Friday, March 31, 2017

JCC Admin Update March 31, 2017

District Perspective
Superintendent / Activities Director
John Carver
Office: 563-547-2762
Twitter: johnccarver      
SKYPE: johnccarver

"STEAM ENERGY" changes lives and changes the world!
Thank you to Mrs. McConnell for "tweeting out" about 9th grader Marshall Cotton and sharing of his self portrait. With pencil and charcoal Marshall created this master piece! VERY COOL!  

Howard-Winn not only emphasizes Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) but also the ARTS! The ARTS provides an avenue for young people to create and express thinking and emotion. Painting, sculpting, music, dancing, poems, speech and drama all connect to STEM and together enhance creativity and imagination.    

This past week the Speech Department had their recognition banquet.  Thank you to Mrs. Day and Mrs. LeFebvre for supporting and coaching CADET NATION speech students!

This past week CRESTWOOD CADETS submitted 40 pieces of Art to the 2017 Northeast Iowa Art Show!

10 CADETS were ART SHOW Winners!  

Good kids doing GREAT things!

IHSMA State Instrumental and Vocal Music Contest
Crestwood High School hosted State Instrumental and Vocal Music contest this past Saturday.  With the help of numerous volunteers, the event was very well received and CADET NATION hospitality valued and appreciated! 

Division 1 ratings
Devin Schott - Trombone Solo
Shaunna Erickson - Timpani and Snare Drum Solos
Sharon Goodman  - Marimba Solo (Perfect Score)
Luke Ishman - Snare Drum Solo
Percussion EnsembleKonnor Tuchek, Bryden Juelsgaard, Tyler Teslow, Katlin Born, Chloe Rice, Hailey Johnson
Brass ChoirCatherine Toale, Katie Huhe, Payge Duerre, Josh Born, Megan Ferrie, Autumn Forcelle, Charlotte Stinson, Isabella Lehmkuhl, Mitchell Melaas, Amber Mast, Amanda Johnson, Mackenzie Dietz, Kennedy Rose, Caleb Shea, Cameron Krueger, Alexis Pitzen, Devin Schott, Kodiak Wentworth, Lawsen Duerre, Tyrone Grant, Nick Braun, Zeke Church, Justin Holt, Eric Trautsch, David Meinecke

Vocal Division 1 ratings
Duet-Kelly Dietzenbach and Amber Mast, Solo-D'Oviion Dixon, Solo-David Meinecke, Solo-Amanda Johnson, Solo-Angelina Hayek, Solo-Mitchell Leifeld, Duet-Avery Powers and Megan Ferrie, Solo-Kodiak Wentworth, Solo-Dawson Gosch, Duet-Torie McConnell and Amanda Johnson, and the Senior Triple Trio comprised of Kelly Dietzenbach, Megan Ryan, Alysa Osmonson, Katie Huhe, Amber Mast, Hailey Johnson, Sarah Schoeberl, and Emily W earned a perfect score!

#2020HowardWinn and CADET NATION are "STEAM" POWERED!

Crestwood Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter 
Last Monday evening the Crestwood FFA Chapter had their award Banquet. Good food and a celebration of accomplishments.  FFA is the BEST STEM, school to work program in the United States!  Great work Mr. Adams and Chapter members. 

Stadium Update
Work is continuing and progress is being made on the stadium project. The brick work is 99% completed on the concession stand and the interior is being prepared for drywall and counters. The bathrooms are being "plumbed out" and the electrical work is "in the works". The bleachers are complete on the home side and the pressbox is framed out. There are ADA approved wheelchair ramps on both ends of the home bleacher seating! With good weather it won't be long now! 

Be sure to catch the JAZZ SPOTLIGHT this weekend! Great music and "encore" performances from State Speech qualifiers! 

Look what is happening at Howard-Winn next week! 
Saturday, April 1
 Jazz Spotlight @ CHS Gym
Sunday, April 2
 Jazz Spotlight @ CHS Gym
Monday, April 3
 NO SCHOOL - Teacher In-Service/Workday
 Boys Golf vs Clayton Ridge at Cresco Golf Course
 Varsity Boys Track at Osage
Tuesday, April 4
 6:30 PM 4th Grade Concert @ CHS auditorium (Rescheduled from 3/23/17)
 Varsity Girls Track at Postville
Wednesday, April 5
 Dr. Mary Haas will speak to the 7th/8th graders in HS Auditorium
Thursday, April 6
 Elementary Instrumental Solo & Ensemble Contest
 Boys/Girls Golf vs Riceville at Elma Golf Course
Friday, April 7
 Boys Golf at Waverly Municipal Golf Course
 Varsity Boys Track @ WSR
 Varsity Girls Track at Decorah

March 31, 2017 - Crestwood Secondary

Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12) 

Events for the week of April 1st - April 7th:  
Saturday, April 1st:
6:30          Jazz Spotlight @ CHS Gym                    

Sunday, April 2nd:
1:00           Jazz Spotlight @ CHS Gym

Monday, April 3rd:
                   No School - Teacher In-Service/Workday
4:00            Boys Varsity Golf Meet @ Cresco Country Club
4:30            Boys Varsity Track Meet @ Osage

Tuesday, April 4th:  
                   NICC Career Pathway Day
7:00            Secondary BLT Meeting in the CHS Media Center                   
9:00            High School Success Team Meeting
4:30            Girls Varsity Track Meet @ Postville
Wednesday, April 5th:   
1:00             Dr. Mary Haas will present to the 7th and 8th grade in the CHS Auditorium
1:45             JH Success Team Meeting

Thursday, April 6th:
                    Grant Wood AEA Standards Based Grading Conference
2:30             Alternative School Meeting
4:00             Girls and Boys Varsity Golf Meet @ Elma Golf Course

Friday, April 7th:   
9:30             Mock Crash   
4:00             Boys Varsity Golf Meet @ Waverly 
5:00             Girls Varsity Track Meet @ Decorah
5:00             Boys Varsity Track Meet @ Waverly

FFA Banquet

The 2016-2017 Crestwood FFA Awards Banquet was held on Monday evening. Students were recognized for a variety of awards and new officers were installed.

2017-2018 Officers
President - Judd Grover
Vice President - Cassie Hosek
Reporter / Asst. Reporter - April Halverson / Erin Ryan
Secretary - Sami Bigalk
Treasurer / Asst.Treasurer - Taylor Haskovec / Dylan Hauber
Sentinel - Alexis Gosnell
Historian / Asst. Historian - Karissa Stika / Aly Reicks

Thank you to our Seniors and previous FFA officers for your leadership in the Crestwood FFA. Your support and Leadership in the FFA, the School, and the Community is appreciated. Thank you for everything you have done and continue to do for the FFA.

Mock Crash

On Friday, April 7th law enforcement and emergency personnel from throughout Howard County will work together to, first, demonstrate to students the tragic realities of responding to vehicle crashes and then meet in the auditorium at Crestwood High School to speak about personal experiences and encourage students to make positive life decisions.

Sophomores, juniors and seniors at Crestwood will witness firsthand the devastating and sometimes permanent effects that making poor decisions, such as texting, drinking alcohol and/or using drugs, can have on those who choose to do so and get behind the wheel.


An effort is made to allow time for our students to do most of their work at school. Some students who work more slowly or who find if difficult to accomplish much during study hall will find it necessary to bring homework home to finish assignments.

The question about the homework workload at the 7th and 8th grade level was recently asked, more specifically, it was about homework on Wednesday nights.

Meaningful homework can serve several purposes:
  • It helps to reinforce what’s being taught in the classroom and help students take skills and concepts from the short term memory to the long term memory.
  • It enables parents to actively engage in their child’s education
  • It helps teach fundamental skills such as time management, organization, task completion, as well as responsibility. 
  • It allows students to demonstrate mastery of material without the assistance of a teacher.
A survey was sent out to 7th and 8th grade students and the results were shared and discussed at a staff meeting.

Some of the results are shared below:

Opioid Discussion at Luther College

March 31, 2017 Preschool & Elementary

PK-6 Principal
Sara Grimm
Twitter: saramarleygrimm
SKYPE: saramarleygrimm


During April there will be classroom assessments and district assessments that occur for students in grades TK-6. During this month teachers will continue to assess in the classroom for instructional purposes in reading and math. Through these assessments teachers are able to find out what skills your child has mastered and what skills need to be retaught or reinforced. During the month of April students will also be taking our MAP assessments. Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), an online assessment that creates a personalized assessment experience by adapting to each student’s learning level. Teachers are able to get assessment data—and essential information about what each student knows and is ready to learn within 24 hours of the testing. We then use that instructional data to help guide classroom instruction, and also help us to identify how we can respond to students’ learning needs building-wide during our CADET TIME (intervention/enrichment block). Students in Transitional-Kindergarten through Grade 6 will also be taking the FAST assessment in early May. This assessment gives us data about your child’s literacy skills and is mandated by Iowa Code in order to comply with Iowa’s Early Literacy legislation. You can help at home by talking to your child about the importance of doing their best so that we can determine what they are ready to learn next. Making sure that your child is well-rested and eating a good breakfast before school is also important. Thanks for you help!

Families Routines are key for student’s success in their daily lives! Setting up routines at home for daily activities such as homework, getting dressed, checking backpacks and much more are important so that your child knows what to expect and can do it independently on their own. Kids also thrive on routines that are established that are predictable and they can count on them being there. By setting a nightly backpack/homework routine you could potentially avoid the conflicts that sometimes occur for homework. Kids know what time it occurs daily, have a set spot to do their work and thrive on knowing how much time they need to work…try setting a timer and then positively acknowledging your child when they complete the work! Home/school connection is crucial to your son's/daughter's ongoing progress at school.

