Friday, August 28, 2015

JCC August 27, 2015

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

Howard-Winn is off to a GREAT start! It is wonderful to see everybody back and excited to learn. Cadet Nation is on the move, change is happening.
  • All K-12 CADETS will attend classes on the Crestwood Campus in Cresco this year. Pre-school students will attend at the Spring Ahead Learning Center in Lime Springs and at Kessel Kids in Cresco.  
  • We begin year 3 of transformational change: empowering teachers, providing them with time to collaborate, embedding technology into learning and discovery of students' passions and strengths is but a part of our overall transformation of teaching and learning.  
  • With a 17% increase on the Iowa Assessments (State Achievement tests) a 90%
    graduation rate for last year, and course/dual enrollment offerings from NICC (saving parents between $9,000-$10,000 in college tuition costs) coupled with state tournament appearances in Girls Basketball, Softball, Boys Track and Wrestling, along with division 1 ratings at State Speech, Band and Vocal contests, w
    ith $250,000 worth of support for students via the Dollars for Scholars, CADET NATION has positive momentum going into the 2015-16 school year! 
To stay current with CADET NATION happenings check out the Weekly Admin Update on Twitter, Facebook and on the School Webpage! 
Contact to have the Update emailed to you directly. 

On the horizon: Opportunities and Challenges
Declining enrollment and funding will continue to be a challenges into the future. With the Governor's veto of onetime funding last July, it is crucial we continue to look "outside the box", leverage resources and build relationships. 

  • Negotiations last year with the Howard-Winn Educational Association (HWEA) and Howard-Winn Clerical Association (HWCA) resulting in below state average settlements, along with the District's Leadership TEAM (Administration, Directors and District office staff) all taking a pay freeze for the 2015-16 school year, is valued and and appreciated.   
  • Board Secretary and Business Manager Clint Farlinger (Certified Public Accountant and licensed School Business Official) is teaching Intro to Business for both NICC college and Crestwood graduation credit. 
  • Building an Activity Program TEAM to include the Superintendent, clerical support, and Sports Season Event Mangers should produce positive results and a cost savings. I am excited to be working with not only the Activity Coaches and Sponsors, but also Michelle Bakken, Darla Vokaty, Activity Secretary Janice Lansing, the Buildings, Grounds and Transportation staff,  Fall Activity Event Manager Kim Ward, and Account Payable Tanor Vorwald. 
  • Relationships are building with New Hampton by collaborating Business Managers along with Family and Consumer Science and Business classes for secondary students.

The bottom line is that all actions go towards fulfilling the District Mission and Vision  

Cadet Nation: Sportsmanship and Character
This just in!  
Released last Wednesday, 2014-2015 Conference Sportsmanship rating.  

After each contest, officials and referees  score the sportsmanship of the athletes and the fans. A score of 1.18 or less is considered exemplary.   

Crestwood High School: 1.161!

Someone once told me that the most important thing you have is your reputation and that the only one who can trash it is yourself by your actions. 

In the stands, or on the field of competition, poise, character and sportsmanship define who and what we are!


Shout Outs
  • Good Luck to CADET Football and Cross Country as they begin their seasons! 
  • CADET Volleyball keep working HARD! Split first night on competition 0-3 vs Sumner-Fred, won 3-0 vs Clarksville 
  • Follow #cadetnation @CadetSports1 @Crestwood_HS and  #2020HowardWinn for up to the minute happenings!
  • THANK YOU to the Times Plain Dealer, C US Bank and moderator Paul Lovell for making happen the "Meet the School Board Candidate" event last Tuesday evening. THANK YOU to the candidates for their desire to lead and serve. Remember to VOTE Tuesday, September 8.  District 2: Scott Fortune and Casey Vobr, District 3: Jim Kitchen and Toni Johnson, At-large: Doug Berg and Todd Hill
  • Be sure to go to and check the District Calendar!  
  • A BIG SHOUT OUT to all for making this a GREAT start to the new year! 

Sharing classroom happenings!.........

Registration is underway for the Norman Borlaug Meals from the Heartland Food Packaging event on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at Crestwood High School. 

Your help is needed in filling the volunteer time slots to accomplish the goal of packaging 200,000 meals. Please note there are other positions needed: registration, re-stockers and
hand sanitizers. 
  • Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:
  • Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot / VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone.) 
  • Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!
Do not hesitate to contact Pam Carver with questions
cell 515-201-8219.

CADETS are on the MOVE!

