Friday, May 22, 2015

Terese Jurgensen, May 22nd 2015


Iowa Assessment Celebration!

Over 200 parents joined in the celebration!
Parents & students enjoyed a grilled hot dog lunch 
with delicious side dishes outside on picnic tables!

The 3rd through 6th grade students and their families enjoyed an exciting event last Friday, May 15th, in celebration of outstanding Iowa Assessment Scores. To recap, the plan to change how we implemented strategies for the assessments started with the SINA team which consists of Sara Grimm, Casey Rausch (1st grade), Linda Walter (Special Education), Julie Wilson (5th grade), Kim Kerian (3rd grade), Tammy Foster (Title 1), Karen Kuhn (2nd grade) Lynn Murray (Title 1) and myself with the outstanding supports of Marcia Kruse of Keystone AEA. From there, as I have noted in previous updates, all of the teaching staff worked very hard throughout the school year to supplement the reading curriculum with the Iowa Core Standards and implementing 90 minutes of literacy and 30 minutes of specialized direct reading instruction according to student needs the entire year. Finally, our students partnered together to teach each other "test taking strategies" for bubble sheet - multiple choice tests. The gains were outstanding across all elementary grade levels - 74.5% proficient!  We needed to celebrate! 

The Iowa Assessment Celebration was such a fun event!  We started the afternoon (thankful for the excellent weather!) and hosted approximately 200 parents for lunch and at 12:30 we had a fun powerpoint highlighting the videos made by the students! Following the videos, the students and their parents were "WOWED!" by Craig Stevens, magician and illusionist.  He was so much fun, and I have included some video here. Finally, as a culmination activity, the students and their parents went outside to play bean bag toss, tug-of-war, kickball, soccer, football throw and other fun events. The day was perfect, Crestwood Elementary was so thankful for all of the parent and community support!

Craig Steven – Mr. Steven has been performing in front of audiences for over 35 years, taking time out for meals, of course.  He performs magic both in stand-up and sleight of hand venues.  Craig has combined his love of magic and an aptitude in construction to build magic effects and illusion which he supplies to magicians worldwide. (visit 
Fun for the Entire Family!

New friendships were formed!
Lots of fun all day long!

Families enjoyed fun activities together!

    "Karaoke Joe" kept our "stars" singing all afternoon!


Fun Pictures from the School Year!

There is not enough time in the day to reflect on all of the good times and great learning that occurred during the 2014 -2015 school year!  It has been an honor to be the elementary principal for grades 2-6th. Next year, my office will be located in the high school and my new title will be Director of Special Education/Student Services PK - 12. I am looking forward to working in this new capacity with the Howard-Winneshiek Community School District. 



The Importance of Summer Reading 

Research shows that the average student loses approximately 70% of what they learned during the school year over the summer months. It then takes students about 6 weeks to recover what they knew in May!  This can be prevented by SUMMER READING!  It is so important to continue to encourage your child to read over the summer months. There are a lot of creative ways to incorporate reading. Fun Children's magazines, weekly trips to the local library, reading about a vacation spot you will be visiting, reading silly, scary stories around the campfire or weekly book clubs for your children and your best friend's children over the summer. There are so many fun ways to incorporate reading, that it can be a seamless transition from school to summer and back to school again.  Here is some information from our local libraries!

Children's Summer Reading Program: Snakes Alive! ~ CRESCO!

WhenJun 02, 2015
from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Contact Name
Contact Phone(563) 547-2540
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Snakes Alive! is an amazing live reptile program! Visit the library and check out books anytime between June 2 and June 30. For every five books read, you will receive a ticket. Write your name and phone number on it and drop it in the box. Every week, names will be drawn and prizes will be awarded. Win books, puzzles, games and candy! On June 30th, a grand prize will be given away: A pool party at The Cresco Fitness Center for eight and a certificate for two Casey's pizzas! A generous thank you to: The Friends of The Cresco Public Library, C US Bank and Cresco Bank & Trust.

Summer Reading Program - Lime Springs
Jun 03, 2015
from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
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The Summer Reading Program begins June 3 with the theme " Every Hero Has A Story"
Children are encouraged to register May 29, 30, June 1 and 2. Each child will receive a library bag containing some special items to get them started.  Children first through Fifth grade will meet on Wednesday morning from 10:00 A.M. -11:30 A.M. on June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1.   Children three-years-old through Kindergarten will meet Wednesday afternoon from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. June 3, 10, 17 and 24, July 1,8, and 15. There is no charge for the program and everyone is welcome.   There will be small prizes given away.  We plan to have snacks, games and of course neat books available to read.  For more information call 566-2207

Contact the Elma Public Library for details on the Summer Reading Program:
The Elma Public Library has a wide variety of books, magazines, and movies.  There are four computers with Internet access for public use.

Library Hours:
Monday             10;00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Tuesday              2:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Wednesday        2:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Thursday         10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
                               Friday           9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.                         
Saturday              9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Sunday                                      Closed


Enjoy Your Summer 
& Be Safe!

Mrs. Jurgensen

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