Mrs. Miller's Weekly Update

April 11th - April 17th, 2022

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Community & School Partnership

I love the quote shown above. It is a great reminder that the more we partner together as families, businesses, organizations, and schools, the better the opportunities we provide for our kids. And the more they learn and grow, the better they are prepared for life beyond high school and giving back to the community.

This past week provided a great opportunity for our school and our community to partner together. I am so impressed with how supportive our local businesses and other organizations are with regards to helping support our students and promote their growth and learning.

Highlighted below are a few examples of the amazing partnership we have in our Garner, Hayfield, and Ventura communities.

Thanks for all you do on behalf of our students!

Rotary Presentation

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At the Garner Rotary meeting Tuesday, Mrs. May brought some of our Speech students to perform for the group. The original plan was for the large group Readers Theater to attend. However, due to illness, we had to improvise. Instead, 3 of our GHVHS students in individual speech came to perform their pieces for the Rotarians.

Since I was not able to be there in person, Mr. Kasper captured videos of the performances, and I was impressed!

Well done to our students and Mrs. May for her leadership! Thank you to the Rotary Club for letting us to showcase a small sample of our talented fine arts students!

Pictured above are Mayor Tim Schmidt, students Irene Link, Jessa Heitland, Wyatt Haubrich, and GHVHS English teacher and speech director Elizabeth May.


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Just over 20 GHV staff and community members met this past Tuesday for the annual Career & Technical Education (CTE) Vocational Advisory Committee Meeting. The committee's goals are to advise, advocate, and support our programs and students to educate and prepare them for the workforce.

Areas represented by our community were business, industry, human sciences, and agriculture. We also had representatives from NIACC in attendance.

GHV CTE instructors Matt Graham, Tony Englin, Nicole Vansickel, and Bob Baumgard shared information regarding their respective academic areas, and school counselor Angie Bierle discussed enrollment in these areas.

It was my first CTE Vocational Advisory Committee meeting at GHV, and I was impressed with the great attendance and productive conversations. This is a prime example of the community and school partnering together!


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State of Iowa VFW Voice of Democracy winner Hanna Knoll, a GHVHS senior, competed for the National Voice of Democracy Scholarship, an award of $30,000. Friends, family, and members of the school and community gathered at the VFW Thursday night to hear the VFW's presentation and scholarship announcements live streamed from New York.

Although Hanna did not receive the $30,000 scholarship, we were happy to hear her name announced to receive an additional $1000 award. We all cheered loudly when we heard her name!

We are so proud of Hanna for her award-winning essay representing GHVHS, the VFW State of Iowa, and Garner VFW Post 5515.

Picture above are Mayor Tim Schmidt , council member Glen Juhl, VFW Axillary President Jeanette Henry, GHVHS student Hanna Knoll, and VFW Department of Iowa State Commander Michael Braman. (Photo Credit - VFW Post 5515 Facebook page)

GHV Fine Arts Showcase

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Saturday night was our GHV Fine Arts Showcase. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend. I was in Minnesota for a funeral Saturday for a friend who died of cancer at age 40. On so many levels, I'm sad I was not there Saturday to see our amazing students perform.

Mrs. May did share a couple of pictures with me, and I'm also awaiting some recordings of performances.

I continue to be impressed with our amazing Fine Arts Programs at GHVHS!

Kenzie Cole - Incredible Talent!

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Chloe Frank - An AMAZING Voice - And even a song in FRENCH!

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Thank you, GHV parents, guardians, and community members, for helping us raise amazing kids into incredible adults!

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Weekly Calendar

Monday, April 11

State FFA Convention - Select Students

4:15 p.m. - Girls/Boys Golf (H) w/ Lake Mills & West Hancock & Clarion-Goldfield Girls

4:30 p.m. - Girls Track @ Bishop Garrigan (Dismiss-2:50/Bus-3:00)

4:30 p.m. - Trap Meet @ Ventura (GHV Meet)

5:00 p.m. - Boys Track @ Iowa Falls/Alden (Dismiss-2:50/Bus-3:00)

5:30 p.m. - Girls Soccer (H) vs. Hampton-Dumont/CAL

6:30 p.m. - School Board Mtg. @ GHV HS Media Center

Tuesday, April 12

State FFA Convention - Select Students

12:00 p.m. - GAP & ASAP Joint Meeting @ Britt

5:00 p.m. - Girls Track @ Clarion-Goldfield/Dows (Dismiss-3:20/Bus-3:30)

5:30 p.m. - Boys Soccer @ Hampton-Dumont/CAL (Bus-3:45)

Wednesday, April 13

One Hour Early Dismissal

2:30 p.m. - Teen Council Mtg.

5:30 p.m. - Junior Class Parent Meeting - HS Cafeteria

6:30 p.m. - GHV Sports Booster Meeting

Thursday, April 14

4:30 p.m. - Boys Track @ Lake Mills (Dismiss-2:55/Bus-3:05)

4:30 p.m. - Trap Meet @ Osage (Osage Meet) (Dismiss-3:05/Bus-3:15)

5:00 p.m. - Girls Track @ North Iowa (Dismiss-2:50/Bus-3:00)

5:30 p.m. - Boys Soccer (H) vs. Clear Lake

5:30 p.m. - Girls Soccer @ Clear Lake (Bus-4:15)

Friday, April 15

No School-Good Friday

Saturday, April 16

9:00 a.m. - Trap Meet @ Ventura (MC Mohawk Meet)

Sunday, April 17


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