Friday, September 26, 2014

JCC September 26, 2014

District Perspective
Superintendent John Carver
Twitter: johnccarver
SKYPE: johnccarver

Dr. Borlaug Harvest Fest Meal Packaging Event
Last Sunday, as part of the 2014 Dr. Borlaug Harvest Fest, over 700 volunteers came forward and packaged over 125,000 meals! Thanks to the support and thoughtfulness of Lynch Livestock, 50,000+ of the Macaroni and Cheese meals will stay here in Iowa and be distributed throughout NE Iowa Food Banks.

When you include the packaging of 6,000+ meals by area 5th graders during Inspire Education Day at the Borlaug Farm last Friday, over 130,000 meals were packaged all together. 

This last weekend, as a region, from Riceville to Waverly, from Decorah to Chester, from Howard-Winn to South Winn to Turkey Valley to New Hampton, from Mitchell to Allamakee to Bremer to Chickasaw counties, everyone came together to make a difference!
With 5th grade Inspire Education Day, the CROP Walk, Car Show, Vocal Music Omelette Breakfast, Meal Packaging Event, the 2014 Dr. Borlaug Harvest Fest was a FANTASTIC event for young and old!

District Advisory Group: Listening and Learning
The District Advisory Group came from thinking and suggestions at the September School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC).  The desire is to engage patrons and seek their thinking and perspective on school related issues and concerns.  A priority going forward is to engage parents and bring more into the conversation.
1st Meeting: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 6:00 p.m. in the Discovery Zone (K-8 Campus). 
Focus/Agenda for the evening: 
  • Organization, Structure
  • Brainstorming on being inclusive and growing participation
  • Discussion on renaming the District and the Howard-Winneshiek "brand" 
John Carver, Superintendent of Schools
Sara Grimm, Director of Teaching and Learning

SIAC members are encouraged to "bring a friend"

Learning at Howard-Winneshiek
21st century learning looks like:

Kids collaborating and connecting, taking ownership in their learning. It is active and hands-on.
Really it is not about the device but on learning. Finding and connecting kid's passions and interests to learning so they see meaning. It all about developing creativity and imagination! Our future and destiny will be shaped by our children!

Howard-Winn students are quickly becoming 21st Century, global citizens. From Lime Springs and Cresco, our kids are making connections and learning globally!

Our students have unlimited potential and it is exciting to see what they will create and accomplish!!


A "shout out" to the 2014 Homecoming Court:
Emi Frohn                             Brady Bergan
Karlee Grabau                     Josh Bourassa
Kerigan Hunziker                 Mark Farlinger
Michaela Juelsgaard           Alex Hauber
Madison Sickles                  Justin Martinek
Claire Tuchek                      Tyler Thomas
Congratulations to all!

Student Enrollment at Howard-Winn On Wednesday, October 1 we take a "head count" of the students attending at Howard-Winn. Following that, staff will work through and verify/confirm the enrollment, and on October 15 "certify" the enrollment. The certified enrollment determines the amount of state aid the District will receive for the 2015-2016 school year. 

It is realized that with the closing of Elma and 4th grade parents choosing to send their children to Notre Dame and not to Lime Springs, there could be a significant drop in enrollment. This will affect funding for the 2015-2016 school year. More information will follow and will be posted in the Weekly Update.

Shout Outs!
  • It has been wonderful to hear the Band practicing in the evenings! Good Luck to the Marching Cadets as they compete in Forest City Saturday.  
  • Cadet Volleyball: Go, Spike, WIN! Have fun and enjoy the moment!
  • Cadet Football: Keep moving forward!  Continue to focus on fundamentals and TEAMWORK. You guys have my respect!
  • "Hats off" to the Cadet Cross Country TEAM for your hard work, competitiveness and for helping to package Meals last Sunday!  
  • THANK YOU to the Crestwood FFA Chapter for your servant leadership in packaging Meals last Sunday! FFA ROCKS!

September 26, 2014

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

Special Events for the Week of September 29 - October 5, 2014
Monday:          Howard-Winneshiek Foundation Meeting - 2:00 p.m.

Thursday:       Keystone AEA Principal's Meeting - 9:00 a.m.
Friday:            3 Hour Early Out Schedule (See details below)


Youth Frontiers - The Character Challenge

Homecoming 2014
Hall and Float Decorations
Sunday, September 28 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 28 at 5:00 p.m.

Powder Puff Football Game
Sunday, September 28 6:00 p.m.

Community Kick-off Event
Sunday, September 28 7:00 p.m.

Dress Up Days
Monday: Character Day 

Tuesday: America/Camouflage Day 
Wednesday: John Hancock Day (white t-shirt signing) 
Thursday:  Throwback Thursday (suggestion: older CHS shirts/sweatshirts)
Friday: Blue/School Colors

All School Pep Rally
Friday, October 3 10:30 a.m.  - HS Gymnasium

Senior Picture
Friday, October 3 12:30 p.m.

Homecoming Parade
Friday, October 3 2:00 p.m.

Football Game 

Friday, October 3 vs. the Independence Mustangs
5:00 p.m. - 9th grade game;  7:30 p.m. - Varsity

Who Benefits from Personalized Instruction?
  • Students who are ready to learn anytime, anywhere 
  • Gifted and talented learners who progress at ages younger or rates faster than their chronological peers 
  • Struggling learners who need additional time to master concepts, content, or skills 
  • Learners who have graduation requirement deficits 
  • Teachers who are looking for ways to more effectively differentiate the learning taking place both in and out of their classrooms 
  • Administrators who are looking for real-time data and school-wide patterns

What is the role of homework in CBE?
When teachers return homework to students with a grade, most students shove it in their backpack or binder and never look at it again. Imagine the enhanced learning opportunity for the student if instead, the teacher returned the homework with two or three meaningful comments rather than a grade?

