Friday, May 8, 2015

JCC May 8, 2015

Class of 2015: Destined for Greatness!
Commencement Exercises
Sunday, May 17, 2015 
2:00 pm, Crestwood High School Gymnasium

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

Next Sunday, May 17th, the Class of 2015 steps forward into the next chapter of life. These young people have unlimited potential and I am convinced they are destined for greatness. THANK YOU parents for sharing your children with us. It has been our privilege to work with you, and them, to prepare them for their next life adventure. Please know in many instances, we have learned as much from them as hopefully they have learned from us.  

Education across the United States, specifically here in rural NE IOWA, is quickly transforming. Howard-Winneshiek teachers understand this and are "leaning forward" into change. THANK YOU Howard-Winn teachers. You have modeled for the class of 2015 what it is to be "risk takers" and have the courage to make a reality "what could be".   

US Department of Education: Future Ready
Last Thursday and Friday representatives from the US Department of Education, along with a video crew, saw "first hand" the creativity and imagination happening at Howard-Winn. The Dept. of Ed TEAM shared that they were blown away with what they saw. The video crew who were from New York City and Los Angeles had never been to rural America. One crew member had never seen a cow. Being at Howard-Winn, and seeing what was happening, shattered many stereotypes! All were impressed! The videos are scheduled to be released this fall and will be on the USDE website.      
Our Next 7-12 Crestwood Principal: Chris Rogne
Mr. Chris Rogne will be recommended as the next 7-12 Crestwood Principal at the May Howard-Winneshiek Board of Education meeting, Monday, May 11, 2015 (at Chester, Iowa).
Presently Mr. Rogne is the West Folk Community Schools (Rockwell, Iowa) Pre-K/2-8 Principal and Athletic Director. Mr. Rogne is a Howard-Winneshiek Crestwood High School graduate and is excited to return to CADET NATION! Chris shared recently that "I am extremely humbled, yet very excited to join the team at Howard-Winneshiek. I am looking forward to working together with students, staff, and community to build on the proud tradition and continue to prepare and empower students so they are able to maximize life opportunities." We all welcome Chris, his wife Courtney, and children Brelynne, 9, Knute, 7, Lief, 5, to Howard-Winneshiek!

THANK YOU to those who served on the interview TEAM: Board members Scott Fortune, Karlos McClure and James Kitchen; Principals Sara Grimm and Terese Jurgensen; Crestwood staff Jenny Butler, Deb Day, Dale Dennler, Trish Hartman, Kelly Langreck, Doug Sickles, Scott Wiley, Darla Vokaty; and Students Shelby Pisney, Connor Roberts, Taylor Shelton, Boston Ferrie, Kayla Lentz, Harley McIntyre, Amber Hinck, Alyse Ahern - Mittelsted

Also a BIG THANK YOU to Shirley Sovereign for serving as "tour guide" for candidates families!    

Shout Outs

  • Wonderful Music, GREAT CONCERT! Nice job Mrs. LeFebvre and the Crestwood Choirs! 
  • Modeling LIFE LONG LEARNING! Congratulations to Spanish Teacher Kris Ward on completing course work and earning  Community Interpreting Certificate from Viterbo University! This will open the door to offering a new course: "Introduction to Interpretation and Translation" being offered at Crestwood in the fall. Congrats! 
  • Track and Golf TEAMS Do your best, you are representing CADET NATION. We are very proud of you. 
  • GREAT to see STEM activities happening in Pre-School. Science know no boundaries or age! 
  • Take me out to the Ball Game! Despite a little rain, 6th graders had a wonderful experience at the Twins baseball game! Thank you teachers for facilitating this! 
  • DOLLARS for SCHOLARS THANK YOU for your "investment" in the young people of CADET NATION. 
  • Crestwood Elementary to help fight hunger! Funds collected will go to help with the food packaging event this Fall!  
  • CLASS of 2015 You have unlimited potential!  Go and change the world. Make it a better place! 

Learning last week at Howard-Winn looked like.........
Designing blades to generate electricity and tetra kites! 

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