Friday, April 11, 2014

April 11, 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 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. We also are working at determining the model that best serves our 6th grade students.   

Staffing positions were selected this week and will be shared once finalized. 

Monday, April 14- Board meeting at 7:00 p.m. at Cresco.
TuesdayApril 15- Crestwood 4th & 5th grade concert.
WednesdayApril 16- 
Thursday, April 17-
FridayApril 18- No School. Spring Break
April 7-May 2: Spring MAP Tests
April 24- NICC Family STEM Festival @ Calmar

Making scale models of the earth and moon #2020howardwinn
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First and second graders are amazing pinball designers! #2020howardwinn #STEM #AWIM
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Great performance! 
LimeSprings/Chester Elementary Spring Concert

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. The trip is scheduled for April 23.

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

Career Day was April 9
Career Day. 110 careers represented! Many choices! #2020howardwinn @TiffanyMMcCabe @DouglasASickles
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Thank you to the Guidance Department for arranging Career Day for grades 5-8. The event featured approximately 105 careers. Events like this help students explore and find interest areas for future careers. Be sure to ask your children which careers seemed interesting. 

Testing wind direction and strength w our wind socks.
Crestwood Elementary will begin a peer teaching model as part of our SINA Action Plan.

What is peer observation?
The process of peer observation involves faculty peers who review an instructor’s performance through classroom observation and examination of instructional materials including course design. Observations of classroom behavior are intended for reviewing the teaching process and its possible relationship to learning. The focus is on verbal and nonverbal behaviors of both the instructor and the students in the classroom. Peer observation can produce the following evidence:
  • Comments on the relationship between instructor acts and student behaviors 
  • Comparison with methods peers consider to be good 
  • Specific suggestions for instructors to improve teaching 
  • Dialogue with peer about teaching strategies and best practices
The process of observation and evaluation require a very high degree of professional ethics and objectivity. Effective peer observation requires training in observational and analytical skills. Less subjective peer observations require time for multiple reviews.

  • Peers are familiar with school goals, priorities, values, faculty problems 
  • Peer observation helps faculty upgrade their own profession 
  • Peer observers can be chosen from instructor’s content area 
  • Both the observer and the observed may learn some new teaching strategies and open a dialogue about teaching and learning
Team work needed to build their circuits. Will the bulb light that is the question?
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New Books in the Discovery Center

The purpose of the grant is to update the 630 Agriculture section of the library, as the current age is 1991. With updated titles, students will be able to learn about modern farm life, current farm machinery, and tillage practices.  With the grant money we will be able to add 12 new books to the collection to replace the outdated titles.


Casper, Julie Kerr -- Agriculture : the food we grow and animals we raise
A comprehensive introduction to U.S. agricultural practices that covers the history of American farming, with tables, diagrams, a glossary, and a detailed chronology to help readers better understand the topic.


Geisert, Arthur -- Country road ABC : an illustrated journey through America's farmland
Provides a portrait of America's farmlands through an illustrated journey down Iowa's country road Y31, highlighting farm-related things for each letter of the alphabet.


Hodge, Deborah -- Up we grow! : a year in the life of a small, local farm
Looks at the activities that take place on small, local farms in each season of the year as farmers plow, plant, harvest, and care for the soil, animals, and each other.


Parker, Steve, 1952- -- Food and farming
Details how pollution affects food production and the farming industry, and discusses the environmental risks of building farms on forest areas that have been clear-cut, technologies used on modern farms, and more.


Rosen, Michael J., 1954- -- Our farm : four seasons with five kids on one family's farm
Children describe their day-to-day experiences on their family farm and explain how those experiences change with the seasons.


Vogel, Julia -- Local farms and sustainable foods
Describes sustainable farming methods and local farms, and encourages readers to consider the benefits of eating sustainable foods.


Watterson, Carol -- An edible alphabet : 26 reasons to love the farm
A rhyming alphabet that names things related to modern farming, and provides background information on each one.


Wolfman, Judy -- Life on a crop farm
Melissa, a young girl, tells what it is like to live on a crop farm, and provides information about growing, picking and marketing crops.


Hodge, Deborah -- Watch me grow! : a down-to-earth look at growing food in the city
Text and photographs provide an introduction to city gardens and examine how they help people to eat healthy and create community.


Kalman, Bobbie -- In the barn
Examines the barn as the center of farm life for early settlers of North America.

Winners of the straw tower challenge! 50 straws, tape, hold a tennis ball. 67" for these designers! #2020howardwinn

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