Friday, August 26, 2016

JCC Admin Update August 26, 2016

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

The 3R's for Learning: Relationships, Relationships, Relationships.  Last Tuesday was a wonderful "pre-party" for the 2016-17 school year. Scheduled Parent -Teacher conferences in the Elementary, Homebase for computer deployment and the "mini" schedule for parents to follow their students daily schedule at Secondary, CADET NATION is ready to ROCK! 

THANK YOU to all for your cooperation and flexibility in the start to the school year. In spite of the flooding Wednesday, our "restart" Thursday went off without a hitch.  THANK YOU!!  

TLC: Enhancing Learning, Accelerating Change
This fall Howard-Winn will join other school district's from across the state to make operational the Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) initiative.  For the last 24 months, Howard-Winn stakeholders have been working to design a plan that meets State expectations AND supports Howard-Winn's vision of change and achievement.  

Our plan focuses on providing differentiated support and resources for teachers, by teachers. 

Job descriptions/responsibilities have been created and applicants interviewed and selected. We are good to go!
Teacher Leaders for 2016-17:
Kelly Sorenson, Kim Kerian & Heather Suckow
Lynn Murray (English/Language Arts K-6)
Casey Rausch, Michelle Midthus, Alicia Martin, Libby Schwade & Jerry Steffen
Tiffany McCabe (Culture, Climate & Safety; PBIS Grades K-6)
Doug Sickles (Culture, Climate & Safety; IS3 Grades 7-12)
Justin Denner (CBE/Standards-Based Grading)
Brenda Lentz

Mark your calendar: All Sports Booster Club membership drive coming your way! 
Sunday, August 28 beginning at 4:00. Cadet student-athletes will be going "door to door" throughout CADET NATION! 

Be part of the EXCITEMENT that is CADET NATION!  

IMPORTANT: Elementary Parking and Football Admission Gates
Two items to take note of:
  • With new staff parking at the K-8 building, parents are asked to use the parking directly in front of the building AND NOT PARK IN THE YELLOW MARKED DRIVE. This is for the safety of children and pedestrians.
  • Admission to Football Friday nights will be through the Main North gate (facing the high school) and at the visitor gate on the East end of the Stadium (next to NICC). There will no longer be an admission gate by the Solar Panels. This is because it is not handicapped accessible, it is uneven ground, and will keep folks away from the Solar Panels and the Band as they warm up.
THANK YOU #2020HowardWinn TEAM!

Mr. Trende's TEAM has been working fast and hard to get the building ready to go. Transportation Director Swestka diligently has been putting together Bus Routes. Cheryl Dickman and the Food Service TEAM are ready to feed us. Ms. Klenke and Harold Jensen THANK YOU for TECH rollout and support!

#CADETNATION is not one, but all of us, pulling together. Innovation and creativity is also not limited to the GREAT work going on in the classroom, but can be found throughout the organization. ROCK STAR Custodian Jerry Palmersheim's T-shirt says it all: "Let me drop everything and work on your problem". THANK YOU Jerry for designing and building the classroom charging stations for the iPads.  You need to get that copyrighted!

ACT: College Readiness
We received ACT test results from last years cadre of students. It is important to note that the ACT test is a "dot to dot" paper and pencil test. The over all 21.7 composite score of Howard-Winn students who took the test last spring, is but .4 off the State average of 22.1.

College Ready
ACT has found that students ready for College-Level Coursework generally score well in College English/Composition, College Algebra, College Social Studies, and Biology. If you look at the far right column, the State average is 32% and Howard-Winn score is 33%.  
Be sure to check out the "ACT Composite Score of 30 or Higher" in the Crestwood High School Cafeteria. Way to go Nicole, Gretchen, Michaela and Noah!

This about says it all!  The 2016-17 school
year is "o - fish - ally" started.  

Have a wonderful year to ALL! 

Grow and GO!

What is coming up!
Monday, August 29
 Choir Booster Meeting at CHS
Tuesday, August 30
 9/JV/V VB vs South Winneshiek (H)
Thursday, September 1
 B/G Junior High Cross Country at Charles CIty
 Varsity B/G Cross Country at Charles City
Friday, September 2
 9th grade FB vs Decorah (H)
 Varsity FB vs Decorah (H)
Saturday, September 3
 JV VB Tournament at Independence

Monday, September 5

August 26th, 2016 - Crestwood Secondary

Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12) 
Twitter: @Crestwood_HS

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

Events for the Week of August 27th - September 2nd   
Saturday, August 27th:
                FFA State Livestock and Dairy Foods competition @ Ames
                Choir Senior Trip to Chanhassen and Renaissance Festival

Sunday, August 28th:
                Choir Senior Trip to Chanhassen and Renaissance Festival

