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  • Debbie Bennett Greetings Garner Gators!

    My name is Debbie Bennett and I am your new principal for the 2020-2021 school year. I have been a part of the Iowa City Community School District for 4 years. I moved from Chicago, Illinois where I was an educator for 15 years. While in Chicago, I taught in various school systems including Chicago Public Schools. I received my bachelors degree for the University of Illinois (Champaign,Illinois), two Masters degrees in education from Concordia University, and my administrative degree from National Louis University in Chicago.

    Throughout my educational career, I have been a junior high teacher, Math Chairperson, Math coach, and PBIS facilitator. Starting at Kirkwood Elementary in 2016, I was a 6th-grade teacher. Then in 2018, I became the assistant principal of Kirkwood and Twain Elementary Schools. Last school year, I was split between Kirkwood and Weber Elementary Schools until the decision was made for me to be at Weber as their full-time assistant principal. 

    I have had many wonderful experiences within the Iowa City Community School District and look forward to having many more with you. The first key in great communication is building a relationship. Before school starts, I would love to get to know you and your family. Here’s a challenge for you:

    Send me a family picture introducing who you are and what you were able to do this summer. Please include your student’s name and grade and one thing that you are grateful for. I plan to make a collage with our family pictures to hang in my office. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me at bennett.debbie@iowacityschools.org.

    #FinestGreatestBest

    Debbie Bennett, Principal
    (319) 688-1190
    bennett.debbie@iowacityschools.org

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District News

  • Learning Model Information (11/25/20)

    As we shared with you last evening, the District will remain in a 100% off-site learning model through December 11, 2020. Students will continue to utilize the Continuous Online Learning Schedules to participate in school each day. As we approach the second trimester, beginning December 8, please be aware of the following:

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  • Extension of 100% Off-Site Learning

    As we previously shared with you, the District petitioned the State for permission to extend 100% off-site learning for an additional two week period. This was based on the COVID-19 positivity rates in Johnson County, as well as support from Johnson County Public Health and our School Board. The District was notified yesterday that we have been granted permission from the Iowa Department of Education to extend 100% off-site learning. During the Board Meeting this evening, our Board of Directors discussed the next steps regarding this new information.

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  • Stakeholder Survey and Public Forums

    School discipline policies and practices are essential in creating a safe, supportive, and inclusive learning environment. While we have always strived to create this environment, our data shows we have more work to do, specifically regarding racial inequities in some students’ school experiences with regard to safety and discipline, suspensions, and office referrals. In listening to our community, we recognize and embrace the need to revise our discipline policies to promote better experience and outcomes for students, educators, and families. We thank the Iowa Freedom Riders, Black Voices Project, ICCSD Equity Advisory Committee, and others that have been advocates and partners so far in this work.

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  • Transition to 100% Off-Site Learning Model

    As we previously shared with you, the District petitioned the State for permission to transition to a 100% off-site learning model for a two-week period. This was based on the rapidly rising COVID-19 positivity rates in Johnson County, as well as support from Johnson County Public Health and our School Board. The District was notified today that we have been granted permission from the Iowa Department of Education to make this transition to a 100% off-site learning model. During the Board Meeting this evening, our Board of Directors discussed the next steps regarding this new information.

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  • COVID-19 Update (11/9/20)

    The District has continued to monitor the escalating COVID-19 positivity rates in Johnson County. Based on a fourteen-day positivity rate of 13.3% as of Saturday, November 7, and support from both Johnson County Public Health and our School Board, the District petitioned the State for permission to transition to a 100% off-site learning model for a two week period. At this time, we have not yet received an answer from the Iowa Department of Education on the status of our request.

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  • Virtual Teacher Job Fair

    Calling all aspiring teachers! The Iowa City Community School District will be hosting a two-day Virtual Teacher Job Fair on December 3rd and 4th. We are looking to hire building 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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