Friday, April 4, 2014

April 4, 2014

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


Special Events for the Week of April 7 - April 13, 2014
Tuesday:        Project Lead the Way Certification Visit - morning
                       High School Tornado Drill - 8th period
Wednesday:   3 Hour Early Out Schedule - Professional Development
                       Career Day (information below)
                       JH/HS Staff Picture - Front of High School - 12:30 p.m.
                       Friends of Howard-Winneshiek Foundation - C US Bank - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday:       High School Tornado Drill - 10 a.m.
                       Senior Meeting - HS Auditorium - 12:50 p.m. 
                       Data Management System Meeting - 3:30 p.m.
Friday:            JH/HS Student Services Meetings - 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Youth Frontiers Character Challenge of the Week

Career Day
Career Day will be held on April 9th.  This year the event will take place in the High School gym.   We will have approximately 90 careers represented.  Individuals from health care, small business, manufacturing, social services, and higher education will be present.

The following are the times for Career Day:
8:20 - 9:05am         9th and 10th grade
9:15 - 10:00am       11th and 12th grade 
10:10-10:55            5th and 6th grade
10:55-11:40            7th and 8th grade
Competency Based Education Trip to New Hampshire 
A team of 13 students, teachers, administrators, Keystone AEA personnel, and NICC Vice-President traveled to Pittsfield, New Hampshire this past week. THANK YOU to the hospitality and time given by Pittsfield Schools staff to share with us. The trip was a tremendous learning and thinking time for the team.
  • Empower students to direct their own learning and take responsibility
  • Make our community an authentic partner in this endeavor 
  • Utilize non-traditional learning environments and opportunities 
  • Collaboration is essential to create a change in culture 
  • Develop a vision, plan, and timeline with celebrations along the way

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

Reason 4: Standards-Based Grading Reduces Meaningless Paperwork
Since I adopted standards-based grading, my load of meaningless paperwork has been drastically reduced, which provides time for more important considerations. Standards-based grading enables me to get the most from every piece of paper students turn in.

Writing feedback only on selected homework problems saves me time when marking papers while still giving me a sense of where students are in their learning. These homework assignments and other formative assessments help me judge the progress of the group as a whole before deciding how to proceed.

I don't assess student mastery of any objective until I am confident that a reasonable number of students will score proficiently, and that makes each assessment mean much more. Students who are still struggling after a significant portion of the class has demonstrated mastery can retest individually. The bottom line is that when I review any set of papers, I walk away knowing a great deal more about what my students know than I ever did before.

Lunch Room Performances

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