Wednesday, November 25, 2015

JCC Thanksgiving POST

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

"Hope and Potential" these are two thoughts, concepts, gifts we give each other and our students. "HOPE" is the belief that new and better is on the horizon. Something good is going to happen. It may come in the next minute, hour, day or week, but it is coming and going to happen. "POTENTIAL" is the untapped energy and thinking within each person to accomplish great things. Connecting HOPE and POTENTIAL creates vast amounts of energy, opportunities, and the courage to change and move forward. There are challenges on the horizon but good things are also going to happen. CADET NATION is moving forward. You are making things happen. I am so very THANKFUL to be serving at Howard-Winn and to be learning with you. Enjoy family and friends. Rest and recharge. HAPPY THANKSGIVING
#2020HowardWinn: CADETS FORWARD!
It is inspiring how teachers are growing and reinventing themselves so as to best serve
our young people. Howard-Winn is on the cutting edge and our story is being followed and recognized at the highest levels. Our rate of change is accelerating as we close in on the goal that the class of 2020 will be the best prepared, most recruited kids on the planet.

Checkout Howard-Winn's story on iBook

Again this year, Howard-Winn has been named by the Blog "Getting Smart" as one of "30 Districts Worth Visiting". The Cadets are number #16 this year. 
Congratulations goes out to all of CADET NATION for your dedication, commitment to kids, courage, and hard work to make things happen, give HOPE and move folks to their POTENTIAL.

Shot Outs
  • The Winter Sports season is underway! GREAT work JH Girls BBALL and Wrestlers. Your enthusiasm and energy is FANTASTIC! 
  • Congratulations to the Crestwood Girls BBall TEAM on your 1st WIN of the season! Keep moving forward!
  • Good Luck to the Boys BBall as they start their season next week! 
  • All Sports Athletic Booster Club will be featured and recognized at the first HOME event for Wrestling, Girls and Boys Basketball. The All Sports Athletic Booster Club's support is valued and greatly appreciated. 
  • District Advisory next meeting is Wednesday, December 2 at 6:00 p.m. at the K-8 Discovery Zone. 
Monday, November 30
 Use of the auditorium @ CHS for Stuart Little performance
 LaCrosse Children's Theater Performance @ CHS Auditorium (3-6 grade)
 LaCrosse Children's Theater Performance @ CHS Auditorium (K-2 grade)
Tuesday, December 1
 7th & 8th grade Wrestling @ Charles City
 JV GBB vs Prairie Du Chien (T)
 Cresco Youth Wrestling pictures PreK-K @ CHS Wrestling room
 JV BBB vs Cedar Falls (H)
 Cresco Youth Wrestling pictures 1st-2nd grade @ CHS Wrestling room
 Cresco Youth Wrestling pictures 3rd-6th @ CHS Wrestling room
 V BBB vs Cedar Falls (H)
 V GBB vs Prairie Du Chien (T)
Thursday, December 3
 FFA Blood Drive @ CHS in gymnasium
 JV GBB vs South Winneshiek (T)
 7th grade GBB vs Oelwein (T)
 8th grade GBB vs Oelwein (H)
 JV BBB vs South Winneshiek (T)
 V Wrestling @ Nashua-Plainfield
 V GBB vs South Winneshiek (T)
 V BBB vs South Winneshiek (T)
Friday, December 4
 NED performance for K-6 students & staff @ CES
 7th-9th Vocal Concert
Saturday, December 5
 NEIBA HS/JH Honor Band @ Oelwein
 9th grade GBB tournament vs Fillmore Central (T)
 V Wrestling Tournament @ Independence
 9th grade BBB vs Caledonia (H)
 JV BBB vs Caledonia (H)
 V BBB vs Caledonia (H)

Learning Looks Like..........

November 25, 2015 - Crestwood Secondary

Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12) 

Chris Rogne, Principal
office: 563-547-2764
Twitter: @chris_rogne

Events for the Week of November 30th - December 5th              

Tuesday, December 1st:     

4:15          7/8 Wrestling @ Charles City
6:00          JV girls BB @ Prairie Du Chien
6:15          Home JV boys BB vs. Cedar Falls
7:30          Home Varsity boys BB vs. Cedar Falls
7:30          Varsity girls BB @ Prairie Du Chien

Wednesday, December 2nd:

6:00          District Advisory Meeting in the K-8 Discovery Center

Thursday, December 3rd:   

                 FFA Blood Drive in the High School Gym
4:00          JV Girls BB @ South Winneshiek
4:15          Home 8th grade Girls BB vs. Oelwein
4:15          7th grade Girls BB @ Oelwein
5:15          JV Boys BB @ South Winneshiek
5:30          Varsity Wrestling @ Nashua (Newman, North Butler, Nashua-Plainfield)
6:30          Varsity Girls BB @ South Winneshiek
7:30          Varsity Boys BB @ South Winneshiek

Friday, December 4th:
9:00          9-12 Success Team Meeting
10:40        7-8 Success Team Meeting


This past week we have had some Crestwood alums that are home on Thanksgiving break stop in to the high school to visit. The purpose of their time was to share with teachers some of their experiences they have had, so far, in college. In at least one case, that I am aware of, a student asked a former teacher for some advice and asked them to proofread an important piece of writing they are currently working on. I have always known this, but this week has reaffirmed to me that we have teachers who are immensely influential and important in the lives of our students. In some cases our teachers are nearly as important to our students as are their own fathers and mothers. Each day, our teachers reach out their hand to our students to help them and to “make things clear
.Whether they are teaching a lesson about inertia, fractions, rhyme scheme, history, or life in general, the hand they reach out to our students each day will be remembered long after it is extended. The proof is seeing students return to school to connect with teacher on their "vacation". 

Many of you have probably already heard of or read the story below, and I know it’s just a little bit sappy and geared more toward elementary education, but I wanted to share it as an apt expression of thanks for all that our educators, both teachers and para-educators, do to help our students.

Thanksgiving Day was near. The first grade teacher gave her class a fun assignment—to draw a picture of something for which they were thankful. Most of the class might be considered economically disadvantaged, but still many would celebrate the holiday with turkey and other traditional goodies of the season. These, the teacher thought, would be the subjects of most of her student's art. And they were.

But Douglas made a different kind of picture. Douglas was a different kind of boy. He was the teacher's true child of misery, frail and unhappy. As other children played at recess, Douglas was likely to stand close by her side. One could only guess at the pain Douglas felt behind those sad eyes. Yes, his picture was different. When asked to draw a picture of something for which he was thankful, he drew a hand. Nothing else. Just an empty hand.

His abstract image captured the imagination of his peers. Whose hand could it be? One child guessed it was the hand of a farmer, because farmers raise turkeys. Another suggested a police officer, because the police protect and care for people. Still others guessed it was the hand of God, for God feeds us. And so the discussion went—until the teacher almost forgot the young artist himself. When the children had gone on to other assignments, she paused at Douglas' desk, bent down, and asked him whose hand it was. The little boy looked away and murmured, "It's yours, teacher."

She recalled the times she had taken his hand and walked with him here or there, as she had the other students. How often had she said, "Take my hand, Douglas, we'll go outside." Or, "Let me show you how to hold your pencil." Or, "Let's do this together." Douglas was most thankful for his teacher's hand. Brushing aside a tear, she went on with her work.

At this time of Thanksgiving I want to thank our teachers for reaching out their hand each day to our kids here at Crestwood. So often, when I visit our classrooms, I witness “first hand” the positive impact our teachers are making. Many of our students express their appreciation immediately through their engagement, their quality work, and by returning your smiles with their own. Others are less obvious in showing their appreciation; yet they, too, are storing away these moments and will remember their experience long after they graduate.

Meet Mr. Wiley

What grade levels and subjects do you teach?
I mainly work with Jr. High students in the Success Program.

How many years have you been an educator? How many years at Howard-Winn?

This year will be my 22nd year in education (my 18th at Howard-Winn).

Where did you attend college?

I attended Luther College.

Was there a particular event or person that inspired you to become an educator?

The death of my mother during college played the most important role in becoming an educator.

What is your favorite thing about Howard-Winn? 

That is an easy one, the students. They make the job very interesting.

Any words of wisdom or advice?
Try not to get involved with all the drama out there, keep it simple.

