Wednesday, November 25, 2015

November 25, 2015 - Crestwood Secondary

Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12) 

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

Events for the Week of November 30th - December 5th              

Tuesday, December 1st:     

4:15          7/8 Wrestling @ Charles City
6:00          JV girls BB @ Prairie Du Chien
6:15          Home JV boys BB vs. Cedar Falls
7:30          Home Varsity boys BB vs. Cedar Falls
7:30          Varsity girls BB @ Prairie Du Chien

Wednesday, December 2nd:

6:00          District Advisory Meeting in the K-8 Discovery Center

Thursday, December 3rd:   

                 FFA Blood Drive in the High School Gym
4:00          JV Girls BB @ South Winneshiek
4:15          Home 8th grade Girls BB vs. Oelwein
4:15          7th grade Girls BB @ Oelwein
5:15          JV Boys BB @ South Winneshiek
5:30          Varsity Wrestling @ Nashua (Newman, North Butler, Nashua-Plainfield)
6:30          Varsity Girls BB @ South Winneshiek
7:30          Varsity Boys BB @ South Winneshiek

Friday, December 4th:
9:00          9-12 Success Team Meeting
10:40        7-8 Success Team Meeting


This past week we have had some Crestwood alums that are home on Thanksgiving break stop in to the high school to visit. The purpose of their time was to share with teachers some of their experiences they have had, so far, in college. In at least one case, that I am aware of, a student asked a former teacher for some advice and asked them to proofread an important piece of writing they are currently working on. I have always known this, but this week has reaffirmed to me that we have teachers who are immensely influential and important in the lives of our students. In some cases our teachers are nearly as important to our students as are their own fathers and mothers. Each day, our teachers reach out their hand to our students to help them and to “make things clear
.Whether they are teaching a lesson about inertia, fractions, rhyme scheme, history, or life in general, the hand they reach out to our students each day will be remembered long after it is extended. The proof is seeing students return to school to connect with teacher on their "vacation". 

Many of you have probably already heard of or read the story below, and I know it’s just a little bit sappy and geared more toward elementary education, but I wanted to share it as an apt expression of thanks for all that our educators, both teachers and para-educators, do to help our students.

Thanksgiving Day was near. The first grade teacher gave her class a fun assignment—to draw a picture of something for which they were thankful. Most of the class might be considered economically disadvantaged, but still many would celebrate the holiday with turkey and other traditional goodies of the season. These, the teacher thought, would be the subjects of most of her student's art. And they were.

But Douglas made a different kind of picture. Douglas was a different kind of boy. He was the teacher's true child of misery, frail and unhappy. As other children played at recess, Douglas was likely to stand close by her side. One could only guess at the pain Douglas felt behind those sad eyes. Yes, his picture was different. When asked to draw a picture of something for which he was thankful, he drew a hand. Nothing else. Just an empty hand.

His abstract image captured the imagination of his peers. Whose hand could it be? One child guessed it was the hand of a farmer, because farmers raise turkeys. Another suggested a police officer, because the police protect and care for people. Still others guessed it was the hand of God, for God feeds us. And so the discussion went—until the teacher almost forgot the young artist himself. When the children had gone on to other assignments, she paused at Douglas' desk, bent down, and asked him whose hand it was. The little boy looked away and murmured, "It's yours, teacher."

She recalled the times she had taken his hand and walked with him here or there, as she had the other students. How often had she said, "Take my hand, Douglas, we'll go outside." Or, "Let me show you how to hold your pencil." Or, "Let's do this together." Douglas was most thankful for his teacher's hand. Brushing aside a tear, she went on with her work.

At this time of Thanksgiving I want to thank our teachers for reaching out their hand each day to our kids here at Crestwood. So often, when I visit our classrooms, I witness “first hand” the positive impact our teachers are making. Many of our students express their appreciation immediately through their engagement, their quality work, and by returning your smiles with their own. Others are less obvious in showing their appreciation; yet they, too, are storing away these moments and will remember their experience long after they graduate.

Meet Mr. Wiley

What grade levels and subjects do you teach?
I mainly work with Jr. High students in the Success Program.

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

This year will be my 22nd year in education (my 18th at Howard-Winn).

Where did you attend college?

I attended Luther College.

Was there a particular event or person that inspired you to become an educator?

The death of my mother during college played the most important role in becoming an educator.

What is your favorite thing about Howard-Winn? 

That is an easy one, the students. They make the job very interesting.

Any words of wisdom or advice?
Try not to get involved with all the drama out there, keep it simple.

More about Mr. Wiley: 

I love the outdoors and sports. My family includes my wife Jenni, three sons Brandon, Colten, and Reid.

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