Friday, December 18, 2015

December 18, 2015 - Crestwood Secondary

Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12) 

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

Events for the Week of December 19th - January 2nd              
Saturday, December 19th:
                   Wrestling @ Battle of Waterloo 
                   Cheerleading Competition at the University of Minnesota
3:15            JV girls BB @ Osage
4:30            Varsity girls BB @ Osage

Monday, December 21st:
6:15            Home 9th girls BB vs. South Winneshiek
7:15            Band Booster Meeting in the CHS Music Room
7:30            Home 9th boys BB vs. South Winneshiek

Tuesday, December 22nd:     
5:30            Home Varsity Wrestling vs. North Butler and South Winneshiek
6:15            JV boys BB @ West Central
7:30            Varsity boys BB @ West Central

Wednesday, December 23 - Sunday, January 3rd:
                   No School - Winter Break

Saturday, January 2nd:
12:00          Home 9th grade boys BB vs. MFL Mar Mac
1:00            Home JV boys BB vs. MFL Mar Mac
2:30            Home Varsity boys BB vs. MFL Mar Mac

Monday, January 4th: 
                   Classes Resume

Friday, January 8th:
                     End of the First Semester

Know Your Constitution Finalist
Amber Mast and Isaiah Passmore have been named as finalists in the Know Your Constitution Program. They have been invited to represent Crestwood High School at the annual Know Your Constitution Luncheon held in West Des Moines. Amber and Isaiah are 2 of the one hundred finalists who were selected from the more than 1,000 students across the State of Iowa who participated in the “Know Your Constitution” Project. The luncheon features The Honorable Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins as the keynote speaker.

The “Know Your Constitution” Project is designed to enrich students’ understanding and appreciation of the Constitution. The students participating in the project were required to familiarize themselves with Constitution related issues.  A quiz was completed by each participating student. An essay question accompanied the quiz in case of a tie. This year’s essay topic involved a Constitutional question focused on the admissions process in higher education, specifically racial preference in evaluating candidates – similar to the on-going United States Supreme Court cases involving the University of Texas.

Congratulations Amber and Isaiah. 

First Semester Ends on January 8th
The end of the first semester is quickly approaching. At both the Crestwood Junior High and High School, we have a Success Team that closely monitors students grades, attendance, and other factors that are critical to a student's academic success. Students with grades at risk of failing check in and check out with members of the Success team who are available to assist them with classwork and be a liaison with the classroom teacher.

A question was recently raised on the number of students receiving an "F" in Crestwood classes. Below is a recent grade distribution for current 2nd quarter grades.

At the secondary level, of the 3,729 total classes that students are involved in at this time we have 232 "F's". That equates to about 6%, of classes all students are taking. That is not 6% of students, rather a percentage of all courses of students are taking. Those are not final grades, just a snapshot of where they sit at this time.

This is in contrast to 1,630, or about 44%, receiving A's at this time. We have many, many students succeeding at a high level.

These numbers do not reflect students dual-enrolled in NICC courses.

Access the student and parent sign in here:
With access to our on-line student management system, students and parents know in near real time what their grades are. There is no reason for surprises at the end of the grading period. Access to PowerSchool provides students and families real time access to attendance, school progress, and current Crestwood grades. Automatic email notification is also available through PowerSchool, this feature allows attendance and grade information to be emailed to you on a regular basis.

Please contact the office if you would like assistance setting up the access to PowerSchool.

Meet Ms. Parks

What grade levels and subjects do you teach?
9 - 12 Special Education

How many years have you been an educator? How many years at Howard-Winn?
19 years in education and 17 of those years at Howard-Winn.

Where did you attend college?
I've attended college in numerous places. I earned my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. I obtain special education endorsements from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. I earned my Masters at University of Northern Iowa in Special Education with a consultation emphasis. I later obtained endorsements in secondary mathematics, reading, and language arts.

Was there a particular event or person that inspired you to become an educator?
I really enjoyed my 2nd & 4th grade teacher (same person). She just really showed me at such a young age what school was all about.  

What is your favorite thing about Howard-Winn? 
I like the supportive nature of the staff and students.

Any words of wisdom or advice?
Work as hard as you can and never give up. Always believe in yourself.

More about Ms. Parks: 
I have family here as well as in Minneapolis. I have a new neice to cherrish and watch as she grows up. I enjoy cooking and traveling. I've had the pleasure of stepping foot and spending some time in all 50 states of the United States. I especially love visiting lighthouses.

The Big Rocks of Life

At the end of each year I think about the many "things" that have passed and wonder if I accomplished all I had planned for the year.  During that time of reflection I am reminded of this story by Dr. Stephen R. Covey.  It has been a helpful story for me, one that I will never forget and believe is worth sharing...

One day this expert was speaking to a group of business students and, to drive home a point, used an illustration I’m sure those students will never forget. After I share it with you, you’ll never forget it either.

As this man stood in front of the group of high-powered over-achievers he said, "Okay, time for a quiz." Then he pulled out a one-gallon, wide-mouthed mason jar and set it on a table in front of him. Then he produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time, into the jar.

When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, "Is this jar full?" Everyone in the class said, "Yes." Then he said, "Really?" He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. Then he dumped some gravel in and shook the jar causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces between the big rocks.

Then he smiled and asked the group once more, "Is the jar full?" By this time the class was onto him. "Probably not," one of them answered. "Good!" he replied. And he reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in and it went into all the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked the question, "Is this jar full?"

"No!" the class shouted. Once again he said, "Good!" Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim. Then he looked up at the class and asked, "What is the point of this illustration?"

One eager beaver raised his hand and said, "The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard, you can always fit some more things into it!"

"No," the speaker replied, "that’s not the point. The truth this illustration teaches us is: If you don’t put the big rocks in first, you’ll never get them in at all."

What are the big rocks in your life? 

As you reflect on this past year and get ready to go through this new year, think of the “big rocks” in your life as the things you can do to make this a happier and more productive year for yourself and others. What are your big rocks?
 Time with your loved ones? Your faith, your education, your finances? A cause? Teaching or mentoring others? Remember to put these Big Rocks in first or you’ll never get them in at all.  List your big rocks, not only for this holiday season, but also for the new year to come.

Have a peaceful, blessed holiday season.

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