Mrs. Miller's Weekly Update

February 28 - March 6, 2022

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From academics to activities, we have so much to celebrate at GHVHS! As you look at these pictures and read the details, take a special note of how many kids are involved in these activities and events.

A main goal in education is to prepare students academically for life beyond high school. There are studies that show students who actively participate in extra curricular events perform better academically. I love to see so many of our kids taking advantage of the great opportunities we have available in our school and community.

This week's newsletter highlights just a few of the activities we have taking place at GHVHS. In addition to the events showcased, we also have a band concert Monday, kids participating in state archery next Saturday, and trap shooting, golf, track, and soccer seasons are right around the corner.

I am SO PROUD to be a part of a school system and community that puts so much time, effort and talent into promoting our kids and providing them with such amazing opportunities!


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Thursday was our Spring National Honor Society Induction Ceremony, and we inducted 5 new members, pictured above: Rafe Van Dusseldorp, Matt Obermann, Maddie Barrett, Addison Hejna, and Allison Heflin.

The NHS criteria focuses on scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Congratulations to these 5 wonderful students for earning this recognition.

Pictured below is a photo of all of our GHV National Honor Society members, excluding a few who were not able to attend Thursday night's event.

A big thanks to Mrs. Mitchell for leading our local NHS chapter.

I'm proud of all of you!

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This past week was National FFA week. Each year, FFA chapters around the country celebrate by sharing what FFA is and the impact FFA has on its members, both past and present.

Mr. Baumgard and our GHV Iowa River FFA Chapter took full advantage of celebrating this week, and our community members did a fantastic job of supporting us as well.

See the details below.

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FFA Sub-District Contest

Prior to National FFA Week was the sub-district contest on February 16. Pictured above, we had many students participate in Conduct of Meetings, Parliamentary Procedure, Ag Broadcasting, Job Interview, and Creed Speaking. On March 5th, Parliamentary Procedure, Ag Broadcasting, and Job Interview contest participants will compete at the district event.

Well done, students!

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1st FFA Alumni Night - Thanks, guest speakers!

On Monday, Mr. Baumgard and his students hosted the first FFA Alumni Night. We had six former members of the Iowa River Chapter speak to our students and guests about agriculture and involvement after graduation.

Speakers included Mykenzie Darg, Jim Legge, Brent Renner, Rusty Olson, Dan Goll, and Dean Goll.

Thanks to these GHV community members and alumni for sharing their experiences with our students!

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BREAKFAST! - Thank you, Farm Bureau!

Wednesday morning Hancock County Farm Bureau donated donuts, milk, and juice for all of our FFA members. Thank you Farm Bureau!
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ICE CREAM! - Thanks, Clear Lake Bank & Trust!

Thursday Clear Lake Bank and Trust donated ice cream for all FFA members and high school staff members.

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Skills Night - Thank you, Reliance State Bank!

Friday night was Ag Skills Night. Reliance State Bank donated pizza for our FFA members to enjoy before they began competitions.

Competitions included nail pounding, creeper races, nut and bolt, and bags.

Reece Bruggeman was the overall champion for nail pounding, creeper races, and nut and bolt.

Karter Datema and Nicholas Zrostlik were the bags champions.

what an excellent week of celebrating for our GHV Iowa RivER FFA Chapter

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** CHOIR - High School & Middle School Unite! **

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I love when our high school students serve as positive role models for our younger kids. Friday, some of our high school vocal music students met with our 6th graders to talk about the value of joining choir in 7th grade.

In the pictures above and below, you will see some of our high school kids leading our younger students in Music Olympics!

Thank you to Mr. Ironside and Mrs. Paulson for collaborating on this, to Mr. Ironside for the idea of including our high school students, and for our amazing and talented high school vocal music students for taking the lead and coordinating everything from there!

I love how our older students are showing our younger kids the value of music and trying new things!

Well done to our vocal music department!

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*** SPEECH - District Individual Contest ***

Many of our students participated in the District Individual Speech Contest on Saturday. Our students stepped out of their comfort zones and tried something new and different. In the words of Mrs. May, "I was so incredibly proud of everyone's bravery and perseverance!"

We are proud to share that we had one Division II and 11 Division I ratings, which is an INCREDIBLE accomplishment.

The team will travel to Clear Lake for State Contest on March 12, and I wish Mrs. May, Mrs. Baumgard, and all of our students the best of luck!

I know Mrs. May and Mrs. Baumgard are really proud of our students, and so am I!

Congratulations to our Winter Sports Teams

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As a former athlete myself, I LOVE sports. It was an honor watching our wrestlers, basketball players, and cheerleaders showcasing their talents for the last several months. I always feel a sense of mellowness when the winter sport season ends. We have so much to be proud of and to celebrate, yet at the same time, I'm sad the season is over.

I have also enjoyed partnering with Mr. Schmalen to supervise our student section at our events. We've been working on cheering loudly for our team and not against our opponent. We've also been working on showing respect to our referees even if we disagree with their calls.

Our students have come a long ways since the beginning of the season, and I am proud of our kids. When I asked some of our senior leaders for their positive guidance this past week, they stepped up to the plate. I am SO PROUD of all of our kids.

I am once again reminded that everything we say and do, both inside and outside of school, represents GHV. As a principal and a parent myself, I am aware it is partly my responsibility to help our students understand the importance of presenting ourselves well... showing school spirit while also being respectful. And it's not just our intent but also other people's perceptions that matters.

I am proud of how our season has ended, both as student athletes, cheerleaders, and student fans. We have come such a long way.I think we as adults could learn a lot from our kids with regards to school spirit, respect, and integrity. Well done, students! Well done!

THANK YOU, student athletes and cheerleaders, for making my first year as a GHVHS principal such a memorable one!

"There aint no party like a G-Town Party 'cause a G-Town Party don't stop. Oh YAAAAAH!"

(As you may know, this is my favorite cheer! LOL!)

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Weekly Calendar

Monday, February 28

7:00 p.m. - High School Band Concert

Tuesday, March 1

SAT Late Registration Deadline

5:00 p.m. - Girls Basketball Banquet @ Garner E-Free Church

Wednesday, March 2

One Hour Early Dismissal

9:30 a.m. - UNI College Rep (for Seniors Only)

10:52 - 12:01 - U.S. Army Recruiter over Lunch

Thursday, March 3

6:00 p.m. - Softball Open Gym @ GHV Elementary Gym

Friday, March 4

Saturday, March 5

District FFA @ Belmond-Klemme

State Archery

Sunday, March 6

6:00 p.m. - Wrestling Banquet - HS Cafeteria

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