Friday, May 27, 2016

JCC Admin Update May 27, 2016

District Perspective

Superintendent / Activities Director

John Carver
Office: 563-547-2762
Twitter: johnccarver 
SKYPE: johnccarver







Wednesday we said our "goodbyes" to the 2015-16 school year. It seems like just yesterday it was August and we were welcoming back students. The time has flown by! 

Pausing a second to look back, GREAT and WONDERFUL things have happened in CADET NATION.  Powerful teaching and learning resulted in positive growth and academic achievement. From NASA Astronaut Clayton Anderson to Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, many have come to see first hand the EXCITEMENT at Howard-Winn. 

Enjoy the Summer. Rest, recharge and get ready for the adventure to continue this Fall. Be sure to visit the Howard-Winn booth at the Expo Center during the Mighty Howard County Fair. And of course EXCITEMENT is building for the CRESCO 150th Celebration.  
  The summer of 2016 is going to ROCK!  
Enjoy Family and Friends and we will see in August!

Saying "Goodbye" to Mrs. Rhonda Vobr
Last Thursday CADET NATION celebrated 28 years of service and said farewell to Mrs. Rhonda Vobr.

Sharing her story, Mrs. Vobr told how education had changed and how she had "reinvented' herself several times.  From working in a Chiropractor's office to library aide to secretary to school Librarian to GAT teacher (Mrs. Vbor would say GAT facilitator!) Rhonda is the template of a "life long learner"! 

Mrs. Vobr now is going to devote her time to being a "grandmother" and to enjoying her grandchildren. 

There is no doubt she will be exciting her grandchildren to learning and creating!

THANK YOU Mrs. Vobr and much happiness to the next chapter in your life story!   

Physical Plant Update: Stadium 
Investigation and preliminary planning is underway focused on the Football stadium bleachers, concessions, bathrooms, and stadium entrances.  The scope of work would include resurfacing the track. 

The thinking is to have a DRAFT plan ready to roll out and share during the150th Celebration. With the sports complex visible from Highway 9 it is one of the first thing folks see when coming to the school.  The intent is to have a sports complex that will compliment the GREAT things happening at Howard-Winn. Thanks to the financial support of the All Sports Booster Club for securing the FinishLynx: Sports Photo-Finish & Fully Automatic Timing Systems, along with resurfacing the track, the intent is be the host of State District Track meets in the near future. 

Architect DLR http://www.dlrgroup.com/home/ and ESTES LLC http://www.estesconstruction.com/ will be the construction manager.  


Thanks to Howard-Winn staff and community members for assisting the Board in the planning process.  More information will follow. 


Last Days of school looked like....
Celebrating "PERFECT Attendance" http://howard-winnpublicrelations.blogspot.com/2016/05/crestwood-elementary-school-perfect.html







May 27, 2016 - Crestwood Secondary

Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12)
http://www.howard-winn.k12.ia.us/crestwood-junior-high 

Chris Rogne, Principal
crogne@howard-winn.k12.ia.us
office: 563-547-2764
Twitter: @chris_rogne




Senior Class Survey
Congratulations to the class of 2016, who graduated on Sunday, May 22nd. The class consisted of 97 graduates. Each year the senior class is given a survey asking about future plans. The results of the senior survey are below:

Graduates in the class of 2016: 97
Total responses to survey: 94
Number going to a 4 year college: 43
Number going to a vocational-technical school/community college: 38
Total number of graduates planning to continue their education: 81
Percentage of seniors planning to continue their education: 86%
Number attending an Iowa college: 75
Number attending an out-of-state school: 6
Number joining the Armed Forces: 2
Percentage continuing their education with the Armed Forces added: 88%
Number working or looking for work: 11


Awards Day and Go-the-Distance Fitness Day
The last day of school was Wednesday, May 25th.  During this time there was awards assemblies for the Junior High and High School. Students were recognized for a variety of awards and then participated in various fitness activities with classmates. The following are some of the awards that were given at the high school. 


Silver Cord Awards
Juniors who were recognized for volunteering 40, or more, hours this year.

Sophomores who were recognized for volunteering 40, or more, hours this year.



