Friday, April 25, 2014

JCC April 25, 2014

District Perspective
Superintendent John Carver
Twitter: johnccarver
SKYPE: johnccarver

Good Luck Crestwood FFA

Good luck to the Crestwood FFA Chapter as they head to the State Leadership Competition next week!  Great kids doing great things!
  FFA is probably one of the BEST school to work, hands on STEM program there is!! 

3D printing at Howard-Winn
Howard-Winn junior high students are learning how to design and create digitally. Using their computers, students design and create digitally, then send their work to the 3D printer. This device takes the student's design and then makes it. Think Star Trek replicator! KIMT channel 3 aired the story last week. These skill sets and this type of work is foundational to advanced manufacturing and engineering. We are providing CADETS with a real world competitive edge!

2020 Howard-Winn Transformation
Plans are being developed to transition to our new grade level configuration of: PK in Elma, Lime Springs and Cresco with K-3 and 5-12 in Cresco. The thinking is that we will set a date in May for current 3rd graders (next year 4th graders) to visit the Lime Springs campus. This would include an orientation for parents. BUS ROUTES for the fall are being developed. It needs to be noted that there are many moving pieces with developing the routes and what is presented will be TENTATIVE. Patience and cooperation is greatly appreciated.

"High Stakes" Testing

At different times of the year, students are required to take achievement tests. These  tests are supposedly designed to be "snap shots" of where the students are academically. Howard-Winn uses the Iowa Assessment and the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) tests. The State of Iowa uses students' test results to measure how well a school District is educating the students.  The Iowa Assessment tests are "paper/pencil fill in the dot"  and the MAP tests are on-line. Students and staff have to wait days/weeks for Iowa Assessment results but with MAPs it is instantly.

In that I do not want to debate the intent of the tests, I do think the pictures speak volumes. Student nonverbal with the 20th century paper and pencil, wait for the result tests vs the online MAP tests to me reflect the mindset the kids are in when testing. My thinking is better mindset = better achievement. Our challenge is that we are required by the State to take the Iowa Assessments and it is these tests that determine our School In Need of Assistance (SINA) status. Good things are happening at Howard-Winn however 20th century testing does not reflect/measure our 21st century learning. More will follow on this. Stay tuned.

I very much like the realtime feedback of the MAP tests!

Our office staff keep us moving forward!
Last Wednesday was Administrative Assistant's Day! These special people keep us on track and moving forward. It many instances, they are the first point of contact the public has when they phone or come to one of our campuses or the District Office. Please know these special people's efforts and CADET dedication is valued and appreciated. Robyn Lane, Cheryl Riehle, Tanor Vorwald, Michelle Bakken, Sharon Ollendieck, Linda Middlebrook, Janice Lansing, Cheryl Riha and Connie McGrane, and Darla Vokaty, you all are ROCK STARS! THANKS for all you do!

Monday, May 5, there will be a Pre-Contest Concert featuring all three high school choirs. The concert, set to begin at 7:30 p.m., is free to the public.

"Shout Outs"
  • PROM is Saturday, April 26, 2014. Kids, Be safe and make GOOD CHOICES!
  • Bus Inspection Each day Brian Swestka and his Team, transport hundreds of children. To do this means having safe and reliable equipment. Congratulations on having the buses pass inspection! Way to Go!
  • Go, putt, win! Boy's Golf Team finished 1st among 10 teams at the Waverly-Shell Rock invitational.  Will Thomson finished 3rd overall and Alex Kerian tied for 10th overall.
  • CADET Track Keeping my fingers crossed for warmer days!
  • THANKS for those who served on the selection TEAM for the PK-1Principal/Director of Teaching and Learning position. Your servant leadership is GREATLY valued!
  • BOY THE WATER WAS COLD! "Polar Plunge 2014" for cancer!

What learning looks like at Howard-Winn!

One last thought......the quicker we come together, the quicker together we can all go!

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