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Weekly Update: July 26, 2019

Dr. Stutz

Weekly Update: July 26, 2019


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


Happy Friday! In just a few short weeks our hallways will be filled with students and staff gearing up and ready to learn as we kick off the 2019-20 School Year. The summer has quickly gone by and before you know it the first day will be here! The first day of school is August 23. I look forward to greeting our families and students on the first day of school.  


Teachers please watch for the welcome back letter that will include opening day activities and schedule on Monday, August 5,2019.  We have some fun filled activities coming your way!  


Construction update: 

The roofing project is just about complete at Davis Elementary School. As a precautionary measure we moved our summer day camp and SLICK program students during the project to the High School as the roof was unstable and we were concerned that the ceiling may break away that contains asbestos. Please know that the ceiling did not break away which did not disrupt any asbestos, but there was thought of some dust and therefore the debris was tested which was negative for asbestos.  All students will return to Davis on Monday, July 29, 2019 for Day camp and the summer SLICK program. The community meal, as well and the breakfast and lunch programs will also return to Davis Elementary. 


The Bailey Park Roof Project is complete. As reported, the Bailey Park Ceiling did break away from the ceiling which contained asbestos. The Iowa Environmental Group came in to assess the building on three occasions to ensure that the air was clean and safe to return to the building. The report states that there was no asbestos detected in the air.   


The summary report and data charts may be found here or on our website under the facilities page.  


Apple Debriefing:

This week members of the Administrative Staff and Technology staff attended a debriefing session to plan further instructional practices, goals, action plans and strategies to engage students and staff as we continue to develop and improve our 1:1 learning environment. Our discussions will lead to the development of an iPad pilot project at the middle school, a focus on instructional practices using technology to meet the needs of our students as they access content, and focus on collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking skills to prepare our students for this ever changing world. We will continue to keep you updated as these strategies and action plans unfold that will include students, staff and administrators in its development.  


Infinite Campus Update:


Infinite Campus Update


Registration Night August 1, 2019:

Registration night is quickly approaching this August 1, 2019 from 4:00 - 7:00 in the High School Library. Please know that this registration night is only for those who need assistance to register and have not done so online. It is important that you have your student registered in order for the principals to assign your student to a class roster or courses in a timely manner. Other documents provide our staff important information in order to meet the needs of your students. Thank you for completing this important step.   

Back to School Newsletter Booklet: 

Once again we have an informational newsletter that is filled with important information for you and your family.  It is available here, online, and hard copies of the booklet can be found in your student’s school office. We have hard copies also available at Fareway, Hy-Vee, McNally’s, Mayflower Office, Walmart & Saints Rest. The 2019-20 calendar is on the last page of the document for your use. School Supply lists, registration fees, school picture dates, contact information, and orientation dates are just some of the important informational pieces that you will find in this valuable resource. 


Back to School Open Houses:

Open house schedule


Have a wonderful weekend!





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