Friday, January 27, 2017

Jan. 27, 2017 JCC Admin Update

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

Winter in IOWA, you have to love it! 
This past week Howard-Winn received anywhere from 9 to 12 inches of snow. 

With school closed on Wednesday, and a 2 hour late start on Thursday, we now have 10.5 hours left in the "bank".

This being just January, we have more weather ahead of us.

Remember that once the we have used the remaining 10.5 hours, time will need to be "made up". 

Make-up time will begin on May 26, 2017.


We need your HELP Please! 
We are partnering with BrightBytes, an educational software company, in order to learn more about our students’ school and home technology use for learning. 

For that reason, we are reaching out to ask you to take part in the Clarity questionnaire. Your participation is essential in helping us form a more complete picture of technology use for learning in your students’ lives. Please know that all of your responses will remain anonymous to protect your privacy.

Howard-Winn students, staff and patrons will begin taking the online BrightBytes, Clarity questionnaire starting the week of January 23rd. Here is the link:   

Crestwood Elementary PK-6:

Crestwood Secondary Parents 7 -12:
THANK YOU to all for your participation and cooperation. 

Wrestling UPDATE
Congratulations to Head Wrestling Coach Keith Slifka on being named Northeast Iowa 2A District Coach of the YEAR!  Great job to Coach Slifka and the TEAM.  

Also with CADET "ties" Coach Justin Denner's father Mike Denner was named NE IOWA 2A official of the year. Mike Adam's brother Danny Adams was named Northeast Iowa 1A District Coach of the YEAR.  Wrestling, not just a sport but a way of life! 

Congratulation goes out to coaches Mrs. Day and Mrs. LeFebvre and the CRESTWOOD CADET Speech TEAM.  Last Saturday the CADETS were in action at the State Speech Contest. Pictured are some of the competitors! 

State Bound:
Ensemble Acting  
John Ayers and Mitchell Leifeld performing "Abbott and Costello" by Jonathan Mayer

Alison Butikofer and Kayla Hruska performing "Demon Child" by Deborah Karczewski

Group Improvisation 
Team 1:
John Ayers, Mitchell Leifeld, Haley Stevenson, and Kenzie Ward

Team 2: Raymond Himli, Justin Holt, Zach Ishman, Cassy Kennon and Eric Trautsch

Team 3: Carter Dull, Dawson Gosch, Isaiah Passmore, Karissa Stika and Noel Lloyd
State Speech will be February 4th at Dubuque Senior High

CADET Girls Basketball 2017
The CADET Girls Basketball TEAM is RED HOT! Undefeated and heading into February ranked 3rd in the State. GREAT job ladies!  Please note that Crestwood will be hosting 3A-Region 5 Tournament action on Saturday February 11th.  #CADETPRIDE
Community Voice: Needs assessment  
Board Members and Staff, Parents and Community Members, Students, your voice is important as Howard-Winn begins to take next steps forward. 

Our school district has requested a Needs Assessment Survey be conducted by the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB).  This electronic online survey is designed to help us assess our strengths and areas of needed improvement, with a focus on improving student achievement. All responses are anonymous and we "Thank you" in advance for your participation.  
The site will become active and a link will be provided on February 13, 2017! 

Shout Outs!
  • CADET Boys Basketball: EXCITEMENT, hard work, TEAM play, Coach McCormick and the young men are "way fun" to watch.  Keep moving forward! 
  • Wresting in CADET NATION: dedicated young men committed to excellence!
  • CADET CHEERLEADERS: Competition Squad + Florida = CADETS making it happen! #SCHOOLPRIDE 
  • Stadium Update: Despite the snow, work is proceeding! Stadium footings and pillars are being dug and placed. Concession/Restroom building footprint to be dug next week!  
This is what 2017-18 might look like:

Please take a look at this working DRAFT of the 2107-18 School Calendar.  

