Saturday, May 3, 2014

May 2, 2014 Shirley Sovereign


PK-1 Principal/Director of Teaching & Learning
Shirley Sovereign

ssovereign@howard-winn.k12.ia.us
Twitter:  ssovprincipal
SKYPE:  shirley.sovereign    


Kindergarten Parent Night
We were pleased to welcome next year's kindergarten class and their parents on April 29th.  The Kindergarten Parent Night was an opportunity for the 2014-2015 students to visit the Crestwood K-8 building, meet teachers and see the classrooms where they will come to school next year.  While the students were involved in activities in the classrooms, parents met in the Discovery Center.  Mrs. Tiffany McCabe, Elementary Guidance Counselor, Mr. Carver, kindergarten teachers and I had the chance to welcome parents, present an overview of the kindergarten program and answer questions.  Kindergarten teachers next year are Mrs. Paula Galvin, Mrs. Julie Franzen, Mrs. Michelle Timp and Mrs. Lois Leifeld.  There are 70 students registered at this time.  A big thank you to teachers, associates and HS students who supervised in the classrooms:  Marsha McCabe, Lynn Murray, Kim Witt, Diane Schmitt, Stephanie Kinter, Denise Hansmeier, Taylor Rice and Shaina Kriener.  Each year, this event is a special time to welcome students and families as they begin the K-12 journey! 

Congratulations

Mr. Doug Sickles was selected as KIMT Coach of the Year.  Congratulations for all the hard work over many years and especially for the achievements of the Cadet Girl's Basketball team this year.  During the interviews, some of Mr. Sickle's players mentioned that he is concerned about them as students on and off the court.  I can think of no greater compliment than for a teacher and coach to have modeled to students that caring adults make a difference in their lives.  Great job Coach Sickles!  It's a pleasure for teachers and students to work along side you, on and off the court, as well.  The link to the KIMT video is:  http://kimt.com/2014/04/30/sickles-is-kimts-coach-of-the-year/



Spring Into Reading
Parents and grandparents of kindergarten students were invited to a "Spring Into Reading" event on May 1st.  Members of the families brought a favorite book and had reading time and snacks with the students.  This activity is part of the SINA Plan for promoting parent involvement in the elementary literacy program.  What a great way to welcome spring with a May Day treat!  There was a large turnout for this event.  Special thanks to JH students who volunteered to read with students whose families weren't able to attend!








Competency-Based Education
The Howard-Winn. CBE Team continues to move forward with the framework of CBE.  The group met for a work day this week.  Much insight was gained from visiting Pittsfield, New Hampshire and working with the 9 other schools during the monthly Iowa Collaborative, but it is now time for our district team to plan for local implementation.  Topics discussed during the planning meeting included:
  • Prioritizing the "take aways" from the New Hampshire visit
  • Empowering students
  • Community partnerships
  • Timeline for implementation from 2014-2017 and beyond
  • Writing competencies and managing a CBE system
  • Non-traditional learning environments
  • Developing a schedule to support the system, including collaborative planning time
  • Site Council
  • Advisories
  • Restorative Justice
  • Learning Studios  
There is a great deal to be gained with the deep thinking and discussions that occur as this team moves forward.  Students, Kerigan Hunziker and Karlee Grabau, are a huge asset to the planning process!  Here is a look at just one of the sheets used in a decision-making protocol.





Natural Playground Committee Update
Planning continues for the new playground area for Kessel Kids and the Cresco Preschool.  At the meeting on April 29th, there was a progress report on groundwork preparation, fencing, trike trail, plants and shrubs and fundraising that has been accomplished.

Members of the committee selected DIY Projects:  "I can build it."  "I know someone who can build it."  "I know a group who might be interested."  They signed up for these projects on a tracking document to move the project forward.


MAPS Tests
Measures of Academic Progress Tests were completed on May 2nd.  Teachers have been reporting excellent growth in the reading and math scores.  It will be exciting to do analysis as a staff on May 7th and examine the trends in student achievement for this school year.


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