The marketing firm BonFire has been working closely with us to develop vinyls to cover our doors and windows. The Graettinger-Terril Board then approved the look and their install. BonFire was back today in Terril to continue the installation of these vinyls to our front facing exterior doors and windows. The picture is an example of some of the doors done today. These vinyls allow people on the inside to see out, but people on the outside to not see in. It gives the building yet another layer of security and the end result gives the building a great new look! Check out our other posts for this and other new things happening! #Titan Nation #Titan Proud
Through a contract the Greattinger-Terril School Board has with the marketing firm BonFire, one of the many things we have been doing is working with them to develop vinyls that capture our continuous drive to be the best Titan Nation possible. These will go on the front doors and windows of our Elementary building as well as our MS/HS building. Today, BonFire installed some of the ones for Terril Elementary. They include front doors and office windows and.... They. Look. Incredible! Stay tuned for further installments at the Elementary as well as at the MS/HS. Titan Nation! Titan Proud!
"Band is such an amazing use of one's time and you really get to learn a lot. My greatest memories of band are the ones that I share with all of my friends and my amazing instructor. Band has shown me happiness where there was none and I am very grateful for that." - Tristan H
The Operation Toothpick team successfully solved the problem posed by Safco by creating a relationship with EPS. Waste shipping timbers from Safco are placed in this fixture created by EPS for pick up. Allowing EPS to re-purpose the timbers, creates a combined cost savings of $7000. It helps Safco reduce the waste sent to the landfill and provides EPS with a superior product to what they were previously using.
Need something to do this month? Sign up for summer lessons - they are on a first-come-first-serve sign up. Go here to schedule! https://sites.google.com/view/gtrabands/activities/summer-lessons
Seniors, we know that you will not get to compete and learn in our new facilities. We do want you to know that you are and will continue to be a part of TITANNATION. Your names along with your graduation year, will be placed on the bottom of a board at center court. When the court is eventually removed in the distant future, those who find the board will know the class of 2020!
The Graettinger-Terril Community School District has entered a contractual agreement with The Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council to allow Marc Benedict to provide services as Assistant Coordinator for the Iowa STEM Teacher Externships Program. The Iowa STEM Teacher Externships Program aims to build bridges between Iowa's workplaces and STEM educators across the state by equipping them to work at local businesses, organizations and other workplaces alongside knowledgeable and skilled employees during the summer.
Just a Reminder: Miles of Smiles Honk and Cheer to Celebrate the Year tonight! 6:30-7:30 PM at the Graettinger Football Field. The staff will be positioned around the field and you can drive around the field as often as you would like to honk and wave. Look for your favorite HS, MS or Elementary Teacher OR your favorite Principal!
As you work on next year's class schedules, remember this: Studies continually show that participating in band often leads to better brain function, happier people, and higher test scores. Not to mention, you make great, long-lasting friends and have a lot of FUN!
"Everyone should join band because it is a way to express yourself, gain new friendships that will last a long time, and just have fun in general. " - Ashton, class of 2021.
Just a reminder that tomorrow (Tuesday 26 May) from 3-6:30PM, elementary kids/parents should drop off school items and pick up personal items in Terril.
It is always great when we can collaborate to provide a needed service to our communities. Partnering with ILCC Graettinger-Terril and Ruthven Ayrshire schools we’re able to provide our 3-D printer to help create face shield clips for Energy Panel Structures in Graettinger, Iowa. Iowa Lakes Engineering Instructor Chad Tischer is coordinating the effort. Photo credit to EPS Safety Director Jessie Pergunde
We have received some inquiries regarding our Fitness Center opening. We are currently targeting Monday, May 4th to open the fitness center for general use to members with restrictions. We will send out an update regarding restrictions for the fitness center and confirming the access for members, staff and students later this week/weekend.
Job Opportunity. The Graettinger-Terril School District is looking for a full time custodian. If interested, please contact Gary Edwards at 712-859-3286. NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY STATEMENT: It is the policy of the Graettinger-Terril Community School District not to illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity, and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact the district’s Equity Coordinator, Matt Borchers, Counselor, 400 West Lost Island Street, Graettinger IA 51342, (712) 859-3286, firstname.lastname@example.org
There is now external WiFi access at both Terril and Graettinger for students with school devices. In Terril, the best place to sit, would be around the flagpole or front of the building. In Graettinger, it would be outside the current main doors on the north side. Again, this is not an "Open" access. It requires a GT school device.
Hey Juniors! The deadline to get your Summer Work Credit Program paperwork in is this Friday, May 1st! Please check your email to view information regarding this program! If you have any questions, let me know!
