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June 5, 2015

Final deadline to submit all remaining fiscal year
(July 2014 – June 2015) invoicing requests.


GWAEA Summer Hours:
June 15 - Aug. 14, 2015
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


June 18, 2015

The Bulletin Board summer publication schedule


June 30, 2015

Final deadline to submit all leave forms for the current work year (July 2014 – June 2015).


June 30, 2015

Final deadline to submit claims for mileage and travel reimbursement for the fiscal year (July 2014 – June 2015).


July 3, 2015
Agency closed in observance of Independence Day


Aug. 14, 2015

Agency summer hours end


Aug. 17, 2015 (morning)

All-Agency Inservice

College Community


Oct. 12, 2015

Flu shot clinics through the
Visiting Nurse Association


In This issue:


GROW Committee "Lunch and Learn" videos
Grant Wood AEA Summer Hours
The Bulletin Board Summer Publication Schedule
A Note From Business Office/Human Resources
Welcome, New GWAEA Staff
Agency Phone Voicemail Greeting Issues
Retirement Reception
Support for GWAEA Parent-Student Transition Night
info@gwaea from the Media Center
YMCA Summer
Membership Special
Now's the Time! Spring Cleaning
iPad Feedback Needed
Departing Staff Technology
Turn in
33rd Ave Renovation Update
Refrigerator Cleaning Planned
VAST Science Curriculum Units Return
Have you signed up to join the Blue Zones Project™?
Blue Zones Project™ Upcoming Events
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
Lost and Found
Buy, Sell or Trade


Agency Advisory Minutes

Grant Wood AEA Staff Openings

The GWAEA Board Book

The GWAEA Board Minutes


Past Issues








Articles for The Bulletin Board are due end of the day on Wednesdays. Submit your items email to
Valerie Taylor Hill
GWAEA Public Information Specialist.


Grant Wood AEA Mission: To ensure success for all learners.


"Lunch and Learn" Videos Facilitated by the GROW Committee

Members of the agency's GWAEA Renewing Our Well-being (GROW) committee facilitated
"Lunch and Learn" sessions during April and May. Videos of each session were completed and links to the videos are available by clicking on the graphics below.


Our thanks to Hy-Vee Dietician Alicia Aguiar, and Master Gardners Deanna Thursby and
Steve Bartlett for sharing their learning with us.

Tuesday, April, 14, 2015, 11:30 a.m.

Deanna Thursby presents on preparing for spring gardening. Length of video: 37:48


Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 11:30 a.m. - Grant Wood Room
Steve Bartlett facilitates a question/answer session on pond gardening. Length of video: 49:51


Monday, May 11, 2015

Hy-Vee Dietician Alicia Aguiar shares information about healthy nutritional options (snacks and meals) for busy professionals and families. Length of video: 27:37



Grant Wood AEA summer hours, June 15-Aug. 14, 2015

Agency hours during the summer (beginning the third Monday in June through the second Friday in August) are from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a half-hour lunch period. Staff have the opportunity to work a flex-time, 9-hour day Mondays through Thursdays (7:30 a.m.– 5 p.m.) and four hours on Fridays, leaving at 11:30 a.m. However, arrangements must be made for areas to be covered at all times. Any other deviations from the normal work hours will be handled within each program.

Click here to reference Administrative Regulation AR #4190A concerning flex-time and summer hours.


The Bulletin Board... entering a bi-weekly summer publication schedule. Watch for the next email issue on
Thursday, June 18.

A Note From Business Office/Human Resources

In an effort to wrap up Grant Wood AEA’s fiscal year end in a timely manner the Business Office/Human Resources staff is asking for your help.  Please note the following deadlines.


June 5, 2015

Final deadline to submit all remaining fiscal year
(July 2014 – June 2015) invoicing requests.

June 30, 2015

Final deadline to submit all leave forms for the current work year (July 2014 – June 2015).

June 30, 2015

Final deadline to submit claims for mileage and travel

reimbursement for the fiscal year (July 2014 – June 2015).


Thank you from the Business Office/Human Resources staff.

Welcome, New GWAEA Staff



Linda Decker
Printing Technician

A.A. - Ellsworth Community College

Linda's background includes experience as a print center team lead with Hewlett Packard/GMACM/Ocwen Mortgage, 4/20/81 - 12/31/15.




Alexis Lamb

B.A., The University of Iowa

Alexis previously held the position of functional manager with Limited Brands.

Agency Phone Voicemail Greeting Issues

For those of you that set your phone greeting on a daily basis and also for those of you that plan to set it for the summer months, please call your number to make sure it has recorded correctly. For some reason there is an intermittent issue causing the default message to play and not the newly recorded message. If after listening to your message it is not playing back as expected, please call Tech Support, ext. 6738, for assistance.

Retirement Reception


Becky Hays,
Denese Kromminga (Toomey)

Christine Allen
celebrate during their
retirement reception held at the Coralville facility on
May 21.






Support for GWAEA Parent-Student Transition Night


Members of the Grant Wood AEA Transition Cadre visited Kennedy High School, Cedar Rapids Community School District, on June 2 to present resources donated by the GWAEA Parent-Educator Partnership (PEP) Library. These resources were in support of the GWAEA Parent-Student Transition Night held on April 30, 2015.

To encourage parent participation, educators were encouraged to invite parents to attend the evening event. Kennedy High School had the most parents in attendance on April 30.


