Friday, September 26, 2014

September 26, 2014

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

Special Events for the Week of September 29 - October 5, 2014
Monday:          Howard-Winneshiek Foundation Meeting - 2:00 p.m.

Thursday:       Keystone AEA Principal's Meeting - 9:00 a.m.
Friday:            3 Hour Early Out Schedule (See details below)


Youth Frontiers - The Character Challenge

Homecoming 2014
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 signing) 
Thursday:  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

Who Benefits from Personalized Instruction?
  • Students who are ready to learn anytime, anywhere 
  • Gifted and talented learners who progress at ages younger or rates faster than their chronological peers 
  • Struggling learners who need additional time to master concepts, content, or skills 
  • Learners who have graduation requirement deficits 
  • Teachers who are looking for ways to more effectively differentiate the learning taking place both in and out of their classrooms 
  • Administrators who are looking for real-time data and school-wide patterns

What is the role of homework in CBE?
When teachers return homework to students with a grade, most students shove it in their backpack or binder and never look at it again. Imagine the enhanced learning opportunity for the student if instead, the teacher returned the homework with two or three meaningful comments rather than a grade?

As teachers, we realize that homework and practice tied directly to learning targets is an important component of student achievement. So when teachers use homework as a mechanism for extensive and timely feedback to the student, it conveys the message that homework is important and necessary.

Providing students with nonjudgmental written or verbal feedback enables teachers to formatively assess student understanding and provides the student safe opportunities to practice without judgment.

Iowa Safe and Supportive Schools Crestwood has been formally selected to participate in the Iowa Safe and Supportive Schools (IS3) program. This program with the $10,000 grant, will allow Crestwood to continue to develop and foster a safe, highly engaging learning environment.

What are the objectives?
  • Establish infrastructure to support Continuous Improvement Process for Conditions for Learning 
  • Implement Continuous Improvement Process for Conditions for Learning

What are the activities to be conducted?
  • Convene and facilitate IS3 Core Team that provides leadership for identifying priorities, selecting strategies to improve Conditions for Learning, and monitoring progress 
  • Convene and facilitate IS3 Youth Leadership Team that represents a diverse group of students that assists in analyzing data, identifying strategies to improve Conditions for Learning and provide advocacy for IS3 activities 
  • Provide staff who are responsible for fiscal and programmatic grant administration at the school level and for monitoring implementation of activities approved in the School  IS3 Implementation Plan 
  • Participate in Fall and Spring State trainings 
  • Engage in required evaluation of the IS3 grant 
  • Participate in webinars that provide opportunities to receive updates from the Department of Education and to network with other IShigh schools. 
What is the product of our work?
  • IS3 Implementation Plan to improve Adult-Student Relationships 
  • IS3 Implementation Plan to improve Discipline 

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