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Weekly Update: March 4, 2022

Dr. Stutz
Weekly Update: March 4, 2022


Happy March! The time is swiftly going by this school year. One more week until Spring Break!  Spring Break will be held from March 14-18th this year.   


Today, we had some fantastic news! Another Grinnell Teacher was recognized by WHO13 today and received the Golden Apple Award! Congratulations, GHS teacher Mike Hunter for being recognized by students and families. All students and staff attended a special assembly today when Mr. Hunter received his recognition. Thank you to WHO13 for sharing this great news with all! Way to go, Mr. Hunter!  


Golden Apple 2022Mike Hunter 2022


Preschool Registration

It is time for preschool registration for the 2022-2023 school year. Our school district, along with Grinnell Community Early Learning Center and UCC preschool, are a part of our Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program. You will notice the registration process includes all three preschools.  

This link and preschool registration information will be sent out to all parents as well as through social media platforms. Feel free to share this information with family or friends.  

If you are currently enrolled in our preschool or have filled out the survey of returning preschoolers from the preschool teachers, you do not need to register again.  

You can access the registration link  HERE

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Seney at sarah.seney@grinnell-k12.org

High School Registration for Course Selection:

GHS Course Registration for the 2022-23 school year will begin next week. GHS Counselors Cass Stubbs & Amanda Pearce will begin working with our current 9th, 10th, & 11th graders in small groups next week (Week of March 7th).  

The High School Administration and Counselors will be hosting an 8th Grade Registration Night for incoming 9th graders on Monday, March 21st @ 6:00 PM in the HS Auditorium. We encourage all current 8th-grade students and their parents to attend to learn more about high school course offerings. 

More information about registering for High School Courses (including the 22-23 course guide & academic planner information) can be found on the GHS Website under the Academics at GHS tab.  


Unplugged Night: March 7, 2022

On Monday night, it is time to unplug….


Who: All students and staff in the Grinnell-Newburg school district 

What: An evening with no practices after 6:00 PM, no meetings, no homework, and no tests or projects due the following day 

When: March 7, 2022.  

Why: To encourage students/staff to “unplug” from electronics and activities to spend quality time with their families!


Some ideas for things to do as a family:

*Eat dinner together

*Take a walk

*Go for a bike ride

*Play board games

*Bake a treat

*Look through old photos

*Do a random act of kindness

*Go for a drive

*Read a book aloud

*Tell family memories

*Do a project 

*Play Hide and Seek

*Build a fort

*Go on a scavenger hunt


Please join us for our upcoming Mental Health Speaker Event with Lyndsey Fennelly on March 29th! Our district is partnering with the Grinnell Area Mental Health Consortium to host a free mental health speaker series open to the community and we hope you'll attend as well! On Tuesday, March 29th at 7:00 pm in the Grinnell High School Auditorium, mental health advocate and public speaker Lyndsey Fennelly will be presenting “Hope and Healing: My Journey with Mental Health.”

The event will also include:

  • A free meal catered by Pagliai’s Pizza served from 5:00-6:30 pm in the GHS Cafeteria;

  • Free childcare is available from 6:00-8:00 pm in the GHS Media Center;

  • A community resource fair from 5:00-7:00 pm outside the GHS Auditorium to provide information about local agencies and support services.  

Reservations are required in advance for the meal and childcare. Please see the flier linked below with additional information and how to make a meal or childcare reservation.

This event would be a great opportunity for school staff to hear a well-known speaker about mental health and we hope you'll support this partnership between the district and community mental health organization. Teachers, please encourage high school students to attend as well! Lyndsey Fennelly will be speaking to our 7th & 8th graders in a school assembly on March 29th.


Mental Health Series


GHS Musical is a must-see: Two more evenings to catch this amazing musical!   I saw it last night, and I am still laughing! Great performance!!! Bravo Bravo!  


GHS Spring Musical, Honk! This musical, suited for all audience members, will have you laughing, tearing up, and rooting for the "underduck"! Ugly looks quite a bit different from his darling duckling brothers and sisters. Feeling rather foul about himself, Ugly finds himself on an adventure of self-discovery, all the while unknowingly outwitting a very hungry Cat. Along the way, Ugly meets a whole flock of unique characters and finds out that being different is not a bad thing to be.


A musical production takes a humongous amount of time, effort, and energy to produce, and I hope you consider purchasing tickets.

Performances begin at 7:00 PM in the GHS Auditorium this Thursday, March 3rd through Saturday, March 5th.   You can order tickets online at: https://www.vancoevents.com/BCOV 


High School Band Concert:  Tuesday, March 8, 2022, 7:30 PM GHS Auditorium
Band Concert:  Grade 5-8 March 10, 2022, GHS auditorium

Special Feature 8th-grade students will perform a piece written for them:   

GMS 8th Grade Band has the privilege to play the world premiere of a piece of music written especially for them.   The piece, entitled "Of Heroes and Honor" was composed by Randall Standridge, a well-known composer who writes engaging and educational music for all age levels. The 8th-grade band has worked very hard to learn this music and will be the very first group in the world to perform it. The piece begins with a dramatic fanfare that embodies a heroic yet contemplative sentiment. As the piece progresses, the tempo quickens and energy builds. Playful motives are interjected throughout the work giving a lighthearted feeling and the piece finishes with a quicker and driving restatement of the opening fanfare. The piece truly pays homage to the heroes that we all celebrate in our lives both past and the present.


GHS GMS Art Show!

Don’t forget to check out the GHS and GMS art show that runs through March 10, 2022, at the Grinnell Arts Center. There will be a closing reception on March 10 from 5:00-7:00 PM.   


Art Show 2022


 Virtual Backpack  Take a look at activity options for your student!  


Have a great weekend!  



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