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Weekly Update: November 19, 2021

Janet Stutz

Weekly Update: November 19, 2021


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

I hope that this weekly update finds you well! This is just a reminder that next week is a short week, and fall break will be November 24-26. Students will return to school on Monday, November 29, 2021. I hope that you find time to spend time with family and friends during the break! Stay well!


Report Cards will either be sent home for K-4 students or available via Infinite Campus for 5-12 on Tuesday. Middle School and High School students' report cards will receive a notification that their student’s grades are available on Infinite Campus. If you need a copy of the report card, please contact the counseling office.  


Dear School Staff, Community Members, and Students: 

Our school district has requested a Needs Assessment Survey conducted by the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB). The survey is designed to help us assess our strengths and areas of needed improvement, with a focus on improved student achievement. We would like your opinions and judgments in response to the brief survey linked below. The survey takes an average of 9 minutes to complete.  All responses are anonymous. 


Just click the link below, or paste it in your browser and follow the instructions.  Thank you for your participation and helping to make improvements for our students.  Please reply with any questions.





Welcome to our newly elected Board Members:

Please join me in welcoming the Grinnell-Newburg Board of Education newly elected Board Members: Roger Belcher, Chris Starrett, Laurel Tuggle Lacina (second term), and Tyler Harter.  These members were sworn into office and took their seats to serve our community this past Wednesday, November 17. They join current Board members Steve Sieck, President, Dustin Smith, Vice President, and Emily Guenther. Congratulations!   


Committees and representatives:  
2021-2022 Board Advisory Committees


School board members sit on a number of committees, which advise the district in areas of policy, curriculum and instruction, and planning. These committees may be made up of parents, members of the community, faculty, administration, and in most cases, members of the Board. All sessions for the following committees are open to the public, but public input is not generally solicited during committee meetings.


Facilities Advisory Committee

This advisory committee considers long­ range planning for facilities and other elements of facility development and construction in order to make sound recommendations to the Board.

Dustin Smith, Roger Belcher, Tyler Harter


Finance Advisory Committee

This advisory committee considers district finances and business practices/procedures. This includes various school district financial funds, administrative salaries, negotiations, and any other financial topics needing Board review or action.

Steve Sieck, Chris Starret, Dustin Smith


Policy Advisory Committee

This advisory committee reviews policy, recommends changes and oversees the three­ year cycle for policies. Changes recommended by the advisory committee are presented to the Board of Directors for approval.

Emily Guenther, Tyler Harter, Roger Belcher


Curriculum Advisory Committee

This advisory committee reviews curriculum, recommends changes, and oversees curriculum processes. Changes recommended by the advisory committee are presented to the Board of Directors for approval.

Laurel Tuggle-Lacina, Steve Sieck, Tyler Harter


School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC)

This committee considers curriculum, staff development, student achievement, and other similar topics that may be acted upon by the Board of Directors.

Laurel Tuggle-Lacina


Organization Committees

The following committees include representation from the Board of Education. Board members attend, participate in meetings, and provide reports to the Grinnell­-Newburg Board of Education.

These meetings are not necessarily open to the


  • Calendar Committee ­ Board representative: Roger Belcher, Steve Sieck

  • Iowa Association of School Boards Delegate:  Steve Sieck

  • Safety and Crisis Planning Committee ­ Board representative:  Laurel Tuggle-Lacina, Chris Starrett

  • GNSF Representative: Emily Guenther

  • Chamber representative: Janet Stutz 

  • Booster Liaison: Dustin Smith 

Thank you for your service:
I would like to thank Meg Jones Bair, Helen Redmond, and Barbara Brown for their combined 24 years of service on our school Board over the years! We wish you well!


The Varsity Debate Team won the Central Iowa Debate League Championship last night! Your Tigers defeated the Norwalk Warriors 6-2, with Ella Stephens and Iris Mackenzie winning four ballots and Timo Mobley-Benoist and Alexander Crites winning two ballots. In addition, Iris Mackenzie and Alexander Crites were Varsity All-Conference selections, and Peter Simpson, Kiran Elfenbein, and Brittany Kifer were JV All-Conference award winners. Congratulations to all!

REDI at Jingle Bell Holiday 

The REDI (Reimagining Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) Committee will be giving away holiday book bundles (while supplies last!) featuring various holidays and traditions to encourage diversity education. The table will be located near the Grinnell-Newburg School District Office from 5-7 pm tonight. These books are supported by a grant to Grinnell College from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Come visit the REDI table at Jingle Bell Holiday!


Enjoy the photos of happenings around the district below! Enjoy your weekend. There will not be a weekly update distributed Next week! Enjoy your long Fall Break!  


8th Grade Girls BasketballKidsTeacher funsmiles

High School students


Have you seen the virtual backpack? It can be found here! 
Activities Calendar: Please follow this link to see activities for next week. 


Enjoy your weekend!   






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