G-LR Mustang News – Sept. 2018

Smooth Start to New School Year

We are in “full swing” of the 2018- 2019 school year with a plethora of school events and activities. We had a smooth start to the school year (no bats!), and I want to thank the maintenance and secretarial staff for an outstanding job getting ready for the start of school.

Over the summer we completed maintenance projects that included completion of the roof project at George Elementary, new flooring in the Family and Consumer Education room at Little Rock and new LED lights throughout the district. We also had a busy hiring season and are pleased to welcome new educators to our district.

We also updated the school website. I encourage you to check it out to keep abreast of the latest school news. As always, feel free to contact me if you have questions or concerns at 712-475-3311 extension 302 or jeyerly@george-littlerock.org.

Join Us for the Homecoming Football Game

Come support our varsity football players! The Central Lyon/GLR Homecoming Varsity Football Game kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28 at Central Lyon High School’s Dick Null Field, 1010 S. Greene St., Rock Rapids. The opponent is MOC-Floyd Valley.

Other Upcoming Events

Sept. 21:  1st Quarter Mid-Term
Sept. 21:  ACT Test Registration Deadline
Sept. 29:  Tri-State Band Festival in Luverne, MN, 9:30 a.m.
Oct. 3:  FFA Fruit Sales Begins
Oct. 6:  Festival of Bands, Sioux Falls, SD, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Oct. 8:  Parent’s Night for Volleyball and Cross Country
Oct. 8-12:  Fire Prevention Week
Oct. 8-12:  Scholastic Book Fair at Little Rock Elementary
Oct. 12:  Mass Band and Varsity Football Game at Central Lyon, 7 p.m.
Oct. 16:  Regional Volleyball Tournament
Oct. 18:  District/Regional Cross Country
Oct. 19:  Early Dismissal – Shuttle 12:50, Rural Route 1:10 – End of 1st Quarter
Oct. 20:  All-State Music Auditions

Welcome to Our New Staff!

We are excited to welcome new staff and congratulate staff who are moving into new positions. Read more about our new staff in this Lyon County Reporter article.

New Principal Believes in Relationships, Teamwork

Among the new faces this year is Steven Green, our new Principal of G-LR High School and George Elementary. An Iowa native, Mr. Green comes to us from the Sioux City School District at Loess Hills where he was a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) teacher. His 20-year education career includes teaching fourth and fifth grades, as well as middle school social studies and reading. He also has served as a head varsity track and field coach, varsity football coach and strength and conditioning coach.

“I believe we can create an all-star team here at George-Little Rock,” Principal Green told the Lyon County Reporter. “I’m seeing some remarkable things already — great work ethic, great people skills, the attention to detail is off the charts.”

Read more in the Lyon County Reporter article about Green’s belief in technology, “one team working toward one common goal,” and embracing challenges and mistakes. Listen to a KIWA Radio interview with Green.


  • Danielle Anderberg – Middle School Science teacher
  • Frances Burd – Middle School Special Education teacher
  • Crystal Daniels – Food Service
  • Steven Green – Elem. & High School Principal
  • Tanya Hildebrandt – Elem. & High School Special Education teacher
  • Kyler Huisman – Middle School Football Coach
  • Bobbie Julius – Food Service
  • Josie Klingenberg – ELL Paraprofessional
  • Shannon Klooster – Second Grade teacher
  • Lindsey Kostelyk – Second Grade teacher
  • Robyn Labrensz – Paraprofessional
  • Nicole Lewis – Band Instructor
  • Madison Sandbulte – First Grade teacher
  • Amy Schmidt – Business Education teacher & Head Volleyball Coach
  • Charles Stai – Title I
  • Colleen Trei – Food Service Director

New Website

Check out the new website for George-Little Rock Community Schools! Right on the Home page, you can find links to the schools’ daily announcements, as well as the lunch menus, staff directory and much more.

Please also check out the Students and Communities tab where there are many new helpful links. We hope you will find this website easier to navigate and that you like what you see. If you have suggestions for improvement, please let us know!

Perseverance Project Tackles Student Grit

The Perseverance Project was born last year out of a frustration with student grit. So many times students give up before really putting in their full effort, whether it’s in academics, extra-curricular or life in general. Last year a group of teachers developed the concept of the Perseverance Project (it has great alliteration!).

As a “kick-off,” all freshmen students along with staff, traveled to Camp Foster in Spirit Lake and went through a Perseverance Boot Camp. In the morning they worked on team building, communication, and of course, perseverance. Challenges included conquering a low ropes course or trying to hoist their team up a wall.

After a lunch by the lake, students get the opportunity to conquer their fears individually and climb a rock wall or what is called the “Giant’s ladder.” What is truly remarkable are the conversations and encouragement you hear as each student tries to tackle a task. Things like “I got you” or “grab my hand and hold on” or “you can do this.” So much encouragement and grit.

It was a wonderful opportunity to take students out of the classroom and teach valuable lessons that hopefully they can use in the upcoming year and throughout their high school career. See photos and watch video Thanks to teacher Brenda M. Sandbulte for leading the event!

Focusing on “The Vital Few” Strategies

One of the greatest challenges in education today is the struggle to maintain focus on what matters most for students while meeting the demands of a host of continuing initiatives. In Iowa, we now face state and federal initiatives ranging from: Standardized Assessments, New Models of Teacher and Principal Evaluation and a host of accountability methods and measures.

Research asserts the importance of concentrated and sustained effort by schools. Schools that focus on a “vital few” improvement strategies outperform those that lack focus.

In the GLR school district we are working hard to maintain our focus and put our energy and resources into the “vital few” to enhance student learning. As a result of the myriad of demands that are being thrust upon schools, we have a committee called the TLC Team that reviews data, solicits input from the staff and develops a plan to improve instruction and enhance student learning. The TLC team is comprised of Lissa Harson, Brenda Sandbulte, Melia Towne and Michelle Johnson.

As a result of the TLC’s review, this year the George-Little Rock Community School District will be focusing on implementation of cross curricular lessons, personalized learning and CGI strategies in mathematics instruction. We look forward to helping our youth succeed through these measures.

Stueven Places 6th in State Spelling Bee

Gregory Stueven qualified for the State Spelling Bee at school last spring in Mrs. Mayer’s class. He traveled to the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines Aug. 10 and competed with 43 other students from across Iowa. Gregory made it to the 7th round and ended up placing 6th out of 44 kids! He did a fantastic job and had a great time. Well done!

District Will Tap Riverboat Revenues

George-Little Rock Community Schools and the two other Lyon County school districts receive annual revenue from the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation (LCRF). Each year, G-LR receives about $160,000 in LCRF funding.

Responding to concerns about the accumulated balance, Superintendent John Eyerly worked with state school finance experts to recommend a plan to gradually spend down the district’s riverboat funds in a way that will not negatively affect the district’s overall state spending authority.

The Board in August approved a plan to spend $240,000 of the accumulated riverboat funds annually for three years. Thereafter, the annual $160,000 in funds will be spent on targeted district’s expenses. Here is a list of district operational items that the riverboat funds will help offset.

If you have questions or comments about the funds or any activities in our school district, please contact me (phoneemail) or stop to talk when I am out in the community. I always look forward to talking with parents, business leaders and community members.

– John Eyerly, Superintendent