Friday, October 16, 2015

October 16, 2015 - Crestwood Secondary

Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12) 

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

Events for the Week of October 3rd - October 9th

Saturday, October 17th:
9:00               Varsity Conference Volleyball Tournament @ Waverly

Monday, October 19th:     
                      No School - Teacher Inservice
                      NICC - No Classes
6:30               Choir Booster Meeting
7:15               Band Booster Meeting

Tuesday, October 20th:     

                      NICC - No Classes
                      Bus Evacuation Drill

Wednesday, October 21st:

3:30               Secondary Building Leadership Team Meeting

Thursday, October 22nd:   

4:00               Varsity Boys and Girls District Cross Country Meet @ Decorah  

Friday, October 23rd:
                      End of the 1st Quarter
5:00               Home Sub-Varsity Football vs. Vinton-Shellsburg
7:30               Home Varsity Football vs. Vinton-Shellsburg

Character Counts
Hello 7th and 8th grade Parents and Students,

We value good character at Howard-Winneshiek Schools! To celebrate Character Counts and Red Ribbon Week we will be having color-themed dress-up days. We encourage you to get excited along with your children, and have conversations about what it means to be a person of character and to be drug free. Thanks for all of your continued support!

  • Tuesday 10/20th Respect Each Other and Team up Against Drugs!  It is also close to Red Ribbon Week, so what better way to start off Character Counts Week than by celebrating being drug free and respecting others and ourselves! Students are encouraged to wear yellow for Respect!

  • Wednesday 10/21st We Pledge to be Responsible:  Our Future’s so Bright We Gotta Wear Shades!  Students are encouraged to wear green for responsibility and sunglasses this day to show our passion for learning and responsible choices!

  • Thursday 10/22nd  We Care About Each Other At Howard-Winn!  Warm Hearts and Warm Hands.  Show your caring super power!  Be a hero and wear red to school! Donate new hats and mittens to our Warm Hearts Makes Warm Hands donation box located in the Crestwood Elem./Jr. High.

  • Friday 10/23rd Give me a “T” for Trustworthy! Show your school spirit by wearing your Cadet Blue!  True Blue for Trustworthiness through and through! Cadet Pride Store will be open for Jr. High 6th, 7th, 8th hour in Mr. Wiley’s room.

Character Counts Citizenship Project for 2015:  
There will be a winter warmth donation box at the Crestwood Elementary/Jr.High School building October 20th- 23rd.  Please help your students donate new hats and/or mittens/gloves that will help support Howard-Winneshiek families throughout the cold winter season. Those that bring in items will get to select a Halloween trinket from the Halloween Treasure Box! Character Counts and so do you!

Event Passes
Proud Cadet Supporters - Thank you for your attendance at Crestwood activities during the fall sports seasons.  As we finish up the fall season and look toward the winter season we ask that everyone bring and show your activity pass at the gate of every event. This will really help the volunteer ticket takers and not put them in a tough and confrontational position when they are doing the job they volunteered for.  

The students appreciate your support and the activities department appreciates your cooperation.

End of Quarter 1
With the Quarter 1 ending date of October 23rd we want to make sure parents of student in grades 7-12 are aware of an option for e-mail grade notifications available through their PowerSchool parent sign in.

PowerSchool Log In can be found on the Howard-Winneshiek webpage ( under the parent information tab. Username and password would be what you set up when you completed eRegistration. If you have forgot your password – click on the forgot password and a temporary password will be sent to your email. If you have not signed up for a parent account and would like to do so, please contact the building secretary for your access codes.

Email Notifications:

PowerSchool's Parent Portal provides real-time access for parents to their child's grades, attendance, and more. PowerSchool also offers parents the opportunity to have daily, weekly, bi-weekly and monthly emails sent to their email accounts. Follow these instructions to enable PowerSchool to send you emails. 

1. Log in to PowerSchool

On the left-side navigation bar, click on Email Notification.


Select the information you would like sent to you, and how often.
If you have other email addresses you would like this information sent to, enter it in the Additional Email Addresses field.

2. If you have more than one child attending Howard-Winn, check mark the option to Apply these settings to all your students.

If you would like PowerSchool to send you an email right away, check mark the option to Send now.

3. When you are finished click on Submit.

If successful, you will see this message at the top of your screen:


Meet Mrs. Carter

What grade levels and subjects do you teach?     
High School English-I see all grades throughout the day, freshmen through seniors, though most of my classes have sophomores.

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

This is my 22nd year working in education, with it being my 18th year at CHS. I also taught elsewhere for 2 years and subbed at Howard-Winn for 3 years.

Where did you attend college?
NIACC-A.A. degree
UNI-B.A. degree, with endorsements to teach English and American History

Was there a particular event or person that inspired you to become an educator?
My grandmother, who taught country school before she got married, was my first inspiration. Later, when I was in school, many teachers inspired me as well: Melodee Balk, Evelyn Adamec, Tony Tremmel, Karen Nance, and Rick Nance. They set high expectations and showed me that I could do more than I thought I could.

What is your favorite thing about Howard-Winn? 

I appreciate the people I work with-the students, fellow staff members, administrators, parents, and community members. I like the fact that we are also willing to try new things.

Any words of wisdom or advice?

I have posters with quotes all over my room. One of my favorites says, "You hold your future in your hands. It is impacted by each choice you make. What future are you setting up for yourself right now?" We need to remember that our choices--even those that seem quite insignificant--will influence where our lives will go.

More about Mrs. Carter: 
My time outside of school is spent with my family--my husband, Kevin, and our sons Chance (6th grade) and Connor (3rd grade), and 2 dogs and 3 cats. Our daughter Kristina is going to college in southern Missouri. We spend a lot of time with the boys' activities, mostly baseball and football right now. I love to read, cook, garden, sing, and watch old movies. My husband and I have been active in Cresco Community Theatre, but family obligations have prevented that for a number of years. Hopefully we will get involved again soon.

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