Friday, November 8, 2013

November 8, 2013

District Perspective
Superintendent John Carver
Twitter: johnccarver
SKYPE: johnccarver

Veteran's Day 
Monday, November 11, 2013 we celebrate and remember those citizens that have, and are serving in our armed forces. These fellow Americans have contributed to keep our freedoms safe and our Nation secure. Their sacrifices, along with the sacrifices of their families, are deeply appreciated and valued. Pam and I are proud to be parents of an Air Force veteran, our son Adam. To all Veterans, THANK YOU. 

Parent Teacher Conferences Fall 2013
From early reports, Fall Conferences have been well received and attended. It is GREAT to have so many parents in the building and to have an opportunity to share the GREAT things students and teachers are doing. There has been thinking and feedback shared with me about P/T Conferences and what a new structure might look like. Historically parent/teacher conferences were created to provide time for parents and teachers to meet face-to-face. They were set up in the late afternoon and into the evening to accommodate parents' work schedules. Elementary conferences were scheduled and secondary conferences were "walk-in". Before multiple channels of communication, it was necessary for face-to-face conferences. Today at Howard-Winn, by the time conferences roll in, many teachers have had multiple discussions with parents. Going forward, it is crucial that there be timely, ongoing and open teacher, parent and student communication. Thought and reflection will continue on how to best communicate and serve both students and parents. Your thinking is valued. Please feel free to email me your perspective.

Lime Springs Children's Theater Troupe
I had the opportunity to attend the Friday matinee of "The Wizard of Oz" presented by the Lime Springs Children's Theater Troupe. Though not a school sponsored activity, the Theater Troupe included MANY Howard-Winn students. WOW! What talent! I was so impressed. BRAVO!

Weather Delays
This past week school was delayed due to fog. This was for the safety of our children. It is important to remember that the Howard-Winneshiek Community School District covers 462 square miles and that 1,300 students daily either drive or ride buses to attendance centers. The morning and afternoon commute is perhaps the most dangerous part of the school day.  

Should there be a school delay due to weather, a good faith effort will be made to "make the call" prior to 6:00 a.m. To get the latest and most up-to-date information:
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Opportunities to Grow Howard-Winn
As we look to the future and possibilities to grow the District, one thing to consider is the number of folks that commute to Cresco for work each day. The emerging question is: "What would need to happen to have these commuters consider moving into the Howard-Winn School District?" The idea of having some of these families relocate has potential. Something to think about.

Thoughts and well wishes go out to Mrs. Sovereign as she recovers from her surgery.

November Board Meeting: 7:00 p.m. - Monday, November 11 

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