In our Graettinger-Terril Community School District our Elementary serves grades Pre K and Kindergarten through 5th Grade. Our elementary building is located in Terril, this is where Kindergarten through 5th Grade students will attend. We have two Pre K programs in two locations, we have a Tuesday/Thursday program and a Monday/Wednesday/Friday program at both G-T locations; Graettinger and Terril.
Letter from our Elementary Principal
I am Chris Myers the Elementary Principal for Graettinger-Terril Elementary and the shared Curriculum Director for Graettinger-Terril and Ruthven-Ayrshire. I have been in education for 30 years. I am also retired from the Iowa Army National Guard after 24 years of service and am a veteran of Afghanistan. I hold a MA as a K-12 Reading Specialist, a MA Certification in Educational Administration and am nearly complete with a MS as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.
In my 30 years in education I have taught First Grade for a total of 7 years and taught middle school reading for 8 years and have been an Elementary Principal for 15 years. This is my second year in the Graettinger-Terril School District. The other two places I have worked as a principal were Cedar Rapids and Sac City, Iowa. I have found that I very much prefer the smaller schools.
There is a reason that I enjoy the smaller schools. We are able to provide a much more personalized education to our students and work to have great working relationships with parents. The school district of Graettinger-Terril is one of the best that I have had an opportunity to work in. This goes from our school board on down to everyone that works inside our school. The students are some of the best students that I have had a chance to work with as they are polite, appreciative and work very hard to do their best.
Our goal in our elementary is to create an environment of learning that has students become true problem solvers and can relate to the subject matter that we teach. We intend to always be providing a curriculum that is both challenging and developmentally appropriate for each child. Our idea is to take a child from where they are at and move them on from there.
Our building has two sections from Kindergarten through third and then we have one section each of fourth and fifth. We have numerous associates available to help those students that are having difficulty in understanding concepts and the teachers work extra hard to provide individual time to those that need it. We have both Title One services and Special Education services. Our school also houses a preschool serving four year olds and three year olds on alternating days.
If you come to our building, you will find a group of people that are friendly in greeting you and feel grateful and privileged that you allow us to take care of and educate your children. If you have never been in our building before, we encourage you to stop by and take a look. You won’t be disappointed.
Chris Myers, Graettinger-Terril Elementary Principal