Iowa City Community School District

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  • ICCSD Apple Logo The Iowa City Community School District serves over 14,000 students and is the 5th largest school district in the state of Iowa. The District covers roughly 133 square miles with 19 preschool sites, 21 elementary schools, 3 junior high schools, 3 comprehensive high schools, 1 alternative high school, and our Transition Services Center, a program for special education students ages 18-21. Our high schools rank among the best in the state, and our ACT test scores sit well above the state and national averages. We aim to create an exemplary school district that is acknowledged for the caliber of our graduates, the quality of our staff, and the excellence of our programs.

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District News

  • Student Meal Pick-Up Locations

    The Iowa City Community School District has established drive-through or walk-up meal pick-up locations at a number of District sites while schools are closed. Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, the following schools will provide both lunch for the day and breakfast for the following day. Meals will be distributed between 11 am and 1 pm. Families are asked to stay in their car and wait for the meals to be brought to the vehicle and passed through the window. The District will provide a number of meals based on the number of children in the car ages 1-18. Per USDA federal guidelines, children must be present in order for meals to be provided.

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  • Information for Elementary Parents

    Last week we developed and communicated a list of optional resources in the ICCSD Student Enrichment Opportunities. We hope that you have found this document to be useful in providing activities for your children. We’ve received some feedback that elementary parents are asking for more guidance in how to prioritize the activities listed. We know that the time you have available to work with your children is limited and that you want to make it as effective as possible.

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  • Information for Secondary Parents

    Last week we developed and communicated a list of optional resources in the ICCSD Student Enrichment Opportunities. We hope that you have found this document to be useful in providing activities for your children. We’ve received some feedback that secondary parents are asking for more guidance on how to prioritize the activities listed along with those coming from our classroom teachers.

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  • Parent Feedback Regarding COVID-19

    We want to ensure that each child has access to the proper supports and that families are effectively and efficiently receiving communication from the District while schools are closed. We have been sending a steady stream of information your way over the past two weeks, and now we would like to pause and take some time to hear from you. To most efficiently capture the thoughts of our families, we have created this brief survey designed to help us understand if we are fully meeting student and family needs during this unprecedented time.

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  • Student Meal Service Update and Additional Locations

    Based on newly-released USDA guidance, parents/guardians/caregivers may pick up meals for children at Grab & Go meal sites unaccompanied by the child. This means that children do not need to come to the Grab & Go location in order for a guardian to pick-up a meal for the child. Children are welcome to come to the sites; however, this new guidance assists the District in providing even more meals to children throughout the community. Meals are free and available to children age 1 – 18. While not required, a parent/guardian/caregiver will be asked to share the school name where each child attends when picking up a meal (if the child is of school-age). The identified school does not have to be in the Iowa City Community School District and, again, this information is suggested (and appreciated), but not required.

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  • Community Update

    We would like to take a brief pause from our daily information-packed updates. Today, we encourage you to join us in taking a moment to slow down, breathe, and focus. We understand the uncertainty and fear that surrounds this situation, however, our hope is that we have been able to provide some stability and support to each of you throughout this trying time. We miss our students and our colleagues dearly, but, right now, we know that keeping schools closed is what is necessary to keep our community safe.

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Celebrating Our Employees

  • The following comments were received via our @BePositive campaign.

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  • "Sara Jones is not only a great teacher, but an amazing advocate for students. She works tirelessly to help students feel loved and safe." (Sara Jones, Teacher, South East Junior High)

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  • "Ms. Tisinger is so amazing! She does so much to help teachers and students and helps make the library a welcoming place where students feel safe and supported. (Meg Tisinger, Media Secretary, South East Junior High)

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  • "Sra. Ahlers is my Spanish teacher and she is always super positive. Multiple other students have agreed that her voice sounds like an angel. I think she is doing a great job at easing us into another language and helping us to make other Spanish speaking students feel welcome." (Lynn Ahlers, Teacher, South East Junior High School)

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  • "Andrew Smith has been a positive influence on me since I was first in his class last year. He taught in a way that was easy for me to understand and encouraged learning while keeping the tone real and light-hearted. He has helped me figure out what I want to be when I grow up, a question I used to answer with I don’t know. I realized that I’m really good and interested in science (a subject I used to find agonizingly boring) and I want to be an environmental engineer. He has also helped me become a better person in ways I didn’t expect and I respect him deeply for that." (Andrew Smith, Teacher, South East Junior High School)

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  • "Samantha Goodman is a real professional in the true sense of the word. She interacts very well with her students, has a great sense of humor and handles all situations in a calm detached way. I have worked with her for two years and she sets the bar high in support staff professionalism" (Samantha Goodman, Paraeducator, Wickham Elementary School)

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Superintendent's Message

  • Stephen Murley When people think about our schools, words like traditional and established come to mind, but also responsive, innovative, creative, inclusive, and progressive. For more than one hundred years, the Iowa City Community School District has been the instructional leader in eastern Iowa, across the state, and throughout the nation. 

    What makes the Iowa City Community School District so special? A talented and dedicated staff is the foundation of our success. Walking through the halls of our schools, you will notice the pride our employees take in their work. Everything we do is focused toward providing the finest educational opportunities for the children of our community. Expectations are high — for students and employees — and it shows time and time again in the recognition of our people and programs.

    Our community sets a high priority on the education of its youth. Strong, open communication and efficient use of tax dollars are cornerstones of citizen support for the District’s educational programs. Community partnership and input into our planning are key components of our schools’ success.

    There are many ways to measure the quality of education in a community. We feel confident that you will find that quality is the hallmark in each of our schools. When you visit our classrooms, you will see firsthand what educational excellence is all about in the Iowa City Community School District.

    Stephen F. Murley
    Superintendent of Schools
    murley.stephen@iowacityschools.org

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