Friday, February 27, 2015

JCC February 27, 2015

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

Flexible space, comfortable chairs, sharing a book with a friend. This is 21st century learning! READING ROCKS

CADET PRIDE "March Madness"
Congratulations to the Girls Basketball TEAM. These young ladies have had a wonderful season and now will represent CADET NATION at the STATE Basketball Tournament. Unselfish TEAM work, poise and confidence, these young ladies are very special!

Game ONE is 3:15 p.m. Tuesday March 3, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Howard-Winn will have classes on Tuesday. Students wishing to attend the game will be excused with a note from their parent. Pep buses have been arranged. 

Game TWO is 5:00 p.m. Thursday, March 5, again at Wells Fargo. Classes will dismiss at 1:00 p.m. to facilitate travel; to Des Moines. 

Good Luck to the Boys Basketball TEAM as they continue State Tournament play!  A victory over Decorah on Thursday, February 26 moves the CADETS on to 6:30 p.m., Monday, March 2 at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids for the Sub State game.  

Challenges and Opportunities
Focus and dialogue continues between Turkey Valley, South Winn, New Hampton and Howard-Winn.  

A working DRAFT of the 2015-16 has been created. This goes on the assumption that
the Governor and Legislature will allow schools to start on Monday, August 24th.  

The 1st semester would end Tuesday, December 22nd, 2nd semester would begin Monday, January 4th. The last day of classes 2nd semester will be Tuesday, June 1st. Teacher Work Days would be June 2nd and 3rd. The District will again use "Hours" of instruction.  

Teacher Professional Development would be one full day a month instead of 2 half days per month. Going to one full day would be a saving in transportation costs.  

The final say on the 2015-16 start date is up to the Legislature and Governor Branstad. 

The Secondary Principals and Counselors have created a daily "bell schedule" for the High Schools.  It will be an 8 period day with 1-3 period and 6-8 period being the same on all four campuses.  Periods 4-5 need to be modified at each site so as to accommodate the lunch schedule. 

The next meeting of the "Collaborative" is scheduled for Saturday, March 7 at 9:00 at Turkey Valley. 

K-8 Room assignments for the 2015-16 school year
Grade Level representatives began meeting this past week to review and make recommendations for 2015-16 room assignments at the Crestwood K-8 building. It is EXCITING that the 4th grade will be relocating to the Crestwood Campus.  I was very impressed with the reflective, problem solving thinking of the group.  The servant leadership of the TEAM is greatly valued and appreciated.  More information to follow.

Next District Advisory Meeting Wednesday, March 4, 2015  

Things to think about.........
I have had several folks stop in and see me about all of the change going on.  Conversations have ranged from "will I have a job next year?" to "what should I be doing now?". Both are good questions. 

To the first question there is not a clear answer today. There are so many variables in play right now, most of which we have no control over. That being said the thinking should be to enjoy the moment, do the best that can be done in the situation we are in. Stay positive and keep the faith that all will work out for the best. It will.

To the second question, seek out and embrace new thinking. Do not wait. The experiences and opportunities one can learn from being here at Howard-Winn are valuable. Connect and network with educators. Learn from them and become part of the change conversation. Doing so will reveal opportunities and change you. Again stay positive.

The final thought is our young people are watching us. They are learning from us on how to deal with change and challenge. This is perhaps one of the most important lesson we can teach them. I am confident you all are bing positive role models.  

This is what adventures at Howard-Winn looked like last week.......

She asked him to PROM and he said YES! 

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