About Grant Wood

Grant Wood's School Mission

At Grant Wood we will be respectful and productive citizens who set and meet academic and social goals.

History

Our school opened in the spring of 1951 and is named after Grant Wood, the Iowa artist known for his regionalism style of art and his most popular oil painting, American Gothic, depicting a farmer and his daughter in front of an American farmhouse.  The Cedar Rapids Gazette sponsored a contest to name our school.  Tommy Woodhouse, a 5th grader at Buchanan Elementary School, submitted the winning entry. Our school is the first in Cedar Rapids to be named after an artist.

 

Awards

FINE Award

In the 1990-1991 school year, Grant Wood was one of only a few schools across the state of Iowa to receive the First in the Nation in Education award. This award is given to schools that demonstrate overall excellence in their programs. Grant Wood is very proud of this award. You can see our FINE flag displayed in the school gymnasium. This state award made the school eligible for the National Blue Ribbon Award.

National Blue Ribbon Award

In 1992 Grant Wood School was among 228 schools to be honored as a National Blue Ribbon School by the Department of Education in Washington, D.C.  The 185 public and 43 private elementary schools were selected as symbols of excellence from 476 that were nominated for the award.  Selection was based on evaluations of written materials, test scores, reports by the building principal and teachers, interviews with parents and the PTA, and a rigorous three-day onsite visit by the team of reviewers.  We proudly display our National Blue Ribbon Banner in the gymnasium.

Grant Wood School Song

Rap: We’re the Grant Wood Griffins from the southeast side, and in our elementary school we take a lot of pride!

Chorus: Grant Wood Griffins, we’re smart and we’re strong, 
Grant Wood Griffins, we know right from wrong, 
We will act respectfully and do what’s best for you and me, 
Grant Wood Griffins, (clap) we love our school.

Verse 1: When a lion and an eagle are combined, you get a Griffin and they’re mighty fine! Strength and intelligence are what they show, and we, too can show there aw we learn and grow. 

Chorus: Grant Wood Griffins, we’re smart and we’re strong, 
Grant Wood Griffins, we know right from wrong, 
We will act respectfully and do what’s best for you and me, 
Grant Wood Griffins, (clap) we love our school.

Verse 2: Like the lion and the eagle, we’ll work as a team, we’ll show cooperation like you’ve never seen. We’ll be strong in character, we’ll always reach for more, we’ll spread our mighty wings and we will soar!

Chorus: Grant Wood Griffins, we’re smart and we’re strong, 
Grant Wood Griffins, we know right from wrong, 
We will act respectfully and do what’s best for you and me, 

Grant Wood Griffins, (clap) we love our
Grant Wood Griffins, (clap) we love our 
Grant Wood Griffins, (clap) we love our school.