Friday, March 28, 2014

March 28, 2014 Shirley Sovereign

PK-1 Principal/Director of Teaching & Learning
Shirley Sovereign
Twitter:  ssovprincipal
SKYPE:  Shirley.Sovereign

Tribute to Dr. Norman Borlaug
The Howard-Winn school community celebrated along with Crestwood FFA Chapter  students, Kaytlan Langreck, Natalie Knobloch, Kayleigh Hauber, Abby Huhe, and Superintendent John Carver, who attended the unveiling of the statue of Dr. Borlaug in Washington, D.C. on March 25th. The ceremony in the Capitol's National Statuatory Hall came on National Agriculture Day and Dr. Borlaug's 100th birthday. Students across the district viewed the ceremony from their classrooms and the Discovery Center.

I watched the unveiling ceremony with the 5th & 6th graders in the Discovery Center. I was struck by the students' serious attention listening to the speeches and how our students participated in the ceremony by standing, applauding and singing, as if they were there. The pride instilled in our students for their Iowa heritage and the work ethic modeled by Dr. Borlaug, and others, are perhaps the greatest legacy we leave with our students. 

Proud to be an Iowan from Howard County.
Kindergarten students watching the unveiling ceremony in Mrs. Galvin's room.

5th graders participating from the Discovery Center.
2nd graders in Mrs. Berg's room watching the ceremony.

Music Program
Cresco 2nd and 3rd graders had their vocal music program this week. The theme of the concert was "Make a Wish, Dream a Dream!" This theme fit well with the vision of our school district with music selections such as:  "Dream Your Dreams,"  "Imagine it True," and "The Future Calling Us." I was impressed with the students who had speaking parts. They did a good job of speaking with expression and projecting their voices. Great job on the whole performance 2nd and 3rd graders and music teacher, Mrs. Barb Holstrom!

Report Cards
Third quarter report cards were sent home with students in grades K-5 on March 24th. It is hard to believe we are already in the 4th quarter of the school year.

Iowa Assessments 
Students in grades 3-11 took the Statewide academic achievement test during March 10-21. Students in grades 3-5 set goals for their achievement in reading and math on both the Iowa Assessments and the MAPS test, which will be given again at the end of April. School districts in Iowa are required to administer at least two standardized assessments during the school year. The DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) is also used in grades K-3 to determine progress in reading. Teachers and administrators use scores from these tests along with students' classroom performance, to make instructional decisions.
Inservice Meetings
During Professional Development time this week, a group of teachers and associates received re-certification training in CPI, a nonviolent crisis intervention training program. This training was given by Keystone Consultants, Katie Fisher and Angie Raddatz.  Another group of elementary teachers met with Marcia Kruse, School Improvement Consultant, to move forward with the SINA Plan by writing "I Can" statements. These are statements of the learning objectives that are posted in each classroom on a daily basis. There is strong research evidence that when students know what they are to learn, stated in words they understand, their achievement increases. "I Can" statements are viewed as an important component of implementing the Iowa Core. The teachers also worked on reading comprehension instructional strategies to add to the collection of interventions used during RtI/MTSS time. 

Preschool Parent Advisory Meeting
The spring meeting of the District Preschool Parent Advisory Committee will be held at the Cresco Early Childhood Center on April 8. The agenda will include reviewing the results of the parent survey, transitioning of PK students to kindergarten and gathering parent suggestions to improve home visits done in the fall. The advisory group includes parents from Elma, Cresco, Lime Springs/Chester and Notre Dame preschools.

Grow Howard County
The next meeting will be held at NICC-Cresco on Saturday, March 29th at 9:00 a.m. The group will continue efforts to bring broadband internet access to Howard County and to increase the population in this area by participating in the Home Base Iowa initiative to bring citizens who are retired from the military to our locality. 

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