As teachers, we realize that homework and practice tied directly to learning targets is an important component of student achievement. So when teachers use homework as a mechanism for extensive and timely feedback to the student, it conveys the message that homework is important and necessary.

Providing students with nonjudgmental written or verbal feedback enables teachers to formatively assess student understanding and provides the student safe opportunities to practice without judgment.

Iowa Safe and Supportive Schools Crestwood has been formally selected to participate in the Iowa Safe and Supportive Schools (IS3) program. This program with the $10,000 grant, will allow Crestwood to continue to develop and foster a safe, highly engaging learning environment.

What are the objectives?
  • Establish infrastructure to support Continuous Improvement Process for Conditions for Learning 
  • Implement Continuous Improvement Process for Conditions for Learning

What are the activities to be conducted?
  • Convene and facilitate IS3 Core Team that provides leadership for identifying priorities, selecting strategies to improve Conditions for Learning, and monitoring progress 
  • Convene and facilitate IS3 Youth Leadership Team that represents a diverse group of students that assists in analyzing data, identifying strategies to improve Conditions for Learning and provide advocacy for IS3 activities 
  • Provide staff who are responsible for fiscal and programmatic grant administration at the school level and for monitoring implementation of activities approved in the School  IS3 Implementation Plan 
  • Participate in Fall and Spring State trainings 
  • Engage in required evaluation of the IS3 grant 
  • Participate in webinars that provide opportunities to receive updates from the Department of Education and to network with other IShigh schools. 
What is the product of our work?
  • IS3 Implementation Plan to improve Adult-Student Relationships 
  • IS3 Implementation Plan to improve Discipline 

Terese Jurgensen September 25, 2014

Terese Jurgensen (Mrs. J.)
Principal 2-6; 
Director of Special Education


"I was born into the era when crop disease often 
forced people to flee. Despite almost seven
decades of my family trying to find enough to
eat, my family had yet to escape famine's 
clutch."  ~Norman Borlaug

Norman Borlaug A Closer Look at Inspire Day 2014

  Norman Ernest Borlaug was an American biologist, humanitarian and Nobel laureate who has been called "the father of the Green Revolution", "agriculture's greatest spokesperson" and "The Man Who Saved A Billion Lives." I am ashamed to admit that I was a person who did not know who Norman Borlaug was prior to coming to live and work in Cresco, Iowa. It seems unreal to me now because Dr. Borlaug was a man whose life was heroic and one whose life inspires us all to live for  the benefit of others.  
     I had the awesome privilege of attending Inspire Day with Crestwood Elementary 5th Graders on Friday, September 19th. I have outlined some of the inspirational pictures and stories from this great day.

Our 5th grade classrooms had so much fun the entire day!  
Inspiration Day Activities
The weather was perfect for Inspiration Day! The 5th grade students joined area schools to experience and learn about Norman Borlaug's life by attending his school, visiting the family farm, taking a hayrack ride into the prairie, as well as learning about electricity and experiencing some interesting spiders and insects. 

The favorite part of the day for many of the students was having the opportunity to package Meals from the Heartland. The 5th graders packaged up approximately 6,000 meals for Third World Countries. 

Here are Two 5th Grade Students -   
Sharing About their Experience Packaging Food:

Students listened attentively to stories of Norman Borlaug

in his actual school house that had been restored and brought 

to the family farm.  
School House
One of the favorite parts of the presentation came in the form of a math lesson that outlined how many lives Norman Borlaug had saved over the course of his life. 

The story outlined that even during the final days of his life, Dr. Borlaug was concerned about the lives left to save in Africa. 

The students were challenged to become like Norman Borlaug and continue his work of feeding the world.

Surprise Visitors from Ethiopia and Algeria 

Two visitors surprised us at the event. I apologize, but I cannot spell their names, but one was a woman from Ethiopia and one was a man from Algeria. Both of them were bio-chemical engineers and they both worked for Iowa State in their plant genetics lab researching ways to make stronger, more durable plant seeds to feed the world. The woman in the video met Dr. Borlaug in Japan as a student when he spoke to her class. During this time of her life, she was searching inside herself to find her life's work.  She tells us here that Dr. Borlaug told the class that he was a part of the "Green Revolution," but that they would be a part of the "Gene Revolution." She knew at that moment, it was her calling to further Dr. Borlaug's work! Our 5th grade class plans on Skyping with her for the Bio-Technology Lab in Iowa State.  

Great Experiences!

The 5th grade students enjoyed a variety of experiences throughout the day. The top picture shows our students in the boyhood home of Norman Borlaug.  The students had an awesome opportunity to tour his home and hear a firsthand account of his life from our very own Jack Thomson who grew up with Dr. Borlaug. 

On the right, students are taking a hay rack ride and learning about prairie plant and animal life. You can see that Noah has a long stem of grass that is known as Turkey Foot and is one of the tallest grasses on the prairie. 

Meals from the Heartland
The 5th grade students from Crestwood and surrounding schools packaged approximately 6,000 meals during Inspiration Day!  On Sunday, September 21st, over 500 volunteers rallied together at Crestwood High School to package and additional 120,000 + meals. Fifty thousand of these meals stayed in North East Iowa and the remainder were sent to third world countries.

126,360 Meals from the Heartland!

Julie Wilson helps her students package meals

Hannah did a great job scooping valuable protein into
the packaged meals for 3rd World Countries!

Emily & Ben packing Meals from the Heartland on Sunday!
It was a fun, heart-warming experience - lots of singing, laughing & family!