Friday, August 29, 2014

JCC August 29, 2014

District Perspective
Superintendent John Carver
Twitter: johnccarver
SKYPE: johnccarver

The 2014-15 school year is underway
We are a GO, the 2014-15 school year is underway! Cooks, Bus Drivers, Associates, Custodians, Secretaries, and Teachers: a BIG "Thank You" to all for your cooperation and flexibility. Your commitment and dedication to the kids is inspiring.  It is exciting to have students back in the buildings and it is cool to see everyone excited and focused on learning!  
Howard-Winn is a very special place!

School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC)
The School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC) serves as an important communication and consensus tool. Under Iowa Law (280.12) it is tasked to make recommendations on major education needs, student learning goals, long-range and annual improvement goals, and desired levels of student performance. Areas of focus include: reading, mathematics and science achievement as well as bullying, harassment and character education.

Our next meeting is 6:00 Wednesday, September 3, 2014 in the Discovery Zone at the K-8 Crestwood Campus.

Items to be addressed that evening will include:
  • Affirm the Mission / Vision statement
  • Review of the 2013-14 Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) Goals
  • AYP Goals for 2014-15
  • Academic Achievement Test results from 2013-14
Other items for consideration/conversation:
Rebrand/rename the District 
Future grade level / Campus assignment
Outcome Based Education (CBE)

This meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. Your voice and perspective are valued!

K-6 iPad Roll Out
We are excited and close to deploying iPads in grades K-6. New this year is the creation of student Apple ID's for elementary students. This ID allows for the remote configuration and management of student's iPad.  What this means is that teacher selected apps can be installed and controlled remotely by the Howard-Winn IT staff. Students are no longer able to download individual apps.

This involves a three step process:
1. An email from Apple Computer is sent to parents.

2. Parents create an Apple ID and password for their child and submit it.

3. Apple computer sends a confirmation email in which the parent verifies the student's Apple ID and password. This means the parent would have to enter the student's email address and password just created and "hit" verified.

Once that is done parents need to forward the password and ID to either the classroom teacher or Howard-Winn Tech staff.

The Apple ID and password is a one time event. Only new students to the District will need to go through the process. 

Going forward, we will deploy elementary iPads once we have received the student Apple ID and password. The plan is to start Tuesday with Kindergarten to confirm ID and passwords, image iPads and deploy. 1st grade will be next, with the rest of the grades to follow.  

Teachers have been notified as to who currently has ID and passwords. Staff will follow up with those yet to complete. 

Everyones flexibility and cooperation is greatly appreciated. THANK YOU! 

Building #CadetNation
Hats-Off to staff and students leaders for facilitating the Freshman Retreat.  This was an excellent opportunity for students to network, build relationships and welcome the Freshman to #CadetNation.  CADETS FORWARD!  

Shout Outs
  • Good Luck CADET Volleyball, Football, and Cross Country TEAMS as you begin your seasons! 
  • Rock on Cheerleaders! Your spirit and enthusiasm is valued and appreciated!
  • "Give me a beat"  Excited to see the CADET Marching Band in action.  Precision, musicianship, and dedication! 

Norman Borlaug Harvest Fest 2014
September 19-21 
8th annual INSPIRE DAY for area 5th graders will be held at the Norman Borlaug Boyhood Farm on Friday, Sept 19th.

Crop Walk: Saturday, August 20!

Meals from the Heartland:100,000 Meals Packaging Event. 50,000 meals to stay in NE IOWA! Sunday, September 21st.
  • at Crestwood High School 
  • Volunteers needed to accomplish the goal of packaging 100,000 meals. 50,000 meals will be distributed here in NE IOWA! 
  • To volunteer go to: or 
  • Enter your email address: (You will not need to register an account on VolunteerSpot). 
  • Sign up. Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. 
  • Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Pam Carver at 515-201-8219 and she can sign you up manually.
Closing thoughts.......
Someone once told me that in the absence of knowledge, we make up knowledge.  Please know that your questions are valued and important.  I welcome the opportunity to connect, share and learn with you. Do not hesitate to call with questions and comments.


August 29, 2014

Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12)
Twitter: @Crestwood_HS 

Special Events for the Week of September 1-7, 2014
Monday:          Labor Day - No School
Tuesday:         Admin Meeting - 9:00 am
                        Amy Holst "Culture/Climate" - 10:00 am
                        Cabinet Meeting - 1:00 pm
Wednesday:   504 Plan Entrance Meeting - 9:00 am
                        SIAC Meeting - 6:00 pm
Thursday:       NICC Planning Meeting - 9:00 am
Saturday:       FFA Dairy Cattle CDE - West Union

Safe and Supportive Schools Project
Crestwood Secondary School was asked this past week to participate in the Iowa Safe and Supportive Schools (IS3) Initiative. The IS3 Core Team at the IDOE is passionate about improving the safety, engagement, and overall learning environment in all schools.