Freshmen who were recognized for volunteering 40, or more, hours this year.
Perfect Attendance Awards
Nicole Saltou, Joseph Labosky III, and Patrick Skretta are juniors 
that had perfect attendance this year



Amanda Johnson, of the sophomore class, had perfect attendance this year.


Samantha Balk, Jacob Andera, Zackary Lane, Dalton Scheidel, and Joseph Kaletka are freshmen
that had perfect attendance this year.


Outstanding Attendance Awards


Juniors who were absent 3 days or less this school year.



Sophomores who were absent 3 days or less this school year.

Freshmen who were absent 3 days or less this school year.


Academic Letters Awards
Junior Academic Letter Award Winners



Sophomore Academic Letter Award Winners


Back to School Parent-Teacher Conferences
Howard-Winn will kickoff the 2016-17 school year with 
Back to School Parent-Teacher Conferences on 
Tuesday, August 23rd. 

7th-12th grade conference schedule:
1:00 - 4:00  Open Conference times available for students and parents to meet individually with any teachers they would like.

5:15 - 6:00  Students and Parents meet with Homebase teachers for Laptop distribution and other information.

6:00 - 8:00  Students and Parents will run through a shortened version of their students schedule to meet each teacher and hear about each class.

The staff is looking forward to this time with parents. Teachers will 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 can ask questions and discuss any specific individual concerns with the teacher at this time also. Students will have the opportunity to bring in their classroom supplies, get to know the teacher and become 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 Student Led 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.



The first day of classes for Howard-Winn 
students for the 
2016-17 school year will be 
Wednesday, August 24th, 2016.

Have a Great Summer!

May 27, 2016 Preschool & Elementary


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


Dear Parents,
The 2015-16 school year has quickly come to an end and we have so many things to be thankful for! Each student’s accomplishments bring them certain pride for achieving their goals. Thank you for sharing your child with us at Howard-Winn. We believe in our kids and we care about them as individuals. They are what makes Howard-Winn the wonderful place it is. For those of you leaving the elementary at the close of this year, I know that all of us here send your family our warmest regards, wishing your family much happiness and continued success at your next school or at the junior high if you are going into 7th grade. For those of you returning to Crestwood Elementary in August please know that we are excited about continuing to be part of your lives. We’re all doing the work of teaching and learning because we desire to make a difference, one child at a time. So here’s wishing you all a safe and refreshing summer holiday!! 
THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR CHILD WITH US! 


Summer is a great time to spend time with your kids playing and learning. Summer vacation is fun, but it actually has a negative effect on a child's learning, unless parents are proactive about offering enriching activities to their children. The good news is that you don't have to break the bank or lose your sanity to come up with fun educational activities for your kids this summer. Here are a few things that you can do with your kids:



1. Create a book together- write and illustrate your own short stories. Kids who are encouraged to imagine their own stories can benefit from writing and illustrating short books. Supply art supplies to your junior author to boost the fun and creativity.
2. Go on a scavenger huntAside from the fact that they're just plain fun, scavenger hunts are challenging and engage a child's critical-thinking skills. Instead of just providing your child with a list of items to find, give him or her a list of clues. This will encourage your child to think about their tasks rather than just compile a bunch of paper clips, crayons or toilet paper rolls.
3. Develop and Perform a puppet showIf you don't have any puppets, that's OK. Your child can make sock puppets and a cardboard puppet show stage as part of the fun. Encourage your child to come up with character traits for each of the puppets, and help him or her to create a play with a beginning, middle, climax and ending.
4. Build a FortThis is a great way to encourage your youngster to use spatial reasoning and geometry skills. You can follow a fort-building guide if you were born without spatial reasoning skills, or you can toss a bunch of supplies out the back door and tell the kids to get after it.
5. Host an at-home science camp- You probably already own everything you need to create a science lab in your home. Go to the Exploratorium website for activity ideas — there are enough science activities available to fill up a whole summer's worth of camp.
6. Teach fractions through cooking- Sitting down to learn fractions is not usually fun, but it can be. There is one area of the house where fractions are consistently used — the kitchen! Teach fractions to your kids while you prepare a recipe together. This website has recipes with fractions to help you on your mission.


