Friday, September 25, 2015

September 25, 2015 JCC

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

Thursday, the Northeast Iowa Regional STEM Board met at Howard-Winn. Mrs. Grimm, Crestwood Elementary principal toured the group and showed them how we are using STEM funding provided by the Board. This is a picture of pre-school student using his iPad to read a QR code to show a movie he and his classmates had made on insects. Unbelievable! Can you imagine the skill sets and thinking this child will have by the time he is a senior in high school? The future is bright!

Norman Borlaug Harvest Fest 2015
So many GREAT and WONDERFUL things happened last weekend!!!!
Friday, area 5th graders were at the Borlaug Farm for INSPIRE DAY! Seeing and experiencing first hand, the Farm served as a wonderful "REAL WORLD" classroom. Along with fantastic presentations, students packaged 6,912 meals to feed the hungry! Saturday's CROP WALK/RUN was well attended, with a near record number of participants.  
The Saturday parade was outstanding and the CADET MARCHING BAND was a show stopper. Sunday over 500 volunteers from throughout the region packaged 50,112 Mac/Cheese meals and 68,472 rice/soy meals. This, plus Inspire Day, a total of 125,496 meals where produced with ALL of the Mac/cheese meals staying in Northeast Iowa!
Coming together, we made a difference! 

September 21 PD: Connect, Collaborate and Create
Last Monday, Educators from Turkey Valley, South Winneshiek, New Hampton, and Howard-Winneshiek came together for the day at Crestwood High School. In that there were many "take aways", staff as a whole were appreciative of the opportunity to connect, share and learn. After a short introduction, teachers moved into grade level, department collaborative/sharing meetings. POWERFUL.

The expectation going forward is that the end of the third quarter, teachers from the various districts will have spent a half day in each other's classrooms.   

Another emerging theme was the realization that everyone is dealing with the same challenges and that we do not need to face them alone. Together there is unlimited potential.

32 vehicles inspected: 3 minor corrections
Brian Swestka and the Transportation TEAM went through bus inspections Thursday. With 32 buses and vehicles inspected, 3 minor corrections were indicated. This is VERY GOOD! Each day Howard-Winn vehicles cover 1,800 miles transporting students. This is no small task and "hats off" to the bus drivers, mechanics, secretaries, and all who support keeping our kids safe to and from school. 

Official Head Count: October 1, 2015 
The Official Head count for enrollment purposes will take place Thursday, October 1, 2015. This is the number on which our state funding is based on. In that there have been several new students enrolled, in addition to some Open Enrollments in, we are still projecting an enrollment decline. More information will follow next week. 

Lunch Accounts
Reaching the mid-term of the first quarter, a concern has emerged regarding lunch accounts. There are some program issues being worked out regarding notification and for that we do apologize. The concern remains that there is a sizable amount ($5,000) in lunch charges that must be addressed. Thank you for your cooperation and attention as we go forward.  

  • Junior High Football is Rocking and Rollin!  Great work TEAM.
  • Congratulations CADET Volleyball with their win over Decorah. 
  • CADET Marching Band begins the road to State competition this weekend with a trip to Forest City.   
  • CADET Football is now 2 and 2! Bring on West Delaware!
  • FFA members have been having a very busy fall! Competitions, classes, and Service project like helping with the Meal Packaging event, these young people are movers and doers!  #FFAPROUD
  • THANK YOU for everyone's effort with the Meal Packaging event! Students, teachers, everyone THANK YOU!
Learning at Howard-Winn last week looked like..........

Growing Howard-Winneshiek
This information was shared with me this week. Note that the unemployment rate in Howard County is 2.8% which means that 97.2% of folks are employed. It was further shared that with such low unemployment, finding folks to work jobs becomes a challenge and that reaching 100% employed is next to impossible. What happens is that not all persons have the skill sets to be employed or they have moved away to seek employment.

Either way, the challenge is that with few applicants in the "job pool" it becomes a matter of pay and benefits. The bottom line is to seek to bring in new families/employees to fill existing jobs.  

Tackling this requires coordinated efforts and contributions from all, Community leaders, elected officials, business, industry and schools. For Howard-Winn this means providing a world class education experience and sharing students accomplishments with the world. Having Howard-Winn and Crestwood CADETS as a "household name" is a big plus in recruiting families to the region.  

This is an exciting time to be at Howard-Winn and together lets seek the possibilities.  

September 25, 2015 - Crestwood Secondary

Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12) 

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

Events for the Week of September 28th - October 2nd

Monday, September 28th:     
4:30                 Home 9th and JV VB vs. Waukon and Decorah

Tuesday, September 29th:     
4:15                 Home 7th grade VB vs. New Hampton
4:15                 8th grade VB @ New Hampton
4:30                 7th and 8th CC @ Decorah

Wednesday, September 30th:     

                        CBE Statewide Meeting in Des Moines

Thursday, October 1st:     

4:15                  7th grade FB @ Osage
4:15                  Home 8th grade FB vs. Osage
4:15                  Home 8th grade VB vs. Charles City
4:15                  7th grade VB @ Charles City

Friday, October 2nd:
5:00                  Sub-Varsity FB @ Independence
7:30                  Varsity FB @ Independence

2015 Homecoming Court
Congratulations to the 2015 Homecoming Court at Crestwood High School.

The 2015 Homecoming Court was selected by a vote of the senior class.  The Homecoming King and Queen will be selected by a vote of the whole high school student body, grades 9-12.  The King and Queen will be crowned at the Coronation Ceremony on Sunday, October 4th at 5:00 p.m.  The Homecoming Football game will be on Friday, October 9th at 7:30 vs. Decorah.
Photo courtesy of Keri Schatz
Homecoming 2015 Schedule
Saturday, October 3rd
9:00  Homecoming Kick-off tailgate at the Cross Country Meet
9:30  CC @ Home - Cresco Country Club

Sunday, October 4th
12:00 - 4:00 Hall and Float Decorations
5:00 Coronation at the football field, weather permitting.
6:00 Powder Puff Football Game

Tuesday, October 6th
Dress-up Day:  
Disney Movie Character Day

Wednesday, October 7th
Dress-up Day:  
Decade Day (Seniors 1970’s - Juniors 1980’s - Soph.1990’s - Freshmen of the Future  2020’s)

Thursday, October 8th
Dress-up Day:  
Class Neon Color Day (Seniors Pink - Juniors Green - Soph. Yellow - Freshmen Orange)

Friday, October 9th
10:30 All School Pep Rally in the High School Gym
12:00 Senior Class Picture
12:15 Dismissal From School
2:00   Homecoming Parade
5:00 Sub-Varsity Football Game vs. Decorah
7:30 Varsity Football Game vs. Decorah

Meet Mr. Adams

What grade levels and subjects do you teach?     

I teach the Agriculture Education classes 8-12. I also teach four college classes. I am the FFA Advisor as well.

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

This is my 18th year of teaching Ag Ed. This is my 10th year at Howard-Winn.

Where did you attend college? 

I received both by B.S. degree and my Masters of Agriculture from Iowa State University.  

Was there a particular event or person that inspired you to become an educator?

Not really. I had some great teachers and coaches, but my interests in agriculture, teaching, and coaching made my decision.

What is your favorite thing about Howard-Winn? 

There are great students. I think we have a great staff that get along very well, which helps us make the environment better for everyone including students.  

Any words of wisdom or advice?

Take advantage of all the opportunities life provides you.

More about Mr. Adams: 

I have a wife who teaches 3rd grade at Howard-Winn. I have two kids who are in 1st and 4th grade. Outside of school I have a purebred, registered angus herd. I enjoy hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, and farming.  

Last week in pictures...

September 25 Preschool & Elementary

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

Read Aloud
Reading aloud to young children is not only one of the best activities to stimulate
language and cognitive skills; it also builds motivation, curiosity, and memory. Reading aloud is widely recognized as the single most important activity leading to language development. Among other things, reading aloud builds word-sound awareness in children, a potent predictor of reading success. Research shows that the more words parents use when speaking to an 8-month-old infant, the greater the size of their child's vocabulary at age 3. The nurturing and one-on-one attention from parents during reading aloud encourages children to form a positive association with books and reading later in life. Reading aloud is a proven technique to help children cope during times of stress or tragedy.

Our elementary school guidance counselor, Mrs. Tiffany McCabe, is available to meet with students, parents, and teachers in their school. The counselor helps in the development of academic, personal, and social growth of the student and meets with students in classrooms, small groups, and on an individual basis.

Our guidance counselor is here to help children: 
  • understand themselves and others
  • to prevent problems from developing
  • to identify children with special needs
  • to provide crisis intervention
  • to develop personalized programs for students
  • to provide guidance related information and activities
  • to coordinate or facilitate efforts of the psychologist, social workers, parents and other care givers, teachers, students and administration
During the regularly scheduled classroom guidance times, the counselor provides age appropriate information and activities to all children in the areas of:
  • learning skills
  • self concept
  • personal safety
  • friendship/social skills
  • cooperation
  • alcohol and other drug information
  • making choices and understanding the consequences of various choices
  • feelings
  • career awareness
Individual and small group counseling can help children understand, accept and express feelings, develop social skills, make better choices, develop problem solving skills, and better understand how to deal with the problems and changes that life presents. Small groups are formed as needs arise. Some typical issues that can be addressed in counseling are: 
  • problems with unhappiness, anger and other feelings, social/friendship 
  • concerns, frequent school absences, classroom academic or behavior 
  • concerns, and coping with family issues such as drug and alcohol 
  • problems, violence, illness, death, absent parent, separation, divorce, or any other areas of concern.
Parents and other care givers are encouraged to call the counselor with any questions or concerns they have about their child, as well as any parenting questions or concerns they may have.