August 28, 2015 - Crestwood Secondary

Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12) 

Chris Rogne, Principal
office: 563-547-2764
Twitter: @chris_rogne

Great Week at Crestwood Secondary


It has been a great week at Crestwood Secondary. The first week of school - indeed, even the first minutes of the first class session - sets the tone for the entire year. If our students leave school this week feeling serious and excited about themselves as learners, and about their teachers, we are halfway home to a great year. Our students will meet any expectations we set for them as long as we are firm, fair, and consistent with these expectations and build relationships with our students so they will want to meet them.

Again, this year, each of us has a fantastic opportunity awaiting. I am confident that our kids will make us all extremely proud throughout the year and later in life.

CHS ACT Scores

The Howard-Winneshiek Community School District has received the results of the 2014-15 ACT tests. The 53 students who completed the exam had a composite average of 22.2 (out of a possible 36). The composite average of 22.2 was the same as compared to the state average.

The report reflects the achievement of Crestwood High School seniors who chose to take the test and provides an indication of the extent to which they are prepared for college-level work. The ACT tests students in the areas of English, mathematics, reading, and science, measuring skills needed for success in the first year of college.
The report includes district and state score averages for the past five years. Crestwood’s composite 2014-15 numbers fell slightly from 2013-14 numbers, when the district’s composite average was 22.3.

#cadetnation is back!
Reminder: #cadetnation Fridays are the first Friday of every month. This is a way to show your Cadet spirit. Remember to wear your #cadetnation t-shirt on Friday, September 4th.

If you don't have a #cadetnation t-shirt yet, just wear blue that day. Information on getting a new #cadetnation shirt will be coming in the following weeks.

NICC Update

The NICC Cresco Center Career Event for the Welding and CNC (computer numerical controlled) Career Pathway Certificate programs is less than a month away. The Event is an informational orientation for the programs.

The demand is high in advanced manufacturing. Job openings are expected to increase an average of 25 percent through 2020.
The Free Advanced Manufacturing Career event will be held at the NICC Cresco Center on Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 5-7.

Prevention Services:

Parents, Have this conversation with your teen tonight. Back-to-school means students' social, academic, and athletic lives ramp up... It also means new experiences, and along with that the temptation and pressure to choose to drink underage. As a parent, you can prepare your son or daughter for that choice: talk to your kids about your expectations and the consequences of teen drinking. Be open. Be real. Be clear. This can prevent unhealthy decision making leading to short and long term consequences of underage drinking, such as brain development, academics, and athletics.

Click here to read the "Helping Services" Article

Meet Ms. Altman

What grade levels and subjects do you teach?
7th and 8th grade Resource Reading and English

How many years have you been an educator? How many years at Howard-Winn?

I have taught for 14 years. 
This will be my 15th year at Howard-Winn.  

Where did you attend college? 

I attended college at NICC and Upper Iowa University in Fayette.
AA degree NICC
BA Upper Iowa: Education - English
Endorsements: Reading and Special Education

What is your favorite thing about Howard-Winn?
Seeing how the resource students mature in their desire to learn over the two years that I 

have them in my classroom.

Any words of wisdom or advice?

Never let what others say about a student influence how you treat them. When a student comes to your room it should be with a clean slate each hour/day.

More about Ms. Altman: 
I have four adult children who graduated from Crestwood. I live on an acreage with several critters. I am originally from Southwestern Minnesota. I had eight siblings.

August 28, 2015

PK-6 Principal
Sara Grimm
Twitter:  saramarleygrimm
SKYPE:  saramarleygrimm


Welcome back to school! I hope that you all had a relaxing and enjoyable summer. The students and parents that have stopped in the office over the last several weeks have been excited and ready to start back-to-school. Part of the back-to-school process includes establishing routines for school. Things like getting your child to bed on time to ensure that they are well rested and ready to begin each day. It is also important that your child eats a good breakfast. For many of them it seems like an eternity until they eat lunch, so providing a good breakfast will help sustain them. We do serve breakfast here at school if that is an option that would be beneficial for your family. Breakfast is served from 7:45-8:10.

Communication is vitally important to the success of any school. I encourage you to contact your child’s teacher or myself if you have any questions regarding things that are happening in your child’s classroom or the school. We are here to help make your child’s learning experience the best that it can possibly be.

Even though the students have been on a break for several weeks, the teachers have been working very hard getting ready for the students to return for another year of growing and learning together. Over the summer the teachers have been working on their literacy and math curriculum to ensure that we are teaching the skills and strategies regarding the Iowa Core/Common Core curriculum. We are excited about the activities and lessons that we will be implementing in our elementary classrooms.

