Thursday, March 24, 2016

March 25, 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             

Monday, March 28th:     
                     No School
                     No NICC Classes         

Tuesday, March 29th:

                     Cadet Council attending the Ed Thomas Leadership Academy
9:00              AEA Leadership Meeting

Wednesday, March 30th:
12:30           Planning and Scheduling Meeting

Thursday, March 31st:
4:30             Varsity Boys Track @ Waukon
7:00             District Wellness Meeting                    
Friday, April 1st:     
                    Project Lead The Way Summit in Ames
4:30             Varsity Girls Track @ North Fayette Valley                   

High School Class Registration

High School Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Hartman, spoke to 8th grade students this week to begin the process of registering for High School classes. The main topics included graduation requirements, the importance of regular attendance, and opportunities to be involved in clubs, activities, and athletics.

Standards Based Grading Conference
This past Wednesday we had a team of secondary teachers attend a Standards Based Grading Workshop hosted by Grantwood AEA. We plan to use what we learned to help provide better feedback to students and families about student learning.

What is Standards-Based Grading?
Standards based grading is a way of thinking about grading and assessments that more clearly communicates with parents and students how well learners currently understand the course objectives/standards/competencies.

The easiest way to explain standards-based grading is to compare it to traditional grading. Basically, standards-based grading is a method of grading in which students are assessed based on their mastery of a specific skill (standard), versus traditional grading in which a letter grade is assigned based on a combination of either related or unrelated assessments of skills.

HEROES Students at the State Capital
Members of the HEROES group from CHS spoke with legislators at the State Capital. They were also featured on the Helping Services of Northeast Iowa latest flyer. HEROES is a school organization based on helping other students and parents realize the risks of every substance. The mission of the group is to help people realize the true harm every substance can do to not only you, but everybody around you.

H - helping 
E - explain
R - risks 
O - of
E - every 
S - substance
Haley Stevenson, Whitney Slifka, and Michaela Pinter

Meet Mrs. Lentz:

What grade levels and subjects do you teach?
My primary role is working with high school students in multiple subject areas. I support students with study strategies, homework help, and problem solving with students in their social and emotional situations. I also guide the online learning opportunities for students including credit recovery and shared learning from other sources. 

Where did you attend college?

Education has always been a part of my life, I am continually learning. I have attended and earned degrees at all of the following schools: Kirkwood Community College, UNI, IA State and Minnesota State University, Mankato. My degrees and endorsements cover all levels K-12 in both teaching and administration. 

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

This is my 23rd year in education having served in a variety of roles with this being my 8th consecutive year at Howard-Winn.
Was there a particular event or person that inspired you to become an educator?
Kids are the reason I became an educator. I did a lot of babysitting through college and worked at the YWCA in the youth programs. Education seemed to be the most natural fit for me. 

What is your favorite thing about Howard-Winn? 


Any words of wisdom or advice?
Every day is an opportunity to be better than the day before and sometimes it's the quiet voice at the end of the day that says, "I will try again tomorrow."

More about Mrs. Lentz:

My husband Chris is an educator, daughters Savannah and Kayla are both students. We love our dog Ruby. I enjoy organizing things! My favorite moments are with family and friends appreciating our time together no matter the activity. 

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