Friday, April 1, 2016

April 1, 2016 - Crestwood Secondary

Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12) 

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

Events for the Week of April 2nd - April 8th             

Saturday, April 2nd:
                 IHSMA State Solo & Ensemble Music Contest @ Independence

Monday, April 4th:     
8:15          CBE team meeting in district board room                          
4:00          Home Varsity Boys Golf vs. Clayton Ridge @ Cresco CC
4:30          Boys Varsity Track @ Osage

Tuesday, April 5th:

7:45          Secondary Staff Meeting in the CHS Media Center
1:00          Howard-Winn Foundation grant committee meeting
4:30          Girls Varsity Track @ Postville                  

Wednesday, April 6th:
7:30          Secondary BLT Meeting in the CHS media center
9:00          Keystone AEA Leadership Meeting
6:00          District Advisory Meeting in the Discovery Center

Thursday, April 7th:
4:00          Girls Varsity Golf vs. Riceville @ Elma  
4:00          Boys Varsity Golf vs. Riceville @ Elma 
7:00          Speech Banquet in the CHS Student Center                 
Friday, April 8th:     
9:00          9-12 Success Team Meeting
10:40        7-8 Success Meeting
1:00          Differentiated Accountability Webinar
4:00          Boys Varsity Golf vs. Waverly Shell Rock @ Cresco CC
5:00          Girls Varsity Track @ Decorah
5:00          Boys Varsity Track @ Waverly                                      

Prom 2016

Prom 2016 is approaching fast.  It is on Saturday, April 16th. 

Thank you to parents and business for
making all these prizes available for students.
Important times for the day:
3:00                Pictures
7:00                Grand March 
8:00                Dance in the CHS Gym
11:00               After Prom

After Prom Information:

The after-prom party will be held at Crestwood High School after the dance. Festivities will include a photo booth, human foosball, human Hungry Hungry Hippo, jousting, laser tag, blackjack, Texas Hold'em, bean bags, Minute to Win it games, karaoke, Cash Cab, and more. Prizes will be given throughout the night. 

Students must be present to win.  Food will be served through the night. 

All students are welcome, even if they did not participate in the Grand March or dance.  

High School Class Grade Classification
High school students have began the class registration process for the 2016-2017 school year. Because is will be a new school year doesn't necessarily mean that students will be promoted to the next grade level. The State of Iowa states that it is a local school district’s determination of the advancement of students to the next grade level. At the high school level, the most widely used method is by credits earned.

In the past, the number of years spent in high school determines the grade classification. For example, a student who spends three (3) years in high school is considered a junior.

Since September 1, 2013, Crestwood High School has used the following guide to determine the grade classification:

Minimum 13 credits earned: Sophomore
Minimum 26 credits earned: Junior
Minimum 39 credits earned: Senior

It is the belief that the credits earned, rather than seat time, is a better determination of the progress through high school. Students who complete their coursework in a timely fashion should be awarded with the benefits of their grade classification.

What can this affect?

Homebase assignment                                         
Priority of registration into classes

MAPS testing/ Iowa Assessments                        
Junior/Senior Prom

Locker Assignments                                              
Last Day of School

Homecoming activities                                          
PE coursework

Eligibility to take college classes                           
Yearbook Pictures

Prerequisites for high school classes                    
Open Study Halls

Silver Cord and other school awards                    
eligibility for sports and co-curriculars

Seniors Last Day – Seniors are only eligible to leave if they have met all graduation requirements

JH Fundraiser for Base Camp field trip
7th and 8th grade students have began a fundraiser through Pinnacle Fundraising.  The fundraiser includes a great selection of magazines and delicious food items to choose from.  Students who choose to participate receive incentives at different levels of product sold.  

Proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward a field trip to Base Camp.  Base Camp is in Minnesota and offers unique year-round opportunities in an environment where visitors can engage in team building, rock climbing, ropes courses and archery.

Your support of our Spring 2016 fundraiser is very much appreciated.  Our School receives a significant portion of each order placed, which will help give students this opportunity at Base Camp. 

Meet Mr. Murphy:

What grade levels and subjects do you teach?
I teach 8th Grade English and 8th Grade Reading.

Where did you attend college?

I earned a BA from Luther College and a MAE from UNI. 

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

This is my 30th year in education, my 26th at Crestwood.
Was there a particular event or person that inspired you to become an educator?
What motivated me to become a teacher was a desire to coach, and at that time you had to be a teacher in order to coach. I coached basketball for many years.

What is your favorite thing about Howard-Winn? 

I have always said we have good kids at Crestwood----we are fortunate. They keep us sharp.

Any words of wisdom or advice?
I used to have a wall banner hanging in my room that said, "Always Do the Right Thing." Those are good words to live by. I should see if I can find that banner.

More about Mr. Murphy:

My wife of 31 years is Sue, and we have 4 children, ages 26 to 21: Paige, Mitchell, Chase, Davis.

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