Friday, March 4, 2016

March 4th, 2016 - Crestwood Secondary

Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12) 

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

Events for the Week of March 5th - March 12th             

Saturday, March 5th:
             Tri-State Middle School Honor Band @ Decorah
             NEIBA Jazz Festival @ TBD
7:00      JH Musical in the CHS Auditorium

Sunday, March 6th:
2:00      JH Musical in the CHS Auditorium

Monday, March 7th:     
                NICC - NO CLASSES
              NO SCHOOL - Teacher In-service
6:00       Girls Basketball Awards Night

Tuesday, March 8th:

               NICC - NO CLASSES
7:45      7th and 8th Staff Meeting in Mr. Wiley's room
6:00      Wrestling Banquet
6:00      Career Learning Link at NICC -  Cresco Center

Wednesday, March 9th:
                NICC - NO CLASSES   
              Iowa Assessments

Thursday, March 10th:

               NICC - NO CLASSES
             Iowa Assessments
9:00      UNI Education Summit
7:30      High School Mid-Winter Band Concert in the CHS Auditorium

Friday, March 11th:     

             NICC - NO CLASSES
9:00      9-12 Success Meeting
10:40    7-8 Success Meeting

Iowa Assessments
This week, Crestwood students will be taking the Iowa Assessments. Information about our student’s academic achievement is needed to help them excel and succeed. The Iowa Assessments make this possible by providing detailed information about each studnet in a variety of important content areas including Reading, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. 
  • The Iowa Assessments help determine how students are performing on the state curriculum as described in the Iowa Core. 
  • The Iowa Assessments measure student growth and progress from year to year.  
  • The Iowa Assessments help teachers identify a student’s strengths and identify areas that may need additional emphasis. 
  • The assessments produce information that enable sound decision making and provide a focus for teachers to evaluate their instruction.
The Iowa Assessments provide information about your our student’s performance relative to the school, the state of Iowa, and the nation. 

Career Learning Link

Crestwood students have the opportunity to participate in the Career Learning Link Program. The purpose of the program is to expose students to high-demand career areas and get them on a pathway to career and educational success beyond high school.  Students who are currently sophomores are invited to participate in the program starting their junior year, which offers the following benefits not available to the entire student body:

  • Career exploration through job shadows and other programs
  • Diverse career pathways and opportunities in northeast Iowa
  • Opportunities for earning college credit in high school
  • Working one-on-one with a career coach

All Career Learning Link students get to work one-on-one with a Career Coach who will assist them in creating educational and career goals for after graduation, and help them identify the steps to achieve those goals. Through work with the Career Coach, the ultimate intended outcome is to SAVE TIME and MONEY by knowing what each CLL student wants to do after high school. Many times students select an institution or major that isn’t a good fit, and the intention is that CLL students will have the necessary knowledge to make good decisions based on their experiences during the program. The Career Coach can guide students to the right post-graduation plan, whether it be to attend a four-year institution, a two-year institution, or enter directly into the workforce.  There is absolutely to no cost to participate in this program

The NICC Cresco Center will be hosting Career Learning Opportunities Night for high school sophomores and their parents on Tuesday, March 8th at 6:00pm.  Please join us for a FREE light meal and conversations about participating in Career Learning Link, college credits for high school students and navigating career pathways.  Mrs. Hartman will be talking specifically about how high school students sign up for college classes. There will also be a employer panel so you can hear from current employers who are business partners in the CLL program.  We’d love to have you join us!

Please RSVP by March 4th so we know how much food to order.

RSVP by phone: 563-547-3355
OR by emailing Erin Powers Daley at
OR by completing the following online form:

Meet Ms. Branum:

What grade levels and subjects do you teach?
I am currently enjoying teaching the 7th and 8th grade visual art exploratory.

Where did you attend college?

I was supported by my high school art teacher (Mr. McMahon) to compete for a full ride art scholarship to UNI back in 1993. That made my college decision easy! While there I went on exchange to UMASS for a semester so I could spend time exploring NYC.

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

I have worked in education in one aspect or another for 20 years: formerly Assistant Curator of Education at Joslyn Art Museum (Omaha, NE), as well as various jobs as a teaching artist in hospitals, afterschool programs, and art centers.

I started at Howard-Winn 2 years ago teaching elementary art.

Was there a particular event or person that inspired you to become an educator?
My mom and some aunts were educators and they often suggested to me growing up that I would be a good educator. I loved ‘writing curriculum’ for teaching my younger sister in the basement.
I certainly had some great high school and college teachers that made a difference in my life as well.

What is your favorite thing about Howard-Winn? 

Creative students and forward thinking coworkers. I’m loving my Homebase!

Any words of wisdom or advice?

I made this up and am trying to get my students to take it viral:
YOLO SKA! You Only Live Once. So Keep Achieving!

More about Ms. Branum:

I own The Clay Studio in Decorah which is why I teach only half time at Crestwood. I started it 5 years ago to have a place for the community to explore creating in clay.

After living in 5 other states, I am happy to be settled with my family back in NE Iowa. There are a lot of great places in this country, but this is home.

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