Friday, October 2, 2015

October 2, 2015 JCC

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

Literacy coupled with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, along with ability to connect "person to person", are the basic skill sets needed to compete and contribute in the 21st century.

In Mrs. Kuhn's classroom students are going for the gold! Each Olympic ring represents an achievement level of take home reading books! The blue circle is 20 Books read! Check it out, 12 students now in the "blue zone"! FANTASTIC! The smiles on these student's faces reflect their confidence and sense of accomplishment.  
Reading ROCKS! 

Teacher Leadership and Compensation System
The thinking is that Improving student learning requires improving the instruction they receive each day. There is no better way to do this than to empower our best teachers to lead the effort. The Legislature has allocated $50 million to support this program.

For over a year, a TEAM from Howard-Winn has been working on the grant application and it has been submitted to the State Department of Education for review. We should know in November the outcome and status of our application. Receiving the grant will provide $388,973 in additional funding to the District. Thank you to design TEAM members: Julie Franzen, Paula Galvin, Brenda Lentz, Alicia Martin, Shirley Sovereign, Heather Suckow, Scott Wiley, and the leadership provided by Sara Grimm. 

Digital Learning: ST MATH
Through the Governor's STEM initiative, Howard-Winn was providing funding for ST Math, an online application that enhances student learning in Math.  

Students access the app through their school issued iPads.  

Recently the NE IOWA STEM Hub Board of Directors met at Howard-Winn. They saw firsthand the excitement and engagement of elementary students using the program.   

The Howard-Winn ST Math story was featured in the September Iowa STEM update. 

To read the complete article go to

Softball Lights
New softball lights are going up and should be in place soon. Some of the old poles were just cut off and will serve for the PA system. With the Musco lights, the warranty is void if anything other than the lights are hanging on the new poles. 

The new poles should be set Tuesday. Before the season we will explore the possibilities of a net between the baseball and softball fields.  

This project is being payed for with PPEL/SAVE dollars and NOT from the general fund.  

October 1, 2015  "Head Count"
October 1 is the head count day for the state of Iowa. This is when every school in the state counts students. The next step is for schools to verify the number. This is a collaborative process between school districts. Every Iowa student is identified as to where they are attending school and that there is no duplication. That process is to be completed and enrollment certified on October 15. 

As mentioned before I anticipate a significant decline in enrollment for 2015-16. Background: 2011-12 (the year before I arrived at Howard-Winn) the decline was 42.62 students, 2012-13 -20.59 students, 13-14 -44.37 students, 14-15 -55.28 students. 

It is noted that October 15 (certification date) is after the October 12 Board Meeting and Budget workshop. Even though the enrollment is not certified, we can work on different scenarios and projections. 

Next School Board Meeting: Monday, October 12 Crestwood High School

Board Work Session Monday, October 12 at 6:00 p.m. Focus: financial projections. (This will occur prior to the regular October School Board meeting.) Both are open meetings and the public is welcome. 

District Advisory Group 7:00 p.m. in the K-8 Discovery Center October 7, 2015. This is open to the public and all are welcome. Agenda items to include meeting newly elected Board members. 

Shout Outs!
  • Congrats to the cast selection for the Fall Play "Oklahoma". Performances scheduled for November 13-15. Great Musical that will showcase CADET talents!
  • CADET Cross Country: GOOD LUCK as you host the CADET Invitational! Keep running strong! Best wishes for competition at New Hampton next week!   
  • CADET FOOTBALL: Know that you are doing great things! Keep moving forward! 
  • CADET VOLLEYBAL Good LUCK at the W-SR Tournament and contest at Oelwein! 
  • MARCHING CADETS: The halftime shows have been spectacular! 
  • If you have not done so, be sure to purchase Meat, Cheese and Fruit from CRESTWOOD FFA members. 
What learning looked like at Howard-Winn last week

  • Mr. Lentz and Mr. Ferrie took 50 students on a "Manufacturing Day" field trip to Elkader!  
  • 3rd graders SKYPED with Jason the zoologist from the Knoxville, Tennessee Zoo! This was in conjunction to their science unit on Plants and Animals.  
  • Crestwood Elementary students joined classmates from across the United States to have FUN reading with Mrs. P !!!!!!

Check out the "pull toys" designed and built by PLTW students from the class of 2020! (8th graders)  Check out their video as well!

The Lexington Institute, a non-profit public policy think tank focused on education reform, today announced the names of 27 finalists for its second cohort of personalized learning fellows. The LELA fellowship is an exciting and highly selective 6-month program designed to expose district leaders to personalized learning and facilitate the first steps to implementation. Foe Howard-Winn, this would support our efforts of change.  The final selection will be made in November

Reality Check
Howard-Winneshiek Business Manager Clint Farlinger shared this video with me last week. Humans need not apply I must say it really rocked my world. The ideas and thinking need to be part of our discussion. 


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