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Sept. 29, 2011, 2:30 p.m.
Fire Drill


Oct. 19, 2011, 5:30 p.m.
GWAEA Board of Directors Meeting


In this issue:

Facilities Update
Iowa Safe and Supportive Schools sites announced
SDC Google Site
Starr Books planned in the Media Center, Sept. 28
Iowa Healthiest State Initiative - GWAEA Employee Walk
TeenReach Choir
Flu Shots
GWAEA on Facebook, Twitter
Our condolences
Agency Craft Show planned
Nov. 11
Are you ready to catch the Fever?
TQ Proposal Application Date - Nov. 7
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
GWAEA Webinars
Buy, Sell and Trade
Vacancies, Sept. 23, 2011


Past Issues

September 16, 2011

September 9, 2011

September 2, 2011

August 26, 2011

August 19, 2011

August 12, 2011

July 29, 2011

July 15, 2011

July 1, 2011

June 17, 2011

June 3, 2011

Archive issues of The Bulletin Board




Facilities Update

  • Half of the large units on the main part of the building at Sixth Street are in place and all of the conference center’s new units are in place.

  • Over the course of the next several weeks heating and cooling issues will be more variable and hard to manage due to the transition from the old units to the new. In short, it may get worse before it gets better!

    • If you are in areas that are too warm, restrictions on the use of personal fans have been lifted during this time period to help you manage your work space.

    • Likewise, you may wish to keep a jacket or sweater handy.

    • Please remember to let Curtis know if the heat/cold gets to be too much. If he can’t make adjustments, the best option may be to relocate for the day or for a period of time.

  • Work in the conference center is mostly complete, but crews will be in over the next several weeks tying up loose ends and making final adjustments. They have only removed the ceiling tiles that were absolutely necessary. Those tiles will remain out of place for some time.

Next steps:

  • Work in the media center should conclude on or about October 1st.

  • The Gallery of the conference center will begin to be worked on over the next several weeks.

  • During an evening in the next few weeks, we will be closing part of the building at 4:30 to do some electrical work. The power will be off in part of the building from 4:30 until 9 or 10 that evening. We are coordinating the exact date for this, and if your area is going to be affected, we will be in contact with you about this shutdown.

  • Work will move to the administrative wing during the 1st or 2nd week of October.

  • The final craning of the last few HVAC units is likely to occur during the first week of November.

Thank-you for your continued support and flexibility. We know at times it is uncomfortable, noisy, and/or busy and appreciate your working with us. We are excited about having a new system that is well designed for our building and which should be a drastic improvement from our old system.

Iowa Safe and Supportive Schools sites announced

Twenty Iowa high schools have been chosen to participate in a federally-supported effort to measure and improve conditions for learning. Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the Iowa Safe and Supportive Schools on Monday, Sept. 19.


High schools in the Grant Wood AEA service area selected include Iowa Valley Jr-Sr HS and Olin Junior-Senior HS. Grant Wood AEA's Christine Allen, school social worker, and Michele Pettit, school psychologist, will provide professional development and data analysis support to the participating schools.  


The schools will study issues such as bullying, school safety, attendance and student engagement over the next four years with support through the U.S. Department of Education’s Safe and Supportive Schools grant.


In October of 2010, Iowa was one of 11 states to be awarded funding by the U.S. Department of Education to measure and improve statewide conditions for learning, which include school safety, attendance, student engagement in school, and the overall school environment.


For the list of participating schools, visit the Iowa Department of Education website.

SDC Google Site

The Staff Distribution Center has a Google site that contains information about various features of the SDC.  The site can be accessed from the Staff Website under the Agency Pages or directly by signing into your Google account and selecting The Staff Distribution Center at Grant Wood AEA.  On the SDC Google Page you will find information on CORE, updates on SDC procedures and links to the SDC catalog and staff.  For more information or help contact SDC staff or Char Haddy.

Starr Books planned in the Grant Wood AEA Media Center

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
8:00-10:30 a.m.
Grant Wood AEA Media Center

Stop by for coffee, homemade treats, and some new materials. Take a look at new FollettShelf for eBooks

See attached flyer for information.


Grant Wood AEA Start Somewhere Walk is planned Oct. 7
(33rd, Sixth and Coralville facilities)

Iowa is kicking off the Healthiest State Initiative with a statewide Start Somewhere Walk on Friday, October 7. At noon that day, all Iowans are asked to walk for one kilometer, wherever they are. Everyone is invited to get Iowa started on the path to becoming the healthiest state in the nation by 2016.


