Friday, October 28, 2016

October 28, 2016 - Crestwood Secondary

Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12)

Events for the Week of October 29th - November 4th:  
Saturday, October 29th:
                   State Cross Country Meet @ Fort Dodge

Monday, October 31st:                       
3:45             Teacher Quality Committee Meeting in the District Board Room  

Tuesday, November 1st:             
                    1 Hour Early Dismissal for  Conferences
7:35             Secondary BLT Meeting in the CHS Media Center
9:00             9-12 Success Team Meeting
3:30 - 7:30   Parent/Teacher Conferences
7:00             High School Wrestling Parent Meeting in the HS Gym
Wednesday, November 2nd: 
9:00             CBE Collaborative Conference Call              
1:45             7-8 Success Team Meeting   

Thursday, November 3rd:
                    1 Hour Early Dismissal for Conferences
1:45             Alternative School Meeting             
2:30             New Course Meeting
3:30 - 7:30   Parent/Teacher Conferences

Friday, November 4th:     
                    No School at Howard-Winn - NICC Classes are in session   
7:00             Play-off Varsity Football vs. TBD

NEIC Student Leadership Team
On October 25th, student leaders from across the Northeast Iowa Conference met in New Hampton for a Student Leadership Conference. This day was used to begin working with aspiring student leaders from each NEIC school to kick off a leadership team effort across district lines to:
  • Build interconference relationships among our student leaders
  • Build leadership capacity in our student leaders to make an impact in their schools and communities
  • Build a network of resources in northeast Iowa to add to a growing support system for young people

Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. On Thursday, many of the student body and staff at the high school recognized all types of cancer by wearing the colors of the cancer they were to supporting. There were signs around the school giving information of the various types of cancer and what color represents that particular cancer. This event was organized by Mrs. McAllister's 6th period Health class.

National Yearbook Program of Excellence
Schools that continually strive to create a great yearbook for their students deserve to be recognized. We understand that a great yearbook program doesn't just happen, and we're dedicated to helping schools strengthen theirs.
The National Yearbook Program of Excellence Award has been created to recognize those who excel in the creation and distribution of their yearbook, and meet the following criteria:
A Meaningful Book for All Students
A book that means something to all students and includes a vast majority of the student body.
A Book in Every Student's Hands
Schools put so much time, effort and love into their yearbook. We want to help ensure that as many students as possible get to enjoy the masterpiece that's created.
Effective Project Management
Meeting the yearbook deadlines is a very important part of the yearbook creation process, and ensures the delivery of books on time.
We're proud to announce that Crestwood High School is one of this year's recipients of the National Yearbook Program of Excellence Award.  
Great job, Mrs. Schwade and the yearbook staff!

Homebase is an advisory time all 7-12 students have each day from 11:23 - 11:39. During this time teachers and students are engaged in a variety of activities that include physical activity, team building, small group discussion, and academic interventions. Sometimes, this time is "downtime" for students to take a break and visit with friends.

Some of the outcomes of Homebase:
    • The purpose is to provide a place where teachers and students may have a more intimate conversation that are not driven by content 

    • Mentoring to build relationships and help guide career / future educational future plans

    • Be a go-to person for students... a teacher the student can go to if they have a social, academic, and/or emotional need for guidance and help

    • Provide an academic intervention time to meet individual student needs - this is a time where all teachers do not have a scheduled class so they are available to assist students who may need extra help or have questions

    • Time built in the day for groups to meet (FFA, team, club, and activity meetings) that does not take away from class time

Emergency Crisis Management Drills

This past week students participated in Bus Evacuation Drills. During the drill all students evacuated the bus out the front, out the back, and then out the nearest exit. The bus evacuation drill is just one of many drills students practice throughout the school year. Earlier this year we have practiced a fire drill and tornado drill. Throughout the school year we will also practice evacuation of building drills, lockdown, and shelter-in-place drills.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Below you will find the instructions to sign up for Spring Conferences, which will be held November 1 and November 3, 2016 from 3:30 – 7:30.  

Parents may begin signing up for conferences on Thursday October 20, 2016 after 9 AM.

Student Led Conferences will be 10 minutes in length with 5 minutes of passing time.

Students/parents/guardians will meet with the student’s Homebase Advisor.  If a parent would like to meet with a specific teacher, separate arrangements can be made by contacting that teacher directly, or by stopping into that teacher's classroom to meet with them between their scheduled conferences. Teachers will have a conference schedule posted outside their door so parents will have an idea of available times.


Under the Parent Information Tab select Secondary Conferences

  1. LOGIN:
Enter the student’s first name and last name and the student’s ID for the password. You can find the student ID by logging into PowerSchool – Choose eRegistration from the menu on the left and the STUDENT ID is on the top of the page behind the student name.  If you do not remember your password you can click on the link “Forgot password?” and have your password emailed to you.  Students also know their student ID so you can ask them.

Click the button next to the student Homebase Teacher to schedule or change an appointment.  Click on the circle next to the time you would like for your conference.  A red X indicates a time slot that is not available.  After choosing your time, press “Schedule Time” at the bottom of the page.  You will then see a confirmation of your time scheduled.

If you have any questions or problems with the conference scheduling, please call the main office: High School: 563-547-2764 Junior High: 563-547-2001

Frequently Asked Questions: Student-Led Conferences

Why do we have Student-Led Conferences?

They are widely recognized as best educational practice! Research supports the fact that student achievement increases when students reflect on their work, identify strengths and weaknesses, and set goals, thus taking ownership of their learning. Student-Led Conferences promote self-confidence, as well as vital organizational, presentation, and communication skills. They also provide parents with an opportunity to celebrate their students as learners. Student-Led Conferences support district goals, strategic plan initiatives and state employability standards.

What is a parent's role during the Student-Led Conference?

Encourage your student. Be specific in your praise, comments, and compliments. Listen to what your student is saying and ask follow up questions like What part of this assignment was challenging for you? Why? What did you learn from this assignment? How can I help you with your goal?

Respect your student’s ability to lead and share. Your student has spent a lot of time and effort getting ready to present their work to you. Allow them to guide you through the Student-Led Conference.

Be proud! Your student’s ability to take ownership of their progress and present their goals to you is impressive.

What is the student's role during the Student-Led Conference?

Your student will be leading the conference. They will be presenting you with a collection of their work. As they show your specific assignments and assessments, they will be reflecting on their progress, and identifying strengths and weaknesses. Your student will share the goals that they have developed based on the reflection process.

What is the teacher’s role during the Student-Led Conference?

The teachers have spent the past month preparing your student and teaching the skills necessary for the conference. During the conference the teacher will be providing encouragement and affirmation to the students. The teacher may help facilitate the process with your student or provide additional information about your student’s progress. 

Can I meet with the teacher(s) privately at another time?

Yes. The teachers are always available throughout the school year for individual conferences if you have concerns that you wish to address. Call or e-mail your student’s teacher(s) at any time to set up an appointment. We also encourage student/parent access to PowerSchool where grades and student progress can be monitored on a frequent basis. 

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