Friday, January 24, 2014

January 24, 2014 Greg.Adams

Greg Adams

Grade 2-6 Principal (Crestwood, Elma, Lime Springs/Chester)
Twitter  @GregAAdams7     #2020HowardWinn

Looking ahead...District Redesign

We know that the future of the district will mean that all students will be educated with the same grade level in the same building, with one or two grade levels being at Lime Springs/Chester. Our group continues to meet and intends to have a proposal by February. Thank you to everyone for your time and input as we work on the plan. I value your input and ideas and you may reach me at 563-547-2300 or at the email address above. 

Register Now! Technology Integration Conference

TIC Conference is June 17 & 18 in Dubuque. Information has been emailed. Forward registration confirmation to Mr. Felderman. The district will pay the $99 registration and vehicles. Teachers are responsible for lodging and meals.

SINA Recommends Conference! SINA is offering the opportunity for Kindergarten teachers to attend the International Reading Association’s conference in New Orleans May 10-12. We are excited that Clarissa Einck, Julie Franzen, Paula Galvin, and Michelle Timp plan to attend. We look forward to them sharing their experience with the rest of the staff upon their return.

EduCare Tutoring Begins...
EduCare tutoring is up and running as of January 20th with 29 students enrolled. Crestwood Elementary is partnered with EduCare through SINA requirements to provide math and reading tutoring. Thank you to our 17 tutors for providing this great service and to our parents for making this a priority.

Elementary Tests...MAP & DIBELS
Winter MAP testing (Reading G1-5) and DIBELS (K-3) is set to begin January 20th. Please schedule extra sleep and breakfasts, along with your encouragement.  

If you want to boost your test scores, simply have students walk for 20 minutes before the test.

Measures of Academic Progress

Understanding each student’s academic level gives teachers the power to help them excel. MAP® computerized adaptive assessments are the tools that make it possible – providing educators with the detailed information they need to build curriculum and meet their students’ needs, one child at a time.
Focuses on individual student growth rather than peer-group comparisons.

Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS)

The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) are a set of procedures and measures for assessing the acquisition of early literacy skills from kindergarten through sixth grade. They are designed to be short (one minute) fluency measures used to regularly monitor the development of early literacy and early reading skills.

Parenting tips for preparing children for a positive test experience!

January 22 In-service
The in-service featured an update on the district redesign efforts, a presentation of services provided by Regional Mental Health Services (early signs & available services), updates on teachers' Individual Career Development Plans, and a meeting to plan further STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) offerings.

Thank you to over 20 high school volunteers agreeing to mentor/tutor students in grades K-4 and to Tiffany McCabe for organizing this project. What a great educational community and example of service to community!

Individual Career Development Plans
The plan will be for all teachers' Individual Career Development Plans to be reviewed by the end of January. These plans may be individual plans or group plans and the intent of the conversation will be to gauge progress toward your career goals. 

February 10: School Board Meeting @ Elma
February 18: Parent-Teacher Conferences
February 20: Parent-Teacher Conferences

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