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Here's the latest news and highlights at Gilbert Community Schools.

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8th Grade Participates in Arlington Wreath Ceremony Four 8th grade students got the opportunity of a lifetime.  They participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns
Girls Soccer Qualifies for State Congratulation to the Girls Soccer Team for qualifying for the State Soccer Tournament.
Invention Project Brings Another STEM Opportunity to GMS This week was the kick-off for Invention Project, a STEM-based camp that combines innovation, engineering, and marketing skills in a variety of hands-on
$1889 raised at 6th Grade Dye Dash On Thursday, June 2 the 6th grade raised $1889 to be donated to the Fire Department.  This effort was the result of a
Class of 2016 Graduates Commencement exercises for the Class of 2016 were held at the GHS Gymnasium at 2 PM on Sunday, May 29.  Graduation speakers were
Preschool Enjoys End of Year Field Day! Gilbert Elementary Preschool students had their field day on Tuesday, May 24. The students participated in several events like the egg relay, hurdles,
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Reading Corp Tutor Applicants Needed!

Gilbert Elementary and Intermediate Schools have received grants for Iowa Reading Corp tutors in both schools. These trained tutors will work with students one-on-one to improve their reading skills. Other Story County schools have had tutors for the past two years have seen great benefits. The elementary is looking for one, full-time tutor, and the intermediate school has an opening for one, part-time tutor. More information can be found at the Americorp links listed below. Questions can be emailed to either Staci Edwards at the elementary or Amy Griffin at the intermediate.

Elementary – full time
Benefit summary
Full-time, 11 months: 1700 hour requirement, $12,530 total living stipend paid twice a month, $5,775 Segal education award, insurance and child care eligible.
Intermediate – part time
Benefit summary
Half-time, 9 months: 900 hour requirement, $6,265 total living stipend paid twice a month, $2,887 education award.


Changes Made to District Open Enrollment Policy

At the June 13 board meeting, the school board approved changes to the district open enrollment policy. The changes affect the kindergarten and sixth grade classes of 2017-2018. The application process for 2017-2018 begins on July 1, 2016. Click here to read more about the changes.

Summer Reading Program

This summer, Gilbert Community Schools will be offering a summer reading program for our students who need additional assistance in the area of reading. Gilbert has created a program based on the recommendations from the Iowa Department of Education.Summer school will consist of two 3-week sessions for a total of 70 hours of reading instruction. Teacher to student ratio will be approximately 1:5. For the summer of 2016, we are inviting the children that qualify based on our criteria. Letters were sent to parents mid-May based on spring assessment results. The following websites can be used for more information about Iowa’s Early Literacy Law, parent resources or summer school:

Early Literacy Law

Summer Reading Program

Literacy Resources for Parents

For more information, call the elementary office at 232-3744.

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