Friday, February 10, 2017

February 10th, 2017 - Crestwood Secondary

Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12)

Events for the week of February 11th - February 17th:  
Saturday, February 11th:      
12:00         Varsity 2A District Wrestling @ Decorah
5:00           9th Boys BB @ Waterloo West
6:15           JV Boys BB @ Waterloo West
5:30           Varsity Boys BB @ Waterloo West
7:00           Home Varsity Girls BB - 3A Regionals vs. Waukon
Monday, February 13th: 
                  1 Hour Early Dismissal for Parent/Teacher Conferences
12:00         Prevention 5 Meeting
4:15           Home 7th grade Boys BB vs. Waukon
4:15           8th grade Boys BB @ Waukon
7:00           School Board Meeting in the CHS Media Center

Tuesday, February 14th:  
7:45           9-12 Staff Meeting in the CHS Media Center
9:00           High School Success Team Meeting
5:00           9th grade Boys BB @ Decorah
6:15           JV Boys BB @ Decorah
7:30           Varsity Boys BB @ Decorah                 

Wednesday, February 15th:      
1:45           JH Success Team Meeting
2:30-5:30   JH Band Solo Contest

Thursday, February 16th:
                  1 Hour Early Dismissal for Parent/Teacher Conferences
                  Individual State Wrestling Tournament

Friday, February 17th:     
                  No School
                  Individual State Wrestling Tournament

Standards-Based Grading

At the secondary level much of the February 6th professional development day involved work with aligning curriculum, instruction, and assessment to State and/or National standards.

Standards-based grading is reporting student achievement by clearly communicating progress toward learning goals in a timely, accurate, and specific manner. The primary purpose of grading is to communicate achievement status related to learning standards to students and parents. Additional purposes of grading include providing feedback to students for self-assessment and growth and encouraging student progress and self-monitoring of learning.

Renowned educator Ralph W. Tyler stressed that prior to teaching anything to anyone, a teacher must answer two fundamental questions:

     1. What do I want my students to learn and be able to do?
     2. What evidence would I accept to verify that learning?

Standards-based grading is research-based and allows educators to answer these two questions and be better able to align the curriculum, instruction, and assessment. 

The link below explains the research behind a standards-based grading approach to education.

What does the research say about standards-based grading?

To improve our success in education and allow students to maximize their potential we must commit ourselves to making these important decisions about teaching and assessing the learning standards we expect students to achieve.

National High School Cheerleading Championship
The CHS Competition Cheer Squad has qualified for the National High School Cheerleading Championship which is held on February 11-12, 2017.

The National High School Cheerleading Championship (NHSCC) is the most prestigious cheerleading championship in the country. The NHSCC is held at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, Florida, and nationally televised on ESPN and ESPN2 to over 100 million homes and 32 countries nationwide each year.
Members of the squad include: Katelyn Stortz, Elaina Balk, Alison McGuire, Megan Miller, Hailey Dull, Autumn Forcelle, Maia Harvey, Bobbi Hageman, Destiny Hodges, Olivia Smith, Kayla Hruska, and Katie Saner.

Crestwood High School is proud of all of you and your accomplishments and wish you the best of luck at the national competition.

Conference Champs
Congratulations to the Girls BB team on securing a share of the NEIC championship.  Great work team!  They finish the regular season with a 19-1 overall record and 11-1 in the NEIC.  

They will play in the 3A Regional game in Cresco vs. Waukon on Saturday, February 11th at 7:00 PM.  

NICC Cresco Center Sector Board
The Sector Board meets quarterly for a collaborative meeting with area educators, business, and industry. One of the goals is to work together to prepare our students with a quality education and training that delivers the skills needed for a rewarding career.

The group met Friday, for our Career and Technical Education Advisory meeting. CTE teachers Mrs. Runyan, Ms. Parks, Mr. Lentz, Mr. Ferrie, and Mr. Adams met with area business leaders to share about each program and also ask businesses what are we missing that you want employees to have. The consensus of business was employees need the soft skills (communication skills, teamwork, collaboration, problem-solving, self-motivation, etc.) is what they most desire in employees.  

At Crestwood Secondary we work to build these skills through classes (Consumer Economics, Pre-Employment Strategies, and several others) and in a variety of ways (Activities, Athletics, and Extra Curricular opportunities). Student-led conferences is another way we facilitate communication among parents and teachers, and build these skills with students. We will continue to look for intentional ways to build these skills with students.  

State Speech Results

Ensemble Acting  

John Ayers and Mitchell Leifeld performing "Abbott and Costello" by Jonathan Mayer - Received a Division 1 rating and selected as nonperformers for All-State!

Alison Butikofer and Kayla Hruska performing "Demon Child" by Deborah Karczewski - Received a Division 1 rating!

Group Improvisation 
Team 1: John Ayers, Mitchell Leifeld, Haley Stevenson, and Kenzie Ward - Received a Division 2 rating!

Team 2: Raymond Himli, Justin Holt, Zach Ishman, Cassy Kennon and Eric Trautsch - Received a Division 1!

Team 3: Carter Dull, Dawson Gosch, Isaiah Passmore, Karissa Stika and Noel Lloyd - Received a Division 2!

Congratulations to all students who participated in State Large Group Speech!

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