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Principal's Message

  • Ms. Cottrell

    Hello Viking Parents and Guardians,

    We have had an exciting time 2nd trimester. Herky and the Iowa University cheerleaders visited our Spirit Assembly, and we had a friendly game where students and staff faced off in game. Staff won.

    I again want to thank those parents who helped participate in the parent meetings around climate. I ensure you I will do everything I can to tighten up negative behaviors and make sure all students are safe and have a positive learning environment. Instead of having two separate meetings in March, please plan to join me for the next PSTO meeting which will take place March 28th at 6:00 pm. During that meeting, we will review the behavior data from NW in addition to discuss other PSTO business.

    I met with teachers on the teacher work day February 28th to discuss policies we need in order to make sure we protect the learning environment. We came up with the following areas of focus:

    1. Cell Phone Rules enforced and poster visible w/consequences for all classrooms
    2. No passes issued during the 1st 10 minutes of class
    3. The Library is no longer being used as "thoroughfare"
    4. Teachers will use new library passes to send their students to work in the library/students need passes while on errands
    5. Breakfast will cut-off earlier at 8:46 a.m. unless a circumstance calls for admin exception

    In addition, I have higher expectations for language from our student body. Students who constantly use expletives will face consequences. I have already heard from many parents will gladly support this.

    I want you all to have an amazing spring break, and I look forward to a wonderful third trimester.


    Laura Cottrell

District Announcements

  • Get Moving for Healthy Kids Annual 5K and Youth Track & Field Events

    Join race ambassador Tim Dwight and Herky for this year's Get Moving for Healthy Kids walk/run on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at City High School. Get Moving for Healthy Kids is the annual walk/run event with a dual purpose — as its name implies. The event promotes and supports Healthy Kids Community Care, our area school-based health clinics. These clinics provide basic health care for children without adequate access to the health care most of us take for granted. The second purpose is to promote activity and exercise for our children (and adults too!).

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  • 1st Annual RUN CRANDIC, Sunday, April 29

    The community is invited to participate in the 1st Annual RUN CRANDIC on Sunday, April 29th, 2018. Choose the 5K, half marathon, or marathon between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. All proceeds from this race will benefit the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids community school districts.

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  • 2017-18 District Calendar Update

    As a reminder, this year there were hours built into the District calendar to accommodate potential inclement weather. Due to this, there will not be a need to make up the snow day that occurred on February 9, 2018. As it stands, the last day of school for the 2017-2018 school year is May 30, 2018. To view the full District calendar, please visit

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  • English Language Arts Curriculum Review Survey Is Now Open

    The Iowa City Community School District is reviewing the English Language Arts program, and we need to hear what teachers, administrators, students, and parents think about the program. Your feedback will help us determine the strengths and limitations of the English Language Arts program, so we can make any needed improvements.

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  • Message to Families Regarding School Safety

    Over the past week, there has been an increase in the number of conversations and concerns surrounding school safety. Traumatic and unthinkable events occurring in our country have prompted each of us to pause and reflect on the security measures we have in place. These conversations and events reveal a unifying mission to keep our children safe.

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