Friday, May 6, 2016

Terese Jurgensen~Director of Student Services, May 6, 2016

Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds Visits HWCSD!
On Tuesday, May 3rd, the Howard-Winneshiek Community School District was honored with the presence of Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds for a full day of exciting activities! When Ms. Reynolds first arrived, she was welcomed by a group of our high school FFA leaders and took a tour of STEM activities in the high school, followed by preschool STEM students and finally a variety of classroom STEM activities in the elementary. The students were very excited and proud to present to such an honored guest!  At 3:00 in the afternoon, a group of community members, NICC staff and honored guests traveled out to Upper Iowa Beef (Lime Springs Beef) Processing Plant for a tour. It was really interesting, but perhaps more interesting was the conversations that followed in discussing STEM, the State of Iowa's Future, and what employers are looking for in our global economy. I was fortunate to capture the video above when a question was posed by Cara Miller (see above) who is in leadership at Silos and Smokestacks  Kim Reynolds outlines perfectly how important STEM activities are here in the State of Iowa in teaching the soft skills of working effectively in a group, problem solving and learning how to "fail forward." At HWCSD, we believe in "failing forward" or in other terms, if at first you don't succeed....try...try....again! The final event of the day was a community awards dinner at the fairgrounds, Expo Center where Lt. Governor, Kim Reynolds, gave the keynote address. It was an honor to have her visit our school district, local businesses and community. We are excited to continue challenging our students with STEM-based activities, teaching the skills to become successful in our 21st Century!

Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds Visits HWCSD!
Shown here 
Dr. Wee of NICC and Jeff Weld, Director of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council

Teacher Appreciation Week!
May 2nd - May 6th is National Teacher Appreciation Week, and it was a special one here at HWCSD! The week started with Mr. Rogne and Mrs. Grimm bringing in breakfast for the teachers on Monday, a day set-aside for professional development. Throughout the week, special treats and accolades were shared with the staff from our Elementary P.T.O., and they were all so delicious! Pictured is Jessie Cummings and below, Mary Watt, holding up the potted plants with their names on them that I shared with the Special Education Teachers and Success Team Members. Thank you all for your hard work, passion and care for kids & families!

Jessie Cummings - Special Education Teacher

A very special


to all of our Teaching Staff

@ Howard-Winneshiek CSD!

HWCSD Special Education Overview:

Total Numbers – 185 students

·      Early Childhood (3 year olds, Preschool, TK) - 14

·      Elementary – 85

·      Junior High (7 & 8th) – 27

·      High School – 27

·      Notre Dame 11

·      Decorah Community School District – 13

·      Crossroads: Challenging Behaviors – 8

Total Number of Staff:  Special Education Funds

·      ECSC: 3 Certified Teachers – Megan Merkel, Sally Tskoetter, Shari Marr (TK)

·      Elementary: Marsha McCabe, Mary Watt, Stacie Vermeer, Linda Walter, Dory Fravel, Jessica Cummings

·      Junior High: Jean Daywitt, Rita Altman

·      High School:  Alicia Martin, Jill McConnell, Karen Parks

      **** Jessica Cummings (Notre Dame); Alicia Martin (ELL); Karen Parks (Foods)

Associates:  31 staff that support students


All About the IEP

When a child receives special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), he or she must have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). This is a written document listing, among other things, the special educational services that the child will receive. The IEP is developed by a team that includes the child’s parents and school staff.

The IEP is an extremely important document in the educational lives of students with disabilities receiving special education under IDEA. Often times, the document and process can be a bit overwhelming for families. In an effort to help families become more familiar with the process, the Center for Parent Information Resources has developed a document that includes:

The Short-and-Sweet IEP Overview
Find out fast what an IEP is, who writes it, and what it contains.

The IEP Team
A child’s IEP is developed by a team of individuals that includes key school staff and the child’s parents. Find out who’s required by law to serve on the team and what they might contribute to developing the IEP.

Contents of the IEP
A child’s IEP, by law, must contain specific information, including the special education and related services that he or she will receive.

When the IEP Team Meets
What goes on at an IEP team meeting? What does IDEA require? What types of considerations, discussions, and decisions must be made by the IEP team?

To view the entire document, please click here.


            Great Things going on @ Howard-Winn!

Dawson -  High School Students go to contest!
       Preschool Students programming robots!
  Autumn with preschool students & STEM!
                              Third Grade students engaged in learning!
 Kim Reynolds presents on STEM!
                                                                                                            Love these little duckies!

Have a great week!

Terese Jurgensen

(563) 929-6344

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