Saturday, October 24, 2015

JCC October 23, 2015

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

Character Counts at Howard-Winn! 
This past week Students in the K-8 have been championing the six pillars of Character Counts: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. Each day students wore the color that corresponds with the Character Counts Pillar and focused on modeling that condition. Yellow was RESPECT!  Character Counts = Cadet PRIDE! 

Going Forward.............
Change is happening. In that this brings many challenges and it also presents many opportunities. For us as a District, and region, to go forward we must realistically take stock at where we are at and look to the horizon as to where we want to be. The goal of the class of 2020 being the best prepared students on the planet is achievable. 

Howard-Winn enrollment has been in decline since 2001 and we did lose 46 students this last year. It should be noted that conference schools were either flat or also had a decline in enrollment. Waverley-Shell Rock loosing 29.04 students and Charles City loosing 10.7 students. Even with a modest gain, Districts will be having to make cuts and adjustments to cover the increased costs of doing business. This is reflective across the State. 

I am very concerned on what actions on State funding the Governor and Legislature will take in the upcoming session. Anything less than a 2% increase in allowable growth will be extremely bad. 

That being said, the education Howard-Winn students are receiving is second to none. Teachers are thinking differently, embracing new ideas and transforming learning. CADETS are connecting, learning and creating well beyond the boundaries of Howard and Winneshiek County. I have never before worked with a finer group of educators, all dedicated to seeing that your children succeed. It is inspirational.

It is my belief that networking and sharing our story positions Howard-Winn for the future. Doing so provides learning opportunities for students and staff and also potential funding opportunities. Again as we face challenges, we must continue to look for the opportunities.   

Parent Teacher Conferences: November 3 and 5
We are EXCITED for Parent-Teacher Conferences. This is a GREAT opportunity to be "face-to-face" and share the your child's accomplishments. Of course with PowerSchool both parents and students can track academic progress. There was a "bump" with the online scheduler. This has been addressed. For more information see Mrs. Grimm's Update Post. 

School Auction
At 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 29, 2015 surplus school items will be auctioned off. These are outdated items no longer in use at the school. Burke Auction Services is handling the sale. For more information visit:

Physical Plant Update
Physical Plant updates are funded from the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) and SAVE dollars. This is separate from the General Fund. The General Fund is used for operational purposes ranging from salaries to supplies to paying for utilities. Revenues come from local tax dollars and State Aid. By law, the purpose of PPEL/SAVE funds is to maintain physical assets.   
Softball Lights Musco Lights are being installed at the Crestwood Softball complex. Safety for the TEAMS will be improved with new lighting. New lighting will also assist with consideration for hosting State Tournaments. 
Next Steps The Board has indicated the desire to explore other physical plant areas to address.  First step is to secure an architect firm to create a Master Plan. This means creating a Request For Proposal (RFP). Recently the District has worked with SVPA from Des Moines.  
Areas identified to address include but are not limited to: Security concerns with entrances at the K-8 and High School, Track, concessions, Football bleachers, High School Parking, traffic and parking at the K-8 building, HVAC and electrical, practice Gym, use of space for classroom learning. More information will follow. 

Shout Outs!
  • CADET FOOTBALL Seniors THANK YOU for your leadership. It has been exciting watching you play!
  • GOOD LUCK CADET Volleyball as you begin State Tournament Play 7:00 p.m. Monday at Osage 
  • THANK YOU to the All Sports Booster Club and all the volunteers for providing OUTSTANDING concessions.
  • Again this year, the Kiwanis Brat Burgers at the home Football games ROCKED
  • "Break a Leg" for CADETS heading to Hampton-Dumont for All State Music Auditions.
  • OUTSTANDING EFFORT CROSS COUNTRY TEAM at the State meet Thursday and CONGRATULATIONS to Hope Dohlman and Michael Mashek for qualifying for the State meet in Fort Dodge Saturday, October 31.  
  • Crestwood FFA: safe travels as you head to Louisville, Kentucky and the national Convention! 

Sports Update / Winter Sport Preview
Football, Cross Country, Volleyball and Marching Band are winding down. Next up: the School Musical "OKLAHOMA", Wrestling and Basketball season. Also on the horizon: Musical Concerts and Madrigal Dinner. Crestwood is alive with activities! 

Looking back over the Fall sports season, a "BIG Shout Out" to all the coaches, volunteers and workers. Students earning Silver Cord Hours, All Sports Booster Club, Staff members, ticket takers, line judges, custodians, chain gang, statisticians, press box crew, THANK YOU for your service and servant leadership.  Your contribution of time and energy is greatly valued. THANK YOU! 

Special "Shout Outs" and THANK YOUs go out to:
Fall event Manager Kris Ward and her FANTASTIC efforts!
Doug Sickles for stepping in to "pinch hit"  refereeing Junior High Volleyball!
Shelly McAllister for volunteer coaching at the Junior High Level.

The Winter sports season will kick off in November with Junior High girls Basketball November 5 against Waukon. Junior High Boys follow. They have a "split" season with Wrestling being first, then basketball being the second part of the sport season. This allows for the Boys to try both sports, basketball and wrestling. First Junior High wrestling match is scheduled for November 17 at Decorah. More information will follow.

At Howard-Winneshiek Character Counts. CADETS are no longer going to be "bystanders". We are going to take a stand and be "upstanders" and not tolerate Bullying! 

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

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