Questions and comments are welcome and can be sent to 

or call 
563 547 2762

At #2020HowardWinn, learning does not happen in a "row"

January 27, 2017 - Crestwood Secondary

Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12)

Events for the week of January 28th - February 3rd:  
Saturday, January 28th:      
                  CHS Alumni Basketball Event
10:00         Varsity Conference Wrestling @ Waukon
2:00           Home 9th Boys BB vs. Rushford-Peterson
3:30           Home JV Boys BB vs. Rushford-Peterson
5:00           Home Varsity BB vs. Rushford-Peterson
6:30           JV Girls BB @ Clear Lake
7:45           Varsity Girls BB @ Clear Lake

Monday, January 30th: 
4:30           JV Conference Wrestling Tournament @ Waverly
6:15           Girls JV BB @ MFL MarMac
7:30           Girls Varsity BB @ MFL MarMac

Tuesday, January 31st:  
                  CBE Design Team Meeting in Des Moines   
9:00           High School Success Team Meeting
4:15           8th Grade Boys BB @ Decorah
4:15           Home 7th Grade BB vs. Decorah
5:00           9th grade Girls BB @ New Hampton
5:00           Home 9th grade Boys BB vs. New Hampton
6:15           Home JV Boys BB vs. New Hampton
6:15           JV Girls BB @ New Hampton
7:30           Home Varsity Boys BB vs. New Hampton
7:30           Varsity Girls BB @ New Hampton

Wednesday, February 1st:      
1:45           JH Success Team Meeting
3:30           Teacher Leadership Committee Meeting
6:00           Dollars for Scholars Phonathon

Thursday, February 2nd:
1:45           Alternative Program Meeting
4:15           Home 7th grade Boys BB vs. New Hampton
4:15           8th grade Boys BB @ New Hampton
6:00           Dollars for Scholars Phonathon

Friday, February 3rd:     
5:00           9th grade Girls BB @ Waverly-Shell Rock
5:00           Home 9th grade Boys BB vs. Waverly-Shell Rock
6:15           Home JV Boys BB vs. Waverly-Shell Rock
6:15           JV Girls BB @ Waverly-Shell Rock
7:30           Home Varsity Boys BB vs. Waverly-Shell Rock
7:30           Varsity Girls BB @ Waverly-Shell Rock

Iowa State Bar Association

Allison Martinek of Crestwood High School is a finalist in The Iowa State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division “Know Your Constitution” Project. One hundred finalists were selected from the more than 1,000 students across the State of Iowa who participated in the “Know Your Constitution” Project.

The “Know Your Constitution” Project is designed to enrich students’ understanding and appreciation of the Constitution. The students participating in the project were required to familiarize themselves with Constitution related issues.  A quiz was completed by each participating student. An essay question accompanied the quiz in case of a tie.

Great job and congratulations Allison on being selected as a finalist!  

Construction Equipment Careers Day

Construction Equipment Simulator Hands-On Experience at JB Holland Construction

The students were broken into groups and rotated between three sessions:
1. They took a tour of JB Holland & Construction Equipment
2. They participated in Hands-On-Experience in the Construction Simulator Trailer (operate an excavator, forklift and other pieces of construction equipment)
3. They participated in Construction Careers & Training Presentation with NICC & JB Holland Staff

CHS students in constructions careers were given the opportunity to visit JB Holland Construction and get a first-hand look and listen to the opportunities a career in the construction field can bring. 

Conference Wrestling 
Good Luck to the Cadet Wrestlers as they head to Waukon to compete in the Northeast Iowa Conference Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, January 28th.

Congratulations to Head Wrestling Coach Keith Slifka on being named Northeast Iowa 2A District Coach of the Year!  Great job to Coach Slifka and the TEAM.  

#cadetnation Friday
Reminder: #cadetnation Fridays are the first Friday of every month. This is a way to show your Cadet spirit. Remember to wear your #cadetnation t-shirt on the first Friday of the month. Students, wear your #cadetnation shirt to school on Friday, February 3rd and to the home boys basketball game that evening vs. Waverly - Shell Rock.

