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In this issue:

Mark your calendars!
Flood Wall update

Roses at Sixth Street Office to Be Removed
Maximum Timeline for Reimbursement Claims
Preparing Students for the Future: Compass and I Have a Plan Iowa sessions
Johnson County United Way update
Open Minds, Open Doors Conference planned Oct. 21, 2010
Are You an Influencer?
Lunch and Learn planned Oct. 20
Iowa's AEAs are on Facebook and Twitter
Recycled Plastic Bags Generate Grant Program for Schools
Linn County Public Health reference information
Upcoming TQ Professional Development proposals submission dates for the 2010-2011 school year
Mandatory Training certificates of completion to Professional Development by Oct. 29
Grant Wood AEA Holiday Craft Show 2010
Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities
Grant Wood AEA Webinars
Grant Wood AEA Online Resources Webinars
Vacancies, October 15, 2010


Mark your calendars!

Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m.

 

GWAEA Board meeting

Oct. 29, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

GWAEA Holiday Craft Show 2010


Flood Wall update

This week the trench was dug, footings poured in preparation for building the wall on the East side of the building.  Check valves were installed on the West side which will prevent water and sewer from flowing back into the building in the event of a flood.  A sample wall was built to make sure the brick and mortar matched the existing brick.  The cement cap was removed from the existing walls.
 
Next week we should see cement poured for the base of the wall on the East side of the building and work will begin on the wall and entry area at the South East entrance.  This is the entrance near the Conference Center Break Room.  This entrance will be closed for approximately two weeks.  Staff and visitors will have to come in the South West entrance near the receptionist.  Exit from the building will be through this door as well.  Staff who use the East Entrance, near the Data Bunker, will not be impacted at this time.  Watch for signage as we move forward.


Roses at Sixth Street Office to Be Removed

The agency will no longer have roses at the Sixth Street office as part of its landscaping. Though many of the staff members have enjoyed the beauty of the roses, this decision came about due to numerous reasons including time, cost, and increasing insect challenges. The rose bushes at the facility will be available for adoption by agency staff only and will be available at no charge.

If you are interested in "adopting" one of these roses, please contact George Held (x6714) or Kim Martin (x 6710). We will assign numbers to the roses, and individuals who have expressed an interest in adopting the plants will be assigned a rose/s randomly. Official rose adoption day will be the morning of Saturday, Nov. 13. Staff who are adopting the roses will be given instructions for best practice for how to remove the bushes from the agency grounds and replanting them.

Dr. Fielder, the agency's rose expert, says November is the ideal time of year to replant roses. It is a time when the roses have gone dormant, but it is before the ground has frozen for the winter.

If interest in the rose adoptions exceeds the number of plants available, we will determine who will receive the roses based on when staff contact Kim or George.


Maximum Timeline for Reimbursement Claims

Claim for expenses incurred in…  

 

are to be entered into the Claims System by the last working day of…   

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

 

July
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October
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Preparing Students for the Future: Compass and I Have a Plan Iowa sessions

Please note the attached flyer promoting a workshop to support 8th , 9th and 10th grade career and educational planning.  Grant Wood AEA has organized a session with IHAPI and COMPASS representatives to explain content, instruction, and assessment features available to support these efforts.
 
Also, the October 1st letter (attached) from Kevin Fangman, Acting Director at Iowa DE, serves as a reminder of the expectations outlined in the Iowa Code 279.61.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Myra Hall, ext. 5464, mhall@gwaea.org or Keith Stamp, ext. 6850, kstamp@gwaea.org.



Johnson County United Way update

 

United Way

We’ve had a surprisingly low pledge rate for the United Way this year from staff living in Johnson County. To date, only four individuals have submitted a pledge. The Johnson County United Way shared recently some startling data:

  • Poverty level in children and seniors living in Johnson County is increasing rapidly.

