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.

    Iowa City Community School District Strategic Plan

District News

  • Learning Model Survey

    We continue to evaluate the COVID-19 conditions in our community and specifically within our schools. This includes analyzing our learning models and determining the appropriate model that prioritizes health and safety for our students and staff, while also balancing the educational needs of our students. As we collect data to assist our decision-making process (Johnson County COVID-19 positivity rates, positivity rates within our schools, and guidance from Johnson County Public Health), we would like to hear from you.

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  • Updates to Inclement Weather Guidelines

    The seasons have started to change and winter weather is right around the corner. We want to share some changes to our approach to inclement weather days this year and provide a reminder of where this information can be found. Moving forward, the District will provide online instruction on days when the weather prevents us from having in-person classes. Rather than our traditional “snow days”, these days will now be considered “virtual learning days”.

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  • Notice to Our Students of Timberline Data Security Incident

    Iowa City Community School District (the “District”) is committed to protecting the security and privacy of our students’ information. Regrettably, we recently learned of an incident that occurred at one of our vendors, Timberline Billing Services, Inc. (“Timberline”), that involved some the District’s information.

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  • Grab & Go Meal Program Information

    We would like to provide information on school meals for all students beginning September 8, 2020. As was previously announced, we will begin the school year in a 100% off-site learning model. Due to this, we will continue our Grab & Go meal program to provide breakfast and lunch to District students.

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  • 2021 Graduation Information

    We would like to share information regarding our spring graduation ceremonies for the class of 2021. We have confirmed that we will be able to hold our 2021 graduation ceremonies at the new Xtream Arena in Coralville for City High, Liberty High, and West High students. Tate High School’s graduation will be held at the Englert Theatre, similar to past years. We have confirmed the following schedule for the ceremonies:

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  • Return-to-Learn Update (9/24/20)

    We are looking forward to welcoming our students back into our schools in a hybrid learning model beginning Monday, September 28, 2020. As we shared earlier, we have implemented comprehensive health and safety mitigation techniques to help create a safe learning environment when students return. Expectations reflect guidance and consultation from the CDC, IDPH, and JCPH. One important note, face masks will be required for students and staff while in our schools, on District property, and while riding the bus or in other District vehicles. We will provide a minimum of two cloth face masks for each student; however, students are encouraged to bring their own if they so choose.

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Celebrating Our Employees

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

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  • "My son has severe ADHD and Zach Hill was the most compassionate and encouraging teacher we’ve come across. He went out of his way to engage my son. He did an amazing job of redirecting and preventing my son from having outbursts in front of his peers. He’s honestly had the most profound impact on my child. " (Zach Hill, Teacher, Northwest Junior High)

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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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Superintendent's Message

  • Matt Degner 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.

    Matt Degner
    Interim Superintendent of Schools
    degner.matt@iowacityschools.org

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