Joining in the presentation were, left to right: Sara Kane, GWAEA PEP Parent Partner; Tricia Krsek, Transition Cadre member, parent representative; Su Groff-VanArendonk, GWAEA Special Education Consultant; Kennedy High School - Mary Gibney; Jeni Newland, Randy Whitehead,
Darleen Ketelsen, Ken Barker, Dave Rima.


Plans are underway for the 2016 GWAEA Transition Night. Watch for information in future issues of
The Bulletin Board

info@gwaea, May 2015

info@gwaea is monthly e-newsletter for teacher librarians and educators. Learn more about the resources available to educators in the
Grant Wood AEA Media Center.


In the May 2015 issue:

  • College Community's Prairie Hill Elementary Utilizes Genre-Based Shelving System

  • New Northeast Region Teacher-Librarian Professional Learning Community (PLC)

  • Spotlight on Summer Reading Programs

  • Online Resources Feature for June

  • GWAEA Chief Administrator Joe Crozier's Top 10 Professional Reading List

  • GWAEA Summer and School Year Van Delivery

  • Register for "Integrating MackinVIA ebooks Into Your Curriculum" - PD Course



info@gwaea, May 2015

YMCA Summer
Membership Special

100 Days for $100

Join in June! Try the CR Metro YMCA for 100 days and receive all the benefits of Y membership for $100. Family membership: :$150. All branches included. Sign up before July 1.


For information, contact our YMCA Corporate Contact Deanna Haddy, 319-399-6762.


100 days

See flyer for details


Now's The Time!

It’s time for a little spring cleaning! Our agency is preparing for a refresh, and we have drafted guidelines to aid staff with this process. Staff should reference these tools to ensure consistency with what we discard/recycle, and how to organize our materials going forward.


Timeline for Cleaning

June - June 12th is the last day of packing for Coralville staff. Coralville office furniture will move in/set up through the week of June 22nd - June 30th.


Any loose or boxed items that are unmarked and stacked or stowed in any location other than inside a filing or storage cabinet in each Agency facility after June 15th will be removed from the facility and discarded.

iPad Feedback Needed

We would still like some feedback as we plan for the future. Please take five minutes to complete a short survey to provide information on apps, usage and future professional development planning. The survey can be found on our GWAEA iPad site. You must be logged into your GWAEA Google Account to complete the survey.


Departing Staff Technology Turn In

As you prepare to leave the agency, equipment needs to be turned into different people throughout the agency. Please click on this link and make a copy of this doc (you will need to login with your agency email) to see what needs to be turned in and to whom. Items needing to be turned in may include: computer, iPad, keys, ID, etc. Please print a hard copy if you would like to check off what has been turned in. Thank you for taking care of this prior to your departure. Have a wonderful summer! Here is a view only copy of the  document.

33rd Ave Renovation Update


Painting is completed on the south wall where the former entry was located.


Painting is completed to the elevator, stairs and hallway to the second floor.


VAST Science Curriculum Units Return

A new dock at the 33rd Avenue facility welcomes the VAST science curriculum units as they return from the schools on Thursday.



The VAST science curriculum units are returning for refurbishment over the summer in preparation for the start of school in August.

The trucks return from the schools after picking up the VAST science curriculum units on Thursday.


Have you signed up to join the Blue Zones Project™?

Participants have access to an online well-being community available at no cost. See the May 8 issue of The Bulletin Board for a list of well-being community activities. Sign up today at (remember to use the Grant Wood AEA code: GWAEA) and take the personal pledge. And, receive a Grant Wood AEA water bottle for signing up.


Contact a member of the GROW Team for more information.


Blue Zones Project™
Upcoming Corridor Events

Keep improving your well-being by participating in one of the many Blue Zones Project events in the Cedar Rapids, Marion and Iowa City areas. Visit these links for upcoming activities and events.

Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month
June 2015

Join the global conversation about the brain, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Take the Purple Pledge and wear purple on June 21 – The Longest Day®. Visit ALZ.ORG/GOPURPLE to take the pledge and share how you go purple #IAENDALZ.
Learn more »

Refrigerator Cleaning Planned

The bi-annual refrigerator clean out and sanitizing is planned at the end of June. If you want to save condiments, salad dressings, etc., please take them home on or before June 26, otherwise they will be tossed. Plan to bring them back on June 29.


2015-2016 TQ Dates

Sept 16, Dec 2, Feb 24 and May 25
The TQ proposal template and directions are available on the GWAEA Staff Portal under the
Teacher Quality Committee
link. Please submit your proposal electronically to Sherry Sines at by the dates listed above. Proposal reviews are typically completed by the
TQ committee within 7 - 10 days after the due date.

Grant Wood AEA Professional Development Opportunities


Information for Professional Development National Speakers is now available on the link to
GWAEA Featured PD
on the homepage.








June 2015 (visit the month links below for the complete course lists)

July 2015

August 2015

September 2015

Evaluator Approval Information

Professional Administrator Licenses require approved Evaluator Approval coursework as a part of the licenses renewal credits.  The course options include Assessing Academic Rigor and iEvaluate.A letter from the DE/BOEE is attached for additional information. Please contact the PD office if you have further questions.


Lost and Found:

Please see Cathy Nelson at the switchboard to claim any of these items.



Buy, Sell or Trade

For Rent:  Immaculate 2 bedroom bungalow, garage with opener, patio, washer and dryer.  NE Cedar Rapids by Garfiled Elementary School. Perfect for a single or couple. $650/month. 
Call Bud or Ann Griffin at 319-364-4060.


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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 800-332-8488 or TDD 319-399-6766, Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

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