  • Poverty among seniors in Johnson County has increased 63% during this time period, compared to only a 5% increase in the state of Iowa and a 1% decrease in the country. The United Way isn’t sure why this is, but they are developing commissions to work on finding the root causes, creating strategies and metrics to make changes, and then implement these changes to see a difference by 2020.

  • The poverty level among children has also grown during that time period. It’s increased 40% in Johnson County, compared to a 28% increase in the state of Iowa and a 10% increase in the country.

Please consider giving to the United Way. The agency’s campaign timeframe is during the month of October; so you still have plenty of time to submit a pledge. If you lost your pledge sheet, we can find another one for you. Thanks!


Open Minds, Open Doors Conference planned Oct. 21, 2010
(Science, Technology, Engineering and Math conference for middle school girls)

Open Minds, Open Doors

Grant Wood Area Education Agency will host the Open Minds, Open Doors Conference for middle school girls on Thursday, Oct. 21, from 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The event will be held at Coe College in Cedar Rapids.

Approximately 500 girls in 6-8th grades will participate in the conference, which encourages girls to pursue career fields with foundations in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Anne Michael Langguth, Miss Iowa 2009 and an alumna of “Open Minds, Open Doors,” will welcome participants. Langguth is a 2009 graduate of Harvard University with a degree in Government, and is currently attending The University of Iowa College of Medicine.

Over 50 women working in STEM-related careers will participate as volunteer presenters.  Also featured will be the "Rockwell Collins Roadshow," the Iowa Biotech Association, and the University of Iowa’s College of Engineering and the FIRST Tech Challenge.

The Open Minds, Open Doors Conference originated in 1996 as an initiative of the Cedar Rapids Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) with support from Coe College. To learn more about the Open Minds, Open Doors Conference, contact Susie Green, GWAEA student programs specialist, ext. 6775 or sgreen@gwaea.org.


Are You an Influencer?

Are you facing challenges in your work that have you stumped?  Have you said to yourself, “I give up!”  Are you someone who wants to make a difference?  Do you wish you had more influence on others?

Please join us in the opportunity to explore and learn from influence experts about the skills and strategies of influence as shared in the book, Influencer.  We will examine the six sources of influence as described by the authors and through conversation with each other, share and grow the practice of influence strategies in our own work!

We will be meeting on the following dates from 3:30– 4:30 p.m.: 
12/1/10 – Staff Conference Room, 6th St.
1/24/11 – Staff Conference Room, 6th St.
2/15/11- Staff Conference Room, 6th St.
4/6/11 – Room 221, 33rd Ave.

Please RSVP to Kelley Martin by November 8.   Please indicate if you plan to attend all of the dates or which dates you think you will be attending; and if you need an Influencer book.  Also indicate if you have an interest participating via Skype from the Coralville office.

Kelley Martin
319-399-6801 or 800-332-8488 ext 6801
kemartin@gwaea.org

We look forward to this opportunity to learn together as a community of influencers!

Maria Cashman, Associate Administrator & Kelly Jones, School Improvement Consultant

Who shall set a limit to the influence of a human being?
               - Ralph Waldo Emerson


Lunch and Learn planned
Oct. 20

Cookin' Up A Great Credit Score
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010
Noon - 1 p.m.

Grant Wood AEA Sixth St. Facility
Stone Room

To register, sign-in to the online Grant Wood AEA Professional Development and register for course 5560-10-01.

 

credit score

Seating is limited to 20. Free pizza and beverages will be served. See attached flyer for information.

Cookin' Up A Great Credit Score is offered as a community outreach program by Linn Area Credit Union. Participants are not charged anything, and there is no requirement for participants to be a member of LACU or to join the credit union as a result of this class.



