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  • Flu Vaccine Clinics

    The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) will hold flu vaccine clinics in our schools. Check out the schedule to find out when the vaccine clinic is at your school!

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  • District Announces 2023 National Merit Semifinalists

    Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) have announced the names of the Semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The Iowa City Community School District congratulates the following seniors in the District who have earned this honor.

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  • Meet Our New Administators!

    Meet our new administrators for the 2022-2023 school year, and learn more about their goals for their new role and some fun facts about them!

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  • Staff Feature: Student and Family Advocates

    There are 32 Student and Family Advocates (SFA) in our District, who support students and the adults in charge of them. Meet four of these SFAs working every day to not only meet those needs but to meet them head-on.

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  • Update on Free Meal Program

    We would like to share information with you regarding meal costs for the 2022-23 school year, including the end of the government-funded free meal program and summer meals.

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  • Students Navigate Emotions and Stress with the NESTT

    City High created a centralized space for students who are experiencing mental health needs. This space is called the NESTT, which opened in January 2021. Learn more about the NESTT, its development, and what the future holds.

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    Friday, September 30, 2022

    • The City High Review is holding an Inktober art and writing contest, and if you want to win some fun prizes, submit your work to The first prompt is "Remnants of Summer." Good luck, and get creative!

    • The Post Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) paperwork for the Spring semester is now available in the Guidance office. PSEO is a program that allows 11th and 12th grade students with a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA to take college level coursework at the University of Iowa (at no cost). Students who are interested in this opportunity should set up a meeting with their counselor to receive more information and the PSEO registration paperwork. The deadline to submit the paperwork is Monday, October 24th. Completed forms should be returned to the Guidance Office. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your counselor for assistance.**If you are currently enrolled in a course this Fall, you'll still need to complete new paperwork for the Spring.**

    • Sophomores and Juniors: The PSAT will be offered the morning of Wednesday, October 12th in the City High Auxiliary Gym. Please see your email - Subject: PSAT -  for further information and the link to register. 

    • We have some volunteer opportunities for City High students:

    1. Alexander Elementary is looking for volunteers for their Fall Festival on Friday, November 4th from 5:30-7:30.  

    2. Team Breast Friends Rack Run is looking for volunteers to help with their race on Sunday, October 16th at 9:00AM.  .

    3. Old Capitol City Roller Derby is looking for volunteers for an event on October 15th at Mercer Rec Center More information can be found in the Main Office for all of these events.

    • Hey Little Hawks, City High Dance Marathon is doing a coin drive this week endingTODAY!



    • The Red and White looks great today! Wednesdays winners were Mrs. Renee Tonning and Hannah Braun. Thursdays double staff winners were Mr. Josh Marin and Mr. Balcaen and student winner John Weigel. 

    Thanks for a fun week! 

    • Homecoming Buttons will be on sale this week in the Attendance office or in the cafeteria during lunch!  Only $1.00 to add some extra spirit to your spirit day outfit! 


    • UPCOMING COLLEGE VISITS:  Two virtual college visits are available next week: 

    • Thursday, 9:30am - Western Michigan University

    • Friday, 1:45 pm - Colgate University

    • The zoom links for these visits are available on the School Counseling tab of the City High Website.  

High Five Fridays

Principal's Message

  • John BaconWelcome 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!