Friday, September 23, 2016

Terese Jurgensen ~ Director of Student Services ~ September 23, 2016

It has been a super, fun week at Crestwood celebrating Homecoming 2016! The week started off crowning Blair Bodermann as our homecoming queen and John Ayers as our homecoming king. These are 2 outstanding young people to represent our school, and it was fun to see their surprise as they were crowned! The entire week was filled with fun days, lots of laughs at various costumes and, tonight, September 23rd, we are looking forward to an exciting football game against Osage. 
Go Cadets! 

                                                                            Crestwood King Candidates          


Trevor @ Train Ugly!

Professional Development on Monday, September 19th was focused on teaching the skills to learn! 
The entire teaching & support staff were involved!
It's hard to put into a few words the incredible impact Trevor Regan had on our teaching and support staff, Monday, September 19th during our professional development day. Words from staff were "best professional development I have ever experienced." "I wish I would have learned this 20 years ago." "This has changed how I view learning as well as how I teach."  As a staff, we enjoyed an entire day of learning and then later that evening, Trevor's message, of "Growth Mindset" was opened up to the community at large. For me, one of the best parts of the day was watching the student athletes and parents listen to Trevor's message that was birthed from Carol Dweck's research that validates the brain is an amazing machine, a muscle, and skills of learning and potential can be learned if the right "Growth Mindset" is in place. 

There are two mindsets that have a MAJOR impact on our ability to learn, grow, and achieve our goals.
GROWTH MINDSET: you believe that your skills and intelligence are things that can be developed and improved. That you DO have the capacity to learn and grow. Skills are built.
FIXED MINDSET: you believe that your skills and intelligence are set – that you have what you have. That you DON’T have the capacity to learn and grow. Skills are born.
The research shows that a growth mindset can foster grit, determination, and work ethic within students, athletes, and people of all ages.
Carol Dweck’s extensive research of the topic also shows that people with a growth mindset learn, grow, and achieve more than people that have fixed mindsets.
To learn more about Growth Mindset and to take the Growth Mindset Quiz please go to:

Trevor Ragan ~ Presenting to Howard-Winneshiek Staff


Homecoming Pictures!

      Max Garcia - Cresco, Theater  
Tuesday, September 27th 6:00pm-8:00pm 

To the left is Max Garcia, the father of Michelle Garcia, winner, and author of Social Thinking, the social-emotional strategies we use here at Howard-Winn. I met Max this summer at the Social Thinking Conference and bought his book, "Auschwitz, Auschwitz...I Cannot Forget You" 

Mr. Garcia's story and his life is both unforgettable and unreal. We sat for several hours discussing what it was like to spend several years in a total of 4 different concentration camps. It is a story that must be told and in Max's words, "I am a missionary! Our future generations must know the truth, so it is not repeated!" 

I am excited to announce that Howard-Winneshiek CSD is partnering with the Howard Winneshiek School Foundation and the National Historical Society to bring Max Garcia to Cresco on Tuesday, September 27th to share his story with our students and also to present to the community at the Cresco Theater from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Copies of Max's book will be sold at the theater that evening, and he will sign every copy. If you would like to get a copy of Max's book before the event, you may email me, Terese Jurgensen, or call me at (563) 929-6344. I have 50 copies available, and I know they will go quickly. They cost $20, and I promise you, it will be a book that you will not be able to put down! 


Have a great week! 

If you need anything, please do not 

hesitate to reach out to me!

Terese Jurgensen

(563) 929-6344

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