Friday, March 21, 2014

JCC March 21, 2014

District Perspective
Superintendent John Carver
Twitter: johnccarver
SKYPE: johnccarver

I love this thinking! Our Nation needs "risks takers" who fail forward! We learn more from living life than from "playing it safe". Way to go Mr. Ferrie!

Witnessing History! Dr. Borlaug Statue Unveiling
Sunday the Howard-Winneshiek delegation takes off for Washington D.C. and the unveiling of Dr. Borlaug's statue. This is history in the making and I cannot think of any better representatives than these young ladies from the Crestwood FFA chapter: Kaytlan Langreck, Natalie Knobloch, Kayleigh Hauber, and Abby Huhe. The girls have connected with US Senator Grassley and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and are excited to see them again in Washington D.C. at the event.
Watch #2020HowardWinn on Twitter and check out on Facebook for updates!

A special THANK YOU to these friends and community members for their financial support to make this happen. 
Patti Bryant                       John Carver (Decorah)                         Upper Iowa Tool and Die
LaDene Reid                     Lowell Sovereign                                  Hvitved & Associates
Lime Springs Beef             Bonair Enterprise                                  Bill Kruse
Hawkeye Sanitation           Marlene Michel                                     Mehmert Tiling   
Gerald Keune                   Thomson Charitable Trust & CUSB        Jeri Andera
Cheryl Riehle                    Howard County Farm Bureau                Cresco Kiwanis 
Cresco Bank and Trust

Technology and Learning
Technology is accelerating change and impacting every area of life. In education, technology is redefining teaching and learning. A digital device, hooked to the internet, empowers learners (students and teachers), enhancing creativity, imagination and achievement. This is very exciting.

There is "no script" for what is now happening. We are building and flying the plane at the same time.

This is the thinking we are using going forward.

The "take away" is that learning begins with relationships. Technology may be redefining what relationships look like. But relationships are the foundation.

Task Force Howard County Update
The next "Grow Howard County" Task Force meeting is Saturday, March 29 at 9:00 a.m. at the Cresco NICC campus. Information and updates will be shared on our applications for Home Base Iowa ( and Connect Community. Very COOL things happening. The next piece is to "move the needle" on the housing question. Come join the party and be a part of shaping our future!

Proposed 2014-2015 School Calendar

A working draft of the 2014-2015 school calendar is ready for review. Check it out at and 

By Iowa Statute, schools are required to have either 180 days OR 1,082 hours of instruction. The Howard-Winn proposed calendar would have 180, 6.5 hours days of instruction which translates into 1,170 hours of instruction.

Design Features Include:
  • New teachers would report Friday, August 15, 2014
  • Two days of Professional Development for all staff Monday August 18 and Tuesday August 19. 
  • NO CONTRACT NO WORK DAY Wednesday, August 20, 2014
  • First Day of Classes Thursday, August 21, 2014
  • Parent Teacher Conferences Monday, November 17 and Thursday and November 20. P/T Comp Day would be Wednesday, November 26.
  • Winter Break would be December 22 to January 2, 2015. 
  • January 2, 2015 is a Teacher Quality PD day (No classes).
  • Classes would resume on Monday, January 5, 2015.
  • Questions remain about Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences. If on corresponding dates to 2014, the week of P-T conferences would be: No School Monday Presidents Day, Tuesday and Thursday Conferences, then no school Friday. The question: is this the best use of time instructionally? Would it be better instructionally to have P/T conferences closer to the end of the Quarter (March 6, 2015).
  • Monday April 6 is a designated Make Up SNOW DAY.
  • Tentative last day of class (no snow days) Thursday, May 21st.
  • Two End of year PD Days: Friday May 22 and Tuesday, May 26.
Check it out and send comments to

Shout Outs! 
  • Contract Negotiations with Teachers and Bus Divers have been transparent and positive. In this environment, everybody WINS!
  • A BIG THANK YOU to the Building and Grounds staff for continuing to shovel the snow and scrape the ice. When will spring be here? LOL!
  • I laughed, I cried, and I laughed! The Junior High Musical was FANTASTIC. Great WORK!
  • Way to go Shane Trautsch!

One last thing..........
Follow #2020HowardWinn on Twitter and SEE 21st century learning

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