Wildcat Newsletter

September 2022

Staff, Students, and Families

Welcome to Glidden-Ralston Community School's monthly newsletter! Each month we will share special events, fun features from the classrooms, important reminders, and so much more. This is your one stop place for all of the exciting things happening at G-R!

From the desk of Superintendent Lensch

What an exciting time to be a Wildcat! Our elementary classes are busting at the seams. We welcomed 18 new students to the building this year, and we have a phenomenal staff! These things all lead to a lot of optimism about our future.

Another exciting thing to add to this is the facility assessment we had done by a company called, Sitelogiq. They came into our building last spring and summer and evaluated just everything one could imagine from our HVAC system to our infrastructure, our classrooms, our security, and any needs for facility upgrades. They gave us very valuable feedback. The school board received a report at our last meeting and is now evaluating some of the needs identified. Over the course of the next few months, we will be prioritizing those things, pricing them, and hopefully moving forward with some improvements to our school building.

Our first exciting improvement, approved last spring, was adding air conditioning to our gymnasium. Anyone who has attended an event or taken a PE class in the fall can attest to the heat that is sometimes almost unbearable. We often fight this at graduation time also. Summertime use is sometimes impossible due to the high temperatures. We were able to renovate the system using our sales tax dollars that we receive from the state. This system will also allow us to take the heating of the gym off our boiler system which was beginning to cause some issues. This project should be completed by the end of the fall. All in all, a great change for our students and public.

Your school system continues to grow and thrive thanks to the support of our community and our stakeholders. Please continue to follow and support us as we work to provide our students with both the best education and the best facilities possible.

From the desk of Principal Graber

The 22-23 school year is off to a great start. We welcomed six new teachers and four new associates to Glidden-Ralston CSD. They along with the other staff members have been working diligently to support your students. To kick off the year, new teacher orientation and staff development days occurred where staff were engaged in meaningful activities to get to know the procedures and policies and to build relationships with one another. PreK-12 behavior expectations were rolled out and data was analyzed and next steps were identified.

Teachers have been receiving support from Heartland AEA consultants to help them improve their practices. Additional learning opportunities will be set up for teachers and associates to receive professional development which they are excited about.

I have appreciated the problem-solving and collaboration among the staff to improve the learning environment for students. The staff have been great to work with so when you see them, please reach out and thank them personally or send them an email.

Seeing the students in action in classrooms, the gym, cafeteria and hallways and outside on the playground has been a very enjoyable part of my day.

If you would like to contact me, please don’t hesitate as you can email me at jgraber@glidden-ralston.k12.ia.us or call the school at (712) 659-3411.

New teacher orientation and staff development days

7th-12th Grade Parent Informational Meeting

Wednesday, Sep. 21st, 5:30-6:30pm

Glidden-Ralston School Cafeteria

You are invited to a meeting to review existing policies and procedures and share new policies and procedures for 7th through 12th grade students.
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From the desk of Athletic Director Kahler

Fall activities are off and running! Our students have about been through a quarter of their season already. Here are some highlights so far in this early season:

  • The football team got to play at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines. What a fun experience for the boys to have!

  • Girls volleyball has been playing a lot of non-conference games to get prepared for the conference season ahead.

  • Cross country has been running with South Central Calhoun again this year.

  • Junior High volleyball has got off to a great start.

  • Junior High football just had their 1st home game.

  • Cheerleaders have been holding pep rallies for all of our home games at the end of the school day.

  • FFA has been meeting and going to events.

Everyone is super active to say the least! Our sponsors and coaches have been doing a great job with all of our students. They put in a lot of time and effort to support your kids so make sure you acknowledge them and thank them if you get the opportunity!

Homecoming week is just around the corner. Please stay up to date with all homecoming activities on our social media pages and on our school website. 7-12 students will be painting business windows downtown on Sunday, September 25 at 2:00pm to get Homecoming week kicked off!

On our school website, you will find a link under "Activities" and then "Athletics" that will give you information on all activities and who the coaches are for those activities. You may also follow the link here. Varsity Bound is a new platform that we have been using. If you haven’t signed up for a Varsity Bound Fan account yet, please do so. There are so many benefits and ways to follow your Glidden-Ralston Wildcats' activities. There are some helpful links in this link that will help you get familiarized with Varsity Bound and all the things it has to offer. If you ever have any questions, please call the school or email me at bkahler@glidden-ralston.k12.ia.us.




HOMECOMING WEEK (September 25th-30th)

Window Painting

Sunday, Sep. 25th, 2pm


7th-12th grade students will be painting windows of the businesses in downtown Glidden for Homecoming!
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fun features from the classroom!

Kindergarten - Mrs. Schwanz

Mrs. Schwanz’s Kindergarten class has been learning about routines and procedures the first few weeks of school. They have been reviewing letter names, letter sounds, and numbers to 5. They recently read the book, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, to help review letter names. They made their own coconut tree hats to match the book!

5th Grade - Mrs. Peters

The students walked into Mrs. Peters' room and sat down where they wanted. After they sat down, she gave them a challenge. Here is the challenge they were given with the people they were sitting with:

“Trap a pesty animal on the farm with the provided materials. The winner must have the trap work & be creative in the design.”