Emergency Drills

Fire drills, tornado drills, and lock down drills are conducted several times during the year. For fire drills each class has an escape route to an outside area a safe distance from the building. During tornado drills each classroom goes to a designated area within the building. Children are moved to these designated areas in a safe, quiet and orderly manner. Teachers conduct practice sessions under guidelines developed for their building before building-wide drills are conducted. We will be conducting emergency drills (fire, tornado, and evacuation) soon, so please discuss this with your child. 

Planning ahead is important in most of the activities that we do. Planning ahead is also important for emergency situations. At Crestwood Elementary we have developed an emergency evacuation plan that will be implemented in emergency situations. In an actual emergency, students may be forced out of the school quickly without jackets, hats, boots, or mittens. Having a pre-arranged location and plan available will do several things to reduce the trauma of an emergency evacuation.

The emergency plan will proceed in the following steps:

1. The school building will be evacuated as soon as the emergency situation occurs such as: fire, bomb threat, etc.

2. Students will be escorted by staff members to emergency locations.

3. District administration and local emergency responders will be advised of the emergency situation.

4. Students will be assembled at the first available emergency location.

5. Bus transportation will be arranged through the district transportation director's office.

 6. Parents will be able to pick up students in person.

Field Trips

Various classroom teachers throughout the school year schedule field trips. These trips are designed to supplement different aspects of the classroom curriculum and to introduce students to the resources of the community. Parents will receive notices of field trips in advance of the scheduled trip date. Teachers may ask a few parents to accompany the class to act 
as chaperones. Each student must have a field trip permission form completed and signed by his/her parents before participating in these trips. Students will conduct 
themselves on these trips in the same manner as in the classroom.

Substitute Teachers and Associates Needed

Do you like working with children and helping them learn? Do you enjoy working in a high-energy, creative learning/working environment? If your answer is "YES" we need you! Howard-Winn is looking for substitute teachers and associates to work in our classrooms. In the absence of the regular classroom teacher or associate you would be helping students to learn subject matter and/or skills that are required for curriculum lessons and providing meaningful instruction for our students in their classrooms. If interested please submit a letter of application and a resume to: Superintendent, 1000 Schroder Drive, Cresco, IA 52136

The preschool class has been a bit insect crazy the past week! They started the week with friends sharing the knowledge they had about insects. These conversations led to some questions they had. The big question was…how do insects get inside apples and tomatoes? As a preschool class they decided to do a little research. The preschoolers thought they could observe this in the classroom by bringing in an apple and putting it in a jar with an insect. We are anxiously observing this process! Exploring the donated classroom insects has helped the preschoolers discover that insects have 2 antennae, 6 legs, 3 body segments, and compound eyes.

Students also read the silly story 10 Apples Up On Top, by Dr. Seuss. The preschoolers worked hard retelling the story by placing beanbags (apples) on their heads just like the story.
Preschool students have been practicing their three program wide expectations: 
Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Respectful by reciting a cheer and by recognizing examples 
of these behaviors in the classroom. The visuals that represent these expectations and the cheer are found below. These expectations will help them develop their classroom rules.
They also read together the Positive Behavior Instructional Strategies-PBIS social story "Tucker Turtle". Now they know if they have a problem the "Think like a Turtle!" They also introduced their classroom problem solving cards. These visuals will be used to help them to learn to solve classroom conflicts.

Mr. Knobloch “Mr. K” came to visit preschool! Mr. K will be visiting preschool once or twice a month to talk to us about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math-STEM topics. Recently he talked to them about ocean fish! Mr. K told them that when something swims by a puffer fish that wants to eat it, it puffs up. Puffing up is it’s defense. One of the puffer fish Mr. K showed us had a beak mouth like a bird! The puffer fish uses the beak to pull crabs out of where they live, crush them, and eat them. The other puffer fish’s mouth was soft. It eats plants. That one had 100s of spikes! They also learned about Reef Fish and Mackerel. Mr. K even showed them a Flying Fish!

Transitional Kindergarten
Transitional Kindergarten students are showing they are mastering the routines and familiar with the schedule.  Each week students have 
specials that help them to explore and develop their talents.
Monday is Art. Tuesday is Music. Thursday is Library. Friday is P.E.
Each of these specials lasts 20 minutes. The TK students also will have visits from Mr. Knobloch. He will be sharing information with students about various science topics.
TK students have also started FAST district wide assessments. Transition Kindergarten students are being assessed on Concepts of Print, Onset Sounds, Letter Names, and Letter Sounds. These are all literacy skills that will help the students as they grow in their abilities to read. We look forward to watching them grow as learners this year.

