Friday, October 30, 2015

JCC October 30, 2015

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

At the turn of the last century Reading, Writing and Arithmetic, the "3 R's" were the foundation for learning. Interestingly, of the three "Rs" only one began with "R" reading.

For the 21st century, Literacy (the ability to communicate) coupled with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are the needed foundation skill sets. Reading and Writing connect with Literacy and of course Arithmetic is Math, but Engineering and Science require different thinking. Engineering and Science are grounded in creativity, curiosity, and imagination, steps beyond the 3 R's and Technology are the tools that enhance and amplify thinking. It is EXCITING to see how learners (both teachers and students) are all growing. Way to go 2nd grade! 

Good Luck Hope Dohlman and Michael Mashek 
at the State Cross Country meet in Fort Dodge Saturday!  

Good Luck Tracy Martinek at Regional Swim Meet! 
This past week several visitors were in the District to see first-hand the excitement and innovation happening in classrooms. Bureau of Educational Examiners (BOEE) Director "DT" MaGee along with leadership from the Marion Independent School District (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) toured Howard-Winn and experienced what teaching and learning looks like in Cadet Nation. Though they only got a taste, ALL shared they were impressed and inspired. 

The Marion Independent School District (MISD) is specifically looking to transform teaching and learning for their students and they are just beginning the process. Presently they are visioning what 21st century teaching and learning looks like. That is why they came to Howard-Winn! I believe this will be the first of many conversations and connections with MISD. In helping others we help ourselves. 

Astro Clay! 
Thursday, November 12 Astronaut Clayton Anderson will be on campus to share his
incredible story of becoming an Astronaut! "Astro Clay” born and raised in rural Nebraska, applied 15 times before NASA selected him as an astronaut. He then went on to work for NASA, as an engineer and astronaut. With 6 shuttle missions and 167 days in space Clayton Anderson is an American hero!  

Specific details and schedule are being finalized and Astronaut  Anderson will be in CADET NATION from 10:30 until 2:00. Time will be allocated for all students K-12 to hear Clayton and this will be open to the public.

We are very thankful for support from Howard County Economic Development and Northeast Iowa Community College for making this experience possible for the young people. This is an exciting opportunity! More details will follow. Connect with Astro Clay NOW via Twitter at @Astro_Clay  

Board Member Training
All Howard-Winn Board of Education members, along with Board Secretary Clint Farlinger
and myself, attended the annual training offered by the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB). Directors Karlos McClure, Toni Johnson and Todd Hill attended in Oelwein, and Directors Duane Bodermann and Casey Vobr attended in Mason City. Clint and I were excited to attend and learn with Board members at both sessions. In November the Board will attend the State convention in Des Moines. The commitment of time and desire to learn by the Board members is very much appreciated. The more we learn and come to know, the better we can serve.
Next Board Meeting: 7:00 p.m. Monday November 9, 2015 at Crestwood High School 

A BIG "shout OUT" to the Football players, Volleyball players and Cheerleaders, as well as the Marching Band for your hard work and all your efforts this past fall! We are very PROUD of you. Additionally Coaches and Directors, THANK YOU for your commitment of time, service and all you do to build our young people. Together, we make CADET NATION Strong. 

A BIG Thank You to Fall Sports Event Manager Kris Ward (YOU ROCK!) and say HELLO to Junior High Sports Event Manager Jim Sovereign and High School Sports Event Manager Nate Dietzenbach. Junior High Girls Basketball kick off Thursday, November 5!  

FANTASTIC Jack-O-Lanterns!

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