Students, have you checked out Mr. Hough's morning workouts? Mr. Hough and his family provide a morning workout on Tuesdays and Fridays via Zoom! It is great for the all ages! They will even provide modifications so that EVERYONE can participate. Grab your Family and join in next Tuesday at 8:00 AM! Mr. Hough will send the link to your email for you to join in. We would love to see you there! #VIRTUALWORKOUT #TITANNATION #STAYFIT #FEELGOOD #TIRED
Coach Girres came to the office and said that we should get the band back together to send out a message. So, Coach Myers, Mr. Simington, Coach Hough and the other Coach Hough got together to create a musical message. Click on the link and enjoy! https://www.jibjab.com/view/make/were_not_gonna_take_it/f1ab1517-8df8-4297-94b4-79d83e1d8cbf?utm_campaign=Brand_Exact_Desktop&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=bing
Graettinger-Terril CSD would like to express a huge THANK YOU to our staff who show up every morning to prepare meals to be disbursed to the students of Graettinger Terril. Over the past 4 weeks, these ladies have prepared 6500+ meals for students and families in our district! Thank you all for your work!! We also want parents/students to be aware in an effort to limit the interactions between staff and students even further, starting Monday, April 20th we will be distributing meals on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Please see below for further details. Monday/Tuesday - delivered/handed out on Monday Wednesday - delivered/handed out on Wednesday Thursday/Friday - delivered/handed out on Thursday #TITANNATION
Today was the 3rd day of our virtual spirit week with dress up days. Here's the link to post your pictures! Tomorrow is Toy Thursday. Show us how you've spent your time...favorite toy, game, activity, etc. https://photos.app.goo.gl/2CF4gMR8xJqBHEGF9
@IowaSTEM has launched #TeachableMoment, an easy resource for anyone looking to incorporate STEM activities at home with online and unplugged options! View the activities at www.iowastem.gov/teachablemoment and share your favorite projects using the hashtag #TeachableMoment.
Today was the 2nd day of our virtual spirit week with dress up days. If you haven't participated, you can still join in on the fun!Here's the link to post your pictures! Tomorrow is hat day and add your pets to your photo if you can. https://photos.app.goo.gl/2CF4gMR8xJqBHEGF9
Happy Virtual Spirit Week! Monday was favorite college gear day. Here's the link to post your pictures! https://photos.app.goo.gl/2CF4gMR8xJqBHEGF9 Tomorrow is Tangled Tuesday-craziest hair style or head attire!
Due to the weather conditions there will not be grab and go breakfast and lunch tomorrow (Mon 4/12). The program will resume on Tuesday at the normal times.
Disney Virtual Spring Break Spirit Week! Next week (April 13-17) GT/RA K-12 schools are doing something different and fun! Each day there will be a different Disney related dress up theme. I created an album in google photos for everyone to upload your photos daily (and your family if you want) and I will share out on social media. https://photos.app.goo.gl/2CF4gMR8xJqBHEGF9 I hope everyone participates and enjoys this fun virtual event we are doing as a school! Please share your photos in the shared album by noon the following day.
Hey Everyone! The Graettinger-Terril Elementary wants to give you a special video and message on this day. Just click on the link and smile! https://www.jibjab.com/view/make/everybunny_dance_now_2/6afd8ca5-c075-44d5-a67a-943d964df866?utm_campaign=tx_email_subscription_receipt&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cordial
I am BEYOND THRILLED to see progress made in my 6-8 English classes! Students are logging into Google Classroom to complete our daily tasks. 6th grade is working on figurative language and writing poetry, 7th is writing informative essays, and 8th is beginning debates. Woot!
Hey Seniors, Tomorrow night at 5:30 there will be a google hangout meeting with ILCC. This meeting is mostly for the undergrad students who will be taking dual credit classes next year, but we have also asked Brandon DeClercq, their admissions counselor, to come as well in case any seniors had questions about their next steps with ILCC. This might not pertain to all of you, as some of you are not attending ILCC next year, however, if you have questions about requesting transcripts or maybe even classes that you might want to take there in the future, it could be very helpful for you to sit in on! Please invite your parents to sit in on this meeting with you if you wish! The link to the meeting has been sent to your school email!
Today, on Thursday April 2nd at 4:00, the teacher wave parade will be coming to Terril. They will meet together in the school parking lot and then go for a slow drive through the streets of Terril starting at 4:00 PM. If you live in the country, we encourage you to come into town. See you there!
Teacher Parade change-up: Our bus drivers are doing different tasks today (such as one being on call for the ambulance). Because of that, we are asking that if you live in the country and wish to see the Teacher Parade, come on into town and park your car. In Graettinger, we will travel on the north/south streets through town. In Wallingford, we will try to do the same. Thank you.
Attention Parents, Families and Community! On Wednesday, April 1st, the Graettinger-Terril Elementary, Middle School and High School staff will be conducting an "Education Parade" through the communities of Graettinger and Wallingford as well as on surrounding bus routes. At 4:00 PM, it will start out from the school in Graettinger and then travel primarily on the north/south streets through town. It will then head toward Walingford and the surrounding areas. On Thursday, April 2nd, this same group will conduct the parade through Terril and surrounding area. We encourage you to be ready to wave and smile! The staff miss everyone!
In an effort to limit interactions for our food service staff members and also due to positive feedback last week, we will be sending both Thursday and Friday meals home on Thursdays each week at all G-T locations . R-A will still send breakfasts/lunches on Thursdays and Fridays. Please spread the word.
📢Attention to all NHS applicants: If you received an application packet and intend to apply, please scan and email your FULL application to email@example.com OR mail it to the school. If you mail it, please indicate "Attn: Mrs. Jeffrey-NHS" above the address. The application deadline of April 7th has not changed. If you have questions, please email Mrs. Jeffrey!
Food Service Update: Due to the possibility of inclement weather Friday morning, we will distribute meals for BOTH Thursday and Friday on Thursday, 3/19. There will be NO distribution on Friday.
Just a reminder that we are offering grab and go breakfasts and lunches from 9:00AM-10:00AM at both the Graettinger and Terril buildings. Meals can be picked up on the East side of the Graettinger building at the door nearest to the lunch room. Meals can be picked up in Terril at the Elementary main office.
