Saturday, May 10, 2014

May 9, 2014 Shirley Sovereign

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

Teacher Appreciation Week
Our teachers in the Howard-Winn District care about students!  They put caring into action by taking the time to get to know each student as an individual and working hard to see that every student is successful.  Our teachers make it happen.  Whatever the challenge, from dealing with weather delays, to redesigning education, to creating a global footprint for our school district, they do it.  HW teachers meet challenges with enthusiasm and professionalism.  It's an honor to work beside you!
The PATT group delivered bouquets to the Lime Springs/Chester teachers this week.  
Professional Development
It was a productive inservice meeting this week with a busy agenda. 
  • Mrs. Pam Carver presented about "Meals for the Heartland."
  • Teachers worked on analyzing student achievement test scores from MAPS and Iowa Assessments.  Analysis focused on growth students made in reading, math and science.  Thank you to Michelle Bakken for supplying all the reports that recently arrived from Iowa Testing!
  • School Improvement Goals were developed for elementary, JH and HS in the areas of reading, math and science.  These will be used to develop the district goals for 2014-2015 for the Annual Progress Report to the State.
  • Elementary teachers met in grade-level collaboratives to work on class lists and curriculum orders for next year.
  • Math teachers in grades 6-8 reviewed new text materials.
  • Teachers completed the year-end PBIS survey.

Go the Distance Day
The Howard-Winn. Wellness Team organized this activity day for students in grades PK-12.  Every class set aside 30 minutes on May 2nd to participate in some type of physical activity.  Our district was registered for the state program celebrating active and healthy kids in Iowa.
Mrs. Kerian's 3rd graders walking the track on Go the Distance Day
Preschool Learning
The students in Mrs. Tieskoetter's class concluded their recycling study last week by recycling their milk cartons into planting pots.  The 4-year-olds are going to start learning about growing and planting during the month of May.  They worked to create a "Mr. or Mrs. Grasshead" by decorating the milk cartons with silly faces and planting grass seed inside.  Preschoolers will be in charge of giving their grass head a hair cut each time their family mows the lawn this summer!  During questioning in this inquiry study, preschoolers asked about what makes a seed?  To help solve this question, they planted a seed, a kernel of popcorn, a quarter and a noodle in soil.  The preschoolers are anxiously waiting to see which items will grow!

Bus Evacuation Drills 
Drills were held this week for tornado and bus evacuation.  Thank you bus drivers and teachers for helping the students learn these safety procedures!
PBIS Cadet Pride Store
The store opened last week.  Our PBIS coaches, Mrs. McCabe and Mr. Wiley, put a lot of time into organizing the store, and this became a popular event for the students at the grand opening last week.  Students have received "Cadet Pride" dollars for showing positive behaviors.  They have been saving these for awhile and had the chance last week to "cash" them in. 

Career Week at Lime Springs/Chester 
Students have been learning about all types of careers.  Many guests have visited the school this week to tell about their careers.  Thanks to the community for volunteering your time to give the students a glimpse of what may be a future career.
Mrs. Leifeld's kindergarten learning about working in the Post Office.



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