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Principal's Message

  • Kathy Jenkins Dear Lucas Elementary family,

    It is with great anticipation and humility that I write this letter of introduction to you as the new principal of Lucas Elementary School for the 2018–19 school year. I am honored to have been selected to serve and look forward to meeting each of you.

    On a personal note, I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and come from a very large family. On a professional note, I am beginning my eighteenth year as an educator, and this will be my fifth year as a principal. I spent approximately eight years as an assistant principal, and prior to that, I was an early childhood educator for five years.

    I am a graduate of Depaul University in Chicago, Illinois. I completed my bachelor’s degree in communications in 2000, dual master degrees in elementary education/early childhood in 2005, and my doctoral degree in Educational Leadership in 2013.

    I am so excited to join the Lucas team and to get the year started. See you soon!

    Sincerely,

    Kathy Jenkins, Ed.D.
    (319) 688-1140
    jenkins.kathy@iowacityschools.org

Lucas Newsletter

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  • 2020-21 Registration and Enrollment Information

    We are excited to announce that e-Registration is now open for the 2020-21 school year. While we understand that there are still many unknowns about what the upcoming school year will look like, enrolling and registering students is a crucial step in finalizing multiple details surrounding our unique return to learning this fall.

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  • Return-to-Learn Update (8/6/20)

    We have been notified by the Iowa Department of Education that our application for permission to begin the year in an off-site learning model has been denied. While this is not the outcome that we were hoping for, we have been preparing for this possibility. We plan to discuss our next steps with the Board during their meeting on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, and we will provide an update to families as soon as possible.

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  • New Start Date and Return-to-Learn Update (8/5/20)

    On Tuesday, August 4, 2020, the Iowa City Community School District’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to delay the start date of the 2020-21 school year. The first day of school for all learning models will now be Tuesday, September 8, 2020. The updated school calendar details the new start and end dates, as well as other key dates, for the 2020-21 school year. Last night’s presentation to the Board, which includes the data from the recent school start date survey, can be found on our Return-to-Learn website.

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  • Return-to-Learn Update and School Start Date Considerations

    Today, Governor Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Education provided additional Return-to-Learn guidance for school districts. We are currently working through this guidance to ensure that it aligns with the current direction of our Return-to-Learn work. We intend to provide an update to families and staff early next week after we are able to gather additional clarification surrounding the guidance and what, if any, impact it has on our plans.

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  • Return-to-Learn Update (7/22/20)

    Our Return-to-Learn planning and preparations continued this week with a Special Board Meeting last night to discuss our next steps. As we shared last week, the decision was made to begin the school year in an off-site remote learning environment, which was followed by the Governor’s announcement that school districts must begin the school year with at least 50% of learning taking place in-person. While our plan to begin the year off-site does not align with the Governor’s announcement, we stand by our decision and continue to feel this is the safest learning model for our students and staff. Due to this, we will request a waiver from the Iowa Department of Education to begin the year in an off-site learning model. We are currently seeking guidance on the waiver requirements and will keep our families and staff updated on this process.

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  • Return-to-Learn Update (7/17/20)

    This morning Governor Kim Reynolds provided new guidance for the reopening of schools in Iowa. As a District, we were surprised by the abrupt timing of this announcement. The Governor specified additional rules and restrictions that were not released in the previous Department of Education guidance that we have been working under to develop our Return-to-Learn plans.

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