Friday, February 26, 2016

JCC Admin Update Feb. 26 2016

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

Learning at Howard-Winn is no longer limited by a Zip Code or
physical location. Our students connect, collaborate and learn with folks from all over. This past week 5B students connect virtually with Luther College students on writing, 2nd graders SKYPED with author Deborah Guarino. CADET NATION LEARNING knows no boundaries.     

If you missed it, check out: Howard-Winn Teachers Invited to Present to University of Northern Iowa Faculty

2 Crestwood Students chosen as finalists for Iowa State Bar Association Competition

DRAFT School Calendar: 2016-17
Below is the working "DRAFT" of the school calendar for the 2016-17 school year. The thinking is we would use "instructional hours" again instead of "days". Doing this allows us to build up a reserve for "Snow Days" and other weather delays. By state statute, August 23 is the first day of classes. Parent-Teacher Conference dates are tentative at this time. Currently there is discussion on the structure of Parent-Teachers Conferences, specifically on how to best serve and collaborate with parents on their children's academic achievement. Suggestions and proposals will be forthcoming.   

Your comments and thinking are valued and can be emailed to   

#2020HowardWinn: Next steps
The next 60 days will be a wild rollercoaster!  Contract negotiations, staff reductions, TLC selections, 2016-17 calendar adoption, all will be swirling around.  It is important to stay positive, breathe, smile, enjoy each moment and keep focused on the one thing that matters, the kids. They are watching us and we are modeling for them how to navigate through change.  Our actions, our words will have a lasting impact on them.  
  • Feedback from Student Led Conferences has been extremely positive.  It is powerful and empowering for the kids to share/tell parents about their learning. Good stuff.
  • Staff Reductions. All departments, grade levels, programs, and activities are being reviewed.  With fewer kids, less funding, we are going to have to shrink.  For teachers, "pink slips" are to be issued by April 30.  It is my intention NOT to wait til April 30, but to inform folks as early as possible. Know that we approach staff reductions as a process, following the provisions of the Master Contract and in communication with the Howard-Winn Education Association. 
  • Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) Update: Monday, February 29 interviews will begin for the 3 Full Time Instructional Coach positions. Once these are selected, 2016-17 staff needs will be addressed. 
  • Twitter Tuesday is gaining momentum. Tweeting out about what is happening in your classroom, re-tweeting the good things at #2020HowardWinn, is powerful.  As we are transparent and share the exciting things happening, the more folks will want to "check us out" and hopefully join the party and become part of Cadet Nation. This is one easy way you can make a difference, share and lift up #2020HowardWinn and showcase the learning excitement. If we don't share our story, nobody else will. 
Shout Outs
  • Crestwood FFA ROCKS! The Crestwood FFA hosted District competition this last Tuesday.  I was honored to be asked to be one of the judges and was greatly impressed with the poise and confidence of the contestants.  FFA is the BEST "school to work" STEM program in IOWA! Congratulations to those Chapter member heading to the next level of competition. 
  • Congratulations to the CADET Girl's Basketball TEAM, Boy's Basketball TEAM and the Wrestlers! We are all very proud of your efforts and accomplishments.
  • a BIG SHOUT OUT to the Crestwood student leadership: CADET COUNCIL! Young people stepping up and wanting to make a difference! ROCK ON! 
  • SHOUT OUT and THANK YOU to our Winter Sports Event Managers: Nate Dietzenbach and Jim Sovereign.  Your servant leadership and contributions are greatly valued and appreciated. 
Learning in CADET NATION last week looked like:

February 26, 2016 - Crestwood Secondary

Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12) 

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

Events for the Week of February 29th - March 4th             

Monday, February 29th:     
7:30                9-12 Vocal Concert at CHS

Tuesday, March 1st:

7:45                7-8 Staff Meeting in Mr. Wiley's classroom
6:00                Boys BB Awards night in the CHS Student Center

Wednesday, March 2nd:
                      CBE Statewide Collaborative Meeting in Des Moines   3:30               Howard-Winn Foundation Meeting
6:00               District Advisory Meeting in the CE Discovery Center           
Thursday, March 3rd:
9:00               Keystone AEA Principal Meeting in Elkader 
Friday, March 4th:     
9:00               9-12 Success Team Meeting
10:40             7-8 Success Meeting             

Student Activities

Cadet Council - The Cadet Council met for a leadership retreat.  The group has many good ideas for implementation and is building momentum for making positive change for students in and around the school.  

