Thursday, December 22, 2016

JCC Admin Update 12/23/2016

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

Howard-Winneshiek is a very special place! 

As we work to transform teaching and learning so as to empower and prepare CADETS for the 21st century, THE guiding principle is that ALL LEARNING is grounded in relationships.  

The design and intention of "HOMEBASE" at Crestwood Secondary School is to create this foundation of support.

There is no other period of history harder to be a kid than right now. Our young people are our most strategic, and treasured, resources. Positive relationships inspires hope, amplifies creativity, and assures us, young and old, we are not alone. Relationships are the seeds of strength that grow into the courage to explore, attempt, fail, succeed and accomplish.

Happy Holidays to All! Rest, Relax, Recharge and get ready for 2017!   

Looking back and looking forward...
Pausing but a second, to look back over our shoulder, the Howard-Winneshiek Community School District has come a long way, in five short years.  

Through challenges and accomplishments, CADET NATION has moved forward to the goal, that the class of 2020 be the best prepared, most recruited kids on the planet. 

This picture of the class of 2020, taken in front of the one room school house Norman Borlaug attended, was the starting point. 

These young people, now Crestwood freshman, are the hope of the world! I am convinced that in this picture are many "Norman Borlaugs'" and that they will go out into the world and make a difference.  

Today, learners at Howard-Winn are globally connected. Technology is seamlessly embedded into learning and our students are quickly moving from being consumers of content to creators of content. Every aspect of CADET NATION beginning with visionary leadership from the Board of Education, to the courage of the teachers and principals to embrace change, on through to the support staff: custodians, buildings, grounds, cooks, transportation, all give courage and contribute to the culture of change.

On the horizon are continued challenges: funding, student enrollment, and ever accelerating change. But also on the horizon are opportunities to create, achieve and accomplish. It does not take money to think, and the fear of "what might be" does not even compare to what together we will create "what will be"! 

We are blessed to be living in CADET NATION, IOWA and the United States of America.

At their December meeting the Board of Education took the next step on the Stadium Project by awarding bids to contractors. Howard-Winn is VERY excited that Cresco Building Services, Mehmert Tiling, Mracek Electric and See Electric are on board and a part of the project!

As a follow up, the Board took additional action on December 19, approving Musco Lighting for the stadium at a cost of $158,093. This brings the total cost to $1,771,940. It needs to be noted that the track will be resurfaced in July in the next budget cycle at an estimated cost of $100,000. Funding for these projects are coming from PPEL and SAVE dollars and do not affect school tax rates.  

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

December 23, 2016 Preschool & Elementary

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

Dear Parents and Students, 
Our winter break starts Friday, and the holidays can get pretty hectic! Sometimes routines can fly out the window with celebrations, travel and out-of-town guests. As your family prepares for the holidays, it is important to keep your kids engaged in learning and reading. Denise Shekleton, the Howard-Winneshiek District Librarian, put together the great resource below for enjoying books over the break.

Keep your child engaged in reading over winter break. Check out these tips from SMART (Start Making A Reader Today): 

     Read for fun! Whether your child is in the mood for holiday stories or the newest installment from a favorite series, winter break provides the perfect opportunity to set aside school books and read for fun. Make time for bedtime stories to create the routine and enjoy books on a daily basis.
      Check out the Read Aloud section of the school Library Website. Just Books and Storyline Online are favorites of the kids. We added some new links to the Read Aloud section, too!
      Fable Reader offers hundreds of free ebooks. Students can access it via Keystone AEA’s Online Resources, or the app can be found in the Apple App store and on Google Play. 
      Username:  kaea137
      Password:   kaea01
      Keystone AEA’s Online Resources also offer Bookflix, TrueFlix, and FreedomFlix. (Same username and password as above)
      Epic! is another online ebook resource. Parents can create an account for $4.99 per month. The first month is free! Download the app to take with you on the go.
     Stock up on books at the local library. Help your child pick out books they’re interested in reading over the winter break. Libraries may also have fun, free holiday activities throughout the break.
      Cresco Public Library has story hour every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m.
     Make the most of travel time. Turn travel time to or from a holiday get-together into an opportunity to practice reading. You can look for license plates from different states, try to find the alphabet on the license plates, or count the number of red (or white or green) cars you see. Read street signs and billboards you see along the way.
      If you have a mobile device, download the reading apps listed above.
     Create a new tradition. A little predictability is comforting for kids. Starting a special Winter Break Story Time can be a new tradition that links reading with happy memories. Hot cocoa and your favorite stories will have the whole family feeling comfy and cozy, while creating memories that will last a lifetime.
      Search for Reading Activities or try some activity ideas from or
Let’s Get eReading!
Thanks to your child’s educator/librarian, you are now able to download and use the Open eBooks app for free. With this app, you and your child can access a library of thousands of popular and award-winning eBooks for free! We hope the Open eBooks app helps you to further support and engage in
your child’s learning and foster their love of reading beyond the classroom.

Your code: EHGLV1HQM6
Your PIN:1030

How to download the App:
1. Go to the App Store on your device (Apple or Android).
2. Search for “Open eBooks” and follow the instructions to download.
3. Open the app.
4. Agree to any terms and conditions.
5. Enter your code and PIN combination (provided above) when prompted.
6. Browse the catalog of books available.
7. Download eBooks of interest to your child and enjoy reading! Please note: when using the app,
standard data rates apply. Check with your school, afterschool program or library to see if they have free wireless access that you can use when downloading books.
Please note: You can download 10 eBooks at a time. Each eBook will be available for 56 days before it must be renewed. That’s it! Enjoy!

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Friday, December 23                         No School-Christmas Vacation
Tuesday, January 3                           School Resumes