If you don't have a #cadetnation t-shirt or it is in the laundry, wear another Cadet shirt or just wear blue that day. 

Dollars for Scholars Phonathon

The Dollars for Scholars Phonathon is coming soon. The dates are February 1st and 2nd with calling starting at 6:00.  

Crestwood Dollars for Scholars serves students from the Howard-Winneshiek School District located in Cresco, Iowa. 
The mission of Dollars for Scholars is to enhance the opportunity of Crestwood High School Students to benefit from postsecondary education through scholarships and community support.  
Crestwood Dollars for Scholars is a locally operated and supported, non-profit, exempt scholarship foundation. Operated by an all volunteer Board of Directors, the purpose of Dollars for Scholars is to expand access to educational opportunities by involving and assisting our community in the support of students and in the encouragement of educational achievement.

Crestwood Dollars for Scholars was started in October 1993, and has awarded more than $1,763,000 in scholarships to over 1,600 students.

Parent / Teacher Conferences

Below you will find the instructions to sign up for Spring Conferences, which will be held February 13 and February 16, 2017 from 3:30 – 7:30. Please note: you will see alternate dates when you log in with all times blocked. These dates are for specific teachers and those teachers will communicate the alternate conference dates with their Homebase students so parents/guardians are aware.

Parents may begin signing up for conferences on Monday, January 30th, 2017 after 9 AM.

** Student Led Conferences will be 15 minutes in length with 5 minutes of passing time.

Students/parents/guardians will meet with the student’s Homebase Advisor. 

If a parent would like to meet with a specific teacher, separate arrangements can be made by contacting that teacher directly, or by stopping into that teacher's classroom to meet with them between their scheduled conferences.

Teachers will have a conference schedule posted outside their door so parents will have an idea of available times.



Under the Parent Information Tab select Secondary Conferences

2.             LOGIN:
Enter the student’s first name and last name and the student’s ID for the password. You can find the student ID by logging into PowerSchool – Choose eRegistration from the menu on the left and the STUDENT ID is on the top of the page behind the student name.  If you do not remember your password you can click on the link “Forgot password?” and have your password emailed to you.  Students also know their student ID so you can ask them.

3.             FOLLOW THE PROMPTS:
Click the button next to the student Homebase Teacher to schedule or change an appointment.  Click on the circle next to the time you would like for your conference.  A red X indicates a timeslot that is not available.  After choosing your time, press “Schedule Time” at the bottom of the page.  You will then see a confirmation of your time scheduled.

If you have any questions or problems with the conference scheduling, please call the main office: High School: 563-547-2764 Junior High: 563-547-2001

Frequently Asked Questions: Student-Led Conferences

Why do we have Student-Led Conferences?

They are widely recognized as best educational practice! Research supports the fact that student achievement increases when students reflect on their work, identify strengths and weaknesses, and set goals, thus taking ownership of their learning. Student-Led Conferences promote self-confidence, as well as vital organizational, presentation, and communication skills. They also provide parents with an opportunity to celebrate their students as learners. Student-Led Conferences support district goals, strategic plan initiatives and state employability standards.

What is a parent's role during the Student-Led Conference?

Encourage your student. Be specific in your praise, comments, and compliments. Listen to what your student is saying and ask follow up questions like What part of this assignment was challenging for you? Why? What did you learn from this assignment? How can I help you with your goal?

Respect your student’s ability to lead and share. Your student has spent a lot of time and effort getting ready to present their work to you. Allow them to guide you through the Student-Led Conference.

Be proud! Your student’s ability to take ownership of their progress and present their goals to you is impressive.

What is the student's role during the Student-Led Conference?

