Welcome to Norman Borlaug Elementary School! Our mission is to ensure all students become responsible and independent learners. Our dedicated staff and supportive families have created a community that works diligently for student success. Borlaug is a safe and caring environment, focused on bringing forth our students’ full potential by challenging each student with a rigorous and creative curriculum. We celebrate learning achievements and being the Borlaug Community. We are the Borlaug Bulldogs!
Celeste Shoppa, Principal
Today, we have officially reached the unconventional end to this history-making school year. The circumstances over the last two and a half months were something we never could have predicted, and were certainly less than ideal; however, the incredible strength and resiliency of our community have become more apparent than ever. For this, we could not be more proud.
We have a few updates to share regarding our Grab & Go meal service program. Since the beginning of our school closures in March, we have served over 250,000 free meals to local children and we are excited to announce that we will be able to continue providing meals to students beyond the end of the school year.
We hope that this update finds you and your family well. On behalf of the entire Iowa City Community School District staff and Board of Directors, you remain in our thoughts and we continue to wish you good health throughout this uncertain time. Below you will find updates and information on multiple topics surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Please know that we continue to put the physical and mental wellness of our students, staff, and families first in our decision-making. We are here to support you in any way that we can; please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have.
The workbooks have arrived and we will be distributing these at each of our elementary buildings. Pick up will be available on Tuesday, May 5th between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Parents of all elementary children in grades K-6 should plan on going to your child’s school during this time, and follow the typical “car line” path.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds recently announced the TestIowa initiative, designed to increase testing across the state and increase data collection and contact tracing related to COVID-19. As part of the initiative, all Iowa residents are encouraged to complete a short online assessment to assist in prioritizing testing. Learn more about this initiative and take the assessment at www.testiowa.com.
The Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors has selected Assistant Superintendent Matt Degner to serve as the Interim Superintendent for the District beginning July 1, 2020. Board Directors voted unanimously during their April 21, 2020 Board Meeting to appoint Degner to the role. The Board previously expressed their intent to appoint an interim superintendent following the announcement that Superintendent Stephen Murley accepted the Superintendent of Schools role with the Green Bay Area Public School District effective July 1, 2020.