Information regarding conferences. This morning G-T administration met with teachers and discussed conferences. If you signed up to meet with your student's teacher for conferences on Tuesday or Thursday, you can expect that teacher to reach out to you soon. We have NOT required teachers to reach out at the time that you signed up for due to other obligations that they may have had arise in the past few days. We HAVE instructed teachers that they must reach out to you in the near future to discuss your student's progress here at school. Grade reports for MS/HS will be sent out early next week. Elementary Report Cards were sent home via mail yesterday. Thank you for your understanding as we navigate this unfamiliar situation
MUSIC STUDENTS! Please hang on to your fundraiser money and order forms! For now, we are extending the fundraiser until we resume school or further notice. If you are not comfortable keeping the money, then return it!
Gov. Reynolds is recommending that Iowa schools close for four weeks. Graettinger-Terril and Ruthven-Ayrshire Schools will be closing Monday March 16, 2020 until further notice. A more detailed message will be posted tomorrow afternoon.
The GTRA Wrestling Banquet scheduled for Monday, March 16th has been postponed to a later date.
Today at Graettinger-Terril Elementary school, the students were greeted by a building transformed over night, to become Andy’s Room from Toy Story. They have multiple activities to participate in from tie dying pillow cases and paratrooper training to a Mr. Potato Head face off! The staff worked extra hard to make this PBIS celebration a great experience!
Reminder: 2:30 Early out today!
The Operation Toothpick team met with representatives from Safco and EPS to do a test run of a system to repurpose packaging timbers from Safco for use by EPS. The process will potentially save both businesses money, reduce the waste going into the landfill, and provide a better product for EPS to use when shipping out materials.
Check out what happened during the month of February at GTRA Schools district. https://www.smore.com/jbr4f
GT and RA staff started their day today learning about the effects of Toxic Stress on brain development. Our presentation is by Courtney Cook from the AEA. Here staff are playing “build a brain” game. Their brain is being built through drawing cards and random dice rolls resembling how life impacts us.
The Graettinger-Terril Middle/High building has been cleared by law enforcement. Students who have items in the building that they would like to pick up can do so until 4:30 PM this afternoon. Any items left in the building over night can be picked up in the morning.
GT/RA Students, Parents and Staff: Today Graettinger-Terril experienced what many schools have had to deal with in the past, a bomb threat. The threat was made leaving a written message in a restroom. This was reported to the office and this is what triggered the district to contact law enforcement. It was at the advice of law enforcement to evacuate the building. The students responded to the directions given by staff and were able to safely make it to one of the nearby churches. Thank you to both students and staff for remaining calm and following directions during this evacuation. Thank you to local and state law enforcement for their professional advice and response to this situation. All the law enforcement officials were extremely professional in conducting the search of the building. Please report any information regarding this bomb threat to the school administration.
GT and RA will dismiss at 2:30 PM Today (2/17) due to concerns about road conditions. Shuttle Busses will run at 2:30 and Route Busses will run at 3:00. JH Girls Game is Cancelled. HS Athletic Shuttles will run at 3:30.
Boys JV/Varsity Games with H-LP tonight are cancelled due to blowing and drifting snow to the North and West.
JV Boys Basketball vs Harris Lake Park 6:00pm at Terril Varsity Boys Basketball vs Harris Lake Park 7:15pm at Terril
The Titanettes Dance Team Showcase will be held on Sunday, February 16th at 3:00 p.m. in the Graettinger. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Activity tickets are not accepted for this fundraiser. Don't miss seeing all your favorite routines from the year one last time!
GT and RA will be 2 hours late Friday 2/14 due to the wind chill warning.
The Girls Regional Basketball Game vs West Bend-Mallard at West Bend tonight (2/13) @ 7:00 PM will be played as scheduled.
No School at GT and RA Thursday, 2/13 due to the extreme cold/wind chills.
GT and RA will be 2 hours late tomorrow (2/13) due to the inclement weather.
We would like to thank everyone that had a part in the Superintendent Search process. We would especially like to thank those that were part of the district Interview Teams. The Search Firm let the Boards know that both districts were very well represented by the district interview teams. They also made a special mention of the involvement of the student on the interview teams. A press release naming the new Superintendent will be available soon.
National Honor Society is hosting a Valentine's Day fundraiser for their service trip to Chicago. Members will make the Valentines and hand deliver them on Friday. Treat someone you love to something sweet this Valentine's Day! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions!
Parent's Night for HS Basketball, Cheer, and Dance will be Friday, February 7 at Ruthven. Introduction will be immediately following the Girl's varsity Game.
Reminder to please turn in your Little Titanettes Dance Camp registration to your school secretary by Friday, Jan. 31st! We can't wait to see you all at camp on Saturday, February 15th!
The Okoboji No Boundaries team is putting on a speaking event on May 28th, and are looking for speakers! This event is geared towards middle school to college-aged students. Being a speaker would require you to create a talk, memorize it, and present that talk in front of an audience of around 100 people. If you have an idea worth spreading, the link to the speaker application is included in this post. Applications are due February 10th. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns feel free to email us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org” https://forms.gle/bV5z4KcQZJZk5pFX6
The 4th grade class (represented here by Jennabell and Riley) want to let everyone know they are collecting plastic bags to recycle and help the environment stay clean! If you can give the 4th grade 50 of them, they can give you a reusable bag donated by Walmart! Even if you don’t want a reusable bag, you can help them collect these over the next 12 weeks to take care of the environment.