Your student will be leading the conference. They will be presenting you with a collection of their work. As they show your specific assignments and assessments, they will be reflecting on their progress, and identifying strengths and weaknesses. Your student will share the goals that they have developed based on the reflection process.

What is the teacher’s role during the Student-Led Conference?

The teachers have spent the past month preparing your student and teaching the skills necessary for the conference. During the conference the teacher will be providing encouragement and affirmation to the students. The teacher may help facilitate the process with your student or provide additional information about your student’s progress. 

Can I meet with the teacher(s) privately at another time?

Yes. The teachers are always available throughout the school year for individual conferences if you have concerns that you wish to address. Call or e-mail your student’s teacher(s) at any time to set up an appointment. We also encourage student/parent access to PowerSchool where grades and student progress can be monitored on a frequent basis. 

January 27, 2017 Preschool & Elementary

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

School/Family Partnerships

Research shows that reading proficiency by third grade is an important predictor of school success. Early identification and support of a child who is a struggling reader is essential and increases their chances of success. We look forward to partnering with you in order to improve your child’s reading skills.

As part of this partnership, we would like to work with you to ensure you have access to resources for your child. At-home support is critical to improving students' reading skills. You may already have some resources, but, if you are interested, we are willing to share the following ways that can help families support students at home.

IRRC Family Resources:

The Iowa Reading Research Center (IRRC) has an online collection of literacy resources. The IRRC works with parents and educators across Iowa to evaluate online literacy tools that will effectively support students at home. The link below is where the online collection is located:

Community Resources:

We have many local community resources that you can use to help support your child’s literacy growth.

Cresco Public Library
320 North Elm Street, Cresco, IA 52136
(563) 547-2540

Lime Springs Public Library
P.O. Box 68
Lime Springs, IA 52155
(563) 566-2207

Elma Public Library
710 Busti Avenue
Elma, IA 50628
(641) 393-8100

Decorah Public Library

202 Winnebago Street, Decorah, IA 52101
(563) 382-3717

Resources provided by school:
Online Literacy Resources
Our school has many resources available that you can use.

Howard-Winneshiek Library Website:

Howard-Winneshiek’s Online Library Catalog: Students can search for print and electronic books in our library collection.

Each student has a username and login. They may contact the teacher librarian or library associate for their username and password.

Keystone AEA’s Online Resources: Students can choose their grade span.
Username: kaea137
Password: kaea01

Students in grades 3rd and up may access Follett Shelf’s eBooks, and they each have their own username and password for this resource. Contact the teacher librarian, Mrs. Shekleton, for the password.

Howard-Winneshiek Community Schools Title I Website:

Parents and Students may access this resource for help with reading strategies, reading at home help, reading websites, and reading apps for use on iPads or Smartphones.

If you have any questions about using these resources, please contact your child’s teacher. We will work with you to provide the tools to ensure that your child receives support at school as well as at home.

Keystone AEA has added StarWalk Kids Media eBooks to their collection of online resources. The eBook collection includes many fiction and nonfiction titles. The students can read to self or listen to reading using the “Let Me Read” and “Read to Me” features. Students have enjoyed exploring the new resource and have shared new learning from the texts. Did you know a car called the Thrust SSC went over 763 miles per hour on a special track in the Nevada desert? Wow! Check out Cool Cars by Seymour Simon to learn more.

Elementary students can access these ebooks on their iPads through the SWKids Reader app. Students with laptops can access the books on the Keystone website. There are two ways to access the resource at home. Using a computer, students can go to the Keystone AEA website (, click Online Resources, K-5 or 6-8, and enter the username and password. The other option is to download the SWKids Reader app and log in using the same username and password.
Username: kaea137
Password: kaea01

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Sara Grimm

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." ~~ Thomas A. Edison

Early Literacy
This post will be used to share with you important information regarding your child’s school progress and how new laws impact our school’s plan to improve our students’ reading skills.

