Friday, April 8, 2016

April 8, 2016 - Crestwood Secondary

Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12) 

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

Events for the Week of April 9th - April 15th             

Saturday, April 9th:
                    ACT Test Day
6:30             Jazz Spotlight in the CHS Gym                 

Sunday, April 10th:
12:30           Jazz Spotlight in the CHS Gym  

Monday, April 11th:     
                      No School - Teacher Professional Development
4:00             Home Boys Varsity Golf Meeting vs. Oelwein
4:00             Girls Varsity Golf @ Oelwein
7:00             School Board meeting in the CHS Media Center

Tuesday, April 12th:

4:00            Girls Varsity Golf @ Decorah
4:30            Girls Varsity Track @ Osage
5:00            Home Boys Varsity Track Invitational

Wednesday, April 13th:

Thursday, April 14th:
1:00            Boys Varsity Golf @ Decorah
4:30            Girl
s and Boys Varsity Track @ MFL - Mar Mac              
Friday, April 15th:     
9:00             9-12 Success Meeting
10:40           7-8 Success Meeting
4:00             Girls Varsity Golf @ Waverly                                   

AP Calculus

Beginning next year AP Calculus will be offered for Crestwood High School students.  Mrs. Schult will be attending training this summer and teach the course next year.  

AP Calculus is an Advanced Placement calculus course taken by high school students. The course is traditionally taken after pre-calculus.  An AP course in calculus consists of a full high school academic year of work that is comparable to calculus courses in colleges and universities. It is expected that students who take an AP course in calculus will seek college credit, college placement, or both, from institutions of higher learning.

Throughout this course students become familiar with concepts, results, and problems expressed in multiple ways including graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. They will also use technology to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and support conclusions.

At the end of the course students are able to take the AP exam.  If they score well enough on the exam, they will earn college credit for the course.  The exam is approximately three hours and 15 minutes long and has two parts — multiple choice and free response. 

State Solo and Ensemble Contest

The following high school Band members received Superior, Division "I" Ratings at State Solo and Ensemble Contest on April 2nd at Independence:

Shauuna Erickson, Noah Guyer, Mathew Goodman, Lauren Butikofer, Meredith Sheehy, Gretchen Vandervort, Skye Meinecke, Avery Powers, Sarah Schoeberl, Kelly Dietzenbach, Autumn Nelson, Karissa Stika, Emily Roberts, Kaylee Nicoll, Brynn Bodermann, Miranda Wilkes, Blair Bodermann, Cameron Larson, Luke Ishman, Konnor Tuchek, Hailey Johnson, Amiah DeWolf, Anna Ptacek, and Reece Meinecke

Also worth mentioning is that Skye Meinecke earned "Best of Center" for her Flute solo performance! This means that the judge thought her performance was the best he had heard out of anyone all day.

PLTW Summit Presentation

Mrs. Hartman, Mr. Denner, Mr. Ferrie, and Mr. Lentz recently presented at the Project Lead The Way State Summit.  The team was asked to present on: Building your STEM brand and promoting your PLTW program through social media.  The presentation can be viewed by clicking the link below.

Project Lead the Way Summit Presentation

Social Media in School
Our team was asked to present to the Project Lead the Way summit about promoting our programs using social media. We spoke to a full conference room and answered several questions from other schools who were interested in learning effective ways to promote their programs. In many classrooms throughout the district social media sites are used for educational and promotional purposes. The way it is utilized looks different at each grade level and in each classroom. For example, in the elementary many classrooms use Facebook to communicate with parents and families about upcoming events and to share pictures of what is happening in their classroom. We have several classes and programs that use it the same way in the high school. 

Some of the advantages of using Facebook or Twitter include: Important information is pushed out to students and families in a medium they prefer and are comfortable using. They don’t have to check a website to see if anything has been updated. The information comes to them directly as soon as it is published. The information reaches students and parents quickly. Students and parents who have mobile devices that they carry with them, like a cell phone or tablet PC, can receive the posts within minutes.

For many of today’s teens, having a Facebook or Twitter account equates to having a mobile phone. It’s their primary vehicle for communicating with friends, family and a much larger learning and social network. Our high school students most likely check their Facebook and Twitter news feeds before they have breakfast, before they go to bed, and probably dozens of times throughout the day.

Do we have students that abuse this? Yes. We choose to address those situations on an individual basis instead of penalizing the whole group for the actions of few.

Could we block social media sites? Yes, on school computers. Like you can imagine, they would be fully accessible from phones through the data service that comes with the phone.

Related to that, when students graduate and enter college or the workforce they probably will not have social media sites blocked. Our goal is to teach students the appropriate times and places to use technology so they are able to transition to the "real world". We fully understand that school isn't necessarily the "real world" so we put interventions in place as needed. Placing restrictions on students when requested by teachers, parents, or when grades fall below a certain level are a couple of interventions we have in place to help that transition.

By using Facebook and Twitter with students, they are being prepared for the types of communication practices commonly found in higher education and the workplace. Social networking tools like Facebook and Twitter allow for members of an organization to share and interact with information, communicate in real time, provide links to external web resources, and reach an audience in a timely, responsible, and authentic fashion.

Meet Mrs. McConnell:
What grade levels and subjects do you teach?
High School Special Education

Where did you attend college?

Winona State University, Winona, MN
BS in Elementary Education
K-12 LD
5-12 Level II endorsement
Multicatigorical from UNI

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

30 years all at Crestwood
Was there a particular event or person that inspired you to become an educator?
Many of my teachers inspired me - especially my 5th grade teacher Sr. Louise - she made me work hard and never accepted an "I can't attitude".

What is your favorite thing about Howard-Winn? 

The students and the people I work with. 

Any words of wisdom or advice?
My father's advice: Not everything is going to go your way - you need grit and to persevere and above all believe!

More about Mrs. McConnell:
FAVS: Spending time with my family & friends, reading, teaching, and flower gardening.

Having always taught at the high school I know what incredible people that I work with, but tutoring after school at the K-8 building the past two years has given me a close-up view of our amazing teachers in that building also! 

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