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Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire Community Schools

Know Your Constitution

Brady Olson and Anna Sorenson receiving their awards as Know Your Constitution finalists with the Honorable Justice Bruce Zager of Iowa. These two GT seniors are finalists in the Iowa State Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division "Know Your Constitution" Project. One hundred finalists were selected from over 1,000 students across Iowa. The students took a quiz on the Constitution and answered an essay question on a fictitious school district's policy on student observance of the National Anthem during athletic events. Brady and Anna will be honored at a luncheon in Des Moines on January 12.
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Graettinger-Terril and Ruthven-Ayrshire Preschool Programs

Graettinger-Terril and Ruthven-Ayrshire are proud of our preschool programs. Each program is different but collaborates to provide excellent learning opportunities for our little ones. The Graettinger program is taught by Mrs. Fredericksen. She has 4 year-olds on M, W, and F, 3 year-olds on T and Th. The Terril program is taught by Mrs. Borchers. This program offers Transitional Kindergarten Monday - Friday, 4 year-olds on M, W, F, and 3 year-olds on T and Th. Mrs. Williams teaches the Ruthven-Ayrshire preschool. This group consists of 4 year-olds on Monday - Thursday. This early preparation provides students with fine motor skills, social skills, literacy, and mathematical thinking for their future.
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Mrs. Peton with her 2nd-grade students participate in a whole group reading lesson. Students learn grade level standards in the large group setting.

STEM Learning with Mrs. Klepper

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics combine to make real-life experiences for students. In Mrs. Klepper's 4th-grade classroom students look forward to this time of day.

GT 4th-Graders Write Pen Pal Letters to Nursing Home Residents

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College Transition Class

Mrs. Cook and Mrs. Myers collaborate to provide seniors hints and skills to surviving life after high school. Students have learned to write cover letters and requests for references, scholarship essay writing, sewing on buttons, utilizing foods found in residence hall cafeteria and turning it into dessert, cooking different foods with a waffle iron, and finding a career that brings meaning to your life. Below the students watched and discussed a TED talk on the secret to living longer.
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7th Grade Exploratory Agriculture Class

The 7th-grade students are writing the life cycle of their favorite meat in Ms. Robinson's vocational agriculture class. Students researched where the meat comes from the animal to their table.

Industrial Arts with Mrs. Butler

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Welcome Mrs. Guthrie to GT/RA!

Mrs. Guthrie is the new high school science teacher at Graettinger-Terril. She has replaced Mr. Benedict as he is now full release as Master Teacher with the Teacher Leadership Program. Mrs. Guthrie is working with the GT freshmen physical science class on volume and density.
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GT Third Grade Math

Students work in a large group setting learning about perimeter and area in Mrs. Schnell's room. Mr. Hough is working with small groups on individual needs in math.
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