Kirstin Kerian sent this information to share with us about an opportunity to
financially support our students at Howard-Winneshiek and our teachers to
create projects. This is what we do best! Project-Based Learning! Thank you!
Ms. Kerian writes:
If you already know about Donor's Choose, create a project
because Donaldson's has $6,000 they want to donate toward
If you don't, you choose what you want in your classroom (I've
done an easel, storage ottomans for my reading table, whiteboard sets, etc),
create a project (takes about an hour), and you post it. If yours is funded - you get your materials! SUPER EASY!!! And not just for elementary
teachers - for all teachers!
Donaldson's has $6,000 to donate for us so create a project - I
swear, it's that easy!
I will help you create a project if you want - supplies can be
ordered through almost anywhere (School Specialty, Amazon, Blick, etc).
Anddddd, a lot of times, the projects get "matching" donations, which
means if someone donates $30, Donors Choose will match that so now it's a $60
Anyways - create a project
with your dream materials! Go wild - if you want help, ask me!
Anna Ptacek is an 8th
grade student working hard to discover better ways to learn. This year for her
science class she is doing a project called Science Fair.
For this project we
must come up with a question that we must prove with an experiment. My
Science Fair question this year is: “Does Classical Music Effect Concentration?”
With my procedure for
the experiment I was planning on using two third grade classrooms. Mrs.
Adams and Mrs. Midthus have agreed to assist me and put together a
spelling list for me to use in my experiment as well. In the experiment we
will give the spelling test to the students in each third grade
class. While they are taking the test, for three weeks there will be
classical music playing in the background. For another three weeks, we
will play no music whatsoever while the students are taking the test.
My objective of this
experiment is to test to see whether or not the
classical music will
effect the concentration of the students as it explains in my
National School Lunch Day!
I had a great experience last Friday, October 17th when I served
lunch for 5th and 6th grade students. I am pictured here "rockin' the
hairnet" with a few of our wonderful ladies who serve delicious meals to
hundreds of students every day. I want to give a huge SHOUT OUT to these women
who serve us every day. They have a challenging job and they do this daily with
grace and kindness. Please remember to say THANK YOU every day!
Delicious food served to hungry students!
ART READING CLUB STARTING FOR 2nd GRADE STUDENTS! Just think if Dr. Suess and his amazing drawings/art didn't have words with the pictures? Think of how easily students can learn to read with words like, "One Fish - Two Fish - Red Fish - Blue Fish!" Or fluency words that constantly repeat, "I do like them Sam I am! I do like Green Eggs and Ham!" Art and reading go hand-in-hand!
Mrs. Branum, our elementary art teacher is starting a
2nd Grade Art Reading Club!
She is looking for students who are in 2nd grade and
would like to keep improving their reading skills and incorporate it with the
world of art. Recently, Mrs. Branum attended a workshop at the AEA
learning more about the Iowa Core and incorporating it into the fun, exciting
world of art. If your 2nd grade student is interested in joining the Art Reading
Club, please watch for information coming home in student backpacks. Thank you
Third Grade Students
Skype with the Knoxville Zoo!
Third Grade students
had an awesome opportunity to Skype with the Knoxville Zoo on October 10th! The zoologist was Jason and the students reported that he was great! He
focused on three animals not common in the Midwest: a chinchilla, a toucan from
the rainforest, and a ball snake. The zoologist engaged the students in
discussions about the animals' habitats and adaptations, which was exactly what
Crestwood third graders were studying in science. He then allowed
students to ask all sorts of questions about animals at the zoo. The
students asked excellent questions and one student reported to me that he wanted
to visit the zoo with his family! The students really enjoyed it, as did
Jason holds a chinchilla to show the students!
The students were engaged & asked great questions!
Special Education - BEYOND BELIEF Closing the
A few years ago, data revealed that Iowa Schools had
the LARGEST achievement gap between general education students and special
education students in our nation. This sent out a huge shock-wave among
educators and families of students with disabilities. The achievement gap was a
primary focus, and I remember Jason Glass stating, "Their is an
achievement gap that is not acceptable, and it is not just the responsibility
of special education - but all "eyes will be on general education." We
needed to change how we did business. This month in the Every Child Newsletter,
data was revealed about what truly makes a difference in a child's life and
closes the achievement gap of special education students.
A survey was sent out to educators, counselors,
parents, administrators and support staff asking the question: "What
is the number one indicator that a child will close the gap and meet his/her
goals and be staffed out of special education?"
The article was titled "Beyond Belief!" It is no
surprise that the most important indicator that students will close their
individual learning gap is when:
EDUCATORS BELIEVE IN THEIR STUDENTS
AND IMPART THIS BELIEF IN THEM!
A critical piece of this belief system is that
we do everything we can to avoid pulling students out of instruction. They must
be with their peers and receiving FAPE in the Core Curriculum plus specialized
individual instruction. At Crestwood Schools we refer to this as the
Core + More! We are moving towards this practice throughout our building.
Every day, as I interact with teachers, staff, students and parents, I am so
encouraged by what an amazing school and community we have! Our entire staff is
hardworking, willing to go the extra mile, encouraging and believing in our students
and families - every step of the way. We do believe in all of
our students at Howard-Winneshiek!