Friday, January 31, 2014

January 31, 2014

District Perspective
Superintendent John Carver
Twitter: johnccarver
SKYPE: johnccarver

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The State of the Union and the State of the Howard-Winneshiek Community School District
Last week, President Obama gave his State of the Union address. In talking about education, his priorities included: high-quality pre-K available to every 4-year-old; a pledge to connect 99 percent of our students to high-speed broadband over the next four years; and to redesign high schools, partnering them with colleges and employers that offer the real-world education and hands-on training that can lead directly to a job. WOW! Howard-Winneshiek is not only aligned with these goals, but is leading and way out front! Very Cool! Special things are happening at Howard-Winn. There is positive forward movement toward the 2020 goal of our students being the best prepared on the planet!  

Grow Howard County (and Howard-Winneshiek Community School District)

A Task Force is emerging to inventory the strengths and assets of Howard County (and the Howard-Winneshiek Community School District). The thinking is to "share the good life" and to invite folks to NE Iowa! There are jobs, great schools, and a wonderful quality of life, and we need to tell the story and create a means of support for folks to come and grow. First steps include: an assessment of the region's BROADBAND capacities and participating in the Governor's Home Base program:
This program's concept focuses on inviting and facilitating Veterans to relocate to Iowa and we want to invite them to Howard County.  

We want to not only invite Vets, but others to come home to Howard County. Next steps will include housing and explore creating an "Ambassador" program of citizens to host families who want to come to the region. Cresco, Lime Springs, Elma, Chester and our neighbors in Ridgeway, promoting and supporting each other, will create an excitement that others will want to be part of. Stay tuned for updates.    

Snow Days / Make-up

Snow Days                        Tentative Make-up days
January 6, 2014                  May 23, 2014
January 14, 2014                May 27, 2014
January 23, 2014                May 28, 2014
January 27, 2014                May 29, 2014
January 28, 2014                May 30, 2014

Many thoughts come to mind in reference to these make-up days. Under Iowa law, students are to have 180 days of instruction. Locally, districts set their own calendar (meeting the guidelines of 180 days). If classes are cancelled, the time (day) is to be made up. Late starts, we do not have to make up the time. Making up snow days is a challenge. Historically Howard-Winn has made up days missed due to weather at the end of the school year. Either making up snow days at the end of the school year or substituting a scheduled vacation day for a snow day -- both impact families, employees, kids and learning. There is no really good answer, it is part of living with Iowa weather. Please keep in mind the Friday after Parent/Teacher conferences is a comp day, with the hours worked (into the evening) counting as a day. This is per contract and Iowa legislation. So that day is not an option for make-up. Stay tuned for updates and more discussion.     

Shout Outs

  • GREAT JOB on sharing part of the Howard-Winn story! Flipped Classrooms!
  • A special shout out and THANK YOU to our Bus drivers for moving our students safely to and from school.
  • THANK YOU to those teachers who served on the Grade Level Campus Task Force. Please know your professionalism and reflections are truly valued and it has helped to shape my thinking. I will be making a recommendation to the Board at the February meeting.
  • Want an exciting evening? You've got to come and see Basketball and Wrestling Teams in action!  CADETS: FORWARD!
  • Reminder......any financial help in getting our student FFA representatives to the Norman Borlaug statue event is greatly appreciated.
Contribution and donations can be directed to:
Crestwood FFA / Norman Borlaug Statue Unveiling
Howard-Winneshiek District Office
1000 Schroder Drive
Cresco, Iowa 52136  

One last thought..............
We are not "out of the woods" with winter yet. Please know safety is our number one priority. Stay warm and be safe!  

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