Saturday, April 19, 2014

April 18, 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. We are beginning the process of interviewing for PK-1 Principal, Special Education, Spanish, K-8 music, Dean of Students/Activities Director.

Monday, April 21
TuesdayApril 22- Special board meeting @ Cresco
WednesdayApril 23- 12:15 dismissal. Teacher in-service. "W" Club Trip.
Thursday, April 24- NICC STEM Festival @ Calmar
FridayApril 25- Polar Plunge
April 7-May 2: Spring MAP Tests

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
AEA staff met with junior high and high school students on Wednesday to brainstorm 1) the reasons these areas are shown as a priority, and 2) strategies/activities to address the items above to make school a nurturing, safe environment.

Special Education Plans for Next School Year
I want to thank our teachers that provide special education services. We met as a team to determine current responsibilities for this year and for the next. Our planning is an effort to provide the best services to ensure appropriate staffing and services to all students.

Summative Evaluations
Teachers and administrators are in the process of summative evaluation conferences. It has been great to devote time to conversations surrounding best teaching practices. It is very interesting to see the examples that evidence teaching strategies. 

Recognizing positive student behavior and character...Cadet Pride Store 
The PBIS team is working on a catalog for thCadet Pride Store.  Students can go online and look at the items available for sale.  The address is  

The grand opening of the store will be Friday, April 25th in the elementary Art room.  Please know that we are reserving the Art room for the whole day on the 25th.  We will send out a sign up sheet for you to select a time for your class to shop.  The time increments are tight, so please have the students look at the catalog to select items they might want before coming to the store.  Understand this our first run at this, so we will make adjustments as needed!  

Thank you to local businesses for their support with items and coupons. 

Thank you to Kim Kerian for agreeing to support and mentor a student-teacher next fall.

Pinnacle Magazine and Food Sales
36 students in grades 6-8 qualified for the trip by selling 10 orders through the magazine and food sales through Pinnacle Fundraising on March 20. The funds are used for field trips. Look for parent permission slips.

Polar Plunge for HoCa (Howard County Cancer Association)
As some of you may now the "Polar Plunge" phenomenon has swept through the high school and community. So as a way to raise money for our local HoCA we are putting out a challenge to you.  The challenge is:

Raise $500 by NOON Friday, April 25, and Mr. Adams and Mr. Felderman will do the Plunge that afternoon!

Raise $1000 by NOON Friday and Mr. Carver will ALSO do the Polar Plunge!

There will be containers placed in the offices to collect money.  We will need a teacher/staff member to volunteer to help count money and put a container in the office at Elma and Lime Springs.

School Safety and Security
A NOAA weather alert radio was purchased for each attendance center to keep everyone aware of weather watches and warnings. In addition, drills are being conducted, and we continually review shelter locations to provide safe locations in the event of an emergency.

Amanda the Panda
A great opportunity is coming to Crestwood Elem. and Jr. High on Saturday, May 31st, " Amanda the Panda!"  The Amanda the Panda program in conjunction with the Howard Community Hospice and Howard-Winn School District/counselors is providing a day camp of healing to provide adults and children with a safe nurturing environment to help families heal and inspire hope after the death of a loved one. The camp will be held from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. free of charge with meals provided.

If you know of any students in your room that might benefit from the support of the camp you may contact any of our school counselors; Trisha Hartman, Tiffany McCabe, or Doug Sickles.

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