Weekly Update: May 26, 2017
Dear Grinnell-Newburg Staff, Family and Friends:
This weekend the Grinnell-Newburg School district will celebrate our 2017 GHS graduates! Please join me in congratulating our 101 seniors who have completed this milestone in their lives. Graduation is a celebration in which we all take pause to reflect on our students and their academic achievements. This journey is an “End to a New Beginning”. I would like to wish our graduating seniors well as they voyage down a new path. Whatever that trek may be, it is my hope that our graduates will find their passion and experience joy in whatever choices they make. I look forward to the Senior’s scholarship evening this Saturday night in the auditorium beginning at 7:00 PM, and our graduation ceremony beginning at 2:00 pm in the high school gymnasium.
As we enter into this Memorial Day weekend, I will take a moment to remember those military personnel who have made such great sacrifices for our freedom.
Admin Team Meeting
I was able to meet with staff from almost every building this week, where we discussed the state of each building. These meetings are important, providing me with a good understanding of what is going well in each building, as well as improvements the staff feel could be made. It also gives me an opportunity to have direct conversations with our staff, and answer questions they may have. I appreciate everyone who came out to our Listening Tours, and I am grateful for the valuable insight each one of you bring. The final listening tour with Bailey Park will be on Tuesday at 3:15.
Split Seasons at the Middle School Level
The Little Hawkeye Conference has voted to split the athletic seasons for the middle school winter sports, beginning 2017-2018 school year. This will help alleviate some practice schedule conflicts and eliminate most early morning practices. This will only affect basketball and wrestling at the middle school level. Girls basketball and wrestling will take place before the Winter break, and boys basketball will take place after Winter break.
Fine Arts Awards Night:
Congratulations to all of our fine arts students for being recognized this past week.
Recipient of the John Phillip Sousa Award for outstanding achievement in instrumental music Reanna Campbell, parents Bruce & Carrie Campbell and Mr. Dressler.
Recipients of the Iowa Choral Directors Award for outstanding achievement in Vocal Music: David Gilbert, Leah Ramsey, Mr. Henderson, Madelyn Topliff & Lucas Chamberland.
Sydney Green, Kayle Mackin, Nicole Popp, Karsen Innis, Danika Nolton, Chloe Baumann with Mrs. Ahrens - Visual Arts Awards
Congratulations to Danica Nolton with her photograph New Vermeer, Kayli Makin with her photograph Weeping Woman, and Isabela Gallegos with her photograph Facing Live. Their artwork was selected to be displayed in the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Virtual Gallery, featured on the NAEA website, and in the NAEA Studio & Gallery. Congratulations to Sydney Green for being selected as Iowa’s First District Winner of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition by Congressman Rod Blum. As the winner of the Art Competition, she receives the honor of her piece being displayed at our Nation’s Capital for one year, along with free roundtrip airfare to attend the National Art Competition winners banquet in Washington D.C.
Virtual Backpack Are you looking for some summer fun? Check out all of the opportunities for students this summer. There is something for everyone!
Janet M. Stutz
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), Bureau of Immunization, has completed the the law to require meningococcal (A, C W, Y) vaccine for students enrolling in 7th and 12th grades. The law change was effective January 11, 2017, and will be implemented at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year. The Immunization Program has developed a variety of materials regarding the new requirement. See the following attachments for more information. School Requirement Q&A Partner Letter
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please call 641-236-2700 with questions.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering!