Grinnell High School
Grinnell Middle School
Davis Elementary School
Bailey Park Elementary School
Fairview Elementary School
each named as Apple Distinguished School
Grinnell, Iowa September, 2021 — Grinnell-Newburg Community Schools is pleased to announce that every school building in the district has been recognized as an Apple
Distinguished School for 2021-2024 for our emphasis and the ability to empower our students as learners who can achieve at their maximum potential.
Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence. They use Apple technology to connect students to the world, fuel creativity, deepen
collaboration, and make learning personal.
“I have learned so much about the integration of online learning during one of the most challenging times in education. My ability to reach students has changed the way I think about teaching and learning. I will never go back to my old way of teaching”.
- Jonathan Kotz, 4 th Grade Teacher
The selection of each school in the Grinnell-Newburg School District as an Apple Distinguished School highlights our success in creating an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic achievement.
The Grinnell-Newburg Community School District, located in rural Iowa, is a school district that is transforming education for students who live surrounded by farm country. The Grinnell Community rallies to support our students through various educational partnerships to not only live in a connected world, but to also be connected to the world. Innovation, especially during the time of a pandemic, became evident as we navigated lessons to reach destinations for our students beyond the rural 224 square miles within the boundaries of the district. Living in rural Iowa, the Grinnell Newburg School District found a way to create equitable access for students to develop critical thinking so that they are prepared to compete in a global economy.
Press contact: Dr. Janet M. Stutz
School representative: Title: Superintendent
Fall weather is upon us! The blustery winds and light rain have required many to start looking for fall jackets and hats. Potential frost has been forecasted Friday in the early am hours.
It is hard to believe that we have one more full week of school during the month of October! Time will pass quickly as we enter the next few months of school, and before you know it, we will be in 2022.
Thank you to all of our families who participated in conferences this week. Today is an early dismissal day and there is no school tomorrow for students. Thus the reason for the weekly update to go out today as a reminder.
This week the County’s COVID numbers have decreased to 5.1% for the 14-day rate. However, the three-day positivity rate is 8.3%. Grinnell’s positivity rate shows 5.2% for 14 positivity rates and 6 % for the three-day rate. We will continue to review COVID weekly and share information regarding the spread. Please continue to wear your mask, wash your hands, and stay home if you are ill. Together we can limit the spread of the virus. Here is the complete document that we have received from the Iowa Department of Health. Copy of COVID data (007).xlsx
We expect the Moderna booster shot to become available to all of our district employees in the next few weeks. Please complete the google form emailed to your Grinnell Account if you are interested in the booster shot. If there is enough interest here in the district, then we will host a clinic like we did this past Spring. This first clinic will be for employees only. As IDPH releases additional criteria and availability, we will send an interest survey out to families if this is determined a need. I will keep you posted on further information once I receive more information from the Iowa Department of Public Health.
There will be a flu vaccine clinic from 3:30-6:00 at GHS in the main gym. Please enter the north entrance athletic doors and make your way to the main gym for sign-up.
Support SAVE for the Grinnell-Newburg Community School District: A win-win for students and taxpayers
The Grinnell-Newburg Community School District will be conducting a special election on Tuesday, November 2, to reauthorize our Revenue Purpose Statement for SAVE funds (Secure an Advanced Vision for Education). The current statement will expire January 1, 2031, for all school districts in the state, as a result of the 2019 Iowa Legislature extending the use of revenue from the SAVE (sales tax) through January 1, 2051. The Revenue Purpose Statement does NOT increase anyone’s taxes. The Revenue Purpose Statement allows the district’s voters to authorize and direct the local school board to spend their share of the revenue generated from the sales tax funds collected across the state. All districts in the state will have to pass a repurpose statement. Here are some of the items that we use SAVE dollars to fund. Without this extension, we would not be able to maintain our facilities, transportation, security, and technology to name a few.
Purchasing Buses for Student Use, including school buses with improved safety equipment that keeps both public and nonpublic students safer on the way to school and on the way home
Purchasing one to one technology devices for students and staff
Purchasing and Installing Security Cameras throughout the district, along with security devices on doors for approved entry into the school buildings
Masonry, Electrical and Mechanical updates at each of the five buildings
Heat pumps and boiler updates at the Middle School
High School and Middle School Bleachers and the High School Track and Tennis Courts
Carpet at the elementary and Middle School buildings
Improved Lighting in Hallways and Classrooms
Thanks to a generous donation by Bayer, approximately 2,000 custom water bottles were donated to the district so that every student and staff member could have a new reusable water bottle. All district drinking fountains remain off during the pandemic, yet refillable water stations are available in each building. Students will be given their new bottles this week. Please help your student remember to bring them back to school each day so they can stay hydrated and healthy!
Thank you to Bayer for our water bottles!
Thank you to all of our staff at GHS and volunteer students for participating in the emergency management drill this past Tuesday. This drill was beneficial to our administrative staff, Grinnell Police and Fire Department, and hospital emergency crew. The problem-solving meeting following the exercise was valuable, and many lessons were learned as we worked through this drill to prepare our community in the event of a real emergency.
Have an Awesome Weekend!
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 Jill Haacke at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please call 641-236-2700 with questions.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering!