Wildcat Newsletter

March 2023

Staff, Students & Families

Hello Wildcats and welcome to March! This month's newsletter features an informational message from our technology department, classroom activities and an introduction to a new staff member. March 17th will mark the end of 3rd quarter, leaving just one more quarter to complete the 2022-2023 school year. We have had an exciting school year thus far with even more excitement on the way. Thank you for continuing to read our monthly newsletters!

From the desk of Principal Graber

Spring is approaching and learning is in full swing! As you may know, this is a time of year that students make the most academic and social learning improvements. Make school a priority! Very soon the weather will change with spring right around the corner. It can be challenging to keep children focused on learning. What can you do to make school a top priority for your child? Keep these ideas in mind:

  • Make attendance your number one priority. Let your child know that unless they are sick, they must attend school and be on time.

  • Show you care. Talk about school activities and the learning that is happening in the classroom. Make an effort to attend as many school activities or events as you can.

There has been some recent excitement in the classrooms at G-R! The FFA members held various activities and dress-up days to celebrate FFA week where PK-12 students and staff had the opportunity to participate. One highlight of FFA week was watching competitions during homeroom between the students in grades 7-12. The PK-6th grade students had an assembly performed by the Science Center of Iowa called Simply Electrifying. Students explored the exciting world of electricity where they learned what electricity is, how it moves and how to interact with it safely. The Read Across America celebration just wrapped up last week so students dressed up each day and had many opportunities to read throughout the week including to their buddy. I thoroughly enjoyed being the “Mystery Reader” and surprised the students by reading the book, Going Places, to the PK-4th grade classes. Hooray for Differndoofer Day and Say Something were the books that I read to the 5th & 6th grade classes. This was a huge highlight for me!

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As we move closer to Parent-Teacher Conferences (March 28 & 30), educators are often asked one important question, “What are a few things I can do at home to help my child be more successful at school?” My answer is very simple, “Read with your child every day. Let them see you read.” Before, during, and after the reading, encourage your child, begin a discussion about the story, ask questions, visualize the story, offer information, share personal thoughts, and connect the story to real-life situations. Make the time an enjoyable experience and let your child see that reading is fun. Another thing that you can do at home to help your child be more successful is to put some limits on the technologies that they use. Ask them questions about their day, listen to their celebrations and challenges and try to be present. Celebrate this special time together!

While 7th-12th grade students have their conference with their homeroom teacher, please know that you are welcome to meet with any of your child’s classroom teachers as well. Just email the teacher to set up a time!

Every day children are leaving their coats, jackets, sweatshirts, hats, etc. on the school grounds. Those items without student’s names are picked up and brought to our lost and found located on the first floor by the door leading out to the flagpole. When you are in the building this month to drop off or pick up your child or during Parent-Teacher Conferences, please check the lost and found to see if there are any items that belong to them.

Also, third grade through high school students will be venturing into the state assessments during the week of March 20th. During this week, please make certain that your child rests properly each night, gets a good breakfast at home or school and arrives at school on time. Encourage them to do their very best.

We are fortunate to work with your children each and every day. Thank you for allowing us to play a role in their development.

Go Wildcats!

Julie Graber

PK-12 Principal


(712) 659-3411


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Free STEM Learning Experience

All PK-5th grade students are invited to a STEM nature festival at Swan Lake State Park on Saturday, March 18th from 9:00am -1:00pm. They will engage in hands-on nature experiences & STEM challenges. Lunch is provided! More details including registration is found in the flyer below:
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From the desk of Activities Director Kahler

Winter sports have come to an end and our spring sports will be rolling before you know it. Great job to Coach Ashley Kahler and the girls basketball team! They finished the year 13-11, and it is always nice to have a winning season. Paige Klocke surpassed 1,000 career points and 600 rebounds. Paige also received 1st team all-conference, and Tiela Janssen also received 2nd team all-conference. Congratulations also goes out to Vanessa Koehler and Kassidy Wenck for receiving Honorable Mention. The boys basketball team showed a lot of improvement in their last game of the season vs. Ankeny Christian. It was nice to see them end on a positive note. Our two wrestlers, Treynor Cose and Jacob Meshek, had a great year competing with Coon Rapids Bayard. Their season came to an end at their district meet at ACGC. Great job to all of our players and coaches during the winter season!

