Friday, March 7, 2014

March 7, 2014 Shirley Sovereign

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

What an exciting week it has been at Howard Winn!  Several students qualified for State speech contest.  There was a large turnout for the pep rally to cheer the girls basketball team on to State.  The boys basketball team had a close game on Monday night bringing an end to a very successful year.  The girls basketball team put Crestwood in the spotlight once again in State competition.  Great job girls on an outstanding season!  You have so much to be proud of!  Congratulations to all of these students and their coaches for working hard, performing at high levels and making #cadetnation very PROUD!  Thank you to our school community for their loyal support!

Thank you to the Iowa Farm Bureau for presenting basketballs to the Cadet Girls Basketball Team during the Pep Rally. 


Read Across America & World Read Aloud Day
This special week is celebrated in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday.  Special reading activities took place throughout the district elementary classrooms celebrating this favorite author and his many children's books.  Here are just a few of the many activities:

Mrs. Kuhn's 1st graders invited reading buddies from the High School to visit their classroom and read to the students.  Parents donated goldfish crackers for snacks and sent extra copies of Dr. Seuss books for reading activities this week. 
Mrs. Mahr's 1st graders read Bartholomew and the Oobleck and made their own oobleck.

Mrs. Foster's Title I students had fun with "camping" and reading this week.  A camping atmosphere was created in the classroom, and students did lots of reading practice in the tent and camping chairs.
Reading inside the tent
Camping out & reading!
Mrs. Einck's kindergartners tried to see how many books they could read in one day and made a paper chain to count them.  They were up to 50!

Mrs. Tieskoetter's preschool students had a pajama party this week.  They had fun listening to Dr. Seuss books and were learning how to decode 3-letter words like "ten."  Here is a photo of Mrs. Tieskoetter reading Ten Apples Up On Top.  Such good listeners!
Mrs. Holthaus's preschool class had several guest readers this week.  They read The Tooth Book by Dr. Seuss to kick off his birthday and dental health month.  The students have been busy counting teeth, and they found that most of the preschool friends have 20 teeth!

Mrs. Shekleton and Mrs. Vandervort set up Dr. Seuss activities in the Discovery Center.
Scanning codes with iPads for Dr. Seuss activities

Thing 1 & Thing 2 photo opportunity


Rolling Things: Marbles & Ramps
Last week, there was a day of learning with all of the first graders in the Cresco building focused on Rolling Things. This is a kit that the school purchased last year with grant money from Iowa STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The goal of STEM is to increase student interest and achievement in these areas as well as helping students learn, explore and grow both in and out of the classroom.

The day began with a discussion of ramps and what they are used for. Then the students broke up into 4 different groups and spent the rest of the day rotating through the 4 classrooms completing hands-on experiments with ramps and wooden cars, building marble ramps, creating ramps with their bodies and materials found in the classroom and creating videos about ramps in the real world. It was a great day of learning! Here are a few pictures Mrs. Kuhn shared on her classroom blog.

Band Concert Re-scheduled
The grades 5-8 band concert will be held on Tuesday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the K-8 gym.  This concert has been rescheduled from the cancellation on March 4.  
Announcing: Simon Estes Roots & Wings Concert
This special event will be held at the Cresco Opera House on Sunday, March 23 at 3:00 p.m.  The concert will also feature the Crestwood High School Choir.  Simon Estes is an internationally renowned opera star who is an Iowa native.  Tickets are $25, and they can be purchased online at or at the door. 

Iowa Assessments (Formerly Iowa Tests of Basic Skills and Iowa Tests of Educational Development)
Testing for students in grades 3-11 will begin the week of March 10th.  The testing schedule will extend through March 21st.   

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