Friday, October 16, 2015

JCC October 16, 2015

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

Going for the GOLD!
Reading is a priority at Howard-Winn! GREAT JOB Kole Waterman for reading 40 take home books thus far this semester. Each of the Olympic circles represent a different level of accomplishment. starting with 20 books for blue, 40 books for black, red 60 books, green 80 books and GOLD being 100 books.  

Homecoming 2015
Homecoming last week was FANTASTIC. The leadership and service provided by the Student Homecoming Committee provide all with many exciting activities. The Friday Pep assembly was one of the BEST I have seen in many years. Way to go Cheerleaders!
Instructional Hours
Again this year Howard-Winn is operating on Instructional Hours instead of Days. Please note the information to the left. Weather delays or cancellations will be subtracted from "banked" hours. 

Be sure to follow #2020HowardWinn on Twitter for the quickest updates on delays and cancellations.
Graduate Research to be published! 
Congratulations goes out to Crestwood Elementary Teachers Casey Rausch and Karen Kuhn. Research conducted by Mrs. Rausch and Mrs. Kuhn to complete their Master's program will be published in a professional journal later this year. Kids, Adults: LEARNER and CREATORS ALL! 
Governor Branstad: Future Ready Iowa Roundtable
Last Monday the Howard-Winn story was shared with Governor Branstad, Lt. Governor Reynolds and leaders from around the State at the second Future Ready Iowa Roundtable. Being asked to be part of the discussion is an affirmation that Crestwood Cadets are leading the way forward.
Howard-Winn recognized: Apple Distinguished District!
This recognition means that the courage, hard work and innovation by the Howard-Winneshiek community of learners will now be lifted up and shared to a potential global audience.   

The world changed. The CADETS are leading the charge for education transformation, with the goal of the class of 2020 being the best prepared, most recruited kids on the planet.   

Additional information and update will follow.  

Reading ROCKS!
Want to see what Mrs. Mahr's 4A has created? Out of this world!
Items from the October Board Meeting 

  • The Board voted unanimously to continue the District Advisory Committee. This group meets at 6:00 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month in the K-8 Discovery Center. It is made up of representatives from across the District.
  • The Board also approved seeking an architectural firm to develop the District's next strategic Physical Plant plan. The thinking is to have a plan in place prior to share at the July 150 year celebration. 
Cadet Volleyball 2015
THANK YOU Seniors for your leadership and positive attitudes and THANK YOU to all of those who volunteered to make this season a great learning expereince. Senior Night this year was "LIVE STREAMED" to the world via the Internet. This was a first for #CADETNATION. Good luck TEAM at the Conference tournament at Waverly and as you begin state tournament play. (Osage, Monday October 26 at 7:00) 
GREAT JOB at the conference meet last week. 3rd place finish for the girls and the strong showing for the boys is OUTSTANDING. GOOD LUCK at the STATE DISTRICT Cross Country meet at Decorah Thursday!
"Shout Outs"

  • Congrats CADET MARCHING BAND! Division 1 at the State Marching Band Competition last Saturday! Way to go!
  • 7th grade Football 6-0 UNDEFEATED!  
  • Be a part of history: Dedication of the mural at the Wrestling Hall of Fame Wednesday. Festivities begin at 5:00. Olympian Dan Gable, Crestwood Cheerleaders, music, and free food. 
  • CADET FOOTBALL: Proud of your efforts and determination! KEEP MOVING FORWARD!
Howard-Winn continued the downward trend in enrollment again this year. In that this could still change, the District certified Thursday down 46.5 students. 

Preliminary study of this shows that the "shrink" comes from folks leaving the area and smaller class sizes. There is not a spike in new Open Enrollment Out requests this year.   

The "shrink" mirrors somewhat the economic/retail condition of the District. More information and analysis will follow.  

What are we teaching our young people?
I have come to realize the hardest thing you will ever do in your life is raise your children and the second hardest thing you will ever do is work with someone else's children. Everything we say and do is being observed by the kids. They see our choices and actions. What are we teaching them?

A bon fire at a private residence last week after the homecoming game involved students not only from Howard-Winn, but from neighboring Iowa and Minnesota school districts. The parents were home but unaware of what was happening outside. 

Howard County Sheriff Deputies were summoned, they had the kids dump their alcohol and then sent them home. The Howard-Winn Activities Good Conduct Policy specifically states a violation occurs only when a student is cited by law enforcement. No kids were and thankfully no kids were hurt driving home. Moms and Dads, trust your kids, know what they are doing, but verify what they tell you.  

I was watching "Remember the Titans" the other night and several things spoke to me. Specifically that part where the Coach is the victim of an anonymous action and the part where a parent is in the stands yelling about his son's playing time. Any of this sound familiar? 

I had the opportunity this week to listen to Jared DeVries, former Iowa Hawkeye, Detroit Lion as well as Apllington-Parkersburg Football player. Jared is now the head football coach at Clear Lake. His message was clear, high school sports is NOT about wins and loses but about team work, character, responsibility, and commitment. 

I believe the teachers and coaches at Howard-Winn are truly committed to serving young people, just as I am convinced Moms and Dads want the the best for their children. Again,   
everything we say and do is being observed by the kids. They see our choices and actions. What are we teaching them?

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

Be sure to put this on your calendar!

 Have a wonderful weekend!

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