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Weekly Update: April 12, 2019

Dr. Stutz

Weekly Update: April 12, 2019

Happy Friday! This week has been filled with music and celebration! I want to thank all of our coaches, sponsors and families who joined us to recognize students that have participated in a State Level competition since the fall of 2018!  What a crew! Also this week we welcomed Dr. William Soesbe who joined Kelsi Walter and me to present on section 504 during a SIAC meeting. You can see our presentation here Section 504 Presentation.  If you have any questions regarding section 504 please contact your child’s teacher, counselor or building principal. You are always welcome to reach out to me with questions regarding the process, the law, or procedures related to 504.  


Congratulations to our Davis and Bailey Park students on their excellent performances this week. We have some pictures below that highlight these events. Thank you to Barb Van Ersvelde and Molly Loftin, our music staff, as well as to all of the teachers at each school for preparing our students for these shows! They were spectacular!


The Board of Education approved and awarded the bids for our summer work at various schools to remedy masonry work, boiler replacements, roofing, and electrical. The administration will be meeting this Monday to review the schedule for the summer with Estes Construction.

Online Registration for the 19-20 school year is now open!

We have opened Online Registration for the 19-20 school year. Please log in to your Parent Portal and click on the blue "Online Registration" link. If you cannot remember your username or password, please contact Elizabeth Plagge via email elizabeth.plagge@grinnell-k12.org or phone 641-236-2677.

online registration

Health Insurance Informational Meeting for Staff:

The Administration is currently reviewing health insurance options for our employees and will be hosting a meeting on Tuesday, April 16 for staff. We encourage you to attend this meeting. It will be held in the GHS media center beginning at 3:45. If you are unable to attend please contact Lisa Johnson if you have questions regarding the options.

Mentoring Program:

Five beginning educators finished the Journey to Excellence Mentoring Program. Snacks were provided by the students in Ms. Skouson's Culinary Arts III program, and the guest speaker was Liz Hansen.



Thank you parents for encouraging your student to eat a healthy breakfast, get plenty of rests and come prepared for testing.   The testing sessions have gone rather smoothly. We had a few glitches but were able to work through them rather quickly.

Davis Elementary Concert:

Davis Concert 2019

Davis concert

Davis 2019

Bailey Park Concert:

Bailey Park Concert 2019

Concert BP 2019

Bailey Park 2019

Apple Professional Work this week:

Our teachers routinely work to improve learning in their classrooms.  Several K-2 teachers at Bailey Park and Fairview Elementary Schools collaborated this week to create some new technology-rich lessons with the assistance from our Apple Trainer and our Instructional Technology Coach Bill Gruman.


First grade students conducted a survey, graphically displayed their data,  and identified conclusions with the Keynote app, or they learned about characteristics of geometric shapes creating custom emojis using Keynote.

Kindergarten students created videos in the Clips App or Keynote using emojis to identify and describe weather patterns.

Students in second grade identified and researched a global problem, using bar graphs, and proposed possible solutions with research, custom graphics, and animations using a template in Keynote. 

Student projects were saved for future use or exported to their digital portfolios in the application Seesaw.


Tech with AppleTech Lessons


Dates for Seniors and Senior Parents:

Wednesday, May 8th:   Graduation Caps & Gowns will be available in the office for students to pick up.  Cost is $17.50 for the gown rental - students are allowed to keep their caps after Commencement, however, the gowns will be turned in after the ceremony.

Monday, May 20th & Tuesday, May 21st:  Senior Trimester Finals

Wednesday, May 22nd:  Senior Grades due @ 3:30 PM

Wednesday, May 22nd:  Fine Arts Awards Ceremony @ 7:00 PM in the GHS Auditorium

Thursday, May 23rd:  Senior Awards Ceremony @ 10:00 AM in the GHS Auditorium

Thursday, May 23rd:  Commencement Practice @ 11:30 AM in the Big Gym

Thursday, May 23rd:  "Graduation Walk" at Bailey Park, Fairview, & Davis Elementary Schools immediately following Commencement Practice

Saturday, May 25th:  Senior Awards/Honors Night @ 7:00 PM in the GHS Auditorium (Seniors will meet in the lobby at 6:45 PM)

Sunday, May 26th:  Commencement @ 2:00 PM in the Big Gym;  doors open to the public at 12:00; Seniors are to report to the GHS Cafeteria at 1:45;  this is not a ticketed event nor reserved seats and all spectators will be seated on the bleachers; handicapped seating is available on the floor; Seniors will turn in their graduation gowns immediately following the ceremony.


Take the survey for the Community Internet Option if you live in Grinnell It is still open:

The survey can be accessed here: mahaska.org/grinnell.


The Grinnell Chamber of Commerce & City of Grinnell were recently approached by Mahaska Communications Group (MCG), a division of Musco Lighting in Oskaloosa, to explore the possibility of running fiber to the Grinnell community. After several initial conversations to further explore this option, this survey is being distributed to better understand the community need for the service. The Chamber has asked the District for help in reaching this survey to as many community members as possible. Thanks for your help!

Message from the Grinnell Police Department:

Take minute to check out all the summer activities posted on the Virtual Backpack. Activities include the Grinnell College sports camp, GACC Theater camp and the Kinetic Sculpture Challenge!
Upcoming Events:

Friday, April 12

5:30     JV/V Boys Soccer @ Perry


Saturday, April 13



Monday, April 15

2:00    JV/V Boys Golf @ Lincoln Valley Golf Course

4:00    JV/V Girls Golf @ Tara Hills Country Club

4:15    Varsity Girls Tennis @ Home

5:00    JV/V Boys Soccer @ Home

7:15 Varsity Girls Soccer @ Dallas Center - Grimes


Tuesday, April 16

4:15    JV/V Girls Golf @ Westwood Golf Course

4:15    Varsity Girls Tennis @ Home

4:15    Varsity Boys Tennis @ Knoxville

4:15    Middle School Boys Track Meet @ Williamsburg

4:30    JV/V Girls Track Meet @ Dallas Center - Grimes

4:30    Middle School Girls Meet @ South Tama

4:30    JV/V Boys Track Meet @ Ballard

7:00    Fairview Concert @ GHS


Thursday, April 18

1:00    JV/V Girls Golf @ Edmundson Golf Course

4:15    JV/V Boys Golf @ Grinnell College Golf Course

4:15    Varsity Girls Tennis @ Indianola

4:15    Varsity Boys Tennis @ Home

4:30    JV/V Girls & Boys Track Meet @ Newton

4:30    Middle School Girls Track Meet @ Home

4:30    Middle School Boys Track Meet @ Knoxville


Have a wonderful weekend!
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