Friday, September 11, 2015

JCC September 11, 2015

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

September 11, 2001, 14 years ago, the world changed. The attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon touched all of us, forever changing our thinking. For me it was a realization that we must not take for granted our freedoms or our way of life and that these must be safeguarded at all cost.  

I think the important message we must share with our children is that in the wake of this attack, the United States of America did not flinch, was not intimidated, closed ranks and moved forward. The courage, resolve and sacrifice showed that day, and the days that followed by fireman, law enforcement, EMTs, military, the citizens of New York City and Washington D.C., as well as the Nation as a whole is inspirational. Time moves forward but it is crucial we not forget. God Bless the United States of America.  

Congratulations to new School Board Members: District 2: Casey Vobr, District 3: Toni Johnson and At-large: Todd Hill. 7:00 p.m., Monday, September 14, at the Crestwood High School Library, the previous Board members, Jim Kitchen, Scott Fortune and Doug Berg will be retired and the new Board Members will be sworn in and seated. A big THANK YOU to retiring Directors Berg, Kitchen and Fortune for your contribution of service and time. 

2015-16 Enrollment 
Since 2001 Howard-Winn has been loosing an average of 21 students a year. It is projected that this trend will continue through this year as well. The official head count is taken on October 1 and then verified by State officials. That number is used to determine State funding. As reported in the Cedar Rapids Gazette January 2016: "Despite this school year’s overall statewide enrollment increase, a majority of Iowa’s public school districts (52 percent) had declining enrollment." Howard-Winn is not alone. Updates and additional information will be made available in following Weekly Updates. Do not hesitate to call or email questions to John Carver at 563 547 2762 (office)

September 21, 2015 Inservice Day (No School for Students)
Since January, leadership from  South Winn, Turkey Valley, New Hampton, Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) and Howard-Winn have been collaborating on how the face the challenges of providing a high quality education to our young people in the wake of declining enrollment and  diminishing funding. From the discussion was the desire to provide time for teachers to come together and share thinking. The need that emerged is that in some Districts there may be but one teacher in a given discipline or subject. That being said having a network to connect and share with has potential. Monday, September 21 Howard-Winn will host teachers from South Winn, Turkey Valley, and New Hampton. The day's outcome will be for teachers to connect, share and brainstorm. The follow-up will be to schedule time for teachers to visit each other's classrooms.  

Coming to Howard-Winn
Dr. Isa Zimmerman has been a fan of the GREAT work being done by the teachers and students at Howard-Winn. She has arranged her schedule so as to spend time in Cadet Nation the morning of Wednesday, September 16.  

Her many accomplishments include being a teacher, principal and pioneer of using technology to enhance learning.  

It is way cool to have this "digital explorer" with us and have the opportunity to tell our story.

Shout outs
  • A BIG Shout out to Mr. Jensen and Ms. Klenke for keeping our internet up and going! You both ROCK!
  • CADET FOOTBALL Great WIN last Friday at Hampton-Dumont! Good Luck against Waukon! 
  • CADET VOLLEYBALL hosts the Kepros Tournament Saturday September 12. Go SPIKE WIN!
  • CADET CROSS COUNTRY runs at Luther College Saturday September 12. GOOD LUCK!
  • Way to Go TEACHERS! Week 3 is in the "books"
  • Sunday, September 20 Be sure to have the Meal Packaging event / Omelette Breakfast on your schedule!
  • THANK YOU to the All Sports Booster Club! Your support and service is valued and appreciated. CADET NATION Forward!
The New NATURAL Playground at Kessel Kids ROCKS!!!

Learning at Howard-Winn is all about relationships! Horsehair worm? OMG!!!!
Next weekend......Harvest Fest! 
Friday, September: INSPIRE DAY at the Borlaug Farm for 5th grade 

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. 

From our 9-11 Remembrance 

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