School Safety (5/25/22)

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Dear Spartan families, 

As most of you are likely now aware, tragically, there was a school shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Events such as this stir up strong emotions, especially our instincts around protecting our children and the adults who serve them. Safety is a high priority at Grundy Center. 

While I want to use this message as an opportunity to share our concern for student and school safety, I also want to make you aware of some resources available to help our students process what happened. It’s important that we are vigilant in carefully monitoring how our school family members (adults and students) are responding. It’s a lot to take in. 

First, know that our local school counselors are available to talk with any student, teacher, parent or other community member who may need a safe place. Our staff are trained in their response and can be incredibly helpful. We have tremendous school partners and greatly appreciate the continued support Grundy Center Police Department and Sheriff’s Department provide our school district. 

If you are having conversations at home with your children, this resource from the National Association of School Psychologists is a helpful guide that provides helpful talking points that are age appropriate. If you do feel that you or someone in your family is struggling in a more serious way, please consider accessing Iowa’s Mobile Crisis Response system. The purpose is to provide free, on-site support for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. If a mental health crisis occurs, one or two-person mental health professional teams will be dispatched to the crisis within one hour of receiving a request to support an individual in crisis. This on-site support is offered 24/7. Anyone can contact Mobile Crisis Services by contacting 1-855-581-8111. 

Finally, I want to let you know that our district has a detailed safety and crisis plan that addresses a variety of situations. We have worked closely with local law enforcement and other agencies to create the plan and have engaged in safety drills to help us prepare to the extent possible. We remain firmly committed to providing a physically and psychologically safe environment for learning. 

Thank you for your ongoing support. Now more than ever, we need to find ways to come together. Our kids are depending on us. 

Sincerely, 

Robert Hughes

Grundy Center

Superintendent


Special Education Van Rider/Para-educator

Grundy Center CSD is looking for a Para-educator to start immediately with one of the responsibilities to include riding with a Special Needs Student to Eldora-New Providence. Other duties as assigned within the Grundy Center School District. Please contact Brian Sammons at bsammons@spartanpride.net for details or click the link below.

https://ats5.​atenterprise.powerschool.com/​ats/job_board_form?op=view&​JOB_ID=8600013680&​REPRESENTATIVE_COMPANY_ID=​JA002884&COMPANY_ID=JA00263

Upcoming dates to remember:
  • April 15th-18th- Easter Break
  • May 22nd- Graduation
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Employment Opportunities

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FCS Teacher:

Grundy Center Community School District is looking to hire a Family & Consumer Sciences Teacher starting for the 2022-2023 school year. Candidates must possess or be able to obtain a valid Iowa teaching license with a 5-12 Family & Consumer Sciences endorsement. 

Please send cover letter and resume to the Grundy Center Administration office at 1301 12th Street, Grundy Center, IA 50638 or apply on Teach IowaGrundy Center Community Schools are an equal opportunity employer.

Secondary Spanish Teacher

Grundy Center Community School District is looking to hire a Secondary Spanish Teacher for the 2022-2023 school year. Candidates must possess or be able to obtain a valid Iowa teaching license with a 5-12 Business teaching endorsement. 

Please send cover letter and resume to the Grundy Center Administration office at 1301 12th Street, Grundy Center, IA 50638 or apply on Teach Iowa. Grundy Center Community Schools are an equal opportunity employer.

TAG Teacher
Grundy Center Community School District is looking to hire a K-12 Extended Learning Program (ELP) Teacher/Coordinator for the 2022-2023 school year. Candidates must possess a valid Iowa teaching license with a K-12 Talented and Gifted endorsement.

Please send cover letter and resume to the Grundy Center Administration office at 1301 12th Street, Grundy Center, IA 50638 or apply on Teach Iowa. Grundy Center Community Schools are an equal opportunity employer.

Grundy Center Elementary teaching opportunities

1.0 FTE First Grade Teacher

.5 FTE Math Interventionist (one year position)

.5 TLC Lead Teacher

1.0 FTE opening for Third Grade (.5) and Title I Reading (.5) position.  These positions are bundled together for 1.0 FTE and cannot be split. 

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and resume to elementary principal, Brian Sammons.  Appropriate positions will be dual posted on TeachIowa. Grundy Center Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Coaching Opportunities

  • Assistant Volleyball
  • Junior High Girls Basketball
  • Junior High Football
  • Winter Cheer Coach- starting November 2023 application deadline June 1, 2022
  • Head Boys Basketball Coach

Interested individuals should submit a resume, cover letter and application to the Activity Director Matt Lindeman at 1006 M Ave Grundy Center IA 50638 or email at mlindeman@spartanpride.net. Applications are available at the administration building or at www.spartanpride.net. For more information about the position, call 319-825-5418. GCCSD is an EEO/AA employer


Substitute Teacher

Becoming a substitute teacher could be one of the most rewarding decisions of your life! It's a great way to make a positive difference for children and youth while supporting your community school.  

Substitute Authorization Requirements

substitute authorization may be issued by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners to an individual who:

  • Has successfully completed all of the requirements of the approved course "Substitute Authorization: Fostering Student Learning as a Substitute," including two hours of classroom observation after completion of the face-to-face class (form provided at the class)
  • Has at least one of the following: 1) a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution OR 2) completed an approved paraeducator certification program and holds a paraeducator certificate
  • Has attained a minimum age of 21 years
  • Has successfully completed an Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation background check
  • Has successfully completed a national criminal history background check

 If you hold a bachelor's degree: Receiving a substitute authorization will allow an individual who holds a bachelor's degree to substitute in grades PK-12 for no more than five consecutive days and no more than 10 days in a 30-day period in one job assignment for a regularly assigned teacher who is absent, except in the driver’s education classroom. A school district administrator may file a written request with the board for an extension of the 10-day limit in one job assignment on the basis of documented need and benefit to the instructional program. The licensure committee will review the request and provide a written decision either approving or denying the request.

If you hold a paraeducator certificate: Receiving a substitute authorization will authorize an individual who holds a paraeducator certificate without a bachelor’s degree to substitute ONLY in the special education classroom in which the individual paraeducator is employed for no more than five consecutive days and no more than 10 days in a 30-day period.

 

Substitute Authorization: Fostering Student Learning as a Substitute

Course Information

This 20-hour course is designed to meet the requirements for the substitute authorization program. This course addresses the four components required by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners.

  • Classroom Management: Participants will develop an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior that will enable them to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning and self motivation.
  • Strategies for Learning: Participants will develop skills to use a variety of learning strategies that encourage student development of critical thinking, problem solving and performance skills.
  • Diversity: Participants will develop an understanding of how students differ in their approaches to learning, will be able to create learning opportunities that are equitable and are adaptable to diverse learners and will develop an understanding of diversity within the classroom.
  • Ethics: Participants will develop an understanding of how to foster relationships with parents, school colleagues and organizations in the larger community to support student learning and development and become aware of the Board's Rules of Professional Practice and Code of Ethics.

 

Many AEAs offer the Substitute Authorization courses.  Consider visiting the BOEE website for a list of AEAs offering the course. 









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