Grant Wood AEA will hold walks at each of the agency's three facilities on October 7. The walking routes will be mapped. To register online, visit this link and please note on the registration if special assistance is needed. Additional walks at schools or in the community area planned. Check the Healthiest State Initiative website for walk details and a list of planned walks.


Organizers of the Iowa Start Somewhere Walk have announced a goal of breaking a world record by having 250,000 Iowans participate in simultaneous one-kilometer walks on Friday, October 7, at noon. The current world record is claimed by Canada, which had 231,635 participants in simultaneous one-kilometer walks throughout the country in 2007.


For information about the Grant Wood AEA Start Somewhere Walk, contact
George Held, ext. 6714 or Kim Martin, ext. 6710.

TeenReach Choir begins Oct. 6 at West Music

Come join the TeenReach choir, a NEW performance group for teens and “tweens” who have developmental disabilities. Individuals in the choir do NOT need to have previous musical experiences or training, just an enjoyment of music and people. TeenReach is a non-threatening environment for individuals to explore their musical side. Membership is open to anyone interested.


TeenReach begins on Oct. 6 and meets Thursdays from 6:15–7 p.m. for several 6-8 week sessions, each concludes with a concert. Participation only in the fall session is fine. The group meets at West Music, 1398 Twixt Town Rd., in Marion in the music therapy studio and is directed by Rosemary Riesberg, MT-BC (Music Therapist-Board Certified). Members pay a flat rate of $25, payable to West Music Company.


For information or to register, contact Rosemary at or call 389-4074.

Flu Shots

Grant Wood AEA wellness program is offering flu shots again.  The cost will be $22.00 per person if we have at least 75 people participating.  Contact Barb Aanonson if you plan to participate at the Southern Facility and Nancy Lochner if you plan to participate at the Sixth Street Facility.  Checks will be collected that day and need to be made payable to
Grant Wood AEA.

6th Street Facility
Thursday, October 6, 2011
7:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Nancy Lochner, ext. 6737


Coralville Facility
Thursday, October 13, 2011
7:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Barb Aanonson, ext. 6211

Grant Wood AEA on Facebook facebook logoand Twitter twitter logo

Are you connected with Grant Wood AEA? The agency has a presence on both Facebook and Twitter. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. For questions, contact the Communications Office.

Our condolences... Jeananne Hagen Schild, former GWAEA Special Education Director from 1999-2005.  Her mother, Lois Reisetter, passed away Sept. 18; her obituary is available at

Agency Craft Show planned Nov. 11

The Agency Craft Show is planned on Friday, November 11. If you are interested in participating as a vendor, please call or email Erlene Spicer, ext. 6746, before November 4 to receive more information.

Are you ready to catch the Fever?

The Isle of Iowa Parrothead Club will be hosting Island Fever Phlocking on Saturday, October 1, from 6:00 p.m. until Midnight at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  All proceeds from this special event will support two worthy charitable organizations – Waypoint Services & the Johnson County Crisis Center.  Headlining our event this year is the Cedar Island Band with a special appearance by Jambo Joe Bones.  In addition to the fabulous musical line-up, there will be a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, contests and many other special activities! Tickets may be purchased in advance for $15 ($20 at the door) through the link on our website ( or by contacting Bart Mason, (Northeast Region RA).

The next TQ Professional Development proposal application date is Nov. 7

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


Teacher Quality Update – Professional Development Dollar, September, 2011


Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

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


Grant Wood AEA Webinars

Visit the link above for a current schedule, registration information, and archives of the
Grant Wood AEA webinars.


Altoid tins

Priscilla Polehna is collecting tins for a literacy project. Please send to Priscilla or
Dawn Hrabak.

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. Collection containers will be available in the break rooms of the Cedar Rapids and Coralville facilities or contact Stacy, Ext. 6888.

Buy, Sell and Trade

Lost and Found:

- Laminating found in the Stone Room during the week of September 12th with random pictures of food, clothes, people, animals etc. on 55 8 1/2 x11 inch sheets of cardstock (about six pictures to a page) each page repeated 5 times.
- Various water bottles, cups, and mugs.
- Problem Solving Process laminated poster

Contact Cathy Nelson at the Switchboard, 399-6544.

Vacancies, Adobe PDF logo September 23, 2011


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