Friday, May 1, 2015

JCC May 1, 2015

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

A "BIG SHOUT OUT" to Mrs. Mahr, KIMT News 3 Golden Apple Award recipient!  Every day exciting things are happening in Howard-Winn classrooms. It is GREAT that Mrs. Mahr  and her servant leadership efforts are recognized and celebrated. Pre-Kindergarten to 6th grade, 7th grade to 12th grade, teachers and students, all are learning and growing. 


Hansel and Gretel
The Lime Springs Children theater production of Hansel and Gretel last weekend was AMAZING. The young actors did a fantastic job. "Hats Off" to the Lime Springs Children Theatre group, Director and support staff! 

CADET NATION: Norman Borlaug Harvest Fest Food Packaging Event
May 11-15 Jeans for Meals! 
For just a $5 a day contribution ($25 for the week), wear Jeans to school!  All funds collected will go to the Norman Borlaug Harvest Fest Food Packaging Event.  Pick up your certificate of participation in the Offices. 

Howard-Winn has a "dollar for dollar" match for funds that the school raises between now and the end of the school year for the September Meal packaging event! 

Together, again, we will make a difference and help feed Northeast Iowa!

Howard-Winneshiek: Moving FORWARD
As we move to end the 2014-15 school year, planning and preparation is ongoing for the 2015-16 school year. At this time there are many moving pieces and items "in play"  some of which will not be finalized until this summer or even into the fall.  

  • Interviews for the 7-12 Crestwood Principalship have concluded. Interview TEAMs are debriefing and a candidate will be recommended to the May Board of Education meeting.  
  • Sharing the the Activity Director Position with New Hampton is no longer an option and will not go forward.  
  • Plans continue on moving the 4th grade from the Howard-Winn Lime Springs Campus to the Howard-Winn Crestwood campus. 
  • Teacher recall will begin May 4, 2015.
  • Reductions in Force (RIF) notifications went out April 30 to secretaries and associates (Howard-Winn Clerical Association). This is a result of closing the Howard-Winn campus in Elma and Lime springs and overall downsizing. Needs for associates for the 2015-16 are being identified and ongoing. Once needs are identified, call back procedures will begin.
  • The District and the Howard-Winneshiek Education Association (HWEA) have reached tentative contract agreement for the 2015-16 school year. This is subject to HWEA membership approval and Howard-Winn Board of Education vote. The total package is 2.95 increase. This equates to: aging the current salary schedule, a longevity step for those at the top of the schedule, cover the insurance increase and $350 on the base. The total package cost is $212,609.00. 
  • "New money" to the District is $84,000. It is noted that the State average for teacher settlements thus far has been 3.20% increase. 
  • At present, the District has 61 less "students in the seats" than on Official Head Count Day. 
  • Operational cost saving are activity being explored and developed for the 2015-16. 
The "Bottom Line" is that the District will spend into the cash reserves for the upcoming school year and with declining enrollment, the District will continue to down size and transform.   More information and updates will follow. 

The US Department of Education at Howard-Winn
The US Dept. of Education visited CADET NATION as part of a project to capture what
learning in the 21st century looks like. It’s part of an initiative by President Barack Obama, to get teachers and their students thinking about what role technology will have in the classroom.

Video crews interviewed teachers, board members and students, along with going into classrooms to see what teaching and learning looks like.  

Howard-Winn is leading the way to what is next!

"Shout Outs"

FANTASTIC! Howard-Winn to receive MULTIPLE STEM GRANTS! Crestwood High School, K-6 and Preschool!  WAY TO GO! 

  • A BIG THANK YOU to all the volunteers who helped out at the TRACK meets this past week. Your gift of time and service provided young people an opportunity to compete and shine!  
  • THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all those who participated in the interview process for our next 7-12 Principal. Each applicant shared how impressed they were with the people, the school and the community!  THANK YOU!
  • THANK YOU to the US Department of Education for coming to Howard-Winn and capturing our story.  Howard-Winn stand ready to help any and all to become Future Ready! 
  • Be sure to vote for Karlee Grabau for KIMT Female athlete of the year!
  • Girls golf regionals @ Clermont. Good luck Cadet ladies!

Learning last week at Howard-Winn 
looked like..........................................

One last thought........
Change is hard. One thing I have learned from being in change is that the harder you resist and fight it, the harder it is.  I am reminded of the musical "Fiddler on the Roof". The story centers around a family in a rural community and how everything change.  The family has to come to grips with leaving traditional thinking and practices for a new reality.  In many instances this mirrors our story.

The world has and is changing rapidly. The Howard-Winn School District is committed to embracing change.  Like in "Fiddler on the Roof" this will mean leaving traditional thinking and practices for a new reality. Class sizes, teaching and learning, assessing learning and other thinking will all be redefined by new relationships. 

Remember our kids are watching us and perhaps the greatest lesson we are now teaching them is how to navigate change.  

Enjoy the warm weather, family and friends.

With great respect

John Carver    

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