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Weekly Update: September 14, 2018

Dr. Stutz

Weekly Update: September 14, 2018


Dear Board of Education, Staff, Families and Friends:

As many of you are aware the bond vote did not pass on Tuesday.  It is disheartening to learn these results after countless students, staff, parents, community members and friends put in an incredible amount of time to support our students.  I want to personally thank all of the volunteers for their time, commitment, and hard work.

Although we may feel discouraged, defeated, and somewhat in disbelief, it is apparent that we must go back to the drawing board to find a plan that our community will support.  Our next steps will be to first prioritize our system facilities needs and fix what we can with our SAVE dollars we have available. Second, we will move forward to re-engage our community to develop a new plan.  I know that many are disappointed. However, it is my belief that when a community sends a message like the results that were reported, we need to reflect and realize that sometimes failures open new doors to new ideas.  We will journey on a path toward a new beginning. Together Everyone Achieves More! Our TEAM will put on our thinking caps, collaborate with our community, and find a solution.

Our commitment will be to our students.   Our priorities will be to continue to care for our students, provide them excellent learning experiences, and celebrate them everyday.  Thank you for your dedication to our students, families, and community.


Board Meeting Update:

This past week the Board of Education recognized Carly Sis, Above and Beyond Recipient, for her work this past Summer as a participant in the Iowa STEM Teacher Externship.  Carly was selected to participate in this program from many educators who applied across Iowa. Congratulations Carly!

Carly Sis


The board engaged in conversation with community members regarding the Bond. This discussion lead to our next steps. The Board will engage in a workshop session, (watch for date and time in next week’s update) to examine current facility needs and costs to share with the community.  Next, we will plan community engagement sessions to begin the process for a new plan. Dr. Stutz will also begin scheduling listening sessions with staff and students.


Other items from 9-12-18 Board Meeting:

The board approved adding 403 (b) option for teachers.  Please check with your own financial advisor on how you can access this program. 

Current 18-19 Fundraisers List has been approved.  Please be sure that any fundraiser in the district has prior approval. 

The Board also approved the Music Speaks contract for Music Therapy for students as well as approval for further heating pumps to be replaced at the Middle School. 

The next session for the Board will be held on September 26th.  This will be the Board’s reorganization session.


Homecoming week & Parade:

Parents/Students: Dollars For Scholars will host its annual Dogs for Dollars fundraiser in conjunction with the 2018 Homecoming activities in Central Park on Thursday, September 20th. DFS will be selling a meal consisting of a hot dog, chips, choice of soda or water, and choice of cookie or fruit for $5. Service in Central Park will be from 4-7pm.  The parade will kick off at 5:30 pm in Central Park. Lineup for the parade begins: 4:30 p.m. (near Central Park, downtown) Parade Begins: 5:30 p.m.


    Parade Route:

*2018 Route will again be held in downtown Grinnell, with lineup being held on 4th Avenues & Park Streets. The route will head north on Broad Street, west on 5th Avenue, south on Main and west on 4th Avenue. A pep rally and the Dollars for Scholars fundraiser are planned for approximately 6:00 p.m. in Central Park.  Parade line up is at 4:30.


School Spirit:  Students wore more than their yellow t-shirt for Gold Out Night at the game!

Gold Out


Little Tigers Cheer Clinic:

Little Tigers Cheer Clinic

Little Tigers Cheer Game


Concession Stand Volunteers:

For a successful Booster Club, hundreds of volunteers are needed to staff the concession stands throughout the year. Shifts are approximately two hours and are flexible. Parents of athletes are expected to volunteer for 2-3 events during every sport in which each child participates.

Join us on Sign Up Genius – Volunteering simplified!

Follow any of the link below to sign up to work the concession stand for sport/level or provide your email address to John & Jennifer Williams johnw50112@gmail.com to receive emails to fill vacant slots.



Halftime recognition of the 1998 12-1 Class 3A Runners-up:

Halftime recognition

Line up Half time


BOOM! Science Center of Iowa coming to Hotel Grinnell:

Join the Science Center of Iowa and Hotel Grinnell for a presentation that will blow you away! Discover why things explode as SCI’s science learning team experiments with ultra-cold liquid nitrogen and combustible gases, and learn how SCI brings learning to life for Iowans across the state.

Sunday, September 30 | 2:00-3:00 pm | at Hotel Grinnell

925 Park Street, Grinnell, IA

Presentation is free and open to the public!


Kites Over Grinnell:

Students will be building their kites in class beginning next week for the Kites over Grinnell Event September 29, that is sponsored by the Rotary Club.  Watch for further details next week.

Kites Over Grinnell


Upcoming Events:

Dig Pink Volleyball game is just around the corner on September 25. Please check with your school on how you can order a t-shirt for this event.


Monday 9/17

7th VB vs Osky HOME 4:30

8th VB @ Osky MS 4:30

JV FB vs Fairfield HOME 5:30

Tuesday 9/18

MS & HS Cross Country @ Newton 4:00

8th VB @ East Marshall 4:15

7th VB vs East Marshall 4:30 - GMS

7th FB @ Oskaloosa 4:30

8th FB vs Oskaloosa HOME 4:30 GHS

9/JV/V VB @ Pella Christian 5:30

Wednesday 9/19

Elementary Pep Assembly - 9:00 GHS TT Cranny

Thursday 9/20

Homecoming Parade -Downtown 5:30

Pep Assembly follows parade

Friday 9/21

Coronation 2:20 GHS

9th vs Osky

V FB vs Osky

Saturday 9/22

Varsity VB @ STC 9am

JV VB  @ North Tama 9am

Homecoming Dance 9-12 GHS cafeteria


Have a wonderful weekend!





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