Friday, January 20, 2017

January 20th, 2017 - Crestwood Secondary

Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12)

Events for the week of January 21 - January 27:  
Saturday, January 21st:      
                  District Large Group Speech
10:00         Varsity Wrestling Duals @ Waverly
3:00           9th Girls BB @ North Fayette
4:15           JV Girls BB @ North Fayette 
5:30           Varsity Girls BB @ North Fayette

Monday, January 23rd: 
                  IHSMA State Jazz Contest                          
4:15           7th Grade Boys BB @ Charles City
4:15           Home 8th Grade BB vs. Charles City
4:15           7th/8th Wrestling Meet @ Osage
5:00           JV Wrestling Tournament @ Riceville

Tuesday, January 24th:     
7:45           JH Staff Meeting in Mr. Wiley's room
9:00           High School Success Team Meeting
4:15           8th Grade Boys BB @ Waukon
4:15           Home 7th Grade BB vs. Waukon
5:00           9th grade Girls BB @ Waukon
5:00           Home 9th grade Boys BB vs. Waukon
6:15           Home JV Boys BB vs. Waukon
6:15           JV Girls BB @ Waukon
7:30           Home Varsity Boys BB vs. Waukon
7:30           Varsity Girls BB @ Waukon

Wednesday, January 25th:      
7:45           Instructional Coaches Meeting
9:00           CBE Conference Call
1:45           JH Success Team Meeting
6:00           School Board Work Session

Thursday, January 26th:
1:45           Alternative Program Meeting
4:15           Home 8th grade Boys BB vs. New Hampton
4:15           7th grade Boys BB @ New Hampton
5:30           Home 9th grade Boys BB vs. Riceville
6:00           Varsity Girls BB @ Clear Lake
7:15           Varsity Boys BB @ Clear Lake
Friday, January 27th:     
7:00           NICC Sector Board Action Item Conference Call
4:15           Home 8th Grade Boys BB vs. Oelwein
4:15           7th Grade Boys BB @ Oelwein

Postsecondary Readiness Reports

Postsecondary Readiness Reports have recently been released and can be found at this website:  

The new public site shows high school level reports but in a different venue with additional statewide information as well as summary and technical documents. 

The purpose of the Postsecondary Readiness Reports is to support state and local efforts to meet the goal that all Iowa students are prepared for success beyond high school.

This state website supports that goal by providing valuable information on how prepared Iowa high school graduates are for success in postsecondary education and training. The Postsecondary Readiness Reports includes information on enrollment in colleges and universities, remedial course-taking rates, and postsecondary retention and completion rates for students who graduated from public high schools in Iowa. These rates are available statewide and by Iowa high school.

Parent / Teacher Conferences

Below you will find the instructions to sign up for Spring Conferences, which will be held February 13 and February 16, 2017 from 3:30 – 7:30. Please note: you will see alternate dates when you log in with all times blocked. These dates are for specific teachers and those teachers will communicate the alternate conference dates with their Homebase students so parents/guardians are aware.

Parents may begin signing up for conferences on Monday, January 30th, 2017 after 9 AM.

** Student Led Conferences will be 15 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

2.             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.

3.             FOLLOW THE PROMPTS:
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 timeslot 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. 

NEIC Winter Sport Standings

Dollars for Scholars Phonathon

The Dollars for Scholars Phonathon is coming soon. The dates are February 1st and 2nd with calling starting at 6:00.  

Crestwood Dollars for Scholars serves students from the Howard-Winneshiek School District located in Cresco, Iowa. 
The mission of Dollars for Scholars is to enhance the opportunity of Crestwood High School Students to benefit from postsecondary education through scholarships and community support.  
Crestwood Dollars for Scholars is a locally operated and supported, non-profit, exempt scholarship foundation. Operated by an all volunteer Board of Directors, the purpose of Dollars for Scholars is to expand access to educational opportunities by involving and assisting our community in the support of students and in the encouragement of educational achievement.
Crestwood Dollars for Scholars was started in October 1993, and has awarded more than $1,763,000 in scholarships to over 1,600 students.

Clarity/Bright Bytes

The Howard-Winneshiek Community School District is partnering with BrightBytes, an educational software company, in order to learn more about our students’ school and home technology use. The goal is to gather data on technology access and skills in order to understand the connection between technology use and student achievement. For that reason, we are reaching out to ask you to take part in a Clarity Parent survey. Your participation is essential in helping us form a more complete picture of technology use for learning in your child’s life.

During the week of January 23rd - 27th, please keep an eye out for an email with more information on how to participate.

This is an anonymous survey regarding your technology use. Thank you for your time and feedback.

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