Friday, August 26, 2016

Terese Jurgensen ~ Director of Student Services ~ August 26th, 2016

Welcome to School!
I was so happy to be welcomed to the first day of school by this happy young man, practicing his Cadet Pride and outstanding manners! We had a wonderful first day of school, and it was great to be back amongst the students and staff! I have to admit this was the first time I have ever experienced a "No School" day on the "original" first day of school, but one never knows about the weather in Iowa. We have a lot of wonderful things planned for the students this year.  During the next few days, the elementary staff, led by Tiffany McCabe, our guidance counselor, will be practicing Cadet Pride expectations in the common areas of the lunchroom, hallways, playground, and bathrooms. These unstructured areas are often difficult for students to manage, as they are busy times with a lot of bodies. Our Cadet Pride expectations are Responsible, Respectful, Caring and Trustworthy!
                                                                                                                        An Elementary Student uses his Cadet Pride!

At Howard-Winneshiek CSD 
Attendance Matters!  



We want you here, so that you can learn, find your passions in life and achieve your dreams!  Please listen carefully, so that we can help alleviate any confusion for attendance. We will be regularly recognizing students that have positive, good attendance in our local newspapers and social media presence. We want our students here!


COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE 
A school district's primary obligation is the education of its students.” “School districts may define by policy what are excused and unexcused absences. The determination of whether an absence is excused is made by the school, not by the parent.” (In re Donald and Katherine Blaess, 4 D.P.I. App. Dec. 118 (1985).


Attendance Policy Revisions:
The Howard-Winneshiek School Board approved a new Attendance Policy in accordance with the new Every Student Succeeds Act in July, 2016. This policy review and update(s) took over one year and parents, businesses, community members, teachers, students and administrative staff had valuable input to these changes and updates. To see and download the entire policy – please see our Student Handbook located on the website. You can find it under Centers - All handbooks have the same policy outlines.

Key Points:
1. If your son/daughter is going to be absent – please call the building secretary prior to 8:00 a.m.

2. If your son/daughter is sick and is going to a doctor (chiropractor, dentist, therapist etc.) in order for the absence to be counted as Excused, a doctor’s note must accompany the child upon return to the school.

3.  Student Illness - after 3 days, a doctor’s note must accompany the child upon return to the school district. If obtaining a doctor’s note is a financial hardship, the family may bring their child to school and the school nurse will do a well-child check and the nurse will give their recommendation.

4.  Athletes/Student Activities: A student who is absent during any portion of the day shall be ineligible to participate in any practices, games or contests, unless accompanied with a doctor’s note or additional documentation upon return to school. The final determination for participation will rest with the building administration.


5.  Skipping Class - 3 skipped classes (including study halls and home base) will result in the creation of an attendance contract and may include after school detentions and up to .5 ISS

6.  Subject to Iowa State Law, a high school student may be withdrawn from a course upon the fifth unexcused absence to the class with a grade of W.

7. COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE “A school district's primary obligation is the education of its students.” “School districts may define by policy what are excused and unexcused absences. The determination of whether an absence is excused is made by the school, not by the parent.” (In re Donald and Katherine Blaess, 4 D.P.I. App. Dec. 118 (1985).

8. Letters will be sent home if a student has excessive unexcused absences. The first letter is sent at 5, the second will be sent at 8 and accompanied by a school meeting and if a student has 10 unexcused absences, a letter will be sent home, a meeting scheduled, and a copy of this letter will be sent to the Howard County Attorney.



Tardiness to Class:
If a student is tardy 3 times to class, they will serve a detention with this classroom teacher. If the student skips this detention, it will be written up as a Major Office Referral and sent to the administration.
We will be regularly recognizing students that have positive, good attendance in our local newspapers and social media presence. We want our students here!
#2020HowardWinn





 Mrs. Schwade starts off the year with awesome Spanish students!






Welcome back to all of our associate support staff!  We appreciate you!






To the right here is Linda Walter, Holly Palo and Dory Fravel. These ladies serve some of our special education students for the middle elementary grades. Thank you, Ladies for all you do!












  Max Garcia - 
Holocaust Survivor
To the left is Max Garcia, the father of Michelle Garcia Winner, author of Social Thinking, the social-emotional strategies we use here at Howard-Winn. I met Max this summer at the Social Thinking Conference and bought his book, "Auschwitz, Auschwitz...I Cannot Forget You" 

Mr. Garcia's story and his life is both unforgettable and unreal. We sat for several hours discussing what it was like to spend several years in a total of 4 different concentration camps. It is a story that must be told and in Max's words, "I am a missionary! Our future generations must know the truth, so it is not repeated!" 


I am excited to announce, that Howard-Winneshiek CSD is partnering with the Howard County Foundation and the National Historical Society to bring Max Garcia to Cresco on Tuesday, September 27th to share his story with our students and also to present to the community at the Cresco Theater from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Copies of Max's book will be sold at the theater that evening, and he will sign every copy. If you would like to get a copy of Max's book before the event, you may email me, Terese Jurgensen or call me at (563) 929-6344. I have 50 copies available, and I know they will go quickly. They cost $20, and I promise you, it will be a book that you will not be able to put down! 



Have a great week-end!!!

Please do not hesitate to reach me, 
Terese Jurgensen at
tjurgensen@howard-winn.k12.ia.us
(563) 929-6344





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