Thank you students for your ideas and leadership. 

FFA Sub-District Leadership Contest -
Great job FFA members in hosting and competing in the Sub-District Leadership Contest. Students competed in the following events:

  • Meeting Conduct 
  • Creed Speaking 
  • Parliamentary Procedure 
  • Public Speaking 
  • Extemporaneous Speaking 
  • Job Interviewing 
  • Ag. Sales 
  • Radio Broadcasting

Science Fair
7th and 8th grade students did a great job preparing and presenting their science experiments at the the Science Fair held during parent teacher conferences. Thank you students, judges, parents and teachers.

Parent Teacher Conferences
Thank you parents that were able to attend conferences this week.  Considerable research documents that parent involvement in a child's education is directly related to positive outcomes, such as higher academic achievement, student school attendance, student and parent perceptions of classroom and school climate, as well as student attitudes and behavior.  We also want parents to have a good understanding of their child's achievement at school. One of the many ways for parents to be involved in their child's education is to attend school conferences - we appreciate your active involvement. 

At the conclusion of the conference we asked the parents to fill our a brief survey.  Below are the responses as of Thursday night:

Consumer Economics Mock Interviews

Students in Mr. Govern's Consumer Economics class recently performed mock interviews during a career unit. During this unit, students describe life and work values that they hold as well as identify their interests, aptitudes, and personality traits that might influence their career choices.

Students explore different sources of career information, including O*NET  ( which is a comprehensive online database of job characteristics, skills, and knowledge that are required for most jobs.  They identify ways to find out about job openings, search for job postings that are in career areas of interest to them, select an opening and go through a mock job application process for that position.

During this process, students complete a sample job application, create a personal resume and write a cover letter. They conclude the career unit, by preparing for an interview and then by participating in a mock interview.

Consumer Economics is a course required for graduation from CHS.  Students also have the opportunity to take Pre-employment Strategies as a concurrent enrollment course 

Meet Mrs. McAllister
What grade levels and subjects do you teach?
I teach 6th grade PE, 9-12 PE and Health

Where did you attend college?
Northwest Missouri State University

How many years have you been an educator? How many years at Howard-Winn?
Was there a particular event or person that inspired you to become an educator?
My parents were both educators so grew up around education and couldn't see myself in any other field.  

What is your favorite thing about Howard-Winn? 
Working with the great students we have here.  

Any words of wisdom or advice?
Work hard, keep an open mind and treat others the way you want to be treated!! 

More about Mrs. McAllister:

Family: Husband Jeff, daughter Meghan and her fiancee' Ryan Harrod, daughter Kaitlin and son Austin.

I love camping, hanging out with our family and friends, watching or participating in a variety of sports, and sitting by a bon fire. 

February 26, 2016 Preschool & Elementary

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


Here's how we are celebrating . . .


Would you like your child to be more responsible, hardworking, and persistent? Raising responsible kids is a challenge. You want your child to clean her room, but it’s a disaster. You ask your child to put his clothes into the hamper, but instead they’re strewn all over his room. How can you get your child to take responsibility when he or she refuses to accept it?