Spring sports actually got kicked off the week of February 27th. Below is a timeline of specific dates of when each spring sport is starting and who those coaches are:


    • The first meeting was February 27th, and there was optional practice that whole week.

    • The first official practice is March 6th.


    • Optional practice is during the week of March 13th.

    • The first official practice is March 20th.


    • There will be a meeting on March 21st, and there will be optional practice Tues-Fri.

    • The first official practice will be on March 27th.

Remember to follow us on Varsity Bound and on our social media pages. You can look at Varsity Bound through a web browser or they have the Varsity Bound App. You can find varsity, JV, or junior high information on Varsity Bound. Our district calendar also has all the dates for all our activities.If you ever have any questions please call the school or email me at bkahler@glidden-ralston.k12.ia.us.






Counselor's Corner ~ Mrs. Bach

I can’t believe how quick the school year has gone. We have been learning a lot of different life skills during guidance classes. The past few weeks we have dove deep into empathy. When we start talking about empathy and what empathy really is, students must first identify feelings in general. From there, it goes more in-depth on specific situations that students work through during their guidance class such as identifying feelings for others and oneself, respecting different perspectives, learning how to disagree respectfully and more. We just recently started a new unit of emotion management and so far the students have responded very well to this. We first started with “Stop and Name your Feeling”. It also goes with the songs we sing during class so students are able to remember the steps. As we work through this unit, we will discuss more on coping skills and what causes the situation or “triggers”. A very important piece to the curriculum we use at Glidden for guidance is working through the units in order.

For high school students, especially seniors, this is definitely a busy time of year. In January and February, I have started to receive some scholarships but by the end of February and the beginning of March, I will start seeing a lot more. Scholarships are always emailed out to the seniors. A copy is printed in Mrs. Bach's office, and there is a copy on the school website. Any questions about scholarships, please email Mrs. Bach. Other items to email Mrs. Bach may include questions about GPA, credits, class rank, schedules, transcripts, etc.

The months of February and March have brought some visitors to Glidden to speak with students as well as having students traveling somewhere for on-site career experiences. Jamie Haden from Iowa Central Community college was at the school on February 27th. Katie Smith from DMACC was at the school on February 28th meeting with all 8th grade thru 11th grade students. This meeting provided the students with a quick online application that will be kept on file if students decide to take a DMACC course during high school. Lisa Story from Northwest Iowa Community College will be at the school on March 8th at 11:00.

On February 24th, the 8th grade students traveled to John Deere in Paton to learn more about the field of manufacturing including the awesome technologies that they use every day in their jobs. On March 10th, juniors will travel to DMACC in Carroll for an Innovate U day where they will learn about entrepreneurship and participate in a challenge similar to what we see on the TV show, Shark Tank.

The Nurse's Station ~ Mrs. Bock

Uplift Education Board Policy defines bullying as a single significant act or a pattern of acts by one or more scholars directed at another scholar that exploits an imbalance of power and involves engaging in written or verbal expression, expression through electronic means, or physical conduct and that has the effect (or will have the effect) of physically harming a scholar, damaging a scholar's property, or placing a scholar in reasonable fear of harm to the scholar's person or of damage to the scholar's property.

The action must be sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive enough that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a scholar; materially and substantially disrupts the educational process or the orderly operation of a classroom or school; or infringes on the rights of the victim at school. The definition of bullying includes cyberbullying; which is bullying that occurs online or through other electronic media or technology.

Ways to prevent bullying:

  • Help kids understand bullying. Talk about what bullying is and how to stand up to it safely. Tell kids bullying is unacceptable. Make sure kids know how to get help.
  • Keep the lines of communication open. Check in with kids often. Listen to them. Know their friends, ask about school, and understand their concerns.
  • Encourage kids to do what they love. Special activities, interests, and hobbies can boost confidence, help kids make friends, and protect them from bullying behavior.
  • Model how to treat others with kindness and respect.

Helping kids understanding bullying ~

Kids who know what bullying is can better identify it. They can talk about bullying if it happens to them or others. Kids need to know ways to safely stand up to bullying and how to get help.

