Friday, August 14, 2009

Elementary Staffing Changes

Christie Hughes has been hired to fill the additional third grade section at Davis.  Christie graduated from Buena Vista University with a BA in elementary education with reading and social studies endorsements.  She has substituted extensively in the Newton School District.  We are very pleased to welcome Christie to Davis.  Christie was originally hired for the half-time first grade literacy position at Bailey Park but was moved to the third grade position when it became available.

On Wednesday, August 12, the Grinnell School Board approved the hiring of an additional fourth grade teacher.  Kristine Allen, a Grinnell native, has been hired to fill that position.  Kristine graduated from Central College in May and has just recently completed her reading endorsement and most of her early childhood endorsement.  Kristine student taught in fourth grade at Davis and already knows the building, staff, and fourth grade curriculum.  Even though class assignments for fourth grade were made earlier, some students have been reassigned to Ms. Allen’s class.  Parents will be notified in the near future if their child has been reassigned.  We are so pleased to have an additional fourth grade section and to have Ms. Allen join the Davis faculty.

Amanda Losing has been hired to fill the half-time first grade literacy position at Bailey Park.  Amanda graduated with a BA in elementary education from Buena Vista University and she has subbed in the Marshalltown School District.   Amanda will work with small groups of first grade students on literacy skills.  We are excited to have Amanda join the faculty at Bailey Park.

The start of the school year is just around the corner.  Begin practicing the routine that will need to be followed when school begins.  Students need to begin going to bed a little earlier than they may have this summer so they can be rested and ready to get up in the mornings.  Starting a new school year is often a difficult transition and it’s very important to begin in the right way – and we want all students to arrive at school on time and ready to learn.