Friday, January 30, 2015

JCC Jan 30, 2015

District Perspective
Superintendent John Carver  
Office: 563-547-2762
Twitter: johnccarver 
SKYPE: johnccarver

These 2nd graders from Mrs. Tuchek's classroom are empowered and focused. They are EXCITED about learning and have a growing love for Math. Our task: keep them EXCITED and moving forward. 

It is hard to imagine what expectation these young people will have for learning when they get to high school. The Future looks BRIGHT!  CADETS FORWARD!

Please note that we are now down to 10.5 Hours remaining. This means that if we exceed this number, we will need to lengthen the school year. 

Also note that Teacher Contract Days are different than contact days with students. The HWEA and administration are in continuos conversations clarifying this question. Teacher are contracted for 190 days. Student contact is in hours. 

Stay tune for updates.   

Howard-Winn: Next Steps
Last Monday evening, the Board of Education took bold, necessary steps forward. The
Board voted, 5-0, to cease all operation in Elma at the end of the 2015 summer feeding program, and to dispose of the Howard-Winn Elma school. 

The first step in the process of disposing of the Elma School is to offer/gift the property to the City of Elma. The City of Elma has 60 days to respond to the offer. It is important to note that Government entities can gift/transfer items amongst themselves. If the City does not want the property, the Board will then dispose of the property in a public manner, like an auction or by sealed bid. The property would go to the highest bidder.   

Lime Springs
The Facilities and Transportation subcommittee of the Board was tasked last Monday to move forward and identify options on the disposal of the Howard-Winneshiek Lime Springs campus. There are several questions to be answered on this topic, among which is the District's needs in regard to pre-school and the the Spring Ahead Learning Center (Day Care). The Day Care also serves as the community Tornado Shelter.  

Howard-Winn officials are on the agenda for the next City Council meeting in Lime Springs on Tuesday, February 3, 2015.  

Crestwood K-8 Campus
Soon discussion and planning will begin on the move of the 4th grade and the allocation of space for all grade levels at the K-8 for the 2015-16 school year.  The physical lay-out of the K-8 and Crestwood High School are being reviewed. With both buildings, entrances that are safe and secure are a priority. The "footprint" of the buildings is large enough to accommodate our students body, but internal remodeling may be needed. More information and updates will follow.  

District Advisory Committee
The next meeting is 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at the K-8 Discovery Center. It is a pleasure to share that Mr. Tom Platte (from Elma area) was approved by the Board of Education as a representative for District 4. The Committee is still seeking another representative for District 4, preferably from the Protivin/Ridgeway area. Interested potential representatives from District 4 please contact Director of Teaching and Learning, Sara Grimm at 563-547-2300

  • Very COOL 2014 Teacher of the Year, Jane Schmidt, has been traveling around visiting schools in counties across Iowa. Her mission: to tell others about Iowa "Points of Pride" in Iowa Education. Thursday she was at Howard-Winneshiek. Look for her reflection and CADET discoveries in her Blog  
  • Basketball Teams and Wrestlers: GOOD LUCK, CADETS FORWARD! 
  • "TIP OF THE HAT" AND MUCH RESPECT to Howard-Winneshiek learners (both young and old, students and teachers). Your energy and enthusiasm ROCKS!  
  • Please welcome our newest CADET Olivia Lynn Mahr, Congratulations
    Proud Parents Katie (Crestwood 1st grade teacher) and husband Travis Mahr. Olivia was born at 8:03 p.m. 1/26/15. She weighed in at 7 lbs 6.2 ounces and she is 21 inches long.
Learning last week at Howard-Winn looked like.........

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