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City High School Awards

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    • Iowa City High School has recently been named as one of America's top high schools by Newsweek for 2015 and by The Daily Beast for 2014.  It has also been named as one of the top schools in the country by US News and World Report, Newsweek, and The Washington Post.   
    • City High was identified as an EXEMPLAR SCHOOL for college readiness. 
    • City High's student publication The Little Hawk and website has been named a Pacemaker in 2014, 2015, and 2016, 2017
    • One of the only high schools in the country to receive both awards and the only school in Iowa.  
    • Best Buddies has been named the leading chapter in the country repeatedly over the last decade.

Daily Announcements

  • Friday, November 15, 2019

    • Attention all BECOME Scholars: There is an optional meeting today during advisory in the City High Cafeteria. Your email reminder will serve as your pass for advisory. Please be sure to remind the other members of your Peer Group. If you haven't already, please turn your contracts in to Ms. Peterson in the guidance office.
    • No Shave November just got a little crazy!  Dance Marathon is having a competition, the staff winner with the most money in their jar will have to shave a crazy mustache.   Stop in the office and vote for the teacher you want to shave his mustache!!!! Mr Jesperson, Leman, Close, Peters, Schumann!  Go Vote today!!!
    • CITY HIGH’S INTERACT CLUB IS RIDING TO END POLIO! 4 stationary bikes will be in the main foyer on MONDAY, NOV 18.  we will have people riding ALL day to raise AWARENESS and MONEY $$$ to eradicate polio worldwide! We’ll have buckets in front of each rider - Bring us pocket change and we’ll ride faster! Contact Ms. Humston in Room 1102 with questions.
    • If you are interested in helping plan and/or presenting for our January celebration in the spirit of Martin Luther King, come meet with our Cultural Proficiency Team on Wednesday, November 20th before or after school in room 1102.
    • The Annual Best Buddies Thanksgiving Day Celebration will be held on November 20th from 6-8 in the cafeteria. We will be serving Turkey, Mashed Potatoes and Green bean casserole, but we would like Freshman to bring sides, sophomores drinks, juniors breads or rolls and seniors deserts. If you will need a ride to the event, please talk to your Peer Buddy, Ms. Schwab or Brenna Gordon.
    • Attention Wrestlers, Bowlers, Boys Soccer and Girls Tennis Players:  You have Kinnick Stadium Clean-up this Sunday morning at 7 AM.  Please make sure you plan to be there and if you cannot you need to talk to your coach ahead of time. 
    • Hear My Voice will be offered during second trimester. Anyone interested in taking this amazing course should see his or her counselor to add to your second trimester schedule. Let’s get more Little Hawks singing!
    • The Boys P.E lockers need to be cleaned out by 4 p.m. Monday, November 18th. Combinations will be changed after this date and time.
    • The City High review, the student lead literary magazine is looking for your submissions this fall for the fall fiction contest. You can submit your fall fiction to the fall fiction contest by emailing your piece to Deadline is Monday Nov 25
    • Once again we will be nominating City High teachers for the Excellence award   Students will nominate teachers and staff that go above and beyond.  Students will be asked to write a letter stating why this teacher or staff member should receive the Excellence  Nomination letters should be sent to Mr. Bacon or turned into the Main Office.

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District News

  • Teacher Job Fair

    Calling all aspiring teachers! The Iowa City Community School District will be hosting a Teacher Job Fair on Monday, December 16, 2019. We are looking to hire daily substitute teachers, long-term substitute teachers, and individuals in high need areas like Special Education, ELL and more. The district will also be considering applicants for the 2020-21 school year.

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  • 'Here Comes the Bus' App

    Here Comes The Bus is an easy-to-use website and app that enables parents to see the location of their child’s school bus on a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer.

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    It is with mixed emotions that I write to you today. It has been my honor and privilege to serve the students, staff, and community of the Iowa City Community School District for the past decade. As I look back on the past ten years, I am very proud to have been a part of a team that has done so much for our children. I genuinely feel that the district is set up for success for years to come. I also feel confident that this is a good time to consider a transition both professionally and personally. It is with all this in mind that I have shared with the Board that I will be moving on at the end of my current contract, June 30, 2021.

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  • Open Enrollment Deadline

    Parents/guardians residing in an Iowa school district may enroll their child into another Iowa school district under the terms and conditions of Iowa Code section 282.18 and the administrative rules of the Iowa Department of Education. Forms to be used are available in the central office of Iowa school districts. For students in grades 1-12, the completed form must be filed with both the resident and receiving district by March 1 of the year preceding the school year for which open enrollment is desired.

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  • Iowa City Community School District Announces 2020 National Merit Semifinalists

    Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) have announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The Iowa City Community School District is proud to announce that the following seniors in the District have earned this honor...

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Principal's Message

  • John Bacon Welcome to City High School!

    City High is a special place with a rich and distinguished history. Our students are incredible, talented young people. Our families are highly supportive, active, and involved. Our faculty and staff represent true excellence in education. Our alumni share a common bond and continually rally around our beautiful school. Together, we are “The School That Leads!”

    As a proud graduate of City High (1992), I have a deep passion for our school. More than anything else, the experience I had as a student at City High shaped the future direction of my life. It is an honor and a joy to serve as principal.

    At City High, we share a common vision. Our school will be: 

    •  An academic powerhouse that delivers a world-class education
    •  A comprehensive high school with co-curricular activities that operate at an elite level in the great state of Iowa
    •  A place where all students are connected to our school so that they feel important, valued, and that they belong
    •  An institution with the highest code of ethics for students and staff; a place of deep respect and kindness

    Thanks for taking time to visit our website. It’s great to be a City High Little Hawk!