Friday, April 29, 2016

JCC Update April 29, 2016

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

Class of 2029

Last Thursday evening parents of the class of 2029 gathered for Kindergarten Parent Night.  Meeting in the Discovery Zone in the K-8 building, parents of the Crestwood Cadet Class of 2029 heard about all the wonderful and cool things their children will be involved with in the Fall. 

Elementary Principal Sara Grimm and the kindergarten teachers shared the CADET NATION story and the dedication and commitment to prepare and empower all kids to compete and contribute globally. We are EXCITED to have the class of 2029 here in the August! 

Lt Governor to tour Howard-Winn
Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds will tour Howard-Winn Tuesday May 3, from 2:00 to 3:00. 
Tentative Agenda:
  •      2:00 Lt. Governor Reynolds to arrive at the Howard-Winn K-8 campus. Secondary Principal Chris Rogne, Howard-Winn Board members and community members will greet the Lt. Governor. The Lt. Governor will be escorted by 2 Crestwood FFA members
  • 2:05 enter Crestwood Secondary School: CASE, Virtual Reality, Project lead the way Classroom
  • 2:20 move to K-8 campus
  • 2:25 K-8 Campus Pint Size Science
  • 2:30 Press Conference / Remarks (15 minutes)
  • 2:45 Visit 3rd grade and 5th grade classrooms to see ST Math in action
  • 3:05 Exit the building far North door and depart for Lime Springs 
After visiting Howard-Winn Lt. Governor Reynolds will go to Lime Springs and Upper Iowa Beef, then back to Cresco to the new Ag Education Building at the Fairgrounds and then Howard County Economic Banquet.  FYI: Tickets for the Banquet are $25. Menu for the evening: Sherlock Shrimp from Ridgeway and Steak from Upper Iowa Beef, Lime Springs.  

BTW the Vocal concert for Tuesday night has been backed up to 8:00 to accommodate the Economic Banquet.  

Negotiation Update
When negotiating with employees, the District negotiates "total package" compensation.  What this means is salary and insurance together.  We have been lucky that insurance costs have not increased the last two years. This means that monies could be placed on salary.  Had Insurance cost gone up, fewer dollars would have been able to go to salaries.  "Total Package" sometimes confuses citizens in that only salary is printed in the paper, not the total package" (salary + insurance). Negotiation progress thus far: 
  • Settled with the bus drivers: 3 year contract, 2.5% total package increase.
  • Settled with Teachers 3.01% total package 
  • Clerical Association have yet to settle.
  • Administration, Cooks and Custodians yet to be determined. 
THANK YOU to Directors McClure and Vobr for your leadership on the Negotiation committee. 

Facility Update 
The Facilities Committee (Karlos and Todd along with Clint, Larry and myself) continue to meet and move forward. Architects from DLR, Des Moines were on campus last Wednesday. The goal is to have an architect selected ASAP so as to have concepts for the stadium. 

It will be recommended at the May Board meeting to move forward on creating a staff parking lot to the north of the current elementary parking lot.  The work would be done this summer for use in the fall.  This would be a good step forward in addressing elementary parking and traffic patterns.   

Teachers and Administrative Assistants: THANK YOU!
This past week Teachers and Administrative Assistants have been lifted up and their servant leadership celebrated.  Contributions from ALL to CADET NATION move us forward! Thank you and much appreciation to those in the offices who "keep the train on the tracks and running on time!"

It is inspiring to walk into classrooms, throughout the District, and see the learning and creating going on. Howard-Winn teachers have my greatest respect.  You are all ROCK STARS!  Good people doing GREAT things!

CADET NATION: Adults / Students ALL Learning and Contributing! 
Recently Howard-Winn Food Service Director Cheryl Dickman was asked to present by the Directors of USDA's Team Nutrition of Iowa. She highlighted the CADET Food and Fitness teams and the great things that our students are doing.  She shared how empowering our youth is making a difference in the awareness of good nutrition and physical fitness. Cross age teaching, Brain Breaks, Taste Testing and our Cafeteria Coaching is changing the way we eat and act!

A BIG SHOUT OUT to Preschool teachers Shari Marr and Megan Merkel for presented the Howard-Winn Early Childhood PBIS story.  
CADET NATION is making a difference!

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

The CADET CO-ED Invitational Track Meet was canceled last Thursday because of unfavorable weather conditions. Senior Track participants will be recognized WEDNESDAY at 12:50, prior to the School Assemble. Parents are welcome to attend. 

Monday, May 2
 4:15 PM Girls 7/8 Track Meet @ Waukon
 NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day
 JV/V Boys Golf Meet vs New Hampton @ New Hampton Golf & Country Club
 JV/V Girls Golf Meet vs New Hampton @ Cresco Country Club
 V Girls Invitational Track @ South Winneshiek
 V Boys Track Meet @ New Hampton
Tuesday, May 3
 4:15 PM Boys 7/8 Track Meet @ Decorah
 9th-12th grade Vocal Concert
Thursday, May 5
 Boys Golf vs Charles City @ Elma Golf Course
 Jr High Boys Track Invitational @ CHS
 V Girls Track Conference Tournament @ Waukon
 1st & 2nd grade music concert @ CHS
Friday, May 6
 4:00 PM Girls 7/8 Track Meet @ Decorah
 IHSMA State Large Group Music Contest
Saturday, May 7
 V Boys & Girls Golf Meet vs Fillmore Central @ Cresco Country Club

April 29, 2016 - Crestwood Secondary

Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12) 

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

Events for the Week of April 30th - May 6th   

Teacher Appreciation Week          

Monday, May 2nd: 

                 No School - Teacher Professional Day
4:00          Home JV/Varsity Girls Golf Meet vs. New Hampton
4:00          JV/Varsity Boys Golf Meet @ New Hampton
4:15          7-8 Girls Track Meet @ Waukon
4:30          Varsity Girls Track Meet @ South Winneshiek
5:00          Varsity Boys Track Meet @ New Hampton

Tuesday, May 3rd:

2:00         STEM Event
4:15         7-8 Boys Track Meet @ Decorah

8:00         9-12 Vocal Music Concert in the CHS Auditorium

Wednesday, May 4th:

7:30         Secondary BLT Meeting in the HS Media Center
9:00         Chris Norton Speaks to 5th-8th grade in HS Gym
1:00         Chris Norton Speaks to 9th-12th grade in HS Gym
6:00         District Advisory Meeting in the K-8 Discovery Center                  
Thursday, May 5th:

9:00         AEA Leadership Meeting
9:00         Welding Open House
11:30       NEIC Principal's Meeting
4:15         Home 7-8 Boys Track Meet
5:00         Girls NEIC Conference Track Meet @ Waukon

Friday, May 6th: 

                IHSMA State Large Group Music Concert
9:00         9-12 Success Meeting
10:40       7-8  Success Meeting
4:00         7-8 Girls Track Meet @ Decorah

IHSMA Large Group Contest Details

Friday, May 6

IHSMA Large Group Contest @ Decorah

5:00 Concert Choir

6:15 Treble Choir

7:25 Concert Chorale

8:15 Band

Cost: Adults-$6 Children-$3

#cadetnation Friday
Reminder: #cadetnation Fridays are the first Friday of every month. This is a way to show your Cadet spirit. Remember to wear your #cadetnation t-shirt on Friday, May 6th.

If you don't have a #cadetnation t-shirt or it is in the laundry, wear another cadet shirt or just wear blue that day. 

Chris Norton - Motivational Speaker
On Wednesday, May 4th Chris Norton will be at CHS to speak to students and staff.  

Mr. Norton is an expert when it comes to resolving challenges and achieving goals. Chris has had to overcome many challenges throughout his life, particularly having to comeback from a debilitating spinal cord injury he suffered playing college football at Luther College. The injury and 3% prognoses of ever regaining feeling or function below his neck did not hold Chris back from striving and living a happy and successful life. Chris vowed that he would walk across the stage of his college graduation, a goal that doctors would have deemed impossible. He not only proved the doctors wrong by fulfilling his goal of walking across the stage, he met the woman of his dreams, runs a successful nonprofit he formed to help others with disabilities, published his book, and is a professional speaker.