Outstanding Students + Amazing Teachers + Involved Parents = Crestwood Elementary


Sara Grimm

PTO Meeting Rescheduled 
The April PTO meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, April 10th at 5:30 in the Discovery Center.


Preschool Registration Spring Open House 
Our annual Preschool Open House will be on Friday, April 28th at the Crestwood Preschool Building,1135 Canterbury Street, in Cresco from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM OR 4:30-5:30 PMPlease attend the time that best fits your schedule to fill out district registration paperwork and preschool forms.  Plan on spending about 20 minutes filling out paperwork. This is also an opportunity to talk to and ask the preschool teachers questions. It is up to you if you want to bring your child.  Please bring your child’s most recent physical, immunization record and birth certificate.  (An official document that has your child’s birthdate on it such as a Medicaid insurance card or a passport can be accepted in place of a birth certificate.)

Kindergarten Round-up 
Kindergarten Round-up will be held at Crestwood Elementary on Friday, April 28th
from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Children only, Parents do not need to attend.

Kindergarten Parent Informational Meeting
There will be a parent meeting for incoming kindergarten parents on Thursday, April 20th at 5:30.  

Classroom Redemption Collection

The Crestwood Cadet PTO is sponsoring a Classroom Redemption Collection. Be sure to ask friends, neighbors and out of town and in town relatives to start collecting on your behalf.

Substitute Teachers and Associates Needed
Do you like working with children and helping them learn? Do you enjoy working in a high-energy, creative learning/working environment? If your answer is "YES" we need you! Howard-Winn is looking for substitute teachers and associates to work in our classrooms. In the absence of the regular classroom teacher or associate you would be helping students to learn subject matter and/or skills that are required for curriculum lessons and providing meaningful instruction for our students in their classrooms. If interested please submit a letter of application and a resume to: Superintendent, 1000 Schroder Drive, Cresco, IA 52136

Here's what we've been up to . . .
It was an exciting week as the preschoolers discovered a mysterious “muddy” shoe print in their dramatic-play center. The preschoolers turned into detectives trying to figure out who left the mysterious “muddy” shoe print. They built their math skills by generating a suspect list, examining shoe patterns, and measuring shoe sizes (standardized and non-standardized) to solve the mystery.

Students kicked off their study of garbage and recycling by thinking of ways to reuse garbage items in their classroom. The show, Sid the Science Kid, had an informational episode about recycling. After watching a short clip students learned a new vocabulary word, landfill. The preschoolers are concerned about all of the garbage their classroom is sending to the landfill. They are working to find ways to recycle “garbage” items in their classroom. One great idea was to sculpture and dry-out their “used” play-dough.

Busy ladies doing lots of cooking and experimenting in preschool

Transitional Kindergarten
The students are getting ready to start a new unit of study focused on how food is grown and the process of getting food from where it grows to our homes. We have been collecting data, generating questions, and exploring through play to kick off the study.

This week students practiced letters and sounds in a variety of ways,
including puzzles and writing on their iPads.

Reading words is a new skill the students are excited to try out.


Creative use of broken hula hoops. Great teamwork and always thinking.

Students love reading to a friend!

Practicing addition and subtraction problems using dice.

First Grade

Parts of a book in 1st grade

Researching frogs for guided reading using Britannica.

1st graders busy with Daily 4 math rounds. 

Math with Someone -- Busy 1st graders!

Second Grade

Money in 2nd grade

Grains are good for you. Fun learning with our Food/Fitness team.

Third Grade

Working on math playground

Fraction work!

Exploring equivalent fractions in math!

Modeling equivalent fractions

Fourth Grade

Working on biographies in 4th grade

Working on comparative and superlative adjectives

Fifth Grade

5th grade STEM designs to connect to Dr Seuss book. 
Lots of thought & reflection while working. Impressed with their thinking!

Finding a comfy space to read & discuss in 5th grade

This student couldn't wait to show her teacher her shirt.
What a great shirt!

5th graders sharing their learning with an instructional coach. Excited learning!

Students creating poems using partners and rhyme pattern :AABB

Sixth Grade
What really is an exponent??

The day has finally's publishing day for our explanatory pieces!

Recording their explanatory pieces into a voice note in Showbie. 
One last way to check their grammar!

1st grade Butter Makers after reading The Fun Club Goes to the Dairy Farm!

Books bring out emotions. Student said, "I am so angry but also intrigued."

Students use food coloring and water to mix colors "like scientists!"

Rainy Days mean the learning starts early, before school in the hallways

Students enjoyed a visit from author Coach Sloth!

Sunrise over Crestwood Elementary: always looking forward to another GREAT day


Friday, March 31                        Paraprofessional's Day 
Monday, April 3                          No School--Teacher Inservice
Tuesday, April 4                         National School Librarian Day
Thursday, April 6                        Elementary Solo & Ensemble Contest