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  • Use of “Iowa City West High School” Title/Name

    Over the past decade we have experienced an increasing number of “outside of school” athletic and activity clubs who refer to their team or group as Iowa City West High School team players. At times this has occurred with our tacit approval, and other times not. Due to our desire to maintain a close accounting of the use of our school title/name, i.e., fundraising and related issues, we will no longer approve any use of Iowa City West High School for outside group team names or titles. Iowa City West High School will only be used to refer to those teams and activities that are directly supported and sponsored by the Iowa City School District.

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District News

  • 2020-21 Registration and Enrollment Information

    We are excited to announce that e-Registration is now open for the 2020-21 school year. While we understand that there are still many unknowns about what the upcoming school year will look like, enrolling and registering students is a crucial step in finalizing multiple details surrounding our unique return to learning this fall.

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  • Return-to-Learn Update (8/6/20)

    We have been notified by the Iowa Department of Education that our application for permission to begin the year in an off-site learning model has been denied. While this is not the outcome that we were hoping for, we have been preparing for this possibility. We plan to discuss our next steps with the Board during their meeting on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, and we will provide an update to families as soon as possible.

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  • New Start Date and Return-to-Learn Update (8/5/20)

    On Tuesday, August 4, 2020, the Iowa City Community School District’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to delay the start date of the 2020-21 school year. The first day of school for all learning models will now be Tuesday, September 8, 2020. The updated school calendar details the new start and end dates, as well as other key dates, for the 2020-21 school year. Last night’s presentation to the Board, which includes the data from the recent school start date survey, can be found on our Return-to-Learn website.

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  • Return-to-Learn Update and School Start Date Considerations

    Today, Governor Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Education provided additional Return-to-Learn guidance for school districts. We are currently working through this guidance to ensure that it aligns with the current direction of our Return-to-Learn work. We intend to provide an update to families and staff early next week after we are able to gather additional clarification surrounding the guidance and what, if any, impact it has on our plans.

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  • Return-to-Learn Update (7/22/20)

    Our Return-to-Learn planning and preparations continued this week with a Special Board Meeting last night to discuss our next steps. As we shared last week, the decision was made to begin the school year in an off-site remote learning environment, which was followed by the Governor’s announcement that school districts must begin the school year with at least 50% of learning taking place in-person. While our plan to begin the year off-site does not align with the Governor’s announcement, we stand by our decision and continue to feel this is the safest learning model for our students and staff. Due to this, we will request a waiver from the Iowa Department of Education to begin the year in an off-site learning model. We are currently seeking guidance on the waiver requirements and will keep our families and staff updated on this process.

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  • Return-to-Learn Update (7/17/20)

    This morning Governor Kim Reynolds provided new guidance for the reopening of schools in Iowa. As a District, we were surprised by the abrupt timing of this announcement. The Governor specified additional rules and restrictions that were not released in the previous Department of Education guidance that we have been working under to develop our Return-to-Learn plans.

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Principal's Message

  • Gregg Shoultz

    2020 Niche Best Schools

    West High has been a dynamic institution since opening in 1968, and I am very pleased to be part of the tradition of excellence that has been built here. To meet the challenge of educating more than 2,000 students, we have a fantastic group of teachers, administrators, secretaries, paraprofessionals, custodians, and kitchen workers who number nearly 200 strong. This document will help you navigate the services at West, https://www.smore.com/ncsfz.

    The administrative team is an outstanding one. My office is located in the West Wing, and I can be reached at (319) 688-1090 or by email at shoultz.gregg@iowacityschools.org. The main office, phone number (319) 688-1050, houses Assistant Principals Molly Abraham and Luke DeVries, and they have a great track record supporting students, parents, and teachers. Ms. Abraham specializes in special programs while Mr. DeVries coordinates many academic programs, including acting as our liaison with the Kirkwood Regional Center on the University of Iowa Campus. Athletic Director Craig Huegel can be reached at (319) 688-1055 for any questions involving our extracurricular programs. Dean Maria Martin works with me in the West Wing Office, and she works primarily with underclassmen, and Dean Justin Colbert works with the upperclassmen. Rounding out the administrative team are Junior High AD and MTSS coordinator Jeff Wieck and Career Center Coordinator Russ Johnson.

    OUR MISSION

    • Challenge each student with a rigorous curriculum taught by a diverse, professional, and caring staff
    • Maintain collaborative partnerships with our families and community
    • Ensure students become responsible, independent learners capable of making informed decisions in a democratic and global community

    Dr. Gregg Shoultz, Principal
    (319) 688-1050
    shoultz.gregg@iowacityschools.org

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