  • Encourage kids to speak to a trusted adult if they are bullied or see others being bullied. The adult can give comfort, support, and advice, even if they can’t solve the problem directly. Encourage the child to report bullying if it happens.
  • Talk about how to stand up to kids who bully. Give tips, like using humor and saying “stop” directly and confidently. Talk about what to do if those actions don’t work, like walking away
  • Talk about strategies for staying safe, such as staying near adults or groups of other kids.
  • Urge them to help kids who are bullied by showing kindness or getting help.

1. Keep open communication, and help children know they can talk to you. It's as easy as asking a few questions over dinner

  • What was one good thing that happened today? Did any bad things happen?
  • What is lunch time like at your school? Who do you sit with? What do you talk about?
  • What is it like to ride the school bus?
  • What are you good at? What do you like best about yourself?

2. Model Behavior

Kids learn from adults’ actions. By treating others with kindness and respect, adults show the kids in their lives that there is no place for bullying. Even if it seems like they are not paying attention, kids are watching how adults manage stress and conflict, as well as how they treat their friends, colleagues, and families.


Tricia Bock, RN Glidden-Ralston CSD Nurse

Tech Talk ~ Mr. Thelin & Mrs. Henderson

Education today is more than lessons and classrooms. Today’s teachers and families expect learning experiences that prepare students for a digital future. Staying relevant means keeping pace with a tech landscape that’s evolving more rapidly than ever. Wi-Fi is a mature technology, and most of the advances over the past few years are about fine-tuning and improving a very stable service. However, new versions bring faster speeds, greater density and better security. Planning took place a year ago and GR updated our entire infrastructure over the holiday break. While we added additional access points and switches, we also replaced all the current ones.

We have always felt G-R teachers and students are equipped with the latest technology at their fingertips. In addition, we support or have the following capabilities:

-Powerful iPad and smart technologies and integration in classrooms

-Proficiently trained teachers and associates

-DMACC involvement

-3D Printer capabilities and other CAD technologies

-Network and device management is current (content filtering, firewall protection, licensing fees)

-Compliant with federal laws that protect student data and privacy

-Strong updated student management system

-Digital Acceptable Use Policy (Signed by parents and students that outlines responsible use and consequences)

-The E-rate program makes telecommunications and information services more affordable.

-Robust social media platforms

Technology is an everyday learning tool in our PK-12 classrooms. Teachers incorporate the use of many education platforms such as PearDeck, Nearpod, Seesaw and Kahoot. With the use of these platforms, students are actively engaged through videos, gamification, and a wide variety of activities, all of which enhance the students’ learning. Technology also allows for differentiation of instruction to take place in the classroom. In the elementary classrooms, teachers provide students with instructional practices that allow for each student to be working on skills that he or she needs to strengthen. This self-paced individualized learning is done through a “play to learn” approach on the iPad with various apps and websites, such as eSpark, Prodigy, or Dreamscape. As the students get older you see technology used in many different ways. You will find students creating presentations, podcasts, videos, expressing creativity through writing or digital storytelling, working collaboratively with the G-Suite tools to complete a project or assignment and learning through an online course. Many of our curriculums used in our classrooms have online components which allows for our students and teachers to interact digitally with content. Technology is ever changing, and there are always new fun creative ways to support education and reshape the classroom experiences for our students.

Glidden-Ralston can expect to see these technologies continue to trend through 2023 and beyond, becoming more popular and widely used by learners at all grade levels.


Kindergarten ~ Mrs. Schwanz

Mrs.Schwanz’s Kindergarten class has been busy learning about 3D shapes and recently learned how to use the app, Seesaw. Seesaw is an app that the students can use to complete assignments digitally instead of on paper. One of the first activities they learned to do on Seesaw was “Valentine Addition”.

The students use an iPad to login to Seesaw and complete the assignments. The teacher can assign activities for literacy, math, and social emotional skills. The best part about Seesaw is that parents can see what their child is learning at school in real time. Once the activity is submitted, the parents can see it instantly on their phone, iPad, or tablet. It’s a great way to keep parents involved while their child is at school!

Kindergarten will also be celebrating Read Across America Week during the first week of March. We will be reading many classic Dr. Seuss books during the week. Happy Reading! We Are GR!

