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City High School Awards

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    • 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

  • Friday, December 6, 2019

    • Don't miss the opening night of City High Drama's A Christmas Caroltonight at 7:30PM. It'll be a big crowd, so get there early. Additional performances are Saturday at 2PM and 7:30PM, and a final matinee on Sunday at 2PM.
    • UNLESS YOU ARE IN A SCHOOL SANCTIONED ACTIVITY, THE BUILDING IS CLOSING FIFTEEN MINUTES AFTER THE FINAL BELL. 4:15 AND 3:15 ON THURSDAYS. IF YOU ARE NOT IN A CLUB, SPORT, OR EXTRA CURRICULAR, YOU MUST LEAVE THE CAMPUS. IF WAITNIG FOR RIDES, PLEASE MAKE PLANS ON BEING PICKED UP BY THIS TIME.
    • The library is looking for a few good volunteers to earn Silver Cord hours this trimester.  The duties include shelving books, check in and check out books and other duties that may arise.
    • The Interact Club here at City High will be holding a gift drive for the holiday season. These gifts will go to parents and kids at the Domestic Violence Intervention Program in Iowa City. Adult gifts needed include slippers, bath bombs, jewelry, self-care products, and other gently used or new items. Additionally, if you have any new or gently used kids toys, please bring those in as well. Boxes will be by the main office beginning Monday to place the gifts in. This gift drive will begin on Monday - Dec 9th - and end next Friday - Dec 13th. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Humston in room 1102.
    • We will be having our 2nd pep assembly next Friday the 13th between shortened 5th and 6th periods. On that day we will be having an ugly/festive sweater contest. Please make sure you dress up for your chance to come down to the floor during the assembly for a prize!
    • US Navy will be here Monday, December 9thfrom 11:30 -1:00 in the cafeteria lobby.
    • Lemme Elementary PTA is looking for students to volunteer for childcare during a parent meeting scheduled for Monday, December 16th from 6:30-8:00. Interested students can find more information in the Main Office.  This is a great Silver Cord Opportunity.
    • 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.

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District News

  • 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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  • Teacher Job Fair

    Calling all aspiring teachers! The Iowa City Community School District will be hosting a Teacher Job Fair on Monday, December 16, 2019. We are looking to hire daily substitute teachers, long-term substitute teachers, and individuals in high need areas like Special Education, ELL and more. The district will also be considering applicants for the 2020-21 school year.

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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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  • Open Enrollment Deadline

    Parents/guardians residing in an Iowa school district may enroll their child into another Iowa school district under the terms and conditions of Iowa Code section 282.18 and the administrative rules of the Iowa Department of Education. Forms to be used are available in the central office of Iowa school districts. For students in grades 1-12, the completed form must be filed with both the resident and receiving district by March 1 of the year preceding the school year for which open enrollment is desired.

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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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