Friday, October 31, 2014

October 31, 2014

Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12)
Twitter: @Crestwood_HS
http://www.howard-winn.k12.ia.us/crestwood-junior-high 





Special Events for the Week of November 3 - November 9, 2014
Monday:          
Tuesday:         TLC Meeting - 7:30 a.m.
Wednesday:    Admin Meeting - 7:30 a.m.
Thursday:        Keystone AEA Meeting - 10:00 a.m.
                         7-12 Academic BLT Meeting - 3:30 p.m.
Friday:             Counseling/At-Risk Weekly Meeting - 1:00 p.m.

Saturday:        Iowa Student Learning Institute - Waukee High School
Sunday:

Youth Frontiers - The Character Challenge


National Honor Society Induction 
The Induction Ceremony for new initiates to the Crestwood Chapter of the National Honor Society will be November 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the HS Auditorium. This year's featured speaker will be Dr. Steve Schulz, NIACC President. We invite all community members to the ceremony with a reception afterwards in the HS Student Center.


How Do We Gain Students Attention?




Great Collaboration between School Districts! 
On Tuesday, October 28 the Virtual Reality Education Pathways (VREP) class from New Hampton and their facilitator Mary Frese visited Crestwood's VREP class. Students from CHS shared some of their projects they have been working on over the last couple of years and answered questions posed from the New Hampton instructor and students. A short one-to-one conferencing took place to discuss questions on specific projects the New Hampton students shared. 


Security at the High School
Crestwood High School staff believe strongly in a safe educational environment for students. All exteriors will be locked during the school day from Thursday, October 30, 2014 and continuing ahead.

Students will be given an access card that can be used to open the main front doors, superintendent's/district office doors, back cafeteria doors, and east doors by the weight room. Lanyards for the access cards will be provided to students prior to Thursday, October 30.

The access card will open the four sets of doors from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Front doors and cafeteria doors at the High School and the front and three sets of South doors at the K-8 building are scheduled open from 7:00 - 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visitors at the superintendents door will be directed to the superintendent's office before being allowed into the building, the last set of doors here are the only ones locked during business hours.  


The exterior doors will be open during activity events at night.

Please note that the door opening system will record the name, date, and time of the person's swipe card when entering the building.

If you do not have a swipe card, there is an entry pad which can be "buzzed." The entry pad is located next to the west set of main front doors. Secretaries will ask for the name of the person entering the building and possibly what business the person is to conduct.


A special thanks to the Cresco Police Department - specifically Chief Tim Ruroden, Officer Shannon Cox, and Officer Cory Jarchow for their recent involvement in the Shelter in Place Drill and Canine Sweep. The Cresco Police Department and Howard County Sheriff's Department have been tremendous partners in developing a safe, secure learning environment.


Project Led the Way Computer Science Course Investigation
Crestwood Secondary staff is currently investigating a second strand to our PLTW course offerings - Computer Science.

The foundation course is Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSE). Using Python® as a primary tool and incorporating multiple platforms and languages for computation, this course aims to develop computational thinking, generate excitement about career paths that utilize computing, and introduce professional tools that foster creativity and collaboration. This course can be a student's first course in computer science, although we encourage students without prior computing experience to start with Introduction to Computer Science. CSE helps students develop programming expertise and explore the workings of the Internet. Projects and problems include app development, visualization of data, cybersecurity, robotics, and simulation. The course aligns with CSTA 3B standards.

Further classes can be offered to develop a computational thinking, computationally aware and capable workforce. 




What Are The Needs of a 21st Century Classroom?
The 21st Century Classroom involves more than just the latest technological devices. It is how interactive technology, digital tools, the internet, and a teacher armed with the right knowledge combine to provide a learning environment that engages today's students in learning.
  • Engages the student and encourages collaboration
  • Combine information and opportunities for learning
  • Recognizing vast sources of information and knowledge on the internet 
  • Skilled and professional teachers

How are teachers preparing for the 21st Century at Crestwood Secondary School?

  • g2 “Global Generation” program sets the stage for authentic connections and collaboration 
  • Standards Based Grading to effectively communicate achievement status to students and parents 
  • Project Lead the Way provides hands-on, project-based engineering courses through critical thinking skills
  • Flipped learning allows a teacher can spend more time interacting with students instead of lecturing 
  • Experiential Learning provides hands-on learning in multiple disciplines 
  • Student Centered Learning allows students to take ownership of learning and develop the process of mastery to best fit their learning style
  • Manufacturing/Industry Connections to deliberately transfer the skills taught to students and make them applicable to workplace careers.

THANK YOU TO MR. HILSABECK, MR. TRENDE, AND MR. DUERRE FOR MAKING THE NEW STUDENT ACTIVITY BANNERS HAPPEN!


 

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