GT and RA will be 2 hours late today (1/23) due to the inclement weather.
No school for GT and RA today (1/22) due to the icy conditions.
GT and RA will be 2 hours late today (1/22) due to the inclement weather.
Graettinger-Terril Elementary recently started using Night Zookeeper for writing. Today one of our 5th grade students Isabella is in 1st place in the World. The class is in 13th place in the World for all age groups and 10th place for 10 and older. Keep up the great work!
Correction to announcements - Conference Wrestling tournament will take place today (1/20) at the Elementary school in Sac City at 2:00 PM.
No School Friday, 1/17 due to the coming storm. Conf. WR Saturday has been postponed to Monday 1/20 at 2:00 PM at Sac City.
Varsity G-B Basketball with Pocahontas area has been moved from Friday (1/17) to Thursday (1/16) due to the impending weather. JV with PAC is cancelled.
Not getting school alerts? You should be if you have downloaded the G-T app from your app store for free! You can also sign up for notifications through this website! https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/IAEDU2556/subscriber/new?qsp=CODE_RED%C2%A0
GT_SCHOOLS: Junior and Senior Job Shadows today are cancelled due to the late start. Report to school instead.
G-T and R-A will be 2 Hours Late today (1/15/20) due to icy conditions. Dismissal will be at 3:30 PM (No Early Out).
Come support the Titanettes at the halftime of the boys varsity game at North Union tonight! They will perform a jazz routine with the North Union Dance Team. Good luck, girls!
G-T and R-A will start 2 Hours Late today (1/14/20) .
G-T and R-A will start 2 Hours Late today (1/13/20) due to the snowfall.
Home Wrestling Tomorrow!! Our Annual Graettinger Invitational Wrestling Tournament will take place tomorrow (1/10). Parking is going to be difficult so we ask that you bear with us this year. There is a funeral at the Methodist Church tomorrow morning at 10:30AM. We ask that all attending the tournament allow parking on the street immediately to the West of the Methodist Church. We also have confirmed that those attending can park in the Lutheran Church Parking to the South of the building! See you tomorrow!
Thanks to the help of Tim Mielke, we were able to get the Outdoor Classroom in Terril to substantial completion! I had the roof to get completed and we accomplished that today. Here are some pictures of the deck and roof. The deck got completed on the day before Thanksgiving break (and before the snow). In the spring we will begin to move some soil and shape the old football field into a rolling prairie. Stay tuned for more to come!
"I am more comfortable getting to know and share ideas with new people without fear of judgement. This has even helped me in the classroom be more willing to put forth an answer that I am not sure is correct because, even if its not, I know it will help the learning process." -Lauren Josephson (when asked how NoBo has changed her as a leaner)
Custom Titan performance socks have arrived! Orders can be picked up before or after school. Extra pairs were ordered, so there's still a chance to snag a few pairs for holiday gifts! Socks are $14 per pair or two pairs for $26. Contact email@example.com with questions.
The Titanettes will be performing their two state routines at a pep rally at NOON on Tuesday in Graettinger. Come cheer them on at their send-off to State Competition!
The Titanettes will be performing their two state routines at a pep rally in Graettinger on Tuesday! The pep rally will begin at 3:10 p.m. We hope to see you there!
After collecting hundreds of pounds of food for our local food banks last week, they realized this was a job not quite complete. GTRA FFA members decided to use some of their fruit sales profits to purchase Thanksgiving dinners for 12 families in the area. Each family received a turkey and 2 bags full of all the sides they will need to prepare and enjoy a wonderful meal with their families. We challenge you to keep your local food banks in mind this holiday season. What can you do to give back? The smallest gestures can make the greatest impacts.
The NHS coat drive was a success! Coats, hats, and gloves are available in all sizes in the Middle/High School office for students who need them. Students or parents may stop in and take needed items. Thank you to all donors!
All afternoon activities are cancelled. There will be no practices or tutoring after school today (11/26)
JHBB vs St. Mary's and HS GBB vs. HLP tonight has been postponed.
Today (Saturday) the Outdoor Classroom at GT Elementary, received a substantial truss system for the roof! We got it done in about 4 hours. A big thank you goes out to the people that helped me (Chris Myers) to get it done! Thank you to Patrick and Tim Fairchild for arranging for and the operation of the telehandler. The key help came from Andy Woiwood, Jon and Nick Josephson and Tommy Scott. It looks great!
Be sure to tune in to KILR at 5:45 p.m. tonight to hear Coach Voetmann talk about the Titanettes' upcoming trip to State Dance Competition!
The Middle School Fall Fling will be held Friday, Nov. 22 in the Graettinger Lunch Room. Cost is $5 per student. Enter through playground doors. Dance is 6:30-8:00 p.m. All GT-RA MS students must be picked up by 8:05 p.m. Chips/pop/water/glow sticks available for purchase.
Many hands make quick work on a Saturday morning. Today I (Chris Myers) would like to thank Pennie Klepper, Marc Benedict, Patrick Fairchild, Andy Woiwood and Jeremy Simington for making quick work of getting the other half of the outdoor classroom in place! We started at 8:00 and went from nothing on the second half (one picture) to complete (other pic) in just over 2 hours! Next up, the roof!
