Thursday, November 5, 2015

JCC November 6, 2015

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

Crestwood 2nd graders are going for the GOLD.  Reading is foundational to learning and it is exciting to see how many "take home" books the students have read. CADETS FORWARD! 

Weather Alerts, School Delays and Closures

At 426 square miles, Howard-Winn is the one of the largest land mass school district in
Iowa. Each day our buses cover 1,800 miles bringing kids to and from school.  That being said, as we move into the winter season, making sure the roads are safe for travel is a priority.  Transportation Director Brian Swestka and I start checking roads at 4:30 am. If road conditions are in question WE WILL ALWAYS STAR WITH A 2 HOUR DELAY.  
The two hour late start gives us time to completely evaluate the situation. The goal is to have a "2 hour late starts" announced prior to 6:00am.  
How will this be communicated? You have several options:
Twitter at #2020HowardWinn (Instantly know!)
School Messenger: This is an option you can subscribe for in PowerSchool. It will give you the option to receive an email, text message or voice mail to your phone.
IOWA SCHOOL ALERTS: Many signed up for this last year, If you did you should be good for this year. Go to to subscribe.

Area TV and Radio station will also be notified. Please note that if you use a text service from a TV station in may be as much as 30 minutes lag time from when they post it and when it is announced on Social Media. 

Parent Teacher Conferences
FALL 2015 Parent Teacher conferences was a great opportunity for parents, students and teachers to connect and share accomplishments and areas for growth. For young people to reach their potential and find their passion, it takes all of us, working together. On behave of the Howard-Winneshiek Community School District I want to THANK parents for allowing us opportunity to work with you and your children.
Veteran's Day
November 11, 2015 we say THANK YOU to all those who have served in defense of our freedoms.  Your sacrifices, and the sacrifices of your families, to keep our country safe are very much honored and appreciated.  THANK YOU 

There will be a special program at Crestwood High in the morning and we are inviting Veterans for lunch at the elementary. 

Board Policy Governs School Districts
School Districts are tax support, non-profit organization charged with education kids. Being a public entity, School District are governed and operate under specific laws and policies. Citizens within the District are elected to serve as Directors on the Board of Education. Board Policy are the rules, protocols and procedures that give direction as to how the Board conducts business. It is important to note that the only time the Board has authority to act is when a majority of the board are present, 24 hour prior notification of the meeting has been posted to the public, an agenda posted, and only action presented on the agenda can be acted on.
Howard-Winneshiek Board Policy is posted on the school web page. Go 
Go to  on the left hand side, where it says School Board, click on "School Board Policies" and it will take you to the menu.
100 School District
200 Board of Directors
300 Administration
400 Personnel
500 Students
600 Educational Programs
700 Non-Ed Programs
800 Building and Sites 
900 Community Relations  

The next school Board Meeting is 7:00 p.m., Monday, November 9, 2015 at Crestwood High School Media Center. 
Astronaut Clayton Anderson
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  

Fall Musical "OKLAHOMA"
Set in a Western territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provide the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurie, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story.  Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love's journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road.  That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant OKLAHOMA!
Friday and Saturday, November 13 & 14 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, November 15 at 2:00 pm.  Cost is $5 for Adults and $3 for students.  Doors will open 1/2 hour before showtime.
There are over 40 students involved in the cast and crew.
Shouts outs!

  • Decorah's Swim Team's secret weapon is a CADET! Good Luck Tracy Martinek at State Swim Meet in Marshalltown!
  • Good Luck to the Competition Cheer Squad at State! You guys will ROCK!
  • Meet the TEAM Winter Addition! Friday, November 20, 2015 Crestwood Gym. Boys and Girls Basketball, Wrestling, Cheerleaders!  CADETS FORWARD!
Crestwood Cadet PTO Interest Survey 
The Crestwood Cadet PTO is in the early formation stage.  This is your opportunity to help shape this group.  If you would like to be involved, please take a minute and share your thoughts with us.  The next meeting will be Tuesday, November 17 @ 6:30pm in the Discovery Center.  Childcare will be available.
What do you think?
  • Do you have any items of concern/interest you would like to the PTO address?
  • When/Where would you like to see this group meet?
  • What other suggestions/ideas do you have to help shape this group?
  • How can we contact you?
Bring your response to the meeting Tuesday, November 17 @ 6:30pm in the Discovery Center.

THANK YOU! A BIG Thank You goes out to Girl Scout Troop 75 for providing FREE babysitting during Parent-Teacher conferences this last week. Parents and teachers (and the kids) very much appreciated this community service project!  THANK YOU!  

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


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