Tips for all parents...
• Know that teaching kids responsibility takes a long time. Don’t expect sudden miracles. Continue to talk and teach about responsibility as your child grows.
• Make sure your child feels the consequences of not taking responsibility (instead of you feeling the consequences). For example, if your child refuses to place his clothes in the hamper to be washed, leave them on the floor of his room. Shut the door. Don’t wash the clothes. When your child panics about not having clean clothes, show him the way to the washer and dryer.
• Resist the temptation to rescue your kids when they suffer the consequences of not taking responsibility. If your teenager calls from the library in the middle of winter wanting a ride home because she’s cold and she didn’t wear a coat, empathize with her situation, but don’t bail her out (unless, of course, it could be a life threatening situation). Something as simple as a walk in cold, brisk weather can teach a child the benefits of wearing a coat in the winter.
• Talk less. Kids often refuse to take responsibility because they know their parents will keep reminding them to do so. Be clear that you’ll give ONE reminder, and then it’s up to them.
• Lead by example. Remember that lessons in responsibility always start with you! If your child hears you saying one thing and then doing the opposite, your kids will be more likely to follow your example rather than follow your command.

For parents with children ages birth to 5
• Break responsibilities into small, easy-to-do tasks that are age appropriate for young children. For example, keep a laundry basket or bucket handy for your child to place his or her toys in when picking them up off the floor.
• Be responsible together. For example, everyone in the family can help to set the table. You can set the dishes, glasses, and breakable items, while your child places a napkin next to each plate. Older preschoolers can learn how to place knives, forks, and spoons.
• Monitor young children when they’re practicing responsibility. You can help to keep them on task and keep them focused from distractions.

For parents with children ages 6–9
• Consider having time-frames for responsibilities. For example, maybe you say that kids can’t watch TV until they’ve picked up their room or completed their homework first. They’re more likely to get their responsibilities done if they know they get to do something that they really want to do afterward.
• Let kids be kids, but also expect them to take responsibility for their age. It can be a tricky balance, but there is a balance between too many and no responsibilities.
• Talk about how important responsibilities are. For example, ask your kids: “If I didn’t take the responsibility of cooking dinner, what would happen? What if someone didn’t take out the garbage for a month?”

For parents with children ages 10–15
• Focus on kids actions—not their reactions—to responsibility. Some will complain every step of the way, but will finish their responsibilities, while others will say, “I’m getting to it” but never complete the task at hand.
• If you’re wary of the tension in your home around trying to get your teenager to take responsibility, take a time out and take some time for yourself.
• Consider having a “family responsibility time” where everyone needs to be home to complete his or her responsibilities. Some families find that Saturday mornings are a good time.Don’t allow anyone to leave until all the responsibilities are done—and done well.
• Slowly increase your child’s responsibilities as he or she ages. Many kids at this age can begin to mow lawns, baby sit, and perform other responsibilities. Teach them how to handle responsibilities well, monitor them, and let them gradually master their skills.
Source: Parent Further


What Does the Research Say about iPads in the Classroom?

iPads are a hit with students and teachers here at Crestwood, as well as many other schools. But do they really have an impact on our instruction and our student learning? The research says YES! Several recent studies have all supported the use of iPads to enhance the classroom experience and learning.

  • Research says that iPads can improve classroom learning
  • Research says iPads improve student engagement
  • Research says that iPads have the potential to level the playing field for all students
Source: What does research really say about iPads in the classroom?

Crestwood Parent-Teacher Organization
Our Crestwood PTO met on Tuesday, February 16th at 6:30 p.m. in the Discovery Center at the Elem/JH building.  The group is talking about an upcoming reading event at the elementary.  If you would like to be a part of this event please contact Kelly Olson Jessen at (563) 387-7358 or

We would love to have anyone attend tour PTO meeting who is interested in joining, it is always a good time to get involved with our group.  The PTO is a great way to make connections with the teachers, administrators and other parents.  The next meeting is on Tuesday, March  at 6:30 p.m.

A huge thank you to Girl Scouts from Troop 75 for offering free babysitting during our Parent-Teacher Conferences this week. Many parents appreciated this free service and the kids had a lot of fun!


Preschool & Kindergarten Round-Up
Preschool and Kindergarten registration for the Howard-Winneshiek Community School District is scheduled for the week of February 29-March 4. 

