Friday, August 12, 2016

August 12, 2016 - Crestwood Secondary

Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12)
http://www.howard-winn.k12.ia.us/crestwood-junior-high 
Chris Rogne, Principal
crogne@howard-winn.k12.ia.us
office: 563-547-2764
Twitter: @chris_rogne  and  
@Crestwood_HS




Welcome

Dear Crestwood Secondary Parents and Community,

Happy New Year!  Within the next several days, we will open our school doors to welcome students for a new year.  As principal of Crestwood High School, it is my pleasure to welcome everyone back for another great year at Crestwood.  We are all excited to have students back in our classrooms and hallways filling them with energy and enthusiasm for learning.  It is our mission to prepare and empower our students to think creatively, serve, contribute and succeed locally and globally.  We believe that all students should graduate from high school prepared for the demands of postsecondary education, meaningful careers and effective citizenship.


Our district website is http://www.howard-winn.k12.ia.us/ . We hope that you find our website helpful and informative.  Our weekly updates are posted each Friday, and can be found on the front page of the district website.  The website also has a calendar that lists all events.  Additionally, we have a Twitter account (@Crestwood_HS) that we will use to send our updates, quick announcements, and pictures as we go through the school year. 


I am honored to serve as the principal of Crestwood Secondary.  It is truly a privilege to be a part of a community where parents, teachers and students care for each other and strive to build positive relationships that support academic and social growth.  Please feel free to contact me at 563-547-2764 or at crogne@howard-winn.k12.ia.us with questions, concerns, thoughts, or ideas as they come up.


Once again, welcome back!  Let's make it another great year at Crestwood together!


Sincerely,




Chris Rogne

Secondary Principal

New Staff

The Crestwood Secondary Team is proud to welcome several new additions to our staff:


New Staff:
Gary Bergmann - Junior High Art
Casey Bouska - High School Special Education
Raymundo (Ray) Rosales - High School Spanish
Sue Runyan - High School Business


Other Moves:
Todd Knobloch -  K-12 GAT (Gifted and Talented) and HS Computer Science
Karen Parks - HS FCS (Family and Consumer Sciences) and Special Education

Look for more information about our new staff members in future weekly updates.


Recognition Boards

Along with a fresh new coat of paint and some shiny new floor wax, we also updated some recognition boards over the summer. 

The Mountain Climber Recognition Program was initiated at Crestwood High School in order to recognize students for improving or maintaining excellence in their academics, behavior, or overall citizenship.  Many CHS students face situations that require them to overcome adversity in order to reach their full potential in school.  To have been nominated for this honor is a testament to these individuals and the positive impact they have had on our school community while battling some adversity to achieve their goals.  


Annie Fye, Natasha Huffman, Willie Hughes, Luis Lares, and Elizabeth Shea will have their names added to the board to recognize them on this great accomplishment. 




Since 2011, Crestwood High School recognizes student who have an ACT Composite Score of 30 or higher by posting their picture in the student center. The class of 2016 had four students achieve this high standard.  


Nicole Fosaaen, Gretchen Vandervort, Michaela Wiltgen, and Noah Guyer will have their picture on the board to celebrate this great academic accomplishment. 

9th Grade Orientation

Crestwood High School will host 9th grade orientation on Thursday, August 18th from 8:30 AM to noon.  

The morning will include some introductions to staff and some mini-sessions for Strategies for Academic Success, building tours, schedule review, information from NICC, attendance information, and much more. 


This is a good opportunity for our incoming Freshmen Class to ask questions and learn a little about the procedures of the High School.


Lunch is included to end the day.


NICC Classes


Below are the concurrent classes that are taught by NICC faculty and scheduled to start on Tuesday, August 23rd.  

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding          7:30-10:00 a.m.
Intro to Psych                               7:30- 8:55 a.m.
Early Childhood Curriculum         7:45-9:00 a.m.
Human A&P Lecture                    8:15-9:45 a.m.
Psych of Human Relations          9:05-9:45 a.m.
Developmental Psych                  9:50-10:30 a.m.
Plant Safety                                 12:55-2:26 p.m.

In addition to these classes, the students enrolled in the online Cultural Diversity class will need to log in on August 23rd.


PSEO classes will begin on Monday, August 22.  The remaining NICC courses, many of which are taught by Howard-Winn teachers, will begin on Wednesday, August 24th. 



Back to School Parent-Teacher Conferences


Howard-Winn will kickoff the 2016-17 school year with 
Back to School Parent-Teacher Conferences on 
Tuesday, August 23rd. 


Crestwood Secondary, grades 7-12, will hold back-to-school conferences on Tuesday, August 23rd.

7th-12th grade conference schedule:

1:00 - 4:00  Open Conference times available for students and parents to meet individually with any teachers they would like.

Teachers are available from 1:00 – 4:00 if you would like to schedule a time to meet with them individually.  Information regarding how to sign-up was mailed out earlier this summer.  If interested, you can access the sign-up forms by going to the Howard-Winn Website and under the parent information tab selecting Secondary Conference Scheduler.


Between 4:30 and 5:15 a Taco Salad meal will be served free of charge in the High School Student Center, please join us for a bite to eat.

5:15 - 6:00  Students and Parents meet with Homebase teachers for Laptop distribution and other information.

Beginning at 5:15 Students and Parents are expected to meet in their Homebase classroom to be issued their Laptop and receive instruction on PowerSchool Parent access and notifications.  Please make arrangements to meet in your child’s Homebase classroom during this time.  If you have multiple children, please try to split the time the best as possible.  We will work it out to make sure your child receives their laptop and you get the information you need.

6:00 - 8:00  Students and Parents will run through a shortened version of their students schedule to meet each teacher and hear about each class.

At 6:00 you will have the opportunity to run through your child’s schedule to meet the instructor, hear an overview of the class, and receive other pertinent information as well have an opportunity to ask questions.

The schedule is listed below:
6:00 - 6:10                   1st period
6:15 - 6:25                   2nd period
6:30 - 6:40                   3rd period
6:45 - 6:55                   4th period
7:00 - 7:10                   5th period
7:15 - 7:25                   6th period
7:30 - 7:40                   7th period
7:45 - 7:55                   8th period

The staff is looking forward to this time with parents. Teachers will inform parents and students about grade level standards and curriculum, the daily schedule of the classroom, pupil progress reporting, special programs, the classroom/school behavior plan, classroom expectations and other pertinent information. Parents and students can ask questions and discuss any specific individual concerns with the teacher at this time also. Students will have the opportunity to bring in their classroom supplies, get to know the teacher and become familiar with the room.

Howard-Winn is utilizing these conferences to better connect and build meaningful relationships with parents and students before the school year starts. Kids do better in school when parents are involved in their academic lives. Attending back-to-school conferences is a great way to establish that relationship. We will extend this relationship by also providing Student Led Parent-Teacher conferences in November and again in February. These conferences are a chance to continue conversations between parents and teachers, and to discuss strategies to help students do their best in class. Meetings between the parents and the teacher also let students know that what goes on in school will be shared at home. Parents are also encouraged to request meetings with teachers, principals, school counselors, or other school staff at any time during the school year if they have questions or concerns.



It is our desire that parents and students are able to meet the teachers, have some questions answered, and make positive connections to help students get off to a successful start to the school year.



The first day of classes for Howard-Winn students 
for the 2016-17 school year will be 
Wednesday, August 24th, 2016.

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