It's time to say good-bye,
Our year has come to an end.
We've made more cherished memories
And many more new friends.
We've watched them learn and grow
And change from day to day.
We hope that all the things we've done
Have helped in some small way.
So it's with happy memories
We send them out the door.
With great hope and expectations
For what next year holds in store.
Have an awesome summer—
We’ll see you next year!

Thank you for sharing your children with us this year!
Have a Great Summer!

Rock On CADETS!
Sara Grimm


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Back To School Parent-Teacher Conferences
Howard-Winn will kickoff the 2016-17 school year with Back to School Parent-Teacher Conferences on Tuesday, August 23rd. The P-T conferences will be held from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. for elementary students and parents. Parents will sign up online for an individual conference time that best fits their schedule. Information regarding how to sign-up will be mailed out to parents this summer.

The staff is looking forward to this time with parents. Teachers will 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 can ask questions and discuss any specific individual concerns with the teacher at this time also. Students will have the opportunity to bring in their classroom supplies, get to know the teacher and become 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.

The first day of classes for Howard-Winn students 
for the 2016-17 school year will be 
Wednesday, August 24th, 2016.


Terese Jurgensen~Director of Student Services~May 27, 2016


Casey Rausch (1st Grade) & Carrie McCarville (6th Grade)
I was fortunate to catch these 2 talented and amazing teachers in the hallway yesterday morning and have them give us a "year in review." Mrs. Rausch and Mrs. McCarville outline some technology integrated lessons that their students truly enjoyed as well as their plans for the summer. I could have interviewed any one of our highly qualified, amazing staff members PK-12, and we would have heard additional stories and outstanding opportunities for our students here at Howard-Winn. These 2 ladies were just "lucky" enough to be walking down the hallway at just the right time!  

A HUGE Thank You to all of our Teachers, Associates and Support Staff that enable our school to do amazing things for kids!  
Have a wonderful summer!


Rhonda Vobr has retired after 28 years of faithfully serving kids & families
at Howard-Winn. Mrs. Vobr was our Secondary GAT teacher, librarian for many years and even served as a recess support person. We wish her well in her next adventure.
 She will be missed!
Kris Ward has accepted a new position at New Hampton CSD.


She did an outstanding job of leading our High School Student VOICE,

Secondary Spanish Classes and Interpreter for our new ELL Families

She will be missed!



Mr. Carver (above) thanks the PK-12 staff for all their hard work, passion and commitment to the students and families of the students served during the 2015-16 school year. 

Sara Grimm & Denise Headington & Sally Tieskoetter (right) listen attentively to Rhonda Vobr thanking HWCSD for the memories!
The entire staff enjoyed a wonderful luncheon and retirement party yesterday during the last Professional Development Day of the 2015-16 School Year. Pictured (left) is Julie Wilson, Dory Fravel, Linda Walter and Paula Galvin. I would be remiss to not thank Cheryl Dickman for the wonderful lunch and the outstanding efforts of the lunch staff for a nutritious and delicious school year!





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Ongoing Professional Development!
This summer many of our school staff will continue on their professional development journey to improve learning and instruction. We will begin the process of preparing our district for our new Teacher Leadership Grant with the addition of instructional coaches - Kim Kerian, Kelly Sorenson and Heather Suckow. As our instructional coaches they will attend several trainings including, but not limited to "Fierce Conversations," Jim Knight Training and Teacher Leadership. It will be an exciting adventure as we introduce teacher leadership to our school district. 


I will be presenting at the KPEC Conference in Dubuque on Positive Peer Culture and challenging student behaviors on June 22nd. Immediately after that, I will board a plane for San Francisco to present with Alicia Martin, secondary special education teacher, at the Global Social Thinking Conference on June 24th. I am super excited about this as I will meet and have dinner with two of my professional heroes in the areas of challenging behaviors and students on the autism spectrum. These men are Dr. David Ross Greene and Jed Baker. To put into words, how honored and excited I am to present at these prestigious conferences and meet men and women whose passion to support students with challenging behaviors is difficult to put into words. 

Have a wonderful summer!
Please do not hesitate to call or email me if you have any questions or concerns for your children!

