Friday, February 10, 2017

JCC Admin Update Feb. 10, 2017

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

CADET Girls Basketball this season has been on FIRE!  Hard work, TEAM play, what a GREAT bunch of young ladies.  Good LUCK to Coach Sickles and the TEAM as they head into tournament play here at Crestwood at 7:00 PM Saturday against Waukon. (THANK YOU to Dawson Rasmusson for sharing the picture.) 

Good LUCK and BEST WISHES to the CADET WRESTLERS heading into the next round of State Tournament competition Saturday, February 11, at Decorah High School!  Action starts at 12:00!

THANK YOU SENIORS! This past week CADET NATION honored and recognized Senior Girls and Boys Basketball players, Managers, Basketball Cheerleaders and their parents. These young people are role models and their servant leadership valued! Thank you parents for instilling a strong moral compass in your sons and daughters.  

Job well done CADETS involved in the Wartburg Honor Band last Saturday! OUTSTANDING musicianship! 

The CADET Vocal Music Department Omelet Breakfast last week was FANTASTIC! What a way to start a Sunday!  

And how about our CADET Division 1 STATE Speech students!? Way to go Mitchell and John!  

Donaldson Foundation awards a $10,000 grant to Howard-Winneshiek Community Schools Foundation ‘We look forward to seeing the donation positively impact the children in our community.’ Ron Bethany, Plant Manager, Donaldson Company, Inc. Read more at 

Malek family donates $5,000 to Howard-Winneshiek Community Schools Foundation ‘We hope this donation will help give teachers the tools and opportunities they need to succeed.’ – Kathy Malek, community member in the Howard-Winn CSD

Reis family donates $2,500 to Howard-Winneshiek Community Schools Foundation ‘A strong community starts with a strong public education.’ – Dr. Amy Reis, parent in the Howard-Winn CSD.

The strength of CADET NATION is our young people, their parents and the strong support from patrons and community members!  Thank you.

Good Luck and safe travels to the CADET Competition Cheer Squad as they travel and compete in Florida! Nationals here we come!  Ladies know CADET NATION is behind you!

Community Voice: Needs Assessment  
Board Members and Staff, Parents and Community Members, Students, your voice is important as Howard-Winn begins to take the 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.  

This site is now active!  
Click the link below to start the survey

EXCITED for University of Northern Iowa, College of Education  Dean Gaëtane Jean-Marie, Ph.D to be here at Howard-Winn Thursday, February 16, 2017

Proposed 2017-18 School Calendar

This is the FINAL DRAFT of the 2017-18 school calendar.  

It will be shared with the Board of Education at the February meeting. 

A Public Hearing will be set prior to the March Board Meeting.  

Questions or comments are welcome.  or call 563 547 2762 or 515 229 6917. 
We are living in time of change.
In Iowa, and across the globe, we are all living in time of change.  For some, change is frightening and scary, for others they see opportunities and possibilities. Either way, this is happening and cannot be stopped. There are things we can control and things we cannot. 

The Howard-Winneshiek Community School District has been positioning and preparing for change. From the physical plants to the instruction in the classrooms to the use of technology, Howard-Winn is ready for the 21st century and beyond.  

Making Howard-Winn a destination for families to live and work is something we can control. Community partnerships + Northeast Iowa Community College + Community investment through Dollars for Scholars and Howard-Winneshiek Community Schools Foundation = an advantage no other kids in IOWA have. Howard-Winn students are getting an education second to none. 

The population in Iowa is shifting. From the state enrollment count last fall, 181 school districts in Iowa had a decline in enrollment and 74 Districts had a less than 2% increase in enrollment. With State funding tied to students enrollment, and with a 1% increase in state financial aid, 255 out of 333 Iowa School Districts will have financial challenges.  
Also in the "works" are proposed modifications in Chapter 20 of the Iowa Code. If passed by the Legislature, this would change the structure of teacher contracts and collective bargaining. Population changes, funding, collective bargaining, there are many things in play.

All that being said, change is here to stay and we will get through it. Stay positive and together let's look for the opportunities and the possibilities. Our children are watching us. How we deal with change may be the greatest lesson we teach our kids. Know too that it is my honor to serve Howard-Winn as Superintendent.

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

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