Friday, March 21, 2014

March 21, 2014

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


Special Events for the Week of March 24 - March 30, 2014
Tuesday:        Iowa Youth Survey Data Meeting - Keystone AEA staff - 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday:   3 Hour Early Out Schedule - Professional Development
                       Howard-Winneshiek Foundation Meeting - 7:00 a.m.
                       Wellness Committee Meeting - 3:45 p.m.
Thursday:       Data Management System Meeting - 3:30 p.m.
                       Mountain Climber Recognition Program - HS Student Center - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday:       State Solo/Ensemble Contest
Sunday:         Competency Based Education Team Depart for New Hampshire

Youth Frontiers Character Challenge of the Week

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  

Mountain Climber Recognition

g2 Mock Trial
Students in the g2 program held a mock trial this week. The case was "The World vs. Harry Truman." Students debated the ethics of President Truman's decision to launch an atomic bomb against Japan during World War II. Student "witnesses" included President Truman, Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Emperor Hirohito, President Franklin Roosevelt, and various other American and Japanese citizens. The jury's verdict was 8-0 in favor of dropping the bomb, based on the evidence presented in the trial.

It's Not About Time - It's About LEARNING
The following video highlights the thoughts of Mr. Fred Bramante. Fred is a former 8th grade Science teacher, a former candidate for governor, and the past Chairman of the New Hampshire State Board of Education. Appointed by both Republican and Democratic governors, Mr. Bramante served on the State Board of Education longer than anyone in the state's history. In 2003, Mr. Bramante led New Hampshire's first full-scale effort to redesign public education since 1919.

Seven Reasons for Standards-Based Grading   
The following information is the second of a seven-part series 
Reason 2: We Need to Challenge the Status Quo
Many notions I had at the beginning of my career about grading didn't stand up to real scrutiny. The thorny issue of homework is one example of how the status quo needed to change. I once thought it was essential to award points to students simply for completing homework. I didn't believe students would do homework unless it was graded. And yet, in my classroom, students who were clearly learning sometimes earned low grades because of missing work. Conversely, some students actually learned very little but were good at “playing school.” Despite dismal test scores, these students earned decent grades by turning in homework and doing extra credit. They would often go on to struggle in later courses, while their parents watched and worried.
Over the past three years, I have radically changed how I formally assess homework—I don't. Of course, it is essential for students to do homework that is tied closely to learning objectives and for students to see those connections (Marzano, Pickering, & Pollock, 2001). Systematic and extensive feedback on assignments sends students the message that they can and should do homework as practice. A typical homework assignment for my students consists of a small collection of problems, each of which is linked to a learning objective. At first, I make those connections for my students, but eventually they make them on their own. 
When I assign homework, I discuss with my students where and how it applies to their assessments. My goal is to get students to constantly ask themselves, “Do I know this? Can I do this?” To my surprise, my homework completion rates have remained steady over the past three years. Some students don't do all of the homework that I assign, but they know that they are accountable for mastering the standard connected to it. Of course, not every student who needs to practice always does so, but I am amazed and encouraged that students ask me for extra practice fairly regularly.

New Entrance Sign for High School
Thank you to Mr. Lentz, Mr. Ferrie, and Industrial Tech students! The sign should be up in the next few weeks.

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