Thursday, March 24, 2016

JCC March 26, 2016

No School Friday, March 25 and Monday March 28

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

The Crestwood FFA Chapter has a rich heritage and tradition of preparing young people to enter into the many fields of Agribusiness. This past week it was my honor and privilege to attend the 2016 FFA Awards Banquet.  It was inspirational to see the many students be recognized for their accomplishments. 

Mr. Adam's and the Chapter have my greatest respect. 

Instructional Hours 
Howard-Winn operates on Instructional Hours.  With the school closing on March 24 due to snow, "banked hours" have been exhausted.  We now have 6 hours of instructional time that needs to be made up. 

The plan is that this time, and any additional time, will be "made up" at the end of the school year. This will begin the afternoon of May 24, 2016. 

There may be additional lost instructional time due to weather, specifically fog. 

Again, from this point on lost instructional time will be added to the end of the school year.

School Funding for 2016-17
The Legislature has come to agreement, and recommended to Governor Branstad, a 2.25% increase in State funding to schools.  It is important to note from the release, of the 336 school districts "seventy-two will see no growth or a decline in regular school aid. Another 134 will see less than 2.25 percent growth in regular school aid."  This means that 2/3 of the Districts in Iowa, including Howard-Winn, are facing funding challenges.
The Governor still needs to sign the Legislature's recommendation.  

It goes without saying there are real challenges ahead of us, but with every challenge, there are also opportunities.  I believe that Howard-Winn is as well positioned as any District in Iowa to figure things out and move forward.  Stay positive and together we will make things happen.  At the end of the day it is about our young people.

2016-17 School Calendar DRAFT
This is the working DRAFT for the 2016-17 School calendar. It will be presented to the District Advisory Committee Wednesday, April 6 for input, a Public Meeting for input is scheduled for April 11 and Board Action to approve scheduled to follow.  It is noted that Martin Luther King is acknowledged as a legal holiday however classes will be in session that day.  
Please forward Calendar questions and or comments to 

Last week learning in CADET NATION looked like...

March 25, 2016 - Crestwood Secondary

Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12) 

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

Events for the Week of March 19th - March 25th             

Monday, March 28th:     
                     No School
                     No NICC Classes         

Tuesday, March 29th:

                     Cadet Council attending the Ed Thomas Leadership Academy
9:00              AEA Leadership Meeting

Wednesday, March 30th:
12:30           Planning and Scheduling Meeting

Thursday, March 31st:
4:30             Varsity Boys Track @ Waukon
7:00             District Wellness Meeting                    
Friday, April 1st:     
                    Project Lead The Way Summit in Ames
4:30             Varsity Girls Track @ North Fayette Valley                   

High School Class Registration

High School Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Hartman, spoke to 8th grade students this week to begin the process of registering for High School classes. The main topics included graduation requirements, the importance of regular attendance, and opportunities to be involved in clubs, activities, and athletics.

Standards Based Grading Conference
This past Wednesday we had a team of secondary teachers attend a Standards Based Grading Workshop hosted by Grantwood AEA. We plan to use what we learned to help provide better feedback to students and families about student learning.

What is Standards-Based Grading?
Standards based grading is a way of thinking about grading and assessments that more clearly communicates with parents and students how well learners currently understand the course objectives/standards/competencies.

The easiest way to explain standards-based grading is to compare it to traditional grading. Basically, standards-based grading is a method of grading in which students are assessed based on their mastery of a specific skill (standard), versus traditional grading in which a letter grade is assigned based on a combination of either related or unrelated assessments of skills.

HEROES Students at the State Capital
Members of the HEROES group from CHS spoke with legislators at the State Capital. They were also featured on the Helping Services of Northeast Iowa latest flyer. HEROES is a school organization based on helping other students and parents realize the risks of every substance. The mission of the group is to help people realize the true harm every substance can do to not only you, but everybody around you.

H - helping 
E - explain
R - risks 
O - of
E - every 
S - substance
Haley Stevenson, Whitney Slifka, and Michaela Pinter

Meet Mrs. Lentz:

What grade levels and subjects do you teach?
My primary role is working with high school students in multiple subject areas. I support students with study strategies, homework help, and problem solving with students in their social and emotional situations. I also guide the online learning opportunities for students including credit recovery and shared learning from other sources. 

Where did you attend college?

Education has always been a part of my life, I am continually learning. I have attended and earned degrees at all of the following schools: Kirkwood Community College, UNI, IA State and Minnesota State University, Mankato. My degrees and endorsements cover all levels K-12 in both teaching and administration. 

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

This is my 23rd year in education having served in a variety of roles with this being my 8th consecutive year at Howard-Winn.
Was there a particular event or person that inspired you to become an educator?
Kids are the reason I became an educator. I did a lot of babysitting through college and worked at the YWCA in the youth programs. Education seemed to be the most natural fit for me. 

What is your favorite thing about Howard-Winn? 


Any words of wisdom or advice?
Every day is an opportunity to be better than the day before and sometimes it's the quiet voice at the end of the day that says, "I will try again tomorrow."

More about Mrs. Lentz:

My husband Chris is an educator, daughters Savannah and Kayla are both students. We love our dog Ruby. I enjoy organizing things! My favorite moments are with family and friends appreciating our time together no matter the activity. 

March 25, 2016 Preschool & Elementary

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

    As we wrap up National Read Aloud Month we continue to stress the importance of reading to your children from birth. Research shows that reading aloud with children is the single most important thing that you can do to prepare a child for reading and learning. Reading aloud to your child at least 15 minutes a day starting at birth can help your child start successfully on their learning journey. LIGHT UP YOUR CHILD’S BRAIN!


