Friday, November 18, 2016

Nov.18, 2016 JCC Admin Update

Happy Thanksgiving!
No School November 23-25
Classes resume Monday, November 28
District Perspective
Superintendent / Activities Director
John Carver
Office: 563-547-2762
Twitter: johnccarver      
SKYPE: johnccarver

APPLAUSE, APPLAUSE for Mr. Bieber and CADET 2nd graders on a FANTASTIC concert!
Wonderful music and talented young people!  THANK YOU Mr. Bieber and the 2nd grade teachers for your dedication, patience, and commitment! 

#2020Howard-Winn: the "edge of the cutting edge"
Looking back at last week, I can't help but reflect that what is "normal" at Howard-Winn is special and unique in other places.  

SKYPING from Arlington Cemetery and the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, students were able to see the Changing of the Guard and witness the honor and reverence given to those who have served our country, making the ultimate sacrifice.   

For the third time in four years, the Howard-Winn story was shared with folks charged with creating national policy and direction. Contributing to conversations and thinking with superintendents from across the United States, staff from the U.S. Department of Education and White House Domestic Policy Council, Howard-Winn was referred to as being the "edge of the cutting edge". 

Last Thursday professors from the University of Northern Iowa were on site connecting with Howard-Winn educators, visiting classrooms and seeing firsthand what 21st century teaching and learning looks like.  It is important to note they asked to come and see the happenings at CADET NATION.  

Joining hundreds of Board members from across the state to connect and learn, Board of Education members Toni Johnson, Karlos McClure, and Board President Duane Bodermann, along with Business Manager / Board Secretary Clint Farlinger and I attended the Iowa Association of School Boards State Convention in Des Moines.  A big "take away" from the experience is that nobody in Iowa is educating students any better than Howard-Winn!  

Keynote speaker John Draper, National Consultant, National School Public Relations Association, had Howard-Winn representatives participate in his presentation. Very Cool!

The bottom line in all of this is the energy, excitement and action happening in each and every classroom in CADET NATION. The commitment of all is to serve and empower the young people!  

Running Back: Spencer Cuvelier, Crestwood (Cresco) Receivers: Clayton Ollendieck, Crestwood (Cresco)
Offensive Linemen: Jordan Girolamo, Jared Haskin, Crestwood (Cresco)
Interior Defensive Linemen: Dawson Rasmusson, Crestwood (Cresco)
Outside Linebacker/Defensive End: Alex Kerian, Crestwood (Cresco)
Inside Linebacker: Isaiah Passmore, Crestwood (Cresco) Defensive Back: Austin McAllister, Crestwood (Cresco) Utility: Casey Ollendieck, Crestwood (Cresco) Most Valuable Offensive Player: Spencer Cuvelier, Crestwood (Cresco)
And congratulations to Chris Lentz, District 2 Coach of the Year

Learning at Howard-Winn Last Week Looked like....
Coming up in CADET NATION
Monday, November 21
 4:15 PM 7/8 grade Wrestling at CJH
 JV/V GBB vs Clayton Ridge (H)
 Band Booster Meeting in CHS Band Room
Tuesday, November 22
 7th grade GBB vs New Hampton (T) & 8th grade GBB (H)
Wednesday, November 23
 NICC - No classes
 NO SCHOOL - Teacher In-service/Workday
Thursday, November 24
 NICC - No classes
Friday, November 25
 NICC - No classes
 Cresco Santa Parade
Monday, November 28
 National Honor Society at CHS auditorium
Tuesday, November 29
 4:15 pm 7/8 grade Wrestling at Crestwood Junior High
 JV/V GBB vs Prairie Du Chien (H)
 JV/V BBB vs Cedar Falls (T)
Thursday, December 1
 JV/V GBB vs South WInneshiek (H)
 7th grade GBB vs Oelwein (T) & 8th grade GBB (H)
 JV/V BBB vs South WInneshiek (H)
 Varsity Wrestling Dual vs North Butler @ TBA
Friday, December 2
 Junior High Vocal Concert
 Varsity Wrestling Tournament at Independence 


November 18, 2016 - Crestwood Secondary

Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12)

Events for the weeks of Nov. 19th - Dec. 2nd:  
Saturday, November 19th:
                      All State Music Festival in Ames

Monday, November 21st:                           
7:30             Teacher Quality Meeting
4:15             Home 7-8 grade Wrestling 
6:15             Home JV Girls BB vs. Clayton Ridge
7:15             Band Booster Meeting in the CHS Music Room
7:30             Home Varsity Girls BB vs. Clayton Ridge

Tuesday, November 22nd:     
7:45             7-8 Teacher Meeting in Mr. Wiley's room
9:00             9-12 Success Meeting
4:15             Home 8th GBB vs. New Hampton

4:15             7th GBB @ New Hampton
Wednesday, November 23rd:      
                     No School - Teacher Inservice

Thursday, November 24th:
                     No School - Happy Thanksgiving  

Friday, November 25th:     
                     No School

Monday, November 28th:     
7:00              National Honor Society Induction Ceremony in the CHS Auditorium