Monday, August 29th:
6:30         Choir Booster Meeting in CHS Music Room                                

Tuesday, August 30th:
9:00          High School Success Team Meeting 
5:30          Home 9/JV/V VB  vs. South Winneshiek                                            

Wednesday, August 31st:
5:30          NEIC Administrator Meeting in New Hampton                    
Thursday, September 1st:
4:00           JH Cross Country @ Charles City
4:30           Varsity Girls and Boys Cross Country @ Charles City

Friday, September 2nd: 
5:00           Home 9th grade FB vs. Decorah                     
7:30           Home Varsity FB vs. Decorah

Lunch Schedule Change

It was a great first day, but not with out a few hiccups.  Those hiccups are something that we will be able to work through. One thing we noticed was congestion in the Student Center during lunch time. Additional seating has been brought in and we also have decided to make some adjustments to the lunch schedule; making each lunch period slightly longer. This will allow for adequate time for food preparation, serving, dishes, seating, and additional time for students to eat and socialize with peers.

The changes to the schedule are in Homebase and 5th period only.  All other periods are the same.  Homebase will start at the same time, but will be 6 minutes shorter.  Each lunch period is 2 minutes longer.

This schedule went in to effect on Friday, August 26th.

Back to School Conferences
Thank you to those who were able to attend the back to school conference day on Tuesday, August 23rd. We had 104 families that were able to take advantage of a scheduled conference time in the afternoon.  That is about 17% of our students represented.

94% (565/598) of students were able to come to school to receive their laptop during the homebase time, or sometime during the day.  

During the evening portion, students and families were able to make their way around the buildings to find classrooms, ask questions, and hear a little about each class.  Rough estimates indicate we had varied interest in this portion of the night. Anywhere from 10-20 percent (some classrooms more, some less) of students and families were able to drop in to classrooms during this time.  Data shows the time was most utilized by 7th and 9th grade families.

PowerSchool Parent Notifications
Directions to Set Up PowerSchool Email Notification for Parents
Part of the Laptop Rollout included instructions to sign up for PowerSchool email notifications.  If you were not able to get signed up, please follow the directions below.

PowerSchool's Parent Portal provides real-time access for parents to their child's grades, attendance, and more. PowerSchool also offers parents the opportunity to have daily, weekly, bi-weekly and monthly emails sent to their email accounts. Follow these instructions to enable PowerSchool to send you emails.

  1. Log in to PowerSchool.
  2. On the left-side navigation bar, click on Email Notification.

  1. Select the information you would like sent to you, and how often.  
  2. If you have other email addresses you would like this information sent to, enter it in the Additional Email Addresses field.
  3. If you have more than one child attending Howard-Winneshiek CSD, check mark the option to Apply these settings to all your students.
  4. If you would like PowerSchool to send you an email right away, check mark the option to Send now.10-17-2013_8-34-37_AM.png
  5. When you are finished click on Submit.
  6. If successful, you will see this message at the top of your screen:


Real Colors® Professional Development

The world of education has changed dramatically since the establishment of the traditional K-12 and university structures. Reaching today’s students and keeping their interest is more challenging than ever before.

On Monday, secondary teacher took part in a Real Colors® workshop. Real Colors offers essential tools for educators that can help them meet challenges, and achieve new levels of success with students, parents and coworkers. During this work shop participants discovered exciting new ways to inspire and motivate students, find out how to adapt to distinctive learning styles and much more!
The goal of the workshop was to provide participants with the skills to:
  • understand human behavior
  • uncover motivators specific to each temperament
  • identify their own—and other people’s—Real Colors and personal strengths
  • understand the different ways people process information
  • communicate with others in the most effective way possible—including hearing what they’re really saying
  • recognize and appreciate the strengths and viewpoints of others

Below is some feedback from participants in the workshop:

The best take-away I have from this presentation is…

  • an understanding why students (and adults) act the way they do 
  • I can use this to help teach kids of all colors (temperament) 
  • how to structure class for all learning styles 
  • what each color means and the boosters and barriers for each temperament 
  • everyone is different and that is essential to keeping life fun and interesting 
  • we need to be aware of the different colors of our students and help them be successful 
  • helped to understand who I am and how others think and why 
  • concrete ideas to use with students who do not work in the same way I do 
  • a better understanding of why students act the way they do in class - also made me realize why I sometimes may have butted heads with students in the past; their temperament is the exact opposite of mine.
Shoulder Straps for Computer Bags
If your student didn't notice (which many did), there was something missing from their computer bag this year... shoulder straps.

The Tech Department will not be issuing shoulder straps for computers this year.

It has been determined that the straps have been used to swing the computers which is causing them damage by striking them against the floor or walls.

Thanks for your understanding. For some students, it might take a little getting used to but will hopefully limit the damage to computers.

Meet Mr. Bouska

What grade levels and subjects do you teach?
H.S. Special Education

Where did you attend college?