More about Mr. Wiley: 

I love the outdoors and sports. My family includes my wife Jenni, three sons Brandon, Colten, and Reid.

Preschool & Elementary- November 27

PK-6 Principal
Sara Grimm
Twitter: saramarleygrimm
SKYPE: saramarleygrimm

In Honor of Thanksgiving--This Week We Are Thankful For.....

Preschool students are thankful for pumpkins, so they can make pumpkin pie!

Transitional Kindergarten
The Transition Kindergarten class is thankful for the new natural playground. It has given us a place to be outdoors that is comfortable, spacious, and encourages movement and imagination. In the fall students enjoyed the flowers and growing plants. Now snow has turned the hills into areas for sliding and the large grassy areas perfect places for snowman building. We thank everyone who helped make this project a reality!

They maade turkey hats and wrote on the feathers what they are thankful for. Our lists included the, friends, water, corn, food, spiders, webs, mom, dad, grandmas, grandpas, world, bothers, sisters, cousins, church, school, toys, and teddy bears!

As a class we read "The Most Thankful Thing" by Lisa McCourt. We then talked about Thanksgiving and our “most thankful thing”.  On chart paper we recorded the children’s “most thankful things”. This included things like toys, cookies, pets, and family. The children made owls to hang up in the hallway under the title Whooo’s Thankful. 

Thankful for moms, dads, and pandas!

Sixteen Pilgrims boarded the Mayflower for their trip to America. The Mayflower was a big ship, but not big enough. The Pilgrims were very crowded on the ship. On their voyage the Pilgrims ate salted beef and fish, hard dry biscuits, cheese, and butter. Unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate. The wind blew and tossed the ship about. Their captain, Mitchell, did an excellent job keeping the ship afloat. After 65 days the first mate, Cayden, spotted land. The Pilgrims were excited. A few of the men rowed a small boat ashore to make sure that the new land was safe for the rest of the Pilgrims. When it was determined that the new land was safe they began to make several trips to shore in the small boat. The Pilgrims were very glad to reach land. They gave thanks by sharing thoughts of what they were thankful for with their friends.

First Grade
1A discussed the meaning of Thanksgiving and what each of us is thankful for. We made turkeys and chose six things that we were thankful for.

We are a thankful bunch! These turkeys are evidence of all the things in our lives we are thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Second Grade
We are thankful for . . .

2A is thankful for many things like family, sisters, friends, pets, the earth, video games, Christmas, and teachers.

After hearing the story of the first Thanksgiving, with the Pilgrims and the Wapanoag tribe, second graders talked about the things for which they are truly thankful. Many said their families, but there were also some unique ones!  

We tallied our thoughts on the top two things we are thankful for. The results are in the background on the smart board. Food and family came out on top. Enjoy your food and family and all other things we are blessed with. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Third Grade
3C is thankful for lots of things! Happy Thanksgiving!
Check out our student blog pages where we worked on adding detail to "show" what we are thankful for using words and not just "telling".

The picture is what each person is thankful for and wrote about in their blog page.

Students in 3A wrote about all of the things they were thankful for. Many students mentioned their friends, families, food and water, the outdoors, and our country!

Fourth Grade

4B spent time discussing friendship and how thankful we were to have each other as friends. The class spent time "filling" each others plates with little messages of why they like having them as friends. They enjoyed reading their plates and seeing what was written for them. We put these on our lockers as a daily reminder of our friendships. Our plates do not always have to be filled with food to fill us up!

Fifth Grade

Teachers are thankful for their students! 5B is always creative and willing to try something new! I'm thankful for each and every one of my little turkeys!!


This class is thankful for . . .

Sixth Grade
6th graders are thankful for . . .

A Thankful Tree was made in Mrs. Cray's Reading Room. Throughout the month the kids wrote what they were thankful for ...We had so many leaves, the teacher had to "cut down" a tree from home.

Reading Students are thankful for books-especially books with their names in the story!

We are thankful for ...

We are thankful for some snow at recess time

The Night Before Thanksgiving story courtesy of some of our second graders:

From all of us at Crestwood Elementary
Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!

November 25                 NO SCHOOL (Teacher Inservice)
November 26                 NO SCHOOL
November 27                 NO SCHOOL
November 30                 School Resumes