Happy Spring! I think we are really headed for warmer weather! The sun is shining and Spring is has arrived! This weekly update is filled with celebrations, important information for parents, and opportunities for students this summer. Please take a look! I would like to wish everyone a relaxing Spring Break, next week, March 25-29. It is my best hope that you have time to catch up with family and friends! Please remember that April 1st will be a student attendance day! We will have an early dismissal at 12:30PM.
The SIAC Committee will be sponsoring a parent and teacher informational meeting on Section 504 “Process, Procedures and Implementation of a 504 plan. What I need to Know when navigating a successful 504 student plan”. Dr. Kevin Soesbe, Kelsey Walters, and Dr. Janet Stutz will be facilitating this informational session. We hope you can join us to learn more about the 504 process and how you as a parent or teacher can navigate a successful plan.
This is a reminder that our students will be participating in the ISASP assessment after Spring Break in grades 3-11 in the areas of reading, writing and math, and in grades 5, 8 and 10 for science. This is a new State test that will be done online. We ask that parents review information from your building announcements and newsletters about testing dates and times. We encourage students to get plenty of rest, eat a healthy breakfast, and be sure that students are in attendance during testing time. Please try not to schedule appointments during testing sessions. Remind students to do the best that they can and to not rush through the test. These assessments not only help us to know students skills and performance, but they also help staff to identify curriculum needs or gaps.
The Board will be recognizing all of our students, coaches and sponsors who have participated in a State Level Athletic Competition, or an ALL State Event since fall. (FFA, Speech, band, etc…) Students will be notified ahead of time if you are being recognized. Since this may be a large gathering, the Board meeting will be held in the Auditorium at 6:00 PM following the SIAC meeting. We will recognize students/Coaches/sponsors later this Spring if they have participated in a state event after April 1.
Give kids a strong start this summer by joining the AmeriCorps Summer team! The Grinnell Education Partnership is now seeking more than 30 Summer Learning Members to assist with fun enrichment activities in host sites around Grinnell. If you are at least 17 years old, call (641) 269-3900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org more information about this exciting summer opportunity. The application deadline is Friday, April 5, 2019.
Don’t Forget to check out our virtual backpack! We have already started to post activities for summer! Lifeguarding, AmeriCorp openings, summer positions, summer music camps, gymnastics, and much more! Take a look here: Virtual Backpack
Next week’s update will consist of Upcoming Events and brief announcements as we will be on Spring Break. The District Office will be open next week from 8:00-4:00 PM.
Friday, March 22 - Girls JV/V Indoor Track & Field Meet @ Central College
Saturday, March 23 - Solo & Small Ensemble Performances @ GHS
March 25-29 - Spring Break
Monday,March 25 - All State Individual Speech
April 1 - 12:30 dismissal - Professional Development for staff in the afternoon
Interested in volunteering for the Grinnell-Newburg Schools? There are many ways that you can help to enrich the educational experiences of our students through volunteering. From reading to a class, to volunteer coaching, to helping out with activities, there is something for everyone.
Applicants would need to submit a volunteer application and a background check. Please download the documents and email them to Judy Smith at email@example.com. Please call 641-236-2700 with questions.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering!