Saturday, May 10, 2014

May 9, 2014 Greg.Adams

       Greg Adams


Grade 2-6 Principal 

(Crestwood, Elma, Lime Springs/Chester)
Twitter  @GregAAdams7     #2020HowardWinn


                          
Looking ahead...District Redesign
We now know that all 4th grade students will be educated in Lime Springs beginning next fall. Now the conversation turns to the logistics of making this happen. 

The intent will be that the teaching and learning at Lime Springs will follow the same model with the same supports available to all other grade levels in the district. We also are working at determining the model that best serves our 6th grade students. 
We have a tentative date of May 27 for introducing next year's 4th grade to the Lime Springs/Chester School in coordination with an evening Open House for parents and students.  
Transportation plans are still being developed and will be shared once complete.
Classroom assignments will be determined soon.

New Teachers!
We are in the process of interviewing for Special Education, Spanish, K-8 instrumental and vocal music, and Dean of Students/Activities Director. It is exciting to meet our applicants to see their desire to teach and to share our vision for the Howard-Winneshiek CSD. 
We welcome Sara Grimm as PK-1 Principal and Director of Teaching and Learning for next school year. Sara has initially accepted our offer and pending board approval, will begin in July.
Recommendations are in place for Monday's board meeting for the areas of:

  • Elementary Vocal Music Instructor
  • Elementary Band Instructor
  • High School Science Instructor
  • High School Special Education Instructor

With board approval, these new teachers will be introduced in next week's Admin Update.

IRA (International Reading Association) Conference 
http://www.reading.org/annual-conference-2014/
Next year's kindergarten teachers will be attending the International Reading Association Conference in New Orleans from May 9-12. This trip is made available through SINA funds. Julie Franzen, Paula Galvin, Lois Leifeld, Michelle Timp, and Greg Adams will be excited to share strategies learned during the conference. 

LIFT (Literacy Instruction Fundamental for Teachers)
Tami Foster, Lynn Murray, and Casey Rausch will represent the Howard-Winneshiek CSD special education/general education team attending this training in June. Focus of the training is on the following:
-  How children learn to read
-  Strategies and structures that should be in place during literacy instruction
-  Assessments to utilize to determine whether children are/are not learning to read



Backyard conservation. Thanks Mr. Shaffer. #2020howardwinn pic.twitter.com/jAtEMiJO9v
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Taking soil samples at Natural Resource Day #2020howardwinn pic.twitter.com/8ug7Tld7hg
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@5BCadets Ss find out if Emerald Ash Borer are good, bad or ugly. Does #2020Howardwinn know the answer? pic.twitter.com/kdwGQBqrZ6

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