Friday, August 22, 2014

JCC August 22, 2014

District Perspective
Superintendent John Carver
Twitter: johnccarver
SKYPE: johnccarver

Welcome Back!
Here we go, the 2014-15 school year begins! After much planning and anticipation the new school year is here! The buildings are ready, the staff is ready and all are excited to have the the kids return! Let the adventure of learning continue!

New Faces

We have several new Howard-Winn ADMIN TEAM members this fall.

Terese Jurgensen: 2-6 Principal / Director of Special Education.

Sara Grimm: Pk-1 Principal / Director of Teaching and Learning

Brian Hilsabeck: Director of Student Services and will lead the Activity Programs and facilitate student discipline.

Tim Felderman will continue to lead the Crestwood Secondary (grades 7-12) and help to move forward Competency Based Education (CBE).

The ADMIN TEAM is EXCITED to work with the Board of Education and collaborate with 2020 Howard-Winn ROCK STAR teachers to "prepare and empower our students to think creatively, serve, contribute and succeed locally and globally".
Building Upgrades

Buildings and Grounds Director Larry Trende and his TEAM have been working hard to prepare the buildings for the first day of school. The Cresco and Lime Springs Campus looks GREAT! The PreSchool at Elma is clean and ready to go! All systems are GO! Excited for the students to return.

Leaning forward into 2014-15

This fall we take the next steps forward in transforming teaching and learning. Moving into year 2 of deploying digital devices, our rate of change is accelerating exponentially. It is important to note that computers/technology are NOT the "silver bullet" but does have the potential to enhance learning.

NOTHING will ever replace caring teachers and relationships.

Learners (students AND teachers) are connecting and sharing thinking. Creativity and imagination is growing. We have "stepped through the looking glass".

Moving forward there will be obstacles and challenges, but together we will face them and model for our children how to embrace change and work through adversity.

4th graders at Lime Springs are in for a fantastic year of learning. The staff there are dedicated and committed to serving the kids! Crestwood K-3/5-6 students will build positive relationships and have exciting opportunities. Crestwood Secondary students in grades 7-12 will have unlimited potential to create and grow. Their work in Competency Based Education (CBE) will create a condition where the kids can demonstrate what they know: moving us away from "pencil and paper"assessments. Howard-Winn has positive forward momentum. 

The "Butterfly Effect"The law of "sensitive dependence upon initial conditions" was shared with staff at the "kick-off" assembly last Monday. The "Butterfly Effect", as it is also referred to, is the thinking that a butterfly, flapping its wings, moving air, can set into motion energy that can create a hurricane on the other side of the world and this law not only works with matter, but also with people.

I am convinced that Howard-Winn is "flapping its wings" and the ripples of innovation are reaching all over the world. Our children are quickly becoming prepared to compete and contribute locally and globally. Cadets FORWARD!

Norman Borlaug Harvest Fest 2014
September 19-21 NE IOWA will have the opportunity to: "inspire and make a difference". Just as one man, Norman Borlaug inspired and worked to feed many. NE Iowans, young and old alike, will have an opportunity to do the same! 8th annual INSPIRE DAY for area 5th graders will be held at the Norman Borlaug Boyhood Farm on Friday, Sept 19th.
  • Students will be involved in 8-9 interactive and hands on sessions presented by ISU faculty, area science and tech experts, and NBHF Board members. 
  • Meals from the Heartland -food packaging station. All students will get to package meals that will be used toward the 100,000 meals the greater community will be packaging on Sunday during the Borlaug Harvest Fest weekend!

Crop Walk: Saturday, August 20!
  • 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.

Cadets Forward!

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