Friday, September 30, 2016

JCC Admin Update September 30, 2016

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

The Howard-Winneshiek CommunitySchool District is committed to preparing and empowering young people to Think, Lead, and Serve. 

CADET NATION is on the move and closing in on the 2020 target that our children are the best prepared kids on the planet.  Identifying PASSIONS, connecting them to PROFESSIONS and developing the GRIT to get there is the way forward. 

  • A special "SHOUT OUT" to everyone who contributed to the 2016 Homecoming experience last weekend.  There were MANY who worked hard to make it special. The parade, the Pep assembly, the score board with videos, the spirit generated by the cheerleaders, the FANTASTIC football game, the wonderful halftime show by the Cadet Marching Band and the GREAT food served by the All Sports Booster Club and the Kiwanis, and so, so much more. Homecoming 2016 was OUTSTANDING!
  • Good Luck to the CADET MARCHING BAND as the continue their marching band competition season at Cedar Rapids. Then on to STATE! GREAT job on your 4th place finish last weekend! 
  • THANK YOU Scott Wiley for assisting with recruiting volunteer workers for the junior sporting events. YOU ROCK!
  • BEST of luck to the CADET CROSS COUNTRY TEAM as they host their Invitational Tournament here at Crestwood High School.  Despite the rain and the wet, Coach Obermann and the TEAM continue to succeed and achievement! #PROUD
  • CADET Volleyball and Football TEAMS continue to move forward! Sportsmanship, TEAM WORK, Competitive, all describe these coaches and young people. KEEP MOVING FORWARD! 

CADET NATION is developing GRIT, the inner power, the determination, and the self confidence to make dreams reality. Making dreams reality takes COURAGE and HARD WORK. TRAIN UGLY's Trevor Ragan and Holocaust survivor Max Garcia both have shared the same message: "the only one limiting yourself is you, and despite what ever condition you find yourself, having courage and a Growth Mindset is the difference between achievement and accomplishment, living or dying.  2020 Howard-Winn is a very special place and I am convinced that there are many "Norman Borlaugs" walking the halls today! Our mission is to inspire them to fulfill their potential!  CADETS FORWARD!

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

What is happening the week of October 3rd? 

Monday, October 3
 NO SCHOOL - Teacher In-service/Workday
Tuesday, October 4
 7th grade FB vs Waverly-Shell Rock (T) & 8th grade FB (H)
 7th grade VB vs Decorah (H) & 8th grade VB (T)
 9/JV/V VB vs Oelwein (H) Senior Night
Wednesday, October 5
 Greenhand Fire-Up @ Wapsie Valley
Thursday, October 6
 9th grade VB Conference Tournament at Waverly-Shell Rock
 JV VB Conference Tournament at CHS
 Varsity B/G Cross Country at New Hampton
Friday, October 7
 "Just for Kix" performing at the 9th grade halftime football game
 9th grade FB vs Garner-Hayfield (H)
 Varsity FB vs Garner-Hayfield (H)
Saturday, October 8
 IHSMA State Marching Competition @ Dubuque
 9th grade VB Tournament at Decora

September 30, 2016 - Crestwood Secondary

September 30, 2016 Preschool & Elementary

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

Dear Parents and Students,
Read Aloud
Reading aloud to young children is not only one of the best activities to stimulate language and cognitive
skills; it also builds motivation, curiosity, and memory. Reading aloud is widely recognized as the single most important activity leading to language development. Among other things, reading aloud builds word-sound awareness in children, a potent predictor of reading success. Research shows that the more words parents use when speaking to an 8-month-old infant, the greater the size of their child's vocabulary at age 3. The nurturing and one-on-one attention from parents during reading aloud encourages children to form a positive association with books and reading later in life. Reading aloud is a proven technique to help children cope during times of stress or tragedy.

Our elementary school guidance counselor, Mrs. Tiffany McCabe, is available to meet with students, parents, and teachers in their school. The counselor helps in the development of academic, personal, and social growth of the student and meets with students in classrooms, small groups, and on an individual basis.