Tuesday, November 29th:     
7:35              Secondary BLT Meeting in the CHS Media Center

9:00              9-12 Success Meeting
4:15              Home 7-8 grade Wrestling 
6:00              Home JV Girls BB vs. Prairie Du Chien
6:15              JV Boys BB @ Cedar Falls
7:15              Home Varsity Girls BB vs. Prairie Du Chien
7:30              Varsity Boys BB @ Cedar Falls

Wednesday, November 30th:     
1:45              7-8 Success Team Meeting  

Thursday, December 1st:     
1:45              Alternative School Meeting 
4:15              Home 8th GBB vs. Oelwein
4:00              Home JV Girls BB vs. South Winneshiek
4:15              7th GBB @ Oelwein
5:15              Home JV Boys BB vs. South Winneshiek
5:30              Varsity Wrestling Dual @ Nashua-Plainfield   
6:30              Home Varsity Girls BB vs. South Winneshiek
7:45              Home Varsity Boys BB vs. South Winneshiek

Friday, December 2nd:        
7:00               Area Sector Board Meeting at NICC - Cresco Center 
5:00               Varsity Wrestling Tournament @ Independence
7:30               Junior High Vocal Concert in the CHS Auditorium

Competency Based Education - CBE
For the past three years Howard-Winneshiek has been one of 10 schools in the state selected to be on the Competency Based Education Statewide Design TeamThe Iowa CBE Collaborative Design Team has been engaged in collaborative inquiry to investigate, develop, and implement competency-based educational pathways for their students and create a framework to guide the statewide implementation of CBE.
Competency Based Education is different from traditional education in that it breaks from the credit hour, today’s prevailing measure of student progress. Instead of awarding credits based on how much time students spend learning, this model awards credits based on whether students can prove they have mastered competencies—the skills, abilities, and knowledge required in an area of study.  The competencies are further broken down into standards for each subject area and course - this allows students to know what they need to know and be able to demonstrate learning in each course.  This type of system lends itself well to a standards based grading system. 
Standards based grading is reporting student achievement by clearly communicating progress toward learning targets in a timely, accurate, and specific manner.

  • Assessment is meaningful and a positive learning experience for students.
  • Students receive rapid, differentiated support based on their individual learning needs.
  • Clearly communicates with parents and students how well learners currently understand the course objectives/standards/competencies.
  • A system that encourages student reflection and responsibility.

What is the purpose of Standards-Based Grading?
  • Clearly communicates with parents and students how well learners currently understand the course objectives/standards/competencies.

What is Standards Based Instruction? 
In a standards based learning system, teachers report how their students are performing in relation to the standards set forth by the Iowa Department of Education. Student behavior including work habits, ability to work with others, coming to class prepared, etc. is separated from the academic data and reported separately. Students receive feedback regarding how they are performing academically as measured against content standards rather than an overall grade for a course. This is important to note, students receive a proficiency report describing how they are performing in relationship to a standard rather than a grade that is derived from accumulating points, averaging across the term, and assigning a letter value. 

Why move towards converting to Standards Based methods? 
By using a standards based reporting system we are following the results of educational research and best practice. Standards based instruction has the potential to provide a rich array of information on a student's academic progress. 

In short, teachers will focus on four essential questions. 
1. What do students need to know and be able to do? 
2. How will we know that they have learned it? 
3. What will we do when they haven't learned it? 
4. What will we do when they already know it? 

What are the advantages of Standards-Based Grading?
1. Intentional instruction aligned to standards
2. Students and Teachers can gauge students’ progress per standard
3. Accurate representation of knowledge
4. No busy work, or inflated grades
5. Promotes intrinsic motivation
6. Doesn’t penalize students for mistakes made during the learning process
7. Efficient grading and use of time

Crestwood Secondary School has completed heavy work in this area the past several years. Through the collective and collaborative efforts of students and teachers, the successes of the past will serve to be a basis of future promise and hope of an academic system which is truly student centered.

"The promise of standards based grading is that both teachers and students will have a clearer conception of what needs to be learned and of what constitutes successful performance." 

UNI Education Department Visit

Professors from the Educator Preparation Department at the University of Northern Iowa visited this week.  We were able to connect, collaborate, and share ideas.  We were able to tour the schools and step into a few classrooms during the day.

Sports Schedules

Visit and click on "Crestwood" in the right margin to find the most up-to-date schedules for all Crestwood Cadet athletic programs. 

Weather Alerts, School Delays, and Closures
As we move 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 high school office if you have questions (563-547-2764).

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.

NICC Classes:

If classes are canceled at Howard-Winn they are also canceled at NICC - Cresco Center.

If we have a 2-hour delay, NICC classes that are scheduled to start before 10:00 AM will be canceled.  Those classes that are scheduled to start after 10:00 AM will be held as scheduled.

Area TV and Radio stations 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.

Terese Jurgensen ~ Director of Student Services ~ November 18th, 2016

Iowa Culture & Language Conference 2016

Our ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher, Alicia Martin and I attended the Iowa Culture and Language Conference in Coralville, Iowa this week. It was an outstanding conference and one that I wish every Howard-Winneshiek teacher could attend.