Preschool – A student entering preschool must be 4 years old on or before September 15, 2016.  Preschool classes will be held at the Cresco Early Childhood Center and Lime Springs/Chester Elementary School for 2016-2017.  Preschool parents (Cresco and Lime Springs) will receive and return preschool packets at a Spring Parent Meeting.  No forms will be mailed out at this time.

Kindergarten – A student entering kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before September 15, 2016. Current preschoolers enrolled in a Howard-Winneshiek program will receive kindergarten registration materials at Parent Teacher Conferences.  New Kindergarten students to the district will receive their packet by mail after calling the elementary office.

It's time for Preschool and Kindergarten Registration For the 2016-2017 School Year.

Parents may register any time during this week by calling the Cresco Elementary Office and speaking with the secretary – Linda Middlebrook    563-547-2340. 
(Try to call or stop in during the following hours:  9:00-11:00 a.m. or 1:00-3:00 p.m.)  

Parents should feel free to contact any of the schools concerning other questions they might have.  

Substitute Teachers and Associates Needed
Do you like working with children and helping them learn? Do you enjoy working in a high-energy, creative learning/working environment? If your answer is "YES" we need you! Howard-Winn is looking for substitute teachers and associates to work in our classrooms. In the absence of the regular classroom teacher or associate you would be helping students to learn subject matter and/or skills that are required for curriculum lessons and providing meaningful instruction for our students in their classrooms. If interested please submit a letter of application and a resume to: Superintendent, 1000 Schroder Drive, Cresco, IA 52136

Classroom Redemption Collection

The Crestwood Cadet PTO sponsored a Classroom Redemption Collection. Congratulations to Mrs. Mahr's classroom for taking 1st place in the contest.

The PTO is still collecting things so be sure to ask friends, neighbors and out town and in town relatives to start collecting on your behalf.

Our Learning This Week.....

The preschoolers are enjoying their new study on dental health. The students have learned some new vocabulary words about teeth. Students explored using these different kinds of teeth by taking bites of a soft banana and hard carrot. Students were also excited to visit the real dentist’s office (Oak Creek Dental).

Transitional Kindergarten
Transition Kindergarten students check out fossils with magnifying glasses. Students sorted fossils into categories using classification charts. 

Talking about how to make our writing neat in Kindergarten 

Guest Reader in KD

Sledding Fun

First Grade
Working on turnaround facts today in 1st grade

Learning the difference between math facts and math problems 

Author Skype with Deborah Guarino author of Is Your Mama A Llama?

Second Grade
Fabulous fairy tale plays to show off our fluency and expression skills! 

Shopping at the Cadet Pride Store with money they've made by reading their books each night.

Third Grade
Working on portfolios for student-led conferences

Using Google slides for student portfolios--practicing our presentations

Testing bridge design as part force and motion unit

Exploring where to put the fulcrum while learning about the lever, a simple machine 

Fourth Grade
Using Kahoot to do a mid-unit review of the Southwest region of the United States!

This future paleontologist has a passion for rocks!

Fifth Grade
Guest reader today in 5th grade talking about poetry 

Officer Hollenbeck with our 5th grade discussing risks and consequences in DARE class

5B Cadets using to chat with their Luther College Literacy partners

Sixth Grade
Future Cities- The world will be in good hands when students take over. 

Winning Chariot Team, but all chariots and crews are true champions who created fantastic machines.

Cadet Power
K-1 students accessed read aloud links in the library website and enjoyed listening to reading. 

Reading Rocks!

It's time for our Cadet Store--it pays to be great! 

Using Doodle Buddy in music class to identify notes and their place on the staff 

Music Bingo Smartboard Style! 


Wednesday, March 2     6:00 District Advisory Meeting in Discovery Center
Thursday, March 3         5:30 1st Grade Parent Night
Monday, March 7           No School--Teacher Inservice
Tuesday, March 8          PTO meeting 6:30 in Discovery Center
March 7-18                     Iowa Assessments