Iowa's AEAs are on Facebook and Twitter

We realize that many of you are on Facebook and Twitter, but did you know that Iowa's AEAs are too? Follow our tweets or posts by logging on:

Follow Iowa's Area Education Agencies at http://twitter.com/iowa_aea
Like Iowa's Area Education Agencies at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Iowas-Area-Education-/159921140698329

 

Iowa AEA


Recycled Plastic Bags Generate Grant Program for Schools

Believe it or not, your plastic shopping bag from the grocery story or your favorite discount chain can be recycled into useful products such as picnic tables, benches, and plastic lumber! It takes 18,000 plastic bags to make a park bench and 32,000 to make a picnic table. The Iowa Grocery Industry Association now offers a grant of up to $2,000 for schools and parks for the purchase of outdoor furniture made from recycled plastic bags. For more information on this Build-With-Bags program check their Website: www.iowagrocers.com/build-with-bags-program.cfm


Linn County Public Health reference information

The Healthy Homes Branch of Linn County Public Health forwarded the attached information on bed bugs. For additional information, contact Linn County Public Health, 319-892-6000.

Bed Bugs Inspection Prevention Control.pdf
Bed Bugs poster.pdf


Upcoming TQ Professional Development proposals submission dates for the 2010-2011 school year:

- November 4, 2010
- February 10, 2011
- April 28, 2011

The proposal templates and directions are on the GWAEA Staff Portal under the Teacher Quality Committee link.

Mandatory Training certificates of completion to
Professional Development by Oct. 29

If you received a notice about completing mandatory training such as Bloodborne Pathogens, Child and Dependent Abuse Mandatory Reporter or Seclusion and Restraint Chapter 103 Rules Overview as a condition of employment and/or licensure, please submit the certificate of completion to the Professional Development office by Oct. 29.  If you have any questions or need assistance to access the training site, please contact the Professional Development office: Sherry Sines, ext. 6517; Tammy Carolan, ext. 6771; or Connie Russell ext. 6767.


Grant Wood AEA Holiday Craft Show 2010

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Friday, October 29

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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If you would like to participate as a vendor, call or email Erlene Spicer (ext. 6746)
before October 25.


Chair Massages

Terri Nicol, LMT, will provide chair massages on Thursday, Oct. 28, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., in the Jones Conference Room, Sixth St. Facility. The chair massages are 15 minutes long and cost $10. E-mail Stacy Murphy at stmurphy@gwaea.org to schedule an appointment time.


Wanted: Pink Yoplait yogurt lids

Stacy Murphy, IMS operator, is collecting pink Yoplait yogurt lids to support the annual "Save Lids to Save Lives" drive for breast cancer research. A collection container will be available in the break room of the Sixth St. facility. Staff may also send the labels to Stacy or contact her at ext. 6888.


Buy, Sell or Trade

For Sale: Bell and Snare Kit for beginning percussion students. Orginally purchased from West Music - all original parts included and in excellent condition. Also includes a 12" practice pad and a set of metal mallets. $350.00 or best offer. Call Heather Marolf 563-920-9059, hlmarolf@yahoo.com

For Sale: Spectrum Electic Guitar including amplifier, guitar stand & case, instruction manual, learn to play book with unopened CD. $150.00 or best offer. Call Heather Marolf 563-920-9059, hlmarolf@yahoo.com


Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

For more information, contact Sherry Sines, Professional Development coordinator, Ext. 6517.

Grant Wood AEA Webinars

Archives of Grant Wood AEA Webinars and Assistive Technology Webinars are also available.

Grant Wood AEA Online Resources Webinars

Webinars featuring information about the online resources.


Vacancies, Adobe PDF logo October 15, 2010


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Grant Wood Area Education Agency extends equal opportunities in its employment practices, educational programs and services, and does not discriminate on the basis of color, gender, race, national origin, religion, creed, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, veteran status or as otherwise prohibited by law. If you believe you or your child has been discriminated against or treated unjustly, please contact the Agency's Equity Coordinator, Maria Cashman, at 319-399-6847 or 1-800-332-8488 or TDD 319-399-6766, Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

The Bulletin Board is the official employee information publication of Grant Wood Area Education Agency, 4401 Sixth Street, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404