Friday, February 5, 2016

February 5th, 2016 - Crestwood Secondary

Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12) 

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

Events for the Week of February 6th - February 12th     
Saturday, February 6th:                  
                     ACT Test Day
                     Meistersinger Honor Band @ Wartburg College

12:00            2A Sectional Wrestling @ Decorah
3:00              9th grade girls BB @ Caledonia
4:15              JV girls BB @ Caledonia
5:30              Varsity girls BB @ Caledonia

Sunday, February 7tb:
                     Meistersinger Honor Band @ Wartburg College
8:00-1:00      Choir Omelette Breakfast

Monday, February 8th:     
6:00               School Board Work Session     
7:00               School Board Meeting 

Tuesday, February 9th:

7:30               Elementary TLC Meeting
4:15               Home 8th grade boys BB vs. Waukon
4:15               7th grade boys BB @ Waukon Junior High
5:00               Home 9th grade boys BB vs. New Hampton
6:15               Home JV boys BB vs. New Hampton
7:30               Home Varsity boys BB vs. New Hampton

Wednesday, February 10th:
7:30                Secondary TLC Meeting
3:30                Secondary BLT Meeting in the CHS Media Center

Thursday, February 11th:
4:30                JV Wrestling Conference Tournament @ Waukon High School
5:00                9th grade boys BB @ Oelwein High School
6:15                Home JV girls BB vs. Oelwein
6:15                JV boys BB @ Oelwein High School
7:30                Home Varsity Girls BB vs. Oelwein
7:30                Varsity boys BB @ Oelwein High School

Friday, February 12th:     
                       3rd Quarter Mid-Term
9:00                9-12 Success Team Meeting
10:40              7-8 Success Team Meeting 
4:15                Home 9th grade girls BB vs. Fillmore Central @ CJH

"Safe Schools, Healthy Kids"

On January 29th, several staff members had the opportunity to listen to speaker Lt. Col David Grossman present on safe schools, healthy kids. Lt. Col. Grossman is an internationally recognized scholar, author, soldier, and speaker who is one of the world's foremost experts in the field of human aggression and the roots of violence and violent crime.

He has presented to over 100 different colleges and universities worldwide, and has trained educators and law enforcement professionals, in the field of school safety, at the state and regional level, in all 50 states and over a dozen foreign nations.

Topics of discussion for the day included:
  • Planning and preparing for violence in local communities 
  • The magnitude of violent crime in the US 
  • The role of media in violent crime 
  • Immediate measures to make schools safer 
  • Key resources to cut violence and bullying in half 
  • The 5 D’s (denial, deter, detect, delay and defeat) 

Lt. Col Grossman, shared much about the role of media and violent video games in school violence and violent crimes. He said that these games teach young people to kill with all the precision of a military training program, but none of the character training that goes along with it. For children who get the right training at home and who have the ability to distinguish between real and unreal consequences, they're still games. But for children who are especially vulnerable to the lure of violence, they can be far more.

Lt. Col Grossman shared many statistics about students who committed violent crimes at school. One of them that stand out: All of the violent offenders had refused to participate in any disciplined activity or sport, and all of them were obsessed with media violence.

Tips for Electronic Media and Your Teen

The electronic media, now so integrated into our teens’ lives, has a profound influence on them. Parents cannot always control what their teens view. Since we cannot shelter them from all this exposure and information, we must teach them how to deal with the electronic revolution that is a part of their lives. We need to help them analyze and evaluate the messages they receive so that they can utilize mass media and the new technologies in positive ways.

What makes this so difficult for parents is how quickly new technology develops. It seems that every day a new means of communicating or accessing the internet become available. It can feel daunting to even try to keep up. And controlling your child’s media intake is often a thankless job. You are met with resistance at every turn, especially from your teen. Why even try? Because you will not be able to guide your child unless you expose yourself to the new technology, if not before them, then alongside them. We must tune in to their culture and to do so, we need to take time, gather information, and maintain strong resolve and determination. It is often not easy.

Parental involvement is a key to safe and balanced use. It is not what the media brings to the teen but what the teen brings to the media. Children whose parents are supportive, caring, involved, and set limits in a nurturing way are better able to handle the media. When young, children prefer to spend more time with parents who are willing to explore these technologies in a non-hurried and accepting way. When older, these teens will be more likely to listen to parents’ limits, concerns and opinions, and take those into account as they make decisions. 

