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Superintendent's Weekly Update

Dr. Stutz

Weekly Update: November 20, 2018

 

Dear Board of Education, Families, Staff and Friends,

 

Happy Thanksgiving!  It is my best hope that you enjoy time with family and friends during this upcoming short break.   Thank you for taking the time to check in and review this weekly update. There are many highlights each week that we include to celebrate our students and staff, and to inform you of upcoming events.   This week, please enjoy Alex Smith’s animated history segment that reflects the Great Depression.

 

Just a reminder:
No School: November 21, 22, 23 due to Fall Break.

 

Board Facility Workshop:

The Board will host a meeting on November 28th at 6:00 PM in the Board room at GHS to discuss next steps to move forward to engage community members in sharing ideas about a facility plan. Following this session with the Board, please watch for dates and times to participate in providing feedback to the district as we start from scratch to develop a plan.

 

The SIAC Meeting has been cancelled on November 28th due to scheduling conflicts. Please stay tuned for a rescheduled date.

 

Lesson from the Classroom Highlight:  Kent Mick’s Freshman History Class

Alex Smith Video

Alex Smith Video

Alex created an animated reflection video of the Great Depression from an inspirational Poem written by:  Jay Gorney in 1932. Alex used a variation of music in the background that was composed by Woody Guthrie. Alex chose Guthrie because of his work tied to the Great Depression too.  Alex commented, “that this lesson provided me with a better understanding of the emotions felt by many during this era”.

 

This piece is one example of how students explore literature, coupled with music, and art from an era that enables a student to find a connection to history.  This exploration about the Great Depression enables the student to dive deep into the concept that results in a level of understanding that is much more complex than just reading a text.  Back in my day, we would read about the Great Depression and other points in history, however I may have never really understood the impact on the lives of those who lived it as Alex has expressed here in this animation.   Many students completed this activity! Thank you Mr. Mick for sharing them with me!


 
National Honor Society Inductions:

Congratulations to our GHS National Honor Society Inductees.  This group was inducted last night here at the High School.

 

NHS 2018

 

GHS: National Honor Society current and new members.

NHS full group photo

 

Opportunity for GHS Seniors and community members to work with students.

Join the AmeriCorps team and support Grinnell-area kids by organizing volunteers and coordinating community-based education projects. Anyone age 17+ can apply for part-time, short-term AmeriCorps positions that include: Skills Gap Facilitator, Healthy Readers Coordinator, Community Engagement Coordinator, and Volunteer Engagement Coordinator.

Service terms begin early February 2019. In addition to a service stipend, all positions include a Segal Education Award for members who fulfill the service requirements.

The application deadline is Monday, December 3, 2018. Access the application via this link: 2018-19 Part-Time AmeriCorps Application. Prospective applicants may contact the Grinnell AmeriCorps Partnership via email: americorps@grinnell.edu or phone 641-269-3900 for additional information.

 

Fall Parties: Celebrating Fall!

Fall Party

Fall Party

Turkey Craft

 

Upcoming Events:

Monday, November 26

4:30 7th & 8th Grade Girls Basketball @ Pella Christian

4:45 JV Girls Basketball @ Home

6:15 Varsity Girls Basketball @ Home

7:30 Varsity Boys Basketball @ Home

 

Tuesday, November 27

4:15 Middle School Wrestling Meet @ Pella

4:30 8th Grade Girls Basketball @ Pella

4:30 7th Grade Girls Basketball @ Home

5:30 Varsity Boys Swim Meet @ Marshalltown

 

Thursday, November 29

4:30 8th Grade Girls Basketball @ Home

4:30 7th Grade Girls Basketball @ Norwalk

5:30 JV/V Wrestling Meet @ Chariton

6:00 9th Grade Boys Basketball @ Oskaloosa

7:30 JV Boys Basketball @ Oskaloosa

 

Friday, November 30

4:15 Middle School Wrestling Meet @ Montezuma

4:45 JV Girls Basketball @ Home

6:00 JV Wrestling Invitational @ West Delaware

6:15 Varsity Girls Basketball @ Home

7:30 Varsity Boys Basketball @ Home

 

Saturday, December 1

8:30 JV Wrestling Invitational @ West Delaware

10:00 Varsity Boys Swimming Invitational @ Newton YMCA

11:00 Varsity Wrestling Invitational @ West Delaware

2:00 Boys JV Basketball Game @ Benton

3:30 Boys Varsity Basketball @ Benton


 

Check the Virtual Backpack!!
 

Have a Wonderful Break!  Happy Thanksgiving!

 

See you on Monday November 26!

 

Sincerely,

 

Janet