Chris has been on ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS Early Show, Fox And Friends, NBC Nightly News, featured on CBS Evening News, ABC News, TODAY, TIME, USA Today, Cosmopolitan, E!, MTV, People, The Chive, and featured internationally across the globe through media networks such as Fuji Network in Japan and Daily Mail in Europe. Chris Norton’s inspiring story resonates with all audiences as he shares his personal story and message that is emotional, entertaining, personal, and humorous. More importantly, his message will spark action, change, and bring joy to everyone in the room.  

His life lessons will resonate with the students and audiences long after his presentation is over.

“So many people, including myself, fear failure, it's human. But if you do everything in your power to accomplish your dreams, at the end of the day, you can be proud and happy with how far you've come,” said Chris Norton. “Good things will come your way.”

Welding Open House
It's time for the 4th annual NICC Welding Project Spring Presentation.  This year is special as the students have fabricated picnic tables that will be used by the city during the 150th Celebration. 

You are invited to attend a showcase of the Welding Project Presentations by the NICC / Howard-Winneshiek Junior & Senior Students.

When:      Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Time:        9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Where:     Northeast Iowa Community                            
College Cresco Center

                 1020 2nd Avenue Southeast,                        Cresco, IA 52136

Who:        Parents, Grandparents, School District, Business Owners, Community Members

RSVP:      Please call the NICC Cresco Center at 563-547-3355 by Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

*Refreshments and snacks will be available to all who attend.

April 29, 2016 Preschool & Elementary

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

With the school days coming to a close and summer just around the corner, many families are preparing for the transition from school to summer break. A common challenge for parents is finding ways to keep their children occupied in a fun, safe, and productive way. Whether you will be working through the summer or spending the days with your children, consider the following tips when preparing for summer break.

What You Can Do To Keep Them Busy: Put together a varied schedule in order to keep them moving and interested. The schedule may consist of daily chores, academic projects/lessons, day camps, activities with friends, etc. Another option is to encourage your children to identify some careers that they would be interested in learning more about and help them find opportunities within that career, such as volunteering at an animal shelter or doing odd jobs at a fire station.

Be Accessible: Your children should always be able to reach you. However, having them call every 5 minutes while you are racing against a deadline at work isn’t necessarily ideal for anyone. You may want to think about devising a system with your children about calling. For example: 1. The first phone call (and non-emergency), they can leave a message if you are unavailable. 2. If it is urgent, instruct them to call again immediately following the first call, and you will know to answer it. It is also a good idea to have another person available, such as a neighbor or relative, to be ‘on-call’ in case a situation does arise when your children cannot reach you or vice versa.

Set Ground Rules: Work out a set of rules and safety measures that the entire family understands. For example, no friends over when an adult is not there, don’t answer the door or phone, call before leaving the house, don’t use the stove or oven, and so forth. Also, make sure your children know exactly what steps to take when faced with an emergency and practice role-playing those steps. Depending on their age, you may want to consider enrolling them in a babysitting safety course, which usually covers potential safety and emergency scenarios and will better equip them when situations arise. Finally, when children think of summer, they usually think of fun. Try to gauge their response to their activities and be flexible, if possible, yet provide them with enough safety and structure to help them occupy their days in a fun and productive way.


Take every opportunity to extend your child's learning this summer to avoid the summer slide.  Make reading a habit in your home.  Just 20 minutes of reading can expose children to 10,000 words a day. This would add up to 750,000 words in 75 days of the summer. Not only would students gain word knowledge, but they also would be exposed to ideas and information that serve as the building blocks for more advanced learning. The Iowa
Reading Research Center’s blog offers other ideas for parents to support their children’s literacy:

Sara Grimm

Make reading aloud for at least 15 MINUTES every day as important as breakfast!

5-12 Grade Massed Band Festival

What: 5-12th Grade Massed Band Festival

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10th.  Band students should meet at 7:05.

