Friday, May 19, 2017

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

Mountain Climbers
The Mountain Climber Recognition Program was initiated at Crestwood High School in order to recognize students for improving or maintaining excellence in their academics, behavior, or overall citizenship. Many students face situations that require them to overcome adversity in order for them to reach their full potential in school. Nominated by Crestwood High School students or staff,  this is a testament to these individuals and their positive impact they have had on our school community.  Congratulations to Elizabeth Loberg, Dylan Johnson, Alysa Osmonson and Kevin Pira.  You have made a difference! 

New Dean of Students / Activities Director
Welcome Greg Hiemstra, CRESTWOOD's new Dean of Students / Activities Director! Mr. Hiemstra is coming to CADET NATION from Garner-Hayfield-Ventura Jr-Sr High School where he has taught Social Studies and Coached. Good things are happening! 

Welcome Coach Erickson!
CADET NATION's new HEAD VOLLEYBALL COACH Kelly Erickson and her family was on campus last week. Mrs. Erickson had a chance to tour the campus, her children and husband visited classrooms, and she meet with Volleyball TEAM members.  Besides coaching Volleyball, Mrs. Erickson will teach Spanish at Crestwood High School. 

Superintendent Finalists 
The Howard-Winneshiek Board of Education is excited to have on campus Monday the two finalists for Superintendent, Dr. Timothy Cronin and Mr. Theodore Ihns.  Monday, finalists will meet with stakeholder groups.  

Dr. Cronin is currently Superintendent of Schools for the Central City Community School District in Central City, Iowa.  In addition to serving multiple leadership positions, Dr. Cronin is Adjunct Lecturer at the College of Education, University of Iowa. 

Mr. Ihns has had numerous leadership positions and currently serves as Principal at Pine Bend Elementary School in Minnesota.  Part of Mr. Ihns professional career includes having taught K-6 Physical Education at Howard-Winneshiek Community School. 

Shout Outs! 
Way to go TRACK athletes: Katie Saner, Ellie Friesen, Brynn Bodermann, Annie Mast, Sharon Goodman, Chris Guest and Spencer Cuvelier for qualifying for the STATE TRACK MEET at Drake University in Des Moines. Also "way to go" CADET golfer Alex Kerian who advanced in State Tournament play! CADET NATION is PROUD of you ALL! 

Cadet Softball and Baseball get underway!
Summer sports get underway next week!  Be sure to come and support the CADETS! 

The Class of 2017
Sunday, May 21, we will gather in the Crestwood High School Field house to celebrate the graduation of the class of 2017!  It has been an extreme pleasure to know these young people and it is my belief they are "doers" and "achievers". The class of 2017 is a reflection of all that is good and right not only in Howard and Winneshiek counties, but also the State of Iowa.  I have heard many times that the fate of our Nation is in the hands of our young people.  Knowing the class of 2017, our future is in VERY good hands.  God Bless the class of 2017 and their families.  
John Carver, Superintendent of Schools 

Bus Contract Settled
This past week the Howard-Winneshiek Community School District and AFSCME Iowa Council 61 (Bus Drivers) concluded contract negotiations with a settlement. All language will remain the same for one year and wage increase of 1.8% based on the employees current step was agreed to.  

The last week of the 2016-17 school year!
Tuesday, May 23
 JV/V Baseball vs Clayton Ridge (H)
 JV/V Softball vs Osage (T)
Wednesday, May 24
 JV/V Baseball vs Saint Ansgar (H)
 JV/V Softball vs MFL MarMac (H)
Thursday, May 25
 JV/V Baseball vs North Fayette Valley (T)
 V DH Softball vs Charles City (H)
Friday, May 26
 End of 4th quarter - Last day of school
Monday, May 29
 Memorial Day Band Performances

May 19th, 2017 - Crestwood Secondary

Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12) 

Events for the week of May 20th - May 26th:  

Saturday, May 20th:
                  State Track Meet in Des Moines

Sunday, May 21st:
1:15           Graduates Meet in the CHS Media Center
2:00           Commencement