Be a Partner in Your Child’s Education
Your participation in your child’s education is very important. As they say, “It takes a village to raise a child.” We welcome your involvement to help make this a great experience for everyone. To become a partner in your child’s education:
  • Volunteer in class. Chaperone field trips. Volunteer to help the teacher by doing things at home such as cutting out laminating or helping to make centers material.
  • Attend back-to-school conferences and parent-teacher conferences throughout the year.
  • Read every handout and paper your child brings home or email that is sent from the teacher or the school. Looking in their book bag and your inbox for communication from the school is important.
  • Make school a priority. Schedule appointments and vacations outside of school hours.
  • Make sure that your child attends school regularly. If they are not here they can’t learn and will miss out on vital learning and experiences. 
  • Expect your child to succeed in school. Children try hard to meet their parent’s expectations.
  • Respect homework. Sit with your child as he or she does their work. Show them that you take it seriously. 
  • Speak up. If there’s a problem at school, talk to your child’s teacher immediately. Work together to find a solution. 
  • Show and tell your child often that you love them. 
  • Celebrate! Your child is learning more every day!
We are excited to partner with you this year to provide your child the best learning opportunities. Best of luck to you in the upcoming school year!

School Office
The school office is open each school day from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Please drop by or call 563-547-2300, if the office staff can be of assistance. Our secretaries are Linda Middlebrook and Sharon Ollendieck.

Change of Address/Phone Number
To ensure your child's safety, the school must have accurate information--and be able to reach parents/guardians quickly--in the event of an emergency. Please report any changes of phone number(s) and/or address(es) to the school office immediately. Having current contact information is very important.
Bus Riding Expectation 

Be Safe 
Be Respectful 
Be Responsible 

Be safe and walk getting on and off the bus.
Be respectful of others and keep hands and feet to yourself.
Be respectful with your conversations practicing positive behavior toward others.
Give the bus driver your full cooperation as they transport our students safely. 
Be responsible and safe by remaining seated while the bus is in motion. 
Be responsible by keeping your belongings in backpacks. 
Help each other to make the bus riding experience an enjoyable experience for everyone.

Crestwood Elementary strives to create a safe environment. We embrace Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) a system of behavior expectations that encourages students rather than being punitive. Crestwood defines student expectations for:
Bathroom Behavior
Hallway Behavior
Classroom Behavior
Lunchroom Behavior
Gym Behavior
Playground Behavior
                      Bus Behavior

Did You Know . . .
Parents Right to Request Information 
The No Child Left Behind Act gives parents, whose child attends a Title I school, the right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of your child’s teachers. We can assure you that all of our teachers are Highly Qualified under the guidelines of The No Child Left Behind Act. To request information you may contact: Robyn Lane, Human Resources, 563-547-2762.

Congratulations to Mr. Knobloch

Congratulations to Mr. Todd Knobloch, who was selected for the IMPACT Program at the University of Northern Iowa. Since August 2000, the Science Center for Teaching, Outreach, and Research on Meteorology (The STORM Project) has been actively engaged in curriculum development designed to meet the National Science Education Standards and Benchmarks for Science Literacy. Mr. Knobloch received training during a summer workshop which focused on the integration of science, math, and technology. He learned teaching techniques for topics such as: air quality, weather analysis and forecasting. The training also included opportunities to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. He will now integrate what he learned into his GAT (Gifted And Talented) teaching at Howard-Winneshiek. Congratulations Mr. Knobloch for being selected to participate in this training!

Here's what's happening in the classroom . . .
Working on our iPads

Transitioning back to school is hard work!

Launching our new ST Math Program in Second Grade

Kindergarten friends reading in our tent     
Learning to find a good book
Using our reading bags and our friends to become good readers 
Learning how to read with a partner

August 27, 2015

Invitation to a Special Education Parent meeting on:

Thursday, September 10th @ 7:00 p.m.
Crestwood High School Media Center

Engaging, sentimental, hilariously funny, and thought-provoking are the words I would use to describe one of this past summer’s exciting new movies, Inside Out by Disney’s Pixar studios. What I loved the most about this movie is the engaging way the film reveals the role of our brain and the critical role that the Executive Functions of the frontal cortex partner with the emotional regulation center of a child’s brain to impact her behaviors. The movie is a must see, but as much as I love the movie, this article is not a movie review, but rather an invitation to all parents, grandparents, and caregivers of children who receive special education services at Howard-Winneshiek Community Schools. 

