Weekly Update: March 11, 2022
Weekly Update: March 11, 2022
Dear Grinnell-Newburg Board of Education, Staff, Families, and Friends:
Happy Friday before Spring Break begins! I would like to wish everyone a relaxing and fun week ahead. Enjoy your time with family and friends, and we will see you spring back to school on March 21, 2022.
We wish all GHS students participating in the Individual Event State Speech Contest the best this Saturday, March 12, 2022. Go Tigers!
Just a reminder to SPRING FORWARD this weekend! Set your clocks one hour ahead as we enter Daylight Savings Time.
Covid Dashboard Update:
The Dashboard will remain up on our website; however, we will only be reporting student absences at this time until the end of the year. We continue to receive updates from the County Department of Public Health; however, percentages for COVID are no longer tracked. Only cases were reported. If this changes, I will let you know.
Above & Beyond:
The Board recognized Kevin Hosbond and Jennie Flinspach for the Above & Beyond Award and their Large Group Speech Mime Students who recently won the Critic's Choice Award in Group Mime at the 2022 IHSSA All-State Speech contest on Saturday.
They also recognized Middle School administrative assistants Teresa Hawk, Laura Martin; Davis administrative assistant, Lori Walker, and Transportation staff member JD Barnes for their act of kindness in assisting families in exchanging iPads, so that students could complete their school work.
Finally, the Board Recognized Reagan Mackie, Jess Kite, and Valorie Larsson for stepping up to complete all of the assessments for our English Language Learner students! The help during a time of need was spectacular.
Spring Concert Week:
This past Tuesday, the energy and talent displayed at the GHS Band Concert were incredible! Congratulations to all who participated and Levi Dressler for another fantastic performance! The senior band students were also recognized!
GMS Band Concert Highlights!
Last night the 8th-grade band was the first in the world to play a special piece of music, "Of Heroes and Honor by Randall D Standridge." This piece was truly special and written to give back to our band program. This was a unique opportunity for students to premiere a piece of music. This piece was commissioned in memory of Mr. VanArkel's father, who passed away in a motorcycle accident a few years ago. His father was a longtime firefighter and attended every concert.
Youth Art Month Virtual Art Show
Five GHS students have their work featured in the virtual juried state art show, Youth Art Month (YAM). The works selected to participate are: digital collage by Cale Flaten (12th gr.), photography by Isabel Hart (9th gr.), digital collage by Liam Leasure (10th gr.), digital collage by Grace Martin (12th gr.), and linocut printmaking by Brody Petig (10th gr.). Congratulations to these GHS student artists! You can view their artwork and the artwork of other Iowa art students in the Youth Art Month virtual art show; via video or slideshow.
Middle School & High School Art Show:
Yesterday, the GMS and GHS art show came to a close hosted at the Stewart Gallery! Take a look at some of the displays below! Thank you to Alicia Carradus and Josh Wardenburg for their inspiration and to all of our students for sharing their incredible talents!
Have a wonderful Spring Break! I look forward to seeing everyone back at school on March 21, 2022!