Friday, November 18, 2016

November 18, 2016 - Crestwood Secondary

Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12)

Events for the weeks of Nov. 19th - Dec. 2nd:  
Saturday, November 19th:
                      All State Music Festival in Ames

Monday, November 21st:                           
7:30             Teacher Quality Meeting
4:15             Home 7-8 grade Wrestling 
6:15             Home JV Girls BB vs. Clayton Ridge
7:15             Band Booster Meeting in the CHS Music Room
7:30             Home Varsity Girls BB vs. Clayton Ridge

Tuesday, November 22nd:     
7:45             7-8 Teacher Meeting in Mr. Wiley's room
9:00             9-12 Success Meeting
4:15             Home 8th GBB vs. New Hampton

4:15             7th GBB @ New Hampton
Wednesday, November 23rd:      
                     No School - Teacher Inservice

Thursday, November 24th:
                     No School - Happy Thanksgiving  

Friday, November 25th:     
                     No School

Monday, November 28th:     
7:00              National Honor Society Induction Ceremony in the CHS Auditorium

Tuesday, November 29th:     
7:35              Secondary BLT Meeting in the CHS Media Center

9:00              9-12 Success Meeting
4:15              Home 7-8 grade Wrestling 
6:00              Home JV Girls BB vs. Prairie Du Chien
6:15              JV Boys BB @ Cedar Falls
7:15              Home Varsity Girls BB vs. Prairie Du Chien
7:30              Varsity Boys BB @ Cedar Falls

Wednesday, November 30th:     
1:45              7-8 Success Team Meeting  

Thursday, December 1st:     
1:45              Alternative School Meeting 
4:15              Home 8th GBB vs. Oelwein
4:00              Home JV Girls BB vs. South Winneshiek
4:15              7th GBB @ Oelwein
5:15              Home JV Boys BB vs. South Winneshiek
5:30              Varsity Wrestling Dual @ Nashua-Plainfield   
6:30              Home Varsity Girls BB vs. South Winneshiek
7:45              Home Varsity Boys BB vs. South Winneshiek

Friday, December 2nd:        
7:00               Area Sector Board Meeting at NICC - Cresco Center 
5:00               Varsity Wrestling Tournament @ Independence
7:30               Junior High Vocal Concert in the CHS Auditorium

Competency Based Education - CBE
For the past three years Howard-Winneshiek has been one of 10 schools in the state selected to be on the Competency Based Education Statewide Design TeamThe Iowa CBE Collaborative Design Team has been engaged in collaborative inquiry to investigate, develop, and implement competency-based educational pathways for their students and create a framework to guide the statewide implementation of CBE.
Competency Based Education is different from traditional education in that it breaks from the credit hour, today’s prevailing measure of student progress. Instead of awarding credits based on how much time students spend learning, this model awards credits based on whether students can prove they have mastered competencies—the skills, abilities, and knowledge required in an area of study.  The competencies are further broken down into standards for each subject area and course - this allows students to know what they need to know and be able to demonstrate learning in each course.  This type of system lends itself well to a standards based grading system. 
Standards based grading is reporting student achievement by clearly communicating progress toward learning targets in a timely, accurate, and specific manner.

  • Assessment is meaningful and a positive learning experience for students.
  • Students receive rapid, differentiated support based on their individual learning needs.
  • Clearly communicates with parents and students how well learners currently understand the course objectives/standards/competencies.
  • A system that encourages student reflection and responsibility.

What is the purpose of Standards-Based Grading?
  • Clearly communicates with parents and students how well learners currently understand the course objectives/standards/competencies.

What is Standards Based Instruction? 
In a standards based learning system, teachers report how their students are performing in relation to the standards set forth by the Iowa Department of Education. Student behavior including work habits, ability to work with others, coming to class prepared, etc. is separated from the academic data and reported separately. Students receive feedback regarding how they are performing academically as measured against content standards rather than an overall grade for a course. This is important to note, students receive a proficiency report describing how they are performing in relationship to a standard rather than a grade that is derived from accumulating points, averaging across the term, and assigning a letter value. 

Why move towards converting to Standards Based methods? 
By using a standards based reporting system we are following the results of educational research and best practice. Standards based instruction has the potential to provide a rich array of information on a student's academic progress. 

In short, teachers will focus on four essential questions. 
1. What do students need to know and be able to do? 
2. How will we know that they have learned it? 
3. What will we do when they haven't learned it? 
4. What will we do when they already know it? 

What are the advantages of Standards-Based Grading?
1. Intentional instruction aligned to standards
2. Students and Teachers can gauge students’ progress per standard
3. Accurate representation of knowledge
4. No busy work, or inflated grades
5. Promotes intrinsic motivation
6. Doesn’t penalize students for mistakes made during the learning process
7. Efficient grading and use of time

Crestwood Secondary School has completed heavy work in this area the past several years. Through the collective and collaborative efforts of students and teachers, the successes of the past will serve to be a basis of future promise and hope of an academic system which is truly student centered.

"The promise of standards based grading is that both teachers and students will have a clearer conception of what needs to be learned and of what constitutes successful performance." 

UNI Education Department Visit

Professors from the Educator Preparation Department at the University of Northern Iowa visited this week.  We were able to connect, collaborate, and share ideas.  We were able to tour the schools and step into a few classrooms during the day.

Sports Schedules

Visit and click on "Crestwood" in the right margin to find the most up-to-date schedules for all Crestwood Cadet athletic programs. 

Weather Alerts, School Delays, and Closures
As we move into the winter weather season, keeping informed about weather conditions and school closures is a priority. If road conditions are in question, we will always start with a 2-hour delay. The two-hour late start gives us time to completely evaluate the situation. The goal is to have "2 hour late starts" announced prior to 6:00 a.m.  

How will this be communicated? You have several options:
Twitter at #2020HowardWinn (Instantly know!)
School Messenger: This is an option you can subscribe to in PowerSchool. It will give you the option to receive an email, text message or voice mail to your phone. You may call the office at the high school office if you have questions (563-547-2764).

IOWA SCHOOL ALERTS HAS CHANGED: If you used to receive notification in the past please sign up with the new system 

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NICC Classes:

If classes are canceled at Howard-Winn they are also canceled at NICC - Cresco Center.

If we have a 2-hour delay, NICC classes that are scheduled to start before 10:00 AM will be canceled.  Those classes that are scheduled to start after 10:00 AM will be held as scheduled.

Area TV and Radio stations will also be notified. Please note that if you use a text service from a TV station it may be as much as 30 minutes lag time from when they post it and when it is announced on Social Media.

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