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Superintendent's Update: May 3, 2024

Weekly What’s Going Well: 

Happy Friday Grinnell-Newburg Families!  As a reminder, the last day of school is Friday May 31st with the addition of two snow make up days for students.  Take a listen to this week’s video featuring Jennifer Cogley, Director of Partner Programs with the Claude and Dolly Ahrens Foundation sharing about different programs she’s involved with in the school district.  Some of these programs are POWER Kids, Mileage Club, SHE Counts, Girls Math Club, Tiger Packs and more!  If you’d like to find out more about how you can participate in some of these great programs, contact Jennifer at jennifer@ahrensfamilyfoundation.org

Principal and School Administrator Appreciation Day
Thank you so much to all of our Principals and School Administrators across the district!  Education is not the filling of a pail, but rather the lighting of a fire.  You each work hard to light a fire in the minds of each student in your buildings!  Thank you Josh Smith, Aaron Weddle, Brian Conway, Nicole James, Rob Gibson, Kevin Seney, Heidi Durbin, Brandon Sharp, Brianna Maschman, and Chris Coffman! 


School Lunch Worker Appreciation Day
Thank you Bunches for our Lunches!  An enormous THANK YOU to all of our kitchen workers for all you do everyday to keep our students’ bellies full of healthy food options.  We don’t know what we’d do without you!  Thank you Kim Sieck, Melinda Olmstead, Benie Bosinesi, Leslie Mitchell, Kathy Kriegel, Mia Toomer, Melissa Westcott, Candy Frasz, Faran Garland, Barb Kline, Sheryl Sutherland, Megan Triplett, Mary Dudley, Jean Peebles, and Jace Walters.  As part of the fun, Mr Barber and Mr Sharp even helped with the dishes at the high school!



Mary Reed Honored as Paraprofessional of the Year
Preschool Paraprofessional Miss Mary was honored this week with an award from the AEA as Region 11 Paraprofessional of the Year!  Her years of service to our district have allowed her passion for our youngest learners to shine.  Fairview students, staff, and family members attended an assembly where Mr Weddle and Kay Schmalen, Central Rivers AEA Director of Professional Learning presented Mary with the award.  What a wonderful gift to have Miss Mary serving the students of Grinnell-Newburg! 



Registration Now Open
Please take a moment to register your student(s) for the 2024-2025 school year.  Information can be found on the ‘Registering My Student’ tab at the top of the district website or by clicking the links below.  All students need to register and update their information each year.  Contact Katie Osborn, District Registrar, with any questions at 641-236-2677 or katie.osborn@grinnell-k12.org.  Registration fees will be available for payment after July 1st.  




Summer LINK Enrollment is Open
Looking for care for your child this summer?  Check out the Summer LINK program!  This year’s program has added some special camp weeks as well as the pool days, special classes, and field trips!  Reach out to director@linkgrinnell.org with any questions. 


Snow Make Up Days
The school board passed a motion to add two snow make up days to the end of the school year.  School will be held the full week after Memorial Day with an early out on Friday May 31st as the last day of the 23-24 school year.  


The Virtual Backpack can be found here:


The Activities Calendar can be found  here:



Have a great weekend!

Steven H. Barber