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Weekly Update: August 17, 2018

Janet Stutz

Weekly Update: August 17, 2018


Welcome Back Teachers!  Today was the second day for our staff to come together to kick off the 2018-19 school year as a TEAM!  Together Everyone Achieves More as we work collaboratively together to assist our students to learn and grow.   It certainly has been these last few days for our staff and they did not waste anytime diving in to learn something new!   This past week staff participated in literacy training, mental health awareness and safety training. Many activities were going on throughout the district.   I would like to thank our staff members for their focus and energy. It was great to see you back at school!


Take a look at these photos from our Staff Development Days! Teachers are working hard to prepare for opening day with our students.  The first day of school is August 23, 2018! We are looking forward to our students returning for some TEAMwork!


Staff work with Jason, our School Wide Trainer!

Staff work with Jason, our School Wide Trainer!

Teachers and Coaches diving into literacy!

Teachers and Coaches diving into literacy!

What an awesome First Grade TEAM!

What an awesome First Grade TEAM!

Did I hear Mr. Harrold call himself “Cousin Clay”?  Welcome to the Tiger Family!

Did I hear Mr. Harrold call himself “Cousin Clay”?  Welcome to the Tiger Family!


Before and After School Program Survey:

Please take a moment to participate in a brief survey to help us understand the community's need for additional before- and after-school activities and care for children age 5-12. The information gathered from this survey will be used in planning for a possible before- and after-school program. Please note that details about the program (e.g., times, programming, cost) are still being determined.


Survey link:



GHS Fall Preview Night:

Fall preview night was held on Thursday.  The GHS marching band performed to kick off the night.  Fall teams that were introduced included Football (9th, JV & V), Girls Swim Team, Tiger Paws, Volleyball (9th, JV & V), Cross Country and the Cheerleaders.  The preview night was followed by a football scrimmage against Pella Christian.



Preview Night

Cross Country

Football players



Boys XC

Fall Preview Night


New Elementary Art Teacher:

Farren Johnson

Farren Johnson joined the GN staff after the family newsletter went out to families. 

We would like to welcome Farren to the district and introduce her to the community.

Farren provided a short bio to help us get to know her a little better:

I will be going into my 7th year of teaching art and I am so excited to be teaching at Grinnell-Newburg! For the past six years I taught at GMG Community Schools doing K-12 art. I grew up in Harlan, IA where I participated in tons of music and art activities. After graduating high school, I went to Iowa Western Community College and then to the University of Northern Iowa. When I am not teaching or creating I can be found traveling, boating and fishing with my husband and our dog, running, and playing music.

Open House information:

Bailey Park Elementary - Tuesday, August 21 from 4:00-6:00 pm

Fairview Elementary - Tuesday, August 21 from 4:00-6:00 pm

Davis Elementary - Tuesday, August 21 from 4:30-6:30 pm


Middle School New Student Orientation - Monday, August 20 from 4:30-5:15 pm

5th grade - Monday, August 20 from 5:30-6:30 pm

6th grade - Tuesday, August 21 from 5:30-6:30 pm

7th grade - Monday, August 20 from 7:00-8:00 pm

8th grade - Tuesday, August 21 from 7:00-8:00pm


Freshman Orientation - Tuesday, August 21 from 6:00-8:00pm


First day of School is August 23, 2018.

Teachers will begin with their opening day session beginning at 7:30 at GHS cafeteria.  The official session will begin at 8:00 in the auditorium. We will welcome George Couros who is a leading educator in the area of innovative leadership, teaching, and learning. He has worked with all levels of school, from K-12 as a teacher and technology facilitator, school and district administrator, and is the author of the book "The Innovator's Mindset; Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity." He is a sought after speaker on the topic of innovative student learning and engagement and has worked with schools and organizations around the globe. George is also the creator of Connected Principals.com, an initiative that brings educators and leaders together from around the world to create powerful learning opportunities for students.


Have a great weekend!




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