“Where Tomorrow's Success Begins Today ”

News Update

Tons of Changes in the school this Summer.

Gaggle Calendar

Mr. Olsen Biography

I am very excited to be writing this message as the superintendent  at Glidden-Ralston and Paton-Churdan for next school year. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and tell you a little bit about my family. I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with majors in Elementary Education and Middle School Education. I started my teaching career in Illinois and received my Master’s degree in educational leadership at Illinois State University. I have administrative experience in both Iowa and Colorado Springs, CO. The coursework for my Specialist degree in Superintendency was taken at UNI. 


My wife Tracey stays at home and is an interior design consultant. Tracey and I have 4 children. Connor is a sophomore at the University of Northern Iowa studying science. Jack is a senior at Okoboji High School and is planning to attend the University of Iowa in the fall. Grace is in 3rd Grade and enjoys reading, doing crafts and loves sports and animals. Gage is in Kindergarten and enjoys football, soccer and basketball. As a family we enjoy spending time outdoors, riding bikes, camping, gardening, hunting, fishing and visiting family. We have a black lab, who enjoys hunting, named Charlie and 2 cats named Rosie and Muffy.  My family and I are anxious to get settled in our new community and meet new friends. We will be living about 40 minutes from my hometown of Audubon where my brother and his family, my dad and grandma currently live.


I look forward to representing each school district with great pride and enthusiasm. Both communities have excellent traditions and I look forward to continuing those traditions as well as moving both school districts forward as education changes in the state of Iowa. The 1:1 technology initiative is very exciting for the students and staff at Glidden-Ralston. I have been working in a 1:1 environment for the past few years and look forward to being a part of the transition at Glidden-Ralston.


As superintendent, I believe in making decisions while keeping students at the forefront of my thinking. I also believe communication and positive relationships are the keys to success for the students and staff. Involving parents and community members in a collaborative effort to do what is best for kids is very important to me as superintendent.


I look forward to meeting you and your family in the near future!


Rob Olsen Family Picture



Activity Forms

All students who plan to participate in athletics for the upcoming school year must have the 4 forms completed before practicing. Click each form to download the PDF.

Concussion Form

Insurance Form

Exam Sheet 1

Exam Sheet 2

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1:1 Learning Initiative


Glidden-Ralston Junior and High School is a 1:1 Technology School.

Iowa Professional Development

Iowa Professional Development Model (IPDM)

Glidden-Ralston uses the required Iowa Professional Development Model (IPDM) to plan, implement, and evaluate professional development in the district. Several research studies indicate quality professional development is the key to increased student achievement. Quality professional development is not "sit and git." Quality professional development must be embedded into the instructional components of the school day and the evaluation process.

The links below provide a brief overview of the topics Glidden-Ralston teachers are pursuing during professional development.

Iowa Core


Action Research


Project CRISS

Instructional Decision Making (IDM)

Teacher Evaluation Linked to Professional Development

The Iowa Department of Education requires that all teachers be evaluated based on the Iowa Teaching Standards and that every teacher complete an Iowa Career Development Plan (ICDP) aligned to the district professional development plan and the district Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP.) Teachers have been encouraged to use SMART goals as the basis for their ICDP since these are already aligned to our district career development plan and the district CSIP.



Student Highlights

Congrats to all the Girls and Coaches for qualifying for the State SB Tournament in Fort Dodge!

Congrats to the Boys and Coaches for an outstanding Baseball season. (Finished 3rd in the Conference)

Thanks to Adam, Jason, Alex, and Tanner for oustanding careers at GR. Good luck in the future!

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