Where: Crestwood High School Gym.  Students should meet in the elementary band room

If you have any instruments that you would like to donate to our band program we would love to add them to our collection.  We are also accepting donations of cash in order to do necessary repairs on donated instruments which need to be fixed in order to be playable.
Thank you for partnering with us on this opportunity to grow a love of music!

Parents and students don't forget that there is 

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 is sponsoring a Classroom Redemption Collection.  Students are encouraged to ask friends, neighbors and out town and in town relatives to start collecting on your behalf.  

Howard-Winneshiek Program-Wide Early Childhood PBIS Recognized at State Conference
Pictured above: HW teachers Shari Marr & Megan Merkel, Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise, and PBIS cohort partner from Decorah.

The Early Childhood classrooms at Howard-Winneshiek have been implementing Program Wide Early Childhood PBIS for the past two years. This week Megan Merkel and Shari Marr attended the Learning Supports conference in Des Moines. They had the opportunity to attend sessions related to supporting PBIS programs in classrooms/district wide, children's mental health, tools and strategies to use in the classroom to support social and emotional development, and enhancing family and community engagement. Each session included opportunities to network with others from across the state of Iowa working in education. On the first day of the conference Early Childhood programs were able to share information with conference attendees about what they were doing with PBIS in their district. Megan and Shari shared what Howard-Winneshiek preschool and Transition Kindergarten classrooms have accomplished in the past two years. The district was then recognized by the Department of Education during the reception for our participation in Program Wide Early Childhood PBIS.

Dan Wardell at Howard-Winn!

If you have young children, you are probably familiar with Iowa Public Television programming for kids.  IPTV KIDS Clubhouse is an extension of the PBS KIDS on IPTV. Host, Dan Wardell, educates, informs, enriches, and inspires kids around Iowa through his travels to their communities. Howard-Winn was able to host Dan Wardell on Friday, April 29. Dan gave an exciting & enjoyable presentation to our students.

Kindergarten Parent Night for Incoming Kindergarten Students

Thank you to all of the parents that attended our kindergarten parent night on Thursday.  If you did not have the opportunity to attend we are sending home information packets with our current students.  If your student does not yet attend Howard-Winn please stop in or call the school office and we can get you an information packet.

Our Learning This Week.....

Preschool Rockin Recycle Band!

Transitional Kindergarten

Mrs. Marr's TK class coded the Dash robot to play their own musical creations 
using the Xylo App!

The students have been learning about the Earth the past two weeks. They have focused on ways to take care of the Earth. Students have great ideas for ways they can help be caretakers of the Earth.  Their study of people has included making life size paper people. Students cut out pictures of foods and animals they like and added drawings of their families, pets, and favorite toys. As they learned about themselves they have compared that to what they learned about people around the world.


We can read funny books

We share our passions with books

Find seed coat, new plant, and plant food

Working on JiJi ST Math

Creating a PicKid collage to show our 3-D shape search around room

Learning about chicks and incubators from high school students

Using shapes to make other shapes & sharing what we made

Second graders celebrating Earth Day, cleaning up around the school!

Earth Day research

We were busy picking up trash for Earth Day!

ST Math work in 3rd grade

Loving our Spanish lesson today from our mentors! 

Using the Poplet app to organize research

Working on our class timeline

Working on subtracting fractions

Working on Osmo

Using manipulative to help us "see" our math

Circulatory System at Work

Math facts warm-up to get our brains going! 

Cracker experiment to investigate the digestive process 

An investigation into how the digestive system works 

6th graders gathering evidence for Holocaust research paper. 

Creating our Ancient Greek labyrinth mazes

What is a reciprocal anyway? Let me show you!

3D animal cell school science project


May 2             No School--Teacher Inservice
May 2-6          National Teacher Appreciation Week
May 3             Iowa STEM Tour (Lieutenant Governor to tour our schools)
May 4             District Advisory Meeting 6:00 p.m. in the Discovery Center
May 5             3rd Grade Field Trip & 5th Grade Field Trip
May 5             1st and 2nd Grade Music Program at 7:30