Monday, May 22nd:

Tuesday, May 23rd:                   
9:00            High School Success Team Meeting
5:00            Home JV Baseball vs. Clayton Ridge
5:30            JV Softball @ Osage
7:00            Home Varsity Baseball vs. Clayton Ridge
7:00            Varsity Softball @ Osage

Wednesday, May 24th:                       
1:45             JH Success Team Meeting
5:00             Home JV/Varsity Baseball vs. St. Ansgar
5:30             Home JV Softball vs. MFL Mar-Mac
7:00             Home Varsity Softball vs. MFL Mar-Mac

Thursday, May 25th:                 
2:30             Alternative School Meeting
4:00             JV/Varsity Baseball @ North Fayette Valley
5:30             Home Varsity Softball Double Header vs. Charles City

Friday, May 26th:
                      Last Day of 4th Quarter and 2nd Semester
State Track Meet
Congratulations to our track athletes for qualifying for the State Track meet.

Katie Saner, Ellie Friesen, Brynn Bodermann, Annie Mast, Sharon Goodman, Spencer Cuvelier and Chris Guest qualified for the state track meet and have been competing at the State meet at Drake University in Des Moines.

Qualifying for a state meet or tournament in any sport is a great accomplishment. These athletes have dedicated themselves to constant improvement and have earned the chance to compete with the best track athletes in the state. Crestwood High School is proud of all of you and your accomplishments.

Junior Financial Aid Night
John Holland, from the Iowa College Access Network presented to Juniors and their parents on Tuesday night.  He also presented to the Sophomore class during the day. 
The mission of the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) is to help prepare students for future success.

ICAN believes that education leads to greater economic prosperity for individual students, their families, and the communities in which they reside.
It is also a belief that all Iowans benefit as more and more students attain their education and career goals through informed decision-making, translating into greater numbers of educated and skilled workers.
To put it simply, more education and job training equals more success for students and for the communities of Iowa. ICAN’s team of student success advisors helped individuals with life-changing decisions pertaining to college choice, college affordability and financial aid, and career exploration.

Thursday Alternate Schedule
On Thursday, May 25th we will run an alternate schedule for the 7th-11th grade with Homebase at the end of the day. 

The purpose of this schedule is to allow for time for student laptops to be inspected and turned in to be traded in for new machines that will be distributed in the Fall.

Period 1
8:15 - 8:59
Period 2
9:02 - 9:46
Period 3
9:49 - 10:33
Period 4
10:36 - 11:20
Period 5
11:23 - 12:29
"A" Lunch
11:23 - 11:45
"B" Lunch
11:45 - 12:07
"C" Lunch
12:07 - 12:29
Period 6
12:32 - 1:02
Period 7
1:05 - 1:35
Period 8
1:38 - 2:08
Home Base
2:11 - 3:15

Friday Schedule
Friday, May 26th is the last day of school. We will run an alternate schedule with time for locker clean-up, continued technology turn in, an awards assembly, a visit to each class for the day, and some physical fitness activities. The schedule is listed below:

8:15 - 8:55 Homebase - continued technology turn-in and locker clean-up
9:00 - 9:55 Awards recognition assembly
9th - 11th grade in the Gym and grades 7th - 8th in the Auditorium
10:00 - 10:15 1st Period
10:20 - 10:35 2nd Period
10:40 - 10:55 3rd Period
11:00 - 11:15 4th Period
11:20 - 12:35 5th Period
11:20 - 11:45 “A” Lunch
11:45 - 12:10 “B” Lunch
12:10 - 12:35 “C” Lunch
12:35 - 12:50 6th Period
12:55 - 1:10 7th Period
1:15 - 1:30 8th Period
1:30 - 3:15 Homebase Activities

Evacuation Drill
We practice safety drills throughout the year to help our students know what to do in an emergency.  We regularly practice Fire Drills, Tornado drills and other security drills, including shelter-in-place, bomb threat, and evacuation drills. On Thursday we practiced an evacuation drill.  The school district is working closely with local authorities to correctly implement these procedures.  The goals of the training drills are to improve our ability to protect students, save lives, and reduce injuries.  These practice drills allow us to evaluate our emergency operation plans and improve our response skills. During this drill, all staff and students, K-12, evacuated to East Park.

