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.



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