Friday, March 21, 2014

March 21, 2014 Greg.Adams

       Greg Adams

Grade 2-6 Principal 

(Crestwood, Elma, Lime Springs/Chester)
Twitter  @GregAAdams7     #2020HowardWinn

                          Looking ahead...District Redesign

We now know that all 4th grade students will be educated in Lime Springs beginning next fall. Now the conversation turns to the logistics of making this happen. 

The next steps will be determining the number of sections and supports for each grade level. The intent will be that the teaching and learning at Lime Springs will follow the same model with the same supports available to all other grade levels in the district.

Monday, March 24: Elementary report cards will be sent home
Tuesday, March 25
Wednesday, March 26: 3 Hour Early Dismissal for Teacher Inservice
Thursday, March 27
Friday, March 28
April 3- Pinnacle order forms are due (Grades 6-8)
April 7-May 2: Spring MAP Tests
April 24- NICC Family STEM Festival @ Calmar

Pinnacle Magazine and Food Sales
Students in grades 6-8 kicked off the magazine and food sales through Pinnacle Fundraising on March 20. The funds are used for field trips. Orders are due April 3.
April 23

At the "W" in Waverly. Students must sell 10 items to attend the trip.

Our MTSS and SINA teams continue to meet to ensure that we are meeting our expectations and goals. Some examples include continued work on the intervention schedule, intervention strategies chart, intervention space, peer observations, teacher workshops, CPI, PBIS, and collaborative literacy time.

Iowa Youth Survey

Guidance counselors, success coordinators, and principals met to address two areas from the recent Iowa Youth Survey.
  1. Engaging parents in the school 
  2. Safe Dating/Relationships
A description of the Iowa Youth Survey is below...
The Iowa Youth Survey is a collaborative effort conducted by the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Iowa Department of Education, the Office of Drug Control Policy, the Iowa Department of Human Services, and the Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning in the Department of Human Rights. It has been administered in Iowa since 1975 but has undergone significant changes over time.
Since 1999, the survey has been administered to almost all of the 6th, 8th, and 11th grade students in the state. As a result, the Iowa Youth Survey has become a "census" survey that reflects the perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors of Iowa youth. In 2012, a total of 70,770 student surveys were completed and included in analyses.
The data have been reported in various ways to meet the needs of state, regional, and local planners. When these reports do not meet the needs of schools, AEA and DE staff is available to provide guidance and needed data analysis support.
PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Strategies)
Students are being noticed and recognized when demonstrating positive character by being provided with Cadet Dollars. The Cadet Dollars may be redeemed for items in local businesses and the Cadet Store. The students are excited and we would like to thank all sponsors.

CPI (Crisis Prevention Institute) 

Staff training will be on March 26. CPI focuses on de-escalation skills and keeping staff/students safe.

More Than 8 Million Participants Since 1980
Since 1980, the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) has supported the work of professionals who work with challenging or potentially violent individuals by providing a relevant, practical behavior management program. It's called the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training program and more than 8 million professionals—spanning from facility administrators to front-line mental health providers to bus drivers—have participated in this program to learn how to resolve conflict at the earliest possible stage.

The International Standard
CPI's Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® program is known worldwide for its innovative, holistic philosophy of providing Care, Welfare, Safety, and SecuritySM for staff and those in their care—even during crisis moments. This program is now recognized by many as the international standard for violence prevention and intervention training.

Thank you to Shelly McCallister and Keith Slifka for offering CPR certification to our staff beginning at 4:00 p.m. on March 26.

Iowa Assessments

Thank you to our students for their effort on the tests. The tests are one indicator of student progress and our efforts as a district. Thank you to teachers for their efforts in providing positive testing environments, and to the kitchen staff for providing snacks.

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