Mark Twain Elementary School

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  • Jason McGinnis Welcome to Mark Twain Elementary School! Our motto at Twain is "We are a responsible, respectful, caring community." The students and staff at Twain demonstrate these character traits every day. Please stop by our wonderful community to see learning happening every minute of every day. 

    I am excited to be a part of the Twain family. I encourage you to reach out to me with any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Jason McGinnis, Principal
    (319) 688-1165
    mcginnis.jason@iowacityschools.org

Twain Newsletter

News

  • Information From Principal McGinnis

    As a principal it is my goal to make teaching and learning my primary focus. Everyone knows how day-to-day management tasks and outside distractions can take us away from our desired goals. As a result, I am participating in a nationally tested and proven professional development process called SAM. It uses a unique set of tools to help principals focus on activities that are directly connected to improving teaching and learning.

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District News

  • Elementary Voluntary Transfer Update

    During their 10/23/18 meeting, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve changes to the elementary voluntary transfer guidelines beginning with the 2019-20 school year. The changes can be found HERE.

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  • 'Say Something' Reporting Tool

    The Iowa City Community School District has launched the ‘Say Something’ campaign to provide students, staff, and parents an alternative option for reporting bullying incidents, sexual assault or harassment incidents, and school safety concerns. Reports can be submitted by texting @SaySomething to the number 35134 or using your phone’s camera to read the QR code on the posters on display throughout each school. In addition, the link to use this same system via computer is a bookmark on every Chromebook in the District.

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  • Unanimous Approval for Amendment to Teacher and Paraeducator Negotiated Agreements

    The Iowa City Community School District is proud to announce the unanimous approval of an amendment to the teacher and paraeducator negotiated agreements by the School Board during their September 11, 2018 meeting. In the wake of changes at the state level regarding collective bargaining, this amendment helps ensure the continuation of a collaborative and supportive relationship between the Iowa City Education Association (ICEA) and the district for the benefit of staff.

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  • Updated Protocol for Early Release Due to Heat

    The Iowa City Community School District has updated the protocol for releasing students early due to heat. We are excited to announce that this year, all of our elementary students will be in air-conditioned learning spaces. This means that there will no longer be a need to release our elementary schools early due to high temperatures as we have occasionally had to do in the past.

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  • School Menu Update

    Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, the Iowa City Community School District is using a system called MealViewer for our school breakfast, lunch, and ala carte menus and nutritional information. MealViewer has over a dozen powerful features designed to create a better school nutrition experience for parents and students. The system includes school menus, user profiles, allergen alerts, nutrition calculators, as well as many other features.

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