Van Allen Elementary School

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  • Flu Vaccine Clinics

    The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) will hold flu vaccine clinics in our schools. Check out the schedule to find out when the vaccine clinic is at your school!

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  • Meet Our New Administators!

    Meet our new administrators for the 2022-2023 school year, and learn more about their goals for their new role and some fun facts about them!

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  • Staff Feature: Student and Family Advocates

    There are 32 Student and Family Advocates (SFA) in our District, who support students and the adults in charge of them. Meet four of these SFAs working every day to not only meet those needs but to meet them head-on.

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  • Update on Free Meal Program

    We would like to share information with you regarding meal costs for the 2022-23 school year, including the end of the government-funded free meal program and summer meals.

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  • Support Resources for Students, Families, and Staff

    We recognize that there have been significant challenges and losses that our school district family and our community have faced. It is important to us that you are aware of the school- and community-based support services that are available.

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  • Grow Our Own Program Takes Root

    Grow Our Own is a new program that provides our District a way to develop talent from within. This is the first program of its kind in the state of Iowa. 

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Van Allen News

Principal's Message

  • Welcome to James Van Allen Elementary of the Iowa City Community School District, home of the Rockets!

    In order to achieve our goals of excellence and equity for all students, we have adopted a new school improvement model called High Reliability Schools. High Reliability Schools is a framework that supports fulfilling our vision of equitable outcomes for all students. It gives us a common language to name what we’re doing, assess our current reality, align our initiatives, and determine where to go next. It is a vehicle that allows us to balance shared responsibility and autonomy to make decisions that best meet the needs of all our students.

    We are excited to get this work started and we are excited to partner in this process with all of you! We value the voice of our school community and we want to make sure that your experiences are reflected in our High Reliability Schools implementation. Throughout the year, there will be multiple opportunities for our students, families, and staff to provide feedback that will inform the work that we do. Please stay tuned for information on these opportunities. We look forward to partnering with you on this exciting new adventure!


    Eric Ewald, Principal
    (319) 688-1185
    ewald.eric@iowacityschools.org

    Inspire Learning. Act with Empathy. #VanAllenPride

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