During this school year, we will be reviewing our Special Education Service Delivery Plan, which simply put, is how we educate our students who have an IEP (Individualized Educational Plan). As a school district, our vision is to provide the very best specialized direct instruction for all of our students while providing the Common Core from our highly qualified teaching staff in the general education classroom, simply put, “The Core + More.” As we review our Service Delivery Plan, we are asking for parent input while providing Parent Professional Development in the area of Executive Functions. 

Perhaps you have never heard of the term: Executive Functioning Skills. If you have not, you are not alone. Over the course of the last few years, I have been privileged to provide professional development in this subject area for countless parents and professionals who are not familiar with the term, yet after every training a common theme resounds, “Wow! This makes total sense! I need to learn more!” I felt the same way several years ago as I attended trainings, read articles, and utilized strategies to teach students how to pay attention in class, organize their homework, self-regulate their emotions, turn their homework in on time, initiate a task, and the important skill of how to work in groups.

Kelly Video 2

Does this sound like something you would be interested in? If so, I invite you to be a part this exciting event! The agenda for the evening will be to: 1. Receive valuable input on HWCSD Special Education Services; 2. Overview of Executive Functioning Skills; 3. Parents will complete an informal executive functioning assessment for their child(ren) and learn valuable strategies; and 4. Have a good time of sharing and learning together! All caregivers will leave with materials and supports for their child(ren). 

If you would like to be a part of this exciting evening, taking place on Thursday, September 10th at 7:00 p.m. at the High School Media Center, please contact Terese Jurgensen, Special Education Director for Howard-Winneshiek Community School District.

Our First Week of School!
We had an excellent first week of school for the entire district. All of our staff worked very hard to support student achievement. At the secondary level, it was super fun for me to meet students, watch our teachers set high expectations and welcome students to the new school year. Mrs. Hartman and Mr. Sickles, secondary counselors, diligently worked with students and staff, putting students into classes of their choice and meeting with countless parents. Mr. Rogne, our new secondary principal, jumped in feet first, meeting with students and staff building the foundation for the most important facet of education - relationships. 

Deb Porter Day

Today, instead of going through my syllabus and expectations and rules and taking attendance and stuff, I asked my kids 10 questions and they wrote their answers on notecards. While they were doing that, I went around and talked to each and every kid. Some more than others. BUT. I made sure to talk more to the kids I didn't know, especially those new to the district. I spent extra time with the kid taking speech for the 3rd time. I laughed with my contest speech kids (we start mid-November in case you didn't know). I asked about vacations, jobs and family. Tonight, I am exhausted, but happy, and can't wait until tomorrow. How was your day?
At the elementary level, Mrs. McCabe and Mrs. Grimm, and all of the staff continued to support our PBIS building level expectations, and it was evident as students had an amazing week! A highlight for me, was working with the Success Team in both buildings supporting student achievement by beginning our Child Study Team Meetings, working with parents, students and school creating collaborative problem-solving plans in the areas of Skill & Will. Tonight will be our first Crestwood High School football team, and it should be a great night of meeting and sharing with our community. 

Keith Anderlik, Success Team, is surrounded by Mrs. Adams' 3rd grade class.
Mr. Anderlik is a cornerstone to positive relationships @ Crestwood Elementary.

Success Team - School & Parents Collaboration!
Here is a text message I received from a happy parent, who collaborated with our elementary success team to support her son in the Skill of Transition and the Will of positive attention to support his need of getting to school on time:

"Thank you Success Team to partner with us to be a part of our son's team. We are so proud of him and thankful to be at a school with a staff who cares so much to help him, instead of just writing him off as a "bad kid." The plan we developed together does not just support him, but our whole family too." 

Meet the School Board Candidates

Tuesday evening, August 25th, community members gathered to hear six school board candidates share their views on important school issues. The evening was very well attended, and the candidates shared their thoughts, plans and why they have chosen to run for school board. Please remember to vote on Tuesday, September 8th.

Have a great week! 
If you have any questions for me, Terese Jurgensen, do not hesitate to contact me: 
 school: (563) 547-2300 (ext. 207) 
cell: (563) 929-6344

Mission Statement
Our mission is to prepare and empower our students to think creatively, serve, contribute and succeed locally and globally.

Friday, August 21, 2015

JCC August 21, 2015

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

LOVE THIS! Class exceptions are crucial to setting the tone of a positive, creative, and collaborative culture. Thank you Mr. Denner for creating and sharing this poster! CADETS FORWARD! 