Our Kindergarten students are working very hard on their Jolly Phonics sounds. Students are also practicing at home by singing the songs, doing the actions and also going on YouTube and searching for Jolly Phonics songs to help them practice. In literacy, they have been working on recognizing words in sentences, using context clues and picture clues to understand meaning, setting a purpose for reading, and identifying how many syllables are in a word.  Daily 5 rotations for literacy have also been a focus. Students are working on "Word Works" and "Listen to Reading".
In math, they practiced comparing lengths throughout the classroom. They 
looked for things that were shorter, longer, and the same size as themselves.  
They have also been working on their counting skills, number and shape recognition, providing experiences for the students to manipulate and combine shapes, and using 10 frames to explore numbers and number relationships. ST Math, continues to be a hit in the classroom! The students are very eager to see their progress daily.

The kindergarten students loved having their grandparents at school last week to celebrate Grandparent's Day. They enjoyed smoothies in the cafeteria before giving their grandparents a tour of their classroom and showing them what they are learning. Some grandparents were even learning how to use the kindergarten iPads.

First Grade

First grade science has been busy as students were found to be completing their Investigating Water studies by learning about the vocabulary words ABSORB, DISSOLVE, and EVAPORATE. They had so much fun learning and investigating the properties of water! Students were excited to see what happened to their celery that they submerged in red water!! 
In literacy they were learning another Comprehension Strategy that they have now been practicing called Compare and Contrast. When they compare and contrast, they decide what things are the SAME and DIFFERENT between those two items. For example, they compared and contrasted the Iowa Hawkeyes and the ISU Cyclones. They are BOTH football teams,  BOTH in Iowa, but they are DIFFERENT because one is in Iowa City and one is in Ames. They read a book "What do Dinosaurs Do at School" and students compared and contrasted what things dinosaurs DO, such as eat meat, lay eggs, growl, etc. and what dinosaurs DO NOT DO, such as wear clothes, ride a school bus, brush their teeth, etc.

Second Grade
For the past couple of weeks second grade has been all about numbers in math. They have been comparing numbers, ordering numbers, skip counting, exploring number lines and number patterns. They practiced comparing numbers with candy corn by using it to point at the lower dice-rolled number. What a "sweet" way to practice math.
Second grade has also launched Read to Someone! Students are doing an AWESOME job building stamina and practicing the strategy Check for Understanding with their reading partners.

Third Grade

Do you remember studying subjects and predicates in school? Or maybe nous and verbs? Mr. Hable, the student teacher in third grade, has been teaching the students and to their surprise and delight the other day he started the day with a rap about subjects and predicates!

Literacy has also been a focus area for students. They have been working very hard on their reading fluency this year. With all the practice the teachers are adding a bit of variety too. 

Puppet play scripts are a fun and interesting way to practice their expression and ability to read smoothly.

Fourth Grade
Learning about local heritage and history is important for our students. Fourth graders had a great time doing this at "Pioneer Day" last week. Each group rotated through different stations as they learned: Hayden Prairie, pioneer word searches, Iowa trivia, Lidtke Mill/Lidtke House, and a station in which Angela Bries from the Howard County Nature Center taught them about food chains.

Students in fourth grade have also been super busy learning and practicing Daily 5 rotations: Read to Self, Read to Someone, Work on Writing, Word Work, and Listen to Reading. Stamina has been increasing every day! Way to go! 

During their geometry unit, student volunteers came together to create convex 
and concave polygons. They tried their best to make their sides of each shape straight!😉

Fifth Grade
Fifth graders were extremely busy last Friday at the Norman Borlaug Farm as they learned about one room school houses of the past, plants and growing things, biofuel, and watersheds. A favorite activity of the students was the meal packaging where the students got the opportunity to package meals for the hungry.
Recently one of the 5th grade classes was lucky enough to have a parent come in to demonstrate how to make Origami creature bookmarks! The class had a BLAST using their own creativity to make their own monsters, animals, and minions!  Several students got out their iPads to search for samples of what they could make! Great 21st Century learners! 

Sixth Grade
Learning to write well is a skill that students will use their whole lives. The sixth graders have been working on their creative writing and helping each other determine if they are using complete sentences.

Students have also been working on their research skills to find out about many famous scientists. They have created Wanted posters to share their information.

Thursday, October 1       Chip Shoppe Fundraiser Kickoff
Friday, October 2            1st Grade Field Trip to LaCrosse Children's Museum