Friday, April 28, 2017

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

Last Wednesday was Administrative Professional's Day. Here in CADET NATION, the TEAMS in the offices are second to none. Their servant leadership and smiles start our days on the right track. THANK YOU Darla, Janice, Sharon, Linda, and Tanor.  Know we all value and appreciate all you do. 

Drake Relay Qualifiers
A BIG SHOUT OUT to Drake Relay qualifiers junior Ellie Friesen for qualifying in the 3,000 meter run and senior Spencer Cuvelier for qualifying in the discus. Good Luck in Des Moines! 

Time of Change
So much change and transitioning is happening this spring. The superintendent search is moving forward with over 50 applicants. A new superintendent will be named within the next 60 days. With changes in Iowa law and collective bargaining the structure of employment is evolving. The new normal is change. 

That being said, change is hard and can be both exciting and scary at the same time. How we choose to view it, scary or exciting, will determine how we move through it. To go through change you have to let go of the past and seek the new.  I know many of you have seen the the video or read the book "Who Moved My cheese?"  It might be good to take some time and view the 16 minute video. Then ask yourself which mouse are you? Him or Haw. 

I encourage you all to keep moving forward, have faith all will work out, and do not let negative energy rob you of the beauty and excitement happening. I am blessed to be walking this path with you! 

Stadium Update

Next up is the Stadium Lights. The work began on Friday taking down the poles, the new poles should be up in about a week!  The concession stand is starting to come together.  

This is a "mock-up" of the banners for the north side of the bleachers. 
When completed, there will not be a better facility in NE IOWA!

Folks still seek to learn more about the #2020HowardWinn Story

Last Friday University of Northern Iowa leadership was again on campus.  

The focus of the visit was to build relationships and seek ways Howard-Winn and UNI could continue to share.  More on this will come. Good stuff!

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

April 28th, 2017 - Crestwood Secondary

Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12) 

Events for the week of April 29th - May 5th:  
Saturday, April 29th:

9:00           Varsity Girls Golf Tournament @ Decorah - Oneota                  
Monday, May 1st:
                  NO School - Teacher Inservice
4:00           Varsity Girls Golf Meet @ New Hampton
4:00           Home Varsity Boys Golf Meet vs. New Hampton
4:15           7-8 Girls Track Meet @ Waukon
4:30           Varsity Girls Track @ South Winneshiek
5:00           Varsity Boys Track @ New Hampton

Tuesday, May 2nd: 
7:35            Secondary BLT Meeting
4:15            7-8 Boys Track Meet @ Decorah
9:00            High School Success Team Meeting
10:00          High School Partnership Meeting @ NICC - Calmar
3:30            Howard-Winn School Foundation Meeting
7:30            High School Vocal Concert in the CHS Auditorium
Wednesday, May 3rd:   
8:00             Check and Connect Training
8:45             Personalized PD Meeting
1:45             JH Success Team Meeting

Thursday, May 4th:
2:30             Alternative School Meeting
4:15             Home 7-8 Boys Track Meet vs. New Hampton, Oelwein, South Winneshiek
5:00             Varsity Girls Track @ Waverly
5:00             Varsity Boys Track @ Waverly

Friday, May 5th:
                    IHSMA State Large Group Contest
4:15             7-8 Girls Track Meet @ Decorah
11:15           Speaker Col. Joe Herold will speak to the 9-12th grade
1:00             Speake Col. Joe Herold will speak to the 7-8th grade
Trout in the Classroom
Mrs. Siepkers' science classroom has a tank full of Trout—they have been raising them from eggs and will release them in Iowa streams soon. This is possible through a national Trout Unlimited program, Trout in the Classroom, allows students to raise fish and learn about their habitat and the importance of clean water.

Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is an environmental education program in which students in grades k-12 . . .
raise trout from eggs.
monitor tank water quality.
engage in stream habitat study.
learn to appreciate water resources.
begin to foster a conservation ethic.
grow to understand ecosystems.

The students will end the year by releasing their trout in a state-approved stream near the school or within a nearby watershed.  

The plan is to release the trout in Bigalk's Trout Stream.


Did you know... all Crestwood Graduates are certified in CPR. 

High School Students are currently receiving CPR training in Mrs. McAllister's and Mr. Slifka's Physical Education classes.  

Following the training students will receive a CPR course completion card.

Free Presentation on Financial Aid Offered

High school juniors and their parents will be able to get information on the college financial aid process during a free presentation offered by Crestwood Dollars for Scholars, Crestwood High School and the Iowa College Access Network® (ICAN).

The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16th in the gym at Crestwood High School. During the presentation, students and parents will receive information on topics including the financial aid process, understanding FAFSA results and college costs, financial aid options, the scholarship process and completing and filing financial aid forms.

“This presentation is very helpful for juniors and parents who are unsure exactly what is involved in the financial aid process,” says Trish Hartman. “As students get closer to their senior year and graduation, they and their families often find the entire process confusing and discouraging. Our aim is to make the process more clear, especially with the changes that have occurred.”

Families will learn how to complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a free form available from the U.S. Department of Education via Although professional assistance is not necessary to file the form, ICAN’s free services help reduce confusion and can ensure accuracy.

For more information about the presentation, students and parents should contact Trish Hartman at Crestwood High School by calling 563-547-2764.

Grief Support

Support for those who have lost a loved one to suicide is available at Northeast Iowa Behavioral Health in Decorah. 

The group will meet on the first Sunday of the Month beginning on May 7th.  

#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, May 5th.

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. 

April 28, 2017 Preschool & Elementary

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

With the school days coming to a close and summer just around the corner, many families are preparing for the transition from school to summer break. A common challenge for parents is finding ways to keep their children occupied in a fun, safe, and productive way. Whether you will be working through the summer or spending the days with your children, consider the following tips when preparing for summer break.

What You Can Do To Keep Them Busy: Put together a varied schedule in order to keep them moving and interested. The schedule may consist of daily chores, academic projects/lessons, day camps, activities with friends, etc. Another option is to encourage your children to identify some careers that they would be interested in learning more about and help them find opportunities within that career, such as volunteering at an animal shelter or doing odd jobs at a fire station.

Be Accessible: Your children should always be able to reach you. However, having them call every 5 minutes while you are racing against a deadline at work isn’t necessarily ideal for anyone. You may want to think about devising a system with your children about calling. For example: 1. The first phone call (and non-emergency), they can leave a message if you are unavailable. 2. If it is urgent, instruct them to call again immediately following the first call, and you will know to answer it. It is also a good idea to have another person available, such as a neighbor or relative, to be ‘on-call’ in case a situation does arise when your children cannot reach you or vice versa.

Set Ground Rules: Work out a set of rules and safety measures that the entire family understands. For example, no friends over when an adult is not there, don’t answer the door or phone, call before leaving the house, don’t use the stove or oven, and so forth. Also, make sure your children know exactly what steps to take when faced with an emergency and practice role-playing those steps. Depending on their age, you may want to consider enrolling them in a babysitting safety course, which usually covers potential safety and emergency scenarios and will better equip them when situations arise. Finally, when children think of summer, they usually think of fun. Try to gauge their response to their activities and be flexible, if possible, yet provide them with enough safety and structure to help them occupy their days in a fun and productive way.


Take every opportunity to extend your child's learning this summer to avoid the summer slide.  Make reading a habit in your home.  Just 20 minutes of reading can expose children to 10,000 words a day. This would add up to 750,000 words in 75 days of the summer. Not only would students gain word knowledge, but they also would be exposed to ideas and information that serve as the building blocks for more advanced learning. The Iowa
Reading Research Center’s blog offers other ideas for parents to support their children’s literacy:

Outstanding Students + Amazing Teachers + Involved Parents = Crestwood Elementary


Sara Grimm

Make reading aloud for at least 15 MINUTES every day as important as breakfast!

5-12 Grade Massed Band Festival

What: 5-12th Grade Massed Band Festival

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 9th.  Band students should meet at 7:05.

Where: Crestwood High School Gym.  Students should meet in the elementary band room

If you have any instruments that you would like to donate to our band program we would love to add them to our collection.  We are also accepting donations of cash in order to do necessary repairs on donated instruments which need to be fixed in order to be playable.
Thank you for partnering with us on this opportunity to grow a love of music!

Parents and students don't forget that there is 

Kindergarten Parent Night for Incoming Kindergarten Students

Thank you to all of the parents that attended our kindergarten parent night on Thursday.  If you did not have the opportunity to attend we are sending home information packets with our current students.  If your student does not yet attend Howard-Winn please stop in or call the school office and we can get you an information packet.

Crestwood Students were entertained & educated with an EXTREME SCIENCE assembly last Friday in the high school auditorium.  Science Wizard David Hagerman led the students on a wild journey through different fields of science. His show tickled our funny bones and educated at the same time. He demonstrated various instruments of fun and demonstrated the science behind many things we take for granted in our everyday lives.  The show was awesome for students to see and learn:
  • Gyroscopes explained a curious balancing act
  • Slime oozed from polymers
  • Crystals caused water to “vanish”
  • Students also saw the world's largest ball made of recycled Styrofoam cups
  • Electricity was utilized for a shocking experience

5th Grade Vocal Concert

The 5th Grade students and Mr. Bieber put on an awesome show on Monday, April 24th.  The students definitely have some talent and displayed a love of music.


Thank you to everyone who attended the PTO Family Fun Night at A&W/Long John Silver's!  We had a great turnout and it was a lot of fun!

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, April 28              Preschool Open House 11:30-12:30 and 4:30-5:30
Friday, April 28              Kindergarten Round-Up 8:30-10:30
Monday, May 1              NO SCHOOL--Teacher Inservice
Tuesday, May 2             2nd Grade to Oxbow Park
Wednesday, May 3       One Kindergarten Class and TK to Forestville
Thursday, May 4           Two Kindergarten Classes to Forestville
                                      6th Grade to Prairie Hill Nature Center
Friday, May 5                3rd Grade to Waterloo