Friday, September 5, 2014

JCC September 5, 2014

District Perspective
Superintendent John Carver
Twitter: johnccarver
SKYPE: johnccarver

Crestwood FFA
I am convinced that Future Farmers of America (FFA) is one of the BEST school to work, STEM programs a young person can be a part of!  The Crestwood Chapter is one of the initial investors. This photo of Chapter members with Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds was taken at the groundbreaking of Lime Springs Beef LLC outside Lime Springs, Iowa.  Soon, what was once a field, will be a multi-million dollar beef process operation, and the Crestwood FFA has been there since the beginning with a front row seat!!  WAY TO GO! 

21st century learning
It is realized that it has taken some time to "roll out" the iPads to the elementary students. This is because of the need to create Apple IDs to facilitate deploying and managing Apps.  Everyones patience, flexibility and cooperation is greatly appreciated.  Somebody once told me that to go slow sometimes is to be able to go fast later. "Shout Outs" to Harold Jensen, Heather Klenke and Edna Vandervort for your service and "can do" in getting this done!

School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC)
Thanks to all who participated in the SIAC meeting this last Wednesday. GREAT exchange of information and ideas. A special THANK YOU to Howard-Winn Director of Teaching and Learning Mrs. Grimm and Data Coordinator Mrs. Bakken for your work in disseminating student achievement results. Nice job. Next up will be to forward the SIAC's recommendation and suggestion to the Board of Education.  

Meeting outcomes included:
  • Approval to recommend to the Board of Education the District Vision statement: Our vision is to discover, develop and expand passions, creativity and strengths
  • Review of the Mission statement to continue. 
  • Review of the District 2013-14 Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) Goals
  • Approval to recommend to the Board of Education the District 2014-15 Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) Goals
  • Creation of a District Advisory Group that would include SIAC members and stakeholders. The intent of this group will be to inform patrons, exchange thinking, and seek input.  The overall goal of this initiative is to provide a vehicle/setting/format to bring together stakeholders and harness energy to move the District forward. Tentatively meetings will be set the first Wednesday in October, November, February, March and April. More information will follow. 
There was good discussion on the tests used to determine academic achievement. Iowa schools are required to have two District academic assessments, of which one must be the Iowa Assessments. Howard-Winn uses the Measures of Academic Progress (MAPS) as our second assessment. 

The Iowa Assessments is a once a year, pencil and paper, "fill in the dot" test used to determine No Child Left Behind status. Howard-Winn students take the assessments during the second semester each year. Test results are returned in late spring, prior to the end of the school year.

The Measures of Academic Progress (MAPS) are online tests, taken several times during the school year with results almost instantly available to students and teachers.  Students and teachers like the rapid results return. Students like to see if they have grown and areas they need to improve on. Teachers like it because they can make "realtime" instructional decisions and assists in differentiated students instruction. 
More information will follow on "Testing" and this topic will be included in upcoming District Advisory Group agendas. 

September Board meeting
The Board of Education will meet 7:00 pm Monday, September 8, 2014 in the Crestwood High School Library. There will be both an organizational meeting and the regular Board meeting. All are welcome and encouraged to come. 

Projected Enrollment for 2014-15
The official "head count" is October 1st.  At that time each school District in Iowa counts the numbers of students "in the seats" and then "certifies the enrollment" on or before October 15th. That official number of students is used to generate state financial aid to the District for the next school year (2015-16). In that we will not know for sure until October what the count will be, preliminarily, we are projecting a significant loss of students.  That being said, as soon as we know the count, we will project the impact and begin plans to compensate for 2015-16. Stay tuned and please do not hesitate to contact me directly with questions.  

 Mrs. Shekleton nice work at UNI! 

Shout Outs
  • It was EXCITING to watch CADET Volleyball in action this past week.  The TEAM's hustle and determination is commendable.  Go SPIKE Win!!
  • Keep moving forward! Tough loss for the CADET Football TEAM last Friday at New Hampton. I know that Coach Lentz and the TEAM will be recharged and ready to go this week! One game does not make a season. CADETS keep moving forward!
  • EXCITED to see the CADET"s Marching Band halftime show Friday! Competition season is about to begin! Be READY!
  • GREAT JOB Howard-Winneshiek Business Manager and Board Secretary Clint Farlinger for submitting timely, a nearly flawless Certified Annual Report (CAR) to the State. You and your TEAM's work is OUTSTANDING! 
  • Our Cheerleaders ROCK!
  • CADET Cross Country runners, always impressed with your abilities to cover lots of ground quickly. #wishIcouldrunlikethat! 
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 20th!

Meals from the Heartland: 100,000 Meals Packaging Event. 50,000 meals to stay in NE IOWA! Sunday, September 21st.
  • Volunteers needed to accomplish the goal of packaging 100,000 meals. 50,000 meals will be distributed here in NE IOWA! 
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