Saturday, April 19, 2014

April 18, 2014

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

Special Events for the Week of April 21 - April 27, 2014 
Monday:           Start of MAPS testing
Tuesday:           Data Management System Meeting - 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday:     3 Hour Early Out Schedule - Teacher Professional Development
Friday:             JH/HS Student Services Meetings - 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Saturday:         Prom/Grand March - 7:00 p.m.

Youth Frontiers Character Challenge of the Week


After Prom Prizes
State Competency Based Education Meeting
This past week was the monthly State CBE meeting.  The following items were on the agenda:  
- How-Winn Report on visit to Pittsfield, NH
- Writing Competencies: Graduate Goals
   - Performance outcomes
   - Enduring understandings
   - Cluster related knowledge, skills, and dispositions
   - Academic rigor
   - Learner focused   
- Scoring Guides and Learning Progressions   

MAPS Testing
Junior High and High School students will be completing Measures of Academic Progress (MAPS) tests April 22 - May 2.  This is required for all 7th through 11th students.  Tests will be administered with the subject matter teacher.  For example, the MAPS Science test will be completed with the Science teacher. 

Student Counseling Support

Crestwood High School will now be hosting a counselor from Northeast Iowa Behavioral Health - Decorah available to see see students during a study hall. Below is the process to arrange an appointment for your son/daughter to receive counseling.

- Call Northeast Iowa Behavioral Health at 563-382-3649 or 1-800-400-8923.

- When calling to set up your first appointment, please tell the receptionist that you would like your son/daughter to be seen at Crestwood High School.  

- The receptionist will then schedule your first appointment in Decorah with the correct counselor.  

- Following the initial meeting, you son or daughter can be seen at the High School during a study hall. 

Seven Reasons for Standards-Based Grading     
The following information is the sixth of a seven-part series  

Reason 6: It Teaches What Quality Looks Like  
In the adult world, everything is a performance assessment. If adults on the job make poor decisions or cannot determine the quality of their own work, the results are generally undesirable. Quality matters, and the ability to measure the quality of one's own work is a learned skill.

So how can we teach this essential skill? One way to teach quality is to demand it. We must create an environment where standards can and must be met and where students are not permitted to submit substandard work without being asked to revise.

If we base our grades on standards rather than attendance, behavior, or extra credit (which often has nothing to do with course objectives), we can actually help students grapple with the idea of quality and walk away with a higher degree of self-sufficiency. We can and should report information about student performance in areas like attendance and effort, but we can report it separately from academic achievement (O'Connor, 2007; Tomlinson & McTighe, 2006).

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