Friday, December 19, 2014

December 19, 2014

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

Special Events for the Week of January 5 - January 9, 2015
Monday:           Start of 2nd Semester
                          Law Enforcement Meeting - 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday:          District Cabinet Meeting - 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday:     Admin Meeting - 7:45 a.m. 
Thursday:         Regional Health Service of Howard County Meeting - 12:00 p.m.
Friday:              Counseling/At-Risk Weekly Meeting - 1:00 p.m. 

Youth Frontiers - The Character Challenge

Reminder:  #cadetnation Fridays are the first Friday of every month. This is a way to show your Cadet spirit. Remember to wear your #cadetnation t-shirt on Friday, January 9.

JB Holland Meeting
Representatives from Crestwood and Waukon High School met with Bill Holland from JB Holland this past week.  The purpose was to develop pathways for certification in the construction industry.  Mr. Holland is a strong supporter of developing relevant coursework to careers after school.  Future meetings will include other regional construction contractors and how we can partner to develop the skill sets of students post-high school.

Student - Teacher Relationship Building
Why are we focusing on connecting and being positive with every student?
We are focusing on connecting and being positive with every student in order to build stronger relationships among teachers and students.  Positive adult to student relationships inside a school are important because it creates a welcoming and nurturing environment in which to learn.  A positive school environment in which teachers and students support each other will have a positive impact on achievement, climate, culture, and attitudes.  

What is the story behind our data?
To learn more about why many of our students didn’t agree with the statement “My teachers notice when I am doing a good job and let me know about it” we surveyed all 7th-12th grade students. The first question that students were asked was, “What is the most important thing you want teachers to notice about you?” After reviewing their responses, we found that the vast majority of students want teachers to notice and acknowledge them for working hard and trying their best, their personal achievements outside of academics, and for their academic progress.

What change is needed?
Our data analysis revealed that more students want to be recognized: 1) for working hard and trying their best, 2) for their personal achievements outside of academics and 3) for their academic progress. We want to move from a school where students do not feel they are acknowledged for doing a good job to a school where adults consciously and purposefully acknowledge their hard work and dedication in and out of school.

What strategy will we use?
In order to increase positive relationships among staff and students, staff will notice and acknowledge when students are working hard and trying their best. Staff will also observe and acknowledge students’ personal and academic achievements. Staff will be asked to make three positive contacts to three different students between every scheduled staff PD day. One contact will be by email (which will also be copied to the student’s parent or guardian), one by a personal note, and one verbally one to one with a student. The verbal praise will be paired with a token/pin.  

Because it is important for staff to get to know students in order to be able to acknowledge their personal achievements, staff has been be asked to choose a strategy for connecting with students (from Capturing Kids Hearts, or Connecting with Students), set a goal and write it on a notecard to be turned in and reviewed by the principal. Further acknowledgements of students will include verbal and written praise.

Happy Holidays from the Junior High!

Happy Holidays from the High School! 
High School teachers hosted the #cadetnation Holiday tree in their rooms during December.  
Teachers were asked to decorate the tree with items from their teaching area.

Happy Holidays from Crestwood Secondary Schools!

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