Friday, September 18, 2015

JCC September 18, 2015

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

CADET Cross Country
Mr Rogne was kind enough to share the following email with me.  

Dear Mr. Rogne,
Last night I was at the cross country meet in Osage watching my son (from North Butler) run in the meet.  As I was standing by the course waiting for him to come by, I saw about 7 girls from Crestwood standing next to the trail as well.  As each runner came by, these girls cheered for EVERY ONE of them, regardless of which school district they represented.  I was extremely impressed with their outstanding sportsmanship and I told them how proud I was of them for doing that.  I wanted to let you know as well that your school was well-represented by these fine young ladies.  I’m sorry to say I have no idea who the girls were, but you should be proud that your students were doing what was right, even when they thought no one was watching.
Sincerely,
Robin Morton

Allison, IA

The character and sportsmanship displayed by the coaches and the Cross Country TEAM exemplifies the BEST qualities of CADET NATION. This type of behavior is typical of all our sports TEAMS and Activity programs. I am very proud of our young people.

Congratulations to the Boys for winning the 2015 Osage Cross Country Invitational and to the young ladies for their sportsmanship. 

A New Beginning
Last Monday evening Board members Scott Fortune, Doug Berg and Jim Kitchen retired and new Board members Todd Hill, Casey Vobr and Toni Johnson where sworn in and seated.  Serving on a School Board is an important responsibility and a BIG THANK YOU goes out to Doug, Scott and Jim for their contribution of time and service.  The excitement, perspective  and energy Todd, Casey and Toni bring to the Board will keep us moving forward.  CADETS Forward!

2015-2016 School Improvement Goals
The Board approved at the September meeting the School Improvement Goals for the 2015-15 school year.  These goals were arrived at by various stakeholders after looking at data.  The purpose behind these goals is to focus on areas of growth. In that ALL of our students are growing and moving forward, specific grade levels and areas of growth are lifted up. With this direction, the intent is to allocate additional resources as needed to support these goals.  

Literacy Goals:
Long Range Goal:  Students will show an increase in Reading Comprehension. 
Annual Goal:  To show a 3 percent increase in the number of 5th grade students proficient in Reading using Iowa Assessment NSS (National Standard Score).  Cohort group of 4th grade (2014-2015) to 5th grade (2015-2016) will determine goal attainment.
4th grade (14-15) 72% of 4th grade students were proficient on IA Assessments Reading.
5th grade (15-16) 75% of 5th grade students NEED TO BE proficient on IA Assessments Reading.

Math Goals:
Long Range Goal:  Students will show an increase in math problem solving skills.
Annual Goal:  To show a 3 percent increase in the percentage of 7th grade students at or above the proficient level for Math using the Iowa Assessment NSS (National Standard Score).  Cohort group of 6th grade 2014-2015 to 7th grade 2015-2016 will determine goal attainment.
6th  grade (14-15)  73% of 6th grade students were proficient on IA Assessments Mathematics.
7th  grade (15-16)  76% of 7th  grade students NEED TO BE proficient on IA Assessments Mathematics.

Science Goals:
Long Range Goal:  Students will show an increase in their understanding of the scientific inquiry method and application.
Annual Goal:  To show a 4 percent increase in the percentage of 7th grade students at or above the proficient level for Science using the Iowa Assessment NSS (National Standard Score).  Cohort group of 6th grade students 2014-2015 to 7th grade students 2015-2016 will determine goal attainment. 
6th grade (14-15) 71% of 6th grade students were proficient on IA Assessments Science
7th grade (15-16) 75% of 7th grade students NEED TO BE proficient on IA Assessments Science

School Climate Goals:
Long Range Goal:  Students will experience a safe environment in school.
K-8 Guidance Goal: Continue to develop and implement anti-bullying and harassment programming and utilizing student voice in the decisions involving this program.
Junior High/High School Goal:  Continue to develop and implement anti-bullying and harassment programming.  Perspective and direction forward will include input from all stockholders, specifically students.  Continue to develop our environment of a safe and supportive school utilizing a system of interventions to improve conditions for learning that will lead to improvements in safety and a reduction in substance use utilizing the Iowa’s Safe and Supportive Schools model.

TECHNOLOGY GOAL:
To show a 5% increase in the number of students who indicate they are highly knowledgeable about digital citizenship skills as evidenced by responses on the Clarity Survey.
2013-2014 – 21% of students indicated they were highly knowledgeable about Digital Citizenship
2014-2015 – 30 % of students indicated they were highly knowledgeable about Digital Citizenship


Sharing the Howard-Winn story
Sharing the accomplishments and challenges in our movement to reaching 2020 and the goal of creating an educations system that empowers each student is important. It is
important for preparing our kids and for economic growth and for recruiting folks to our region.  Just last week we had visitors come and see "first hand" what is going on.

Dr. Zimmerman was on site and able to see and meet many of you and the children. http://www.ikzadvisors.com/about-isa/

Zacc Dukowitz from Learnbop https://www.learnbop.com/ was on site.  Interesting is that he lives in Guatemala and works for Learnbop, a digital Math app based in New York City.  Zacc rearranged his schedule so as to come to Howard-Winn!  Zacc is an example of what could happen in Howard County. Work for a global company and choose to live where every you want (like Cresco, Elma, Lime Springs, Chester, Ridgeway or Rural Howard or Winneshiek County).

Dr. Zimmermann and Mr. Dukowitz both share how impressed they were with the work and commitment of the adults to support and empower the kids.

Shout OUTS
  • In watching CADET Football it is quite obvious our athletes are better conditioned and, from my perspective, much better shape than our opponents.  Best of LUCK against Charles City!
  • The CADET Marching Band Halftime Show last week was FANTASTIC! Great sound, precision marching, talented kids, committed directors, supportive "roadies" = GREAT TEAM! CADETS FORWARD!
  • GREAT JOB CADET VOLLEYBALL 3-0 over Clearlake! GO, SPIKE, WIN!
  • Our CHEERLEADERS ROCK! They are spirit in motion!
  • The Crestwood FFA is one of the most engaged group of young people that I have very met.  The continuously impress me. 
  • 36 years in education and I have never worked with a finer group of teachers, cooks, bus drivers, associates, secretaries and custodians, all committed to serving kids! CADET NATION is a very special place.  
  • WAY TO GO Judd Grover QUALIFIER for the 2015 American Royal Invitational Youth Rodeo.  OUTSTANDING!

Norman Borlaug Harvest Fest
Friday September 18 to Sunday September 20, the Howard-Winn community will lift up and celebrate Norman Borlaug. 5th grade Inspire Day - spending the day at the Borlaug Farm, Crop Walk, Parade, Omelet breakfast, Meal packaging event, this is a wonderful event! Enjoy the moments, take it all in!  

Learning at Howard-Winn last week looked like................





One additional thought........
It goes without saying that many things are happening and we are deep into change.  For many of us change feels strange, and to some there is the thinking that we need to stop or go back to "the way it used to be".  I have thought a lot about this.

Just this week someone told me "if you are not growing, you are dying".  For me that makes sense.  If there is doubt about our kids learning, come to the school and see the fantastic things happening.  Come to the school and see first hand the commitment and the dedication of the adults working at Howard-Winn. Count the smiles.

In no means are we perfect or is everything figured out, but the fact of the matter is we are moving forward and we are working to make it better.  Change is hard, but we are modeling courage, innovation and creativity to our young people.  They are watching us.

CADET NATION is a special place!

CADETS FORWARD! 




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