Friday, February 20, 2015

February 20

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

Special Events for the Week of February 23-27, 2015
Monday:         Law Enforcement Meeting - 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday:        Regional High Schools Meeting - 11:00 a.m.
                        K-8 Building Room Reconfiguation Meeting - 3:40 p.m.
Wednesday:   3 Hour Early Out Schedule - Professional Development - Periods 1-4
                        Administrative Meeting - 7:45 a.m.
Thursday:       Iowa CBE Collaborative Meeting - Altoona 
Friday:            County Attorney Meeting - 9:00 a.m.
                        Weekly At-Risk/Guidance Meeting - 1:00 p.m.

Youth Frontiers - The Character Challenge

HS Art Awards
Paraphrased from announcement: 
Thank you for participating in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! This year we had over 900 art pieces and 275+ writing pieces submitted from across Iowa. During the adjudication process, our judges were impressed with the amazing student talent. 

Alissa Hageman - Silver Key in Digital Art
Sarah Schoeberl - Gold Key Drawing and Illustration (goes on for National Scholastic)
Michaela Julesgaard - Silver Key Photography

Iowa Assessments 
To prepare for Iowa Assessments on March 11, encourage your child to:

  1. Get a good night sleep.
  2. Eat breakfast; it’s a great way to keep your concentration.
  3. Arrive at school on time (or a little early) to avoid rushing to your test room.
  4. Have several sharpened #2 pencils with good erasers.
  5. Pay close attention to test instructions.
  6. Budget time effectively – don’t waste time trying to solve a difficult problem only to end up leaving blank questions that you may have answered correctly.
  7. Watch the time – keep an eye on the classroom clock or your own watch.
  8. Don’t waste time after finishing a test – go back over your answers.
  9. Remember that the scores are recorded on your official transcripts – the same transcript that is requested by colleges, employers, and scholarship committees.
  10. We will not be using calculators.
  11. You can read book while you wait, but homework and laptops are not allowed.
Crestwood Junior High Broadcast News

Celebration of Success 
K-12 students, staff, and community members are invited to a Crestwood "Celebration of Success" in the HS gym on Monday, February 23rd at 2:45 p.m. All current activities will be recognized on their past achievements and upcoming events. Each sponsor will talk about the overall season, next event, current work, etc.
Welcome: Mr. Hilsabeck
1. Wrestling (Slifka)
2. Girls Basketball (Sickles)
3. Boys Basketball (McCormick)
4. FFA (Adams)
5. Speech (Day)
6. Band/Drumline (Dobbs)
7. Choir (LeFebvre)
8. Art (Riehle)
9. Cheerleading (Becker, Steinmetz)

Senior Year Plus Changes
The intent of the Senior Year Plus statue is to ensure all students in Iowa have increased access to courses that have the potential to generate college credit while in high school. Students in concurrent enrollment as well as PSEO courses must be juniors or seniors or TAG freshman and sophomores or enrolled in the construction career pathway. The statue requires all students enrolling in college credit courses be proficient in reading, math, and science. At Crestwood High School, concurrent enrollment courses include:
  • Advanced Placement courses (AP)
  • Contracted courses at Northeast Iowa Community College
  • Post Secondary Enrollment Options Act courses (Dual Credit)
  • Iowa Communication Network Courses (ICN)
  • Iowa Learning Online courses (ILO)
Approved Criteria Ensuring Reading, Math, and Science Proficiency:
1. The student is proficient on the reading comprehension, math computation, and science portions of the Iowa Assessments. Proficiency is a National Percentile Rank of 41 or higher on each of these tests.
2. The student is proficient on the reading, math and science portions of the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) Tests. Proficiency is a RIT score that correlates to the percentile of 34 or higher on each of these tests.
3. The student is proficient on the English, Math, and Science portions of the INSPIRE test or American College Testing test (ACT).  Proficiency is a score of 18 or higher on either of these assessments.
4. The student is proficient on the Accuplacer or COMPASS Test. Proficiency is a score above the developmental level as determined by the partner college (NICC test requirement is a score of 79 on the reading test and 51 on the pre-algebra test). The students passing the Accuplacer or COMPASS Test would still need to prove proficiency in science on the Iowa Assessment, MAP, PLAN, or ACT tests or specified course grades. 
5. The student received a C or better on the most recent semester grade in science. These courses in Science (Biology, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry, Physics, or Science 11 correlate to the Iowa Assessment performance level descriptors. 
Note: Proficiency can be met with any combination of these 5 pre-approved criteria but must demonstrate proficiency in the areas of reading, math, and science using their most recent test score of grade.
*** Career and Technical Coursework for Dual Credit is exempt from meeting the Reading, Math, and Science Proficiency requirements in Senior Year Plus guidelines.

Crestwood High School offers the following to students:
Opportunities for post-secondary credit on campus
  • 33 unique courses with 1,325 college credits during the 2013-2014 school year. 
  • These college credits saved parents nearly $687,662 in college expenses. 
  • On average, this is a savings of over $4,352 per student during the year.
College-level curriculum including:
  • Advanced Placement (AP) 
  • Dual Credit Classes 
  • CNC/Advanced Manufacturing 
  • Certification Programs
  • Project Lead The Way (PLTW) 

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