Iowa Law

Iowa law was changed to support statewide literacy efforts for students in Iowa. This law requires that Iowa’s school children read at grade level by third grade. As a result, the rules below were put into effect in order to improve reading within the state.

Your Child’s Progress
We know you want your child to be successful in his/her education. We also want your child to be successful with learning in the classroom. The ability to read is critical to your child’s success in school.

We are currently working to complete another round of our universal screening assessments for reading at our school. From the results of this testing, some students will be identified as persistently at risk; that term is in state law. Persistently at risk means that a student has shown difficulty in the area of reading during two consecutive testing periods, Our current testing periods are the Fall, 2016 testing and the Winter, 2017 testing.

School Implications:
Students are identified as persistently at risk when:
Their reading skills are below grade level on screening tests and they are making minimal progress. At our school, we are doing the following, as required by Iowa law, to support students who have been identified as persistently at risk:

Progress Monitoring:
All students who are identified as persistently at risk or at-risk for being deficient are required to receive weekly progress monitoring. This allows our school to monitor the improvement students are making toward end-of-year goals (i.e., spring benchmark) given the intervention they receive.

Intensive Interventions:

All students identified as persistently at risk are required to receive intervention to remediate their reading difficulties. This intervention is required to continue until the student meets grade level expectations at the next screening period. But the intervention may change frequently between screening windows to ensure that students are making progress.​

Laws Currently on hold:
Original legislation passed by the state of Iowa included a provision that required all schools to provide an intensive summer reading program for any student who exhibits a substantial deficiency in reading. The summer reading program must meet the standards and implementation guidelines established by the Iowa Reading Research Center.

Also on hold is the provision of the legislation that required schools to retain in the third grade any student who is not proficient in reading by the end of third grade unless the student meets any of the following criteria:
1. The student completed the intensive summer reading program.
2. The student is a Limited English proficient student with less than two years of instruction in an English as a second language (ESL) program.
3. The student has an individualized education program (IEP) and the student’s IEP indicates that participation in the assessments required by 279.68 is not appropriate.
4. The student has demonstrated an acceptable level of performance on an alternative assessment based on scientifically-based research.
5. The student has demonstrated mastery through a portfolio review that meets Department-required criteria.
6. The student was previously retained and has received intensive remediation in reading for at least two years.

The Iowa Department of Education is working to provide guidance for school districts regarding how to proceed regarding summer school and 3rd grade retention. To learn more about the new laws and how they impact students, visit the link below.

Our Partnership
We are partnering with all parents in order to improve student’s reading skills. Part of this partnership will include regular communication.

We will provide updates to parents on their child’s progress throughout the school year. We encourage all parents to talk with their child’s teachers about any questions or concerns they may have.

Parent/School Contract:
The school will follow up with a contract for parents whose child is persistently at risk. That contract will outline the school’s responsibilities and how we will partner with parents to improve students’ reading skills.

We look forward to partnering with you in order to improve your child’s reading skills. Please contact your child’s teacher with any questions or comments you may have.

We are partnering with BrightBytes, an educational software company, in order to learn more about our students’ school and home technology use for learning. 

For that reason, we are reaching out to ask you to take part in the Clarity questionnaire. Your participation is essential in helping us form a more complete picture of technology use for learning in your students’ lives. Please know that all of your responses will remain anonymous to protect your privacy.

Howard-Winn students, staff and patrons will begin taking the online BrightBytes, Clarity questionnaire. The link for PK-6 parents is
THANK YOU to all for your participation and cooperation. 

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

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


This week the preschoolers were introduced to the new vocabulary word “hibernate.” We learned that bears, bats, bumblebees, frogs, and groundhogs hibernate. We also read a story about two friends, a hibernating bear and a migrating goose that will reunite during the spring season. This story motivated the preschool students to create a bear or goose from a variety of art materials. Next, we created a hibernation cave and migration beach to house our animals for the winter season. We are anxiously counting down the days until spring when our animal friends will be reunited (wake up or fly home). Only 61 more days until spring!
Working on creating our hibernating bears and migrating geese.

