Friday, August 28, 2015

August 28, 2015 - Crestwood Secondary

Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12) 

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

Great Week at Crestwood Secondary


It has been a great week at Crestwood Secondary. The first week of school - indeed, even the first minutes of the first class session - sets the tone for the entire year. If our students leave school this week feeling serious and excited about themselves as learners, and about their teachers, we are halfway home to a great year. Our students will meet any expectations we set for them as long as we are firm, fair, and consistent with these expectations and build relationships with our students so they will want to meet them.

Again, this year, each of us has a fantastic opportunity awaiting. I am confident that our kids will make us all extremely proud throughout the year and later in life.

CHS ACT Scores

The Howard-Winneshiek Community School District has received the results of the 2014-15 ACT tests. The 53 students who completed the exam had a composite average of 22.2 (out of a possible 36). The composite average of 22.2 was the same as compared to the state average.

The report reflects the achievement of Crestwood High School seniors who chose to take the test and provides an indication of the extent to which they are prepared for college-level work. The ACT tests students in the areas of English, mathematics, reading, and science, measuring skills needed for success in the first year of college.
The report includes district and state score averages for the past five years. Crestwood’s composite 2014-15 numbers fell slightly from 2013-14 numbers, when the district’s composite average was 22.3.

#cadetnation is back!
Reminder: #cadetnation Fridays are the first Friday of every month. This is a way to show your Cadet spirit. Remember to wear your #cadetnation t-shirt on Friday, September 4th.

If you don't have a #cadetnation t-shirt yet, just wear blue that day. Information on getting a new #cadetnation shirt will be coming in the following weeks.

NICC Update

The NICC Cresco Center Career Event for the Welding and CNC (computer numerical controlled) Career Pathway Certificate programs is less than a month away. The Event is an informational orientation for the programs.

The demand is high in advanced manufacturing. Job openings are expected to increase an average of 25 percent through 2020.
The Free Advanced Manufacturing Career event will be held at the NICC Cresco Center on Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 5-7.

Prevention Services:

Parents, Have this conversation with your teen tonight. Back-to-school means students' social, academic, and athletic lives ramp up... It also means new experiences, and along with that the temptation and pressure to choose to drink underage. As a parent, you can prepare your son or daughter for that choice: talk to your kids about your expectations and the consequences of teen drinking. Be open. Be real. Be clear. This can prevent unhealthy decision making leading to short and long term consequences of underage drinking, such as brain development, academics, and athletics.

Click here to read the "Helping Services" Article

Meet Ms. Altman

What grade levels and subjects do you teach?
7th and 8th grade Resource Reading and English

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

I have taught for 14 years. 
This will be my 15th year at Howard-Winn.  

Where did you attend college? 

I attended college at NICC and Upper Iowa University in Fayette.
AA degree NICC
BA Upper Iowa: Education - English
Endorsements: Reading and Special Education

What is your favorite thing about Howard-Winn?
Seeing how the resource students mature in their desire to learn over the two years that I 

have them in my classroom.

Any words of wisdom or advice?

Never let what others say about a student influence how you treat them. When a student comes to your room it should be with a clean slate each hour/day.

More about Ms. Altman: 
I have four adult children who graduated from Crestwood. I live on an acreage with several critters. I am originally from Southwestern Minnesota. I had eight siblings.

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