The reason I say that I would like to see every teacher attend an ELL Conference is because at the end of the day, teaching English as a Second Language is just plain good teaching! The domains of ESL are similar to the English Language Arts content areas of reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing. These are used in every class and in every content area. I will briefly outline here what is needed when general education and ELL teachers partner together to teach our English Learners the most important elements of learning a language by  Making Content Comprehensible and Developing Academic Language

During the conference I was able to attend a workshop that made the Italian Language content comprehensible and began to to help me develop the academic language of Italian. It was super fun! The presenter was John Seidilitz and the title of the presentation was "Monitoring Effective Instruction for English Learners." I was super surprised to learn that I had walked into an EL classroom! Mr. Seidilitz outlined the power of visuals, using hand gestures and signals, engaging dialogue, inflection of voice and of course, humor. Leaning the language was fun, and the room was filled with over 85 administrators engaged and encouraged to learn! Here is an outline of ELP Standards that are coaching tools and effective means of instruction when students are in our schools that do not have English as their first language. The reader will notice that these standards are vital in teaching all students. Here are a few that were outlined at the conference:
  • Teacher posts and explains clearly defined content objectives aligned to the Iowa Core.
  • Teacher posts and explains clearly defined language objectives aligned to the ELP Standards.
  • Teacher clearly communicates key concepts, words, phrases, and directions for instructional tasks to students using visuals, gestures, native language resources as needed.
  • Teacher aligns the content to the language development level.
  • Teacher provides procedural scaffolding for students - sentence stems, modeling, instruction on how to use strategies.
  • Teacher provides opportunities to write using academic English.
  • Teacher provides opportunities for student to listen and speak using academic and social language.
  • Students have the opportunity to demonstrate understanding of content.

We all know that the issue of English Language Learners and immigration was a "hot topic" during this presidential campaign and will most likely be a hot topic for many years to come. This issue was addressed in great detail during the conference. One of the most serious issues is that many of our English Language Learners here in the United States are legal citizens of the United States, but there parents are not. I learned that it costs, on the average about $20,000 dollars for an immigrant to become a citizen of the United States of America. I had no idea!  Here are some other numbers that opened my eyes:

  • 11 million undocumented immigrants in US.
  • 5.5 million are children.
  • 80% children are US citizens.
  • 91% of children under 6 years old are citizens.
  • On average, 1-2 citizen children are in every school in US.
  • These children live in constant fear of being deported (or families being deported).

These numbers shocked me and what is more important, what are we going to do if we do not educate these children? It is something we take very seriously here at Howard-Winneshiek CSD. 

Last spring we had an influx of English Language Learners arrive at our door. The majority of them did not speak any English and would be what is referred to as a SLIFE STUDENT. 
SLIFE stands for: Student with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education. Many immigrant children are forced to move often in search of jobs and a place to call home. What happened in Lime Springs, with Upper Iowa Beef, is a good example. The doors were opened, families uprooted in the hopes of having a better life and three months later the doors were closed. I met one of our parents and a student affected by this last summer. The parent informed me that they LOVED our school and all that we had done for them, but they had to move because the work was gone. His little girl had once introduced herself to me and said her name. I asked her if she was from Guatamala? She said, "No, I am from Iowa." It was precious. 

Currently, at Howard-Winneshiek CSD, we have 14 English Learners spread across our elementary through the high school. We have a .25 ESL teacher, Alicia Martin, as I mentioned earlier and without the support of our excellent teachers throughout the district, we would not be able to educate these children. I was again convinced, over the last few days, that HWCSD is set apart in meeting the challenging needs of so many students and giving our students the best, most innovative education. 

When and if we see another influx of English Language Learners at Howard-Winneshiek, I know we will rise up to the challenge. Our teachers and community care deeply for kids. We will utilize the ENGAGE Model for EL's and all of our students will benefit.

The ENGAGE Model:
E - Establish a shared vision grounded in deep understanding of EL’s (culture/history).
N - Name & use relevant experience of EL’s.
G - Gather and analyze EL - specific data.
A - Align standards-based assessment & grading - in accord with linguistic & content development.
G - Ground standards-based instruction in both content & Language Development.
E - Examine results to inform and drive next steps.

ESSA- Every Student Succeeds Act:
At Howard-Winneshiek CSD, "Our mission is to prepare and empower our students to think creatively, serve, contribute and succeed locally and globally." We have to be honest with ourselves, the world has come to our towns and cities. We need to be a part of the solution, not only because the federal government has mandated it, but because it is the right thing to do. Last year, the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, directed more attention to English Language Learners. This new federal education law replaced No Child Left Behind last December, and it could mean a big change for ELL students and the schools that educate them. One ESSA provision dictates states move English learner instruction from Title III, the program it used to live under, to Title 1. Title I has more prominence and money. The law also dictates that ELL proficiency be part of the criteria that states use to hold schools accountable.
Have a great week!
If you need anything, or have a question, 
please do not hesitate to call me,
Terese Jurgensen, at
(563) 929-6344