Saturday, May 10, 2014

May 9, 2014

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

Special Events for the Week of May 12 - May 18, 2014 

Monday:        Keystone AEA TRIAD Meeting - 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday:       All School Band Concert - 7:00 p.m.
                       Friends of Howard-Winneshiek Schools Foundation Meeting - 4:00 p.m.
                       Senior Recognition Night - 7:00 p.m.
Thursday:     Graduation Practice/Seniors Laptop Roll-in - 9:00 a.m.
Friday:          JH/HS Student Services Meetings - 1:00 p.m.
Sunday:        Graduation - 2:00 p.m.

2:00 PM

Youth Frontiers Character Challenge of the Week
1:1 Laptop Roll-in
Students will be turning in their laptops for the summer in the next few weeks. How will this be done?

Seniors:  You may start to check in computers on Monday, May 12.  You can bring your laptop to the Technology room. The final day to check in your laptop is Thursday, May 15 before 9:00 a.m.

9-11 Grades:  Students report to Homeroom for Laptop Check-in at 2:15 p.m. on June 2.
7-8 Grades:  Students stay in 8th period for Laptop Check-in at 2:15 p.m. on June 2.  

Any students who do not check in the device on June 2 should do so on June 3 to Homeroom teacher (9-11 grades) or 8th period teacher (7-8 grades)
What will your laptop be checked for?
- Damage
- Charger Block
- Charger Pouch

- Case
- Case Strap
- Name tag ($1)
- Can the laptop boot-up?
- Are all keys present?
- Has the laptop been cleaned?
- Has the laptop been unassociated with students’ iTunes account?
- Name of student
- Name of homeroom teacher
- Do the barcode codes match the laptop and charger block?

Riverland Community College/NICC/Grand Meadow Schools Partnership
On Tuesday, representatives from Riverland Community College, Northeast Iowa Community College, Grand Meadow, MN Schools, and Howard-Winneshiek Schools met to discuss future educational opportunities between the educational organizations.

What is our intent?
1.  Initiate more extensive career exploration at the Middle School level

2.  Transition selected High School courses to Skill-Based instead of Test-Based curriculum

3.  Ensure students have the skill sets in math, science and language to be successful in a chosen career

4.  Established teamed recruiting of students with area businesses and technical colleges

5.  Recruit students, by name, into high demand skilled careers

6.  Establish pre-certification of selected career courses for high school instruction

7.  Coordinate student transition to selected technical college for post-certification

8.  Ensure immediate employment upon graduation from technical college

What is our overall objective?

What are our next steps?
- Meet with regional business leaders to share our story
- Promote the innovative programming occurring in our high schools
- Develop an awareness for the need for expanded career counseling 

Summer of Listening
Public Schools occasionally forget to reach out to their communities to listen to patrons.  The thoughts and energy of our communities should be a priority to educators.  In essence, schools provide a service and educators need to listen to hear how our product is performing. 

This summer, I will be extensively asking the Howard-Winneshiek communities to provide the desired characteristics of Howard-Winneshiek graduates. 

Please continue to watch for more information as to where and when these "listening posts" will occur.

Tentative locations:
    • Howard County Fair
    • Summer Rec Nights
    • City Councils
    • Community Service Organizations
    • City libraries

May 7 Professional Development
Agenda from this past week's professional development afternoon:

  • Activities for Staff Appreciation Week
  • Meals for the Heartland
  • Student-Teacher Climate Survey
  • Develop School Improvement Goals
  • Self-Directed PLC time
  • End of the Year Planning
New Teachers for 2014-2015
The following positions will be recommended for hire at Monday night's School Board meeting:
  • HS Special Education
  • HS Science
  • K-6 Vocal Music
  • K-6 Instrumental Music
 Teaching positions to be filled:
  • HS Special Education
  • HS Mathematics
  • Spanish

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