Luther College 

How many years have you been an educator? How many years at Howard-Winn?

9th in education, 1st at Howard-Winn
Was there a particular event or person that inspired you to become an educator?
Chris Lentz 

What is your favorite thing about Howard-Winn? 

The collaboration amongst staff and administration.

More about Mr. Bouska:
Son: Bennett
Dog: Sunny
Hobbies: Golf, Fish, Hunt, Farm, & Golf 

August 26, 2016 Preschool & Elementary

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

Dear Parents and Students,
THANK YOU for attending your child's Back To School Conference.  The staff really enjoyed this time with parents. Teachers were able to inform parents and students about grade level standards and curriculum, the daily schedule of the classroom, pupil progress reporting, special programs, the classroom/school behavior plan, classroom expectations and other pertinent information. Parents and students also had the opportunity to ask questions and discuss any specific individual concerns with the teacher. Students brought in their classroom supplies, got to know the teacher and became a little more familiar with the room.

Howard-Winn is utilizing these conferences to better connect and build meaningful relationships with parents and students before the school year starts. Kids do better in school when parents are involved in their academic lives. Attending back-to-school conferences is a great way to establish that relationship. We will extend this relationship by also providing Parent-Teacher conferences in November and again in February. These conferences are a chance to continue conversations between parents and teachers, and to discuss strategies to help students do their best in class. Meetings between the parents and the teacher also let students know that what goes on in school will be shared at home. Parents are also encouraged to request meetings with teachers, principals, school counselors, or other school staff at any time during the school year if they have questions or concerns. 

Weather Alerts, School Delays and Closures
Photo from Monitor Recorder Facebook page

Thank you for your vigilance in monitoring the weather this week.  It was very unexpected to already have to cancel school because of weather.  The flooding in some areas was unbelievable.  I hope that your family was able to stay safe.  As we move into the school year and later into the winter weather season keeping informed about weather conditions and school closures is a priority. If road conditions are in question we will always start with a 2 hour delay. The two hour late start gives us time to completely evaluate the situation. The goal is to have "2 hour late starts" announced prior to 6:00 a.m.  
How will this be communicated? You have several options:
Twitter at #2020HowardWinn (Instantly know!)
School Messenger: This is an option you can subscribe to in PowerSchool. It will give you the option to receive an email, text message or voice mail to your phone. You may call the office at the elementary if you have questions (563-547-2300).
IOWA SCHOOL ALERTS HAS CHANGED: If you used to receive notification in the past please sign up with the new system Go to: to subscribe.

Area TV and Radio station will also be notified. Please note that if you use a text service from a TV station it may be as much as 30 minutes lag time from when they post it and when it is announced on Social Media.

Resource for student and family support!
Here at Howard-Winneshiek we have a great resource for families that are seeking support to deal with issue in their lives. Mrs. Denise Headington is a great resource for families to connect with.  She works to support families and will work collaboratively with our Howard-Winn staff. She brings many experiences including working for the Iowa Department of Human Services, Lutheran Services in Iowa, and Holy Family Catholic Schools Dioceses of Dubuque.  If you would like to contact Mrs. Headington please call the office 563-547-2300 or email her at



The Crestwood Cadet football players, coaches, and cheerleaders enjoy the support of the younger fans.  However, while attending these school-sponsored events students need to follow these guidelines:

1. No footballs or balls of any type are to be brought in to the stadium.

2. Student made-up football games or any other games are not to be played.

3. Students are to remain around the stadium area. They are not to go out to the practice field area. They must also remain off of the equipment around the football complex.

4. Students are to remain quiet and show respect during the playing of the National Anthem.

5. Students are to remain off the top row of seats of the bleachers and refrain from leaning over the rail and dropping items on spectators.

6. Students should not be running when entering the crowded stadium stands.

7. Students are to listen to the supervising staff members and follow their guidelines.

8. Students from Crestwood are to remain on the home side of the football complex.

Consequences for not following the above listed guidelines:
1. 1st Violation of evening- Student/s will be warned to return to stadium bleacher area by adult supervisors.

2. 2nd Violation of evening- Adult supervisors will ask for name of student/s.
Parents will be notified that student/s will be escorted out of the stadium.
Student/s name will be put on a list. Student/s on this list will not be allowed to attend remainder of home football games. This list will be in the ticket booth for each home event.

As school staff we want the football season to be an enjoyable experience for all. Through attendance at these events school spirit is fostered and developed. The following of these guidelines will insure the successful start of our high school sports season.

Please visit with your child about proper behavior at sporting events and remind them that they are there to watch the game.


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 continues to sponsor a Classroom Redemption Collection. Students are encouraged to ask friends, neighbors and out town and in town relatives to start collecting on your behalf.  Funds raised from these efforts are used to purchase materials, supplies, and other things for the building and students.  Please be generous in your support for our PTO.


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