Friday, August 21, 2015

August 21, 2015 - Crestwood Secondary

Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12) 

Chris Rogne, Principal
office: 563-547-2764
Twitter: @chris_rogne

Back to School

The Marshmallow Challenge is a remarkably fun and instructive design exercise that encourages teams to experience simple but profound lessons in collaboration, innovation and creativity.
The task is simple: in 18 minutes, teams must build the tallest free-standing structure out of 20 sticks of spaghetti, one yard of tape, one yard of string, and one marshmallow. The marshmallow needs to be on top.
Congratulations to the science team (Crystal Elliott, Becky Bohr, Karen Steffen, Liz Siepker and Dale Dennler) winners of the Marshmallow Challenge. They built a structure that stood an amazing 34 inches tall. 
The special education team (Jean Daywitt, Jill McConnell, Alicia Martin, Karen Parks, and Rita Altman) built a structure that stood 27 inches. All teams demonstrated collaborative creative thinking and in the end spent some time reflecting on the design essentials of 21st-century teaching and learning. 

Thank you to those who were able to attend the laptop roll-out night on Thursday. During this time students and families were able have a meal together at the new student center tables. Thank you to Bev Berns from Keystone AEA for presenting to the group about making good choices when using social media. 

Following the presentation in the gym, students met with their home base group to receive their laptop. It was great seeing the halls filled with activity and feeling the excitement of the new school year.

If a student was not able to make it to the roll-out night, they will be issued their computer on Monday.

As a reminder, the first day of school is Monday, August 24. 

Meet Mrs. Siepker

What grade levels and subjects do you teach?
High School Science: chemistry and biology.

How many years have you been an educator? How many years at Howard-Winn?

I've worked in secondary education for four years and this is my first year at Howard-Winn.

Where did you attend college? 
Bachelors from Edinboro University, Masters from Michigan State-Go Spartans!, and a Masters from Missouri State.

Was there a particular event or person/people that inspired you to want to be a teacher?
My environmental science teacher, Mrs. Neuberger, in 11th grade inspired me to become a teacher. My room colors are a reflection of that inspiration because she was a "colorful" person who loved learning and teaching about science!

What is your favorite thing about Howard-Winn?
So far it has been the team spirit and dedication that is apparent from everyone. I also like the thinking outside-of-the-box that is happening here.

Any words of wisdom or advice?
Never stop learning, right?! (or paying student loans!)
Any day above ground, is a good day!

More about Mrs. Siepker: 
I'm married to my best friend, Mike, and we like to do anything outdoors. If we are not outside, then we are inside planning our next adventure...especially fishing!

It has been an active week at the school

On Wednesday the freshman class spent the morning at the high school touring the facilities and meeting with various staff. They received information and strategies for academic success and learned about offerings from NICC. Students also received their laptops. The Iowa College Access Network presented an overview of strategies on how to make the most of your high school experience. Thank you to the teachers and high school students who assisted with the groups of 9th graders on the tour.

Wednesday night was Meet the Band night. Although weather moved the event indoors the band made the best of the situation and sounded great.

On Thursday, we welcomed the teaching staff back to school for an in-service and work day. The secondary staff tested their collaboration, innovation, and creativity by participating in the Marshmallow Challenge.

Continuing Partnership with NICC

  • Last year 143 Howard-Winn students took concurrent enrollment classes at NICC.
  • Those students earned 1,325 college credits.
  • Tuition for the concurrent enrollment classes totaled $687,662.  
  • The average savings per student / per year is $4,803.
  • A student taking concurrent enrollment classes at NICC both their junior and senior year will save their family, on average, $9,000 - $10,000 before graduating high school.

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