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Class of 2016


CONGRATULATIONS to the G-R REBEL FOOTBALL PROGRAM on winning the 2015 High School Class A Football CHAMPIONSHIP!  

THANK YOU REBEL NATION for coming out to cheer the team on to VICTORY!!


For important information re: school start & dismissal times, breakfast at school and bus stop schedules and locations, please see the "Important School Information 2015-2016" article in the REBEL NEWS section below.

Rebel News


Several years ago, the Iowa legislature and the Department of Education gave Iowa school districts the option to continue to count student contact days or to switch to counting student instructional hours.  Most districts, including G-R, made the switch to counting hours.  Under this system, students must attend school for a minimum of 1,080 hours (the equivalent of 180 days times 6 hours per day).

This system allows for more flexibility in setting school calendars and has allowed G-R to adopt a calendar that had fewer student days in order to have all-day trainings for teachers, rather than the early outs that were necessary in the past to accomplish the training and collaboration time that our staff needs or is required to complete.

The G-R calendar had an additional 59 hours built into it – mostly because our school day has 6 hours and 35 minutes in each day.  With early outs or late starts for weather, and school time missed for state tournaments, we had 34 additional hours beyond the minimum.

Due to this, the board made the decision to have the last day of school on Thursday, June 2 and have dismissal time that day at 2:30 PM.  The calendar on the school website reflects this change.  If you have a printed calendar at home, it has the last day of school on May 26, but we are making up most of our snow days, so please be aware of that.


Jay Mathis, G-R Superintendent


Message from Crayon Corner Preschool

Crayon Corner is now accepting preschool registration for the 2016-2017 school year.  Classes will be offered for 3 year olds and 4 year olds.  Forms are available at Gladbrook City Hall, Gladbrook Library, Crayon Corner, and Hometown Foods.  Please have them returned to Crayon Corner by June 1st.  They can also be mailed to the preschool at:

Crayon Corner Preschool
Attn: Tiffany
409 Washington St.
Gladbrook, IA 50635


2016-2017 Preschool Registration has begun!

Registration forms are available at the following locations:

* Little Rebels Learning Center

* G-R Elementary

* Reinbeck City Hall

* Reinbeck Public Library

* Trunck's Country Foods


Non-refundable registration fee of $35.00 due with form. We are anticipating high enrollment numbers, so get your Registration forms in quickly! Spots are given on a first-come-first-serve basis.


Drop off or Mail to:

   Little Rebels Learning Center

   Attn: Preschool

   120 Cedar Street

   Reinbeck, Iowa 50669


Dissolution Commission Members

Anne Boyer    anne.boyer@gr-rebels.net

Rod Brockett    rod.brockett@gr-rebels.net

Terri Luehring    terri.luehring@gr-rebels.net

Susie Petersen    susiexx88@gmail.com

Doug Rowe    douglas.rowe@gr-rebels.net

Gary Stanley    gpstanley1979@gr-rebels.net

Barry Thede    barry.thede@gr-rebels.net


Dear Dollar for Scholars Supporter: 

The G-R Dollars for Scholars Board is one again soliciting your generous support for our local college scholarship program.  Last year we were able to provide $18,500 in scholarships to twenty-two 2015 graduates of Gladbrook-Reinbeck Community High School.  Our goal again this year, with your generous support, is to award deserving 2016 G-R graduates with monetary scholarships in support of their continued education. 

We have attached a sponsorship form for you to clip and fill in with your desired information.  The top portion outlines the various levels of contributions.  Unless anonymity is desired, donations of $250 or more will be individually recognized at the annual Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School Awards Ceremony in May, 2016. 

We thank you for your past generosity and encourage you to again support our local business/organizational fund drive.  Your contribution will make a big difference, regardless of the size!  Your donation will: 
        ** Financially support and encourage G-R graduates 
        ** Be tax deductible to you 
        ** Be publicly recognized 

Thank you for your support of this important cause. 

The G-R Dollars for Scholars Board 

Note:  Would you be interested in being a Dollars for Scholars member?  If yes please contact me, Karen Kern.  Cell phone number 319-269-3243 or email me at karen.kern@usbank.com 




Gladbrook-Reinbeck teacher, Mr. Brady Swenson, and his Industrial Technology Woods and Metals Class students collaborated to design, create and deliver some very neat upcycled tables for the new Spanky's Restaurant in Gladbrook!  Each table has a different theme.  Check out the attached photos to see the students' work in progress! 


Spanky's Restaurant and Catering renovated the former Uptown Lounge in downtown Gladbrook. The building has a colorful past - at one time housing a theater and also a meat market.  Old pictures and memorabilia from the former theater and meat market will adorn the walls.  Gladbrook-Reinbeck Art students painted some of the murals, one of which resembles a theater curtain to commemorate the building's history.  


Spanky's opened for business last week.  Regular hours will be 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.  Open on Sundays for events with a reservation.  If you're looking for a great place to eat in Gladbrook, stop by and admire the wonderful work that our G-R students contributed to this new venue!




Breakfast is served at G-R JH-HS and at G-R Elementary.  Price is $2.00/breakfast ($0.30 for reduced) for grades KG-12.


