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Weekly Update: November 1, 2019

Janet Stutz

Weekly Update: November 1, 2019


Happy November! I hope that this weekly update finds you staying warm. This week, with the arrival of snow coming early, please use these snowflakes as a sign to check your emergency contact information in Infinite Campus in the event that we need to alter the school day schedule. Let’s hope the snow holds off for a little while longer!  


Daylight savings end November 3 - Remember to turn your clocks back 1 hour.

This weekend, don’t forget to turn your clocks back 1 hour! Enjoy that extra hour of sleep!  

There are wonderful events going on this weekend! Take a look at the upcoming dates below and join us to celebrate our swimmers, cross country teams, performers on the stage and much more.  

No school Monday, November 4th for Staff Professional Development: 

This is a reminder that there is no school this Monday as teachers will be participating in staff Development activities. Our Paraprofessionals will be participating in this day as well. Please check with your building principal regarding your schedule for the day.  

2nd grade classes from Fairview created origami Samurai hats in art class yesterday with Machiko, the international student from Grinnell College. 

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Champion Groups:

“Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” - Rita Pierson. Our champion groups met on Monday. We love being the adult(s) who will never give up on your child.

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Bass Clef Concert (& Workshop) – Tuesday, November 5, 2019, GHS Auditorium, 7:00 PM All Choir Students – With the Iowa State Statesmen Men’s Choir

The objective of this grant sponsored workshop and concert is to inspire a lifetime of participation in a choir.  Voice-specific events were created to address voice-specific needs of choir students in grades 7-12. The treble-clef singer event took place last May and this event has been rescheduled after being canceled last January during the polar vortex. The workshop for the 7-12 bass-clef singers with the 145 voiced Iowa Statesmen Men’s Choir will start at 4:30 PM, all participants will have Pagliai’s Pizza after the workshop. The culminating concert for the public will begin at 7:00 PM and there will be a suggested $5.00 donation accepted at the door. The GHS treble-clef singers are expected to be in the audience at 7:00 PM.


Iowa State Statesmen Men’s Choir


Fall Play "The Misanthrope" Tonight & Saturday!

GHS Production of "The Misanthrope" tonight and tomorrow @ 7:30.  Tickets are available in the HS Office or at the ticket booth before the show! 


Unplugged Night  is Nov. 6th 

Just a reminder that on November 6, 2019 we will be shutting down our plugged in devices for our third annual “Unplugged Night!” This is an evening of no homework, no meetings, practices, no technology, no TV, and time to reconnect. I promise, you can do it! I hope that you enjoy this evening together!


Robotics Team receives grant:

**Students at Grinnell High School have received grant funding for their robotics team as

they work to enhance their skills in science and engineering. Bayer Fund, the philanthropic arm of Bayer, recently awarded a one-time $3000 grant to the GHS Robotics Team, the FRC TechTigers Team 5935, to support their participation in the FIRST Robotics program.


The TechTigers will use support from their Bayer Fund grant to participate in FIRST Robotics educational programs and competitions. FIRST enables teams of students to compete with others in building, designing and programming their own robots to perform pre-assigned tasks, giving students a chance to get involved with real-world engineering.


“Students who participate in FIRST Robotics programming learn STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills and become experienced problem solvers,” said Michelle Insco, Senior Manager, CommunityEngagement. “Bayer Fund prioritizes the investment in hands-on learning experiences for students like those at Grinnell High School to encourage their development into future scientists, engineers, and computer programmers.”

Bayer Fund’s sponsorship of FIRST Robotics teams continues the nonprofit’s intentional support of programs that improve STEM education. Over the past five years, Bayer Fund has contributed over $40 million to STEMoutreach efforts.


Don’t forget to check out the Virtual Backpack!


Upcoming Events:


Friday, November 1

7:30 The Misanthrope @ GHS Auditorium


Saturday, November 2

8:00 Iowa Solo Dance Competition @ Newton

12:00 Girls Varsity Swim Meet @ Grinnell College

7:30 The Misanthrope @ GHS Auditorium


Boys and Girls State Cross Country Meet at Ft. Dodge, Lakeside Municipal Golf Course. Girls run @ 12:00PM, Boys run at 12:30PM. 


State Cheerleading Championships

Stunt team competes at 2:27 and cheer/dance at 5:30 in the Jacobson Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds.


Tuesday, November 5

4:30 Bass Clef Workshop @ GHS Auditorium

5:30 Debate

7:00 Bass Clef Concert with ISU Statesman @ GHS Auditorium


Wednesday, November 6

Unplugged Night


Thursday. November 7

4:30 8th Grade Girls Basketball @ Newton

4:30 7th Grade Girls Basketball @ Home


Have a Warm Weekend:



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