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Mark your calendars!

April 2


Agency closes at 3 p.m.

April 7, 10 a.m.


Severe Weather Awareness - Statewide Tornado Drill

April 21, 5:30 p.m.


GWAEA Board meeting

April 22


GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet
Ms. Susan's Catering and Reception Hall, North Liberty

Aug. 18


GWAEA All-Agency Inservice, College Community, Concert Hall

Severe Weather Preparations at GWAEA
Tornado Drill planned Wednesday, April 7, at 10 a.m.

On Wednesday, April 7, at 10 a.m., the agency will have a tornado drill to prepare staff for possible severe weather situations we might have this spring.

The agency no longer uses the fire alarms to alert staff of tornados. Instead, you will hear an announcement over the speakers in the new the phone system throughout the building.

During a drill or during an actual tornado alert, when you hear we are under Tornado warning, please follow these steps:

  • Go immediately to the designated SAFE area closest to you.  See maps posted throughout the building and become familiar with the route suggested.

  • Do NOT go outside or try to call home.

  • Once you are in a SAFE area remain there until notified that the warning has been removed or has expired.

  • Secretaries should take their flashlights with them.

ATornado Watch means conditions are favorable for a tornado to form.
A Tornado Warning means a tornado has been sighted in the area. We will alert staff in the building only when a Warning has been issued.

"Impacting Lives for 35 Years"
2010 Staff Recognition & Partnerships Banquet, Thursday, April 22, 2010

Ms. Susan's Reception Hall
1215 Jordan St., North Liberty

Social Hour: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.

Entertainment: The GWAEA Band

Cost: Grant Wood AEA Board members and employees: $5

Spouses and friends: $20 per person

Honorees and retirees will be our guests

Reservations: Due April 16, 2010.
Tables will seat 10 people. Groups may reserve a table for themselves. Please submit all reservations to Cathy Nelson at the Sixth Street Office, Ext. 6544.


All employees with 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, or 35 years of employment with Grant Wood AEA, retirees, and persons nominated and selected by agency staff will be honored.

Click above to access the banquet invitation.

Health Screen Blood Profile planned during April

Grant Wood AEA will be facilitating a Health Screen Blood Profile in April. The cost of the blood profile is $19.00 – the same as last year.  Spouses of employees may also participate at this cost.  Please bring a check made out to Grant Wood AEA that morning.

You do not need an appointment; just leave your name, by phone or e-mail, with the location secretary listed below.  Please let Barb or Nancy know by April 15 if you plan to participate.

6th Street Facility-Staff Conference Room
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Nancy Lochner, Ext. 6737


Coralville Facility-Room B
Thursday, April 29, 20010
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Barb Aanonson, Ext. 6211

Be sure to fast at least 12 hours before the test.  A light snack will be available after the blood draw.

Teacher Quality Update- Proposals due April 7 and June 2, 2010

Click here for a link to the application and directions as part of the Teacher Quality Portal.

Delivery question from the Media Center

During the week of March 22nd, a box of materials was left in the route area with “Vinton-Shellsburg 3-1” on the label.  There was no designation as to which school or person it was to be delivered to in the Vinton-Shellsburg district.  The box contains “Test Bank” volumes and numerous “Psychology Teaching Modules DVD’s.”  We need to know who left this box of materials and who it needs to go to. Please contact Kim Novotny, Staff Distribution Center, Ext. 6838.

Thank you

On behalf of the American Cancer Society, I want to thank everyone at the Grant Wood AEA that participated in the Daffodil Days Campaign. Your office did a fantastic job and brought hope and a little spring to the lives of many. I hope to see you next year!


Mary Ingram-Chittick

Chair Massages

Terri Nicol, LMT, will provide chair massages on April 15, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m,. in the Iowa Conference Room, Sixth St. Facility. The chair massages are 15 minutes long and cost $10. There will be a drawing after the appointments on April 15 for a free hour table massage at Terri’s shop, “Main Street Massages” in Solon. The winning entry will be drawn from those who schedule appointments during March and April.  E-mail Stacy Murphy at to schedule an appointment time.

Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

Click on the link above to access Professional Development opportunities.

For more information on any of these listings, contact Sherry Sines, Professional Development coordinator, Ext. 6517.

Grant Wood AEA Webinars

Information about Grant Wood AEA Webinars and Assistive Technology Webinars.

Grant Wood AEA Online Resources Webinars

Webinars featuring information about the online resources.

Vacancies, Adobe PDF logo April 2, 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