2nd Grade ~ Mrs. Boeckman

During the month of February, Mrs. Boeckman’s class has been talking about being kind. The students have done numerous activities to learn how to be kind and show one another what being kind looks like. One activity was drawing one of their classmate's name and having to write them one secret compliment. At morning meetings they have also started a kindness circle where they go around and say something kind to someone so everyone starts their day out with a nice compliment. Something new they started was a “kindness jar.” Students can write down any act of kindness they see another classmate doing and put it in the jar. At the end of the week, Mrs. Boeckman reads all of them so everyone can hear what kind things were done that week. It has been fun to see students wanting to share acts of kindness!

This link has a video of the students sharing what kindness means to them.

6th Grade D.A.R.E ~ Mr. Golay & Mrs. Rath

This is the 6th grade class of Mr. Golay and Mrs. Rath. They have been participating and engaged in conversations with Officer Bellinghausen, who is in charge of the DARE Program for our school. In DARE, students are asked to reflect on decisions they have made in their lives and how they can make better and smarter decisions to lead safer and healthier lifestyles. The DARE Vision perfectly states what we hope and strive to achieve through the program. It states, “A world in which students everywhere are empowered to respect others and choose to lead lives free from violence, substance use, and other dangerous behaviors.” At the end of the DARE Program, the students will write an essay on the skills they have been taught to lead a safer and healthier life for the future.
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7th & 8th grade English ~ Mrs. Kiger

Junior High English classes are finishing analyzing class novels by creating image biographies of the different characters. The 7th graders created individual images while writing about people from the community in "The Giver". The 8th grade classes delegated work within their groups, diving deeper into understanding the main characters from "The Outsiders". Their conversations sharing details from the book have been wonderful, and the finished products always look great each year. Keep reading kids!

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Modern U.S. History ~ Mr. Walker

Earlier in the term, Modern US History students learned about the Transcontinental Railroad and how it truly connected Americans for the first time. Using what they learned in class, students were tasked with designing their own board game based on the railroad. Working in groups, some of the game boards were inspired by Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, and the Game of Life. Other groups got super creative and designed their own board from scratch. To display their knowledge of the Transcontinental Railroad, students had to create question cards with facts, event cards based on realistic situations you could find yourself in on the railroad, and use real geographic locations on their board. When each group was finished, students took turns playing each others’ games and comparing their work with that of other groups.

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Geometry ~ Mr. Schumann

Students in Mr. Schumann's Geometry class spent a day helping Angela Isosceles find a suitable match on TrianglesOnly.com. Students looked for clues and used their knowledge of congruent triangles and theorems to solve puzzles to help Angela Isosceles find the right match. All students were able to solve the puzzle within the 40-minute time limit. Great job Geometry students!
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Health ~ Mrs. Kahler

High School health class has been learning about their Enneagram personality trait, first aid scenarios, FAD diets and the health triangle. Students were assigned a FAD diet that they had to list pros, cons, a meal plan and their personal view on the diet. Students then had to make a magazine ad for class. Students also made first aid videos that described a scenario and what first aid was needed to help with the scenario. They solved basic first aid scenarios from sprains, heat stroke, frostbite and lacerations. The Enneagram personality test was taken and students were paired up with classmates with the same Enneagram number. Students are investigating their Enneagram with their group finding out what their strengths, weaknesses and what celebrities are the same. They are presenting a google slide presentation on their findings and how well they worked with their group.

Examples of FAD diet magazine ads made by students

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McKenze Grossman ~ Para Educator

McKenze joined the G-R staff in February as a para-educator. She lives in Lidderdale with her husband, Chris, and their three daughters. Chris graduated from Glidden-Ralston and McKenze graduated from Coon Rapids-Bayard.Their oldest daughter, Harper, is five years old and attends PK at G-R. Olivia, their middle child, is two years old and their youngest daughter, Magnolia, is three months old. McKenze really enjoys spending time with her family. Before starting at G-R, she worked at the Carroll Area Child Care Center and Preschool. McKenze strives to make a positive impact at G-R through patience and her ability to work well with others. She is looking forward to getting to know the students and staff!


  • April 3 ~ G-R Blood Drive in the Smith Center

  • April 7-April 10 ~ NO SCHOOL/Spring Break!

  • April 21 ~ 12:45pm DISMISSAL (Midterm/Teacher In-Service)

  • April 26 ~ National Honor Society Ceremony

  • April 29 ~ Glidden-Ralston Prom
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