Terese Jurgensen
tjurgensen@howard-winn.k12.ia.us
(563) 929-6344


Friday, May 20, 2016

JCC Admin Update May 20, 2016

District Perspective
Superintendent / Activities Director
John Carver
Office: 563-547-2762
email: jcarver@howard-winn.k12.ia.us 
Twitter: johnccarver 
SKYPE: johnccarver

Making a Difference: Thursday morning, the class of 2016 received congratulations and best wishes from Crestwood elementary students.  Wearing their graduation "Cap and Gown" the class of 2016 moved through the halls with "high fives", claps , hugs and cheers! 

Sunday, May 22nd the class of 2016 will receive their diplomas and begin the next chapter of their lives.  In my mind, these young people have unlimited potential and I am convinced they will go into the world and make a difference. They already have by sharing graduation excitement with the up and coming CADET NATION!  Personally I want to wish the class of 2016 the very BEST and also sincerely THANK parents for sharing your children with us.  

CADET NATION is indeed a special place.  CADETS FORWARD!

Reflections and Scanning the Horizon
With the graduation of the class of 2016, another "mile marker" of success and achievement will be celebrated. It should be noted that from the class of 2016:
  • 33.9% plan to pursue a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math career vs. 28.2% nationally.  This means our kids understand where future employment is and as such have an advantage.
  • 25.3% will be the first in their family to attend college. With the dual enrollment option with NICC, many will enter college with a "head start" over other entering freshman. 
  • 87% plan to attend a four year institution.
The dual enrollment option, coupled with the generosity and commitment of the Howard-Winn Dollars for Scholars has saved families hundreds of thousands of dollars in tuition! 

Pausing for a second to reflect on the 2015-16 school year; much has been accomplished and lots of ground covered.  Success and growth in the classroom, accomplishment and recognition in sports and activities, the class of 2016 has left it's mark and added to the Howard-Winn story! Looking forward, class of 2016 has unlimited potential. 

CADET NATION, Howard-Winneshiek Community School District, is a special place!


THANK YOU and Good Luck Seniors!

THANK YOU Mrs. Vobr!
Not only are the Seniors marking a milestone of accomplishment, so too is Mrs. Rhonda Vobr!  She is retiring with many years of faithful service to the District and to the young people of Howard-Winn. 

Mrs. Vobr has been the "point person" with the District's Virtual Reality and innovative use of technology program, empowering and inspiring students to grow and learn. She has been a model of what "facilitation learning" looks like! 

Recently, she represented Howard-Winn and was a part of the U.S. Department of Education Future Ready video: Personalized Learning Tied to Student Passion

Retirement Party! 11:30, Thursday, May 26, at the Crestwood High School Cafeteria, all are welcome to come, lift up and celebrate with Mrs. Vobr. 

Iowa League of Innovative Schools
Last week Howard-Winn had the opportunity to share the #2020HowardWinn story of success and accomplishment.  Howard-Winn was invited to joined 18 other school districts, from across Iowa, that have been designated innovative and "cutting edge".  The event was supported by Prairie Lakes AEA and facilitated by Dr. Scott Mcleod 

Howard-Winn, along with representatives from the University of Northern Iowa,  joined representatives from: Ankeny, Bettendorf, Cedar Rapids, Charles City, Clear Lake, Emmetsburg, Johnston, Muscatine, Nevada, Okoboji, Oskaloosa, Solon, Spirit Lake, Van Meter, Washington, Waukee, Waverly-Shell Rock and West Des Moines. 

For me, one of the biggest "take-aways" from the meeting was that change is happening in various spots all over the state, but that no place is further along in system thinking and learning transformation than Howard-Winn.  Creating a K-14 (K-12 + Community College) learning environment, embedding technology + the infrastructure to support it, personalized learning that connects to passions and professions, and broad based community support, Howard-Winn is leading deep systemic change.  The bottom line: Howard-Winn is empowering and giving our students a competitive edge over their peers. CADETS FORWARD! 

Updates from the 2016 Girls and Boys State Track Meet 
THANK YOU Coach Martin! 



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

Next week at Howard-Winn......
Sunday, May 22
2:00pm
 Commencement
Tuesday, May 24
6:00pm
 JV/V Softball vs Osage (H)
Wednesday, May 25
 End of 4th Quarter/2nd Semester
11:15am
 EARLY DISMISSAL (Tentative)
Thursday, May 26
 Professional Development Day

Monday, May 30
 Memorial Day Band Performances