Friday, January 24, 2014

January 24, 2014

District Perspective
Superintendent John Carver
Twitter: johnccarver
SKYPE: johnccarver

High students in Project Lead The Way Class. Design then create with the 3D printer!

Norman Borlaug: Iowa Innovator in Agriculture
Four Crestwood FFA Students Chosen to Attend Unveiling of Borlaug Statue at the Nation’s Capitol in March
Born in rural Northeast Iowa, growing up and working the family farm, attending a one-room schoolhouse, graduating from Cresco High School – from these humble beginnings, Norman Borlaug went on to change the world!

Dr. Borlaug’s work in agriculture, specifically in the production of high-yield, disease-resistant wheat, is credited with saving billions of lives worldwide. 

Called agriculture’s greatest spokesperson, he is one of seven people to have won the Nobel Peace Price, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. His legacy continues with the World Food Prize.

On March 25, 2014, at our Nation’s Capitol, in Statuary Hall, the State of Iowa will proudly unveil a statue of its native son, Dr. Norman Borlaug. 

Because of the size of Statuary Hall, the ceremony and celebration is limited to 300 invitees. The Howard-Winneshiek Community School District’s, Crestwood High School FFA Chapter has been invited to attend!

Crestwood FFA’s involvement with Lime Springs Beef has continued Dr. Borlaug’s legacy of innovation in food production. It is exciting that the Crestwood FFA Chapter now has the opportunity to represent Iowa’s next generation of agribusiness leaders and innovators, as well as Crestwood High School, the Howard-Winneshiek Schools, our community, county and state.

Witnessing History
The Crestwood FFA Chapter has selected four of its members to attend the event: Senior, Chapter President Kaytlan Langreck; Senior, Chapter Vice President Kayleigh Hauber; Junior, Historian Abby Huhe; and Junior, Assistant Reporter Natalie Knobloch. Howard-Winneshiek Superintendent John Carver and a female chaperon will accompany the young ladies.

Travel Plans and Cost
The plan is to: Fly to Washington D.C. on Sunday, March 23; visit historical monuments on Monday, March 24; attend the event Tuesday, March 25; and return Wednesday, March 26. 

Estimated Cost
per person
Hotel and Flight
$ 4,500.00
$40 per day x 6 x 4 days
$    960.00
Estimated ground Travel
6 Metro passes at $40
$    240.00
Estimated Cost

$  5,700.00

The Howard-Winneshiek Community School District and the Crestwood FFA chapter would greatly appreciate any sponsorships or financial assistance towards deferring the cost of this trip.    

Contribution and donations can be directed to:
Crestwood FFA / Norman Borlaug Statue Unveiling
Howard-Winneshiek District Office
1000 Schroder Drive
Cresco, Iowa 52136

Mike Adams, Chapter Advisor

John Carver, Howard-Winn. Superintendent  

Office (563) 547 2762  

2013-2014 Snow Days / Make-up

Snow Day                            Make-up day
January 6, 2014                    May 23, 2014
January 14, 2014                  May 27, 2014
January 23, 2014                  May 28, 2014

*January 16, 2014 classes dismissed early due to weather. Board Policy 601.2 states that: "When the school is forced to close due to weather or other emergencies  that part of the day which school is in session will constitute a school day". We will not have to make up January 16, 2014.

Be sure to follow school updates on Twitter, Iowa Alerts, Howard-Winn Webpage and Facebook as well as local media.

Grade Level Campus Assignments for 2014-2015

The TEAM continues to meet and examine all aspects regarding grade level campus assignments for this fall. The driving focus is on instruction, academic achievement and providing the best service for the students.  It is understood that the current physical plant in Cresco cannot accommodate all the students at this time. The TEAM has found that the Lime Springs Campus would serve well any grade level that would be assigned there. It is noted that the campus assignment will be reviewed annually for the next three years.  To provide the best service and utilize current District resources will require students being bused to Lime Springs. Rural students have always been bused, but this will be a new experience for kids living in town.  More information will follow and a recommendation will be made to the Board in February. THANK YOU to those serving on the TEAM. Your perspective and servant leadership is valued and appreciated.

Get Healthy with District Office! 

"Come be one of the BIGGEST losers!"
The District Office Staff is inviting staff members to join TEAM: CADET and meet the 10 Week Wellness Challenge. If interested visit lets us know if your are IN! Bring your $20 and lets get healthy!

Shout Outs!

  • Exciting Basketball this past week! Both the Girls and Boys Teams are Rocking and Rolling! Keep it up and enjoy the moment!
  • What a joy to see the Dance students perform during the halftime of last week's Waverly-Shell Rock Boy's BBall game. Such energy, grace and poise! 
  • Special THANK YOU to all involved with the daily transport of students.  Supervisors, bus drivers, secretaries and associates, your diligent efforts to keep the kids safe, warm and get them home is greatly appreciated.  
  • Way to go Wrestlers! Its great to see our athletes and team in the State rankings. Keep moving FORWARD!
One last thing..........
it is way cool to see the kids excited about learning!

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