Friday, February 12, 2016

Crestwood Secondary - February 12, 2016

Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12)
http://www.howard-winn.k12.ia.us/crestwood-junior-high 

Chris Rogne, Principal
crogne@howard-winn.k12.ia.us
office: 563-547-2764
Twitter: @chris_rogne





Events for the Week of February 13th - February 19th     
         
Saturday, February 13th:                  
                      EdCamp Iowa
12:00             Varsity Wrestling at Independence (District Tournament)
7:00               Home Varsity girls BB vs. New Hampton (Regional Tournament)                 

Monday, February 15th:     
                      No School - President's Day
7:15               Band Boosters Meeting in the CHS Music Room

Tuesday, February 16th:
5:00               Home 9th grade boys BB vs. Decorah
6:15               Home JV boys BB vs. Decorah
7:30               Home Varsity boys BB vs. Decorah

Wednesday, February 17th:
2:30               JH Band Solo Contest
3:30               Secondary BLT Meeting

Thursday, February 18th:
                      State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines

Friday, February 19th:     
                      State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines
           

Howard-Winneshiek Community School Foundation




The Howard-Winneshiek Community Schools Foundation, Inc. is an academic organization in which all educators in the school district will have opportunities to submit applications for financial assistance with classroom needs, including (but not limited to) items such as IT equipment, basic classroom supplies and even classroom furniture. The foundation is working to enhance and enrich the learning opportunities by providing financial assistance and support for classroom needs that directly enhance the students overall academic experience for all grade levels at the Howard-Winneshiek CSD.  


Our goal is to ensure educators will be afforded the resources currently outside the realm of the school district's budget.




Please watch this brief video from the Foundation for more information.

Promoting Educational Opportunities For All Students

Student Led Conference Information
CRESTWOOD SECONDARY (Grades 7-12) STUDENT LED
PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE INSTRUCTIONS

Below you will find the instructions to sign up for Spring Conferences, which will be held February 22nd and February 25th, 2016 from 3:30 – 7:30.  Please note you will see alternate dates when you log in with all times blocked for all but a few teachers, these dates are for specific teachers and those teachers will communicate the alternate conference dates with their Homebase students so parents/guardians are aware.


Begin signing up for conferences Friday, February 12th after 12:00 p.m.


Student Led Conferences will be 15 minutes in length with 5 minutes of passing time.
Students are required to attend the conference with their parent.


Students/parents/guardians will meet with the student’s Homebase Advisor.  If a parent needs to meet with a specific teacher, separate arrangements can be made by contacting that teacher directly. Parents, please feel free to drop in to your child's other teachers to check on progress or ask questions. Teacher's schedules will be posted outside their classroom - please honor the time of the scheduled conferences, but know there is time available to talk to all of your student's teachers if you would like to.


Instructions:


  1. GO TO THE HOWARD WINN WEBSITE:
Under the Parent Information Tab select Secondary Conferences


  1. LOGIN:
Enter the student’s first name and last name and the student’s ID for the password. You can find the student ID by logging into PowerSchool – Choose eRegistration from the menu on the left and the STUDENT ID is on the top of the page behind the student name.  If you do not remember your password you can click on the link “Forgot password?” and have your password emailed to you.  Students also know their student ID so you can ask them.


  1. FOLLOW THE PROMPTS:
Click the button next to the student Homebase Teacher to schedule or change an appointment.  Click on the circle next to the time you would like for your conference.  A red X indicates a time slot that is not available.  After choosing your time, press “Schedule Time” at the bottom of the page.  You will then see a confirmation of your time scheduled.

If you have any questions or problems with the conference scheduling, please call the main office: High School: 563-547-2764 Junior High: 563-547-2001



Frequently Asked Questions about Student-Led Conferences

Why are we having Student-Led Conferences?

They are widely recognized as best educational practice! Research supports the fact that student achievement increases when students reflect on their work, identify strengths and weaknesses, and set goals, thus taking ownership of their learning. Student-Led Conferences promote self-confidence, as well as vital organizational, presentation, and communication skills. They also provide parents with an opportunity to celebrate their students as learners. Student-Led Conferences support district goals, strategic plan initiatives and state employability standards.


What is my role during the Student-Led Conference?

Encourage your student. Be specific in your praise, comments, and compliments. Listen to what your student is saying and ask follow up questions like What part of this assignment was challenging for you? Why? What did you learn from this assignment? How can I help you with your goal?

Respect your student’s ability to lead and share. Your student has spent a lot of time and effort getting ready to present their work to you. Allow them to guide you through the Student-Led Conference.

Be proud! Your student’s ability to take ownership of their progress and present their goals to you is impressive.


What is my child’s role during the Student-Led Conference?

Your student will be leading the conference. They will be presenting you with a collection of their work. As they show your specific assignments and assessments, they will be reflecting on their progress, and identifying strengths and weaknesses. Your student will share the goals that they have developed based on the reflection process.


What is the teacher’s role during the Student-Led Conference?

The teachers have spent the past month preparing your student and teaching the skills necessary for the conference. During the conference the teacher will be providing encouragement and affirmation to the students. The teacher may help facilitate the process with your student or provide additional information about your student’s progress. 


Can I meet with the teacher(s) privately at another time?

Yes. The teachers are always available throughout the school year for individual conferences if you have concerns that you wish to address. Call or e-mail your student’s teacher(s) at any time to set up an appointment. We also encourage student/parent access to PowerSchool where grades and student progress can be monitored on a frequent basis.



Meet Mr. Steffen

What grade levels and subjects do you teach?
7th grade Math, 8th grade Algebra, 7th grade STEM

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

I have been a teacher/coach for 23 years. This is my 16th year at Howard-Winn.

Where did you attend college?

First, I attended NIACC in Mason City and received my AA and coaching degrees.
Next, I attended UNI in Cedar Falls and received my BA and MA degrees in Middle School Math/Elementary Education.

  
Was there a particular event or person that inspired you to become an educator?
I had some great teachers and coaches that got me thinking about being a teacher and coach. Also, while in high school, I was a "Big Brother" to a 4th grade boy and I enjoyed the experience of tutoring and mentoring this student.   

What is your favorite thing about Howard-Winn? 

We have a great staff to collaborate with as we continue to look for better ways to reach students.

Any words of wisdom or advice?
I tell my students... "It doesn't take talent to work hard and give effort. With effort and hard work, you can make your dreams come true."

More about Mr. Steffen:

My wife, Karen, teaches science at the high school. My son, Ryan, is a sophomore and my daughter, Rachel, is an 8th grader. I love the outdoors, sports and being with family/friends. I enjoy fishing, hunting, canoeing, and staying active. 

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