Monday, November 10, 2014

November 14, 2014

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

Special Events for the Week of November 17 - November 23, 2014
Monday:          One Hour Early Out - Parent/Teacher Conferences
Wednesday:    NICC Marketing Meeting - 1:00 p.m.
                         Howard-Winn Foundation Meeting (Marketing Committee) - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday:        NEIC Conference Principals Meeting (Cresco) - 11:00 p.m.
                         One Hour Early Out - Parent/Teacher Conferences
Friday:             Counseling/At-Risk Weekly Meeting - 1:00 p.m.
                         Winter Meet the Team Night - 6:00 p.m.

Youth Frontiers - The Character Challenge

Veteran's Day Assembly
Thank you for all Americans past and present who protect our liberties!

"Guys and Dolls"
What do you get when you take gamblers, New York City, Havana, dancers, a fourteen-year engagement and a Mission Band and put them all together? You get The musical, "Guys and Dolls" which will be performed on Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 16 at 2:00 p.m. in the CHS Auditorium. Cost is $5 for adults, and $3 for students! There are 40 students in the cast and a few more working lights and backstage!

Listening Posts for December
On a regular basis, the Secondary School conducts Listening Posts to determine the skills graduates need and effectively communicate the status of education in grades 7-12.  

Upcoming dates:
December 8 - 6:00 pm - Cresco Public Library
December 15 - 6:00 pm - Elma Public Library
December 16 - 6:00 pm - Lime Springs Community Center 

Project Lead the Way FULL Certification
Crestwood Secondary School will become Project Lead The Way (PLTW) certified! Through a site visit last spring and additional opportunities for students, Crestwood's program has been fully endorsed by the National PLTW Board. This a tremendous honor in just the second year of implementation. This allows students to validate the credits they earn at post-secondary institutions as well as allowing the school district to receive state supplemental funding.

Iowa Characteristics of a CBE System 
Indicators of strong CBE programming in a school:
I.      District has strong internal and external stakeholder involvement and shared vision
II.     District nurtures a culture of continual improvement
III.    District policies support a competency-based learning environment
IV.    Competencies and scoring guides align with the Iowa Core and other content standards to describe what students need to know and be able to do
V.     Assessments are a meaningful and positive learning experience for students
VI.    Learning environment is student-centered and personalized
VII.   Shared leadership
VIII.  Credit/advancement is based upon demonstration of proficiency
IX.    District provides technical support for teachers, students, and parents
X.     District provides smooth transitions to post-secondary experiences     

Appreciate the Differences We Have
We live in a world were we come from different backgrounds, direct experiences, socioeconomic statuses, and cultural norms. Many times we say, "Oh, just get by with the person" or "Toughen up, it will make you stronger." Yet, we do not always know what the person is going through away from school - both student and adult.

Rather than tolerance, we should embrace our differences. What makes us human is that we are all unique. We should encourage each other to embrace and appreciate our differences. If we open our hearts to others, a culture of opportunity and acceptance develops quickly.


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