Steps to Follow in Making Decisions about the Media and Your Teen
  • Postpone – the longer you can hold off exposing your child/teen to violent and sexually suggestive material, the better off he will be. 
  • Pick and Choose – evaluate each situation individually, for example each movie – some R-rated movies or video games are less offensive than others. Remember that teens are working on being independent, so give them freedom of choice whenever possible. 
  • Set limits – introduce a little structure with regard to media. Moderation is a good policy. Tell your teen that people should not live by TV/media alone – they also have homework, hobbies, sports, friends, family. Call for a quiet hour in the house with no electronic media. An effective strategy to avoid conflict with your teen is to work with him to decide what are appropriate choices. Together you can set some guidelines: when, how much, which shows, movies, CD’s, videos, computer games, and which sites and how much access to the internet. 
  • When possible, participate with your child – watch TV with her and listen to her music (especially if you think it may have some objectionable content), have him guide you through use of the internet, what sites he is visiting, and get to know who she is meeting online and visit with her. 
  • Discuss what you are both experiencing in relation to the program content of the media. Seize every opportunity to discuss what you see and hear with your child. Talk about violence, the bad language, the images you find offensive. Without being dogmatic or heavy-handed, voice your opinion so that your values are clear. Ask him or her what they thinks and provide them with time to respond; listen non-judgmentally to their thoughts and perspectives. 
  • Check movie reviews and ratings. 
  • Give your teen some privacy and tell her you trust her to abide by the rules you have developed
Computers and Safety in Cyberspace

As with all the new media, there are many plusses: computers have changed the way children and teens learn and has given them access to all the world’s information. Research has become more fun and exciting; they can connect with peers across the globe; and they can share ideas and find people with common interests.

But of course there are also the negatives, the biggest ones being the worry about who our teens are meeting in cyberspace and about what sites they are visiting. There is also the concern about how much time our teens are spending online, to the detriment of other aspects of their lives. There are concerns about social networking – it can consume our teens’ lives and be their primary way of connecting with other people rather than face-to-face interactions.

What can you do to keep your teens safe and help them find a balance in their lives with computer use and other activities?
  • Remember: teens still need our guidance as they enter cyberspace, so we need to educate ourselves and stay involved with them. 
  • Enlist your teen as a tour guide as you surf the net with him – ask him to take you to the sites he visits. 
  • Set some ground rules for being online: which sites, for how long, when. 
  • Keep computers out of your children’s bedrooms. It is better to have them be in public spaces in your home. 
  • You need to establish rules for hand-held internet devices and cell phones. For example, they must be turned in to the parent at night or put on the charger in the kitchen. 
  • Suggest some sites he may want to visit. 
  • Get to know who they are meeting on-line. Visit with them. Make sure they knows not to give out personal information (name, address, phone) 
  • Give them some privacy and tell them you trust them to abide by your rules, then leave them alone. If you find he or she is not ready for such freedom, set stricter rules and keep a tighter rein until you feel they can manage the responsibility and can be trusted. 
  • Know how to use the parental control devices that come with on-line services.
Information and tips from: The Center for Parenting Education

Meet Mrs. Daywitt

What grade levels and subjects do you teach?
I teach special education in the junior high.

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

I have worked in education for 27 years. 16 of them have been at Howard-Winn.

Where did you attend college?

Luther College for my BA, Upper Iowa for my special education endorsement, and Graceland University for my Masters degree.

Was there a particular event or person that inspired you to become an educator?
I have been very lucky and have had many great teacher influences through the years. I loved school from the start. Once I found out in elementary school that I couldn't be a Daddy, I decided I wanted to be a teacher! 

What is your favorite thing about Howard-Winn? 

The students. I love seeing their smiles when they realize I care and the "aha" moments when they finally get something. Junior high was a hard time for me as an awkward teen, so it is my mission to make it more bearable for those who struggle. 

Any words of wisdom or advice?
Don't take yourself so seriously, and laugh more. 

More about Mrs. Daywitt:

I am married to Greg Murphy. A mom to Gus and Keller, my rescued dogs. I live for the warm months and my garden. I try to be as self sustainable as possible- backyard chickens, solar panels, and a greenhouse along with the garden. I love to read and work with yarn. I volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. I am my Alzheimer's Dad's caregiver. I have a fledgling business called Tellas Tidbits. My goal in life is to help others. Peace.

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