Friday, January 9, 2015

Terese Jurgensen - January 8th, 2015

"The word for the year is ~ Culture"
Every New Year, like so many of you, I reflect on the past. However, I am not a believer in resolutions ~ I seem to always break them! Instead, I carefully choose a word, or a motto to improve not only my life, but also the lives of the people I come in contact with daily. For the year 2015, I have chosen the word, "Culture." I love the definition, "Culture is the quality in a person or society that arises from a concern for what is regarded as excellent in arts, manners, scholarly pursuits, behaviors beliefs and furthermore...the development of the mind by education or training." Perfect.

Crestwood Culture ~ Offering Excellent Learning Opportunities 
After School Tutoring Services ~ Educare
Lynn Murray is the director of our after-school tutoring through Educare.
This year we have 50 students and 17 teachers participating!

   Two happy brothers after eating their snack ~ ready to learn!
One hour learning math & reading!

Crestwood Culture ~ 

 Offering Excellent Writing Opportunities
Two Classrooms at the Same School Compete for Top Honor!
Mrs. Kerian teaches Teachers & Students!
This year K-4 classrooms were invited to write about the theme of Time Travel. “It was a very exciting year to read the contest entries and be taken back in time by these amazing young authors,” said Mrs. P (played by T.V. actress Kathy Kinney). “Two of the entries are even from the same school this year but different classrooms, talk about nail-biting,” added Kinney.

          Mrs. P's Top Writer's Contest!
This year’s five finalists are:
Mrs. Midthus ~ Reading Instruction
  • Big Hair Bonanza - Michelle Midthus 3rd grade from Crestwood Elementary in Iowa, submitted a story drafted by a student that the class voted on and then their classroom edited and revised it as a class project.

  • Steve the Human and Bob the Robot - Mrs. Heather Garnett's 4th Grade Classroom at The Collegiate School in Richmond, Virginia, submitted an individual's story voted as the best entry by our class.
  • The Day the Class Went Back in Time - Gail Mercurio’s 1st grade at Albemarle Road Elementary School in Charlotte, North Carolina submitted their story as is a collaborative class project.
  • The Magic Baseball Poster from Karen Close’s 4th grade at Elm Lawn Elementary school in Middleton Wisconsin selected one story voted on by the class to represent this 4th grade.
  • The Time Travel Adventure from Mrs. Kerian's 3rd Grade from Crestwood Elementary in Iowa, selected a story drafted by a student that the class voted on and then their classroom edited and revised it as a class project. 
Crestwood Culture ~ Offering Excellent STEM Opportunities

Throughout Crestwood Elementary, on any given day and in any given classroom, you will see innovative ways of using technology to build students' skills in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. t is remarkable. My past work experiences have allowed me to work in 1:1 schools, but I have never seen technology utilized as it is here at Howard-Winneshiek. I have featured Mrs. Fretheim in my update before, but the culture of excellence in her classroom must be shared.

Crestwood Culture ~ Excellent Supports for the Whole Child!

What are The Zones of Regulation?
The Zones is a systematic, cognitive behavior approach used to teach self-regulation by categorizing all the different ways we feel and states of alertness we experience into four concrete zones. The Zones curriculum provides strategies to teach students to become more aware of, and independent in controlling their emotions and impulses, managing their sensory needs, and improving their ability to problem solve conflicts. Crestwood Preschool and Elementary Special Education Teachers are incorporating the "Zones of Regulation" into their curriculum and sharing it with our Crestwood Staff. Everyone has times when problems or stressors become overwhelming. Next week on January 17th, we have a few special education teachers attending this training, and will look forward to seeing its impact on student lives.

Happy & Getting Ready for After School Tutoring
Landon always has a smile for his teachers!
Crestwood Culture ~ Teacher & Staff Collaboration for Student Achievement!

Mrs. Adam's Class - STEM Bubble Project
Literacy is Key to Student Achievement!

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