May 19, 2017 Preschool & Elementary

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

Dear Parents,
Summer is almost upon us and you may be wondering what activities your child can be involved in that would keep them learning, active, and engaged.  We have some great programs this summer that you may want to be involved in.  From June 5-30 we will have our annual Wisdom & Wellness Program.  This program offers free organized activities from 9:00-11:00 each day, in June.  Your child can attend whenever their schedule allows. They can also eat a free lunch before they leave.  Please contact Cheryl Dickman our Food Service Director if you need more information 563-547-5973.  

Also this summer we have a free feeding program for children ages 1-18.  Breakfast is served from 8:00-9:00 and Lunch is served from 11:00-1:00.  All meals are served in the Crestwood High School cafeteria.  No registration or identification is required.

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

Outstanding Students + Amazing Teachers + Involved Parents = Crestwood Elementary


Sara Grimm

Last Day of School
Friday, May 26th 
full day of school with a normal dismissal

Back To School Parent-Teacher Conferences
Howard-Winn will kickoff the 2017-18 school year with Back to School Parent-Teacher Conferences on Wednesday, 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 school for Howard-Winn students for the 2017-18 school year will be Thursday, August 24th, 2017.

Cadet Carnival

Our second annual Cadet Pride Carnival was held on Wednesday, May 17th.  Each grade level had a time slot during the day in which they had the opportunity to attend the carnival. Students used their cadet pride bucks to play games and buy snacks at the snack shack.  Students were also given bags to hold prizes.  There was a movie playing in the corner of the gym, so when students ran out of bucks they could watch the movie, and look through their bag of goodies till their time ended.  This celebration was a great reward for students showing their Cadet Pride. 

Be Part of the Band at Crestwood Elementary!

4th Grade Parents are invited to attend an informational meeting about band and how to obtain an instrument.  The Be Part of the Band meeting is on Thursday, May 25th at 6:30 p.m. in the Crestwood Elementary Band Room. We are very proud of our music programs and are very excited to extend this invitation!

6th Grade Vocal Concert (& Art Show)

Congratulations to our 6th grade students and Mr. Bieber on their awesome concert Thursday night.  The students showcased their performance skills with several musical pieces.  What a fun way to wrap up their year!  Way to go!  Before the show the audience was able to walk through the hall and see some of the students' artwork on display.  What talent we have at Crestwood!

Classroom Redemption Collection

The Crestwood Cadet PTO is sponsoring a Classroom Redemption Collection. Be sure to ask friends, neighbors and out of town and in town relatives to start collecting on your behalf.

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

A little of our learning this week in pictures . . .


Friday, May 19: 
4th Grade FIeld Trip-Rockford Fossil Pit, Rockford, IA 
1st grade-Lake Meyer (Calmar), Phelps Park (Decorah), Fish Hatchery (Decorah)

Tuesday, May 23
9:00-10:45 Preschool End of the Year Centers
6th Grade Track and Field AM
P.M. Cresco Theater Movie Celebration 3-5
1st to East Park 10:00--11:00

Wednesday, May 24
P.M. Cresco Theater Movie Celebration TK-2 & 6

Thursday, May 25
6th Grade Bags Tournament AM (in the space between the junior high wing and gym)
TK/K - East Park 9:00-10:00 a.m.
2:00 Discovery Center-Vault Financial Literacy Program for 5th graders  
6:30pm--Be Part of the Band Meeting for 4th grade students and parents
6th grade 1:00-3:00 East Park

Friday, May 26: 
Last Day of School
1st grade 12:30--1:30  East Park
3rd Grade- East Park-1:30-3:00 p.m.