We would like to thanks the Estherville Elks for bringing Speaker Ray Lozano to share his message about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and tobacco use with the students of GTRA. Ray did a wonderful job of informing and sharing with our students the dangers of substance abuse. Ray specifically talked about the dangers of vaping.
Monday 11 November at 9:00AM, there will be a Veteran’s Day program in the Graettinger-Terril Elementary gym. The MS and HS will also be joining us. All are invited to attend. From one Veteran to the rest of the Veterans out there, I (Chris Myers) encourage you to come. It’s a time to help educate our students about the pride and sacrifice of our service.
On behalf of Graettinger-Terril Community School District we would like to thank our communities for supporting the PPEL Levy which was voted on and approved on Tuesday, November 5th. PPEL funding can be used for construction of buildings, purchasing of property, buses, technology equipment, and energy conservation expenditures. Thank you Graettinger, Terril, and the surrounding communities!!
Walls are taking shape on the Outdoor Classroom at Graettinger-Terril Elementary School. Today, Tommy Scott and Chris Myers put in brackets, one side of columns and the middle main beam. In the end it will be 18’X20’ with deck boards and a roof. Think of it as a covered deck. Thanks goes out to Gary Edwards and Rhonda Weiland for transporting materials. More to come.
On Thursday 31 October, Graettinger-Terril Elementary will be having our Fall PBIS celebration day. As a part of this, children may wear a costume for a $1 donation to our PBIS fund for materials and snack items. Children do not HAVE to wear a costume. Any costume worn must fit under the following parameters: -No weapons or weapon look-a likes. -No props with the costume. This means things that need to be attached to the costume or carried in hands. -No gory or gruesome costuming. -No full face coverings. We reserve the right to determine if something is acceptable under these guidelines. Our celebration is not about Halloween. It is about the good choices and actions the students have made for the first quarter. Thank you for your support!
GTRA students Karima Rostom (flute) and Claudia Hall (clarinet) represented GTRA music at the 2019 All State Music Auditions in LeMars on Saturday. These two put in the time and hard work needed to audition at the level of some of the best student musicians in our state. Claudia Hall was one of only 13 clarinet players recalled for a second audition but unfortunately, didn’t make the final cut. Both students performed beautifully and we are proud to have them representing GTRA instrumental music!
Results of the first digest of bacterial DNA for the research project was performed by Independent Research and Design student this week. The three identical bands on the upper right are a genetic "on/off switch" that will be modified. No Boundaries students will collaborate with this student and Iowa State researcher David Wright to perfect the switch.
Graettinger-Terril Elementary will have High Five Friday every week. We have 2 opportunities every Friday. Be here by 8:05 in the morning for the first one as the children get off of the shuttle bus, and stay for the 8:20 session when they come in from recess. Come to one or both! All are welcome!
On Thursday afternoon/evening, we will be having Parent-Teacher conferences from 3:00-7:00 PM. At Graettinger-Terril Elementary, we also will be having an open house for anyone interested in looking at the new entrances, offices and restrooms in the building. All are welcome!
Good morning GT/RA sports fans! In case you didn't know it, we are competing at the Twin Lakes Conference Cross Country championships tomorrow morning, Saturday, at the Emmetsburg Golf Course. Emma Kral kicks things off at 10am and the boys including Kadin Norris, Aiden Egertson, Quentin Scott, David Griffith, and Carson Torreson will follow at 10:30. Both races will be done in time for Hawkeye and Cyclone kickoffs. Please take the short drive to support these young athletes in their biggest race to date! I'm expecting both school records to fall! Goooooo Titans! ~ Coach Nichols
We would like to invite parents, families and community to Graettinger-Terril Elementary's first formal High Five Friday this Friday, October 18th at 8:15 AM. We wish to provide our elementary students the same great experience our Middle and High School students have in Graettinger. Everyone should meet on the ramp inside of the new entrance. See you there!
The State Dance Schedule for the Titanettes is as follows: Thursday, December 5th in Wells Fargo Arena. Class 1 Hip Hop at 2:09 p.m. Class 1 Hoopla at 4:49 p.m. Mark your calendars now to come support the Titanettes!
Little Titanettes Camp will be held in the Terril gym from 2:00-3:30 p.m. today. You can sign up today! Dancers will perform at halftime of the Homecoming football game on 9/27. Registration is $10 or $15 if dancer would like to participate in our Feb. 15th camp as well.
Parents/Students of 2020 Spring driver's education class- If you plan on taking driver's education this Spring, make sure you have completed 20 hours of daytime and 2 hours of night driving "before" class begins (end of March).
Hey GT/RA Parents: We have an Informational Meeting about the next Washington DC Trip TONIGHT at 6 PM at the Graettinger HS Library! The last trip was a BLAST and we would love to see you on the next one! Hope to see you there!
The Little Titanettes Dance Camp will be held on Sunday, September 22nd in the Terril gym from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Dancers will perform at the Homecoming game halftime. Information is being sent home with all Pre-K through 8th graders.
Graettinger 4-year-olds made a kindness scavenger hunt list. The list was compiled of ideas they came up with on how they can show kindness at school. Some examples were taking turns with toys, giving a hug, and sharing with friends. When they did something on the list, students put a sticker by the sentence. We plan to keep track of our acts of kindness for the next week.
2018-2019 Yearbooks have arrived. The cost is $40. Contact Mrs. Myers to get your copy today! Quantities are limited. firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also pick up copies in the Graettinger main office!
