Friday, November 13, 2015

November 13, 2015 JCC

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

Winter Sports MEET THE TEAMS! 
Friday, November 20 at 6:00 p.m. 
Crestwood High School Gymnasium

Veteran's Day Observance
Last Wednesday Cadet Nation recognized and honored the sacrifices of those who have
and are serving in the defence of our Nation. Throughout the day, beginning with an assembly in the Crestwood High School gymnasium, lunch for veterans at the K-8, and numerous classroom visits and activities, we as a community of learners, came together to remember, share and say THANK YOU. 

Astronaut Clay Anderson
Astronaut Clay Anderson was on campus this last week to connect and share with students. Grades K-12 Howard-Winn students along with students from Riceville and Notre Dame, over 1,200 in total, heard Astronaut Anderson talk about growing up in rural Nebraska,graduating from Iowa State University, and how he applied 15 times to the NASA astronaut program before finally being accepted. With presentations to secondary, middle school and elementary students, along with spending time with Project Lead the Way students and having lunch with "perfect attendance" students (drawn at random), "Astro Clay" inspired and excited! A big THANK YOU goes out to Howard County Economic Development and Northeast Iowa Community College for their support in making this happen! The hope is that this event inspired the next commander of the International Space Station or the leader of the expedition to Mars!  

Lexington Fellowship and iNACOL Conference
This past week it was an honor to represent Cadet Nation and share the Howard-Winn story. Interviewing for the LELA Fellowship, attending the iNACOL Blended Learning Conference, and connecting with superintendents and educators from across the United States was an affirmation that we are ALL facing the same challenges: enrollment, funding and educating young people for 21st century realities. Change is here, now. I am thankful that the Lexington Institute provided the means for me to attend, had they not, I would not have. The biggest "take away" from the experience was the work we are doing at Howard-Winn is on the cutting edge and as such we are better prepared for change. Together educators, support staff, students and community, thinking differently, seeing opportunities and possibilities is the way forward. 


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 p.m. and Sunday, November 15 at 2:00 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Doors will open a half hour before showtime.
There are over 40 students involved in the cast and crew.

Next Steps Forward: Enrollment, Funding and our Future

Howard-Winn, like most Iowa School districts, are facing either flat or decline in enrollment. Even districts with substantial student enrollment increases, the increase in State Aid does not cover the increase in operating expenses.

The thing to keep in mind is that local taxes are not enough to fund local schools and that districts are dependent on State aid to operate. As has been reported in the media, "state revenues are sagging amid a slump in Iowa's farm income". "Sagging" financial resources means fewer dollars and tough choices. As the population of the state declines, and as more folks move from rural to urban areas, rural areas have fewer votes in the Legislature and less influence with the Governor. The reality is rural Iowa is losing its "voice" and influence.

Going Forward
Monthly we are tracking enrollment and "seats in the seats". Sharing our story, connecting and networking regionally and nationally, the thinking is to forge partnerships and leverage resources and seek new opportunities. Howard-Winn is evolving. 

Going forward we must be positive, look to the horizon, and think of what might be. We are modeling for our children how to work through and embrace change. They are watching us. 

Learning at #CADETNATION last week looked like....

Check out these digital stories from Mrs. Day's class! AMAZING! 

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