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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

  • 2021-22 Preschool Enrollment Information

    The Iowa City Community School District currently has openings for our free, half-day preschool program for the 2021-22 school year! Our preschool programs are guided by the Iowa Early Learning Standards, taught by certified early childhood teachers, and located in fourteen of our elementary school buildings. We offer both morning and afternoon sessions to meet student and family needs. Students must be four years old on or before September 15, 2021, to qualify. Apply online at  www.IowaCitySchools.org/Preschool. If you have any questions, please contact the District’s Educational Services Center at (319) 688-1000.

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  • COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Children Ages 12 and Over

    Beginning May 13, 2021, children ages 12 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine following the Food and Drug Administration’s authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for emergency use in this younger age group. This is the only COVID-19 vaccine available to children at this time. Through our partnership with Johnson County Public Health (JCPH), we are providing information to families on how eligible children can receive the vaccine. We would also like to provide resources for those who wish to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and children.

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  • 2021-22 Pay-to-Ride Transportation Program

    The Iowa City Community School District Transportation Department will again offer the Pay-to-Ride Transportation Program for the 2021-22 school year. Below please find information on the program as well as instructions on how to apply.

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  • 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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