Friday, May 23, 2014

May 23, 2014 Shirley Sovereign

Celebrating Reading Success!
PK-1 Principal/Director of Teaching & Learning
Shirley Sovereign
Twitter:  ssovprincipal
SKYPE:  shirley.sovereign

Open House Events Scheduled
Crestwood and Lime Springs/Chester staffs will host an open house for students and their families in grades 1-6.  Students and parents of next year's 4th graders are invited to attend at the Lime Springs/Chester Elementary building.  Grades 1-3 and 5-6, are invited to attend at the Crestwood K-8 building.  These events will be held on Tuesday, May 27 beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Kindergarten had their open house in April.
Open House for 4th grade

Open House for grades 1-3 and 5-6

Elma Highlights
Teachers and students hosted a special evening of art and entertainment at Elma Elementary on May 19th.  There were musical performances and special art projects on display in the classrooms.  Several former Elma teachers came to participate in the festivities that evening.

Elma teachers, past and present.
Dollars for Scholars
I want to take this opportunity to thank Crestwood Dollars for Scholars for their hard work and commitment to supporting our graduates for their further education.  The dollar amount given to students since the beginning of Dollars for Scholars is amazing!  Thank you!

Preschool & Kindergarten Buddy Day
Students came together on May 22 to introduce the preschoolers to what learning is like in kindergarten.  The PK & K students had class together and played during recess.  Students rode the bus to Cresco with their teachers from Elma and Lime Springs/Chester.  There were smiles all around as students made new friends and became better acquainted with their classrooms for next year.
HW Competency-Based Education Meeting
The local team met for a day of planning at the NICC building on May 19.  Ten students from JH and HS participated along with teachers, administrators and representatives from the college.  Students contributed valuable, insightful questions and comments during all of the discussion topics.  What an amazing group of students! 
The first stages of implementation for components of CBE were planned for 2014-2015 at the grades 7-12 levels.  
  • Advisories:  The purpose is to build strong connections between advisory teachers and a group of students.  Activities done during advisories include support for study skills, time management, peer connections and guiding career and future educational plans.
  • Day 1 and Day 2:  Planning for the first 2 days of next school year included the purpose for advisories, community building, introduction to student-led conferences, prep for the 9th grade Respect Retreat, and introducing student portfolios.
  • Student-led Conferences
  • Components of the student portfolio
Preschool PBIS Coaches
Mrs. Shari Marr and Mrs. Megan Merkel attended an Early Childhood PBIS training for coaches this week.  Thanks to these teachers for helping Howard-Winn become a leader among preschools in our AEA for implementation of PBIS.  Our district will continue work with the PBIS Cadre next year.


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