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 www.illusionartsmagic.com)
|Fun for the Entire Family!|
|New friendships were formed!|
|Lots of fun all day long!|
Children's Summer Reading Program: Snakes Alive! ~ CRESCO!
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy Your Summer
& Be Safe!