Superintendent / Activities Director
Cadet Nation: Next Steps
A BIG THANK YOU to the Buildings and Grounds and the Transportation TEAMs this past week for your efforts to keep CADET NATION moving forward. Digging out driveways and parking lots, blowing off sidewalks, keeping the buses warm and ready to go, these efforts are highly valued and greatly appreciated. THANK YOU!
Please Note that we now have 6.5 hours in our "bank" left. Should we need to delay or cancel classes, and we exceed 6.5 hours, we will need to make up the instructional hours.
This being said, this would mean adding time to the end of the school year. As of today, CADET NATION is scheduled to end the school year on Tuesday, May 24.
Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences
Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for MONDAY, February 22 and THURSDAY, February 25 with NO CLASSES on FRIDAY, February 26.
Please note that the CADET Boy's Basketball TEAM will begin State Tournament play Monday, February 22 in Waverley. Monday, February 22 is also the first night of Parent-Teacher Conferences. Staff members who have sons on the Basketball TEAM will reschedule their conferences. Family first.
The process for selecting the next President of the United States, starts in IOWA and goes through Howard-Winn and NICC
Last Monday night, Iowans from across the State met to begin the process of selecting the next President of the United States. Locally Democrats met in the Crestwood High School lunchroom and Republicans met at the NICC Cresco campus. It was GREAT to have KTTC TV Rochester present to cover the story. Howard-Winn and NICC were honored to provide space for citizens to Caucus. Now the focus turns to New Hampshire.
Important Activity Schedule Update
- The HOME Boy's Basketball game scheduled with Prairie du Chien for Tuesday, February 2, has been rescheduled to MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8.
- The Girl's Basketball game with New Hampton scheduled for Tuesday, February 2 is canceled. The Girl's Section Basketball game with New Hampton scheduled at Crestwood for Saturday, February 13 will be used in determining NEIC Conference standings.
- 7th and 8th grade Boy's Basketball games for Tuesday, February 2, with Decorah has been rescheduled to Monday, February 8.
Howard-Winn to Share at the University of Northern Iowa
Howard-Winn has been invited by the University of Northern Iowa, Curriculum & Instruction Department, Transformative Learning initiative, to come to campus and share the CADET story. A TEAM of 10 Howard-Winn educators will be presenting and sharing to over 30 UNI professors. It is very cool to be invited and it is an affirmation of the GREAT things are happening. Howard-Winn students: empowered and prepared for the 21st century!
Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) Update
Work continues forward on the Howard-Winn TLC initiative. The Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) System rewards effective teachers with leadership opportunities and higher pay, and fosters greater collaboration for all teachers to learn from each other. The goal is to have 25% of a District's teachers in leadership opportunities.
With Board approval, 23 leadership positions will be created. This will include three full time instructional coaches and six part time assignments: 6 curriculum leaders, 6 model teachers, 6 teachers on special assignment and 2 mentor teachers. Job descriptions and expectations are being created and will be presented at the February Board meeting. More information will follow.
Cadet Nation: Next Steps
Howard-Winn, along with most of Iowa, continues to experience change. Shifting populations and funding concerns are big, but it is important they do not become the entire focus. Educating, empowering and preparing kids must always be in the forefront. It is what we are about.
That being said, as we begin to look and plan for the 2016-17 school year, many things are in play. Presently the Iowa Senate has recommended 4% increase in school funding, the House 2% and Governor Branstad 2.45%. Anything less than 3% does not help us.
With our declining enrollment, there is a continued need to shrink our workforce. Since the official head count there have been 22 withdrawals and 11 new enrollments for a net loss of 11 students. Class sizes and reduction of staff will continue.
Cadet Nation IS moving forward. Our kids are achieving and doing great and wonderful things. Perhaps the biggest lesson we are modeling/teaching for our young people is how to deal with change. They are watching and listening to us. Yes this HARD, but stay positive and keep looking to the horizon for opportunities. We will celebrate achievement and accomplishment and not be afraid, but embrace and work through challenges. CADETS FORWARD!
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Activities for the week of February 8, 2016
Band Booster Meeting @ CHS Music