OPTIONAL: If you would like to donate supplies, the following have been requested: Kleenex, pencils, pens, spiral notebooks, colored pencils, scotch tape, glue sticks, pocket folders and dry erase markers.
April 15, 2013
Dear High School Parents,
Several weeks ago the decision was made to secure most of the exterior high school doors during the regular school day. This decision was made after talking with students, staff, parents, central office administration, and the local law enforcement officials. One door on the west side of the building remains open throughout the day. This increased safety measure has been received well by understanding from students, staff, and community members alike. We continue to ask parents and guests of the high school to show a form of ID and sign in with the main office.
On several occasions recently, I met with the Indianola Police and Fire Departments to review and discuss school security and safety measures. Our primary focus has been securing the exterior and interior of our buildings and reviewing safety procedures. Under their guidance, we have developed a plan to lock down the entire high school building in the unlikely event of an intruder.
We are at a point in this process where the high school needs to begin practicing an intruder drill similar to the annual fire and tornado drills we regularly practice each school year. We will continue to work closely with local law enforcement officials throughout this entire process. Our first intruder drill has been scheduled for Thursday, April 25th at 11:05. Your child will be provided information regarding the intruder drill during a school assembly on Friday, April 19th. Though the need to practice an intruder drill is disheartening, we feel it to be in the best interest of our students.
If you have any questions about this drill or our continued efforts related to school safety at the high school please be in touch.
Parent-teacher conferences will be held at the high school on Mon., Feb. 11, from 4-8 p.m., Wed., Feb. 13, from 2:20-4 p.m., and on Thurs., Feb. 14, from 4-8 p.m. You may now begin to schedule conferences with your student’s teachers. We will be using the PTC Scheduler once again. Please click on the following link:
PARENTS: Please bring your student’s registration papers for next year to conferences with you. Teachers will discuss class options with you.
Alumni Survey “Indianola High School prides itself on the traditions and opportunities it affords to students. We request your feedback on a new alumni survey in an effort to stay connect to our graduates and continue to ensure we provide the best programs and opportunities for our current students. Thanks in advance for taking some time to complete the alumni survey. Go Indians!” -Trent Grundmeyer, Principal Click here for survey >>
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Class of 2011 average ACT score was 23.4 The state average was 22.2
169 students took the ACT Test in 2010-11 80.47% scored 20 or above
Dear Indianola Students, Parents, and Community Members,
It is with great pride and admiration for the Indianola Community School District that I write this letter of introduction. I am starting to find my way around Indianola and I have felt very supported and welcomed in some of my early meetings and events. I was lucky enough to attend the Spring Musical and I have to say I am amazed at the talent that the Indianola students and staff displayed. In addition, I have also been to several baseball and softball games and look forward to seeing our students succeed in the classroom and on the field. I was also invited to meet with the FFA members and I was astonished to learn what the FFA chapter is involved in and the leadership opportunities it provides to our students. I look forward to meeting other groups and teams throughout the summer and when we get back to school. I feel very fortunate to be entering into a new chapter of my educational career in such and outstanding school and district.
This year will be 22nd year in education. I entered my teaching career in 1991 as an At-Risk Work Coordinator at Des Moines East High School. Then, I was fortunate to be able to teach 8th grade Civics at Hiatt Middle School. During those early years, I also coached a variety of sports at Hiatt and East. In 1997, I moved to Des Moines Hoover High School as an associate principal. During the next five years, I was involved in many aspects of the high school curriculum and programs. In 2001, I was selected as the principal at Brody Middle School and I was there for two years. During the summer of 2003, I was chosen to be the principal of the soon to be opened Johnston 8/9 Middle School. I was charged with transitioning our secondary configuration and to develop the concept of a middle school comprised of both 8th and 9th grade students. This opportunity provided me with many great experiences and skills in creating curriculum, building a staff, and planning and implementing professional development for staff. The most exciting part of my last ten years has been the opportunity to work with some very amazing students and families. I look forward to continuing to build significant relationships with students, parents, and the Indianola community. One of my favorite quotes from Dr. James Comer states, “There is no significant learning without a significant relationship.” This has established my educational philosophy throughout my career.
Another amazing influence in my educational philosophy and career has been my family. This June marked my twenty-second anniversary to my wife Dawn. She is, and has been, my most supportive inspiration in both my educational career and in my personal life. My daughter, Kate, will be a 9th grade student at Johnston Middle School this year. It was a privilege to have Kate as a student and I will miss seeing her throughout my day. There were many days when I heard “Hi Dad” and it brightened my day. Not very many people are lucky enough to spend both their personal and working time with their daughter. I also have a son in heaven. Our son, Cameron, died January 28, 2012. He was 15 years old. We miss him dearly each and every day.
I am truly excited to start the 2013-14 school year and being a part of the proud traditions, and unlimited possibilities that IHS and the Indianola School District provides for students and families of Indianola.
High School I 1304
East First Avenue I
Indianola, IA 50125
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