Friday, February 27, 2015

Terese Jurgensen

Mrs. Jurgensen - happy and excited for Cadet Nation!
                         GO CADETS!
It has been an exciting couple of weeks for the Crestwood Cadets! We had six wrestlers compete at State Wrestling and now our girl's basketball team will be competing at the state level next Tuesday. To make things even more exciting our boy's basketball team will be playing at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Monday night for substate play after a win over Decorah!  Exciting times for the Cadets!  As exciting as sports are (I am a huge fan of athletics), I am equally as excited about the exciting learning experiences our students are having at Crestwood Elementary!  Here are just a few....

A happy group of 3rd grade students cheering on Cadet Nation @ Pep Assembly, Monday, February 23rd

Focus on Math
Mr. Sorenson teaching ratios & proportions 
to 6th grade students
I spent a good portion of my week visiting and observing classrooms during their math block of instruction.  I saw phenomenal learning experiences, student engagement and real world math.  To the left here, Mr. Sorenson, 6th grade teacher, is using his car, which uses an additive to the gasoline, to teach the students how to configure proportions in real-world experiences. At Crestwood, I often here the terms:  math answer and real-world answer.  These terms allow the students to think outside of the math problem and carry over the learning to application of their lives.  It makes sense!

Students Learn Math
Here are two other examples of how students are learning math at Crestwood Elementary. To the right, two 2nd grade boys are engaged in a program that helps them to remember their math facts while driving race cars! The young lady below is working on math facts during her daily rotation of math in Mrs. Tuchek's classroom. Each way is equally important as it engages the brain in different ways, reinforcing the learning! Our classrooms have engaged learners! #2020Howardwinn

Crestwood Elementary Students Grades 3 - 6 
Partner Together to Teach Test-Taking Strategies 
for the Iowa Assessments

Mrs. Jurgensen inviting students to partner together
to share out test taking strategies for the
Iowa Assessments - March 10th, 11th & 12th

Special Reading Activities Coming to Crestwood!
Mrs. Shekelton, with 5th grade students this week.  She was
a substitute teacher for Mrs. Halverson.
One student, pictured here stated, "She is a great teacher!"

Starting Monday, March 2nd through Friday, March 6th, Crestwood Elementary will be celebrating Read Across America and World Read Aloud activities in their classrooms and during Library Time in the Media Center. 

Mrs. Shekelton has created learning centers with a Dr. Suess theme for all of our students to learn from and to enjoy. The teachers and students are excited about the activities and look forward to this event every year. During the Month of March, please be sure to read a good book with your children!  

Research proves that if students read an additional 20 minutes a day, outside of school, it will make their ability to read and become productive citizens a reality. 

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