From the desk of Superintendent Lensch
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 email@example.com 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACTIVITIES DIRECTOR/DEAN OF STUDENTS
HOMECOMING WEEK (September 25th-30th)
Sunday, Sep. 25th, 2pm
fun features from the classroom!
Kindergarten - Mrs. Schwanz
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
Join the Community Band!
- Elementary (PK-6) parents: you may continue to send an email to your student's teacher or please call (712) 659-3411.
- Jr High/High school (7-12) parents: you may continue to send an email to email@example.com or please call (712) 659-3411.
Become a G-R Booster Club Member!
important update: please read the following letter
Meet Our New Staff Members
Ashley Kahler- P.E./AT Risk Counselor/Girls Head Basketball Coach
Nick Leiting- 7th/8th Grade Math & Science Teacher
Jen Rohrbeck- Kindergarten Teacher
Rebecca Jackson- Special Education Teacher
Addie Brower- Para educator
Kyli Ware- Administrative Assistant
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!