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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

  • Updated Quarantine Guidelines

    At the April 13, 2021 board meeting, the Board endorsed and approved the District moving to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) COVID-19 Quarantine Guidance. This change allows more students to remain in school while also keeping a focus on health and safety. Specifically, the IDPH guidance modifies the District’s quarantine process and reinforces the importance of consistently and appropriately wearing masks.

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  • Parent/Guardian Conditions for Learning Survey Information

    All Iowa public school districts are required to administer an annual school climate and culture survey to students in grades 3-12 called Conditions for Learning Survey (Survey). The Survey is designed to measure their engagement in school, safety, and the overall learning environment.

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  • Conditions for Learning Student Survey

    The Iowa City Community School District is getting ready to administer an annual school climate and culture survey called Conditions for Learning to students in grades 3-12. This survey administration is required by the state’s plan to meet a federal law called the Every Student Succeeds Act. Our District will conduct the survey between April 5-May 28. All Iowa public school districts will use the Conditions for Learning Survey (Survey) to improve safety, student engagement and the overall learning environment so that all Iowa students have optimum conditions for learning. Our work to improve safety, student engagement and the overall learning environment will have a lasting impact on the future.

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  • Return-to-Learn Update (2/10/21)

    We look forward to welcoming students back to 100% on-site learning beginning Monday, February 15, 2021. The ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program will continue as normal. As a reminder, Friday, February 12, 2021, will be a ‘no school’ day for both on-site and online students, and there will be no Grab & Go meals on this day. Staff will utilize this time to prepare for the return to 100% on-site learning.

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  • ICCSD Announces Online School for 2021-22 School Year

    The Iowa City Community School District announced today the establishment of a permanent PK-12 online school, ICCSD Online. The school, which is free to any school-aged student in Iowa, is now accepting students for the 2021-22 school year. Iowa parents and students who are interested in enrolling in the program should visit the ICCSD Online website, www.iowacityschools.org/ICCSDOnline, or contact the school at ICCSDonline@iowacityschools.org.

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  • School Calendar Update and Enrollment Deadline Reminder

    The Board discussed the District’s upcoming transition to a 100% on-site learning model during a special Board Meeting on February 2, 2021. In order to better prepare for this transition, it was decided that Friday, February 12, 2021, will be a ‘no school’ day for students. Staff will utilize this day to prepare to welcome students back to 100% on-site learning on Monday, February 15, 2021. This includes aligning student services, building staffing plans, equipping buildings with necessary furniture, reviewing new health and safety protocols, and conducting building cleaning. The ‘no school’ day applies to both on-site and online students and will not impact the last day of the school year this June.

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Principal's Message

  • 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 our students, we have a fantastic group of teachers, administrators, secretaries, paraprofessionals, custodians, and kitchen workers who number nearly 200 strong.

    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 gross.mitch@iowacityschools.org. The main office, phone number (319) 688-1050, houses Assistant Principals Allison Brewer and Luke DeVries, and they have a great track record supporting students, parents, and teachers. Ms. Brewer 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.

    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

    Mitch Gross, Principal
    (319) 688-1050
    gross.mitch@iowacityschools.org

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