Friday, November 20, 2015

Terese Jurgensen ~ Director of Student Services ~ November 20th, 2015

National Honor Society
Inducts New Members!

On Monday, November 16th, Crestwood High School National Honor Society, inducted 29 new members, bringing the society's rank to 54 members. It was an exciting evening, as students lit candles and filed into the packed auditorium filled with family members and friends who were so proud of these young scholar's achievements. Dr. Wendy Mihm Herald of North East Iowa Community College gave the keynote address. The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Congratulations to all of HWCSD National Honor Society!

National Honor Society Students 2015!


Fifth Grade Math Curriculum

Our 5th grade instructional leaders, Heather Suckow, Kelly Sorenson and Julie Wilson along with Dory Fravel and Linda Walter are classic examples of what classroom collaboration is all about. Last year, as the 5th grade elementary principal, I was constantly in awe of these women, but even more so this year. I would be remiss if I did not mention the outstanding associates that support 5th grade:  Tammi Kalvelage, Christy Sobolik, Tanya Fencl and Cortney Monson. 

In order to differentiate instruction, across all curriculum, these women have tested our students, grouped them into learning needs and styles and are meeting their educational needs. Today, I had the good fortune of visiting Julie Wilson's class as she taught math. At first, it was difficult to locate Mrs. Wilson, among all of the students in the room, but these students were learning at their own pace, utilizing several technology and hands-on mediums, working independently or in groups, and the atmosphere (although hard to describe) was really one of "Joy." The students were enjoying their educational journey! 

                       Math in Action!                   

              Going to School Everyday Reflects:
  for a better future
that school will help you or your child succeed
to utilize the Educational Resources @ HWCSD!

Attendance Review Committee ~ Looking Forward!

The community attendance review committee met for the 2nd time to review and update final 
considerations before sending it forward to the District Advisory Board on December 2nd at 6:00 in 
the Elementary Media Center. The public is encouraged to attend the advisory board to give input on 
this important initiative. One of the updates the committee is bringing to the Advisory Board (and 
later to the the HWCSD School Board) is the beginning paragraphs that outline Iowa Attendance 
Law as well as the critical importance of school attendance. All of this information is subject to 
HWCSD Board Approval, but for the purposes of this weekly update, I thought it was important to 
add for further community comment.

“A school district's primary obligation is the education of its students.”

“School districts may define by policy what are excused and unexcused absences. The 
determination of whether an absence is excused is made by the school, not by the parent.”
(In re Donald and Katherine Blaess, 4 D.P.I. App. Dec. 118 (1985).

Truancy is defined as a student who is not in their designated classroom without permission and/or not attending school for the minimum days established in the school calendar by the school board. Truancy is the act of being absent without a reasonable excuse. Truancy will not be tolerated by the school board. (School Board Code No. 501.10)

The Howard Winneshiek Community School District believes in positive school attendance,knowing that attending school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Parents/Caregivers/Guardians play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and on the job. Research proves that if a student is not in school (excused or unexcused) these absences have a major impact on their educational progress

  • Starting in kindergarten and through 3rd grade, if a student is absent from school (excused or unexcused) more than 9 days per semester, it greatly affects their ability to learn to read.  
  • By 6th grade, absenteeism is 1 of 3 signs that a student may drop out of high school.
  • By 9th grade, regular attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than District Tests.
  • Students can be chronically absent even if they only miss a day or two every few weeks.
  • Attendance is an important life skill that will help your child graduate from high school, go on to college and also to keep a job.

~Our goal is to have the Revised Attendance Policy approved and in place by Second Semester~

~ Howard-Winneshiek Community Schools ~ 
Future Ready!
From the book:  Personalized Learning
Looking at the Evolution of the Work Place & Public Schools

Next Week - Students Attend School 
only on
Monday, 23rd  & Tuesday 24th

Happy Thanksgiving!

I would love to hear from you!
Please reach me,
Terese Jurgensen
 (563) 929-6344

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