Our guidance counselor is here to help children: 
  • understand themselves and others
  • to prevent problems from developing
  • to identify children with special needs
  • to provide crisis intervention
  • to develop personalized programs for students
  • to provide guidance related information and activities
  • to coordinate or facilitate efforts of the psychologist, social workers, parents and other care givers, teachers, students and administration
During the regularly scheduled classroom guidance times, the counselor provides age appropriate information and activities to all children in the areas of:
  • learning skills
  • self concept
  • personal safety
  • friendship/social skills
  • cooperation
  • alcohol and other drug information
  • making choices and understanding the consequences of various choices
  • feelings
  • career awareness
Individual and small group counseling can help children understand, accept and express feelings, develop social skills, make better choices, develop problem solving skills, and better understand how to deal with the problems and changes that life presents. Small groups are formed as needs arise. Some typical issues that can be addressed in counseling are: 
  • problems with unhappiness, anger and other feelings, social/friendship 
  • concerns, frequent school absences, classroom academic or behavior 
  • concerns, and coping with family issues such as drug and alcohol 
  • problems, violence, illness, death, absent parent, separation, divorce, or any other areas of concern.
Parents and other care givers are encouraged to call the counselor with any questions or concerns they have about their child, as well as any parenting questions or concerns they may have.


Join us on Thursday, October 6th, for “Stomp Out Bullying!” We are making a statement against bullying and cyberbullying to help stomp out bullying. We’re asking all students and adults to participate. By wearing a BLUE SHIRT in commitment to making that the day, bullying prevention is heard around Howard-Winn. School District!

Preschool Teachers Awarded Grants
Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative for Early Childhood announced this week the Farm to Early Childhood Mini Grant Awards. The Mini-Grant Awards are for $100 and will be used to support Farm to Early Education in the classroom. The awards will be used in a variety of ways to connect preschool age children to where their food comes from and introducing healthy eating habits.

Three Howard-Winneshiek preschool teachers were among those receiving the $100 awards. Congratulations to Sally Tieskoetter, Megan Merkel, and 
Kristi Holthaus,.

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, substitutes would be helping students to learn subject matter and/or skills  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 of town and in town relatives to start collecting on their 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.

Here's what we've been up to this week . . .


October 3           No School (Teacher Inservice)
October 5           6:00 District Advisory Meeting in Elem/JH Discovery Center
October 6           Cherrydale Fundraising Kick Off (sales close on October 20)
                           STOMP OUT BULLYING (wear Blue)
October 7           Fall Fitness Day
                           Grade 1 Field Trip to Children's Museum

Terese Jurgensen ~ Director of Student Services ~ September 30, 2016

Terese Jurgensen & Alicia Martin met Max Garcia
this summer during the Social Thinking Conference

"Children are our History's Future"
~Max Garcia

Max Garcia presented at Howard-Winneshiek Community Schools on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. One teacher told Max after he presented to the 6th-8th grade students, "You have changed our school forever!" Max's words were indeed powerful, passionate and pointed. I would like to share some of his words, here, in my weekly update, so that Max's words may resonate with our readers across the world. The excerpts below are taken from a speech that Max gave on May 12, 2012 at the location of the camp he was liberated from KZ Ebensee, Austria. These are the same stories he shared with us in Cresco. 

"Listen to your parents because they have had to learn lessons that they can hand to you." 

I am a Dutch Sephardic Jew. I have traveled here today from San Francisco, California, where I have made my home since after World War II. My younger sister, Sipporah, her nickname was "Sienie" had just celebrated her 16th birthday on November 24th, 1942, when a few days later she was picked up by the Nazi occupiers of Holland and sent to transit Camp Westerbork. A few days later, she was taken to KZ Auschwitz-Birkenau where she was gassed to death, murdered. When we learned of my sister's death, my mother tried to throw herself out of the window of our second floor apartment. My parent's were murdered, gassed, Destruction Camp Sobibor in Eastern Poland, on my mother's birthday, July 16, 1943. 

As Max relayed his story in two parts: the first his life as a boy prior to Nazi occupation of Holland and the second part his story of Auschwitz and the liberation, one could hear a pin drop in the high school auditorium as the students sat in rapt attention. Max, at times became quite passionate as his voice encouraged, indeed mandated our students to live a life full of promise and possibilities - to make their lives count. 

"To Live is to Take Risk!" 
 "It is an Exercise of Wanting to Live!"

"After the loss of my sister, my father thought it prudent that I should go into hiding, and he found a place for me through the underground in Amsterdam. I went into hiding, I was 18 years old. Hiding for me meant I was no longer allowed to wear shoes, only slippers. I could not go near a window or move about. When the lady of the house left, I could not flush a toilet and the only time I was let out of the apartment was to get my picture taken for a false ID card."

"You can't help who you are born like!"

When Max was discovered by the Nazi's and taken to Auschwitz, the terror that he shared as he was arrested, beaten and shipped in a cattle car was palpable. What amazed me the most, that through it all, Max's grit, perseverance and will to live was catalyst to his survival. It was this message, that our students, our community and the world need to hear today. Here is what happened when he arrived at Auschwitz. 