 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) 
The preschoolers used the Bee-Bot Robot to plow ice/snow just like the Cresco snowplow drivers this week. We worked together to program/code a path for Bee-Bot Robot to plow the snow (cotton balls) off the road. 

Transitional Kindergarten

We didn’t let more snow stop us from practicing our literacy skills this week. 
Here are some of the things we did…

  Practicing sounds and writing letters.

Playing alphabet bingo in small groups.

Using the computer to practice blending.

Matching rhyming pictures.


The students were working away making connections during a shared reading activity in this kindergarten classroom. The presidential inauguration was on the SMART board with the volume turned down. The teacher told the students that when Mr. Trump was going to take the oath of office she would turn the volume on for them to watch. When they noticed that this was going to happen the students came up and sat by the SMART board. All of a sudden they stood up and put their hand on their heart. It took the teacher a second to realize what was happening. The students had seen the American flag and were showing their respect. Great CADET Pride!

Instruments and polka music (by request) to celebrate meeting our Cadet Pride goal! 

Measuring with cutouts of our feet. 

Retelling Snowmen At Night! 

First Grade
First Grade started their STEM science unit called Rolling Things. They got to explore with the cars and ramps. Then they observed which car would make the block move the farthest. Lastly they observed if the height of the ramp affected the distance the block would move. They will be enjoying more exploring with the ramps in future lessons.

3rd graders helping 1st graders learn about the app Epic! for reading books. 

Second Grade

It's so much fun to finally be able to play outside at recess! 

A few projects from Tech time, using speech bubbles in the halftone app on our iPads.

Love seeing kids engaged in reading!

Third Grade

Life is never boring in third grade! We have been keeping busy. In literacy we have been working on our Fluency Bootcamp to help us prepare for our winter FAST tests. Our mentor text has been Martin's Big Words and we are using it to practice a lot of reading strategies and skills. We have also shared reader's theatre scripts. We have also started preparing our portfolios for student led conferences in February. Enjoy a few pictures from our adventures.

Our current unit of study in reading is centered on the book Martin's Big Words. While reading this book, we have been determining important information using the 5 Ws (Who, What, When, Where and Why), checking our understanding, studying vocabulary, creating collages of Martin's "big" words, determining cause and effect and we have even done some research about Martin Luther King Jr.s life! Wow! That's a lot of learning from just one book!

Miss Miller joined this classroom during January for coursework from Luther. She has been teaching whole group math lessons and meets with individual students regularly in reading and math conferences. The students love this extra one-on-one time! We are glad to have you Miss Miller!

Fourth Grade

Mr. Sund (a Luther College student) gave his last lesson on measuring in millimeters. In this lesson, students practiced measuring different pictures of invertebrates. Mr. Sund had a special surprise for the class today to make this lesson memorable. He brought in a real, live cockroach!!! Students thought it was pretty awesome to see this creepy crawly in our classroom! THANK YOU MR. SUND!

We had guidance today! It is ALWAYS a joy when Mrs. McCabe comes to our room!! During this lesson Mrs. McCabe taught about what to do when you have uncomfortable feelings - stop, name your feeling, calm down! Here are pictures of the kids role playing while practicing these skills!

Fifth Grade

Luther student Katie Koenning conducting the 5th grade band.

Students reading graphic novels in preparation for the Author Skype.

Students have created propaganda posters for Social Studies.

Sixth Grade

Creating a simple and complete subject/predicate foldable in writing.

Increasing our vocabulary skills by reviewing our Daily Dose Vocabulary on KaHoot! 

Studying for their vocabulary quiz using the Quizlet app 


Monday, January 30                  Parent-Teacher Conference Scheduler Opens
February 1-3                             Celebration of Global School Play Day                                                                         (Classroom Teachers have sent out individual information)