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Weekly Update: February 11, 2022

Dr. Stutz

Weekly Update: February 11, 2022


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

Happy Friday! I hope that this weekly update finds you well! It is hard to believe that we are heading into Super Bowl Weekend already and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. This week we have learned that COVID numbers are declining in our zip code area, however other illnesses are emerging and they have been just as challenging for families. Stay Healthy Tigers!  Spring is just around the bend! Let’s hope for mild weather and time outside without the site of snow in the next few weeks.  


Black History Month:

During the month of February, we further recognize the significant achievements of African Americans.  Since 1976, every President has designated a specific theme. This year the theme explores the history of black scholars and medical practitioners in western medicine and has been named Black Health Wellness. Our students are engaged in activities throughout the month to learn about the significant accomplishments of African Americans. This past week our students at Bailey Park learned about Rebecca Lee Crumpler first African American Physician in the country.    


COVID Update:

Current COVID number in Poweshiek County


The seven-day positivity rate is 9.1%.   The positivity rate in the county has dropped and we hope that this will continue to be the trend. 


Board of Education Meeting Update:

The Board had a busy meeting this past week as they approved the bids for the Turf Project, approved the search firm agreement to search for the curriculum director, finalized the 500 policies, approved or extended realtor contracts, and approved HVAC agreements to begin replacing some portions of the middle school and or high school HVAC to improve air quality in the facilities, just to highlight a few of the actions taken this week.    


The turf project timeline is set to begin this spring. Over the course of the summer months, the TT Cranny Stadium will be closed for use as it will be under construction. This is an exciting project and we look forward to showcasing our new field this fall.  


The middle school and high school HVAC projects will be a longer timeline and will more than likely not commence until the start of next summer.   


The search firm GR Recruiting is assisting with a wider search for a curriculum candidate.   We will engage staff, students, and representatives from the community in the interview process once we have narrowed down the field. We anticipate that interviews will begin after Spring Break.   The deadline to close the application will be March 1, 2022. 


Above and Beyond:
Above and beyond

Congratulations to the Davis Staff recognized for going above and beyond!  They were recognized at this last week’s board meeting.  Here is what Principal Conway had to say about his team:  Justin White, Cherrill Oxenford, Nicole Laug, Tony Stenberg, April Gosselink-Lemke, Allison Pease, Barb Van Ersvelde, Lauren Backlin, Tami Smith, and Gina Beck


I am writing to nominate these individuals for going above and beyond for our building and district over the course of the 2021-2022 school year. The individuals listed are team players in every sense of the term. When Mr. Conway's morning announcements come out via email each morning, justifiable feelings of dread may enter their bodies for the possibility of them being placed in a different assignment. Each individual comes each day, though with a smile on their face ready to serve students positively and help their colleagues in need.  With substitute teaching positions being limited, our staff continuously steps up to the plate to cover for our own. None of these individuals are vocal about the additional level of support that they are asked to help their colleagues with. They just go on their day leading by example.  And in my humble opinion, there are not many more fulfilling jobs in this world than being a servant leader for others.


Middle School Self Care Day: 

Students and staff benefited from having a self-care day at the middle school.  Students were able to choose five stations to practice and utilize self-care strategies. Station options varied at each grade level. A few stations were yoga, nap/relaxation with progressive muscle relaxation, dance, workout, kickball, games, crafts, coloring, puzzles, and reading.  Take a look at our photos from the event below. 

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Little Jrs. Tiger Paw Clinic

Last day to Register for the annual Tiger Paw Little Jrs. Dance Clinic is tomorrow, February 12. Take a look at the link above for details about how to get registered!


Be sure to check out the Virtual Backpack as new items are posted often. This is the time of year when we will begin to receive fliers for summer activities and programs. Check back frequently so that you do not miss out on any summer fun! High School Students should note that there is an upcoming prom gown flier, elementary students the daddy-daughter dance is tomorrow night, and much more fun and information for students of all ages.     


Have a fantastic weekend! Go Tigers! 





Dr. Janet M. Stutz
Grinnell-Newburg School District
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