester. He will serve as a long-term substitute. Mr. Shimak will teach courses to Kindergarten, 2nd grade, 4th grade, Elma, Lime Springs/Chester, and High School students.


Teachers hosted the #cadetnation Holiday tree in their rooms during December.  
Teachers were asked to decorate the tree with items from their teaching area. 

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