This week, I had the good fortune of interviewing Kevin Pira. Kevin is a junior at Crestwood High School, and a person I greatly admire. Kevin outlines his YouTube business here and goes on to describe the Creative Mindset of Howard-Winn. It is exciting to hear from a student who outlines what it means for HWCSD to impart a future-ready mindset and the vision of the district to provide opportunities for our students to learn, live and create their passions. Kevin shares here how he is in the process of creating a movie that will showcase this reality and how the future belongs to those whose "zip code does not matter." He shared his story-board with me, and I cannot wait to air the video on a future weekly update! The timing of the video was perfect, as we were able to share this with Mr. Carver in Washington, D.C. To check out Kevin's YouTube channel, please go to
Check Out Kevin's YouTube Site
To Connect with Kevin on YouTube go to: YouTube.com/ThePrestigiousPira
Kevin shares, "On my YouTube channel, I upload videos that I create. They take a lot of time and effort to set up. I mostly do gaming videos that can range in itself from a lot of things, however I also occasionally upload videos that feature me talking about whatever subject interests me at the time. Very soon, I will be doing more personal videos. This would include me showcasing my day, and adding a more cinematic feel to whatever I think would make the video better. I have a small community that reacts to whatever I upload, and that is the best part. :)
Elementary Holiday Band Concert
The Elementary Band Concert for our 5th & 6th grade band students was held on Thursday, December 10th. Instructor and Director, Meghan Ringoen, had the joy of teaching and directing the students of Crestwood and Notre Dame in a variety of holiday tunes. I would like to give a "Shout Out" to Mrs. Ringoen as she has provided outstanding leadership for these elementary students. One important update includes recruiting new 5th grade band students in the spring of their 4th grade year. This allowed the students to begin their lessons all summer, and the music reflected their practice. Another important note is that the elementary band students typically did not have a concert until March prior to Mrs. Ringoen's arrival at Howard-Winn. Mrs. Ringoen has added the holiday concert upon her arrival last year, and it has become a magical tradition at Howard-Winn! I was honored to play the role of "Leon" (that's Noel spelled backwards) the grumpy Christmas Elf along with the 6th grade band. During the variety of holiday tunes, Leon's grumpy demeanor became happy because of the 6th grade band students' wonderful tunes!
Crestwood High School Girl's Basketball Defeats Decorah 43-38!
Tuesday night, the Crestwood Cadets defeated the Decorah Vikings in a tough match 43-38! Head Coach, Doug Sickles shared with me, that his message to his students on and off the court is one of "Grit." Grit comprises a suite of traits and behaviors, including: Goal-directedness (knowing where to go and how to get there). Motivation (having a strong will to achieve identified goals). Self-control (avoiding distractions and focusing on the task at hand). Positive Mind-set (embracing challenge and viewing failure as a learning opportunity). Grit definitely paid off Tuesday night, with a win by the Cadets! We are looking for a great season from all of the Crestwood Athletes this winter season.
STUDENTS TO PRESENT 37TH ANNUAL MADRIGAL DEC. 12 & 13
Article written by Keri Schatz“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
“Head Lord” Devon Rice and “Head Lady” Meredith Sheehy.
Crestwood High School students from Howard-Winneshiek Community School District, grades 9-12, are preparing to present the 37th Annual Madrigal Dinner next weekend at the Heritage Events Center in Cresco.
Five-hundred-twenty-five tickets have been sold for this year’s event! Students are set to perform a variety of music, including a song from the “Messiah” by Handel and a piece titled “Noel” sung in the African Kituba dialect.
Due to the high demand for tickets, three performances are scheduled for the show. Showtime starts at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12. There will be two shows on Sunday, Dec. 13; the first begins at 12:30 p.m. and the second begins at 5:30 p.m.