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My Background-- -I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa and from Buena Vista with my masters. This is my fifth year at Glidden-Ralston and I have previously taught special education and fourth grade math and fourth/fifth/sixth grade social studies. This year I am working with curriculum and technology here at Glidden and I will spend some of my time at Paton Churdan as well! 


Notable events---I got married three years ago to my husband Jake and last September we had our son, Gage. 


Important things I have learned in life--- Take each day and live it to the fullest! 


What do I do to get away from work---I love to spend time with friends and family and read whenever I get the chance! 


Best book I've read lately--- The Divergent series

MAD Camp

This program brings Mobile Application Development to students to learn programming at a very young age. MAD is short for Mobile Application Development. MAD-learn is a rich, end-to-end program for teaching cross platform mobile application development. Students will be taught how to develop an online Mobile App. We are excited to be offering this opportunity. Instruction provided by GR Faculty and some students. 
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Scrip Program

The G-R Booster Club will be continuing our Scrip program this school year. It is a great way for everyone to donate to the Booster Club with out spending any additional money.  If you are unfamiliar with Scrip, it is a fund raising program in which you can purchase gift cards to to local and national retailers for face value ($20 gift card costs $20) and a portion of the cost goes back to the Booster Club. The gift cards make great gifts for teachers, college students, family or friends. The Booster Club earns the most money when you purchase the gift cards to use for your everyday shopping (Walmart, K-mart, Fareway, etc).  They can be a great budgeting tool. You can find additional information at www.shopwithscrip.com or by contacting Dawn Thielen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 515-729-3296. 
We will be ordering once a month. Orders will be due the 2nd Tuesday of each month and pick up will be the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Please send your orders to the school. This year, orders can be picked up from Denise Best in the main school office during regular office hours. In addition, Fareway Scrip can be ordered anytime by contacting Dawn Thielen. Thank you for your support of the G-R Booster Club!

Amanda Bentley


I am originally from Stanberry, Missouri, a small town of about 1,100 people.  The town and school are very similar to Glidden, so I feel right at home here! I attended college at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO, where I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood in December 2013.  I am now working toward my Master of Science Degree in Reading Education through Northwest as well, and hope to complete it within the next couple of years. This is my first year of teaching and I couldn’t be more excited to be apart of the Glidden-Ralston District! Besides teaching 3rd Grade, I am also the Cheerleading Sponsor for both football and basketball cheerleaders. 
My fiancé, Ethan, and I live in Yetter (it’s Northwest of Lake City about 8 miles for those of you who have never heard of it), be careful not to blink as you go by or you’ll miss it! We will be getting married next May, so next school year I will be Mrs. Abbott – but for now it’s still Miss Bentley.  In my free time I enjoy being outdoors, spending time with friends and family, working on various crafty projects, and cooking. 

Mr. Owensby


My Background:  I graduated from High School in Momence Illinois--about 50 miles south of Chicago.  Met my wife at school in Arkansas.  She is from Eddyville IA.  Taught in Pyatt Arkansas, Fremont Iowa, and Burlington Iowa before coming here.  I also have worked as an Assistant Controller, and Controller for several ag related firms between some of my teaching experience.  I graduated from John Brown University, plus have taken accounting classes from Buena Vista College, and some graduate classes from Drake University.  I have coached several sports in high school including Volleyball, girls Tennis and boys and girls bowling.          
I have 5 children--10 grandchildren---my youngest and her husband are still in college.
Notable events--took several little league teams to state level, and while coaching volleyball I never had a losing season.  While in high school I placed second in the open class in Accordian competition in the Illinois State fair.
Important things I have learned in life;---money is necessary, but not important--people are important.
What do I do to get away from work---garden, family, model trains
How do I give back to the communities---volunteered for many coaching (some after being asked)--total of almost 30 teams including baseball, softball,baseball, tennis, time for camps, active in church teaching in classes or from the pulpit, donating time or money to other community events/needs
Best book I've read lately:  The Bible

Student Highlights

-The students at GR have been learning about the history of "The Star Spangled Banner" last week. Friday, GR 5th/6th graders celebrated the 200th birthday of our National Anthem and students across the country were doing the same thing. We streamed it live. Here is the link if you missed it. http://www.highschoolcube.com/event/5th-6th-grade-the-star-spangled-banner-365624
-Congratulations to the Homecoming Court for this year!

Drea Grossman, Mandy DeSart, Cierra Steinbach, Hannah Streeter, and Cassidy Smith

Blake Handlos, Wesley Reever,  Jason Gray, Evan Arellano, and Zach Vos

-Football (HS/JV/JH) and Volleyball (HS/JV/9th/JH) teams are all in action this week. Support the Cats!
-Student Council for 2014-2015
President: Drea Grossman
Vice-President: Sara Sparks
Secretary: Paige Schlichte
Treasurer: Anna Fleecs
Historian: Cassidy Smith
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