After spending quite a bit of time collaborating with teachers and Mr. Simington about what advisory period will look like this year, we finally have a plan! The first thing was determining the goal of advisory...the WHY. Next it was figuring out the best way to accomplish the goal in the amount of time we have (20 min per day) and trying to make sure it will seem worthwhile to students and their advisors.
During my first two weeks of 3-5th grade SEL classroom lessons, I introduced myself and reviewed my role as the school counselor. I also explained we would be learning about mindfulness in the coming weeks. I showed the students a simple mindful exercise they can use called "Take 5". We discussed how it can be used to help calm down and relax if you're mad or sad because that's when people sometimes make poor choices. We also discussed using it at night when their little minds are running a mile a minute but they are supposed to be calming down and going to sleep. http://blissfulkids.com/mindfulness-for-children-take-five-exercise/ This Take 5 Breathing Exercise is a wonderful way to switch off the stress response. It brings the body back into balance, slowing and deepening the breath and slowing down the heart rate, while harnessing the need to move with an action that requires focus and provides sensory feedback to our brains. Best of all, Take 5 Breathing is simple, enjoyable, free, and you can use it anywhere, anytime. What is Take 5 Breathing? During take 5 breathing, children concentrate on taking five slow breaths in through their nose and out through their mouths. Children may need to practice this first as they may be mouth breathing. If you notice that your child finds breathing through their nose a challenge, invite them to imagine they are smelling a beautiful flower or their favourite food as they breathe in, and then to breathe out with a big sigh. (Breathing in and smelling a beautiful smell and breathing out with a sigh because it smelt so good.) I hope the kiddos will "take 5" whenever they feel it will help, and remember this isn't just for kids- it's beneficial for adults as well!
The first round of Fall GT Booster Club orders are in! Please stop in at the Graettinger Middle/High School office at your earliest convenience to pick up you order!
Very good read! If you are a parent, teacher or anyone else who cares about the success of today's children, check this out. Studies show that Grit is a better indicator of future success than IQ and/or talent. https://afineparent.com/building-character/what-is-grit.html
Support the Titanettes at the Labor Day Dunk Tank! Open 12-5 p.m. on Saturday, August 31st. Located at the Little League Field. Titanettes members will be in the tank all day, as well as Mr. Olesen (12:00), Mr. Harder (12:15), Ms. Voetmann (1:00), and Mr. Simington (4:30)!
Hello all GTRA students, staff, families and community members! I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and tell you how excited I am to be a Titan and working with all of you. My name is Mrs. Price and I am one of the new School Counselors. I will be in Graettinger most days, but I also get the opportunity to work with Terril students part time. As School Counselors, we provide many services to all students. I will be focused more on giving social emotional support, while Mrs. Peterson will be providing academic and career services. I'm excited to be part of the Titan family and look forward to great things ahead!
Dance team members and Ms. Voetmann are selling Labor Day ride tickets. They are $5.00 for a sheet of 10 tickets! Please make checks out to Graettinger Labor Day.
GTRA JH Volleyball will start on Monday, August 26th. We will be done around 5pm & be back in Graettinger around 6pm
GTRA Volleyball and Football Gatorade Scrimmages at Graettinger Tonight(8/23)! Volleyball will begin around 5:00 with football starting around 7:00. Come out to support the Titans as they kick off their seasons! Admission price is one or more Gatorades per individual.
Graettinger-Terill CSD staff are ready for students to return tomorrow at the MS/HS! Elementary will have intake from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM! Tomorrow night is also the fall sports preview with the Volleyball Gatorade Scrimmage starting at 5:00 and Football starting at approximately 7:00. Come out and support your titans!!
The GTRA FFA is pleased to announce that our 2018 Graduate, Cole Reiman has earned the prestigious American FFA Degree. The American FFA Degree is the highest degree awarded by the National FFA Organization, and earned by fewer than 1% of members. Cole has shown extreme dedication to his local chapter and state FFA association, helping to continuously inspire members all across our state, and even Nation. Cole’s FFA career has been nothing short of inspiring. Thank you, Cole for representing our chapter across our country, and reminding all of us exactly why we do what we do. Your passion for educating youth about agriculture, leadership, and personal growth opportunities is absolutely contagious. Cole will travel with the chapter to accept his award at the 92nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 2nd.
Reminder - G-T High School Computer Rollout will take place at 7:00 PM tomorrow night (8/15) at the HS gymnasium Students need to come to the school prior to 7:00 PM. Our Technology department will review the technology agreement with all Parents and students starting at 7:00 PM sharp. ILCC Orientation will begin at 7:30 PM in the Lunch Room. Parents/Guardians are required to be present for signatures. Freshman Orientation will be in the library starting at 7:30 PM and another session at 8:00 PM. Parents are not required to be present but are encouraged to attend. ** If students are not available tomorrow night to pick up their computers, computers can be picked up the first days of school. Computers will not be released without a parents signature **
Meeting for No Boundaries Students and Parents. Email Marc Benedict (email@example.com) with questions.
