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City High School Awards

  • badge America's Top High Schools Logo

    • Iowa City High School has recently been named as one of America's top high schools by Newsweek for 2015 and by The Daily Beast for 2014.  It has also been named as one of the top schools in the country by US News and World Report, Newsweek, and The Washington Post.   
    • City High was identified as an EXEMPLAR SCHOOL for college readiness. 
    • City High's student publication The Little Hawk and website www.thelittlehawk.com has been named a Pacemaker in 2014, 2015, and 2016, 2017
    • One of the only high schools in the country to receive both awards and the only school in Iowa.  
    • Best Buddies has been named the leading chapter in the country repeatedly over the last decade.

Daily Announcements

  • Thursday, January 16, 2020

    • Attention Little Hawks: If you signed up to compete on this year’s Black History Game Show team, please check your email for important information about competition day. This year, Education Day will fall on January 31st.
    • Reminder to seniors keep checking the Guidance Scholarship web page for current and updated scholarships.
    • Another reminder to students to park at Bates Field if possible.
    • If any students are interested in the audition process for the upcoming musical MATILDA, come to a brief info meeting next Tuesday, Jan. 21st after school in Mr. Peters's room #1510.
    • Any band or orchestra student interested in playing in the pit for the spring musical, Matilda, should stop by and see Mrs. Stucky in room 1519 by the end of the week.
    • Final Day to Buy a Yearbook is January 27th. Yearbooks can be bought by bringing $50 to the City High main office or online at ly/CityYearbookwith the school code: 17931
    • We have bus passes available for students to ride the IC Transit home from school. Students must have not missed any classes throughout the day and have no behavior issues to receive a bus pass.  We will be checking attendance before handing out bus passes each day.  Students must be polite and respectful to office staff to receive these passes!
    • Once again we will be nominating City High teachers for the Excellence award   Students will nominate teachers and staff that go above and beyond.  Students will be asked to write a letter stating why this teacher or staff member should receive the Excellence  Nomination letters should be sent to Mr. Bacon or turned into the Main Office.
    •  PLEASE LISTEN CAREFULLY FOR TO THE FOLLOWING ANNOUNCEMENT FOR INFORMATION ABOUT FRIDAY'S MLK ACTIVITIES!

     

    1. ALL STUDENTS SHOULD REPORT TO THEIR FIRST PERIOD CLASS. STUDENTS WITHOUT FIRST PERIOD SHOULD REPORT TO THE COMMONS. 
    2. STAFF WILL TAKE ATTENDANCE AND WILL SHARE A SHORT VIDEO WITH STUDENTS NOT PARTICIPATING IN THE MOCK CAUCUS. 
    3. FOR STUDENTS THAT ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE CAUCUS, YOU WILL RECEIVE INSTRUCTIONS AFTER ATTENDANCE
    4. BACON WILL OFFER ANY INSTRUCTIONS NEEDED DURING THIS TIME
    5. MAKE SURE TO CHECK SCHED FOR INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR SESSIONS; TIMES, LOCATIONS, ETC. 
    6. IN THE CASE OF BAD WEATHER, THE SCHOOL WILL COMMUNICATE INFORMATION AS SOON AS WE GET UPDATES. FOR NOW, EVERYTHING IS ON SCHEDULE FOR FRIDAY. 
    7. IF YOU ARE GOING TO BE OUT OF TOWN OR ABSENT FOR SOME REASON, MAKE SURE TO HAVE YOUR ATTENDANCE CALLED IN BEFORE FRIDAY!. YOU WILL BE MARKED UA IF YOU ARE NOT EXCUSED BY A PARENT OR GUARDIAN. 
    8. REMEMBER, WE ARE GIVING YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO ENJOY A LONG LUNCH PERIOD. WE WILL ALSO HAVE LUNCH SERVED IN THE CAFETERIA FOR ALL OF THOSE REMAINING AT SCHOOL. 
    9. ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT WHERE TO GO ON FRIDAY, SEE MR. JESPERSEN FRIDAY MORNING, AFTER FIRST PERIOD HAS CONCLUDED. 

City High News

District News

  • Introducing the Student AIM Card

    The Iowa City Community School District, in partnership with the Coralville, Iowa City, and North Liberty public libraries, is pleased to announce a new literary initiative to offer students greater access to books and other resources. We call it the AIM Card.

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  • Comprehensive Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan

    In 2018-19, the ICCSD engaged in a strategic planning process to update the Comprehensive Equity Plan. The process was facilitated by the Equity Implemented Partnership using guiding principles and a development process that is modeled after the process the University of Iowa engaged in over the past year to create the University of Iowa’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan which was completed in April 2019.

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  • District Calendars

    The 2020-21, 2021-22, and 2022-23 school year calendars were presented to the Board for approval on November 26, 2019 as part of a rolling 3-year calendar system. The approved calendars can be found HERE.

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  • 'Here Comes the Bus' App

    Here Comes The Bus is an easy-to-use website and app that enables parents to see the location of their child’s school bus on a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer.

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    It is with mixed emotions that I write to you today. It has been my honor and privilege to serve the students, staff, and community of the Iowa City Community School District for the past decade. As I look back on the past ten years, I am very proud to have been a part of a team that has done so much for our children. I genuinely feel that the district is set up for success for years to come. I also feel confident that this is a good time to consider a transition both professionally and personally. It is with all this in mind that I have shared with the Board that I will be moving on at the end of my current contract, June 30, 2021.

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Principal's Message

  • John Bacon Welcome to City High School!

    City High is a special place with a rich and distinguished history. Our students are incredible, talented young people. Our families are highly supportive, active, and involved. Our faculty and staff represent true excellence in education. Our alumni share a common bond and continually rally around our beautiful school. Together, we are “The School That Leads!”

    As a proud graduate of City High (1992), I have a deep passion for our school. More than anything else, the experience I had as a student at City High shaped the future direction of my life. It is an honor and a joy to serve as principal.

    At City High, we share a common vision. Our school will be: 

    •  An academic powerhouse that delivers a world-class education
    •  A comprehensive high school with co-curricular activities that operate at an elite level in the great state of Iowa
    •  A place where all students are connected to our school so that they feel important, valued, and that they belong
    •  An institution with the highest code of ethics for students and staff; a place of deep respect and kindness

    Thanks for taking time to visit our website. It’s great to be a City High Little Hawk!

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