Friday, May 30, 2014

May 30, 2014

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

Special Events for the Week of June 2 - June 4, 2014 
Monday:        One Hour Early Out Schedule - Students Must Stay for Laptop Roll-in 
- JH:  Computer Roll in - 8th pd students stay in the class for roll-in.  Laptops stay in room.
- HS: Computer Roll in - Homeroom at 2:15.  Laptops stay in room
Tuesday:        Three Hour Early Out Schedule
- JH:  Students report to 8th period class - finish roll in - report to Awards Ceremony
- HS: Students report to Homeroom - finish roll in and locker clean out - End of the Year Activities at 10:11    
Wednesday:    No School - Teacher Professional Development
8-9 am                 7-12 Teacher Self-Directed PLC Sharing - HS Media Center
9-10 am               7-12 Comp Based Education Plan - HS Media Center
10-11:30 am        7-12 Student-Staff Relationships Presentation - HS Media Center
Check-out            No earlier than 3:00 p.m.

Youth Frontiers Character Challenge of the Week

Howard-Winneshiek can not express our gratitude enough for the years of service and endless of dedication provided by this year's retirees.  The students guided, mentored, and taught by the following staff members are the lucky beneficiaries.

Steve Anderson
Deb Larson
Jenny Matt
Karen Nance
Pam Spindler
Mary Stevenson
Jane Ullom
Delrae Wolter


What Can Our Students Accomplish?
@HistoryinPics on Twitter posts various powerful and entertaining historical photographs.  An image stands out this week.

The Golden Gate Bridge is heralded as one of the top ten construction achievements of the 20th Century.  During its construction from 1933-1937, the Golden Gate Bridge's builders introduced many innovations, but perhaps the most impressive was the precise and efficient technique they used to construct the massive cables.

This American landmark was designed and constructed with tools considered primitive in today's society.  Howard-Winneshiek's students are designing and constructing detailed, structurally correct items with collaborative skills, technology infusion, and problem solving not thought of in 1933.  

Our task as educators is to continue to push the envelope, not apologize for taking risks, and demand high expectations.  Yes, the path to high expectations is not the same for every student.  But remember...if there were one way to construct a bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge would not be existence. 

“Mile Markers”
Mr. Carver recently requested a list of accomplishments from the 7-12 staff.  The following is not inclusive of all of the great accomplishments.  I apologize if I left off an item.

Wow, look at the following list.  
  • Project Lead the Way offerings at JH and HS with provisional certification after 1st year.  Development of plan of action to achieve full certification
  • g2 program initiated at the High School
  • Competency Based Education grant awarded.  Attend monthly meetings in Des Moines.  Actively participate in large group and work group planning.  
  • CBE planning meetings to develop a course of implementation of the work.
  • Work trip to Pittsfield, NH to learn more about CBE environment with Howard-Winn, NICC, Keystone AEA,  and Iowa Department of Education staff
  • 7 initial awardees of Mountain Climbers program
  • 7-12 Academic BLT and 6-8/9-12 Culture/Climate BLTs
  • Transitioned to different P/T Conference format for 6-8
  • Developed Schoology teacher protocols
  • Formalized weekly 7-12 Guidance Counselor meetings and weekly 9-12 Student Services meetings
  • 6 visits to neighboring schools promoting CHS/NICC course offerings
  • In-house free student counseling through Northeast Iowa Behavioral Health
  • CNC coursework leading to certification in Cresco
  • Development of Summer Home Visit program for incoming freshman
  • Development of GAME:IT 1 and 2 courses as well as Computer Programming course
  • Visual reminders of student voice - front windows, art displays, 5 W’s of Life
  • New door name plates
  • Development of 7-12 Academic Profile as well as other community promotional materials
  • Recruited at the UNI Career Fair
  • Inclusion of NICC and other community resources at 9-12 P/T Conferences
  • Expansion of Back to School Open House
  • Continuation of freshman Respect Retreat
  • Development of Crestwood HS Twitter account
  • Development of #cadetnaton t-shirts and #cadetnation Fridays
  • Facilitation of 5 courses based on Standards Based Grading
  • Use of teacher Individual Career Development Plan to guide professional development
  • Redevelopment of Friends of Howard-Winn Foundation - board members, officers, public relations
  • Input and promotion of 1:1 Laptop program and writing of AUP
  • Coordinate efforts to address school relationships through the Iowa Youth Survey and Keystone AEA.  Conference held with JH and HS students to gather their input.
  • Determined of new data management system - PowerSchool
  • Use of technology to streamline procedures (Beginning of the Year, End of the Year, meeting agenda, Field Trip Request form)
  • Administered additional funding to support district goals for classroom needs
  • Development of collaborative, student centered learning spaces
  • 5-12 Grade Career Fair
  • Revised NICC class schedule coordinate with CHS schedule
  • Review of new safety procedures through the ALICE program
  • Development of line item budgets for 7-12
  • Development of Self-Directed PLC’s with protocols and end of the year showcase of learning

...And the Curtain Closes for the Year
As the 2013-2014 school year closes, we pause to reflect on what just zipped past us.  There have been moments of frustration, laughter, and shear exhilaration.  Howard-Winneshiek experienced the highest of highs (Girls State Basketball Tournament) and the lowest of lows (loss of a student to start the school year).

Many times over the past 3 years I have been asked the question, “How did they do (it) in your last school?” or “How did you do (this) with your other staffs?”  I do not like answering these questions.  Not every staff is the same; not every situation is the same.  This can be an unfair comparison.

This week I did make the comment, “I am not the same administrator I was seven years ago.”  A very true statement.  I find myself not as bound by policy or regulation or the “norm.” I feel empowered to try new practices to improve the culture of the buildings. Excuses are not accepted – rather solutions to previous roadblocks are expected.

Howard-Winneshiek staff truly works in an environment that wants change, focuses on students, and aspires to achieve greatness.  Staff still has work ahead.  We need to show students how to think and not settle.  We need to continue to work with students to go beyond traditional thinking. The mindset is being set that students have different options to guide their learning.  This must be developed and nurtured – a delicate undertaking.

“How did they do it in your last school?”  They NEVER would have considered what Howard-Winneshiek takes for granted.


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