Friday, March 28, 2014

JCC March 28, 2014

District Perspective
Superintendent John Carver
Twitter: johnccarver
SKYPE: johnccarver

Witness to History: ­­Dr. Norman Borlaug Ceremony
Last Tuesday, Iowa placed in Statuary Hall at our Nation’s Capitol a statue of Dr. Norman Borlaug.  Howard County native, Norm took his place of honor amongst Americans who have shaped our Nation and contributed to the advancement of mankind. Three-hundred invited guests, including representatives from Cresco, four members of the Crestwood FFA Chapter, chaperone Jamie Hauber, myself, along with Howard-Winn students watching the live stream, took part in the celebration and were witness to history.

This was only the fifth time in history that a State retired and exchanged one of its two Statuary Hall statues.  Accomplishing this required collaboration and cooperation of the citizens of Iowa, the consent and endorsement of the elected officials of the State of Iowa and permission of the US Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner. 

In that this alone is a miracle, it only underscores the significant and importance to Dr. Borlaug’s work of feeding the world.

Dr. Borlaug’s life story and work provides a template for being an agent of change: having a vision of what could be, service to others, the application of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to agriculture, coupled with commitment to family, is the Borlaug legacy.  

Howard-Winn’s challenge is to move forward this legacy of change and innovation. What we know is that our future is grounded in an educational system that empowers our kids to discover their passions, be creative and be imaginative. 

Embedding technology into instruction and connecting our kids digitally will prepare them to contribute and compete globally.  

Dr. Borlaug’s story is not an isolated event. Historically, Howard County is rich and responsible for many important contributions. Cadets have gone on to provide leadership and service to our military, government, agribusiness and industry. Cadets finds ways to "make it happen".
So the exciting thing is the unlimited potential currently at Howard-Winneshiek Community Schools and I am convinced there are many Norman Borlaugs walking the halls.  

We appreciate our past, value our present, and with excitement and energy, move quickly to our future. 

Task Force: Grow Howard County
The next Task Force meeting is 9:00 a.m. Saturday, March 29 at the Cresco campus of NICC. As we begin to focus in on recruiting families to Howard County, it is important we know who we are competing against. Example, the Des Moines Register reported last Saturday: "North Dakota trying to woo workers for empty jobs......Officials: more than 25,000 positions open across the state" Read more: It is crucial we think "outside the box" and think BIG. We have much to offer, but we have to offer it!

Howard-Winneshiek goes to New Hampshire
Connecting and learning about Competency Based learning (CBE) with Pittsville Community School District has unlimited potential. TEAM HOWARD-WINN: Safe travels and LEARN LOTS.


  • Congrats on an excellent concert grades 2 & 3. Nice job Mrs. Holstrom

  • To Kayleigh's Mom Jamie THANK YOU for being a wonderful chaperone.
  • THANK YOU to Kaytlan Langreck, Abby Huhe, Natalie Knobloch, and Kayleigh Hauber for being wonderful Howard-Winneshiek, Howard County and Crestwood FFA ambassadors. You guys are ROCK STARS! 
  • TRACK SEASON has stared! Love the new hair cuts for the boys.  Those cuts will help you to run faster?  LOL!
  • CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) is the premier professional association for district technology leaders. For over two decades, CoSN has provided leaders with the management, community building, and advocacy tools essential for success. Last week at their national meeting, Howard-Winn students illustrated what digital learning looks like VERY COOL!

Proud to be a CADET!

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