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Weekly Update: November 22, 2019

Janet Stutz

Weekly Update: November 22, 2019


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

Happy Friday! It is hard to believe that this was our last full week of November 2019! The year is quickly flying as we head into the winter season. This weekly update will be the final update for this month. Next week we will not post a weekly update due to the Fall Break. This is just a reminder that there will be no School November 27, 28 & 29 for Fall Break! Enjoy time with your friends and family! I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

Administrators met this week for their weekly administration meeting. One item that was discussed was to plan for the curriculum renewal cycle process based upon the work that we have completed thus far. We anticipate that science will be the first content area to review resources as aligned to our curriculum framework. Next we are considering math. We will keep you posted as to the steps we will take to accomplish this work. 


IASB Convention:

This week representatives from our Board of Education travelled to DesMoines for the annual school Board Convention. We are also pleased to learn that Helen Redomond was selected to represent IASB Board of Directors, District 5. Congratulations!


Grinnell Food Resource Guide:

Please feel free to share this resource with families. This is a quick guide for anyone looking for food or nutrition assistance.  


Grinnell Food Resource Guide

Middle School Paper Roller Coaster Competition:

Selected middle school students, in 7th and 8th grade, competed as a team in the Central Rivers AEA Paper Roller Coaster Competition on Tuesday, November 19th. In three hours, the team collaborated to build a five-tiered functional paper roller coaster utilizing multiple elements such as a loop, two-way merge, zig-zag, curve, and funnel. If you would like to see the roller coaster in person, check it out in the middle school media center where it will be on display for the next couple of weeks. #STRIVE4Excellence

MS Paper Roller CoastersMS paper roller coasterpaper roller coasterTeam picture


6th grade Science Day:

Newspaper tower challenge and the Science Center of Iowa presentations of BOOM! and Soundscapes. Thank you to the Grinnell Herald for donating newspapers and Grinnell PTO for funding the science center.

Paper towerScience day


Today we got the chance to celebrate some first trimester success stories! Below are the Character Award winners for the first trimester at Davis Elementary.

character awards davis


Upcoming Events:


Friday, November 22

8:00 All State Music Festival @ Ames

4:30 Middle School Wrestling Meet @ North Polk

Jingle Bell Holiday


Saturday, November 23

8:00 All State Music Festival @ Ames

4:45 JV Girls Basketball @ Home

6:15 Varsity Girls Basketball @ Home

7:30 All State Final Concert @ Ames


Monday, November 25

4:30 8th Grade Girls Basketball @ Home

4:30 7th Grade Girls Basketball @ Newton

6:30 8th Grade Band with High School Band @ GHS Auditorium

7:00 National Honor Society Inductions


Tuesday, November 26

4:30 Middle School Wrestling @ Newton

6:15 JV Girls Basketball @ Home

7:30 Varsity Girls Basketball @ Home


Wednesday, November 27

No School - Fall Break


Thursday, November 28

No School - Fall Break


Friday, November 29

No School - Fall Break


Enjoy your weekend.  Be sure to check out the virtual backpack!  Also, don’t forget tonight is the Jingle Holiday event in Central Park from 5-8 PM. 





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