By choosing to participate in the second cohort of IS3 high schools, Crestwood will have access to these tools and supports: 
  • Index that uses 12 constructs to measure how your school is performing in the areas of school safety, student engagement and the overall learning environment.  The Index uses data from the Iowa Youth Survey and incident data that you submit to the Department of Education.
  • Index Report that provides extensive data on each of the 12 constructs  
  • Tool Kit that provides a step-by-step continuous improvement process to use Iowa Youth Survey, incident and other data to make decisions that will improve school climate.
  • Training to use the Adult-Student Relationships and Positive Discipline Tool-Kits (including money for travel, food, lodging, and all workshop supplies for 5 individuals). 
  • Coaches that can support and guide culture and climate work outside of the training (approximately 5 hours of coaching support each week throughout the school year).
  • Mentors from high schools that have already implemented the measurement system and developed Implementation Plans using the Tool Kits.
By choosing to participate in the second cohort of IS3 high schools, Crestwood is committing to:
  • Participate in the Iowa Youth Survey in the Fall of 2014 - already planning on administrating
  • Administer a 50 item survey to staff in your schools (e.g. teachers, administrators, janitors, coaches, etc.) in the fall/winter of 2014
  • Form Core and Youth Leadership teams (Culture/Climate Building Leadership Teams and Restorative Justice group) 
  • Send a team of individuals (typically your Core Team) to the fall (Oct. 22-23, 2014) and spring (April 22-23, 2015) trainings:
o  One administrator
o  Two teachers
o  Two other people of your choice (e.g. parent, counselor, student, coach, etc.)
  • Create and implement a plan to improve the safety, engagement, and overall learning environment at your school
What you will notice is that the commitments are already in place at Crestwood.  Being a part of IS3 can be viewed as strengthening current practice.  This is a tremendous opportunity for Crestwood as we continue to work on and improve student learning, engagement, and relationships.   

Sneak Peak 
Mr. Hilsabeck has been working hard on promoting all activities grades 7-12.  The following image is a sample of hallway banners which will be going up to promote the various opportunities for students at Crestwood.

Respect Retreat
The 4th Annual Crestwood/Youth Frontiers Respect Retreat® was held this past week for incoming freshman.  Respect Retreat inspires students to respect themselves more, to respect others and to stand up for respect in your school. The retreat reminds students that they matter, and that there is a supportive community of educators, mentors and classmates around them. Students are challenged with the message that someone acting with character does not make fun of, bully or torment anyone for any reason. Bystanders are engaged to stand up for the value of respect in your hallways, lunchlines and classrooms. Participation in the retreat results in cognitive, attitudinal and behavioral shifts that decrease students’ distractions to learning and build a positive school community.

#cadetnation is back!
Reminder:  #cadetnation Fridays are the 1st Friday of every month.  This is a way to show your Cadet spirit.  Remember to wear your #cadetnation t-shirt on Friday, September 5th.

Iowa Student Leadership Institute 
Education is changing. With Common Core taking effect, increasingly new types of standardized testing, and the integration of technology, straight row schooling is no longer a viable option. Through all this change, shouldn't we be listening to the voices that are affected most by it?

The second annual Iowa Student Learning Institute (ISLI) will be held Saturday, November 8th at Waukee High School. An innovative education conference, ISLI will provide a stage to the voice of our students with the support of our educators. This conference will spotlight a variety of sessions including keynotes from educators and leaders from all over the country and will be followed by breakout sessions in the afternoon. 

Please see Mrs. Day or Mrs. Lentz for more information.

Classroom Happenings...

Jurgensen August 29, 2014

Terese Jurgensen (Mrs. J.)

Principal 2-6; 

Director of Special Education

Student Centered
We have had a great second week of school!  I have had the opportunity to meet many of our students and see learning in action throughout our district.  I am so impressed with our innovative classrooms that are student centered, interactive, colorful and fun environments to learn in. I am enjoying working with our excellent teachers and their collaboration for student learning. 

Words of Wisdom
Our 4th graders at Lime Springs created greeting cards for me with words of advice as their principal. I loved them all and wanted to share a few:
“Never be strict with kids….P.S. Don’t take this the wrong way!”
“Welcome to the school Mrs. J!!!! Have a good time here at the best school ever!”

            Mrs. Kerian’s 3rd Grade Class 
                 at a Butterfly Garden!

After School Dismissal
A letter will soon be sent home with your children regarding after school dismissal.  Student safety is always a top priority.  To ensure that all students get out of the building in an orderly fashion and students get to their bus on time, we would like to make sure our entryway is open and clear for easy student passage.  Parents/Caregivers, we are requesting that you meet/pick-up your child outside as the classroom teacher escorts their students out of the building. To avoid congestion in the hallways, we are also asking junior high students to wait in the cafeteria to meet with their siblings.  When inclement weather arrives, we will provide a location for parents in the cafeteria. Be looking for the detailed letter that will be sent home with your children.  Thank you so much for your help and cooperation in this important matter!