Friday, January 17, 2014

January 17, 2014

Academics ~ Activities ~ Arts ~ Athletics
Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12)
Twitter: @Crestwood_HS

Special Events for the Week of January 20 - January 25, 2014
Monday:        NEIC Conference Music Festival - Oelwein
Tuesday:       Friends of Howard-Winn Foundation Meeting - 7:00 am
                      JMC Taskforce Meeting - 3:30 pm
Wednesday:  Competency Based Education Collaborative Meeting - Des Moines
Saturday:      District Large Group Speech Contest

Fire Marshal Report Reminder
A State of Iowa Fire Marshal recently toured Howard-Winneshiek Schools. Facilities Director, Larry Trende, is making updates and teachers are asked to meet compliance for the items below.
- Check all power cords etc. Discontinue the use of permanent extension cords.
- Take down all charts, art on walls, etc in room so that only 20 percent of walls are covered. Items on permanent bookshelves are permissible.
- Remove everything that is hanging within two feet from the ceiling.
- Check that all furniture has a flame resistant tag or have it treated if it does not have a tag.
Move everything that is outside of doors to a side area (benches, etc).

High School Partnership Meetings
Administration from the High School will be meeting with regional Iowa and Minnesota principals over the next few weeks to develop curriculum partnerships. The intent of the meetings are to expand curricular offerings to benefit our students. This partnership would also include the option of dual credit courses through Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC). Partnerships such as this will expand options and skills for careers for students.  

For example, Crestwood High School offers the following to students:
- Opportunities for post-secondary credit on campus
  * 50 courses with 1,449 college credits during the 2012-2013 school year
  * These college credits saved parents nearly $811,000 in college expenses.
  * On average, this is a savings of over $5,406 per student.
- College level curriculum is delivered via 
  * Advanced Placement (AP)
  * Dual credit courses
  * Project Lead the Way (PLTW)

Mid-Year Individual Career Development Plans
Reminder: Teacher's Mid-Year ICDPs are due by the end of the month. These plans are vital in reflecting on teachers growth and professional learning so far this school year. A benefit to this year's Professional Development Days is the increased collaboration and reflection. Collaboration and reflection are two traits that are vital in a 21st Century Learning Environment. As teachers develop these traits, they are modeling to students how learning should occur.
Data Management System Taskforce
JMC has been the software/web based tool used for numerous years to report grades, collect information for state reports, manage lunch accounts, etc. It has been a valued tool for teachers and parents to communicate regarding students. However, the question has arisen regarding the future of JMC at Howard-Winn. Competency Based Education implementation and Schoology-JMC integration frustration have primarily caused the question to be asked.

Earlier this year, a Google Doc was sent out to hear teachers' opinions. Results were inconclusive. This has caused the need to further investigate continuing the use of JMC or transitioning to a different data management system.

A task force is being developed to investigate the future of Howard-Winn's data management. The first meeting will be Jan. 21 at 3:30 p.m. in the Superintendent's Board Room. Participants:
Data Coordinator: Michelle Bakken
HS Office: Darla Vokaty
K-8 Office: Linda Middlebrook
Guidance Counselors: Trish Hartman
Food Service: Cheryl Dickman
Technology Department: Harold Jensen or Heather Klenke
Principals: Shirley Sovereign and Tim Felderman

Elementary Teacher: Kerry Fretheim
JH Teachers: Nick Ferrie and Brenda Knobloch
HS Teacher: Deb Obermann and Tanya Riehle  

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