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Iowa Notification Statement

"It is the policy of (name of CNP provider) not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or religion in its programs, activities, or employment practices, as required by the Iowa Code section 216.7 and 216.9. If you have questions or grievances related to compliance with this policy by (name of CNP Provider), please contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319-1004; phone number 515-281-4121, 800-457-4416; website: ."

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Wellness Policy


The board promotes healthy students by supporting wellness, good nutrition and regular physical activity as a part of the total learning environment. The school district supports a healthy environment where students learn and participate in positive dietary and lifestyle practices. By facilitating learning through the support and promotion of good nutrition and physical activity, schools contribute to the basic health status of students. Improved health optimizes student performance potential.

 The school district provides a comprehensive learning environment for developing and practicing lifelong wellness behaviors. The entire school environment, not just the classroom, shall be aligned with healthy school district goals to positively influence a student’s understanding, beliefs and habits as they relate to good nutrition and regular physical activity.

 The school district supports and promotes proper dietary habits contributing to students’ health status and academic performance. All foods available on school grounds and at school-sponsored activities during the instructional day should meet or exceed the school district nutritional standards. Foods should be served with consideration toward nutritional integrity, variety, appeal, taste, safety and packaging to ensure high-quality meals.

 The school district will make every effort to eliminate any social stigma attached to, and prevent the overt identification of, students who are eligible for free and reduced-priced meals. Toward this end, the school district may utilize electronic identification and payment system; promote the availability of meals to all students; and/or use nontraditional methods for serving meals, such as “grab-and-go” or classroom breakfast.

 The school district will develop a local wellness policy committee comprised of representatives of the District Leadership Team and foodservice personnel. The local wellness policy committee will develop a plan to implement and measure the local wellness policy and monitor the effectiveness of the policy. The committee will designate an individual to monitor implementation and evaluate the implemention of the policy.


Nutrition Education and Promotion

    • The school district will provide nutrition education and engage in nutrition promotion that: is offered at each grade level as part of a sequential, comprehensive, standards-based program designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their health; and,

    • Includes enjoyable, developmentally appropriate, culturally relevant participatory activities, such as contests, promotions, taste-testing, and farm visits.

  • Physical Activity:

    • Physical Education

      • The school district will provide physical education that:

        • Is for all students in grades K-12 during the school year

        • Is taught by a certified physical education teacher;

        • Includes students with disabilities, students with special health-care needs may be provided in alternative educational settings; and,

        • Engages students in moderate to vigorous activity during at least 50% of physical education class time.

Daily Recess

  • Elementary schools should provide recess for students that:

  • Is at least 20 minutes a day;

  • Is preferably outdoors;

  • Encourages moderate to vigorous physical activity verbally and through the provision of space and equipment

  • Discourages extended periods (i.e. periods of two hours or more) of inactivity.

 When activities, such as mandatory school-wide testing, make it necessary for students to remain indoors for long periods of time, schools should give students periodic breaks during which they are encouraged to stand and be moderately active.

 Other School Based Activities That Promote Student Wellness

  • Integrating Physical Activity into Classroom Settings

    • For students to receive the nationally recommended amount of daily physical activity and for students to fully embrace regular physical activity as a personal behavior, students need opportunities for physical activity beyond physical education class. Toward that end, the school district will:

      • Offer classroom health education that complements physical education by reinforcing the knowledge and self-management skills needed to maintain a physically active lifestyle and to reduce time spent on sedentary activities;

      • Discourage sedentary activities, such as watching television, playing computer games, etc.

      • Provide opportunities for physical activity to be incorporated into other subject lessons and,

      • Encourage classroom teachers to provide short physical activity breaks between lessons or classes, as appropriate.


School Meals

Meals served through the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs will be:

  • Be appealing and attractive to children

  • Be served in clean and pleasant settings

  • Meet, at a minimum, nutrition requirements established by local, state and federal law;

  • Offer a variety of fruits and vegetables; and,

  • Serve low-fat (2%) and fat-free milk and nutritionally equivalent non-dairy alternatives (as defined by the USDA).


To ensure that all children have breakfast, either at home or school, in order to meet their nutritional needs and enhance their ability to learn, schools will:

  • Operate the breakfast program, to the extent possible;

  • Arrange bus schedules and utilize methods to serve breakfasts that encourage participation, including serving breakfast in the classroom, “grab-and go” breakfasts during morning break or recess, to the extent possible; and,

  • Notify parents and students of the availability of the School Breakfast Program, where available.