GTRA FFA Chapter President, Carter Koenck, and Chapter Reporter, Mara Koenck recently served as as mentors for the Bacon Buddies program. Carter and Mara had the opportunity to work along side a student with special needs, preparing her for the Bacon Buddies show. The Bacon Buddies program gives students with disabilities an opportunity to work with show pigs in a capacity that would not otherwise be possible. Students learn about hogs, the industry, and how to show. The students, along side their buddies then show their pigs in a show at the Iowa State Fair. Carter and Mara both enjoyed the experience and can not wait to participate again next year. Carter said, “This is the coolest thing I have ever been involved in, and I can not wait for upcoming years”. Thank you, Carter and Mara for representing our chapter and community in such a positive way! DarenSuzy Koenck Caryn Caye Robinson
Carter Koenck of the GTRA FFA won Reserve Champion Lightweight Market Berkshire Hog at the Iowa State Fair Thursday. Congratulations to Carter and his family on a successful year in the show ring! Carter is pictured with his sister Mara under the GTRA banner as well as in the ring with his hog, “Garth”.
The Graettinger lunch program could use some middle or high school student volunteers from 11-12 p.m. each day. They would assist with carrying trays and grabbing milks for the little ones. They would earn one Purple Cord hour each day of work. Workers can start Tuesday!
Please help us in congratulating our staff who have reached significant milestones in their service to Graettinger-Terril Community School District: Matt Harder - 5 Years of Service Ashley Dreeszen - 5 years of Service Kate Myers - 5 Years of Service Eric Quinn - 5 Years of Service Matt Masters - 5 Years Service Jeremy Simington - 5 Years of Service Lucas Hough - 10 Years of Service Todd Hough - 15 Years of Service Jill Mielke - 15 Years of Service Sara Fredericksen - 20 Years of Service Suzy Koenck - 20 Years of Service Marc Benedict - 25 Years of Service Jane Brown - 40 Years of Service
As per our tradition, we award our Teacher and Staff of the Year awards at the end of each school year. We would like to congratulate the following: Kate Myers ~ MS/HS Teacher of the year Pennie Klepper ~ Elementary Teacher of the Year Gary Edwards ~ MS/HS Support Staff of the Year Katie Eckard ~ Elementary Support Staff of the Year Angie Woods ~ Elementary Support Staff of the Year
Fun Fact: Our graduating Class of 2019 earned a total of 583 college credits by taking advantage of our many dual-enrollment options on campus here in Graettinger, Ruthven, online, and on the Iowa Lakes campus sites! Dual-enrolled students completed an average of 26.5 credits, edging out the previously set record of 23.46 by the Class of 2018. A few specific celebrations: Blake Miller and Isaac Eldridge nearly completed the HVAC and Farm Equipment / Diesel Tech programs and Arielle Roth joined Anna Sorenson as the second Titan to complete an Associates degree before receiving her diploma!
Titan Ladies Track update: 4 X 200 is going to state. #12th seed time. Toni Alesch in 100 M with #10th seed time and she also has the #5 seed time in the 200. 4 X 200 team of Macy Alderson, Kate Sorenson, Madie Hough and Toni Alesch. Alternates are Sierra Kluever and Claudia Hall.
Toni’s Alesch‘ 100 time was season best of 13.07. Macy ALDERSON’s time was season best.
The District track meet in Armstrong is postponed to tomorrow (Friday 10 May). Track practice today as usual.
A HUGE congratulations goes to the GTRA music department at state large group contest!! The band earned a division 1, superior rating, and the choir earned a division 2, excellent rating!! TITAN PROUD! 🎶
Many of our Terril Elementary students at GT, participated in a Science Fair driven and led by Ms Rowaida Lair. This is the second year our students have participated. Students made posters and display boards summarizing their experiments and discoveries. Many more participated this year than last. Awesome job kids!
Today is the Terril Elementary STEM Festival! Our GT Elementary (with friends from RA) are learning about different careers and discoveries in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Demonstrations and hands-on activities range from “Arm pit fudge”, bio diesel, foods, engines, DNR to EPS building systems and Fairchild Welding. And we still haven’t named them all! The staff did an awesome job organizing.
Mrs. Klepper is giving a phone interview with Ed Funston from KILR radio! She is discussing the GT Elementary STEM Festival going on this Friday afternoon on May 3rd. Mrs. Klepper teaches 4th grade and has taken the lead in organizing this event. Some of the Ruthven-Ayrshire students will be joining us as well. Stay tuned!
Congrats to our 2019-2020 Titanettes Dance Team! Macy Alderson Meaghan Dahna Taylor Gilmore Claudia Hall Shayla Hamrick Monica Hellyer Sierra Kluever Mara Koenck Bailey Sankey Alexa Springer Nataley Westergard
Good luck to all students trying out for the Titanettes Dance Team today! Practice begins at 3:00 p.m. with tryouts following at 4:00 p.m. in the Graettinger gym.
Tryout practice will be in the Graettinger gym TODAY from 4:30-6:00 p.m. Please wear comfy practice clothes and tennis shoes. We will work on technique and learn the hip hop routine you will perform at tryouts on Sunday. Good luck to everyone trying out!
Check out the GTRA FFA in this video by the Iowa Farm Bureau. It takes #justone to make a change!! https://youtu.be/aC80EnC4h2o
The GTRA FFA would like to recognize Brett Triggs for representing our chapter in the flag massing ceremony on Tuesday at the 91st Annual Iowa FFA conference in Ames, and Fisher Morris-McEwan for participating in State Choir for a second time!
Congratulations to Kyah Brant, Jake Schumacher, Lucien Benedix, Carter Koenck, and Jessica Miller on earning their Iowa FFA Degree. Recipients walked across the stage in front of over 6,000 FFA members and guests to accept their award!
