• Pennies For The Playground

    Their piggy banks may be a little lighter, but students at Northeast Elementary School in Glenwood went home for the summer on May 23 knowing the pennies they had gathered and contributed will help bring new life to a playground for the children of Thurman.

        An April 14 tornado left a trail of destruction in Thurman,  severely damaging homes, vehicles and trees throughout the community, along with playground equipment in the city park.

  • Kay Fast 'Humbled' By Teaching Award

    Glenwood Community High School vocal music instructor Kay Fast was honored last week as one of two recipients of the Charles E. Lakin Outstanding Teacher Awards. Red Oak kindergarten teacher Melinda Smits was also recognized. Fast’s award was presented during a surprise ceremony in front of her colleagues, students and family members.    

  • National Honor Society

    The 24 new members of the Glenwood Honor Keys chapter of the National Honor Society were inducted at a ceremony in the Glenwood Community High School auditorium last Monday, April 2.

        The formal induction took place following an address from GCHS principal Kerry Newman and a ceremonial candle-lighting ceremony involving current members of the Glenwood Honor Keys chapter.

  • Jazz Choir Reaches Crescendo at State

    Escorted by the flashing lights of a cruiser from the Iowa State Patrol and serenaded by the sounds of a fire truck siren, Glenwood’s Rhapsody in Gold Jazz Choir returned home victorious last Wednesday from the Iowa Jazz Championships in Waverly.

        Qualifying for the state championships for only the second time in school history, Glenwood came away from the competition at Wartburg College with the No. 1 rating and state championship trophy for Class 3A.

  • Career Transitions

    If there is one thing Stan Winquist hopes his students learn in his career transitions class, it’s all the things he didn’t learn before leaving high school and college and entering the workforce.

        “It all comes down to teaching the things I wish someone would have taught me,” Winquist said. “Most of what I’m teaching them is what I learned because I screwed up and I don’t want it to happen to somebody else.

  • Activities Director Arkfeld Stepping Down

    Scott Arkfeld has resigned as Glenwood Community High School activities director and assistant principal, effective at the end the current school year.
    Arkfeld, who has served in his current position for six years, handed in his resignation on Feb. 17. It was accepted by the Glenwood School District Board of Directors at their monthly meeting on Monday.

    In an interview last week, Arkfeld, citing a desire to spend more time with his family, said he felt like the time was right for him to step down.

  • Hands-on Learning Experience

    Students who are interested in pursuing a career in engineering, electronics or the technical trades are getting a head start on their post-secondary education or potential occupation through a pair of courses offered at Glenwood Community High School.

  • Earlier Start To School Year

        The first semester will end at Christmas break in the 2012-2013 school year, so says the Glenwood Community School District Board of Directors in a measure passed at last Monday's regular board meeting.
        The board voted unanimously to begin the next school year Aug. 15 for third through 12th graders and Aug. 16 for kindergarten through second grade. Classes began Aug. 24 for the current school year.

  • Revenue Purpose Statement Vote

         Glenwood Community School District voters approved the school district’s revenue purpose statement by a nearly 4-to-1 margin in a special election last Tuesday.
        Approval of the revenue purpose statement allows the district to extend its existing one-cent sales tax revenue stream until 2029. That fund, now called the Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE) Fund, is a legislatively restricted revenue stream allowing districts to improve only its school infrastructure or service its existing debt.

  • Glenwood School District Election

    You can scream it from the mountain top, ‘No new taxes.’”

    That’s how Glenwood Community School District Superintendent Devin Embray describes the process of explaining the district’s Revenue Purpose Statement as voters head to the voting booths next Tuesday to decide the fate of the district’s 1-cent sales tax fund.

    “This is not a new tax,” Embray said of the revenue purpose statement. “This is the state’s one-cent sales tax and they basically added a penny for schools and they added a penny for cities. This money is already coming in to the district right now.”