Each group received 20 small popsicle sticks, 8 pipe cleaners, a sheet of construction paper, a certain length of scotch tape, and scissors. They were given 25 minutes to do the challenge. The guest judges came in, the kids talked about their trap, and the judges asked questions and complimented the students on their creativity and great work/ideas. They had a blast and did so well working together. Mrs. Peters was very proud of her students as they all did a great job. This activity worked on team building, cooperation, creativity and so much more. The kids had a great time and worked so well. The guest judges that came in throughout the day were Mrs. Starr, Ms. Sibbel, Ms. Scott and Mr. Harms.

Foods 1 - Ms. Leonard

Ms. Leonard's Foods 1 students are busy learning about the mixing methods. So far, they have done the muffin mixing method and biscuit mixing method. Next week, they are onto the cooking mixing method.

Join the Community Band!

Mr. Fiscus is looking for people to join the community band! This community band will include students as well. The band will play at football games, a few basketball games, and holiday concerts. Practice will be on Thursday nights at 7:00pm in the G-R band room. Email Mr. Fiscus at cfiscus@glidden-ralston.k12.ia.us if you are interested in being a part of this fun group!

friendly reminders

Regarding Attendance-

  • Elementary (PK-6) parents: you may continue to send an email to your student's teacher or please call (712) 659-3411.

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Become a G-R Booster Club Member!

Health Reminders

Students must be fever and symptom free for 24 hours with no aid from medication before returning to school. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, severe cough that is disruptive, severe cold symptoms, body aches, undiagnosed rash, etc.

important update: please read the following letter

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Meet Our New Staff Members

Ashley Kahler- P.E./AT Risk Counselor/Girls Head Basketball Coach

Ashley is a new staff member that will fill multiple positions this year. She will be the AT Risk Counselor, teaching P.E. classes, and coaching girls basketball. Ashley attended Ellsworth Community College where she played softball for two years. She went on to earn her Bachelor's degree in K-12 Physical Education, Health, and Coaching from the University of Northern Iowa. Ashley has 10 years of experience teaching 5th-8th grade P.E. Ashley just moved to Glidden with her husband, Brad Kahler (Athletic Director and Dean of Students at G-R). Together, they have a goldendoodle named Jak and a cat named Cy. In her free time, she enjoys golfing, camping, traveling, and attending ISU football and women's basketball games. Ashley is very passionate about guiding students to become their best selves in everything they do. She is committed to helping students achieve personal and team goals!

Nick Leiting- 7th/8th Grade Math & Science Teacher

Nick is the new 7th and 8th grade math and science teacher. He graduated from Ar-We-Va High school and earned his teaching degree from the University of Northern Iowa. This will be Nick's first year teaching. He is happy to be teaching in a small school community. Nick lives in Arcadia with his wife, Amber Leiting (4th grade teacher at G-R). In his free time, he enjoys watching sports and playing video games. Nick is looking forward to meeting all the students and families that make up the G-R community!

Jen Rohrbeck- Kindergarten Teacher

Jen is the new Kindergarten teacher this year. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a dual major in Early Childhood/Special Education and Elementary Education. Jen comes to G-R with 17 years of teaching experience. She lives in Glidden with her husband, Tyler, and their three kids, Landon, Colton, and Alexa. In her free time, she enjoys attending her kids' activities, reading, crafting, and being outdoors. Jen is looking forward to making connections with students and helping them grow. She is so happy to be teaching in the place that she calls home!

Rebecca Jackson- Special Education Teacher

Rebecca is the new Special Education teacher. She graduated from Jefferson-Scranton High school in 2013. Rebecca went on to earn her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education from the University of Northern Iowa. She then attended Morningside University where she earned her Master's degree in Special Education. This will be Rebecca's fifth year as a Special Education teacher. She lives in Auburn with her husband and two Australian Shepherds. Rebecca enjoys camping and taking photos in her free time. She is the most excited to build new relationships with students and staff!

Addie Brower- Para educator

Addie is one of the new para educators joining G-R this year. Before coming to G-R, she ran an in-home daycare for five years. Addie has lived in Glidden for many years with her husband, Jody and their children, who have all attended G-R. Addie's family includes her husband, six children; Gina, Maddie, Austin, Koltin, Hayden, and Brogan, and two pets; Zoey and Phoebe. In her free time, she enjoys watching Iowa State athletics and NE Patriot football, and going "junking" with her friends. Addie is looking forward to watching the students grow and accomplish new things!

Kyli Ware- Administrative Assistant

Kyli is the new administrative assistant in the central office. She will be answering your phone calls and assisting you with anything you may need. Kyli has been a resident of Glidden for the past five years. She lives with her husband, Matthew and their corgi, Dexter. Kyli graduated from Carroll High School in 2012 and went on to earn a Bachelor's degree in Human Services from Buena Vista University. In her free time, she enjoys crafting with her Cricut machine, spending time with friends and family, and cruising around Glidden on their golf cart with Matthew and Dexter. Kyli is excited to get to know more families in the community!

Meet the rest of our new staff members in next month's Wildcat Newsletter!

save the dates in october!

Families & Community Members' Listening Sessions with Principal Graber

Location: Glidden Public Library Meeting Room

Dates: Tuesday, October 4th & Tuesday, October 18th

Times Available: 4:00-4:30, 4:40-5:10, 5:20-5:50, & 6:00-6:30

This is your chance to share the positives and the opportunities for us to grow as a Glidden-Ralston CSD! Principal Graber will be available to listen to what families and community members have to say about Glidden-Ralston CSD. This information will be used in conjunction with staff and students' listening sessions to help inform some goals and an action plan to make GR the best that it can be for students, staff and families!
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