Friday, February 19, 2016

February 19th, 2016 - Crestwood Secondary

Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12) 

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

Events for the Week of February 20th - February 26th     
Saturday, February 20th:                  
                    State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines
                    Tallcorn Jazz Festival at UNI                                   

Monday, February 22nd:     
2:15             1 hour early dismissal for Parent Teacher Conferences  
3:30-7:30     Parent / Teacher Conferences        
6:30             Varsity Boys BB vs. Decorah @ Waverly (District Tournament)

Tuesday, February 23rd:
4:00              FFA Sub-district Leadership Contest @ CHS

Wednesday, February 24th:
                       Crestwood High School Student Leadership Retreat
3:30              TLC Meeting 

Thursday, February 25th:
2:15             1 hour early dismissal for Parent Teacher Conferences
3:30-7:30     Parent / Teacher Conferences  
7:00             Varsity Boys BB @ TBD (District Tournament)                      
Friday, February 26th:     
                    NO SCHOOL        

Congratulations Wrestlers

Kaden Anderlik - 106
Michael Millage - 120
Ryan Steffen - 126
Chase Lienhard - 132
Trae Pecinovsky - 145
Neil Clement - 152
Jacob Knutson - 285

Congratulations wrestlers and coaches on qualifying for the State Wrestling Tournament. We are proud of all you have accomplished.


Thank you Girls Basketball. It was a good season and enjoyable to watch you compete hard each game. Thank you for all the energy and effort you put forward.

Best of luck to the boys as they start district play this week.

The Grind
We are at the time of year where seasons are changing.  The weather is beginning to warm and winter sports seasons are coming to an end.  It has been enjoyable and a true honor to watch our students compete and perform in activities, athletics, and the arts so for this school year.  Many of our students are involved in multiple activities, both in school and out of school.  I believe that most of us know our students, advisors, and coaches don't just show up minutes before the game, contest, or performance and perform.  Many, many hours of preparation have been invested preparing and practicing for the contest.  Students are rehearsing, attending summer camps and practices, training in the weight room all throughout the summer - they do the same before and after school during the school year. They do all this while taking a full load of academic classes and maintaining satisfactory grades. They get home from games, meets, and contests late at night and/or after a long day on Saturday.  Like stated earlier, many are involved in multiple activities, often have a part-time job, and are earning Silver Cord hours by volunteering with worthwhile organizations.  Being a student involved in arts, activities, and athletics can be a real grind.

I share this because, sometimes as a society, we get caught up in wins and losses and believe success is only achieved if a championship is won and a banner is hung. Championships are good, and are one affirmation of success, but are not the only measure of success.  The successes of our students and application of lessons our students learn through extra curricular activities may not be shown until much later in life.  Our students deserve any and all recognition they are able to receive, both as teams and individuals, but know that the prize for "the grind" may not be awarded immediately. We are proud of all our students have accomplished, and will continue to accomplish, through your hard work and sacrifice.

The video below is one of my favorites.  It is made by the TCU Baseball team, but the message applies to many activities and areas of life.  Please enjoy/reflect/agree/disagree:

I believe these words can be applied to anything in life. Not just in activities and athletics: this is true for academics, career advancement, and the pursuit of a passion. The words in this video are a good reminder, success is about the process - not just the final outcome. Thank you to those who embrace, and will continue to embrace, "The Grind".

NICC Welding Student Project

Crestwood High School students in the NICC welding program have started to create and construct picnic tables that will be used at the Cresco Sesquicentennial this summer and also be used at other area events. The team is constructing 4 tables from steel and wood. The picnic tables are 30 feet long and will be towable behind a vehicle.  Students involved in design and construction of the collaborative project are Mitchell Leifeld, Christofer Lipa, Tanner Moody, Bryan Sickles, Truman Thomas and Reece Zubrod.

Elementary / JH Classroom Partnership

Recently some 7th grader Social Studies students partnered with Mrs. Berg's 1st graders to read African folk tales as part of or unit of study on early African Empires in world studies class.

Conference Baby Sitting 

Attention Parents,                    

Need a Babysitter during your conference times?

Girl Scouts from Troop 75 will be offering free babysitting during scheduled conference nights.

Monday, February 22nd
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Babysitting will be held in the Elementary/Junior High Discovery Center. Please take advantage of this service provided by the Girls Scouts.

Meet Mr. Steffen

What grade levels and subjects do you teach?
I teach 7th grade World Studies and 8th grade Heritage classes. I also coach 7th Football, Assistant Varsity Wrestling, and Head Baseball Coach.

Where did you attend college?
I attended North Iowa Community College in Mason City and University of Northern Iowa. I received a B.A. in History Education and minored in Coaching.

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

This is my twenty-fourth year as a teacher. I taught 9 years at Manson Northwest Webster in western Iowa and I am in my 15th year at Howard-Winneshiek Community Schools.
Was there a particular event or person that inspired you to become an educator?
Growing up I always had a great interest in history and enjoyed sports. I had great coaches and teachers throughout high school and college.

What is your favorite thing about Howard-Winn? 
Enjoy all the fellow teachers, students, and staff. Each day brings new adventures.

Any words of wisdom or advice?
To the students I tell them to enjoy your years in school and to work hard. These years go fast.

More about Mr. Steffen:

I enjoy reading, listening to music, and watching movies. I also love spending time with family and friends. Of course sports takes up much of my time.

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