Preschool Registration Spring Open House 
Our annual Preschool Open House will be on Friday, April 22nd at the Crestwood Preschool Building,1135 Canterbury Street, in Cresco from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM OR 4:30-5:30 PM Friday, April 22nd.  The Open House for the Lime Springs/Chester Preschool,120 West Jackson Street, Lime Springs will be on Friday, April 22nd from 11:00 AM – 12:00.  Please attend the school and time that best fit your schedule to fill out district registration paperwork and preschool forms.  Plan on spending about 20 minutes filling out paperwork. This is also an opportunity to talk to and ask the preschool teachers questions. It is up to you if you want to bring your child.  Please bring your child’s most recent physical, immunization record and birth certificate.  (An official document that has your child’s birthdate on it such as a Medicaid insurance card or a passport can be accepted in place of a birth certificate.)

Kindergarten Round-up 
Kindergarten Round-up will be held at Crestwood Elementary on Friday, April 22nd
from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Children only, Parents do not need to attend.

Kindergarten Parent Informational Meeting
There will be a parent meeting for incoming kindergarten parents at a later date.  More information about this will be coming home soon.   

Crestwood Elementary Selected for Pilot Program

The Iowa Reading Research Center has selected 40 schools statewide to participate in a Summer Literacy Program to find out what instructional strategies will work best for at-risk students who need more support for their literacy development.  This pilot program is for current third grade students who are below benchmark in literacy.  The program will be a minimum of 75 hours of reading instruction.  We will be using a state-provided reading curriculum.  Students will be transported to school and be served a meal as part of the program.  Participation will be 
capped at 15 students. Starting in summer 2017, third-graders who are not proficient in reading, as measured by the FAST assessments, will have to complete the summer reading program in order to advance to fourth grade. Students must attend summer school for a minimum of 67.5 hours of instruction in order to be considered in compliance for attendance. The pilot program comes as state officials are increasingly concerned that nearly 1-in-4 Iowa third-graders did not read proficiently as measured by Iowa Assessments in 2014 and 2015, according to Gov. Terry Branstad’s office.The purpose of this project is to investigate the effectiveness of intensive summer reading programs on the learning outcomes of students identified with reading difficulties at the end of Grade 3.  More information can be found here.

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.  The classroom that brings in the most redemption items (boxtops, labels for education and milk moola) between now and April 29th, will win a class party.  Be sure to ask friends, neighbors and out town & in town relatives to start collecting on your behalf.

Our Learning This Week.....

The preschoolers decided to visit an old friend this week, Pumpkin Jack. He was placed outside in the playground’s garden after Halloween and the preschool friends have been observing his changes ever since. The snow covered him the last few months and now that the snow is gone, Pumpkin Jack looks much different. The class read a story about the pumpkin life cycle and decided to sprinkle dirt on top of Pumpkin Jack. They are hoping one of his seeds will sprout this spring and Jack will come alive again.

Sorting, counting, and graphing Leprechaun’s favorite cereal

Predicting, testing and counting how much gold it will take to sink the leprechaun's pot! 

Transitional Kindergarten
Transition Kindergarten students continue to work on their number books. ST Math (JiJi the Penguin) activities have also helped students practice counting to 20 and recognize numbers to 20 and beyond. 

In Science students learned about hurricanes, wind, and rainbows. Students then journaled about what they learned about the sun.

College student on spring break helping out in Kindergarten!

Kindergarteners practice sequencing The Very Hungry Caterpillar. 

Look who showed up for lunch today

First Grade
Will the Easter Bunny bring us Easter surprises??

Researching animals and creating an Animoto video to share our information

Testing our cars on ramps to see which goes the farthest 

COMPOSING Smart board Soda Pop Rhythms

Second Grade
Check out some of the animal research that the students have been working really hard on.  Their animal research projects are awesome!

In literacy, students enjoyed the book That's What Leprechauns Do! They learned about story maps, analyzing character traits and sequencing story events. They used what they learned about leprechaun character traits to draw and write about their own leprechauns. They are also learning lots of new vocabulary words and are learning about collective nouns!

Animal reports being entered into the Shadow Puppets edu app. 

We are having our own March Madness in a heated game of basketball addition! 

ScribblePress works great for our fictional stories about leprechauns!

Third Grade
         Hard working students finish up their Simple Machine Keynote presentation in science. 
There were some great book club projects shared this week in third grade!

Writing what we know/learned about the Iditarod 

Figuring out fractions of a set in math. 

We learned the smaller the gear, the faster it travels. We love simple machines!

Fourth Grade
In fourth grade students worked to finish their lessons on character traits and attributes. They met with classmates from different book clubs and used their finished character maps to try to persuade their classmates to read their book club book based on the traits and attributes of the main characters in their books.

This student group finished the book, The Report Card by Andrew Clements. They were challenged to create their "dream" report card with the subjects they hoped to learn about and the grades they hoped to receive!

Fifth Grade

Using Today's Meet to brainstorm favorite memories from the year so far

This student holds his classmates spellbound with his story.

Whole body learning--practicing angles and numbers

Sixth Grade

Game created on Scratch by sixth grade student with minimal instruction!

Students listen to concert performance and self-evaluate with a rubric 

Developing our research skills to build background knowledge on the Holocaust.

Final costumes for iMovie Book Trailer. Future actors in the making!

Final day of green screening. Editing the movie is next!


Students enjoy practicing CAFE strategy of reading 'blends' in words.

Breaking words into syllables on the Smartboard using 


March 25      No School- Spring Break
March 28      No School- Spring Break    
March 29      Report Cards come home