Dear Grinnell-Newburg Board of Education, Staff, Families, and Friends,
Happy Fall! The week began with summer heat and ended with a refreshing fall chill in the air. Fall in Grinnell is my favorite time of the year. All of our students are back in full swing of the school routine, eagles are seen returning to the area, and spectacular fall colors paint the yards. This week students and staff enjoyed many Homecoming School Spirit activities. These memories last a lifetime for students. It is wonderful to see our students connecting with staff, their school, and each other as they celebrate with Tiger Pride! Our update highlights many of those activities.
It was a busy week! I met with the AmeriCorp Grant writing team to begin the process to support our summer learning program. I also had an opportunity to work with new superintendents across Iowa to share a variety of strategies to support principals and administrators. This session was sponsored by School Administrators of Iowa and was held in Des Moines. I am mentoring a new superintendent this school year and it has been a very rewarding experience.
Heading into Wednesday, I met with our GNEA leadership. We meet monthly as a small team to work through any opportunities or other related topics to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our hard working staff.
On Thursday, the Iowa Valley Regional Collaborative met to plan the required CTE budget that falls under new legislation. I currently chair this committee and our very own Kevin Seney is working with our regions’ school district teacher representatives on the new program renewal requirements. The first curriculum to be renewed and approved for accreditation is Agriculture. Also, thank you Ashley Wolfe for your leadership through this process!
On Monday, September 17 the GHS Spanish Department hosted a brass band from Peru - La Patronal performs traditional folk music most commonly heard in rural villages throughout Latin America.
Monday, September 24
4:30pm - Volleyball: Girls 7th Grade Match vs Pella Middle School, Grinnell MS (Away)
Volleyball: Girls 8th Grade Match vs Pella Middle School (Home)
5:30pm Football: JV Game vs Oskaloosa (Away)
Tuesday, September 25
4:15pm - Cross-Country: MS & HS Boys/ Girls Varsity Invitational @ Knoxville
4:30pm - Football: 7th Grade Game vs Grinnell MS vs. Newton-Berg Middle School (Home)
Football: 8th Grade Game vs Newton-Berg Middle School (Away)
5:30pm - Volleyball: Girls 9th Grade Game vs Indianola (Home)
Volleyball: Girls JV Game vs Indianola (Home)
7pm - Swimming: Girls Varsity Meet vs Boone, Vinton-Shellsburg, Williamsburg (Home)
7:30pm - Dig Pink Night Volleyball: Girls Varsity Game vs Indianola (Home)
Friday, September 28
4:45pm - Football: 9th Grade Game vs Knoxville (Away)
7:30pm - Football: Varsity Game vs Knoxville (Away)
Saturday, September 29
7am - Bands Across the Prairie - Cedar Rapids Prairie
9am - Volleyball: Girls 7th/8th Grade Triangular vs Grinnell MS vs. Oskaloosa Middle School, South Tama Middle School (Home)- Grinnell HS
10am - Oktemberfest parade- MS Band Marshalltown Fairgrounds
Enjoy your weekend! I hope that you will join me to cheer on our Tigers tonight at the homecoming game.
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!