Friday, May 26, 2017

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

This is the class of 2020 taken in 2012, in front of the one room school house Norman Borlaug attended.  Now in 2017, they just finished their freshman year of high school and this fall will be sophomores. WOW has time flown by. The goal of #2020HowardWinn was by the time these kids graduated from high school they would be the most recruited, best prepared kids on the planet. CADET NATION continues to make progress to this goal.  

Looking back......
Five years ago the District was identified as a No Child Left Behind (NCLB) District In Need of Assistance.  The physical plants in Elma, Lime Springs and Cresco all were in need of repair. The stadium bleachers and track physically were deteriorating. Enrollment and State funding was declining.  In that there were many challenges, we also discovered many opportunities. Along the way we moved through the peaks and valleys to get to where we are today: INNOVATIVE, CREATIVE, CONNECT and ACHIEVING.  

The transformation of Howard-Winn did not happen because of one person, it happened because a community came together, committed to serve and prepare our young people! 

This vision and direction forward was first charted with the Board of Education in 2012. Directors Duane Bodermann, Karlos McClure, Doug Berg, James Kitchen, and Scott Fortune set the foundation to discover a kids passion and skills and connect them to a profession. As Mr. Fortune, Mr. Berg, and Mr. Kitchen left the Board, this thinking has continued forward with present Board Directors Todd Hill, Casey Vobr, and Toni Johnson.  #2020HowardWinn is in their debt. 

In the last five years hard choices had to be made, like closing Elma and Lime Springs/Chester schools. Courageous choices were also made to allocate financial resources to provide every student K-12 with a digital device. With ALL students having a digital device, embedding STEM in to instruction, teachers transformed and reinvented themselves.  CADET NATION embraced change and ALL began to think differently.  

Today the #2020HowardWinn brand is nationally known. The District has moved from NCLB District in Need of Assistance status to Crestwood High School in 2016 being designated by the Iowa Department of Education as being high performing (top 13%) and Elementary students having double digit increases in MAPS and State assessments.  Technology is used as a tool for learning and is embedded seamlessly into instruction. Project Lead the Way classes starting in 7th grade, STEM skills and experiences happening in Pre-K through 6th grade, secondary kids earning hundreds of community college credits, Howard-Winn has "stepped through the looking glass". 

Through Social Media and video conferencing learning at Howard-Winn is no longer limited to our Zip code. 

Learners at Howard-Winn have broken out of classroom silos. Howard-Winn teachers and principal are 21st century change agents! 

Thanks to the servant leadership from Building and Grounds Director Larry Trende and his TEAM, the Howard-Winn campus and facilities are now second to none!  

Transportation Director Brian Swestka and the Bus drivers each day covering 1,700 miles, bringing kids to and from school safely. His TEAM ROCKS!  

TECH Department Harold Jensen and Heather Klenke are the true "behind the scenes" heroes! Maintaining our internet infrastructure and overseeing the digital hardware, their work has positioned Howard-Winn as THE technology template for the State!  

Food Service Director Cheryl Dickman and her TEAM have fed us well throughout the school year and her leadership with the summer feeding program keeps us "full" in June and July! 

Cadet Nation is strong and ready for what ever comes next!

Going FORWARD......
This week we say good by and THANK YOU for your service to Rita Altman, Jan Cray, Deb Day, Dory Fravel, Diana Huhe, Marsha McCabe, Doug Murhpy, Jim Obermann, Diane Schmitt and Mary Watt. You have touched many lives and your contributions helped to shape CADET NATION!  THANK YOU!

It is EXCITING to know that CADET Ted Ihns is coming home to lead CADET NATION forward as the next Superintendent. He will do a FANTASTIC job! 

There are challenges on the horizon, but just as before, Howard-Winn will meet and overcome them all.  

Please know it has been my extreme pleasure to be a part of the adventure and I truly value and appreciate all that we have learned together.  

With my GREATEST respect.
John Carver

May 26th, 2017 - Crestwood Secondary

Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12) 


Senior Class Survey
Congratulations to the class of 2017, who graduated on Sunday, May 21st. The class consisted of 104 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 2017: 104
Number going to a 4 year college: 40
Number going to a vocational-technical school/community college: 46
Total number of graduates planning to continue their education: 86
Percentage of seniors planning to continue their education: 81.3%
Number attending an Iowa college: 70
Number attending an out-of-state school: 17
Number joining the Armed Forces: 1
Number working or looking for work: 17

Awards Day

The last day of school was Friday, May 26th.  During this time there was awards assemblies for the Junior High and High School. 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

Emma Mannery, Chandler Crouch, and Mackenzie Dietz are juniors 
that had perfect attendance this year

Joseph Kaletka and Destiny Hodges of the sophomore class, had perfect attendance this year.

Hannah Ward, Nicholas Braun, Daniel Lares, Wyatt Curtis, Bryden Juelsgaard, Nik Knobloch, and Dalton Heit 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 and 1st Day

Howard-Winn will kickoff the 2017-18 school year with 
Back to School Parent-Teacher Conferences on Wednesday, August 23rd. 

Details on the schedule will be communicated this summer.

The first day of classes for Howard-Winn 
students for the 
2017-18 school year will be 
Thursday, August 24th, 2017.

Have a Great Summer!

May 26, 2017 Preschool & Elementary

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

Dear Parents,
The 2016-17 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!! 

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!

Outstanding Students + Amazing Teachers + Involved Parents = Crestwood Elementary


Sara Grimm

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.

