Friday, November 21, 2014

November 21, 2014

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

Special Events for the Week of November 24 - November 30, 2014
Monday:           Law Enforcement Meeting - 9:00 a.m.
                          Keystone AEA Standards Based Grading Workshop Presentation - 1:00 p.m.  
Wednesday:     No School
Thursday:        Thanksgiving
Friday:              No School

Youth Frontiers - The Character Challenge

Robotics Club
The students involved in the Hyperstream Robotics Club under Mrs. Vobr's guidance got their hands on the Lego NXT kits this week and had a chance to build their very first simple robots. Next week, the programming begins.


Video Bootcamp
Students attend Bootcamp at Crestwood - well a Video Bootcamp anyway - put on by JDL Horizons Edu Vision. Eleven high school students and six junior high students attended the camp under the supervision of Rhonda Vobr. Clayton Bosquez, Dave Williamson and Sir Brian Sterling-Vete put the students through their paces learning about video basics, the school's new video camera and audio mixer/video switch and how to put a few finishing touches on a video. Students were then split into groups and prepared a short newscast of what they had learned. We are preparing the students to film some school events and eventually film those events for Live Streaming on the Internet.

Review of Grading Practices
The 7-12 Academic BLT recently reviewed a proposed grading policy once CBE is implemented at Crestwood Secondary. Departmental feedback was sought to revise the work and pose questions. Highlights of the proposed grading policy:

1. We believe students should be allowed multiple opportunities in various ways to demonstrate their understanding of classroom learning standards. Therefore, redos and retakes will be encouraged and will be allowed after the relearn process for full credit in all content areas K-12 up until the last week of the quarter.

2. We believe a student’s grade should reflect what he/she actually knows and can demonstrate on a classroom assignment or assessment tied to specific learning standard(s). Therefore, extra credit will not be used.

3. We believe that each student learns at a different pace and we believe that ‘when’ a kid learns isn’t nearly as important as ‘if’ a kid learns. Therefore, after working with their teacher, students will not be academically penalized for turning in work on an alternate date.

4. We believe each student must acquire certain skills to be a successful citizen, however we also believe that a grade must reflect what a student knows and can demonstrate when it comes to specific academic learning standards. Therefore, non-academic indicators such as; simple classroom participation, behavior, work completion, attendance and other non-academic indicators, will not be included in a student’s academic grade.

Student Led Conferences (SLC)
This fall and into the spring, students grades 7-12 have been working towards developing their Student Led Conference. The purpose of SLC is for students to take ownership of their learning and develop skills in presenting their knowledge. In essence, this is a mini-interview.

During Parent/Teacher Conferences, students will be presenting their learning to a parent or adult of their choice. The student, parent/adult, and Homebase advisor will participate. The student will present the information for all of their classes at this one time. There will not be the need to go to all teachers of the student unless the parent/adult wishes to.

The SLC will consist of the following questions for each courses using 1-2 artifacts for each class.
  • Why did you choose this piece of work? 
  • What was the purpose of the assignment? 
  • What process (steps) did you go through to complete the assignment? 


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