Start the Day (and the Year) Right!

Make giving your kids a healthy breakfast every day one of your New Year’s resolutions.


If you don’t have much time in the morning or your kids aren’t hungry when they wake up, send them to school for breakfast. Healthy food choices are available every morning in the cafeteria for ALL students.  We cannot wait to see them there!  


Help make this semester a success - encourage your kids to eat breakfast!




Eating breakfast can help improve math, reading, and standardized test scores.i ii iii


Children who eat breakfast are more likely to behave better in school and get along with their peers than those who do not.iv v


Breakfast helps children pay attention, perform problem-solving tasks, and improves memory.vi vii


Children who eat school breakfast are likely to have fewer absences and incidents of tardiness than those who do not.viii


By eating breakfast, students get more of important nutrients, vitamins and minerals such as calcium, dietary fiber, folate and protein.ix x


Studies have shown that children who eat breakfast on a regular basis are less likely to be overweight.xi xii xiii


Eating breakfast as a child is important for establishing healthy habits for later in life.


Schools that provide breakfast in the classroom to all students have shown decreases in tardiness and suspensions as well as improved student behavior and attentiveness.xiv xv


What you eat for breakfast can have an impact on learning. One study showed that eating breakfast food high in fiber and low in sugar for breakfast helped students sustain the cognitive effects of breakfast.xvi


School Breakfast provides 1/4 the recommended amounts of protein, calcium, iron, vitamin A, and vitamin C for the day.xvii


i Rampersaud GC, Pereira MA, Girard BL, Adams J, Metzl JD Breakfast habits, nutritional status, body weight, and academic performance in children and adolescents J Am Diet Assoc. 2005 May;105(5):743-60

ii Murphy JM, Pagano M, Nachmani J, Sperling P, Kane S, Kleinman R. “The Relationship of School Breakfast to Psychosocial and Academic Functioning: Cross-sectional and longitudinal observations in an inner-city sample.” Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine 1998; 152:899-907.
iii Alaimo K, Olson CM, Frongillo EA Jr. “Food Insufficiency and American School-Aged Children’s Cognitive, Academic and Psychosocial Development.” Pediatrics 2001; 108(1):44-53.
iv Benton D, Maconie A, Williams C The influence of the glycaemic load of breakfast on the behaviour of children in school. Physiol Behav. 2007 Nov 23;92(4):717-24. Epub 2007 May 31
v Alaimo K, Olson CM, Frongillo EA Jr. “Food Insufficiency and American School-Aged Children’s Cognitive, Academic
and Psychosocial Development.” Pediatrics 2001; 108(1):44-53.
vi Wesnes KA, Pincock C, Richardson D, Helm G, Hails S. “Breakfast reduces declines in attention and memory over the morning in schoolchildren.” Appetite 2003;41(3):329-31.
vii Dye L, Blundell JE. Functional foods: psychological and behavioral functions. Br J Nutr 2002;88 (Suppl 2):S187– 211.
viii Murphy JM. "Academics & Breakfast Connection Pilot: Final Report on New York's Classroom Breakfast Project." Nutirtion Consortium of NY State. Albany, NY. July 2005
ix Affenito SG, Thompson DR, Barton BA, Franko DL, Daniels SR, Obarzanek E, Schreiber GB, Striegel- Moore. “Breakfast Consumption by African-American and White Adolescent Girls Correlates Positively with Calcium and Fiber Intake and Negatively with Body Mass Index.” Journal of the American Dietetic Association 2005; 105:938-945.
x Wilson NC, Parnell WR, Wohlers M, Shirley P. “Eating breakfast and its impact on children’s daily diet.” Nutrition &Dietetics 2006; 63:15-20.
xi Breakfast Eating and Weight Change in a 5-Year Prospective Analysis of Adolescents: Project EAT (Eating Among Teens) Maureen T. Timlin, Mark A. Pereira, Mary Story, and Dianne Neumark-Sztainer Pediatrics 2008; 121: e638-e645
xii American Dietetic Association.Childhood Overweight Evidence Analysis Project: updated 2006. Available at: www.adaevidencelibrary.com/topic.cfm?cat=1046.
xiii Dubois L, Girard M, Potvin Kent M, Farmer A, Tatone-Tokuda F Breakfast skipping is associated with differences in meal patterns, macronutrient intakes and overweight among pre-school childrenPublic Health Nutr. 2008 Mar 18:1-10
xiv Murphy JM, Pagano ME, Patton K, Hall S, Marinaccio J, Kleinman R. “The Boston Public Schools Universal Breakfast Program; Final Evaluation Report.” Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, 2000.
xv Murphy JM et. al. “Maryland Meals for Achievement Year III Final Report.” Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, 2001.
xvi Caroline R. Mahoney, Holly A. Taylor, Robin B. Kanarek, Priscilla Samuel. Effect of breakfast composition on cognitive processes in elementary school children. Physiology and Behavior 85 (2005) 635-645
xvii Section 9(f)(2)(B)(ii), Richard B Russell National School Lunch Act.


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