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 26: 
Last Day of School
Enjoy your summer

Terese Jurgensen ~ Director of Student Services/Special Education ~ May 26, 2017

 Best School Year Ever!
It's the last day of the 2016-2017 school year for the Cadets. Every year, I say the same thing - Wow! This was the best school year yet! Where did the time go? Last weekend, a dear friend of mine told me, "Terese, less words ~ more pictures!"  For anyone who knows me, less words is not easy, but in honor of my last update for the year, I wanted to add more pictures that are worth a thousand words. These memories have personal meaning to me and have helped define me and define our mission and vision for Howard-Winneshiek CSD. 

Pictured above is Howie with a group of awesome kids at a home football game. At HWCSD - our focus, our purpose and our passion is for kids! 


Trevor Regan - provided professional development to our teachers and support staff in September ~ Growth Mindset focus!
In early September, we invited Trevor Regan of TRAIN UGLY to provide staff development on Growth Mindset. This was our focus and it has impacted our student data on Social Emotional Learning. The high school students grabbed onto the idea that a new course offering on Growth Mindset will be curriculum in 2017-18 


  Max Garcia ~ Holocaust Survivor  

In early fall the students, staff and community were blessed by having Max Garcia, author and Holocaust Survivor speak to all of the HWCSD students from grades 6-12. Max also spoke to a "standing room only" crowd at the Cresco Theater. Max taught us many things, but one of his main messages to young people was to be tough - focused - live life on purpose - believe in yourself and believe in your dreams. In a nutshell, have a growth mindset and grit!   

Please keep Max in your thoughts and prayers as he is recovering from a fall where he broke 5 of his ribs. Our 6th grade students made him cards!                                              

Merry Christmas ~ Compassion ~ Pass it on!

Giving back to our community is a big part of who we are at Crestwood. Above is Keith Anderlik (Success Team), Kevin Pira (High School Graduated Student) and Doug Sickles (Junior High Guidance).  They are pictured here with just a few of the articles that were given out to families right before the Christmas Holiday. The money for these gifts are raised throughout the school year by teachers donating money during "Jeans Week." Kevin told me, "To deliver the gifts was very meaningful to him and the families appreciated the kindness of the school." 

Temple Grandin 

One of our prime areas of focus in special education is to empower and teach our students who struggle with Social Emotional Learning is to embrace their dreams and passions. During the winter months, I was honored, along with several special education teachers, to meet and learn from Dr. Temple Grandin. Temple is an amazing woman who has impacted the cattle industry and the world with her knowledge, passion and wisdom to support students on the autism spectrum. Dr. Grandin also spoke this year in New Hampton as a part of their FFA Chapter. It was exciting to have many of our students from the high school get to hear her story and learn from her experiences.  She has been an inspiration to me for years, and I was super blessed to meet her! 

Education is Changing

The State of Iowa and indeed the nation saw many changes in the world of public education. We will have to wait and see what these changes will mean to Howard-Winneshiek, but I wanted to share this because I believe teaching is the most difficult and wonderful profession! These are Temple Grandin's words written on the right - she stated, "If it weren't for teachers, she would not be who she is today." 

 Superintendent John Carver
John Carver is moving to Tennesee with his wife Pam and to be closer to their daughter Emily after 5 years as the HWCSD District Superintendent. Mr. Carver has impacted my life and the lives of all of the Howard-Winn School Community in so many outstanding ways. He put Howard-Winn on the global map, and supported all of us to look at the world of education in a new and futuristic way. His impact on my life cannot be put into a few short words. As a member of this community, an administrator and as a parent, I would like to say, "Thank you, Mr. Carver for your vision, your passion and your leadership. I wish you the very best, and know great things will continue to happen at Howard-Winn because you were here. God Bless You!"

                                                                                                       Theodore Ihns -
                                                                                                      New Superintendent

Howard-Winneshiek is welcoming Theodore (Ted) Ihns (pictured left) as the district's new superintendent. Mr. Ihns is a graduate of HWCSD and grew up in Lime Springs. I am excited to work with Mr. Ihns as during the interview I was impressed with his systemic thinking, passion for kids and love for the Howard-Winneshiek Community Schools! Welcome!

Social & Emotional Learning

I would be remiss not to include the article that was released this year by the Iowa Department of Education on Howard-Winneshiek. The focus was Social Emotional Learning and as a result we had countless schools reach out and visit to find out more on what we are doing here at Howard-Winn. This is a huge Shout-Out to the district, not just in special education, but throughout everything we are doing for kids to meet their social, emotional, mental and human needs. Thank you!!!

It's hard to put into words the impact Kyler Bina has made on my life. I miss him every day, and wish I could see his orange jacket in the parking lot or get a funny email from him. I have this picture cut out and next to it I have written, "Go Hug a Student Today!" My last conversation with Kyler ended with a hug and the words, "I am proud of you." As I think of him and pray for his family, I remind myself that the reason we are here everyday is for kids. It's not for anything else.


Last Day of School
May 26, 2017

Elementary Students had a big assembly to honor students with Perfect Attendance, honor Retiring Teachers & Put Pies in teachers' faces who were voted for during the Cadet Carnival!
Mr. Bieber and I get "Pied in the Face" by 2 lucky Cadets whose names were drawn out of a hat!


Have a great summer!
We are looking forward to the 2017- 2018 School Year

If you need to reach me this summer, please don't hesitate!
Terese Jurgensen
(563) 929-6344