Free and Reduced Priced Meals

The school district will make every effort to eliminate any social stigma attached to, and prevent the overt identification of, students who are eligible for free and reduced-priced meals. Toward this end, the school district may:

  • Utilize electronic identification and payment systems; and,

  • Promote the availability of meals to all students.

 Meal Times and Scheduling

The school district:

  • Should schedule meal periods at appropriate times, e.g., lunch should be scheduled between 11am and 1pm; should not schedule tutoring, club or organizational meetings or activities during mealtimes, unless students may eat during these activities;

  • Will provide students access to hand washing or hand sanitizing before they eat meals or snacks; and

  • Should take reasonable steps to accommodate the tooth-brushing regimens of students with special oral health needs (e.g. orthodontia or high school decay risk).

 Qualification of Food Service Staff

Qualified nutrition professionals will administer the meal programs. As part of the school district’s responsibility to operate a food service program, the school district will:

  • Provide continuing professional development for all nutrition professionals.

Sharing of Foods

The school district discourages students from sharing foods or beverages with one another during meal or snack times, given concerns about allergies and other restrictions on some children’s diets.


The superintendent will ensure compliance with established school district wide nutrition and physical activity wellness policies.

 In each school:

  • The principal will ensure compliance with those policies in the school and will report on the school’s compliance to the superintendent; and,

  • Food service staff, at the school or school district level, will ensure compliance with nutrition policies within food service areas and will report on this matter to the superintendent or principal.

 Approved: 7-16-06 Reviewed: Revised: 8-17-09

Legal Reference: Richard B Russell National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq. (2005)

Child Nutrition Act of 1966, 42 U.S.C. 1771 et seq.,

Cross Reference: 504.6 Student Activity Programs

710 School Food Services

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Winter Newsletter '14

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Late Start Monday 1/27/14

Announcement: Due to inclement weather/negative wind chill,

G-T CSD will be starting 2 hours late Monday, 1/27/14.

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2 Time FFA Quiz Bowl Champs!

Congratulations to the GT-RA FFA members on their win yesterday at the PAC Growers' Association Quiz Bowl! We are so excited to bring the trophy home for the second year in a row!! L to R:  Eric Sundall, Justin Schmidt, Bodi Rouse, Tony Stearns and Lane Reiman. Great Job Titans!

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G-T Announcements 1-24-14

Friday, January 24
Graettinger Announcements

1. Activites for today:   JV G/B BB at Armstrong 4:00, Varsity G/B BB at Armstrong 6:00, Varsity Wrestling at Ida Grove 4:00

2. Activities for Saturday - Varsity Wrestling at Ida Grove 10:00, District Large Group Speech at Algona..

3. There is a change to the V G/B Basketball schedule: Saturday, Jan 25ths game with Marcus-Meriden-Cleg has been moved to Sat. February 8 at Ruthven.  

4. Graettinger-Terril MS/HS will be having it's 2nd annual " SOUP'ER BOWL. Starting Monday, January 19 we will be collecting canned goods in the lunch room. Students are encouraged to put them in the box under the team they feel will win Super Bowl XLVIII. We will be collecting till Friday, Jan. 31. All donations will be given to the Food Pantry.

5. Here are some changes to the JH Girls Basketball schedule:  Feb. 3 CCE at Everly 4:00.

6. ATTENTION SENIORS: The Graettinger Times would like your senior pictures ASAP! Please bring them to the office! Thanks!

7. There has been a change on our PD day for Febuary. We WILL be having school Feb 14th. and WILL NOT  be having school on Feb. 21.  There is still and early dismissal on Feb 4th. at 1:30.

8. The GT Post Prom is having a Thirty-One Fundraiser until February 28th 2014.You can order online at and click on My Parties. For every $35 you spend you get a Zip Top Organizing Tote for $10.The post prom will get the consultants 40% commission as a donation.If the money goal is met, the kids will get a spirit bag .Please Help the Post Prom make the money for the wonderful trip to Kalahari Theme & Water Park at the Wisconsin Dells Post Prom Adventure this year. The Thirty-One Consultant is Liz Deardorff at (515) 570-8046 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Any questions please contact Liz Hoffman at (712)346-7755 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

9. Have a great weekend.

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