What’s New 2019/2020

By January 14, 2020 January 30th, 2020 What We're Up To

Each new school year brings a fresh start and exciting changes.

Thanks to the generosity of you through the “Fulfilling His Vision” capital campaign, we have plenty of exciting additions to our school.  Join us as we begin the 58th year of ministry at Green Park and celebrate.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. Ephesians 6:10-11

School Garden Blossoms

A new surge of energy brought growth and enthusiasm for the school garden. Thanks to the patience and work of Third Grade Teacher Ruthann Gieseke and Resource Teacher Sandi Loduca. The two spent the hot dry summer tending to the garden by watering and weeding. Thanks to Board Member, Mike Wuerffel, and son, Dr. Joe Wuerffel, for spraying and analysis. 

Green Park Vikings will soon enjoy the harvest..in the lunchroom. The farm-to-table concept for GP’s lunch program will bring summer squash, sweet peppers, tomatoes, watermelon, and more. The hot pink zinnias might be our neighbor’s favorite part but you might like to see the pumpkins.

Parking Lot Smoothed Over

It’s been years of discussion, plenty of fund raising, and saving. The parking lot is new again. Sure it’s tough to mark it as a celebration point but hey, we’re proud for pulling it together. Plus we think you and your children are much safer for it. Doesn’t hurt to have some sweet new hopscotch markings too.

K-8 Science Curriculum Unveiled

Middle School Science Teacher, Ann Ryherd, has spent her time upgrading GP’s new Science curriculum. The long-awaited updates come to us for the beginning of school completely integrated. K-8 will use Inspire Science while 6-8th graders will study from McGraw Hill’s iScience. From the integration of virtual labs to video games to compliment the lessons, there will be plenty of tools. Teachers are excited about the leveled tests and each unit including a STEM lab. “I’m excited about it because it’s all there – all graphically organized including formative assessments.” – Ann Ryherd

1:1 Technology Initiative

New iPads for K-2 learning will be at Green Park for the start of the new school year. Chromebooks for 3rd-8th grade will be delivered and set up by October 1. Chromebooks will be pre-loaded with a Google Management Suite that will allow GP to become a Google School. This will allow teachers to share documents, websites and assignments with students through Google Classroom. Each child will have his/her own Google account allowing access to Drive, Gmail, Google docs and slides. Access to all of these features will be available to Google accounts from home as well.

Kitchen Upgrades

What started as a floor replacement for summer turned into a full on rearrangement, cleaning and painting of our school kitchen. Food Service Director, April Baese, is over the moon excited about the upgrades reporting: “You should have seen Cynthia and I…we covered every square inch of this space cleaning and prepping. The new shelves come this week.”

GP Family Grows

Beyond celebrating the newest kindergarten class and JKers of course, be on the lookout. Green Park’s 1st-8th grade classes have 15 new students, too. We’ll start small and let you know about the latest faculty and staff additions.

Hillary Stout, Art

Hillary brings 11 years of teaching to Green Park.  She earned a BFA in Elementary Education with an emphasis in art and a Masters in Elementary Education.  She will teach K-8 Art.

“I look forward to serving the Green Park students as their art teacher!  I am most excited about the close knit community and meeting new students and staff!  Art is my favorite subject to teach and I look forward to sharing that passion with Green Park and hopefully instilling a love of art within the students! My favorite medium is watercolor and I enjoy painting in my free time.”

Casie Lanzendorf, Reading and Math Specialist

Casie has a BS in Special Education and is certified to teach Special Education K-12, Elementary Education 1-6, and English 9-12.

“I love the close-knit family feel of Green Park. I am thrilled that God has led me to work with these children, families, and staff members.”

Annette Reiter, Kindergarten Teacher Aide

Prior to Green Park, Annette retired her cosmetology business approximately 14 years ago to focus on the raising of her two wonderful children. Looking back, she says this was an excellent decision for the growth of her children instead of our society.

“My goal for my position at Green Park is to simply help in the growth of the children who attend. It brings me great joy and excitement to watch them grow each day and accomplish new things! “