Friday, November 7, 2014

November 7, 2014

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

Special Events for the Week of November 10 - November 16, 2014
Monday:          Law Enforcement Meeting - 9:00 a.m.
                         5th Grade Reading Event - 10:30 a.m.
                         National Honor Society Practice - 12:50 p.m.
                         Keystone AEA PD Planning - 2:00 p.m.
                         National Honor Society Induction - 7:00 p.m.  
Tuesday:         Howard Winneshiek Foundation Marketing Committee Meeting - 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday:    3 Hour Early Out - Teacher Professional Development
                              - Periods 1-4 Advisory
                         Admin Meeting - 7:30 a.m.
                         TLC Meeting - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday:        CBE Planning Meeting - 8:30 p.m.
Friday:             Counseling/At-Risk Weekly Meeting - 1:00 p.m.
                         High School Musical - 7:30 p.m. 
Saturday:         High School Musical - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday:           High School Musical - 2:00 p.m.

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. 

"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, Nov. 14 and Saturday, Nov. 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!

How Do We Rely On Prior Knowledge?

Working to Improve Student-Teacher Relationships
This past week students in grades 7-12 were asked to complete a short survey to help collect data on how to re-engage students with the learning environment. The results are below. 

We will use this data to help develop programming and activities to support a safe, engaging, learning environment on Dec. 10. The Iowa Safe and Support Schools program allows Crestwood to develop support systems to make each student feel valued during their educational experience.

Math League
Saturday, November 1st, Mrs. Vobr and Ms. Johnson took a group of high school students to compete in a Math League competition at Waverly-Shell Rock High School. Students Kim Weigel, Jessica Carolan, Shane Trautsch, Dylan Johnson, and Amber Mast competed against other Northeast Iowa School teams as well as teams made up of home schoolers. Each student competes as an individual in two rounds and then competes as teams for two rounds. Students who score high enough in the competition qualify to compete in the State of Iowa Math Leaguecompetition in April. Although none of the CHS students qualified for the state competition, it was a great day of challenging their math skills to the max! 

IT Expo
Junior and Senior Students in Mrs. Vobr's Hyperstream Robotics Club had the opportunity to attend Iowa State University's IT Expo on Tuesday, November 4. 

Both the Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering instructors and students hosted about 200 Iowa students that day. They learned about how the student engineers are learning about cyber defending power grids and water supply grids, cyber defending their own computers, and the creation and programming of robots. Part of their tour also included seeing Iowa State University's Power Room where the servers and Ethernet cables for the entire campus are controlled.

November 12 Homebase
Students are developing real connections and responsibility for their learning in Homebase this fall. Each session incorporates a fun relationship building activity as well as continued work on Student Led Conferences for this Spring.

A preview of one of the agenda items:

Release of Students and/or Information
The Howard-Winneshiek Community School District respects the rights of its students' parents. From time to time, family situations change and students may have primary custody with one of the parents.

The School District requires court approved documentation to limit access of information from biological parents to be placed on file, if your families' situations change. The School must give equal access to both parties if the School District does not have court approved paperwork limiting access for one of the parties.

These limitations can include, but are not limited to: educational decisions, access during the school day, and completion of registration materials.

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