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 **
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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.
Girl's Regional Basketball vs GLR @ George is postponed to Wednesday, February 13. The Joint Board Meeting scheduled for 2/13 is postponed to a later date.
Update: GT CSD will be CLOSED today, Tuesday, February 12th due to inclement weather.
G-T will be 2 Hours Late today, Tuesday, February 12th due to the inclement weather.
G-T Schools will start 2 Hours Late tomorrow, Friday, February 8th.
Girls Regional BB tonight postponed to Friday, Feb. 8 at Everly @ 7:00 PM. JHGBB today cancelled. JHWR today cancelled.
There will be no school at G-T today, Thursday, February 7, due to the inclement weather.
G-T will be 2 Hours Late this morning, Monday, February 4th, due to the icy conditions.
Next time you are in the MS/HS building, check out our main entry bulletin board! This is a place that staff students and community can write things that they appreciate about others here in the building! Please feel free to share things that you appreciate about a staff member or student! Thank you Mr. Boe and Ms. Doerder for the great idea! #FILLTHEBOARD #APPRECIATION
G-T will have a 2-Hour Late Start on Thursday, January 31.
No School at G-T on Tuesday, 1/29 and Wednesday, 1/30 due to the extreme wind chills.
All Junior High activities have been cancelled for this afternoon.
Graettinger-Terril CSD will start two hours late tomorrow, Monday, January 28th.
Water Emergency has been reinstated for the City of Graettinger. Water off east of tracks everyone else please conserve.
Water is back on in Graettinger. Boil advisory east side of tracks until further notice.
Today (Sunday) The city of Graettinger is in a water emergency. EVERYBODY must conserve water. Water will be shut off east side of the railroad tracks. There will be a water boil to follow. As we get more information, we will post it.
Check out the GTRA Music Boosters’ cake auction during tonight’s varsity basketball games in Graettinger. Be sure you have the winning bid to take home some of these delicious cakes, cookies, or other goodies! The winners will be announced during half time of the boys’ varsity game. Thank you for your support of GTRA Music Boosters!
The GTRA Wrestling meet tonight with Manson has been cancelled due to illnesses.
Some of our G-T Middle School Students participated in the Iowa Lake Community College Jazz/Show Choir Festival yesterday. This is an educational festival in which area show and jazz choirs perform and receive feedback from experienced clinicians in preparation for the show/jazz choir season. Here are a few pictures from their performance!
The GTRA FFA chapter enjoyed attending the NW District fun night at the Spencer YMCA last Monday. The event was hosted by the NW district FFA officer team, lead by 2017 GTRA graduate and current Iowa FFA NW State Vice President, Cole Reiman. While at the event, students participated in a dress up contest, dodge ball, and completed escape room challenge. GTRA FFA members are pictured working through their escape room, dressed in 90’s workout gear, and with their championship dodgeball belt!
There will be no school at G-T/R-A tomorrow, Friday, January 18 due to the impending snow.
Due to a sewer issue in Terril, the Elementary will be letting out at 11:00 with buses transporting. The HS and MS will continue with a regular day.
With the impending weather tomorrow, we wanted to remind you how you can get updates on delays and cancellations happening at Graettinger-Terril. To receive School Alerts and Weather Announcements please register your email or phone number at: http://bit.ly/gtra-alerts
An unique and exciting learning opportunity will be available to GT/RA juniors and seniors starting next fall through the No Boundaries Project. This will be modeled after the Iowa BIG School. Check out their video to learn more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omSdCrbzweA
You may start seeing articles and news stories related to the new Iowa School Performance Profile. GREAT NEWS! G-T Schools MET all state benchmarks at all grade levels!!! This is great proof of that Graettinger-Terril School Teachers, Staff and Administration are working hard to provide a quality education for the students of Graettinger-Terril! Way to go, Graettinger-Terril Staff and students! Stay tuned to our news section for ways that you can access information directly through the Iowa Department of Education website. https://www.exploreokoboji.com/news/news-stories/department-more-than-340-iowa-schools-are-struggling/
There has been another waterline break at the MS/HS in Graettinger - There will be NO SCHOOL at the MS/HS today (12/19) Elementary will still have a normal day with normal dismissal time. Students please check your emails for updates throughout the day.
Members of the G-T/R-A did a wonderful job presenting to the G-T school board tonight, providing information about their trip to the FFA National Convention & Expo. G-T/R-A FFA sent 13 students to National Convention this past year. National Convention is a place where FFA members nationwide converge in one place to celebrate their accomplishments and find inspiration for their next steps!
Rockets in the classroom! How cool is that!?! Check out the video of the rocket and the diagram the students drew and labeled to show the different types of energy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwExWthiM_c
The Graettinger City did get the water break fixed at the Graettinger Building, so we will have school tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 5. We cannot drink the water from the drinking fountains until it is tested. We should find out in the afternoon, but we are asking parents to send a water bottle with your child.
Due to a water main break Graettinger MS/HS will be dismissing at 2:15. Elementary will dismiss at normal time.
Tonight is the Elementary Christmas Concert at 7 PM in Terril. The Scholastic Book Fair will be open before and after the Concert in the lunchroom!
Middle school/High School Students, please check your school email for our morning schedule tomorrow. Seniors with open campus during both 1st and 2nd period need to report to school at 11:07 for lunch. Travel safe in the morning!
Graettinger-Terril CSD will be 2-hours late tomorrow, Monday, Dec. 3.
GT/RA will have Professional Development-APL Training on Thursday October 18th at 8:00am.
The mission of the Graettinger-Terril CSD is to develop competent citizens who will be successful participants in a rapidly changing world. This will be accomplished by providing each student with a challenging, progressive curriculum taught by a dedicated staff in a nurturing environment.
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