Monday, August 24, 2015: FIRST DAY OF CLASSES! 
Baby Boomers, Millenniums and Globals
During the "WELCOME BACK" to staff Thursday, we talked about Baby Boomers, Millenniums and Globals and how all three generations are currently coexisting in the world today. Some say your age determines which category you belong to and as such determines your perspective of reality. I believe it is not an "age" thing but a way you choose to think.  

Baby Boomer thinking is nostalgic, wanting to go "back to the way it has always been" or keep things the same as they have always been. They reject or are reluctant to new thinking or ideas. Technology is foreign to them and they struggle to use it.  What, an iPad is not a cutting board? Baby Boomers define themselves by their job or occupation, with the expectation of work being something you go to and spend lots of time at. It is top down, the boss will tell me what to do and how to do it.  

Millenniums are now entering the workforce and are quickly taking over. Baby Boomers do not quite know what to think of them. Millennium's thinking values relationships and time spent with family and friends. Work is something you do so you can spend time with family and friends. They are digitally connected via cell phones and Internet and work can be done from anywhere. They thrive and expect a different culture than Baby Boomer thinking.

Globals is a term applied to young people either not in school yet or currently in elementary school. Baby Boomer thinkers, frustrated with technology, think it is "cute" that their grandchild can manipulate cell phones, tablets and computers. One-year-olds can "make it go!"  Millenniums have figured out that their children will have a competitive edge by using technology to enhance learning.  All of this impacts what teaching and learning is to be and how we do business in classrooms. New patterns are emerging.   

One thing for sure is if thinking is grounded in a "Baby Boom" perspective, being able to connect and collaborate with Millenniums and Globals can be frustrating and a challenge.

Howard-Winn is moving forward, embracing new thinking to create a system of teaching and learning that will: develop and expand passions, creativity and strengths. A system that will: prepare and empower students to think creatively, serve contribute and succeed locally and globally. In partnership with Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) and our growing relationships with neighboring school districts, particularly New Hampton, we are not walking alone. Great things are on the horizons. 

Ready for Students
On Wednesday, August 19 incoming 9th graders got a "jump start" to the new school year! Freshman Orientation included touring the building, reviewing class schedules, finding classrooms, and getting laptop computers checked out.THANK YOU to the upper class students and staff who volunteered their time to serve as guides and ambassadors! Together we are making CADET NATION STRONG! 

NICC: Project Lead the Way Spaces READY! 
Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) and Crestwood Secondary School this fall will continue to add opportunities for students. Space has been re-tasked at the high school and NICC Cresco campus to facilitate classes in advanced manufacturing and applied technologies. Robotics, coding, and engineering are but a few of the areas where students will be learning "hands-on". This is moving us forward to #2020HowardWinn and our students being the BEST prepared kids on the planet. 
Preparing for the Future

Properties on the east side of the Crestwood K-8 Campus, by the entrance to the school, were recently purchased and demolished. This project was made possible with Physical Pant and Equipment (PPEL) and State penny sales tax funding and did not come from the General Fund. It is important to note that the General fund is impacted by enrollment and can only be used for operational costs, PPEL is not. The acquisition and demolition of these properties will be part of master plan to enhance the Howard-Winn campus, addressing parking and traffic flow, both of which have been designated a priority to address safety concerns.          

Meet the Candidates: Board of Education
The Times Plain Dealer is sponsoring a "Meet The School Board Candidate" event Tuesday, August 25 at 7:00 p.m. at C US Bank. 
District 2: Scott Fortune and Casey Vobr
District 3: Jim Kitchen and Toni Johnson
At-large: Doug Berg and Todd Hill
School Board Elections: Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Shout Outs

  • THANK YOU Cadet Drum Line for performing at the Staff welcome back assembly! 
  • THANK YOU to Activities Department Secretary Janice Lansing for your hard work and TEAM effort.
  • Welcome BACK students and teachers. 
  • GOOD LUCK CADET Cross Country, Football and Volleyball TEAM as the Fall sports season begins. 

Registration is underway for the Norman Borlaug Meals from the Heartland Food Packaging event on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at Crestwood High School. 

Your help is needed in filling the volunteer time slots to accomplish the goal of packaging 200,000 meals. Please note there are other positions needed: registration, re-stockers and
hand sanitizers. 
  • Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:
  • Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot / VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone.) 
  • Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!
Do not hesitate to contact Pam Carver with questions
cell 515-201-8219.