"I don't know how long we had been standing in that packed boxcar but about 4:30 a.m. all the doors were unlocked at the same time exposing the brightly lit platform area with a lot of men in striped outfits rushing about. There was a tremendous commotion and barking dogs. We men were separated from the women. Children stayed with their mothers. We were told to leave our baggage in the boxcars and to line up in rows of five."

"Since the age of 14, I had dreamt of 
becoming an architect."

In all your endeavors Lady Luck can play a great role. Take advantages of those opportunities." 

"At the front of our line-up was a small table behind which sat people in German uniforms who decided our destiny by flipping a thumb either to the left or right. Those of us who had been chosen to stay alive were taken to a two-story wooden barrack where we were told to remove all of our clothes except for our shoes and belt. Everything was thrown onto a heap in one corner of the room and each of us was handed a card on which we were ordered to write our name, the street we had lived on, our birthday and what our profession was. I wrote the word, carpenter, because I wanted to some day be an architect. After this, a number was tattooed on our left forearm. Mine was 139829."

Max Garcia also presented to Cresco and surrounding communities on Tuesday
evening at the Cresco Theater/Opera House. The theater was packed to overflowing!
Max's story is amazing in that his life was spared amazingly over the course of his years in the horrific death camp of Auschwitz. One of the most incredible stories Max shares involves getting a surgery, (although it was experimental) in Auschwitz that actually saved his life. 

"I began having severe pains in my belly. For the next 4 days I was back and forth to the clinic where they basically gave me two aspirins and a note excusing me from work duty. Finally, the following Monday, I was back at the clinic. The doctor, a fellow prisoner, looked at me and said, "Are you still here?" He picked up the telephone and called the SS doctor on duty and told him, "I have a Jewish boy here who has a 4 1/2 day acute appendicitis that can burst any moment, what do I do?" The doctor, replied, "Get him to the operating room. I'll be right over." 

Max was operated on by the SS Doctor for the sole purpose of him being able to see what the inside of a person looked like with an acute appendicitis "in color." While Max was used as an experiment, the good news is that it saved his life! The healing process was very slow, painful and difficult, but Max made up his mind that he was going to live! He was in fact one of 10% of the people who survived the death camp! One part of his message clearly stated that no one died in the death camps across Europe put there by the Nazi's. Each of them were murdered! 

Jack Thomson and Max Garcia sharing stories about World War II
This is a precious photo of men who have lived well and contributed to the world!
"On Sunday, May 13th, 1945, all citizens of Ebensee, children included, were ordered to visit Camp Ebensee so they would be able to see for themselves the dreadful situation. All women and girls of Ebensee were ordered to go back to the Camp and scrub and clean all barracks thoroughly and all men and boys of Ebensee were ordered to the US Army's Chief Medical Officer to help move all the corpses lying about the Camp to the ditch that had been dug along the road that connected Ebensee to Bad Ischl, along the Traun River. General George S. Patton, Jr. ordered this so the citizens of Ebensee will always know what had happened in their part of town." I have been a free man ever since.                                                                                                              
"Do not blindly follow fanatical thinkers who will feed on your fears to promise you everything!"

"When I was young, living in Amsterdam, my father insisted that I should learn some English; I resented his intrusions, but I did learn some English. When the tanks rolled into KZ Ebenzee to free the prisoners, I saw a man pull out a pack of cigarettes that I recognized from my days of learning English. Seizing the opportunity, I shouted to him the words that led to the luckiest break of my life, "It's been a long time since I have had a Lucky Strike!" The soldier asked me if I spoke English, and I said "yes." I became the translator for this American Army troop. I was under the care and protection of the United States Army." 

Max listens carefully to questions and shares his thoughts

News Channels KIMT and KTTC had excellent articles/news stories on Max's visit to Howard-Winneshiek CSD. You can see them here:

As for me, my life is changed forever. I loved having Max Garcia share with the students and community of Cresco. We could not have done this without the generous donation from the Howard-Winneshiek Community School Foundation, the Historical Society of Howard County and the amazing volunteers who made this happen. A deep thank you to all of you who made this happen!

Howard-Winneshiek Community School Foundation provided
the funds to bring Max to Cresco!

Max kept warm during his presentations with a Crestwood Blanket ~ when he
left San Francisco, it was almost 100 degrees!  Iowa was cold!


Have a great week! 

If you need anything, please do not 

hesitate to reach out to me!

Terese Jurgensen

(563) 929-6344

Thank you, Max Garcia!!!!!