Friday, March 14, 2014

March 14, 2014

Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12)
Twitter: @Crestwood_HS


Special Events for the Week of March 17 - March 23, 2014
Monday:         g2 Mock Trials - 1:00 p.m.
                      Wrestling End of the Year Banquet - HS Student Center - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday:        Boys Basketball End of the Year Banquet - HS Student Center - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday:      Grand Meadow Schools Visit - 8:30 a.m.
                     JH Musical - HS Auditorium - 7:30 p.m.
Friday:           JH Magazine Kick-off
Saturday:       JH Musical - HS Auditorium - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday:         Simon Estes "Roots and Wings" - Cresco Theatre - 3:00 p.m.

Youth Frontiers Character Challenge of the Week

Junior High Musical 

The Junior High Musical performance will be Thursday, March 20 at 7:30 and Saturday, March 22 at 7:30 pm in the High School Auditorium.  Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. 
Simon Estes' "Roots and Wings" Concert
"Roots & Wings" is a series of concerts touring Iowa's 99 counties featuring renowned opera singer Simon Estes, along with local choirs, and showcasing promising young artists.

The Cresco event, scheduled for Sunday, March 23, 2014, has three distinct goals:
1. Provide a memorable and uplifting concert event for citizens of Howard County.
2. Raise funds for the Simon Estes Foundation which will award several substantial college scholarships to Crestwood students.
3. Inspire Crestwood students to achieve their potential and realize their dreams.

"Roots & Wings" celebrates Simon Estes' connection to Iowa as a native son (Roots). He grew up in Centerville, IA, the grandson of a slave, and son of a hotel porter. His story of such humble beginnings and rise to premier bass-baritone opera singer in the world is inspiring to all. Through Estes' concert tour of Iowa's 99 counties, he provides college scholarships for Iowa high school students and offers performance experience to aspiring young artists (Wings). 

The Cresco "Roots & Wings" Concert features Simon Estes at the Cresco Theatre performing familiar selections from broadway, gospel, folk, spiritual, and patriotic songs. The concert will also include Humboldt choirs, the Humboldt Community Chorus, and a promising young artist chosen by Mr. Estes. On Monday, March 31, Estes will give an informal talk to Crestwood students, sharing his own unique story, the obstacles he overcame and what qualities and characteristics are needed to become successful. Estes is eager to share his story with Iowa's youth. While he's been dubbed "Iowa's Ambassador to the world" by Iowa Boy Chuck Offenburger, he says his Iowa concert dates are an opportunity to create the next generation of ambassadors - he wants to give young Iowans wings.

Simon Estes "Roots and Wings" Concert
Three Crestwood High School Choirs will perform
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Cresco Theatre - 3:00 p.m.
General Seating: $25
Tickets for the Simon Estes concert are for available for purchase at

Iowa Student Learning Institute

Project Lead the Way Presentation
Junior High and High School Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses were discussed with the Howard-Winneshiek School Board this week.  

Seven Reasons for Standards-Based Grading   
The following information is the first of a seven-part series

Reason 1: Grades Should Have Meaning
Each letter grade that a student earns at the high school level is connected to a graduation credit, and many classes reflect only one step in a sequence of learning. So what does each grade indicate to students, parents, and teachers of later courses in the sequence? When I first considered this question, I realized I had no answers. When I was pressed to describe the qualitative difference between an A, B, C, D, or F, my answers were vague. So, I developed a much more focused idea of what I want my grades to mean:

  • An A means the student has completed proficient work on all course objectives and advanced work on some objectives.
  • A B means the student has completed proficient work on all course objectives.
  • A C means the student has completed proficient work on the most important objectives, although not on all objectives. The student can continue to the next course.
  • A D means the student has completed proficient work on at least one-half of the course objectives but is missing some important objectives and is at significant risk of failing the next course in the sequence. The student should repeat the course if it is a prerequisite for another course.
  • An F means the student has completed proficient work on fewer than one-half of the course objectives and cannot successfully complete the next course in sequence.

How Will Competencies be Written in the Howard-Winn CBE System?
- List characteristics of Howard-Winn graduates (what do students need to know and be able to do?)
     -  From the Iowa Core Curriculum Universal Constructs

  • Critical Thinking
  • Complex Communication
  • Creativity
  • Collaboration
  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Productivity and Accountability
- Identify how each discipline contributes to those characteristics.
  •  e.g. English: speaking skills, organizational methods, grammar and mechanics, etc.
- Map the progression of knowledge and skills that get students there. 
  • e.g. Learning progression through skill levels.
- Craft competency statements that meet Competency Validation Rubric criteria.

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