Online Registration for the 2019-20 School Year is open, and we encourage parents to register early!
Existing Students: Accessing Online Registration from your Parent Portal
For parents of existing students, online registration can be accessed from your parent portal. (If you have not set up your parent portal account, please find the directions at the end of this article.)
Online registration can be handled in the convenience of your home. Please click on the following link to begin the registration process: New Student Registration (Students are considered "new" if there is no family information in our information database. If you are a parent of a returning student, please access Online Registration through your Parent Portal, so as to avoid having to re-enter your information. See directions below.)
We welcome families who have recently moved to the Grinnell-Newburg School District, and encourage parents to contact the building your student will be attending. Parents are invited to schedule a tour of the building, and to meet your student's building principal and administrative staff. Appointments are not necessary but are recommended. Welcome to the Grinnell-Newburg Community School District!
Please note: If you do not have access to a computer, kiosks will be available over the summer at each building for you to fill out your registration application. If you plan to register at a building, please plan to arrive no later than 2:30 p.m. (Buildings are closed for the month of July.) The District will also be hosting a registration night August 1.
In the bottom left hand corner of the page you will find the link for Online Registration. Clicking on the link will open up Online Registration in a new window.
Handy Hints as you are going through the registration module:
When you begin you will be given a Confirmation Number. Please save this number. If you need to stop and return to the application, this will be needed to access your saved application.
To move through each section use the “Next” button. To move from section to section, click on the “Save and Continue” button. Please ensure all information is entered correctly before moving on to a new section.
Fee Payment and Lunch Accounts
After submitting your registration application, please return to your portal account to submit payment for your student’s instructional fees.
Once in your portal account, click on the “Payments” tab to submit your online payment.
**Can be completed after July 1, 2019
**Families applying for Free and Reduced: Please submit all forms before beginning the payment process.
Directions to set up your parent portal for the first time
To set up an account you will need a key code. Key codes can be obtained from your building administrative assistant. Please enter your key code and follow the steps to set up your Campus Portal account. You will be able to create your own username and password.
You will only need to do this once.
Please call 641-236-2700 during regular business hours if you have any questions regarding any of these processes.
Happy Friday! It is my hope that this update finds you well! This week has gone by very quickly and we continue to witness student success as they participate in events at the conference and State levels. We wish all of our Grinnell Students the best as they head to regionals, state events, and academic competitions this weekend and into next.
The Facilities Ad hoc committee continues to make progress toward the design of a new elementary school facility after many months of discussions based upon what we learned from listening sessions. We would like to continue to gather input and ask our families and friends to provide feedback through this short survey. Below is a link to a very short survey to help provide direction on the look and feel of a potential new elementary school. Please complete this survey by Thursday October 24, 2019.
I want to thank our GNEA Leadership and LMC committee for our positive discussions and problem solving sessions. It is really a joy to collaborate with you! We also have staff members at GMS who are engaged in the iPad pilot project who continue to develop their craft while engaging our students. We had staff head to the Tech Conference and Gifted Conference this week! Our staff continues to find ways to grow and develop in ways that will benefit our students.
I was very honored this week to sit on the SAI State Superintendent of the Year selection committee. This was a challenging activity to select the finalist, Joel Pederson, Cardinal Community School District Superintendent, from those nominated from across the State. Joel will move on to the next round for AASA national recognition.
It is my hope that parents and teachers had some excellent conversations during parent/teacher conferences this past week to assist our students to grow and learn. Thank you to all who participated.
Wednesday evening I met with the Rural School Advocate for Iowa Group to discuss legislation priorities that directly impact those communities living in Rural Iowa. The following will be RSAI’s (Rural School Advocates of Iowa) priorities list as we head into the legislative sessions this year: Adequate School Resources, Student Mental Health, Teacher Shortage, Transportation Equity, Equity for low SES, School Safety, Sharing and Incentives, Quality Pre-school, and Simple Majority for a Bond Vote. I will provide further details to our community once the final drafts have been completed for distribution.
The iPad pilot at GMS will be highlighted at the upcoming board meeting. We will be sharing the pilot thus far in the process. In order to anticipate moving from Macbooks to iPads for students in grades 5-8, we will discuss with the board the options in pricing, cost savings, and plans for the renewal process for teachers and para’s. I will be out to the buildings on listening tours in the next few weeks and will share updates with staff.
Other Board Agenda Items that will be shared for informational purposes include a presentation from our K-2 Principals highlights, Diamond Assets information regarding buy-back laptop program, upcoming legislative dinner for our board, bus purchases and requirements, and information shared with the board from Iowa Valley Community College related to their upcoming bond vote.
The high school robotics team, the Tech Tigers received generous financial support from Victor Manufacturing for the 19-20 season. In the picture, students Robert Groves and Luke Megel are receiving at check for $5000.
Funds will be used to support the entry fee for a First Robotics Competition Regional, robot components, tools, and travel expenses. This will be the 5th year Grinnell High School will have students compete. At the 2019 Iowa Regional, the team finished 6th place out of 48 teams.
Mrs. V. works hard to have the students interact with technology on a daily basis in her music classes. Below are some pictures of students building different types of notes (that were made with the district 3D printer), taking pictures of what they created/built, and sending/sharing them with their teachers and parents on the SeeSaw application to show their progress towards this standard. Great job 3rd grade students and Mrs. V.!!!
Friday, October 18
4:45 9th Grade Football @ South Tama
7:30 Varsity Football @ South Tama
Saturday, October 19
9:00 State Marching Band @ Pella
9:00 JV Volleyball @ East Marshall
10:00 Varsity Girls Swim Meet - North Central Swim Conference @ Boone
Tuesday, October 22
9:00 Iowa Youth Symposium @ Iowa State Capitol
4:15 8th Grade Football @ Pella
4:30 7th Grade Football @ Home
5:30 Varsity Girls Swimming Conference Meet @ Indianola YMCA
Wednesday, October 23
9:00 Iowa Youth Symposium @ Iowa State Capitol
7:00 Varsity Volleyball Regional Tournament @ Home
Thursday, October 24
4:00 JV/V Cross Country State Qualifier @ Pella
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 Judy Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please call 641-236-2700 with questions.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering!