Friday, December 18, 2015

Jurgensen 12/18/2015

Crestwood High School 37th Madrigal Performance

 African Christmas Carol

 The music is unbelievable! It makes me so happy every time I listen to it, sorry the video is sideways just to good not to put in my update. I loved this song and especially loved the expression on the students' faces as well as Mrs. LeFebvre. Click on the link above and close your eyes and enjoy this amazing song, alive with the rich, sweet voices of our high school students. Merry Christmas!

I took several pictures of the unique, beautiful wardrobes the students wore. Dawson Gosch entertained the audience all night along with two other students as the Court Jesters. Unsuspecting guests were greeted and were made to ride a trusty "steed" or others were given a "crown" to wear! Dawson did not make me ride a "horse" in the dining room, but did give me the honor of becoming royalty...if only for a few moments! From the entertainment to the delicious food the guests enjoyed, it was dinner theater at its best! We are so blessed at Crestwood to be a part of a school district that offers such a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the heart of Christmas. Merry Christmas everyone!




“Though Madrigal is a lot of work, I believe it will be something that the students will remember as one of the highlights of their high school years.” Vocal Director Karen LeFebvre (shared through HWCSD Release)





Attendance Matters!
 Policy Spotlight


States will be required to report chronic absenteeism rates to the federal government, and school districts will be allowed to spend federal dollars on training to reduce absenteeism, under a sweeping education bill signed into law by President Obama last week.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act or No Child Left Behind, represents the first time that federal education law specifically mentions this measure of attendance. Chronic absence differs from truancy in that it tracks both excused and unexcused absences. (This is a powerful change in policy!)
Its inclusion reflects the increasing awareness in Washington and across the country that chronic absence is a key indicator for assessing school and student success.



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Crestwood PTO
Crestwood Schools is excited to announce that a new Parent Teacher's Organization (PTO) has started providing additional supports to teachers and students. Last night, 12/15/15, was the 1st meeting I attended, but it will not be my last! The energy and passion for our school district was evident and lots of exciting ideas and opportunities for community involvement at Howard-Winn were discussed. Shown above were some of the members organizing the T-Shirts that were designed and sold for school support. If you are interested in joining or want more information, please contact the elementary office for more information ~ (563) 547-2300! Thank you all PTO members for your time, talents, passion for kids and support!








The Executive Functioning "Corner" 

Over the last eight years, I have made the point of learning everything I can about executive functioning and which processes are located in the frontal lobe of our brain. It is interesting to note that a child's frontal lobe which supports both cognitive and behavioral functions of our brain, does not fully develop until approximately 25 years of age. We know, that just like our bodies are closely connected (Remember the song...the hip bone is connected to the leg bone!) our brains are just as connected...if not more so. My point is the frontal lobe does not work alone, but each of the brain's functions are closely related and are meant to work in harmony. Let's take a closer look at a common struggle for many students and adults: ADHD. There are many ways educators and parents can support these learners. 

The following is a summary of Dr. Marty Burns' webinar “How Do ADD, Dyslexia, and Auditory Processing Disorder Overlap?”. Read below for the key takeaways, or view the recording now.
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I read this article this week and was reminded of a student I worked with in a previous district. She struggled a great deal with maintaining focus and attention, especially when it came to math. Not only did she not like doing math, but a greater struggle for her was maintaining focus and attention during this core subject. One day, instead of giving her fidgets to keep her fingers busy, or asking her to "sit still" we gave her a large ball she could sit and bounce on. All of a sudden, math became something she loved! She would bounce Up & Down, Up & Down for a solid two minutes. When the timer went off, she stopped bouncing, and without getting off of the ball, she would do math for 5 minutes and then back to bouncing. Believe it or not,  it really worked for her! The important lesson here is not the bouncing, but never give up looking for and trying strategies to help your child(ren) be successful in school. For my ideas or any questions you may have, please call me and we can set up a time to meet to discuss an array of strategies for student success!

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                                  During the PTO meeting I had the joy of showing 
                                some of the elementary students the videos from
                                the U.S. Department of Education. The faces of joy
                                & excitement when they saw themselves in the 
                                video was so fun! "Exciting - Surprising - Fun!" were
                                the words of these 3rd grade students!








Have a wonderful week!
If you have any questions or need to reach me,
Terese Jurgensen,
Please do not hesitate to call or email me!
tjurgensen@howard-winn.k12.ia.us
(563) 929-6344






                                    

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