Friday, January 16, 2015

Terese Jurgensen - Elementary Principal 2-6; Special Education Director PK-12

Braleigh - Just one of the many happy
students at Crestwood Elementary!


~Crestwood Culture~


Last week I had shared out that the word for the year in my life is ~Culture~ I had several wonderful experiences this week experiencing the positive culture of our elementary school. I always make it a personal goal to go out in the morning hours and greet our students. Pictured to the left is one of the happy faces that greeted me as I walked through the halls before the start of the school day. Pictured below are students working on spelling and letter writing even before the day began!

"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing."
                         ~ Albert Einstein



"Research has shown that learning to spell and learning to read rely on much of the same underlying knowledge — such as the relationships between letters and sounds — and, not surprisingly, that spelling instruction can be designed to help children better understand that key knowledge, resulting in better reading!"
    ~ by Lois Moats/Reading Rockets


Exciting News for Special Education Services!

At Howard-Winneshiek Community School District we are closing the gap in the areas of Reading, Math, Written Language and Adaptive Behaviors. During an average week, I attend anywhere from  8-12 special education meetings, and I am so pleased with what I see! So far this year, six students have been staffed out of special education services. We have had four students exceed their learning goals in the high school, one student in the middle school and two students in the elementary school. What is even more exciting, is that several students have reached and surpassed their individual goals. For example, at one of the IEP meetings this week in our high school, the student had met his reading, writing and social skills goal. His only remaining goal area is in math, and he is confident he will reach this goal as well. We didn't have a meeting - we had a celebration!  

Welcome Luther College Students!

Rebecca David and Michelle Ihde - 2nd Grade Team!


Crestwood Elementary is excited to welcome four J-Term Luther College students who are preparing to become elementary teachers. Pictured to the left is Rebecca David who is with Mrs. Ihde. Mitch Kennedy, a Luther College wrestler, is with Mrs. Tuchek and Katelyn Wieland is with Michelle Midthus, a third grade classroom. Casey Rausch, a first grade teacher is also hosting a student this month. The students are very excited to be with our teaching staff and Rebecca shared with me, "I have already learned so much from Mrs. Ihde - she is an amazing teacher!"


Third Grade Students Engaged in Learning!




The secret of making dreams come true can be summarized in four C's.
They are Curiosity, Confidence, Courage, and Constancy;
and the greatest of these is Confidence.


- Walt Disney
Enthusiasm for Learning!

Our SINA team met this week, and we opened the meeting with Hewlett Packard's: 
Rules of the Garage

Hewlett Packard's - Original 1939 Garage
  • Believe you can change the world.
  • Work quickly, keep the tools unlocked, work whenever.
  • Know when to work alone and when to work together.
  • Share tools, ideas. Trust your colleagues.
  • No politics. No bureaucracy. (These are ridiculous in a garage.)
  • The customer defines a job well done.
  • Radical ideas are not bad ideas.
  • Invent different ways of working.
  • Make a contribution every day. If it doesn’t contribute, it doesn’t leave the garage.
  • Believe that together we can do anything.
  • Invent.

  • During the SINA team meeting on 1/13/15 - Professional Development Plans were outlined to align all curriculum to the Iowa Core:


    During the month of February Grade Level Teams will have the opportunity to:


    • Teachers will work through student grade level data from FAST/MAPS.
    • Teachers will collaborate for interventions, supplemental/target form. Refined forms, working on interventions, putting interventions into FAST.
    • Teachers will collaborate to document progress, growth, concerns, spreadsheet  that documents and full grade level data.
    • Write "I CAN" statements.



    Elementary student - FAST Assessment

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