Friday, February 6, 2015

Terese Jurgensen 2/5/2015

Mr. Carver shared at an Apple Lead Learners Event!
I am writing to you from an Apple Leadership Learning Event where Mr. Carver is presenting! It is very exciting to hear how our school is transforming learning for student achievement. I am continuously amazed by our instructors going beyond teaching to facilitating learning. Mr. Carver stated during his presentation: "Education is changing. It is not a classroom of students and one teacher, it is a classroom of learners.” I often enter a classroom and can’t find the teacher because they blend into the learning environment with their students! Another important point of 21st century learning is that we are creating avenues for our students to find their passions and have the opportunity to experience their passions in our classrooms. The videos shared here highlight two students experiencing that very thing! Enjoy!

 KTTC Meteorologist Presents to 
2nd Grade Students!

To supplement our 2nd grade science unit on weather, Heather Klenke, our technology specialist, invited KTTC meteorologist to present to our students on Tuesday, February 3rd. What made it even more exciting, is that we were experiencing some heavy snow at the time of the presentation. The students were able to see on our Apple TV, the doppler radar and the heaviest snow in the area was in Cresco! They also were able to see a variety of weather instruments and ask lots of questions. As an added bonus, they were featured on the evening news!

Carter Henry

to me
I like doing "hands on" learning projects because it helps me learn. It helps me remember what the topic is about, and when we have a test, I remember that "hands-on" project. It is better than teachers talking and teaching you because sometimes it gets long, and "hands-on" projects help me stay focused. It makes me do my own creativity with "hands-on" projects, because I would describe it in my own words. Sometimes sitting and listening to the teacher is hard to do, so this is a way to think a different way, and better way.

I was walking through classrooms this week and came across our 6th graders doing a really cool science project - Carter Henry (above) shared his thoughts with me regarding project-based learning. Thanks, Carter!

Introducing.....Stacie Vermeer

Mrs. Vermeer was hired as our new special education teacher who started this January. She was born and raised in Spirit Lake, IA. Her husband (Justin), 2-year-old daughter (Alivia), and Mrs. Vermeer, moved to Elma this past December. Her husband is currently farming for her grandparents here in Elma and has been loving it so far! She graduated from Buena Vista University with a degree in Elementary Education and an endorsement in special education. She started working at Howard-Winn in January as the new special education teacher for students ranging from 2nd to 6th grade. Mrs. Vermeer told me the other day, "I have been learning the ropes from some of the best teachers around. My family and I are enjoying our new adventure here in Eastern Iowa!"

Parent Teacher Conferences ~ Sign Up Now!
The Dates of Parent-Teacher Conferences are February 17th & 19th.  Please go to the Howard-Winneshiek homepage, click on Parent Information and 
go to Conference Scheduler

Shown here are 7th grade students sharing their writing with kindergarten students. The best part one student said was, "Having little kids enjoy my words~it was fun!"

I have been writing about the Zones of Regulation & Executive Functioning in my weekly updates. The reason being...because it is making such a great difference in the lives of our kids!! We are teaching and implementing the Zones across our preschool and elementary classrooms, supporting student needs and helping the students learn how to self-regulate, so they can learn!

If you would like to learn more about the Zones of Regulation or how to support executive functions in your child's life, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Have a wonderful week!

Terese Jurgensen
Elementary Principal 2-6
Director of Special Education
Howard Winneshiek Community Schools 

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