Friday, September 19, 2014

September 19, 2014

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

Special Events for the Week of September 22-28, 2014
Monday:          PLTW Counselor and Administrator Workshop - Iowa City

Wednesday:   3 Hour Early Out - Teacher Professional Development
Iowa Competency Based Education Visit - Sandra Dop
Friday:             Iowa Competency Based Education Visit - Sandra Dop

                          Counseling/At-Risk Weekly Meeting - 1 p.m.

Youth Frontiers - The Character Challenge

September 24 Teacher Professional Development 
Agenda for the next learning opportunity:

Student-Teacher Relationship Building/Climate-Culture – Amy Holst
  • Icebreaker
  • Recap of where we have been
  • Ticket Out Review from June
  • Caring for Kids Hearts Teacher Presentation from Summer Workshop
  • Where are We Going?
    • Proper, strong relationships
    • Iowa Safe and Supportive Schools
  • Reflection
    • Individual Goals
    • Principal Follow-up

Work on Professional Growth PLCs /ICDPs

Homecoming 2014
Students have been working hard to develop activities for this year's Homecoming. The opponent is the Independence Mustangs. Some initial details:

Hall and Float Decorations
Sunday, September 28 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 28 at 5:00 p.m.

Powder Puff Football Game
Sunday, September 28 6:00 p.m.

Community Kick-off Event
Sunday, September 28 7:00 p.m.

Dress Up Days
Monday: Character Day

Tuesday: America/Camouflage Day

Wednesday: John Hancock Day (white t-shirt)

Throwback Thursday (suggestion: older CHS shirts/sweatshirts)

Friday: Blue/School Colors

All School Pep Rally
Friday, October 3 10:30 a.m.  - HS Gymnasium

Senior Picture
Friday, October 3 12:30 p.m.

Homecoming Parade
Friday, October 3 2:00 p.m.

Football Game 
Friday, October 3 vs. the Independence Mustangs
5:00 p.m. - 9th grade game;  7:30 p.m. - Varsity 


Student Counseling Support
Crestwood Junior High and High School will now be hosting a counselor from Northeast Iowa Behavioral Health - Decorah available to see students during a study hall. Below is the process to arrange an appointment for your son/daughter to receive counseling.

- Call Northeast Iowa Behavioral Health at 563-382-3649 or 1-800-400-8923.
- When calling to set up your first appointment, please tell the receptionist that you would like your son/daughter to be seen at Crestwood Junior High or High School.
- The receptionist will then schedule your first appointment in Decorah with the correct counselor.
- Following the initial meeting, you son or daughter can be seen at the Junior High or High School during a study hall. 

What is Competency Based Education?
Why Competency Education
The time for competency education has come. It is vitally important for our country to move away from the restrictions of a time-based system. The reasons are many:

  • To ensure that all students succeed in building college and career readiness, consistent with the Common Core of world class knowledge and skills;

  • To take advantage of the extraordinary technological advances in online learning for personalization, allowing students to learn at their own pace, any time and everywhere.

  • To provide greater flexibility for students that would otherwise not graduate from high school because they have to work or care for their families;

What is Competency Education?
Competency education builds upon standards reforms, offering a new value proposition for our education system. Frequently, competency education is described as simply flexibility in awarding credit or defined as an alternative to the Carnegie unit. Yet, this does not capture the depth of the transformation of our education system from a time-based system to a learning-based system. Competency education also hold promise as districts explore new ways to expand and enrich support to students, challenging the assumption that learning takes place within the classroom. Competency-based approaches are being used at all ages from elementary school to graduate school level, focusing the attention of teachers, students, parents, and the broader community on students mastering measurable learning topics.

In 2011, 100 innovators in competency education came together for the first time. At that meeting, participants fine-tuned a working definition of high quality competency education:

  • Students advance upon mastery.

  • Competencies include explicit, measurable, transferable learning objectives that empower students.

  • Assessment is meaningful and a positive learning experience for students.

  • Students receive timely, differentiated support based on their individual learning needs.

  • Learning outcomes emphasize competencies that include application and creation of knowledge, along with the development of important skills and dispositions.

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