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Weekly Update: February 21, 2020

Janet Stutz
Weekly Update: February 21, 2020


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

Happy Friday! I would like to thank the Grinnell-Newburg School District staff for completing the recent survey about meeting your communication needs, as well as ways that I can further support you in your role. We had quite a response and I greatly appreciate it! I will be sending out communications to staff bi-monthly and will share the results of the survey at the upcoming listening tour meetings.   


Other items that will be shared at the listening sessions will include substitute teachers (a look at our data), mental health of students, tech director interviewing and next steps, and any other items that you would like for me to follow up on. If you have any questions that you would like for me to have ready for your school’s listening event, please feel free to email me.  


SIAC Meeting is Wednesday, February 26 at 5:00 in High School Library:  

The topic for this SIAC meeting is to review the Initiative on Relationships. We are looking for your feedback on student experiences and what we can do to assist students to get connected!  We look forward to our discussion.  

Reminder: No School Monday, March 2 for Teacher Professional Development
The Musical is Coming….. The Musical is Coming…..Get your Tickets!

GHS Presents: The Addams Family, A Musical Comedy

March 5, 6 & 7, 2020 – 7:30 pm Each Evening

Tickets $12 in Advance or $15 at the door.

Tickets Available Now in High School Office or McNally's


Based on the famous Charles Addams cartoons in The New Yorker magazine, the Addams family lives in a mansion in Central Park not seen by most people. The inhabitants are decidedly “not normal,” and include the living, the dead, and the undecided. The play begins with an introduction to the family then continues with the story of the eighteen-year-old daughter who has fallen in love with a young man that comes from a “normal” mid-west family, and how the families interact. The action takes place in and around the Addams Mansion.


The Addams Family Play

The High School & Middle School art show opened Feb 13 and will run through the closing reception on March 12 at the downtown Stewart Gallery.

Art Display


Wrestlers Advance:
Two Tigers advance in the State Tournament, Brock Beck will wrestle for the Champion spot and Kam Steveson will wrestle for third.   Good Luck Tigers!

State Wrestling Kam 2020Beck 2020

Highlights from Hoops for Hope:

Hoopes for Heart Warm upsHoops for HeartHoops 2020Hoops for Heart 2020Girls Basketball 2020Bake Sale


The GMS library and the Drake Community Library teamed together again to hold an All Iowa Reads book club at GMS.

Students who joined the club got a free copy of the book, courtesy of the Friends of DCL, and we met over the lunch hour on separate days to discuss the books. The choices this year were a graphic novel memoir Hey Kiddo by Jarett Krosoczka and The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson. 


All Iowa Reads book club at GMSAll Iowa Reads book club at GMS


Ycamp stories


Grinnell Preschool Family Event March 1 from 3:00 to 5:00.

PK Event

Above & Beyond Recognitions:

We have so many wonderful people who make our school and community better.  Nominations can be submitted for students, staff, or community members who have gone above and beyond to support our students.  Please send a nomination email to aboveandbeyond@grinnell-k12.org.

Come see what's in the Virtual Backpack!!


Upcoming Events:

Friday, February 21

4:30 Winter Freedom Quest @ Davis

7:00 Tiger Paws Annual Winter Show @ GHS


Saturday, February 22

8:00 All State Large Group Speech @ Ames

10:00 State Wrestling @ Des Moines

6:00 Girls Varsity Basketball Regional Tournament @ GHS


Monday, February 24

4:30 8th Grade Boys Basketball @ Knoxville

4:30 7th Grade Boys Basketball @ GMS


Tuesday, February 25

TBD Girls Varsity Regional Tournament

4:15 7th Grade Boys Basketball @ South Tama


Wednesday, February 26

5:00 SIAC Meeting

6:00 Board Meeting


Thursday, February 27

4:30 8th Grade Boys Basketball @ Oskaloosa

4:30 7th Grade Boys Basketball @ GMS


Have an Awesome Weekend!



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