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  • Ms. Cottrell Hello Viking Parents and Guardians,

    October is an exciting month for a couple of reasons: parent-teacher conferences on the 4th and 11th,  as well as our first all school dance party Friday the 13th.  Please look out for the Sign Up Genius from PSTO for these events, and thank you in advance for your donations.  

    Parent-Teacher Conferences-Parent Conferences will be two different days from 4:30 pm- 8:00 pm in the MPR. Parents with students last name A through L,come to conference Oct. 4th and parents with students last name M-Z,come Oct. 11th. All conferences will take place arena style in the MPR.  We will utilize a different format for the next set of conferences.  We are asking parents to be mindful of the length of their conferences and try to limit conversations to around 6 minutes.  Please set up a specific appointment time outside of conferences if you need to speak with a teacher at length about a matter. **The make up date for Oct. 4th is Oct. 18th, 4:30-8:00pm, students with the last name A-L.

    Iowa Assessments-Assessments will take place the week of October 23rd.  Check HERE for the bell schedule.Please make sure your student has a good night’s rest and breakfast in the morning.  NWJH serves breakfast every morning in the cafeteria starting at 8:35 am.

    Circles for Restorative Justice-I will co-host a community circle October 18th from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Coralville Library.  Please join me to talk about things that are important to us as a community.  All stakeholders are welcome.  In addition, if you are interested in being a circle keeper, we have training dates coming up November 14th-16th and 17th-19th from 8am-4pm.  Kay Pranis, trainer and writer on Peacemaking Circles and restorative justice, will lead both trainings in Iowa City.  Please email me ASAP if you are interested.  Availability is limited.

    PSTO-The next PSTO meeting will take place Wednesday October 25th from 6pm-7pm in the choir room at NW.  Please join us as we plan to host the District Parent Organization meeting in November, as well as work on the not for profit status.

    Have a wonderful October,
    Laura Cottrell, Principal

  • Seeking Applications for Equity Committee

    The Iowa City Community School District is seeking applications for the Equity Committee to advise the District's Director of Equity on school community concerns related to equal educational opportunities among students from racial and ethnic minority groups, economically disadvantaged backgrounds, LGBTQ students, students who have disabilities and students who speak languages other than English.

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  • Thank you to our community...

    The Iowa City Community School District would like to thank the community for coming out to voice their opinion on the District’s General Obligation bond referendum. There was a strong turn-out for this school election and we are grateful to have a community that is so highly engaged in the work of the District.

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  • District Flu Vaccine Clinics Scheduled

    The Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) will once again be offering flu vaccination clinics in all of our schools. Flu protection is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older.

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  • Response to Title IX Re-evaluation

    On Thursday, September 7th, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that the Department of Education would be re-evaluating Title IX and the 2011 “Dear Colleague Letter” guidelines that protect students from sexual harassment in grades K-12 and on college campuses.

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  • How does the Facilities Master Plan and the GO Bond affect my school?

    On September 12, 2017, voters in the Iowa City Community School District will consider an estimated $192 million bond package. The bond will fund the second half of the approved 10-year Facilities Master Plan [FMP], which impacts every school in the District and every area of the community.

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