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Weekly Update: May 24, 2019

Dr. Stutz

Weekly Update: May 24, 2019


Dear Grinnell Newburg Board of Education, Staff, Families and Friends:


Happy Graduation Weekend! I would like to take the time to congratulate our 2019 Graduates!  I would like to wish them well as they continue their journey in life. Thank you parents, teachers, and staff for guiding them toward this milestone. It was wonderful getting to know so many of them this year. Best wishes to all! Dream big and enjoy your journey!  


“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”
Henry David Thoreau


I look forward to the awards night Saturday and the Graduation Ceremony this Sunday! Enjoy your weekend.


Our K-4 grade students had a high five send off to our graduates on Thursday!

Graduation walk 2019Senior Walk

Seniors 20192019 Graduation walk

Seniors 2019


Above and Beyond Awards:  

Congratulations to our students for their acts of kindness toward their classmates.   Thank you for being wonderful role models!

Above & Beyond StudentAbove and Beyond 2019 student


Band and Choir Information for the 2019-2020 School Year:

A letter was sent to all Band and Choir parents this past week about the schedule change for next year. Please contact Mr. Seney, Mr. Henderson, or Mr. Dressler if you have any questions.  


Dear GHS Band & Concert Choir Parent,

This letter is to inform you that GHS will be changing the schedule for the 2019-20 school year to ensure that students in both Band & Concert Choir can participate in both programs, while having the opportunity to access AP courses, electives, and other dual-credit courses that they may wish to take.

To ensure that this happens successfully and without a cut to our music programs, we’ve reimagined our daily schedule so that Band & Concert Choir students will be able to continue to meet with their instructors daily.  The adoption of this new schedule will require Band & Concert Choir students to adhere to a 7 period day which will begin at 7:40 AM every day. Band & Concert Choir will alternate between 1st and 2nd periods based on a schedule set by Mr. Henderson and Mr. Dressler.

For students in both Band and Concert Choir, their 1st period will run from 7:40 to 8:25 AM. They will all have access to our E-Squared program from 8:30 to 8:55 AM and will start their 2nd period class at 9:00 AM.  However, their 2nd period class will also be Band or Concert Choir (whichever didn’t meet 1st period).

For students in either Band or Concert Choir, they will need to follow the schedule laid out by Mr. Henderson & Mr. Dressler to ensure they know when they are expected to be in 1st period (7:40 AM) or if their day will start at 9:00 AM.

Mr. Henderson & Mr. Dressler will use “REMIND” (or another app) & Google mail to ensure that students in either Band or Concert Choir programs are aware of their schedules.

Here are a couple of examples of how this may look:  

  • During the 2 weeks prior to State Marching Band Contests, Mr. Dressler may utilize the 2nd period slot for Marching Band in the fall.  During those 2 weeks, Mr. Henderson will be utilizing the 7:40 AM rehearsal time.

  • Before our annual “Meet the Composer” event, Mr. Henderson may be utilizing the 2nd period slot for Concert Choir, while Mr. Dressler utilizes the 7:40 AM rehearsal time for Band.

We look forward to being able to enhance our students’ experiences, maintain the integrity of our programs, and work toward ensuring that students are able to take full advantage of the programs we offer at GHS.


Yours in education,


Kevin Seney, Principal        

Roger Henderson, Vocal Music              

Levi Dressler, Instrumental Music


Fine Arts Awards Night:

Congratulations to all of our students who were honored this past Wednesday night at the Fine Arts Awards night!  Many awards were received!

Fine Arts Awards 2019Fine arts 2019


Bailey Park & Davis Elementary Giving Gardens:  

Bailey Park and Davis students are learning about the giving gardens.  

Giving Gardens Bailey ParkGivimg Garden Davis

Working the Giving Garden


Grinnell High School students Landscaping:

Thank you to our Plants Science Class for the wonderful landscape work in front of our high school sign.

GHS plantingPlant Science class landscape


Upcoming Events:  

Home Baseball with East Marshall has been cancelled for tonight

Softball @ GV Christian has also been cancelled for tonight


Friday, May 24

Boys State Tennis @ Waterloo

5:30 JV Baseball @ Home

5:45 Varsity Softball @ Grand View University (CANCELLED)

7:30 Varsity Baseball @ Home (CANCELLED)


Saturday, May 25

9:00 Varsity Softball Tournament @ Williamsburg

10:00 Boys State Tennis @ Waterloo

10:00 Varsity Baseball Invitational @ BGM

7:00 Honors Awards Night @ GHS


Sunday, May 26

2:00 Graduation @ GHS


Tuesday, May 28

Girls State Golf Tournament

5:30 JV Baseball @ Oskaloosa

5:30 JV Softball @ Oskaloosa

6:00 Varsity Girls Soccer @ Nevada

7:30 Varsity Baseball @ Oskaloosa

7:30 Varsity Softball @ Oskaloosa


Wednesday, May 29

Girls Golf State Tournament

6:00 ADHOC Committee Meeting


Thursday, May 30

Boys Soccer State Tournament

5:00 Varsity Softball @ Vinton - Shellsburg


Have a great weekend!






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