Friday, March 18, 2016

March 18, 2016 - Crestwood Secondary

Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12) 

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

Events for the Week of March 19th - March 25th             
Saturday, March 19th:
11:00           Varsity Girls Track @ Luther College             

Monday, March 21st:     
6:00            FFA Banquet at The Heritage Events Center
7:15            Band Booster meeting in the CHS Music Room              

Tuesday, March 22nd:

5:00             Varsity Girls Track @ Luther College (NEIC Indoor)
5:00             Varsity Boys Track @ Luther College (NEIC Indoor)

Wednesday, March 23rd:
                    Standards Based Grading Conference in Coralville
Friday, March 25th:     
                     No School - Good Friday
                     No NICC Classes

Fine Arts Performances

During the past few weeks the 7th - 12th grade students in the Band and Vocal Music programs have had several concerts, contest, and shows. It is great to hear our students share their gifts and talents in these public performances. Each event was entertaining and well done. Keep up the great work.

Homebase Credit
At the beginning of this school year a twenty two minute advisory time called "Homebase" was added to the schedule each day. Homebase is an advisory period where students meet with the same teacher and cohort group of their peers each day. Each Homebase may look a little different, but the purpose is the same - the advisor serves as the advocate for the student and point-person for the family within the school.

The broad purpose of Homebase is to ensure that at least one adult in the school is getting to know each student well, making sure their learning needs are being met, and encouraging them to make good academic choices and plan for their future. Advisory times like Homebase are designed to foster stronger adult-student relationships and a stronger sense of belonging and community among students.

During Homebase students may receive guidance on a wide range of topics, including course selection, future planning, study skills, social problems, and outside-of-school learning opportunities. In addition to one-on-one conversations with the Homebase advisor, students may also participate in group discussions or team-building exercises intended to build stronger peer relationships and teach students the value of collaboration, constructive feedback, and healthy peer interactions.  

The "Cadet Council" our new student leadership group, has proposed to begin “peer advisories,” which pair students with peer advisors, which are typically older mentor students or peer tutors who can help fellow student with specific academic problems... this is currently in the planning stages.

Homebase is one of many strategies we have in place to help us be sure that students don’t “fall through the cracks”—that is, to ensure that their social, emotional, and academic needs are not being overlooked or left unattended. For this reason, advisories such as Homebase are often considered to be a form of personalized learning or academic support focused on helping all students succeed academically, stay in school, and make more informed educational decisions that will help them prepare for the future.  Homebase is one place where our Cadet Skills (in the graphic above) - Communication, Connections, Critical Thinking, and Collaboration are incorporated.

It has been previously brought up at a Building Leadership Team meeting to award credit for Homebase. We are trying to gather more information as we plan how this may look and the implications it may have on the system.

Below is a list of activities/tasks that we currently ask students to participate in at each grade level that could be a starting point for expectations for awarding credit for successful participation in Homebase. If you have any suggestions, or strong thoughts, either way please email ( or give me a call (547-2764).  We want to give this some careful thought and consideration as we pursue this.

Meet Mrs. Hartman:

What grade levels and subjects do you teach?
I am the School Counselor for grades 9-12

Where did you attend college?

Luther College with a bachelors of Social Work degree and Winona State University with a Master's degree in School Counseling.

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

This is my 15th year working in education and at Howard-Winn.
Was there a particular event or person that inspired you to become an educator?
I had a middle school counselor who made a difference in my life. She inspired me to want to make a difference.

What is your favorite thing about Howard-Winn? 

My favorite thing about Howard-Winn is the students and staff.
Any words of wisdom or advice?
One of my favorite sayings....
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning how to dance in the rain." Vivian Greene

More about Mrs. Hartman:

My hobbies include scrapbooking and watching sports.

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