Back-to-back NW Iowa FFA Vice Presidents!!! Congratulations Nole Bochmann!!!! https://tinyurl.com/y4zzxvnj\\\
Did you know... that we don't only have leaders in the school, but leaders in the state? Check out G-T/R-A FFA Alum and retiring Northwest State Vice President Cole Reiman as he inspires students at the general assembly in Ames with his retiring address on finding happiness. http://tinyurl.com/Coleretiringaddress
Check out Tori Hampson' s performance from yesterdays State FFA Convention! Tori performed in front of 5000 plus attendees. Also, check out the entire general session which was led by Iowa FFA NW President and former G-T/R-A student Cole Reiman http://tinyurl.com/ToriFFA
Due to inclement weather conditions, GT schools will be 2 hours late today April 11.
The GTRA music department was represented very well at the State Small Group Festival. The band brought 7 events, and of those 7 events, SIX earned a Division I, "Superior" rating; and one earned a Division II, "Excellent" rating! Such a terrific display of musicianship, hard work, and artistry provided by our Titan Band!!
A year ago, the G-T/R-A Teacher Leadership Team participated in a state wide study which we were selected to be a part of based on the student growth. Iowa has now adopted the TAP rubric which G-T/R-A has used for the past three years for state-wide use! We are excited that the state will now be bringing professional opportunities closer to home for teachers to participate in and continue their professional growth! Check out the article below by Director of Iowa Department of Education, Ryan Wise for more information! https://www.educateiowa.gov/directors-blog/new-instructional-framework-iowa
Buses will return to regular routes in the morning 3/20. Thank you for your patience. Please let us know if there any lingering issues with your gravel road.
NOTICE - Graettinger-Terril CSD School buses will continue to travel on hard surface roads only until further notice.
Congratulations to the GTRA high school music department on a terrific concert! I am overwhelmed by all of the support and talent we have in this community. And a big thank you to the GTRA Music Boosters for all of their work in making Thursdays Pops Concert such a roaring success!
We are ready to roll for the Spring NHS Blood Drive! All donors will be entered into a drawing for a free Titan BlenderBottle or Positivitee. We still have spots open if you have some time to swing on by. You may reserve an open spot by following the link below or email firstname.lastname@example.org https://donor.lifeservebloodcenter.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/161157
Graettinger-Terril School buses will operate on hard surface roads for the remainder of the week. We are in the process of contacting parents. If you have not been contacted, please contact the school.
Reminder - We will not be getting out of school early on Wednesdays for the remainder of the year. We WILL still have early outs next week (3/19 & 3/21) for conferences.
We are excited to be offering a new program to juniors and seniors called No Boundaries for the 2019-2020 school year. We presented the program to students in February and surveyed them to determine who might be interested. We would like to invite you and your student to an informational meeting on Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 at 6:00 pm in the high school library.
Check out some of the things that happened in school during the month of February!! Click on the link below to see what is going on! https://www.smore.com/5y4qr
Attention Parents & Students: in an effort to recoup two of our missed snow days G-T CSD will make the following changes to our school calendar. 1. There will be no early outs on Wednesday afternoons for the remainder of the year. School will go until 3:30 every day. 2. We will have school on Monday, April 22, 2019. This is the Monday after Easter and was previously listed as a vacation day. Making these changes will allow us to make up two of the days we have missed and be able to finish with students on Friday, May 31st.
The Elementary shuttle from Terril will arrive in Graettinger 10-15 minutes late today due to a bus breakdown.
Join us on April 27th for the 2nd Annual Autism Walk to bring awareness to autism and to support families of children with autism in Northwest Iowa! Receive a complimentary t-shirt when you register before April 5th! http://tinyurl.com/nwiowaautism
Sophomore World History & Junior US History classes prepared National History Day Projects. Then community members visited to judge, but more-so help the students extend their thinking. Thank you to all involved!
From websites to digital and paper posters to full blown exhibits- seniors are spreading great endangered animal awareness in their Modern Problems class.
No School Monday, February 25, for G-T. Stay warm and Stay Safe!
There is an awesome article about the No Boundaries Program and the great community partnerships being built! Lots of work being done now to prepare to roll this out to high school this fall. http://bit.ly/2SOva1H
No School at G-T today, Wednesday, 2/20 due to the heavy snow.
Help our elementary student keep their heart healthy, help save lives and help our school earn free gym equipment! Sign up for the Kids Heart Challenge today at www.heart.org/kidsheartchallenge or download the Kids Heart Challenge App. Take the challenge TODAY!
G-T will start 2 hours late today, Monday, February 18
The Wrestlers are on their way home from state!! There will be a 1:00 Welcome Home Ceremony in Ruthven, 2:00 in Graettinger.
HS Boys District BB @ Paullina has been postponed to Friday 2/15 @ 6:30. Junior High Basketball with HLP will be postponed to a later date.
To clarify busses, shuttle busses will run at 1:30 and route busses will run at 2:00.
G-T CSD will be dismissing at 1:30 PM today, Thurs., February 14, due to the wind and icy conditions.
The NHS Spring Blood Drive is on the calendar! Schedule your appointment to roll up your sleeves on March 14th by following the link below or emailing email@example.com https://donor.lifeservebloodcenter.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/161157
Reminder- there will be no early out today Wednesday, February,13th due to the professional development (No School) on Friday, February, 15th.