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Weekly Update: September 21, 2018

Dr. Stutz

Weekly Update: September 21, 2018


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.


This week’s highlights:

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!


Homecoming activities this week: It has been a great week!   Tiger Pride rang clear throughout our community this week!  I want to thank all who helped to organize the many events at each of our schools.  Special thanks to our Chamber leader, Rachael Kinnick, for organizing the parade and coordinating this event with our local businesses.    


Middle School Driveway paintings & Pep Assembly

Driveway painting Middle School


MS Pep assembly

Elementary Pep Assembly:

Elementary Pep Assembly


Elementary cheer


Homecoming Parade 2018:

parade 2018homecoming parade


paradeflags parade


La Patronal visits GHS:

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.



peru dance


dance lessons


Kites Over Grinnell: Students in K-4 grades put together their kites this week with the help of PTO and Rotary Volunteers.  Students will bring their kites home with them next Friday. The event will be on September 29, 10:00am - 4:00pm at Ahrens Park.  Click here to learn more about this fun event.



kite building


Upcoming Events:

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.  





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